Going out for a good steak can be a rare treat for many – and we’ve all had the horrible experience of forking out for an average slab of chewy meat.
Bristol is bursting with options when it comes to steakhouses, but some are better than others.
From “sensational steaks” to the places we would “never go back to”, Bristol Live has reviewed the good, the bad and the average of the city’s steakhouses.
Below we’ve ranked some of the city’s steak restaurants from the very best, to the not-so-good.
Mugshot: ‘The best in Bristol’
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Affordable and perfectly cooked steak – what more could you want.
Mark Taylor gave Mugshot a rare five stars out of five when he visited, describing it as “the most exciting new restaurant to open in Bristol” in 2018.
Mugshot’s steaks are cooked on hot stones made from volcanic granite and reach temperatures higher than any oven.
Unlike other restaurants, the price of the steak includes chips, a rocket and Parmesan salad, one sauce and two butters, rather than being an additional cost – something to consider for those on a budget, as add-ons can lead to a pricey bill at other restaurants.
Mark Taylor heaped praise on the food and the atmosphere at the St Nicholas Street restaurant – you can read his full review here.
Mixed reviews for The Ox
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Rating: 3 or 5/5
The Ox has become a firm favourite in Bristol, and is known for hosting regular bargain deals.
It has branches on Corn Street and in Whiteladies Road, serving up sumptuous steaks.
While Mark Taylor gave it five stars back in 2017, describing the restaurant as offering ‘a quality steak meal’, Bristol Live reporter Robin Murray rated the restaurant a three out of five in January this year.
He said his high expectations “weren’t quite met” – so perhaps it’s one to try out for yourself.
Chomp: The squirrelled-away steakhouse
If not everyone in your dining party fancies a steak, Chomp could be for you.
According to Mark Taylor it sells “sensational steaks” and some of the best burgers in Bristol.
Chomp started out life as a street food business, with a tiny van outside Temple Meads station.
It’s since grown and now has a restaurant squirrelled away in St Nicholas Street, having gained a stellar reputation.
You can read Bristol Live’s full review of Chomp here.
You’d do well to beat The Ashville
“You’d certainly do well to find better”.
Those were the words of Bristol Live reporter Robin Murray after going on a mission to see if The Ashville in Ashton still served the best steaks in Bristol.
He said: “Using the finest cuts of beef from the long-running Buxton Butchers, the steaks at The Ashville are absolutely sumptuous, cooked just how you ask for them and reasonably priced.”
The pub has a range of options – from a classic 8oz sirloin to a 32oz tomhawk teak or a mighty 96oz T-bone.
You can read our full review here.
Pasture – the steakhouse all meat-lovers should try
Pasture has only been open for around 18 months, but it was quick to become a huge hit.
Its owner Sam Elliott spent a decade working around the UK as chef-director for Jamie Oliver but returned to Bristol to open Pasture in Portwall Lane.
Mark Taylor described the restaurant as a steakhouse all meat-lovers should try, giving it three stars out of five.
Wetherspoons – tasty but greasy
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It might not be the fanciest place to eat, but it sometimes feels there’s a Wetherspoons on every corner.
Reporter Robin Murray ate at Wetherspoons every night for a week, meaning he got to enjoy the pub’s Tuesday Steak Club.
He said: “My slab of meat arrived promptly (worrying promptly) and cooked as I had asked, and while it obviously wasn’t to the same standard as the cuts you get at the likes of The Ox, Mugshot or Pasture it was pretty tasty, if not slightly on the greasy side.”
Robin rated it a three out of five, partly on account of it being just £9.45 for an 8oz sirloin with chips and a pint of ale.
Miller + Carter ‘needs to raise its game’
There was a lot of excitement when Miller + Carter announced it was opening a new restaurant inside the Marriott Bristol Royal hotel.
But sadly, reviewer Mark Taylor was left less than impressed after what he described as a “Fawlty Tower-style experience at the restaurant.
He said: “Decent steak aside, this was a meal let down by sloppy service and unforgivable waiting times in a kitchen that wasn’t as stretched as it might be on a busy weekend evening.
With so much strong competition from local independent restaurants within walking distance, Miller & Carter really needs to raise its game if it’s to attract anybody who’s not staying in the hotel.”
You can read our full review here.
Bar + Block food ‘sent back immediately’
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The steak restaurant is run by Whitbread, and is the contemporary version of its 40-year-old Beefeater brand.
It opened on the corner where King Street meets Welsh Back, next to the recently closed Llandoger Trow.
Mark Taylor said: “As is always the case with chain restaurants, the menu is huge and divided into numerous sections for ‘grazing plates’, salads, steaks, fish, grills, burgers, vegetarian and so on. If you read every description of every dish on the A3 menu, you might need to visit Specsavers for an emergency case of eyestrain.”
While his starter got “sent back immediately”, he said the steak was “juicy and nicely seasoned” although it didn’t have the “depth of flavour” some other Bristol restaurants offer.
You can read the full review here.
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