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Alston Bar & Beef

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£25 and under
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Steak
A unique steakhouse & gin bar set in the iconic central station serving only the best quality beef & boasting the largest selection of Gin in Glasgow.
Alston Bar & Beef, named after the long forgotten main street of Grahamston village, is located underneath the Gordon Street entrance of Glasgow Central Station. Follow the stairs down to Alston’s underground arches to a bar with Glasgow’s widest range of gin, each uniquely garnished & served to perfection.
Glaswegians are spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat & Alston aims to raise the bar for meat lovers even further by serving the best steak the city has to offer. Choose from a selection of 35 day dry-aged steaks, including the Chateaubriand to share or Glasgow’s favourite, the fillet. All our Scotch beef is carefully chosen from accredited farms each renowned for producing quality beef, full of flavour & tenderness.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1451 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday. Great service and food!

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Christian
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent service and food. The wait staff were fantastic, very attentive but not standing over you. Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Was sick all day the next day, terrible table and far too noisy to have a nice meal.

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CatherineR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service and staff had been very helpful on phone beforehand, in changing booking number at relatively short notice

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JulieT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love everything about Alston. the food, cocktails, wine, service - everything.

looking forward to visiting again soon

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GinaC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Steak was tiny over cooked vegetables were cold.
Staff were lovely tho .
No toilet rolls in ladies had to tell staff in the current climate this should be well stocked up

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic, service was amazing.
There were two big groups in who were a little loud which made it difficult to hear what the other person was saying.
Apart from that it was great

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BrianP
Perthshire
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I returned after discovering this gem a few months ago. Amazing surroundings below the railway station with a great bar and atmosphere if you fancy a drink prior to eating or just for a drink. The food, service and ambience are absolutely fantastic - would recommend Chateaubriand for any steak lovers!

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, great friendly service by waiter and food was outstanding.

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KarenR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always great to cone home from the midlands and visit this hidden gem. Great food and fab service

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ScottB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Absolutely outstanding food and service where brilliant apart from the noise level restaurant is small and comfortable.

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Caroline
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

First thing that was noticed was how hot and uncomfortable the temperature was in the restaurant.
Two out of four guests had to return their sirloin steaks as they were very grisly and inedible. Staff were very good and we were asked if we wanted these changed which of course we did. These were changed to fillet steaks which were delicious and we were given a discount but it was not the dining experience we were looking forward to.

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ClaireF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service were fantastic! Will definitely return!

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HSte
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was good, cocktails were nice but was not impressed with the staff, the waitresses were clueless about the menu (the cocktail menu does not tell you what ingredients are in each so of course you need to ask!) and asked us to leave our table as they "needed it back by 9pm" so we rushed to get the bill etc then went to the bar but we were still there at 10.30pm and our table sat empty that whole time! The staff stood around in groups together chatting a lot of the night and the man behind the bar was extremely rude and short with us - patronising us about how he couldnt take our order from over the coffee machine, even though the rest of the bar was full, so we moved round and tried to order over rows of people so he shouted "I cant hear you". So if he had just taken our order from our initial spot then served it at a separate part of the bar there would have been no issue! Also, a final point, the white wine was warm when I ordered it by carafe and then again by glass.

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CharlesH
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and value. This was a gift but we'll be back.

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JoanG
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Good value and quality. Would recommend

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PaulD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Could have eaten two dinners. Portions are too small

JC
JCS100
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very popular, definitely need to book a table if you want to eat. Great choice of steaks on the menu, which were cooked to perfection. Waitress was happy to customise choice to our requirements.

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HayleyB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so lovely! It was quite busy when my boyfriend and I went but they were very attentive

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CarolD
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for money, food excellent and good atmosphere.

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KristiAikman
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Alston.
Always amazing service and fab food!
Thank you guys.

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Always love a trip to alston.

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KatieT
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner on Friday evening. Atmosphere was amazing - busy but not enough that we couldn’t hear each other. Food was terrific and service was brilliant - we felt like nothing was an issue. Would highly recommend and will be back ourselves. Thanks Alston!

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JohnR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good value lunch menu. Great steaks cooked perfectly. Decent wine list with a range of prices to suit most budgets. Quite atmospheric descending underneath Central Station. Service friendly and polite but not over attentive. A little quiet on a Thursday lunchtime. Great cocktail list and they know how to mix a mean Vodka Martini.

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cakeandfinewines
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Classy ambience, very nice bar with well made cocktails. The food was very good, steak had a lovely flavour but was a little too medium rather than medium rare. Chips and sauce were great and dessert was very nice, especially the cheesecake.
The service was very friendly but as the restaurant was busy, we had to ask for our water and wine a couple of times before they brought it. The prices were similar to a London steak place so slightly pricey for what you get. Overall though, we had a nice dinner in a lovely, and lively, restaurant.

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MariaD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was busy when we were there so the noise level was pretty high. It quitened down as some diners left 👍

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CorrineD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very pleased with the level of service and the food was delicious and really good portion sizes.

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MandyM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was deliciius. I had the sirloin steak cooked perfectly. Only 1 little complaint was we waited half an hour for a cocktail and we were finished our meal by time it came. But would definitely come back!

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KatherineL
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast is so tasty, perfectly cooked and good value. Service great too

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AmberC
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab night on Saturday at Alston bar and beef, celebrated my birthday with a lovely dinner. The waiter was fantastic and the food was amazing, will definitely be back!!

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shaunk
Argyll
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night at Alston bar and beef, food was excellent and the service was also great. It was a little bit expensive for the amount you were given but the food was worth it.

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Anna
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and ambiance! The cocktails were lovely and our 3 course meal with steak was a good value.

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Lesley
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always go here when in glasgow city centre always same experience & quality of food. I live the decor & lighting only suggestion i would make is make sure steaks knife are sharpened often last twice ive struggled to cut through a medium steak but overall worth a visit & try

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IainM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Scotch Beef fillet steaks, very juicy and light. Potatoes and chips were some of the best I've tasted. Pakora was also really tasty and not overly spicy. However, the food was perhaps a little too salty. Interesting take on pear crumble, though it could have done with a little more custard. Cool surroundings for a meal with good beats.

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Aelish
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. My favourite place to eat and have drinks in Glasgow.

JJ
JamilJaoui
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always - great food, great service and a perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak ever!
Great atmosphere
Helpful staff
Beautiful meal

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MaureenH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal. Lovely atmosphere, visited for husbands birthday with another 4 friends. Centrally located, will definitely be back.

CC
CatherineC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, great service, would most definitely visit again.

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Alston Bar & Beef is rated 4.5 stars by 1451 OpenTable diners.

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