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Alston Bar & Beef

4.6
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1514 reviews
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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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 1514 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnR
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very handy place to eat in the centre of Glasgow beneath Central Station. Nice bar if you just want a quick drink too. Small menu but very high quality steaks cooked perfectly and nice relaxed service. The Chateaubriand for two was a highlight along with a perfectly mixed vodka martini.

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susanM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Steak cooked perfectly. Great friendly service. Who knew about marmite butter?!

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AlliM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, some soft music would have been perfect but not under Covid rules. A luxury dining out experience rather than run of the mill due to the cost but you can tell they only use quality ingredients. Felt safe and all current regulations followed to the letter.

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RachelG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing meal here. The cauliflower pakora was delicious and the steaks were cooked perfectly. The staff were attentive and very friendly. Not the cheapest place for dinner but definitely worth it.

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CoreyC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, welcoming restaurant to eat. Love the unique look to it and will definitely be back.

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NicolaN
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was nice but really let down by the sides given with the steak which are non existent and the sides on menu were not appealing. Very overpriced for what u are getting. Very let down. I’d rather go to Miller & Carter where you get sides with your steak and have a better range on menu. Atmosphere was very flat as well

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LiamB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Asked for steak to be well done was brought out still pink in middle, the very abrubt server took it away and brought it back within 2 mins so had t been placed on grill was blow torched by looks of things, cut into it again and was still pink to which i showed the rude server to which she replied it looks like a well done steak to me! To whick my friend then said thats still pink! She was very reluctant to hell or take away and even cook through she continued to be very argumentative and not helpful at all! I eventually asked for a nee steak which i feel I shouldnt have had to she should just have taken it away and dealt with it! She then asked me would i be wanting fresh chips and sides!! Again not something she should be asking should be an automatic fresh sides!
Ive visited this restaurant on many occasions and the set up and staff have always been great! To say i was extremely disuand angry is an understatement! After Saturdays visit i would not recommend this restaurant at all!!

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Leigh
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch, excellent social distancing & service was top notch

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Chateaubriand! Chips were divine and the scallops and chorizo starter was amazing.

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JacquiB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first time there. We were seated in what was the bar and now due to Covid, is extended from the main restaurant. The service was excellent. The food delicious though slightly salty. For 1 starter, 2 steaks, 2 vegetable sides, and 3 lagers and 2 g&t's the bill came to £120 (2 people).
We thought this was quite expensive although the food, service and environment was satisfactory, it wasn't exceptional enough to justify the hefty prices. Lucky we had a voucher to pay part of it. Taking into account the cost, it's not a place you can drop into for a meal and I feel it's not quite sophisticated enough for a special meal. All in all though, food was good but expensive, service was sufficient but surroundings were nice but basic.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the fillet was perfect. Lovely restaurant

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KatieF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. Food and service were outstanding.
Felt very Covid safe.

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ClairF
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to be a 5* as all 3 of us had excellent meals. A limited menu however as a steak reastaurant it was easy for us to select. My steak was so delicious I did not touch my sauce. We were able to stay at our table till 10pm curfew so drank another bottle of wine and several very good cocktails. Service was outstanding. We eat here regularly but tonight was one of the best.

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AngelaB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food absolutely excellent service was very busy but didn’t feel all crammed in had a lovely evening

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SiobhanM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Alston as our first night out in a long time and it was wonderful. The food was delicious, the portions were generous and the service was so friendly. Highly recommend.

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RachaelM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steaks! Great service, will certainly be back!

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KarenM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Alston last year and was looking forward to coming again, it did not disappoint. Meal was really lovely, as where staff & atmosphere. Also tried the Rhubarb cocktail - 👍 . Really looking forward to coming again and excellent service with £10 steak deal. Defo recommend to friends & family. X

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Positives - most of staff pleasant
Nice ambiance , food nice
Negatives - Way over priced.
Poor menu (even with Covid)
Steak knives very blunt
Gin garnish and glass served in not appealing. I poured mine from a tumbler into my wine glass

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GordonE
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service would highly recommend alston

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VictoriaR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We found the staff very kind and helpful. Overall the food was tasty but unfortunately our steak and sauces were on the cold side. There were nice flavours in the food but we prefer it to be hot.

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GaenorM
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite no music due to COVID restrictions there was still a good atmosphere.
Food as always was lovely ..restricted menu again due to kitchen restrictions but food ordered didn’t disappoint.

Staff very welcoming and attentive.

Great wee bar / restaurant ..my fav place !

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Macksmum
Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous starters and mains served by really courteous and attentive staff. Covid friendly!!

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JonathanO
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Staff were lovely and friendly. Toilets were clean and fresh.

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GeorgeM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in restaurant and was very good given the current restrictions that are in place.

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RedorDead
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great soup ,great bottle of red ,great Sunday roast alas
one tattie short of a 10 lol but its very nice and friendly staff are very helpful ! Will definitely go again nice for special occasion i think !

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I have ever had! What a fantastic night for our anniversary. Staff were helpful and up for a laugh, great overall experience but the food was the star of the show!

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AngelaM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Service excellent. Would highly recommend.

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3Mdiners
Glasgow
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At this time it is important to feel safe, the restaurant and staff made us feel safe and very welcome. the food was the usual high standard. keep up the good work.

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AlanP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food at a reasonable price. Staff very attentive and friendly. Certainly would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this wee place, very unique

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Mon1998
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were amazing, my first time eating here and I will definitely be back!

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David
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service and will definitely be returning

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Claire
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing food and drink, highly recommend. Will definitely be back

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LoriM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Limited menu.

Food is beautiful however it is ridiculously overpriced.

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BlueHornedUnicorn
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was spot-on. Scallops cooked to perfection, as was our steak. The beer battered onions were also a highlight.

The only downsides to the meal were the noise level in the restaurant. There was no background music at all so it was very quiet and uncomfortable at points. Another downside was the sharpness of our steak knives. Either sharpen them or get serrated ones - when you have customers having to saw through a fillet, your knife is too blunt!

Otherwise, tremendous visit and we are delighted you're back open.

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Lmoon
Glasgow
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, amazing drinks & fantastic staff
What more could you ask for?!!
Highly recommend a visit to the Alston

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AlanB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food and service but a little expensive. COVID controls well managed.

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DavidT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good piece of meat well cooked
Wine choice could have been better
Definitely would benefit from some normal vegetables
Eg broccoli

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EKMcG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely treat for my birthday and wedding anniversary, food was great especially the steaks , sweets were average . We really enjoyed the experience and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always. We felt v safe due to measures Alstons have taken re Covid. They r still running the £10 discount & at the wkend which is v much appreciated by myself.
Ideal place for a wet Friday lunch.

FAQs

Alston Bar & Beef is rated 4.6 stars by 1514 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.