Alston Bar & Beef

4.4
1737 reviews
£41 and over
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. 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1737 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Probably the best steak in Glasgow. It was cooked to perfection.

For a more pricier restaurant in Glasgow it would be good to improve the overall dining experience. Felt the waitress was very cold to the point it made me uncomfortable. The other staff who checked in were very warm. Would have been nice to have drinks while we reviewed the menu discussed the steak but our food and drinks order was taken at the same time. The sides were average, mac and cheese very sugary and not on par with the steak.

Oddly our napkins were still wet from the laundry.

Worked out at £65 each, no starters and no alcohol.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing great service

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RonaldR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal roast dinner one of the best only small moan not enough custard which meant crumble was a tad dry overall would highly recommend

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Holly
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had requested a table that was quiet and a booth if possible, was sat at a tiny table next to the bar with staff constantly collecting drinks and dropping off empty glasses.
Not at all what I expected and was very uncomfortable with the service that was provided in such a short time, so my partner and I left within 5 mins of being seated.

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Kirsty
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing, one of the best steaks I've ever had

DM
DanielleM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff where lovely! Steak was amazing! Dessert wasn’t to the same level as the steak, but still yum! It was a little bit cold at our table but we had a great meal with some nice gin, so would defo go back.

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SineadD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s amazing place and the staff were very good too

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Daisy
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back !
Amazing steak did not disappoint

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AndrewS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 3rd time back and will definitely be back again. The steak and sides deal with a bottle of wine is an absolute bargain which was cooked to perfection.

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Travellingzeus
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic. The food is great. To be honest, I wasnt expecting the level of both the service and food when we approached Alston. Its underground in a train station, so I didnt expect the quality that was put out. Me and the misses had 2 sunday roasts, one lamb one chicken and they were excellent. Portions not too much to leave you sleepy, not little to leave you hungry for more.

Welldone guys, pleasantly surprised.

BM
BryanM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for our anniversary, couldn’t recommend highly enough

EB
EddieB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time we tried this place, the food and attention by the staff was on the money.
Great relaxing time as well as sensational food.
Will be booking again soon, highly recommended.

DM
DavidM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was average and some of the waiters did not look that clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food,service and ambience

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Cg89
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with friendly staff and outstanding food!

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JohnT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great midweek offer of 3 steaks, 3 sides and bottle of wine - £50

The staff were great chat and the food outstanding. Highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sent my wife and her pal in after a few of us ate there the other week and thought it was amazing.
Staff were awesome and fillet steak was sublime.
What’s not to like - love the fact it’s small and personal.
Can’t wait to return !

CS
ColinS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The quality of food (excluding steaks) is decidedly average, as is the service. There is nothing about Alston these days that would entice me back.

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StephenD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Arrived to find Sunday Roast was sold out.
Ordered Sirloin Steak instead. Good size steak but incredibly tough.
Mentioned to staff and got a sharper knife. Had another go but after mentioning to the waiter that the steak was still a bit tough he had a word with the kitchen and came back to say that, after checking, the meat delivery that day wasn't up to standard.
Other food at the table was good. Pasta and Rib-eye.
Asked for garlic bread and it was made to order without a fuss (I mistakenly thought it was on the menu without looking - it wasn't on the menu. Very tasty)
A little overpriced.

SM
ScottM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only thing steak knife wouldn't cut butter server says new ones on way .

MB
MartinB
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and presented beautifully. Lovely setting. It was clean, comfortable and laid back. All servers were lovely, polite and attentive, possibly too attentive; three different servers came to take our drinks order (after we ordered drinks) in the first 5 minutes of being seated. But outwith that very very minor issue it was a great experience.

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CostasI
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and accommodating even tho we were late

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AudraR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Food was lovely. Would prefer a bit more choice on the menu.

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SIMONP
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best steak I have ever had!
Fantastic!

NC
NicC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so good. Service amazing and the food was superb.

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IanW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice two course Sunday Lunch. Choice of well done or pink roast beef which is nice for the fussy eaters! Plenty of meat on the plate too. Delicious.

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EmmaS
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I’m sad to write this review to be honest, we’ve eaten here before and it was fantastic, which is why I booked it for my husbands 50th Birthday celebration. Unfortunately on this visit the service was slow, the drinks too around 20mins to arrive and the food was not cooked correctly. My filet steak was over cooked, my husband’s was undercooked as was my sisters ribeye. I then found a hair on my plate under my chips. I understand that there are real challenges with numbers of staff within hospitality right now and that’s what seemed to be the problem, there were just too few staff working to serve at the bar and in the restaurant. When we asked why our drinks were so slow in coming the staff told us they are just too busy at the bar which I’m sure is true but not really good enough given the price of the drinks and the food. The manager did take my main course off the bill and gave us a discount and apologised. I actually felt quite sorry for the staff who just seemed far too busy. It was a very disappointing visit, I had given the reason for our meal, no effort was made to say happy birthday to my husband, in other restaurants they have written a nice message on a plate for him, just a nice touch which didn’t happen here. It is an expensive restaurant which sadly this time was not worth the money. Such a shame as this is usually a fantastic place.

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LizW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dining experience with amazing food and lovely staff

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AlistairM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience5

I've been to Alston several times over the years but sadly I think this will be my last. Way way to expensive now and the 10% service charge is a complete joke. Staff are lovely and the food is good but not worth almost £150 for 2 having a 2 course meal with a couple of drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Daughters birthday

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GAELB
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty steak, well cooked. Good atmosphere in quirky surroundings which we liked. Staff pleasant and efficient.

JM
JohnM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round.. just a little bit pricey.
That said, food was great, staff were excellent too

RB
RintuB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food, as usual, was excellent.

I am glad they are going back to their lunch menu as I found that a more pleasant experience and far better value for money.

But to be fair, I knew the prices before going in. I mention it here because in the past I have eaten here on the lunchtime deal, which they have just reinstated. I find a fantastic deal and will always highly recommend Alston on that basis.

The place was really noisy, and the nose was quite high in the place. This might be because of Friday night. I've eaten in the place of an evening before and it was never as loud as this.

In addition, the serving staff just could not leave us alone for five minutes. Take this the right way, I don't mind servers asking if there is anything else we might need once in a while. But this night it was every five minutes on rotation from three or four different servers. It felt like they were all competing for our attention.

Between the noise levels and the servers interrupting, it wasn't a place for quiet contemplative conversation.

That said, I have always found the place at lunchtime a fantastic deal and a great place to eat. I will always be back for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beautiful. One of the best fillet steaks we have had in years. Staff couldn’t of done enough.
Can’t wait to return.

KB
KarenB
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

It was our first time heard amazing things. Food and drinks were amazing!did not disappoint . We were really disappointed on service. The atmosphere and ambience was lovely! Couldn’t fault the food or drinks. Food arrived before drinks. We could see our drinks lying out for ages. We had to ask to bring our drinks over multiple times. Then we ordered more drinks and they arrived after we had finished. We will come back and try it again.

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Iain
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Midweek special was changed limiting the choices from the menu so we had to order extra. Steaks were different as well, with no explanation as to which was which. We commented to two servers that two of the three steaks were 'hard work' and both assured they would pass this on. We did not receive any return feedback from our comments.
Food is still great and this is a fantastic restaurant, but this time it could have been better.

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Katper
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely over joyed at finding this restaurant. A jewel in the Crown. Could not fault it,from the meeting staff bar staff waiting staff.food excellent best roast beef Sunday lunch in Glasgow. Amazing price ,would have payed double .Will definitely be back and recommending to family and friends,10/10

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SeanB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place serving good food, would definitely recommend and would go again. Service was top notch.

MM
MhairiM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal and drinks, would highly recommend!

MM
MicMac
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5th visit and it has never disappointed. Atmosphere is good, service good and the Chateau Briand is a must.

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Alston Bar & Beef is rated 4.4 stars by 1737 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.