Asador is one of the newest additions to the Dublin steakhouse scene, opening its doors on Haddington Road late last year. The Spanish for 'grill' or 'spit' the agenda is clear with a barbecue oven boasting oak, apple and lumpwood charcoal and fresh Irish produce. Steaks come in a variety of weights depending upon your cut and a c�te de boeuf for two sitting at the top of this meat-stravaganza. If you're looking for a full barbecue feast there's an additional BBQ platter with all the grill delights you can imagine. Cocktails are a firm favourite here and for those with a taste for seafood there's an excellent fish and seafood menu as well as barbecued vegetable plates.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: A modern take on the steak and seafood house, Asador has broadened the menu considerably.
Local Expert tip: For those looking to eat BBQ on the run try the 'Express Lunch' option.
It's no secret that Argentinian steaks are considered some of the best on the globe but the Buenos Aires Grill seeks to recreate that South American style taste in Ireland's capital. With a mixture of top class steaks and mouth-watering seafood this restaurant gives a new twist to the common surf and turf fare. Where meat is concerned, challenge you and your dining partner to the Parrilladas Buenos Aires, comprised of steak, black pudding, beef asado, beef sausage, grilled chicken and Portobello mushrooms. Fish lovers can plump for a tempura of monkfish or shellfish rigatoni to satisfy a mariner's appetite.
Local Expert tip: The portions, as in Argentina, are big here so come with an empty stomach or factor in the possibility of taking home a doggie bag.
Headed up by Dylan McGrath, a current host on Irish Masterchef, Rustic Stone bases itself on using 'simple techniques in order to extract the best flavor' from seasonal ingredients. One of these techniques is providing the diner with their own hot stone that works to cook the specially selected cuts of meat to their tastes. If this isn't to your liking then you can also choose to have the chef cook your steak to perfection before garnishing it with a series of delicious, yet health conscious dressings. This is an interesting new twist on usual steakhouses but well worth a visit.
Local Expert tip: If you don't feel confident cooking your own steak then opt not to use the stone and let the professionals do their job.
The Saddle Room is one of the The Shelbourne Hotel's historic dining rooms and the emphasis is certainly on class and opulence. The Saddle Room combines high quality beef with fresh seafood and it's renowned oyster bar. Relax in one of the classy, secluded booths or sit at the glitzy bar and enjoy some of Dublin's finest seafood. For extravagance befitting your surroundings opt for the Chateubriand beef fillet for two or seafood platter with lobster, mussels, crab meat and shrimp. You'll be sure to leave this restaurant entirely sated.
Local Expert tip: This is the perfect place to eat if you want a taste of old-school glamour.
Bear is the love child of popular restaurateur Joe Macken and Irish rugby player Jamie Heaslip. Concentrating on making the most of less popular cuts of meat the two have created Bear which gives off the vibe of being in London's SoHo. The tables are mostly long and high communal tables are punctuated with low hanging lightbulbs and the atmosphere is bustling and exciting, there are no reservations. The menu offers a good mix of different cuts such as Onglet and Bavette as well as sharing portions and delicious sides and sauces. It's a different way of approaching a steakhouse, but certainly one that works.
Local Expert tip: While the wine list is excellent be sure to try one of the homemade lemonades they're fresh and delicious.
The FX Buckley chain has gone from strength to strength over the years and the Pembroke Street restaurant is their flagship venue from their nearly 15 year run in Dublin. FX Buckley's takes its name from the century-old butcher who supplies their meat and it goes to show that time and history really does add to quality. Their steaks are dry aged for a minimum of 28 days that comes in a variety of weights and they also specialize in surf and turf with a broad range of fresh seafood to compliment your meat.
Local Expert tip: For true indulgence go for the Chateaubriand for two.
The Butcher's Grill is nestled in the vibrant suburb of Ranelagh and provides top quality meat off the beaten track of the tourist hot spots. The interior is a converted butcher's and the d�cor is simple, combining the old tiles of the meat seller with simple wood and a mixture of high tables and bar seating. The service is prompt and efficient but naturally the main focus is the meat. A combination of succulent T-Bones, Rib-Eyes and Striploins come with a series of delicious sides. If you want to go for something less ostentatious then a range of dishes from their wood-smoked grill is sure to satisfy.
Local Expert tip: Share the C�te De Boeuf for a delicious and cost effective meal.
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is best known for his flamboyant, slightly eccentric take on the restaurant trade but no one can deny that he knows how to cook a good steak. His Dawson Street restaurant subscribes to White's ethos of 'Affordable Glamour' and the menu is based around perfecting the classics without any frills. With that in mind though, this is certainly what White achieves. From tender fillets and sirloins, immaculately prepared, to nostalgia inducing rice pudding that all the critics have lauded as infallible. This is a serious steakhouse that makes no excuses.
Local Expert tip: To try this great steak without breaking the bank opt for the value menu, �19.95 for two courses!
If you're looking for a serious steak then there's only one place to head to. Shanahan's occupies a 250-year-old townhouse overlooking Dublin's central park. Founded by an American but using Ireland's best beef and seafood, Shanahan's exudes old-world glamour and sumptuous surroundings that blend Irish and American influences, best seen in the downstairs bar 'The Oval Office'. Shanahan's has been a stalwart of both the best restaurant guides and the national paper's review sections. The steaks are big and regularly touted as the best you can find in Dublin so if it's a hearty, high-end feast you're after then look no further.
Local Expert tip: Be sure to arrive hungry because the portions here are big and filling.
Darwins names itself after Charles Darwin and his 'origin of the species'. In doing so, this family run restaurant seeks to source local produce and benefits from an in-house butcher that specializes in all Irish meats including Angus, game, poultry and dry-aged beef. The real jewels of this restaurant though are its age-old combination of beef and seafood. An extensive steak list is combined with a sumptuous seafood mixed grill and Mediterranean Bouillabaisse that is bound to make your mouth water. With a central location and some choice recipes offered on the website, what's not to like?
Local Expert tip: Be sure to engage with the owners, they're husband and wife and can give you valuable information about the menu and the food.