Alston Bar & Beef

4.5
1780 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 1780 People Are Saying
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vipClarky66
London
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service

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AlanD
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very efficient service (perhaps slightly too fast) and friendly staff.

Good location and an upscale yet relaxed vibe. Good attention by waiting staff to covid mitigation - although not all chefs in the kitchen were wearing masks. Excellent steaks and sides (we had ribeye and fillet). Chips OK but nothing special. It might have been nice had the plates been warmed. Good beer selection. The menu is a Christmas one at the moment - we were aware before we went, but it may be helpful to check it before you go.

Overall - recommended and I’d happily return again.

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GordonW
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd never heard of the Alston, and have walked past their door many times! Loved it. A hidden gem for sure.

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GerryM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If its a good steak you are after then look no further. Also Gin menu is great.

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en4npc
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From our warm welcome to friendly and attentive service throughout dinner, we felt very well looked after. The food was fantastic, wine was great and I look forward to my next vist - a hidden gem!

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BrianS
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Steak prices to high
Roast dinner lovely but tepid at best

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GillM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner had the curried lentil soup for a starter and it was divine.
Delicious Sunday roast, cooked to perfection.

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Gilly
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service excellent and such a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. Definitely a special treat.

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ClaireR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, couldn't recommend enough

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Crawford
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good was unbelievable and the waiter was great and efficient especially with recommendations every member of staff waiters & management were great and we had a lovely surprise at the end of the meal from opentable which made the experience even better however my partner and I both said we’d have been happy to pay anything for the entire experience as it was so good will be returning and recommending thanks guys!

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happyscotts
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing - staff lovely and service was quick and attentive and to crown it we got our food for free thanks to mastercard

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ElleM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late for our table, staff went out their way to extend our time. Food was brilliant, nice atmosphere. We all thoroughly enjoyed.

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SarahB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal at Alston! Amazing food and the staff were lovely 💕

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Maninasuitcase
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service. Without doubt the finest steak in Glasgow.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Scallops were tasty to start, sauce needed just a wee bit extra seasoning. TheChateaubriand was well cooked, chips were great. Cauliflower cheese and popcorn turkey for sides, the turkey was the best thing, very nicely cooked! Staff were super friendly and very attentive, very nice experience all round. I would definitely recommend!

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Stephen
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely meal with my wife and daughter. Main course was perfect. The dessert was beautiful (the chocolate clementine torte) we all had it. We also had a lovely surprise at the end thank you.

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Garym
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fillet steak was tremendous beer battered onions are class , the festive turkey pie was lovely will definitely be back

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JoAnne
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chateaubriand was cooked to perfection, food and service fantastic. Thanks again

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EvelynC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Booked for Sunday Roast. Did not disappoint. Both my husband and I had the rump roast and it was delicious. We chose the 2 course menu so we had a main and dessert. The portions were very generous so I’m glad we didn’t order the 3 course option!
All the staff were young, dressed down in jeans and t shirts to add to the relaxed atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, drinks, ambience and the price of the meal which was very reasonable. Will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone who enjoys meat. Although, there were vegetarian options, so don’t feel left out if you prefer not to eat meat. Advise to book for the Sunday Roast, as when it’s gone, it’s gone. The restaurant had a great buzz and I’m sure it’s busy most of the time. All in all a great experience.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was very pleasant and staff excellent. Sunday lunch was really good. I prefer if gravy is a little less oily and plates warmed before serving up.....but food was hot.

Our table was by a door/store the staff needed to keep accessing/closing. Don't sit there as it's also blasts cold air.

Nice ambience being in the vaults under main station.

Nice for just a drink also.

Recommended except for tables by the store door

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EmmaB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was great, food was really amazing.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Food was excellent, service was very poor. Staff were over worked and inattentive. Seating arrangement made the space seem overcrowded and the noise echos so difficult to relax and enjoy the meal. Waited 15 minutes to order food and waited 45 for it to come out. Would go back for the food alone, just not at busy or peak times

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CHar
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was really good but we waited ages to be served. There is a damp smell in the place and I was quite cold too

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Jimbo
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Limited menu but what we had was faultless, really enjoyed our experience there ..

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks and sides were lovely and cooked perfectly. The wine was very nice. The service could not have been better and the ambience was excellent. An outstanding meal and I will book a table again soon.

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MairiC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drink was great! Seats maybe slightly too close together

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CathB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food and good selection of drinks also was able to accommodate one of the guests with a food allergy which was great

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RoshniJ
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable restaurant but we’re unable to get a coffee as machine was broken, the offer of tea would’ve been acceptable but we were told that would take 10 minutes to make.

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CraigC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no other ribeye steak in Glasgow that comes close.

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GrahamY
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reasonable Sunday dinner set menu. Food very nice. Would visit again.

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AlexanderB
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty Sunday roast - and lots of it! Very good value

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MelB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast was perfect and good value. Service was excellent.

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PaulH
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great night, food and service excellent. Can't wait to go back 👍

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AoifeB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly one of the best steaks I've had, food was amazing, staff were great very friendly and attentive location was a little hard to find but loved the decor once we arrived!

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Iain
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was cooked perfect but it was all a bit cold.
The sauces lacked flavour

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Glasgowgirl
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We didnt order starters and it took 15 minutes to be able to order and then 30 minute for food.

To me 45 minutes without any heads up is too long! I wasnt told that my chicken would take 30 minutes to cook (Sunday lunch). I think that is definitely something the servers should make people aware off. They also didnt know when I inquired why were were not made aware.


The food was nice though.

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John
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was exceptional as was the sauce. Loved the meal overall and the setting was great.

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SGBish
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered olives with the bread, didn't receive them, but were still on the bill. No drinks list with prices unless you have a phone to read the QR code. Bollinger was ridiculously over priced & medium rare chateaubriand was tough & chewy - definitely not up to the usual standard that we are used to in Alston Bar.

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ChrisA
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast was fantastic.

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LaurieB
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and the food were fantastic, I had the 3 course Sunday lunch menu. Even though I was on my own, I was made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble.

FAQs

Alston Bar & Beef is rated 4.5 stars by 1780 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.