When it comes to a truly indulgent dinner, a succulent steak is hard to beat. Everyone has their own preference for what makes a perfect cut, be it medium rare or well done, or served with garlic butter or peppercorn sauce.
We want to make finding your perfect line-up easy, so we’ve drawn up our top picks for the best steaks in Manchester. From steakhouses in converted factories, through to energetic American-style BBQ houses, there’s something here for everyone.
Hawksmoor Manchester Book Hawksmoor Manchester
Lauded as the best steak restaurant in the UK by many, Hawksmoor is an absolute essential choice on this round-up. Housed in a beautifully restored Victorian courthouse in Deansgate, the interior is filled with reclaimed furniture and design pieces from the local area, while the menu showcases the best cuts from small British farms alongside gourmet signature sides. The chic bar area mixes up an award-winning cocktail list, and the Sunday roasts here were voted best in the UK by Observer Food Monthly.
Manchester Smokehouse Book Manchester Smokehouse
A celebration of the art of BBQ, Manchester Smokehouse is a proper slice of American-style dining in the city. Steaks, ribs and chops are rubbed with secret recipe herbs and spices and cooked over open flames fuelled by hickory, fruit and oak woods. As well as favourites like Texas hand-sliced brisket, there is a massive selection of craft beers on tap at the bar, imported American bourbons, and a packed line-up of live music events that draw in a great crowd.
Gaucho – Manchester Book Gaucho
Argentina’s famed steaks are showcased with style at Gaucho Manchester, with a stunning interior featuring cowhide-covered seating, black and white leather, and dramatic skylights overhead. Tender cuts on the menu include picana, while the wine list features a huge range of Argentinian labels, including rare vintages. Finish off a meal with style at Gaucho Manchester with a cigar and a single malt from the bar, and be sure to check out the regular live music performances.
Steak & Lobster Book Steak & Lobster
Steak & Lobster Manchester keeps things nice and simple on the menu, serving up freshly caught lobsters and succulent steaks from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. This popular surf and turf concept also serves gourmet sides like cayenne pepper onion rings, indulgent desserts like salted caramel cheesecake, and signature cocktails mixed up at the chic bar.
Wood Manchester by Simon Wood Book Wood Manchester
Wood Manchester by Simon Wood is a stunning modern venue by the former MasterChef winner, bringing modern takes on classic flavours. A particular highlight is the massive tomahawk steak for 2 to share, served with green peppercorns and a selection of sides. There is also a great choice of full-bodied reds on the wine list to complement, and irresistible British desserts to finish, such as Yorkshire rhubarb with white chocolate.
James Martin Manchester Book James Martin Manchester
Featuring in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants 2015, James Martin Manchester is a chic eatery from the acclaimed celebrity chef found inside the glitzy 235 Casino. Steak lovers are well catered for, with the on-site meat market featuring a huge walk-in meat fridge which showcases all the cuts on offer, sourced from carefully selected British farms. Menu highlights include the Yorkshire Wagyu steaks served with dripping chips and malt-glazed onions, complemented with velvety reds from the extensive wine list.
Cast Iron Grill Book Cast Iron Grill
A modern steakhouse that focuses on traditional flavours, Cast Iron Grill Manchester serves a mouthwatering line-up of steaks and gourmet sides. From traditional beef cuts through to treats like the pork t-bone steak with sage and garlic butter, there are dishes for every appetite, including a popular burger selection. Be sure to add in sides like the brisket mac ‘n’ cheese, and finish off with the signature toffee and ginger skillet pudding.
Brasserie Abode Book Brasserie Abode
Housed in a Grade-II listed former textile factory, Brasserie Abode Manchester serves a modern menu that includes succulent steaks from the grill. Time-honoured classics like bavette steak frites, or the rib eye steak with béarnaise sauce come beautifully presented in an intimate setting of low lighting and plush velvet furnishings, while the bar serves up imaginative cocktails and fine wines.
Chez Mal at Malmaison Manchester Book Chez Mal
Boasting a Josper grill that is famed for cooking steaks, Chez Mal at Malmaison Manchester serves up a collection of 28-day aged UK steaks seasoned with signature salt blends. Enjoy cuts like the 450g rime rib, or really indulge and share the 1,100g porterhouse, coupled with sides like truffle and parmesan fries.
CAU Media City
A vibrant taste of Buenos Aires in Manchester, CAU Media City is a colourful steakhouse close to Old Trafford. A massive selection of steaks feature on the menu, including spiral-cut rib eye marinated in chimichurri, or go for the feasting plate that piles on a selection of chef’s cuts to share. There is also a popular al fresco dining area that is the perfect summer hangout, especially when sampling something from the wine list, or a colourful cocktail from the bar.