Bath is blessed with spectacular countryside around us and that’s good news for fans of locally farmed meat. Many of the restaurants in the city work with nearby farmers to get the freshest produce, so the quality is world-class.
We also have lots of international influences here and when it comes to finding a stunning steak, Bath has choices from American-style steakhouses to Italian and French favourites. Coincidentally many of the restaurants are concentrated around the Pulteney Bridge area, so you can get a side of spectacular views with your steak.
Romantic steak dinners are a top choice for date night, but there are also eateries that are ideal for enjoying a meat-based meet-up with friends with sharing steaks and buzzy dining rooms.
Whether you’re looking for a ribeye, fillet, sirloin or perhaps a chateaubriand between two, these top 10 steak restaurants in Bath have a juicy option waiting for you (and if you’re a vegan reading this and wincing, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered, too!).
1. Herd Steak Restaurant
Follow the herd, and mind your horns, as you head down from a fairly unassuming door on Argyle Street and walk down into the white-walled interior of the Herd Steak Restaurant by Pulteney Bridge (there is also a more accessible entrance from Spring Gardens if needed).
Butcher block tables and candles give the bright basement space a cosy feel that’s ideal for date night or dinner with friends.
The Herd is run by Timothy Coffey and Francesca Addabbo, who have honed their offerings after first opening up The Real Italian Pizza Company and then realising there was a demand for authentic traditional Italian ristorante in Bath, so they opened Joya (number four on our list!). The steaks at Joya were such a big hit that voila, they opened up Herd to specialise in steak!
Dedicated to all things meat, Herd serves up locally reared steaks from Aberdeen Angus and Hereford Crosses cattle, reared in Coulston and aged for 21-28 days in Devizes. Menu-wise they keep things simple and seasonal, so pick your cut of meat, pick a sauce and a side and get stuck in.
Address: 12 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ
2. Hudson Steakhouse
Worth the walk up Walcot Street, Hudson Steakhouse opened back in 2005, taking over the once notorious Victorian Hat & Feather pub. Now it’s popular with locals and visitors– if you’re from out of town you’ll find that lots of hotel concierges recommend here as a top spot, so make sure you book ahead for a reservation, even though they try to leave room for walk-ins, too.
Simple but stylish inside, it retains the atmosphere of an old pub with dark wood, huge mirrors, and romantic candles in the evening. Sit in the bar section downstairs and tuck into a prime steak and craft cocktails under the sparkling chandelier and quirky lights, or take a seat upstairs in the grill room, where an open kitchen and roaring fire keep things cosy.
Prime steaks are hand-picked by a local butcher and dry-aged for 30 days then served with béarnaise sauce and seasonal garnish. Service is super attentive (and a big part of the reason it’s popular with American visitors).
Address: 14 London Street, Bath, BA1 5BU
3. Miller & Carter
Decorated with sumptuous reds and modern art, Miller & Carter might be a chain restaurant, but this branch at the top of Milsom Street is definitely at the higher-end of steakhouses. They take their steak seriously and you can’t argue with a team deemed “Masters of Steak ” by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs – a title that was awarded thanks to their meticulous methods from rearing cattle to ageing, cutting, and cooking steaks, with each chef undergoing training at Miller & Carter Steak School.
Choose from eight different cuts here including the Chateaubriand for two, a hefty steak with a hefty price tag. All the meat is traceable as they work with select suppliers of prime British & Irish steaks that are aged for a minimum of 30 days, using wet and dry techniques. All of the steaks are served with parsley butter, balsamic beef tomato, onion loaf, your choice of steak sauce and lettuce wedge dressing.
Although steak is a specialty, you can also satisfy other carnivore-cravings with meat-based dishes, plus a good wine, beer, and cocktail menu to wash it all down. Expect top notch service, as this is another place popular with American tourists thanks to its location on Milsom Street.
Address: 23 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DE
4. Joya Italian Steakhouse
Visit Joya, the steakhouse that spawned Herd (number one on our list), and dig into succulent steaks at this Italian-inspired restaurant.
Behind the rather unassuming front door is a bustling little space over two floors – be aware that if your table is not ready you’ll be expected to stand outside, whatever the weather, so layer up! Inside it’s often busy, so book if you can and ask for a table with a view of Pulteney Bridge and Weir.
On the menu here are 28-day matured prime steaks, sourced from a local butcher, and one of the unique options is the hot volcanic stone steak. It’s flash-sealed on the grill in the kitchen and served on hot volcanic stones for you to finish however you like at the table, served up with a choice of infused butter for cooking, salt to season it, and a steak sauce for dipping.
The hot stones are a popular option so it can get a little smoky inside the restaurant sometimes, and for that reason the door might be open, so book a table away from the door if that bothers you.
Address: 6 Newmarket Row, Grand Parade, Bath, BA2 4AN
5. Graze Bar & Chophouse
Right by Bath Spa train station, Graze Bar & Chophouse is ideal for meeting friends from out of town, or enjoying a drink after work.
At this all-in-one restaurant and microbrewery you’ll find Bath Ales and a meat-centric menu that pairs well with the beers. Dry-aged steaks are a focus, but there’s also small plates, seafood, veggie, and vegan offerings for the non-carnivores.
Steaks come in cuts like a 10 oz flat iron, 8 oz sirloin, 8oz rib-eye, or 7oz fillet and are glazed with an infused garlic & rosemary oil. They come served with roasted bone marrow, parmesan & herb crust, rocket & sweet drop pepper salad, and a choice of triple-cooked chips, fries, or mashed potato.
Address: 9 Brunel Square, Bath BA1 1SX, England
6. Woods Restaurant
Hidden away off the main drag, Woods Restaurant covers the ground floor of five Georgian town houses opposite the Assembly Rooms.
The long time local’s favourite was opened in 1979 by David Price and his French wife Claude and now his son Gaston, daughter Gabby and son in law Joe are all part of the team, making it truly a family-run restaurant.
They describe the cuisine as “ British cooking with a French accent” and the steaks are a menu item that really show off this foreign fusion. Cooked to perfection, the steaks range from a grilled aged 6 oz sirloin steak with garlic & herb butter, Woods summer coleslaw & French fries to heartier seared filet steak with green peppercorn & brandy cream sauce.
Address: 9 -13 Alfred Street, Bath, BA1 2QX
7. Bar and Block
Next to the Odeon, Bar and Block is another chain that specialises in steaks. With more affordable options and bottomless prosecco/Pravha options (Wednesday to Saturday 12-4pm), it’s ideal for a get-together with pals, or a romantic date that won’t break the bank – check out these other budget date ideas too.
Sourced from British & Irish Angus breeds, they hand-cut each steak to order so you can choose what kind you want and also what size (such as 8, 12, 16, or even a 20oz steak). Go for a steak sampler if you can’t decide!
Look out for a special symbol that shows steaks cooked over charcoal as they are extra tasty with a smokey flavour and if you’re on a date (or any duo), get the Chateaubriand to share.
Address: 4 James Street West, Bath, BA1 2BX
8. Martini Restaurant
Italians love their steak and at Martini Restaurant it’s easy to see why! A fixture of George Street, Martini has a strong family feel and you can expect a big welcome from Nunzio, Franco and Luigi.
Martini’s classic fine dining room is always a solid favourite for Italian dishes like homemade pastas, pizzas, and of course plenty of wine. Inside it feels special but the prices are decent, so you can order more for your money (or maybe spend it on one of these fun activities!)
Make sure you try the steak though – the 40-days matured West Country steak is always a winner, just save room for a delicious dessert as well.
Address: 8-9 George St, Bath, BA1 2EH
9. Chez Dominique
The name Chez Dominique and the menu all scream French but this sophisticated little restaurant is actually run by two Brits from Cambridge, Chris and Sarah, and is named after their first child Dominic.
You wouldn’t know it though as the chefs are trained in French cuisine and the restaurant has a European understated elegance – when you walk past and see people happily chatting and clinking glasses in the window, it feels like you could be in Paris.
If you’re dining with a party of friends, ask for the room at the back of the restaurant, which is semi-private and has great views over the weir.
While there are plenty of tasty menu items competing for attention here, the classic onglet (hanger) steak is the best choice for hungry carnivores. Served with frites, of course.
Address: 15 Argyle St, Bath, BA2 4BQ
10. Green Park Brasserie
We’ve already told you how tasty the meat is here at Green Park Brasserie (check out our list of other Sunday Roasts, too) and the steaks are no exception! This steakhouse and jazz bar serves up all the cuts you can dream of (hello, fillet, sirloin, côte de boeuf, flat iron, rump, bavette, and T-bone).
Sometimes there are steak specials that mean you can bag a bargain without compromising on quality.
Steaks come from only three miles from the restaurant, bred by Hugh and Celia at Newton Farm and cut by Tunley Farm Butchers. Regularly changing cuts appear on the menu based on what’s available, so it’s always super fresh.
Address: 6 Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB
Whether you’re a fan of fillet or ready for some rib-eye, these best steak restaurants in Bath have meaty menus full of delights. Need some help decoding them? Most steak is dry-aged, which takes longer and produces a nutty, earthy flavour, with a tender steak.
Wet-aged steak takes less than two weeks to age, usually it’s vacuum packed in its own juice and tastes ‘fresher’ but less complex.
Amy is an award-winning travel writer born and bred in Bath. She has written for national newspapers and magazines from the Guardian and Mail on Sunday to Conde Nast Traveller and Good Housekeeping. Now she’s helping travellers explore Bath, one story at a time.