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22 Best Steakhouses in Melbourne for Your Next Big Feed

It’s a city littered with great food around every corner, but when it comes to wood-fired and hearty, only the best Melbourne steakhouses will do. From South Yarra to the suburbs and everywhere in between, the sound of sizzling fat on charcoal, grill or pan is truly undeniable. It’s something the Victorian capital does well, after all, there’s a reason the best steak restaurants in Melbourne are among the nation’s top picks.

The classy atmosphere curated by extensive wine lists, craft cocktails, fresh bread, sauces, refined decors and killer side dishes is commonly just as much a part of the steak restaurant experience. The fact is, even if you don’t fancy yourself a connoisseur of the red meat variety you can still walk in and out of the best steak restaurants in Melbourne with a full stomach and a huge smile on your face thanks to the curated selections of self-indulgence put forth.

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Best of Steakhouses in Melbourne

  • Best for Wine: Rockpool Bar & Grill
  • Best for a View: Vue De Monde
  • Best for Dessert: MPD Steak Kitchen
  • Best for Cocktails: Pascale Bar & Grill
  • Best for Kangaroo: Meat & Wine Co.

How We Chose This List of Cool Restaurants in Melbourne

This list was compiled through personal experience and online research, as well as through commentary from food critics and expert restaurant reviewers.

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1. Rockpool Bar & Grill

Best for: Wine

With sister restaurants in Sydney and Perth, Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill has carved a niche for itself as a premier Aussie destination for painstaking consistency and epic taste. Located in the Crown Entertainment Complex, the Melbourne outpost puts the steak front and centre on a menu with no less than 80 dishes. Expect Wagyu that melts in your mouth along with other bewildering alternative selections such as spicy mussel and saffron stew. This not just one of the best steak restaurants in Melbourne, but in all of Australia.

What We Like: The wine list.
What We Don’t Like: The lighting inside.

Address: Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: 03 8648 1900
Trading Hours: Sun-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm, Sat 6pm-11pm

Rockpool Bar & Grill

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2. France Soir

When Jean-Paul Prunetti and Yvon Vogel set up France Soir way back in 1986, neither could have anticipated the cultural phenomenon that would follow. Taking his French cooking philosophy to South Yarra, the esteemed chef has crafted one of the most awarded and much-loved steakhouses Melbourne has ever seen. With French favourites like escargots and andouillette Parisienne on the menu, this is a seriously French affair and we’re all the better for it.

What We Like: The atmosphere.
What We Don’t Like: Can feel a bit crowded on weekends.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address: 11 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm–12am
Phone: (03) 9866 8569

France Soir

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3. La Luna Bistro

Chef Adrian Richardson’s cosy, neighbourhood restaurant pairs a relaxed, jovial atmosphere with superb meat-based cuisine to stunning effect. If you’re not feeling La Luna’s house-aged beef, try the wrapped pork or lamb shoulder instead, and expect to savour every bite. And don’t be surprised if the table next to you hands off the bottle of red wine they couldn’t finish – it’s just that kind of place.

What We Like: Great street parking.
What We Don’t Like: Atmosphere feels a bit like a nice cafe.

Address: 320 Rathdowne St, Carlton North VIC 3054
Phone: 03 9349 4888
Trading Hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

La Luna Bistro

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4. Vue De Monde

Best for: a View

Synonymous with the Melbourne fine dining scene for over 20 years, Vue De Monde has stood the test of time. Now located on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, the Melbourne steakhouse not only offers great food but on the best views anywhere in the city. If your expectations of a good steak in Melbourne are high, this is the place to exceed them.

What We Like: The view.
What We Don’t Like: Multiple entries can get confusing.

Located in: Rialto
Address: Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Wed-Thurs: 6pm–12am, Fri-Sat: 12pm–12am
Phone: (03) 9691 3888

Vue De Monde

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5. MPD Steak Kitchen

Best for: Dessert.

MPD’s philosophy is hard to shake. Focusing on world-class service and stunning food to shape a dining experience unlike any other, the restaurant has carved out a niche for a seriously good steak. And the critics agree, in 2019, the Australian Hotels Association named Chris Bonello Chef of the Year, officially making MPD a shoo-in for the best steak in Melbourne.

What We Like: The desserts!
What We Don’t Like: Price to portion ratio.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address: 288 Clyde Rd, Berwick VIC 3806
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 5:30–9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 12–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm, Sun” 12–2:30pm, 5:30–9:30pm
Phone: (03) 9702 0758

MPD Steak Kitchen

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6. Steer Dining Room

Renowned for its use of wagyu and Angus cuts, Steer Dining Room is a frontrunner for the best steakhouse Melbourne has on offer. With an Asian focus, the South Yarra restaurant has world-class cuts available, from Kagoshima A5 to Sher Wagy, all fo which are hand-picked by head chef Jeffry Lim from Australia’s best beef producers and seafood sources.

What We Like: The wagyu steak.
What We Don’t Like: Small location.

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address: 15 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Tue-Thurs: 6–11pm, Fri: 12–3pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat: 5:30–11pm
Phone: (03) 9827 1891

Steer Dining Room

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7. A Hereford Beefstouw

One of the best steakhouses in Melbourne, A Hereford Beefstouw couples Nordic cooking methods with high-quality meats. Like any good steakhouse, the venue sources its meats locally, some are even sourced from the famous Burvill family farm near Lucindale, in South Australia’s Coonawarra region. Pioneers of the dry-aged variety in Melbourne, their 100-day dry-aged beef Côte de boeuf (ribeye on bone) will transform the way you look at steak with an unmistakable flavour, brilliant texture and savoury distinction in every bite. If dry-aged isn’t to your acquired taste then the massive 1.4kg Tomahawk steak with a side lobster tail might be more up your alley.

What We Like: The tomahawk.
What We Don’t Like: Slower service.

Address: 22 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9654 8297
Trading Hours: Tue-Thu 11:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 5pm-10:30pm

A Hereford Beefstouw

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8. Entrecôte

Another stunning French-inspired bistro renowned for its use 0f beef, Entrecôte has a little for everyone. Open from breakfast to dinner, the Prahan restaurant is a favourite for locals and the Filet de Boeuf is a big reason why. A blend of French cuisine and local Australian ingredients, this Melbourne steakhouse is a little on the fancy side without being pretentious.

What We Like: The creme brulee!
What We Don’t Like: The coffee is bitter.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
Address: 142-144 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7am–11pm, Fri-Sun: 7am–12am
Phone: (03) 9804 5468

Entrecôte

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9. Angus & Bon

Take one look at this incredible fit-out and you know you’re in for a treat. Housed in the old Prahran Post Office built in 1928, Angus & Bon channels New York hospitality with a casual grandeur. The Melbourne steakhouse and brunch hot spot has an innovative take on wood-fired cooking and is always experimenting with wood-grill flavours, even into salads and cocktails. Best of all, you can select your preferred specialty cut, rib eye on the bone (aged 30 days) to scotch fillet (30 days) to grass fed, or a selection of locally butchered dry aged, grass fed 36-month-old prime cuts.

What We Like: The atmosphere.
What We Don’t Like: Busy on Saturday nights.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address: 168 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4–11pm, Fri-Sat: 4pm–12am, Sun: 12–10pm
Phone: (03) 9533 9593

Angus & Bon

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10. The Railway Club Hotel

Touted as Melbourne’s original steak pub, The Railway Club Hotel has packed seats and seduced patrons with its mouth-watering steak for over twenty years. In addition to its nearly unparalleled range of steak cuts and sizes, the acclaimed restaurant offers delectable seafood, daily specials and a massive wine list. Come here to immerse yourself in the timeless experience of steak fine dining.

What We Like: The atmosphere.
What We Don’t Like: Not great for dietary restrictions.

Address: 107 Raglan St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Phone: 03 9645 1661
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-11pm

The Railway Club Hotel

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11. Steak Ministry Bar & Grill

Duck out of the city and escape to Glen Waverly for one of the best steakhouses Melbourne can muster. At Steak Ministry, you’ll find the classic atmosphere and the kind of food that makes your toes curl. Chef Chris Wade has gone to great effort to ensure only the highest level of quality for each and every ingredient. That includes sourcing his meat from a small, select group of Aussie farmers. The ‘Master Kobe’ Full Blood Wagyu is one of the best Wagyu cuts in Melbourne and the kind of dish you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

What We Like: Great medium rare steaks.
What We Don’t Like: Price to portion ratio.

Address: 39-51 Kingsway, Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Phone: 03 9560 1818
Trading Hours: Mon-Tue 5:30pm-9pm, Wed-Sat 12pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun 12pm-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9pm

Steak Ministry

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12. Pascale Bar & Grill

Best for: Cocktails

Located in the iconic QT Melbourne, Pascale Bar & Grill is a modern Australian steakhouse with a lot of charm. Fronted by executive chef Paul Griffiths (formerly of Ritz Carlton, Palazzo Versace Hotel), the vibrant culinary hotspot is undeniably lush. The food legend actually hand-picks a selection of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit from the QT kitchen garden, presenting them on dishes at Pascale Bar and Grill, as garnishes for cocktails at the bar, and the base of desserts in the pastry kitchen every day.

What We Like: The cocktails.
What We Don’t Like: Extra holiday surcharge.

Service options: Dine-in
Located in: QT Melbourne
Address: Level 1/133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Sat: 6:30am–12pm, 6–11pm, Sun: 6:30am–12pm
Phone: (03) 8636 8808

Pascale Bar & Grill

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13. Gimlet

Found in a landmark 1920s building on the beautiful Russell Street, this steakhouse in the Melbourne CBD is like something straight out of a Chicago dream. Gimlet at Cavendish House has that touch of old-world luxury that is hard to come by, highlighted by its vast menu that ranges from oysters and snacks to shared mains of premium wood-fired meats and seafood. There’s even a caviar service, if the mood takes you.

What We Like: The cocktails and the lobster!
What We Don’t Like: Long waits.

Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
Address: 33 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12pm–12am, Fri-Sat: 12pm–1am, Sun: 12pm–12am
Phone: (03) 9277 9777

Gimlet

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14. Vlado’s

One for the real carnivores, Vlado’s is a non-nonsense meat-eaters’ paradise. Since 1964, Vlado Gregurek has served some of the best steak in Melbourne, sourced and selected from our nation’s finest meat growing regions. A love affair to the region, even the charcoal comes from local sources and is particular to Victoria.

What We Like: The set menu.
What We Don’t Like: Outdated atmosphere.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address: 61 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121
Hours: Wed: 6–9pm, Thurs-Fri: 12–2pm, 6–9pm, Sat: 6–9pm
Phone: (03) 9428 5833

Vlado’s

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15. Grossi Florentino

A love letter to Tuscany, Guy Grossi’s iconic Melbourne restaurant is among the country’s most revered, and for good reason. Steeped in tradition with affectionate contemporary expression, Grossi Florentino offers a true one-of-a-kind hospitality experience. Big flavours, great wine and of course, some of the best steak Melbourne has ever seen.

What We Like: The wine list.
What We Don’t Like: Slower service.

Service options: Dine-in
Address: 80 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Sat: Open 24 hours
Phone: (03) 9662 1811

Grossi Florentino

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16. Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

This isn’t just any old local pub. The Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel brings fresh flavours to the trendy inner-city spot, with chef Sean Donovan leading the charge. The Fitzroy restaurant is located slightly further north than the more popular Fitzroy dining strips of Smith Street, Gertrude Street & Brunswick Street and has some seriously killer mains. Peep the Red Gum Wood BBQ steak frites, you won’t be disappointed.

What We Like: The fish and chips.
What We Don’t Like: Price to portion ratio.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · No delivery
Address: 166 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Hours: Wed-Thurs: 4–11pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm–1am, Sun: 12–11pm
Phone: (03) 9416 5055

Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

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17. Meatmaiden

The original basement steakhouse in Melbourne is damn-near unbeatable. Found right in the heart of the CBD, Meatmaiden is a forward-thinking dining experience that offers some of the most innovative and best steaks Melbourne has ever seen. Blending elements of the classic American steakhouse with modern Australian interpretations, the team has carved out a reputation for great protein-packed food. For those looking to take the plunge, we recommend the Maiden’s Mood sharing menu.

What We Like: The brisket.
What We Don’t Like: Packed during holidays.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Located in: The Georges Building
Address: 195 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Tue-Wed: 5-9:15pm, Thurs: 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9:45pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10:15pm
Phone: (03) 9078 7747

Meatmaiden

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18. Meat & Wine Co.

Best for: Kangaroo

Bringing unfound levels of personable service to cutting edge afro-centric fine dining, The Meat & Wine Co. delivers a true ‘home away from home’ experience. Staying innovative and relevant in the hospitality industry for the better part of two decades is no easy feat, and The Meat & Wine Co. has remained one of the most recognisable restaurant brands in Australia for good reason. The underpinnings of personable service and market-leading quality keep the operation tight and tasty on all fronts, no two locations feel exactly the same, though each one exudes pure modern elegance in its own way. If the prospect of a MB 6+ Wagyu gets you all hot and flustered, order one of their succulent Wagyu cuts and pair it with a trademark side skewer.

What We Like: The kangaroo meat.
What We Don’t Like: Not allergy friendly.

Address: Freshwater Place, 3 Queensbridge St, Southbank VIC 3006
Phone: 03 9696 5333
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10:30pm

Address: 482 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Phone: 03 9882 8728
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10:30pm

Address: The Como Centre Shop 4, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: 03 9190 1588
Trading Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10:30pm

Meat & Wine Co.

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19. L’Hôtel Gitan

A seasonal dining experience found right in the centre of Prahan, L’Hôtel Gitan is a slightly more classic take on the French steakhouse vibe. Expect to find fresh seafood here, littered between big Scotch fillets and the flagship Le Charme eye fillet.

What We Like: The atmosphere.
What We Don’t Like: Price to portion ratio.

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery
Address: 32 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
Hours: Mon: 4:30–11pm, Tue-Sat: 12–11pm, Sun: 12–5pm
Phone: (03) 9999 0990

L’Hôtel Gitan

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20. The Station Hotel

Footscray’s Station Hotel approaches its steak menu with the customer in mind, providing a little bit of everything in order to accommodate all kinds of diets and budgets. If you like to know exactly what kind of steak you’re eating, refer to the menu to find background information like origin, size and whether the cow was grain or grass-fed. The steak aficionado will love the laid back atmosphere, friendly service and traditional pub guise that positions The Station Hotel as one of the more traditional easygoing steak restaurants in Melbourne. If the more ostentatious restaurants turn you off, come here instead, you’ll be happy you did.

What We Like: The rib eye.
What We Don’t Like: Inside could use an update.

Address: 59 Napier St, Footscray VIC 3011
Phone: 03 9810 0085
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-11pm

Station Hotel

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21. Estelle Bistro

What started as a mere six table operation has become a premier Melbourne steak restaurant for a spectacular combination of rustic fare and warm hospitality. Whether ordering a la carte or going for one of the chef’s tasting dinners, you’re in for a bounty of creative plates and delightful flavours at this legendary local haunt.

What We Like: The tasting menu.
What We Don’t Like: The outdoor seating is mediocre.

Address: 243 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Phone: 03 9489 4609
Trading Hours: Tue-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm

Estelle Bistro

Key Things to Consider for Melbourne’s Steakhouses

The key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to go:

  • Price – how expensive is your food.
  • Variation – menu variety and ability to make changes when needed.
  • Location – whether that be in the center of all the action or somewhere quaint and quiet.
  • Service – good service makes the experience at a restaurant that much more enjoyable.

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General FAQs

Where can I buy a good steak in Melbourne?

For a casual steak dinner, The Railway Club Hotel is a great choice.

Where are the best steak restaurants in Melbourne?

The Melbourne CBD has a host of great steak restaurants including, A Hereford Beefstouw, The Meat & Wine Co. and Rockpool Bar & Grill

Where can I get a Wagyu steak in Melbourne?

Rockpool Bar & Grill offers David Blackmore full blood dry-aged Wagyu with marbling scores of 9+ on all its cuts.

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Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Jacob holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and has previously written for Stacker alongside co-authoring a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.