Alston Bar & Beef

4.5
1701 reviews
£25 and under
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
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 1701 People Are Saying
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Katper
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

MM
MhairiM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal and drinks, would highly recommend!

MM
MicMac
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KR
KimR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with restaurant would definitely return.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Best steak I've ever had, definitely be back.

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JasonT74
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Service was great, swift and always at hand. All thru the meal there was an annoying drip from pipe work above my head which kept dripping on my clothes. Food was amazing and as long as I wasn’t seated at the same table I’d definitely go back!

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GWar
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We have ate here a few times and the food has always been lovely. This time however the steaks were not great quality for the price you are paying. Staff were lovely but felt a bit rushed. Didn’t like the service charge added for a table of 3…not sure if we will return which is disappointing :-(

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Dorian
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great location.We will definitely go back.

JS
JS10001
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You know exactly what you are going to get at Alstons, great food, great service with a friendly and informal atmosphere. We go every time we dine out in Glasgow - special and well worth a visit.

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Susan
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We've been before and found the food okay but on this occasion the steaks were disappointing - poor quality and almost impossible to cut with the steak knives provided! For such a limited menu we had expected exceptional quality.

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RMRH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent meal at this restaurant; food beautifully cooked with service excellent. Highly recommeded.

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JohnC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent steak cooked to perfection. Good portion sizes, great drinks selection. Will be back.

MB
MartinB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Booked for Saturday night at 8pm.
All was going well ordered our dinner it arrived and the chateaubriand for 2 was so tough it was a struggle to cut with a knife. We are what we could because we waited over 40 minutes, which was fine as we were told this because of cooking times. The chips were under cooked and greasy so we couldn’t eat this. We did complain at the time. The server then said she would get a manager over. He came over I told him the same thing he took the plates away and we never saw him again until we were leaving and he was sitting having a beer near the bar! No wanting to spoil other people’s night my wife said just pay the bill and she would email about our disappointment. So we asked for the bill and when it arrived there was things on it that we hadn’t even ordered, so we sorted that paid the bill and left very unhappily. We got on the train home and my wife emailed right away. Still no reply to her email! Very let down as we have ate here numerous times before and have always enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was amazing and the chipotle Mac and cheese! The service was superb and I really appreciate the waitress taking the time to suggest a white wine for us! A fabulous night for my boyfriend’s birthday, we will be back for sure!

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Lolpol
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food doesn't live up to expectations. We were really looking forward to our meal but the food was a let down.

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Rach
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was such a lovely place. Only thing to mental was that a lady of your staff was cleaning tables next to us. She sprayed the cleaning product very free hand and I did end up with it on my arms. However I understand you were busy just a little but more care could have been taken. Thankyou for a lovely night:)

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EdwinT
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food, shame about the service. 15 minutes seated before being asked to order drinks. Not asked again if we wanted another drink. Not offered desert menu after meal. Receipt thrown on table after payment as requested the 10% service charge was removed from bill. No one even asked why we weren’t happy with the service.
Shame as the food was good. Service staff letting the kitchen down a bit here.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was top notch, service was quick but not rushed. Cracking meal in a great setting! You don't need to leave Glasgow Central for a good night in Glasgow!

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JohnR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beer choices very limited. Food was amazing and beef cooked to perfection

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic! Amazing drinks, food spot on, great staff, perfect location!

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Lizzie
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food very good, though I do feel overpriced. If you don't order sides then really it's not enough. We ordered 2 fillet steaks and at that price I would expect side included. A few bits of broccoli for 4.50 seems ridiculous.
Staff friendly, though feel their dress code could do with brushing up, far too studenty! Service charged added to bill will no comment, and I feel we paid too much as we moved to bar area and had drinks there, not knowing it would be added to bill so paid way too much, instead of charging the fee to bill when at dining table.

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StephenT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent steaks, service was good. Would recommend.

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RandyPigeon
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what an absolute gem of a place!! Actually the finest Sunday roast ever and (tucked away) but right in the station which was perfect for our journey back to Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

If we’re ever back we will definitely visit again xxx

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Alix
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb Sunday roast! It was delicious and the service was lovely :)

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CraigM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We have dined at Alston Bar & Beef before however this time we left very disappointed. The general standard of service has dropped dramatically.
Our aperitif took a long time to arrive, firstly they were served to the wrong table. When our wine was poured our server spilled some on the table and my glass (red wine) and instead of wiping this he simply put the wine bottle on top of the spill to 'hide it'.
Our chateaubriand went cold within 5 minutes of it being on the table as the serving dish it came in was cold. The food is served in copper dishes which could easily be warmed to keep the food from going cold. The mac & cheese was cold also.
We finished our meal with a cocktail at 'the bar', however there was no bar space to sit at as it was covered in used, unwashed glasses. The bar is the first thing you see as you walk into the restaurant and it was a sight for sore eyes. It was unpleasant to sit at so we quickly finished our drinks and went elsewhere.
When booking we were asked if it was for a special occasion and I noted we were on our Honeymoon and there was no mention of this; not even a congratulations from our server which is normally a hospitable touch from other restaurants.

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AnitaH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and drinks where all outstanding. Best steak I have ever had without a doubt. We will definetly be back. Thanks again

LH
LinziH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service first class. Team couldn’t have been any nicer or done more for us.

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anney
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We always have a lovely time at Alstons. Only thing missing was the good staff they used to have.
The food was excellent as usual.
The atmosphere still good.
We will definitely be back with all our family.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Poor atmosphere, poor service, good food though, steak cooked good

LJ
LJM3
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Steak is phenomenal! So they definitely live up to the best steak in Glasgow. We were there for our anniversary. Just found the staff really odd. Obviously they were wearing masks, but the approach to customers was really unwelcoming. Staff didn’t know the menu, didn’t know what drinks were being served, when our dinner came it was just abruptly put on the table, really strange and the plates looked so bare. No little side to the steak (like salad or a small extra) … there was no bubbly service or happy staff.
We overheard 2 tables next to us saying the same thing. Food excellent, service not so much. Also a “tip/service charge” was added on which we thought was quite presumptuous? There’s no way we would of left a tip! We love to tip great service and certainly would of had it been deserved. If they service matched the food, it would be a winner all round! :-)

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Hungry
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Steak was nice but the restaurant was cold so the food went cool very quickly. That was a shame because it is a really smart setting under central station. There is a limited menu but if you are looking for steak you will be fine.

Didn’t like that they added a service charge on for a table of 2. I like to leave my own tip for the service but over all had a nice meal and pleasant service

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HelenC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant been many times and will keep coming back, Steak is the best you will get anywhere, only criticism was the chips, not how they use to be when it was the chunky chips this time it was thinner not as tasty, not sure if freshly cooked or from frozen, other then that everything else was first class, from the service to the top quality steak and lovely wine

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Fletch11090
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Service was top notch!!

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janes
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal and great service and value for money. Will definitely be back

GN
GandaNRosie
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal for two after not being in town for quite a few years. We liked that the restaurant was in the train station as it saved walking very far. We liked the small menu, and that the food was of a very good quality: rib eye (medium) and sirloin (well done) were both cooked as requested, and the accompaniments were also tasty. The restaurant was very quiet, which suited us, the staff were friendly and efficient, and the surroundings were clean and inviting. We intend to return in the future.

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WilliamOfAlva
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful Anniversary meal. Both service and quality of food were first class and we will definitely be back.

HM
HollyM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was amazing especially for the price and the service was great!

SS
SusanS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast, perfectly cooked and very tasty.
Will definitely be back for another one

LW
LorraineW
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and the food was fabulous

FAQs

Alston Bar & Beef is rated 4.5 stars by 1701 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.