Alston Bar & Beef

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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.
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OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just the best place and we have been a few times now amazing

j
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food! We'll be back soon. Expensive, but worth it.

KW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time now I have been for a meal. Just as delicious as the last. Great atmosphere and the staff couldn't be anymore helpful.
Will definitely be back.

LS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Are from the January set menu. Starter was nice, main reasonable. Average food at best. No current plans to return.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and myself had a fantastic meal for my birthday

PR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were great and the food was excellent and I would go back again

RO
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great trip out for lunch. Phenomenal meat as usual complemented by much better chips than I recall previously. Fried to a chestnut colour as they should be. Delicious.

FM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more of the menu. Service was well-timed and friendly,

SW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

2 out of 4 of us with steaks returned them to be cooked through. But when they came back this clearly hadn’t been done properly and they were still oozing blood. It was very disappointing as our original and complaint requests had not been met.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place, excellent food

CS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a beautiful meal at Alston on Saturday, celebrating my boyfriends birthday. Our whole experience was great, start to finish. We sat at the bar area as we were early for our reservation. The bar area is spacious, quite busy and the atmosphere was great. Our food was amazing and the staff were great ! Couldn’t fault a thing. Thank you for an amazing night !

c
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I did enjoy my visit but my fillet steak was supposed to be medium/well. It was barely rare. I tried to eat it but couldn't i'm afraid. I should've asked for it to be cooked for a bit longer but didn't. I may return and probably would recommend to others.
Cheers, Callum

WB
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit on 4/01/20. We were seated in the rear end of the restaurant away from the noise and hustle, this was a great touch. There were four of us and we ordered the chateaubriand per couple, one medium and one medium well, both cooked to perfection. Drinks were lovely and great service, glasses were attended to without asking, could not fault the staff. Will definitely be back in the near future.

EH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alston Bar & Beef is a lovely place to sit relax and enjoy some amazing food & drinks

C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner cool location. Great steaks and drinks

DE
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service and staff were all amazing, attentive and helpful. Most of the food was good however the sirloin was disapointing. Id been told it was one of the best steaks in Glasgow but it didn't quite live up to it. The meat wasn't that tender and was a little difficult to cut.

AI
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and drinks. Service excellent. We can't fault the place although ended up being ignored at bar but the waitress noticed we hadn't been served and sorted out drinks .

L
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great drinks & amazing staff
Love visiting the Alston

IG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and the service was really good considering how busy it was

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our booking and were promptly shown to our table with no issues. Both of us had steaks, a fillet and bone in ribeye. Both were cooked to perfection and were the best cuts of meat we've had. The sloe gin gravy was amazing, it went perfectly with the ribeye. Staff were all lovely and service was very fast. The meal was on the pricier side for us but we knew this going in. For the food, wine, setting and service we could not fault the bill. Alston's is prefect for a special occasion or if you just want to experience a proper steak dinner. We will definitely be back.

AR
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch and service. After I booked online I called to confirm the shoppers Christmas lunch was available that day. I had previously been on 6 December for Christmas lunch an enjoyed it so much decided to arrange another visit with my sisters. The young lady confirmed it was. However the munu wasn't available on Saturday. However my booking was honoured and the menu made available. We would have been happy to choose from the main menu. Very impressed with the customer service and will certainly be back. Thank you.

CM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Steak perfectly done and excellent choice of wine. Service also very good. Will definitely recommend and will be back soon.

KS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and quick service. Very friendly and helpful staff.
I will definitely recommend to family and friends and return myself :)

IB
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food in this place is just outstanding. 3rd visit and i love it ❤ see you again soon

PK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere....staff are obviously very well trained all round a great place.....

ZD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best steak we have ever had! such a nice atmosphere & fab service, would definitely recommend to anyone who loves steak!

K
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

1 hour before we were served our drinks, food came quicker than expected but wasn’t very warm, forgot to bring 2 of our dishes, week before Christmas so slower service to be expected but was a bit too slow.

RM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home.

DA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came across this restaurant and booked a table and was pleasantly surprised. Food was fantastic,good value for money,and would definitely recommend you give it a try.

LD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good and it was a nice relaxing place to have our dinner and liked the blue lights
I would highly reccomend it and i would definately go back.

JB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Christmas meal I've ever had! Everyone in our party loved the food and the service was brilliant. When our table was required back the staff arranged a booth for us in the bar area so we didn't have to rush off. Thanks so much for a lovely afternoon.

C
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was perfect, cocktails delicious, service spot on. Thank you

NI
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service Great atmosphere .Topped off with wonderful G&T's

IT
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was poor. Waited for acknowledgment of our presence, then same at the bar where I think the barman was not happy that we may like to purchase some drinks, quite abrasive. Once taken to the table at our prebooked time waited an hour to served our order. Food and ambiance is great but it wouldn’t have taken much to make our experience excellent.
First of all you may be busy on the phone but a nod or a wink would have suffice not blanked. The barman may have been busy with a large order but a cursory “I’ll be with you in a minute “ would have suffice, not blanked. If your busy and understaffed rather than avoiding a simple “we’re running on a bit here’s some bread or nibbles to keep you amused “ !!!

DE
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Alston, the food and service are second to none and I would recommend to anyone.

We had beautiful food served in a great environment, everyone enjoyed it and we all had a really great afternoon.

DH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Christmas shopper menu. Turkey was perfectly made. Just took a little longer than expected to arrive (30mins). But this may have been due to us not having a starter to fill in the time.

Overall excellent and will be back :)

W
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I was really disappointed with the quality of food and service because in the past the food and service were always excellent. Rump beef was tough as old boots. Food not very warm. Waiting staff very slow.

IM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal in Alston. It’s a hidden gem in the centre of Glasgow. Great food - great service - great value.

MQ
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of food and presentation. Great atmosphere

IW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best steak in Glasgow, served at a venue with a fantastic but not overbearing atmosphere. On the face of it the pricing may seem on the high side, but once you try the steak you have to acknowledge it really is worth it. We've been before and we'll definitely be back when we're next in Glasgow.