If you’re looking for a good steak in Canberra, look no further than these 10 steak restaurants…
Whether you like it rare and juicy or smothered in peppercorn sauce, there’s nothing like a steak when treating yourself to something delicious. So, to celebrate that special occasion, we’ve not just rounded up a list of great steakhouses in Canberra ourselves, but we’ve asked all our local members to nominate their favourite steak restaurant. And here they are…
Without any further ado, here’s the ultimate list of the top 10 places to eat great steak in Canberra.
Marble & Grain
Marble & Grain is a modern, European influenced steakhouse with a warm and luxurious interior located in the five-star Avenue Hotel. All six steak cuts are served with red wine jus, duck fat potatoes and a range of extras; plus they are all sourced from the restaurants own farm the Travale. The long list of Australian and European wines and extensive selection of spirits and cocktails is another major selling point for the restaurant.
Fondly referred to as ‘The Kingo’ by locals, this warm and rustic venue offers great steak in a casual and timeless pub setting. With 12 steaks to choose from, two different sizes of frites and 14 sauces, diners will find themselves spoilt for choice. Self-proclaimed beer specialists, the on-tap boutique beers, draught beers and ciders are definitely recommended.
Black Fire is an award-winning Mediterranean inspired restaurant known for its charcoal grilling style and authentic approach. And, of course, the focus of the menu is unquestionably meat. All steaks are locally sourced – grass or grain fed – dry aged for a minimum of four weeks before open fire roasted in a charcoal grill. Plus, for the Canberra wine lovers, Black Fire is also home to a decent wine list consisting of mainly Spanish and Australian choices rounds out the experience
RAKU is a modern Japanese restaurant, mixing Japanese with modern Australian dining. With a menu ranging from sushi to robust meat dishes, RAKU is an exciting and unique way to enjoy your steak. The steak options of Scotch Fillet and Wagyu Grain-Fed are grilled to perfection and served with a Japanese twist, with the option of wasabi cream. For drinks try their renowned Sake Experience ($51) or the mandarin-infused Yuzu Sour ($18) that’s shaken up with Archie Rose Gin.
Putting it quite simply, Charcoal is a steak-praising Canberra institution. The steakhouse is the oldest running restaurant in the city, and with the original interiors it serves up plenty of old-school charm alongside excellent steak. The classic menu serves up charcoal-grilled modern cuts, and traditional mains served with timeless sides and sauces. With a menu featuring both nostalgic and updated dishes, along with an impressive wine list, it looks like Charcoal won’t be going anywhere for another 50 years.
The warm and casual Manuka Steakhouse serves up some serious steak frites. With steak as the star of the menu, meat lovers will not be disappointed here. The special grill menu is substantial, covering six different cuts, five sauces and all the classic sides. The cheap and cheerful drinks menu covers sparkling, red and white wines, beers as well as spirits.
Otis Dining Hall
Otis pairs the easy, laid back vibe of a ‘dining hall’ with the delicious and contemporary French menu of a much more formal restaurant. The Otis Pepper Steak, a 220g aged beef served with delicious brandy jus and silkwood pepper is a house specialty. The drinks menu includes reasonably priced wine with plenty of options, as well as seasonal cocktails.
Chifley's Bar & Grill
Chifley’s Bar and Grill dining room is classically elegant, set in a newly refurbished glassed-in terrace looking over the Hotel Kurrajong’s gardens. The grill menu includes several cuts of steak served with a range of sides and sauces; the stand out of these is the Beer Battered Onion Rings ($14). As for the bar, the drinks list is long and varied. The whisky bar is an excellent addition, created in honour of the restaurant’s namesake’s favourite drink.
Capitol Bar & Grill
The chic and stylish Capitol Bar and Grill is an Italian-American Steakhouse that lives up to the hype. The 10 cuts of steak are all excellent and arrive with piles of frites. They range from the cheapest “I only have a minute steak” to the decadent Double Rib-Eye steak recommended to share between four. A long and varied wine list compliments the meals, and for the spirit enthusiasts, don’t miss the delicious cocktails.
Vincent is sleek and modern with an unusual set up, where the tables integrate into a bar on the perimeter of the restaurant, and the ‘scrabble-tile’ menu on the wall takes pride of place. The focus is as much on the wine as the food, as every delicious dish is paired with ‘unconventional’ wines from around the world. The 8+ grade Wagyu Sirloin ($41) is just as unique and flavoursome as it is delicious thanks to the pomegranate jus and the paired heirloom Dutch carrots.
Looking for more food ideas in Canberra? Check out the 10 best Italian restaurants in the city, Or, if you fancy giving the restaurants a miss, make sure to read our top tips for cooking restaurant quality steak at home – and some wines to pair it with!