When it comes to the best beef restaurants in the city, the steaks are high. Sharpen your knives for the choicest cuts…
Cutting into a juicy steak is one of life’s great pleasures, and there are plenty of places to enjoy that feeling in Leeds. The best steak houses in the city vary from fine dining in luxury surroundings to feel-good family spots where the all-you-can-eat meat never stops coming. Here’s our pick of the best places to go for your steak fix, non-carnivores look away now…
The only Argentinian restaurant in Leeds is a place of pilgrimage for steak lovers. Their beef comes from the cattle ranches of their trusted partners, and unfailingly delivers bold flavours in opulent surroundings. You can choose from a number of grass-fed cuts, with cuadril (rump), ancho (ribeye), chorizo (sirloin) and lomo (fillet) among the most popular. You can try all four with the mountainous Gaucho Sampler or split a chateaubriand for two. Superb sauces include a fiery Firecracker Chimichurri and classic Béarnaise among others, while the deep wine list makes matching with your steak a breeze. Lovers of massive Malbecs will have a field day.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Restaurant Bar & Grill
In the mood for dining outside? Got a business date you want to impress? Out for a romantic meal? Housed in the charming Old Post Office building, Restaurant Bar & Grill ticks a lot of boxes. One of those boxes is called ‘Amazingly Lovely Steaks’, with a selection of native British breeds such as Hereford and grass-fed Aberdeen Angus, plus far-flung grain-fed Angus from Canada’s Spring Creek Ranch. The kitchen knows how to cook your meat exactly how you ask for it, whether that’s rump, sirloin or marbled ribeye. In the mood for sharing? A 35-day dry-aged bone in prime rib with red wine sauce is exactly what you need.
Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Old Post Office, 3 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2AN.
Fazenda is a fabulous place to feast. The first Brazilian steak restaurant in Leeds has an enviable location next to the canal at Granary Wharf, so you can gaze out at the water while waiters carve all-you-can-eat meat at your table. Yep, it’s a rodizio grill spot, where you’re issued a double-sided card to signal to the ‘passadores’ whether you’re needing a fresh supply of meat or not. Take your pick of picanha (cap of rump), tri-tip (bottom sirloin), alcatra (rump) and, in the evening, melting filet mignon and contra filet. A slew of sides and some sumptuous sauces make this a meeting with meat to remember.
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL
As you’d expect from one of the best restaurants in Leeds, Crafthouse takes steaks very, very seriously. They only use grass-fed beef, well-sourced. Grab a terrace seat when the weather is set fair or stay inside – wherever you are the steaks are a dream. The secret is chargrilling them at 300-350 degrees over charcoal on their Josper grill. That quick sear is the key to the savoury crust and succulent centres on 32-day aged Hereford sirloin, fillet or chateaubriand. Pair with your choice of sauce, French fries and vegetables for a meal to truly treasure.
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
Blackhouse Grill on the Square
With ‘Grill’ in the name, steaks are far from an afterthought at Blackhouse. Watch the world go by as you dine inside or on their covered terrace. They give your steak all the TLC it deserves before it finds its way onto a plate. They’re aged for a minimum of 28 days before being air dried for a final 24 hours in their own Himalayan rock salt chamber. The ‘Classic’ selection is packed with flavour, but you can upgrade to the ‘Blackhouse Selected’ cuts from the West Country, with Aussie grain-fed fillet exactly what your tastebuds deserve. Greedy or got company? The English Longbone cut tips the scales at 1.2kg.
Blackhouse Grill On the Square, 31-33 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
Renowned rodizio joint Estabulo has been at home in The Light for a few years now, tempting ravenous diners in with the heady, mouth-watering scent of Brazilian BBQ. For a fixed price you get the run of eight cuts of meat at lunch service, 15 cuts in the evening, with three and eight steak options respectively. That’s not all – you can also help yourself to the superb salad bar and tuck into unlimited sides. For your next lunch in Leeds, stock up on steak with cap of rump, rump or bottom sirloin, while the likes of juicy skirt and beef tenderloin come to the party at night.
Estabulo, The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Miller & Carter
Make a beeline for The Light if you’re ready to take on the 30-day aged British and Irish steaks dished up by Miller & Carter. Introduce yourself to the range with a reliable steak frites as part of the great value set lunch, while children can dine with the grown-ups on a perfectly petite 4oz rump steak from the ‘Younger Guests’ menu. Ready for steak nirvana? There’s a rich range of choices from the prime steak cuts selections, including a surf and turf fillet with lobster. The ‘Master Butcher’s Choice’ is all about flavour-bombs with 50-day aging and stellar sauces including bordelaise and beef dripping.
Miller & Carter, The Light, 56-58 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Nice to meat you, too. Oakwood’s best kept secret is a swanky restaurant and bar with a lovely, heated terrace and a nifty line in wondrous Wagyu beef. The whole menu, designed in consultation with award-winning chef, Lee Murdoch, formerly of Crafthouse, is a doozy. But it’s the steaks you’re here for. They live up to the billing, smoky from their charcoal grilling. Do you go for the 220g Hereford lomo fillet, the 300g chorizo sirloin, the ancho ribeye or the vacio flank? Choices, choices. Sauces are rich and reliable – whether it’s pungent peppercorn or a decadent truffle béarnaise – and beef fat chips are rustling, precision-cooked beauties.
Chophaus, Louis House, Princes Ave, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2FA.
With a name like ‘Ox Club’, you’d be disappointed if there wasn’t a steak or two to get your chops round at the Headrow House restaurant. You really don’t need to worry. You can watch the chefs prepare your food in the small, open kitchen, with the steaks getting a thorough searing on the solid-fuel grill. Juices get sealed inside, while the magical alchemy of the Maillard reaction delivers a distinctive crust. The bone-in sirloin is all about the savour of well-sourced beef, served with a bold béarnaise and chip sticks. If you’re not dining alone, get the showstopper 800g Highland wing rib of beef to share.
Ox Club, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Chez Mal Brasserie
Hotel restaurants are rarely a destination in their own right, but the Malmaison’s brasserie is well worth a reservation if you’ve got a craving for what used to be cow. The wine list has plenty of inky reds ideal for standing up to the mighty meat flavours, whether it’s the tender fillet steak with vine tomatoes and salad, or a rump steak that delivers a big, beefy blow to your palate. Arrive hungry if you plan on tackling the cote de boeuf, one of the best steak dishes in Leeds. 450g of 28-day Himalayan salt-aged goodness arrives with your choice of peppercorn sauce or garlic and parsley butter.
Chez Mal Brasserie, Malmaison Leeds, 1 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.