Restaurant Reviews

Walter's Steakhouse: Restaurant review

Between the décor, prime cuts and tableside service, Walter's Steakhouse transports you to the classic steakhouses of Midcentury New York.

By Fiona Donnelly


Old Minerals House, 219 Alice St, Brisbane, Qld


Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm


E $9-$32
M $39-$52
D $12


With a canopied entrance, clubby wood-panelled interior, scalloped red-leather booths and marble-topped tables, Walter's is a venue that instantly conjures the classic steakhouses of New York. Not a skerrick of the old Restaurant Two remains. The Mad Men vibe is lightened in the main dining space by Anna Spiro's eclectic gallery op-shop hangs on some walls, floral curtains separating the double private dining spaces from the main dining room, a couple of outsize botanical murals on plain white brick walls in those private spaces and the use of varied fabrics, heavy velvets, mismatching moquette tops on the chairs and Persian-style rugs.
There's fun to be had with pre-dinner Martinis at the eye-catching bar (the feature that best reveals the shared DNA with award-winning sibling, The Gresham) and a well-balanced wine list, but the house specialty, a grain-fed, dry-aged T-bone, cut for two and priced at $110, is the main draw. Cut into strips and seasoned adroitly, the steak arrives on a searing-hot platter in a pool of butter and its own juices. Well-drilled floor staff then dispense it silver-service style, swiping slices of sirloin and fillet around the scorching platter rim with sizzling effect.
Retro entrées, such as oysters Rockefeller and a deconstructed prawn cocktail, are less precise in their execution, the Mooloolaba prawns better served by a squeeze of lemon than by the kitchen's take on cocktail sauce. A slice of crisp-based apple strudel, though, served on old-school plates and dolloped with schlag, restores the fantasy in glorious style.
(07) 3012 8640
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
Adam Herbert
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.