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.
The atmosphere at The Cut is half New York steakhouse, half speakeasy bar. Named in part for its location next to The Rocks’ historic sandstone tunnel, the Argyle Cut, and in part for its finger-licking selection of premium cuts of prime Australian beef, it dishes out tender steaks and a matching glass of red in a luxurious, dimly lit den.
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.
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.
If you appreciate good steak — and we mean really, really good steak — then Prime is a compulsory stop in the Harbour City, with 18 different cuts of beef on the menu, including a grain-fed, full-blood wagyu with a marble score of 9+, something one would struggle to find outside of Japan. The self-described “most extensive a la carte steak menu in the world” is complemented by the salubrious surrounds of No.1 Martin Place, Sydney’s heritage-listed sandstone GPO building.
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.