If you’re in search of the best steakhouse in Dublin, you’ve landed in the right place. An expertly cooked piece of steak can be a thing of beauty.
Unless well-done is your thing, the juices will start flowing and the delicate pinkish-red inside will let you know you’re onto a winner (I’m making myself hungry just writing this!).
Thankfully, there’s some incredible steak restaurants in Dublin, with something that should suit most budgets.
In the guide below, we attempt to pinpoint the best steakhouse in Dublin, with a mix of fine dining, casual restaurants and very funky spots.
Where we think does the best steak in Dublin
In the first section of our guide, you’ll find what we think is the best steakhouse in Dublin – these are places that one or more of The Irish Road Trip Team have eaten in.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the brilliant F.X. Buckley and the mouthwatering Tomahawk Steakhouse to some steak restaurants in Dublin that are often overlooked.
1. F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Pembroke Street
One of Dublin’s original steakhouses, F.X. Buckley has been an institution for over 30 years since opening their first restaurant on Pembroke Street in 1987.
Though their story actually goes much further back than that – the first F.X. Buckley’s branded shop opened on Moore Street in 1930 and the first record of a Buckley’s butcher dates to 1660!
But you’re not here for a history lesson. F.X. Buckley is all about perfectly cooked beef and that’s what they do. Choose one of their sublime 28-day dry-aged cuts and enjoy the stylish surroundings of this iconic Dublin restaurant.
This, in our opinion, is the best steakhouse in Dublin, and it’s one we find ourselves returning to over and over again.
2. Tomahawk Steakhouse
Sometimes, all you need in life is a huge slab of meat. If indeed that is what you’re salivating for, then make a swift detour to the mighty Tomahawk Steakhouse on Essex Street – another restaurant reputed to dish up some of the best steak in Dublin!
Aged upstairs in Dollard & Co Food Market’s dry aging chamber for up to 28 days to ensure maximum flavour, it’s fair to say they take their steaks seriously here.
Cooked over their grill to give the steaks a smoky finish, all the meat cuts here are superb but if you had to choose one then definitely grab one of their heroic 30oz Tomahawk Ribeye steaks and split it between yourself and your partner.
Related read: Check out our guide to the finest Michelin Star restaurants in Dublin (11 places for a meal you won’t forget in a hurry!)
From its handsome exterior to the quality produce served on your plate, Featherblade on Dawson St is a classy experience all round.
Since chef-owner Paul McVeigh opened the restaurant in 2015, it’s been a hit with locals and their juicy pink meats with a nice smoky char on the outside have kept them coming back for more.
Also, perhaps unusually for a steakhouse, they’ve also gained a reputation for cooking up some of the city’s best burgers! Order the bacon cheeseburger or the truffle burger to see what all the fuss is about.
They’re only a stone’s throw away from Trinity College too, so if you’ve spent an afternoon there then this is a great spot to come afterwards.
4. Ryan’s of Parkgate Street
Housed in a gorgeous old Victorian pub that’s been on the winning end of a sparkling refurbishment job, Ryan’s of Parkgate Street is an elegant arm of the F.X. Buckley empire and is well worth the trip over to Stoneybatter.
Choose from the gastro menu downstairs amid the ornate Victorian surroundings or head upstairs for the more formal dining rooms (this is where you’ll find the steaks).
Though their oyster bar is fast gaining an enviable reputation, their tender steaks served with beef dripping chips are a great way to finish off a walk around nearby Phoenix Park.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best brunch in Dublin (or our guide to the best bottomless brunch in Dublin)
Fancy steak restaurants in Dublin
Now that we have what we think is the best steakhouse in Dublin out of the way, it’s time to see what else the capital has to offer.
Below, you’ll find some of the swankier steak restaurants Dublin has to offer, from Marco Pierre White’s to the very unique FIRE.
1. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
A couple of doors down from Featherblade on Dawson Street is the Dublin edition of big-haired celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s chain of steakhouse restaurants.
While his grill also offers the likes of Grilled Hake and Chicken Paillard, it’s the steaks that you come here for. The menu is reassuringly small, so simply choose whether you want a Sirloin, Fillet or their flagship Himalayan Salt Aged Delmonico Ribeye.
All meats are grass-fed Irish beef and served with either Triple cooked Chips or Kale Caesar Salad. Marco Pierre White’s is arguably the best steakhouse in Dublin if you’re looking for a restaurant to mark a special occasion.
2. Shanahan’s on the Green
The Irish have a long history in America, so Boston native John Shanahan decided in 1998 that he wanted to bring some of that Irish-American character back to Dublin.
He settled on an elegant Georgian townhouse facing the westside of St Stephen’s Green and turned it into one of the city’s finest steakhouses.
The whole restaurant has an American theme and you should definitely check out their Oval Office bar with its Irish-American presidential memorabilia, including President Kennedy’s original rocking chair!
Their À La Carte Menu serves certified Angus steaks and even offers their own single malt whiskey to finish with. You’ll hear many say that Shanahan’s cooks up the best steak in Dublin.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best lunch in Dublin (from Michelin Star eats to Dublin’s best burger)
With its bright red neon signs and green foliage overflowing onto the canopies below, Pichet is pretty impossible to miss!
Offering a modern take on classic Irish and French cuisine, the restaurant was opened in 2009 by chef-owner Stephen Gibson after he’d spent 9 years travelling around the world perfecting his craft and working with myriad other top chefs.
Pichet has since won numerous awards and you’ll find out why when you come down to its stylish surroundings on the corner of Trinity Street and St Andrew’s Lane.
The À La Carte Menu is full of well-prepared mains such as their Roasted Stuffed Loin of Rabbit, and they also have an extensive bar menu offering a wide range of beers, spirits and cocktails.
4. FIRE Steakhouse
It’s not often you get to dine in 300-year-old buildings, but that’s exactly what FIRE Steakhouse offers.
Located in The Mansion House on Dawson Street and set back from the road by an elegant small garden, the building has been the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715 (He still dines in the Supper Room from time to time!).
Speaking of the Supper Room, this is where you’ll also be dining and it dates back to 1864 and features incredible vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows.
When you’re not admiring the opulent surroundings, get stuck into one of their succulent award-winning Irish Hereford Prime Irish Steaks. FIRE is arguably the best steakhouse in Dublin if you’re looking for a unique setting, incredible food and a location that’s hard to beat.
Other popular spots for steak in Dublin
Our quest to find the best steakhouse in Dublin ends with the section below. Here, you’ll find some other insanely popular steak restaurants in Dublin.
From the hugely popular Trocadero to the brilliant Lobstar, you’ll find plenty of other spots to sample some of the best steak in Dublin below.
1. Butcher Grill
Don’t be put off by Butcher Grill’s understated exterior as there are some seriously good (and juicy!) reasons to step through its doors.
As if the glorious aromas wafting through from the open kitchen weren’t enough, the beef is wonderfully prepared and aged so that it’s delightfully succulent when you bite into it.
Located in the vibrant suburb of Ranelagh, it’s one of the finest gastro options outside of the city centre and has built up a loyal following since opening in 2010.
There are ribeye and striploin options on the menu, while if you really want to up the ante then go for the decadent 24oz chateaubriand.
Just because this is predominantly a seafood spot (as its puntastic name should make clear!), that shouldn’t put you off ordering the sublime steak that’s on offer at Lobstar.
Located down in charming Monkstown, you’ll have to do a bit of travelling to get to this award-winning spot but it’s well worth the journey.
The smorgasbord of superb seafood options will of course be tempting, but order the Fillet of Hereford Beef and you won’t be disappointed. The stylish subway-tiled room here is small but the flavours on offer are mighty.
3. Trocadero Dublin
Located just a stone’s throw from the Molly Malone Statue, you’ll be pleased to know that this part of Dublin is much nicer now than it was in her day!
Spread over two 18th century red-bricks at the heart of Dublin’s cultural centre, Trocadero features a range of fine food set in a handsome Art Deco dining room.
Dishing up some of the best steak in Dublin for over 60 years now, its central location makes it a perfect spot to hit after you’ve seen one of the city’s many attractions.
The 9oz Centre Cut Fillet of Irish Angus beef is the steak to look for on their enticing À La Carte Menu. This is one of our favourite Irish restaurants in Dublin for good reason!
4. SOLE Seafood & Grill
Another seafood spot here that admittedly does serve up some sublime fish, but also puts the same effort into its excellent cuts of beef.
Located in the heart of the city on William Street, SOLE’S sweeping colonnade is the grand centrepiece of its chic bronze and grey interior
A unique feature of SOLE is their private dining experience where you and your guests are able to take a seat at the exclusive Captain’s Table.
With a private bar and dedicated bartender, this is the finest place in the restaurant to sit down and order their succulent 10oz fillet steak alongside shallot mash, roast roots and mushrooms.
The best steak in Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant steak restaurants in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best steakhouse in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where does the best steak in Dublin City Centre?’ to ‘What steak restaurants in Dublin are the fanciest?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What is the best steakhouse in Dublin?
In our opinion, you’ll find the best steak in Dublin in F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Pembroke Street, Featherblade and Tomahawk Steakhouse.
What is the best steak restaurant in Dublin for a fancy meal?
If you’re looking for a swanky spot to eat, Marco Pierre White, Shanahan’s, Pichet and FIRE are worth checking out.