When it comes to eating out in London, there’s never been so much choice. But despite this huge range of options, you still can’t beat the classics. Steak is one of those dishes where you know exactly what you’re going to get. And if you choose the right steak restaurant, it becomes one of the best things you can do in a restaurant. Here are 9 of the best steak restaurants in the city that are sure to get your mouth watering:
What: Argentinian Steak and Wine
Why: Steak doesn’t get much more glamorous than at Gaucho. Cowhide walls and crystal chandeliers make it a meal not to forget in a hurry, whilst the meat pretty much does the talking all for itself. The beef is organic Argentinian Aberdeen-Angus steak, cooked on an open flame for the most authentic taste and sourced from the fertile grasslands of the Pampas. Wine is almost exclusively Argentinian too – in fact, most of the bottles are made exclusively for Gaucho.
Where: Gaucho - Charlotte Street, Charlotte Street, London
What: Steaks in the East
Why: If you find yourself over in Shoreditch and in need of a steak then head to the Jones Family Project. All their meat comes from Ginger Pig in Levisham North Yorkshire and other farmers that they trust, it’s then aged for a minimum of 28 days before it’s cooked on a Josper grill. You can choose between fillet, sirloin, rib eye and bone in prime ribs to share. And whilst we all know steak and red wine are a winning combination, their cocktails are pretty great too, so make sure you order at least one whilst you’re there.
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
What: A Little Social Grilling
Why: If you’re in the Wandsworth area and are in need of a little social grilling, then look no further than MeatUp – it has meat in the name after all. As well as ribs and burgers they have plenty of steaks. Their signature cut is the Deckle, but they also have rib eye, sirloin or go all out and get The Beasty Board: their signature short rib, beef burger and surf n turf (8oz Sirloin with charred king prawns). Served with either chunky chips or fries, bone marrow and sourdough, slaws and sauces. Obviously it is to share – if you could eat all that, we’d take our hats off to you.
Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS
What: Old School Steak Restaurant
Why: If you’re going to eat a fine steak, you should at least make sure you do it somewhere nice. Somewhere like Rowley’s. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful dining room in which to enjoy your steak. And thankfully, the food matches up to the setting. Rowley’s has been around for decades, serving up succulent cuts of steak and limitless crispy fries to grateful regulars in the heart of London. A real gem.
Where: 113 Jermyn Street, St James's, SW1 6HJ
What: Steak Restaurant in a Casino
Why: From the moment you walk into Heliot, you know you’re in for a treat. Housed within London’s infamous Hippodrome, diners can enjoy their meal on a balcony overlooking the gaming floors of the casino. The atmosphere is buzzing, as you’d expect, but it doesn’t distract from the quality of the steak – USDA prime cuts, hung for four to six weeks. Game on!
Where: 14 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7JH
What: Celebrated Steak Specialists
Why: For traditionalists, Hawksmoor is the standard by which every other helping of beef in London will be judged. And rightly so. Hawksmoor’s formula – of sourcing only the very best British beef, and recruiting the best steak chefs to prepare it – is a real success. With knowledgable waiting staff to help you pick the right steak, you can’t go wrong.
Where: 5A Air Street, St James's, W1J 0AD
What: America's Steakhouse
Why: Smith & Wollensky started off in America, before moving across the pond to set up shop in the Adelphi Building. On the menu are USDA prime dry-aged steaks including Kansas City cut bone in-sirloin and T-bone. Other cuts include premium Irish fillet mignon charbroiled and a 1kg Tomahawk steak. If you can, finish with the gigantic chocolate cake. Then roll home.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT
What: Atmospheric Brasserie and Bistro
Why: Let’s not forget that the French do steak very well. This charming French brasserie has so much to enjoy, but Les Deux Salons really comes into its own when you order the steak. Cooked to perfection in their Josper grill, the entrecôte is sublime. Sir Terence Conran’s French masterpiece will leave you smiling.
Where: 40-42 William IV Street, Covent Garden, WC2N 4DD
What: Back-to-Basics Steakhouse
Why: Steak doesn’t have to be glitz and glamour. Flat Iron, a trendy back-to-basics steak restaurant, boast excellent steak for just £10. Seared to a crisp on the outside, blushing pink within, it certainly holds its own. Be warned, though – you can’t book a table in advance, so it’s a good thing that they’ve got an excellent bar to be enjoyed while you wait.
Where: 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QH
What: American Institution
Why: One of New York’s hottest restaurants, Balthazar’s latest brasserie in London’s west end has been buzzing ever since opening back in 2013. As you’d expect of New Yorkers, they take pride in their steak. Their entrecôte is truly delicious, well worth the £24 price tag.
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
What: Steak With a Side of Party
Why: The clue’s in the name with STK London. Not only do they serve everything from chateaubriand to rump, rib-eye to T bone you can also opt for the whopping 1kg Tomahawk or top end Wagyu cut, all in sleek rooftop surroundings. Dress up and make a night of it, the DJ will set you up for a good night out.
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
What: Refined Steak and Fine Wine
Why: Whether you’re eating at their Canary Wharf, City or Mayfair restaurants, Goodman age their meat on-site. They can cut it for you to order. They’re wine list is seriously lengthy and they know just which cuts to pair each glass with. In other words, Goodman is a real must for serious steak lovers.
Where: 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1QH
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