A good steak is hard to beat… and also hard to find.
Let alone deciding on which cut you want, other pertinent questions to be asked are how long has the steak been dry-aged for, was the steer bred locally, was it grain fed, and where do the peppercorns used in the sauce originate from?
With that in mind, here’s our favourite 12 steakhouses in Belfast…
245 Lisburn Rd
If you are passionate about steak a visit the Porterhouse is a necessity.
At Porterhouse they use the highest grade beef from a specialist breed of locally reared steers. The beef is then dry aged on the bone for a minimum 21 days resulting in tender, succulent steak with a concentrated rich flavour.
Must try: 32oz rump steak with garlic sauteed mushrooms, hand cut chips & pepper sauce. £26.95 (needs to be ordered a day in advance)
2. Strip Joint
38-45 Hill St
The guys at Made In Belfast are so good at steak they’ve opened a third restaurant specialising in this most glorious of meats.
The flat iron steak was one of the stars of the show at its restaurants at City Hall and Talbot Street. You’ll find it on the menu in Strip Joint along with rib steak, rump cap and pointer steak. For those with bigger appetites there’s a 22oz chateaubriand on the bone to share or a 36oz wing rib steak to share.
Must try: 500g Himalayan salt-aged sirloin on the bone, crispy fried local prawns, buttered spinach, lobster butter. £25
33-35 Malone Rd
The Barking Dog has more than earned its status as not only one of the best places for a steak in Belfast, but one of the best restaurants if you’re after good quality delicious food, relaxing ambiance, a great choice of locally sourced drinks, and fantastic service.
Must try: Peter Hannon’s 10oz Salt Aged Rib-Eye, Smoked Chilli Butter, Leaves, Tomato, Chunky Chips (gf). £24
4. Ten Square
10 Donegall Sq S
In the Grill Room at Ten Square, they looooove their steak… but only if it’s juicy Irish prime aged and grain fed beef.
Choose from fillet, sirloin or rib-eye prepared just to your taste. All steaks are supplied by the award-winning McAtamney Butchers in Ballymena and are Irish reared and hung for a minimum of 28 days.
Must try: 8oz fillet steak with Bushmills whiskey sauce. £22
66 Eglantine Avenue
For a gorgeous steak cooked to your personal preference to utter perfection check out the restaurant in the Malone Lodge Hotel. Which also does a mean mushroom sauce.
Must try: K&G McAtamneys 8oz fillet steak with truffle mash, wild mushroom and blue cheese gratin. £28
253 Lisburn Rd
Shu’s simple French-influenced food using the best seasonal ingredients, served at a reasonable price, in an elegant location and with professional, yet relaxed, friendly service truly hits the right notes with their delicious steaks on offer.
Must try: Aged sirloin, hand cut chips, Madagascan green peppercorn sauce. £23
44-46 Upper Queen St
Stix & Stones boast a passion for steak & seafood served in its purest form which is reflected within their fresh, locally produced, mouth-watering food. The steaks are succulent, and we love cooking them to suit our individual taste ourselves!
All steaks are served with wild mushrooms and truffle ragu, beetroot relish and slow roasted tomato and a choice of whiskey peppered sauce, garlic & tarragon butter, bernaise or rich pan jus.
Must try: 16oz T-bone steak. £28.95.
St Anne’s Sq
While this fantastic Italian restaurant may not fall under the steakhouse blanket, its steak dishes are worth shouting about.
It’s one of our favourite sharing restaurants and their steak platter for two is beyond amazing, though the cost merits a very special occasion.
Must try: Coppi Florentine for two, 1kg salt-aged ribeye on the bone, roast vine tomatoes, rosemary and Parmesan fries. £55
186 Cavehill Rd
With every Tuesday night being ‘Steak Night’ (two steaks for £20 plus choice of side & sauce!) you’d be mad not to try out Murphy Brown’s famous steaks.
All steaks are grilled, cooked to your liking and served with a slow roast tomato, sauté onions, pan fried mushrooms and choice of potato. All of their steaks come from Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured Herds and are matured for a minimum of 28 days!
Highly thought of by people who love their steaks as one of the best in Belfast.
Must try: Sirloin 10oz. £12.95. And why not add the Surf ‘n’ Turf for an extra £2.50?
10. Morning Star
One of the mainstays of the steak scene in Belfast, the Morning Star has long been famed for its speciality steaks, served sizzling on cast iron skillets with grilled tomato, saute onions, bonemarrow butter and a side of your choice.
They’ll serve you any cut you like – ribeye, rump, sirloin, fillet – up to a maximum of a whopping 48oz rump (which you’ll need to give them 48 hours notice on)
Must try: It’s gotta be the 48oz rump, hasn’t it? £39.99
407 Ormeau Rd
Even those who can’t speak French would be able to take a stab at what the Filet De Boeuf is. And stab at it you should! This amazing French restaurant is famed for its Gallic cuisine, in particular its steaks.
Since 1997 the owners have brought a little bit of French flair and quaint eccentricity to the Ormeau Road.
Must try: Entrecote De Boeuf (12oz sirloin steak) with garlic butter. £16.95
As if you needed any more reason to order a T-Bone steak, if you order one at the Fáilte, you’ll get a cheeky free starter and free dessert all for £24.95.
They also run a Steak Tuesday where you can get a mouth-watering sirloin steak served with fried onions, mushrooms, beef tomato and chips for £11.95. Bliss.
Must try: Sirloin Steak, sauté button mushrooms, grilled beef tomato and crisp tobacco onions with homecut chips or mash potato, £18.95 (apart from Tuesdays!)