The 15 Best Steaks and Steakhouses In Adelaide

Fancy a steak night in Adelaide? Whether you’re looking for modern Australian BBQ meats, American smokehouses or Argentian grills, Adelaide has a head-spinning range of dining options.

For the committed carnivore, it’s hard to beat a finely seasoned and perfectly chargrilled cut of beef, and we have done our best to curate a list of the best options available in the City of Churches.

Trust us, it’s not difficult to find a great steak in Adelaide. The tricky part is narrowing down your choice.

Read on to discover our list of the best steakhouses in the city and surrounds of Adelaide. 

15 Best Steaks In Adelaide

Cork And Cleaver

Location: 2 Bevington Road, Glenunga 5064 / Tel: (08) 8379 8091

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm / Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 9:30pm

This Adelaide institution has been in operation for over 40 years, and is renowned for serving some of the finest steaks in in all of Australia.

Restaurateur, Stratos Pouras has built a legendary reputation for his cooking expertise, and the magnificent steaks on offer reflect his decades of experience.

The tantalising, juicy, perfectly presented rumps, sirloins, New York and rib-eye cuts are simply superb. As winners of numerous State and National awards, it seems the knowledgable judges also agree.

The dining experience here is classic, respectful and authentic. Their Black Angus Steak is spiced to perfection and you can also chow down on their scotch fillet with hickory and pepper.

Jars of the famous Cork and Cleaver Spice are available for sale, and we suggest you take one home with you. This little bottle of wonder will spice up your homecooked meat for years to come.

For business lunches that impress, evening dinners of character and quality, or for entertaining a small party in the private dining room, then this venerable restaurant is a smart choice.

Editor’s note: Adelaide restaurateur, Stratos Pouras, has now closed the doors of his iconic steak and seafood restaurant, Cork & Cleaver, for the final time after 43 years. This news comes as the 84-year-old has decided to retire after more than 50 years in the hospitality industry.

The Victoria Hotel

Location: Main South Rd, OHalloran Hill, SA, 5158 / Tel: (08) 8298 6633

The Vic, as it’s known to locals, has been serving quality prime steaks for over a decade from the aptly titled restaurant, The Grillhouse.

The Grillhouse boasts a wide range of steak-options to choose from, and some lovely views of the Adelaide Hills for your eyes to feast on.

This is a spacious venue, operating over two levels, and is particularly welcoming in winter with its open fire beckoning you in.

The wagyu rump is tasty, tender and flavoursome, but I haven’t yet found the appetite to take on the Vic’s celebrated 1kg T-bone. This is the fare of local legend status and I’m probably not worthy…

If you are brave enough to rise to the challenge, you can expect the meat sweats. This T-bone epic comes complete with 500g of BBQ ribs and 500g of chicken wings alongside crispy wedges and a caesar salad.

D’Arry’s Verandah

Ok, let’s be straight up. This is refined dining at its best; d’Arry’s is not your average local neighbourhood steakhouse.

This restaurant is award-winning for a reason and the scrumptious fillet of beef comes with paprika shallots, fine polenta chips and fried chorizo. It’s truly delectable.

Take a road trip to the beautiful, rolling hills of McLaren Vale, visit a winery or three, purchase some world-class Shiraz, and then visit this gem of a restaurant. (Note well – you will have to pre-book).

If you’re feeling flush with cash and empty of stomach, then by all means be tempted by the sublimely lavish 8 course degustation. Otherwise, go old-school and choose the beef.

The head chef, Peter Reschke, knows what he’s doing. He states that the key to a great steak lies in ensuring that the meat is rested in an oven after being seared in a hot pan as this is the perfect way to settle the juices.

He’s not wrong.

This is memorable dining experience. The views over the surrounding vineyards are wonderful, and the food is Modern Australian at its best.

Victory Hotel

Location: Main South Rd, Sellicks Hill SA 5174 / Tel: (08) 8556 3083 or (08) 8556 3072

Mon- Sat 10:00am till late / Sun 11:00am till late

This historic hotel serves up some of the finest steaks that an avid meat lover could wish for. The restaurant also boasts stunning coastal views for a literal ‘surf & turf’ experience.

You’ll have to get in the car and travel though.

The Victory Hotel (a restored pub/ eatery with a history dating back to the 1850s) is an hour’s drive from the Adelaide CBD in the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. (However, Helistar does offer a helicopter charter to the hotel, giving some lucky punters a magical view of some of the most specatcular scenery you will ever see)

The Victory Hotel boasts an impressive menu of locally sourced fresh produce from the nearby coastal and country areas. It has a notable wine cellar, featuring many of the region’s finest produce.

This is not a steakhouse per se, the menu is Modern Australian, varied, eclectic and with plenty of light options. Vegetarian, pescatarian and gluten-free diners are well catered for.

However, the 1000 Guineas Shorthorn (TAS), Angus pure grain-fed (SA), and Riverine scotch fillet (NSW) are chargrilled steaks of great quality. The steaks are accompanied by delicious duck fat kipflers, smokey bacon jam, jus and broccolini.

The hotel prides itself on only sourcing only the finest quality meat available, and, from our experience, the chargrilling is flawless.

The Victory Hotel is also home to the widely respected Rudderless Vineyard.

The Lion Hotel

This hotel offers the choice of fine or casual dining.

On the casual menu, you will be able to sample the delights of their Australian Angus Sirloin that comes complete with black cabbage, polenta chips and a luscious bacon jam.

On the fine dining menu, you can try the most costly Black Angus fillet (which is the most renowned option as it is cooked on their infamous rotisserie!)

This restaurant has been named the best by the Australian Hotels Association and so you are guaranteed to receive excellent service and exquisite food.

Black Bull Hotel

If you are not in fear of the meat sweats then this is definitely the spot for you!

Their huge 1KG Black Bull Clare Valley Hereford Rump Steak challenge is utterly phenomenal and this $50 challenge has rarely been completed!

All of these steaks are cooked to perfection and served with their flavoursome seasonal vegetables, chips and sauce of your choice.

The Black Angus porterhouse is definitely recommended as is the (slightly smaller) version of their Clare Valley Hereford rump.

A Hereford Beefstouw

This restaurant boasts a whopping ten cuts of beef to choose from, ranging from the wagyu to rib eye steaks.

This steakhouse is influenced by Danish cuisine and it specialises in the finest cuts of dry aged beef that is dried in-house.

Your order is able to be placed simply by ticking the list on the mini order that is supplied.

Their Hereford grass-fed beef is the standout choice and their salad bar offers a varied selection of potato salad, olives and phenomenal dressings to compliment your meat.

15 Best Steaks In Adelaide

Kaffana

This Serbian-influenced eatery has been dry ageing steak over a year but they keep it humble by not flaunting this fact.

They prefer not to refer to themselves as a steak restaurant and allow their food to do the talking for them.

These month-dried steaks are further dried for another four before being served and all of these cuts are cooked on charcoal adding a boost of flavour and authenticity.

It is seasoned with a healthy dose of pepper and salt and glazed in garlic. These steaks are undoubtedly some of the tastiest on offer in Adelaide! 

The Little Hunter

This is the perfect spot for chargrilled steaks that will more than satisfy your meat cravings.

The lean Black Angus rump, Angus ribeye and Sherwagyu rump and Angus eye fillet are all thoroughly recommended and come with a wide variety of sauces ranging from peppercorn and red wine to the more experimental wild mushrooms.

Wash down with a fine glass of red wine to hit the spot nicely!

Torrens Arms

These steaks are inexpensive and undoubtedly delicious! The juicy cuts served at the Torrens Arms are usually under $40 and come served with broccoli and sweet potato fries.

They also dedicated Thursday evenings specifically to rump steaks where you can try their finest black Angus steak and a drink for only $15!

This restaurant’s reputation speaks for itself and it is renowned for delivering constant and continual excellence. You’d be a fool to miss out!

Ellen St Restaurant

This restaurant believes that the secret to a perfected steak lies in the way that the meat has been dry-aged.

This restaurant cooks the meat in a hot oven for 30 minutes before chargrilling it and caramelising the steak until it is perfectly tender.

If you are looking for indefinable culinary excellence, this is the steak-spot for you!

Britannia Hotel

This restaurant serves wholesome steak for those who are on a budget. These steaks may be cheaper but they’re certainly no less juicy!

You can wrap your eager jaws around a delicious T-bone steak or try their delightful porterhouse option. Both of these steaks come served with chips and a salad for only $12!

You should book in advance as this is an incredibly popular venue amongst locals for a good reason – the food is delicious!

Rezz

This family favourite restaurant is the perfect place to finish a stroll through the beautiful park located on its doorstep.

Try the 600g T-bone steak if you are particularly hungry or even the 300g fillet that comes topped with delicious prawns and a veggie stack.

The waiters here are also more than willing to talk you through their extensive wine menu to ensure that you find the perfect drop to accompany your meat.

Grand Central 

If game meat is more your thing then this is definitely the right spot for you. The Grand Central’s finest chargrilled kangaroo steak is the perfect option for those more experimental eaters.

This meat is grilled to perfection and served with plump cherry tomatoes.

For any sports fans, this venue is also home to Central Districts Football Club and you’ll be able to grab a delightfully delicious steak whilst cheering on the team on match day making this the perfect spot for gatherings of friends and family alike.

Mobara

This oriental Japanese steak is guaranteed to have you salivating for days until you get to sample it’s excellence again. It is carefully and intricately prepared and cooked teriyaki-style.

This steak is served rested on a banana leaf for that added oriental experience and comes accompanied by a delightuflly fresh side salad drizzled in teriyaki sauce.

This is definitely the best restaurant to choose if you are seeking an experimental fillet of steak and you will certainly not leave disappointed once you have experienced the tender meat on offer at Mobara. 

To conclude, Adelaide boasts some of the finest steak connoisseurs and restaurants in the whole of Australia.

Whilst this city can so often be overlooked with regards to it’s restaurant scene due to its smaller size, it undoubtedly serves some of the finest food in the whole of the country and should not be underestimated.

Whether you are looking to chow down on a traditional steak that is cooked to perfection or you prefer to try a more experimental option, you will undoubtedly find the right dish to satisfy your every desire in Adelaide. 

Dylan Cole