The old steak has fallen out of favour in recent years. As the ethical and environmental impact of livestock farming becomes more apparent, chefs and diners are getting cosier with vegetables than ever before.

Despite this, there are still plenty of spots to find a good grilled steak in Melbourne (as opposed to steak tartare or American-style smoked beef). At the top spots, you can usually choose your preferred breed, feed (grain or grass), cut, ageing time, condiments and, of course, how you’d like it cooked (no more than medium, please).

But however you customise your steak, such a simple dish is totally reliant on the quality of the animal. The good news: Australia raises some of the best beef in the world. Victorian farmer David Blackmore brought Wagyu here in 1989 and now counts Thomas Keller (French Laundry, USA) and a number of other high-profile international chefs as customers.

Then there’s South Australia’s Mayura Station (another pure-bred Wagyu operation) Tasmania’s Cape Grim, Victoria’s O'Connor Beef and many other world-class cattle farms employing ethical, sustainable practices. And it’s all right on our proverbial doorstep.

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Rockpool Bar & Grill


For many years now it's been the place to eat steak in Melbourne. Deservedly – chef Neil Perry works exclusively with Cape Grim, Minderoo and Blackmore Waygu and has the cooking process down to a fine art.

8 Whiteman Street, Crown Complex, Southbank
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Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel


Half-a-dozen high-grade cuts to choose from, all treated on a red-gum-fired barbeque.

166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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L'Hôtel Gitan


The Reymond family might call this place a pub, but not many pubs offer Cape Grim and Southern Ranges steaks cooked like this.

32 Commercial Road, Prahran

The Station Hotel


Before chef Sean Donovan moved onto the Fitzroy Town Hall, he set up this unashamed temple to beef. The menu has been consolidated since then, but still offers 12 outstanding steaks.

59 Napier Street, Footscray

Steer Dining Room


Explore the delights of Wagyu and Angus beef matched with Japanese-style condiments.

15 Claremont Street, South Yarra

San Telmo


Argentina loves beef like no other country on earth. Get a taste of its culture here, with help from O'Connor Beef.

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Northern Git


Since launching in 2014, Git seems to have flown under many steak-lovers' radars. That's a mistake while owner Michael Slade (ex-La Luna) is in the kitchen.

757 High Street, Thornbury

Angus & Bon


O’Connor grass-fed beef and 9+ score Wagyu from David Blackmore is aged for 30 to 50 days, then wood-fired on the grill.

168 Greville Street, Prahran

La Luna Bistro


Don't be fooled by the compact steak menu – the chefs here know exactly what they're doing.

320 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
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Did you realise one of Melbourne's best American barbeque spots also ages its own steaks in house?

The Basement 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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It's not just the French who know how to cook a good steak. The five-item menu here is proof, with beef from Sher, Hopkins River and O'Connor.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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France Soir


Classic steak frites cooked with O'Connor grass-fed beef at an institution established in 1986.

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Bar Margaux


This subterranean late-night French bistro serves up a fantastic classic steak frites, with all of the traditional sauces on the side.

Basement 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

MPD Steak Kitchen


Nine cuts cooked by a former Vue de Monde chef.

288 Clyde Road, Berwick
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People either love it or hate it. Whichever camp you fall in, it's a fact that almost nothing has changed here since 1964. Three courses of meat, prepared right in the dining room, with only a small side salad to distract you.

61 Bridge Road, Richmond

Entrecôte South Yarra


A solid trad-French concept where steak and fries are the stars.

133 Domain Road, South Yarra
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