The Best Steakhouses in Sydney

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Tom Smith

Avoid cheap and nasty $10 steaks that are chewier than old leather, and indulge in melt-in-your-mouth meat instead. From monstrous tomahawk steaks to traditional Argentine fare, these are the eight best steakhouses you can find in Sydney.

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Steak and sides at Rockpool

Rockpool claims to be Australia’s most beautiful dining room, located in a green marble 1936 art deco skyscraper in the heart of the city — and the unfussy menu of wood fired meats, poultry and seafood lives up to its surroundings. Neil Perry — one of Australia’s most recognisable chefs — sources the meat directly from producers then dry-ages it in-house, which helps explain the slew of awards next to Rockpool’s name.


Chef Lennox Hastie returned to Australia in 2011 before opening Firedoor in 2015

Firedoor does one thing — smoking — and it does it extremely well. The fire-powered menu contains smoked meat, of course, but also smoked veggies, smoked bread, smoked butter. Even the ice cream is smoked. Located in a century-old heritage building in Surry Hills, Firedoor’s open kitchen contains two custom-made wood-fired ovens, four grills and an Australian-made Aga (heavy stove), and, boy, do they use them.


Chophouse is famous for the Tomahawk — 1.7 kilograms of Rangers Valley Angus from Northern NSW that demands three or four ravenous diners to properly defeat — but it’s also known for an extensive menu of prime meat and chops, flawless service and classy ambience. The New York-style steakhouse also caters to large gatherings with its tailored ’Chop ‘n’ Change’ menu, including a full suckling pig.


The best carne this side of Buenos Aires can be found at this Surry Hills institution, featuring a traditional Argentine Parilla (barbecue) and Asado (fire pit) accompanied by a wine list loaded with fine South American reds. Porteño sparked a city-wide obsession with South American cuisine when it opened in 2010 by serving traditional melt-in-your-mouth Argentine steaks alongside a series of local specialities, like house-made morcilla (blood sausage) as well as flan for dessert.

Kingsleys Woolloomooloo

The local beef and seafood they dish up at this steak and crab house is superb, no doubt, but the relaxed atmosphere and harbour views are the real highlights. Located on the famous Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, the waterfront dining area at Kingsley’s is the place to see and be seen in Sydney — a venue where the city’s rich and powerful go to sun themselves over a high-quality cut of meat or the signature chilli mud crab washed down by a glass of vino.

Riley Street Garage

This sleek industrial-chic eatery looks like it’s been plucked straight out of New York’s Meatpacking District, rejuvenating an old Woolloomooloo mechanics garage into a grand art deco bar and restaurant that features a huge brass island bar in the heart of the 200-seat restaurant. Riley St Garage offers plenty more than just steak, but the 800gm dry-aged Riverine ribeye with béarnaise sauce is not to be missed.

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