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“Disappointed”
Review of Steak Barn

Steak Barn
Ranked #94 of 138 Restaurants in St. Andrews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had heard great things about Balgove Larder and we were excited to visit the steak barn for dinner. On arrival we were told it would be around 30-40 mins wait for a table in the barn. Not ideal but we got a drink and waited at the tables outside (we knew from the website that it was not possible to book a table in advance).
I chased up after 45 minutes as we were with a hangry 5 year old, coincidentally our table was ready.
We ordered a couple of steaks with a side of onion rings and a burger for our daughter.
The drinks and food took a while to arrive which probably felt longer given we’d already waited 45 mins to sit down.
The steaks were cooked perfectly but neither the steak or the chips had been seasoned. You would also never know the steaks had been cooked on a wood fired bbq with no depth of flavour. The steaks come with ‘twice cooked chips’ which were akin to chips you would get from a chip shop and soggy because the steak was served on top. We had to ask for seasoning which arrived in paper sachets- perhaps Covid related so I’ll give them that.
The staff were young and seemed to lack experience and/or any real desire to be working there.
Overall really disappointing. It looks very pretty and authentic but fails to deliver the basics. We will not be rushing back.

Date of visit: July 2021
Thank J6849PAemmag
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit and will definately be back! The actual barn itself is a great setting. Had the bang bang cauliflower and veg spring rolls as starters, both outstanding!!

Steak was cooked to perfection and probably the best I've ever had. Staff were great too. Will definitely be back

Date of visit: June 2021
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Thank Wanderer796577
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Reviewed 20 June 2021 via mobile

I get its busy, I get you need to wait, I don't get the total lack of courtesy from the staff. We were informed the waiting time was just over an hour, over 2 hours later we're still waiting and when you approach the staff you're told "you won't be long now!" Then, when they do eventually call you, the wait continues when you're seated. Over 3 hours from when we initially arrived to eventually getting fed! The look on other diners faces basically told us we weren't the only ones not happy with the overall experience.
As already mentioned on other reviews, the steak was enjoyable but the accompaniments were dire. Chips and salad were shocking plus the onion rings were soft, greasy and cold.
I have no issue what so ever paying good money for a decent meal but on this occasion they failed miserably. Absolutely no interest or apology from the staff when we paid the final bill.
There are so many more enjoyable eateries in St Andrews to choose from over this place.
We will not be back!

Date of visit: June 2021
2  Thank Tablejockey
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Reviewed 18 June 2021 via mobile

While the steaks are absolutely stunning, the chips and salad that accompany the meals are tragic at best. Limp, uninteresting/unappetising salad leaves (with nothing else added) is uninspiring, so much so most people don’t even touch it - begs the question, why bother with it? The chips can only be described as “scabby”, mainly very little bits of chip ends, barely a full chip in sight. Steak is amazing but let down badly by the substandard accompaniments. Makes the overall bill seem very expensive for what you actually manage to eat.

Date of visit: May 2021
Thank nicolapender
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Reviewed 13 June 2021 via mobile

Have passed this venue for 12 months as we have a caravan near by it is always exceptionally busy and they do not take bookings so choose ur time wisely plenty of indoor and outdoor seating we choose inside great rustic venue nice to see open flamed oven in the centre cooking your food, great service and excellant Quality Steaks def will be back.

Date of visit: June 2021
1  Thank Chris T
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