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The best steaks in Brisbane

Brisvegans love an honest slab of tender meaty goodness. Here's where to get the best ones

Written by
Sandra Moon
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Do you fancy tasting the only steak in Australia that has ranked #29 on the Top 50 Steaks in the World list for two years running? You can do just that, right here, Brisbane Baes, and it’s not the only mouthwatering offering in our gorgeous river city. Brisbanites are spoilt for choice with moreish steaks from the Darling Downs to fresh flavours of Wagyu beef from Stanbroke. And how you experience one of Brisbane's great steaks, be it easy or elevated, is up to you. Choose from a high-end experience in a heritage building, an exclusive restaurant where you will feel like a movie star and everything is a little ‘extra’ or a more relaxed, homely feel of an historic pub. Whatever your culinary flavour preferences or budget Brisneyland is serving up steak bombs left right and centre to blow your taste buds to heaven and back.

Want to keep it casual? Have a slice of Brisbane's best pizza.

Calling all carnivores

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  • Brisbane City

There’s many reasons why Moo Moo’s ranks #29 two years running on the Best 50 steaks in the world list and boasts so many awards. Diners can choose any of the 20 sumptuous steaks on the menu which details the breed, age and diet of the cut. Their top-selling steak is the Westholme Wagyu Flat Iron MB7-9 which is a cut designed to resemble an olden day iron. Chefs season and chargrill the flat iron before it is rested, reflashed, basted and served.

You're in a thrilling, Insta-worthy location here in the historic Port Office Building riverside in Brisbane’s beating heart. Feel like the star of your own movie when you choose to dine on one of the six heritage balconies, in private booths or in one of three spectacular private dining rooms.

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  • South Brisbane

Get yourself one of the best steaks in Brizneyland while it’s still the Morrison Hotel’s 95th year. Choose from one of its ten steaks on offer ranging in price from an affordable $36 to $56. Or simply go with the most popular choice: the king of cuts, the 400 gram Rib on the Bone. It is prepared with a special spiced rub that enhances the flavors of the tender cut and is served with their famous twice-baked house potato, mushroom sauce and matched perfectly with a rocket salad with balsamic reduction dressing.

Other menu offerings include plenty of vegan and other non-steak options. Dining in this old dame means feeling warm and cozy and part of the family. Sounding like this needs to be on your list of dining must-dos? Then head into Fiasco’s Steakhouse and continue the celebrations.

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  • Woolloongabba

Enjoy an open grill and a diverse steak offering at the family-owned Norman Hotel and Garden in the ‘Gabba. The steak range is to die for including the high quality marbled Thousand Guineas Shorthorn and Black Opal’s genetically proven Wagyu Beef. Norman Hotel and Garden is long regarded as the benchmark when it comes to steak restaurants in Brisbane.

They have a strong belief that a great steak starts long before the grill, so they only work with producers that care of their cattle. Why not go for their most popular choice, the Eye Fillet from the Maranoa region in Queensland? Punters will love the tenderness of the longest and leanest cut from the tenderloin. The 1889 building itself is heritage listed and has had several incarnations since its stable origins including being a working class pub and biker bar. 

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  • Brisbane City

Feasting on a steak at Walter’s Steakhouse in the CBD will make you feel that little bit ‘extra’ and like you are starring in your very own movie. The food, service and setting in the iconic Old Mineral House, are all inspired by the great New York steakhouses and brasseries of Europe. The chefs handle their dry aging process in-house, ensuring their meat has the most wonderful texture and delivers heightened umami.

Try their tasty 270-day grain fed, in-house dry aged and cut porterhouse or choose seafood with Moreton Bay bugs, crab and lobster on offer. The porterhouse offerings include a New York strip, an eye fillet and the real deal-the Porterhouse Signature. The venue's atmosphere is beautiful, yet comfortable and the service is attentive and approachable. You’re at a home away from home with Walter’s, just with a better wine and dessert list.

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  • Newstead

The legendary Breakfast Creek Hotel has long held a reputation as one of Brisbane’s oldest and best spots for a succulent steak. You simply have to sample one of the 12 steaks featured on both the Beer Garden and Spanish Garden menus.

They share the same Queensland-sourced steaks starting at $36 for an MB2+ Rump, to a $110 1.2kg Tomahawk from Maranoa. Other popular cuts for diners include the Dry Aged Rib Eye on the Bone 400 grams, from Nolans at Gympie, the Porterhouse 350 grams from the Darling Downs and the popular Filet Mignon 240 grams also from the Darling Downs.

If you prefer to sit in the gorgeous Spanish Garden you can select the signature dish ‘The Creek’ which is a juicy 200 gram eye filet topped with scallops, bugs and creamy garlic prawns. Totally scrumptious.

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  • Fortitude Valley

Calling all foodies – this experience is to die for. The restaurant is a must-visit, combining old-world New York steakhouse charm with Californian grill vibes. There’s a classic piano bar for sipping on cocktails post-work or pre-dinner and snug booths for long lunches or an intimate evening experience.

The menu offers steaks, pasta, seafood, raw food and sushi. The steaks on the menu: eye fillet, prime rib and sirloin – New York Cut and Kiwami include a marbled score for the discerning steak connoisseur. For surf and turf lovers, there is a melt-in-your-mouth eye fillet topped with lobster and garlic butter. If you haven’t yet been, book in and treat yourself to a dining experience that is unforgettable.

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  • Irish
  • Brisbane City

A ‘Best Steaks in Brisbane’ list wouldn’t be complete without at least one Irish Pub on it. Established in 1995, Gilhooley’s is the place to warm the cockles and enjoy the craic, all while enjoying their delicious, value-for-money steaks and meals.

Their steak range is priced under $40, starting at an affordable $33. The menu choices include a New York Sirloin, Rib Fillet, Rump Steak and a $10 upgrade to the flavoursome Reef and Beef. You can also get some scrumptious Irish Stew or a Braised Beef in Guinness if you’re partial to trying out some Irish fare. They cater well for vegetarians, vegans and have gluten free options on offer as well. So for a lively night or a daytime meal go where the laughter is the brightest: where the steak is best at Gilhooley’s.

Note: Fatcow was closed at the end of 2022 for the Dexus Eagle Street Pier rejuvenation. Check the website for updates.

You have to admire the purity of vision at Fatcow. Here, it's all about steak and lobster, and being treated like royalty. It's the kind of restaurant where Don Draper and Roger Sterling would go for lunch and probably stay all afternoon, and the only thing that would give them pause would be the no-smoking thing. The waiter service is old school, hail-fellow-well-met, confident and jokey. The decor is paired-back and stylish but not stuffy. The menus are bound in leather and the headline dish within is the $135 rib eye and lobster half, which are perfectly cooked and seasoned and offer absolutely no surprises, and that is presumably what the clientele love about it. Looking for somewhere to take your dad or grandad on Father's Day? Look no further.  

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  • Petrie Terrace

Attention all steak aficionados, do not miss out on sampling an exclusive taste sensation from one of Brisbane’s finest steakhouses, the Black Hide. As part of the Gambaro Group they are the only venues in Queensland to serve cuts from the grain and grass-fed cattle at Stanbroke Beef. 

The hero dish is the 1,200 gram Tomahawk steak, serving one to three, at a cost of $165. All of Black Hide’s steaks are served with Wagyu fat-roasted potatoes, rosemary and garlic and a choice of red wine jus, peppercorn, bearnaise or mushroom sauce. And if all of the ten main steak dishes just look so good you can’t decide then go for a $99 set menu which includes a choice of eye filet or sirloin. So do yourself the ultimate flavour favour and pick up the phone and book already!

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