There’s no denying that Londoners love their steak. While it’s a dish you can recreate fairly effortlessly at home, nothing quite beats restaurant quality cuts cooked to perfection by a professional chef. The question is: where exactly are London’s best steak restaurants? Whether you’re on the hunt for a posh date night spot, or want to enjoy great steak on a budget, we’ve rounded up all the best steak restaurants in London that are a cut above the rest.
Some might consider steak a simple – hey, predictable even – dish to order, but the reality is that there are so many possibilities when it comes to this meaty main. First, you have to decide which cut to go for, each of which boasts its own distinctive flavour profile and characteristics. Ribeye and sirloin, for example, are fattier cuts known for their rich marbling, juicy texture and intense flavour, while fillet steak is a much leaner joint, and marked for its meltingly soft texture.
Then there’s the question of how to cook it, from rare to medium-rare to well-done, and that’s before you've decided on the perfect sauce to pair it with (we’re big peppercorn sauce fans). Yes, steak is a complicated thing, but our round-up of the best steak in London will guarantee you something special every time.
Our selection features everything from sleek NYC-style restaurants to classic steakhouses and stylish Argentinian spots. So, whether you are in the mood for tasty sirloin, premium Wagyu or Chateaubriand to share, we’ve included something for every taste, style and budget. Most importantly, these guys take the quality of their steaks seriously, sourcing the very best beef from trusted farmers both in the UK and further afield. Have a scroll through our ultimate list, then steak your claim by booking a table at one today.
Hawksmoor, Various London locations
What: If you're a steak fan, or even if you're not, Hawksmoor is bound to be on your radar. It's one of the most popular steak restaurants in London - nay, in the UK! Boasting seven sites across the capital, the prolific steakhouse specialises in glamorous interiors, British-bred beef and signature dishes that have become synonymous with the brand, like its Old Spot belly ribs and a mind-blowing anchovy hollandaise. Its steaks include both small and large cuts, depending on how hungry you are, and there are well over ten side dishes to pair alongside, from mash and gravy to macaroni cheese.
Where: Various London locations
Book now: Hawksmoor Air Street, Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Hawksmoor Borough, Hawksmoor Guildhall, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, Hawksmoor Wood Wharf
What: This properly British restaurant is famous for its roasts (go figure), and sources all its heritage breed beef from British supplier Lake District farmers. Its cattle are grown slowly over 18-36 months on biodiverse pastures, and dry-aged on the bone to ensure maximum flavour and quality. The menu features a range of 35-day, dry aged native breed cuts, which you can choose to pair with a range of sides and sauces. Think truffled cauliflower cheese, triple-cooked chips, Kentish tenderstem broccoli and rosemary and garlic roasties.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
Book now: Roast
Temper, Various London locations
What: The clue's in the name of this high-octane steakhouse which revolves around a centre piece open fire pit. Now with locations across London, it serves up some of the best steaks in the business, alongside a wealth of meaty mains and an extensive wine list. All its steaks are from slow-grown and pasture-raised British cattle, with specials rotating every week. Order alongside beef-fat bearnaise, grilled hispi cabbage and beef-fat potatoes.
Where: Various London locations
Book now: Temper City, Temper Soho, Temper Covent Garden, Temper Shoreditch
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Marylebone and City
What: The concept at this Parisian steakhouse is simple. There's no menu and only one dish on offer: perfectly-cooked steak with a dressed green salad and unlimited fries. Oh, and lashings of its signature house sauce. A reasonably priced wine list leans heavily towards reds, although the house bottle isn't a bad bet if you can't decide. Dessert is a big thing here as well, and includes classic options like profiteroles, creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding and ice cream.
Where: 120 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QG
Book now: Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Beast, Oxford Circus
What: Beast is an upmarket steakhouse serving top-end cuts from all over the world. Discover Lake District rib eye, sirloin and porterhouse, Irish Chateaubriand and sirloin A5 grade Sakura Wagyu. It also serves a strong selection of fish and seafood grills if you want to make it a surf 'n' turf experience. Pair alongside indulgent sides like cauliflower carpaccio with parmesan, ponzu, truffle and herbs.
Where: 3 Chapel Place, W1G 0BG
Book now: Beast
The Coal Shed, Tower Bridge
What: This sleek London sibling to the Brighton original specialises in coal-roasted cuts served sharing-style. The menu features a range of 35-day, dry-aged Lake District steaks, which are chunky, succulent and cooked to perfection, but you'll also find a daily-changing list of specials that champion rare breed cuts from specialist farms. Sauces include bearnaise, green peppercorn and chimichurri, while accomplished sides span carrots and peas with chervil butter, and turmeric onion rings.
Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 2SE
Book now: The Coal Shed
Lutyens Grill at The Ned, City
What: Located in a traditional, wood-panelled dining room on the ground floor of The Ned, Lutyens Grill offers a clubby, old-school vibe with meat and fish served tableside. A popular choice for business lunches, diners can choose from a range of steaks sourced from the British Isles, from Longhorn rib-eye to Hereford fillet, rump, Tomahawk or Chateaubriand. Sides and sauces are, naturally, part of the equation, and we recommend trying its signature Armagnac and green peppercorn sauce.
Where: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Book now: Lutyens Grill
Steak & Lobster, Fitzrovia and Marylebone
What: The clue is in the name at Steak & Lobster, a surf 'n' turf restaurant centred around excellent quality steak and fresh lobster. All its steaks are sourced from County Antrim in Northern Ireland and served with a choice of paprika fries or a spicy lemon salad. Opt for the surf 'n' turf for the full experience, which includes grilled steak and half a lobster with spicy roasted garlic and chimichurri butter.
Where: 6-7 Warren Street, W1T 5LB; 19-25 Granville Place, W1H 6PA
Book now: Steak & Lobster Warren Street, Steak & Lobster Marble Arch
Jones Family Kitchen, Victoria
What: The Jones Family Kitchen specialises in dry-aged, grass-reared Longhorn steaks which are sourced from The Ginger Pig butchers and cooked on a Josper grill. Friendly service and and a passionate team ensure diners feel at home, while its steaks include a range of classic cuts and sharing options. There's also a lengthy wine list featuring everything from crisp whites to fruit-driven reds.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9NF
Book now: Jones Family Kitchen
What: Argentinian steakhouse Bife is an independent family-run restaurant that's made a name for itself largely because of its warm and friendly service. It also serves excellent free-range Argentinian beef, which is cooked on a charcoal grill for the most authentic, smoky flavour. We recommend bringing a group to enjoy one of its Bife Grill Boxes, which sees diners cook their own cuts over a grill at the table. Think sirloin, short ribs, prime rump, chorizo and black pudding served with fries and chimichurri.
Where: 40-42 Middlesex Street, E1 7EX
Book now: Bife
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
What: Wolfgang Puck’s London outpost of Cut offers a modern twist on an American steak restaurant. Expect high-quality and delicious cuts such as USDA prime beef, New York sirloin and Japanese Wagyu, spearheaded by executive chef Elliot Grover. You'll also find a wealth of next-level sides including cavatappi pasta mac and cheese, tempura onion rings with black truffle ranch, and desiree potato puree.
Where: 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
Book now: Cut at 45 Park Lane
Flat Iron, Various London locations
What: Flat Iron proves that great steak doesn't have to break the bank thanks to its affordable cuts. Its signature flat iron steak is a mere £13, which you can pair with your choice of sauce for an extra quid. The laid back vibe makes it a great place for casual dates, especially when paired with bottle of red and its housemade beef dripping chips.
Where: Various London locations
Book now: Flat Iron Soho, Flat Iron Shoreditch, Flat Iron Covent Garden and more
M Restaurant, City and Canary Wharf
What: M Restaurants are notoriously sleek and sophisticated ventures which would work just as well for a special dinner as it would a smart business lunch. A self-proclaimed gastro playground, the menu features a range of 'sustainable steaks' which focuses heavily on premium cuts, from Kobe to Wagyu. If you can't decide, diners can choose to play steak roulette: simply spin the wheel of fortune and let the 'beef gods' decide your dinner for you!
Where: 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8HP
Book now: M Restaurant
Sophie’s, Soho and Chelsea
What: With a couple of sites in Soho and Chelsea, this glamorous steakhouse and cocktail bar serves up native breed British beef that's dry-aged and butchered in house for the best possible flavour. Choose between ribeye, sirloin, fillet and rump, all of which are cooked on an open fire pit. It also offers a wealth of group sharing menus if you want to bring the whole gang along, or you can opt for its firepit set menu which includes two courses for £30, or three for £35.
Where: 42-44 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NB
Book now: Sophie’s Soho, Sophie's Chelsea
What: Although Blacklock is first and foremost a chophouse, the menu includes a range of small steaks and larger in-bone cuts. Dry aged for up to 55 days, diners can opt for rump cap, ribeye or sirloin for something small, or prime rib and porterhouse to share. They're pretty reasonable too, with single steaks starting from £14. Blacklock is just as much about the sides as the steaks, so make sure to order its beef dripping chips, bread and gravy, and barbecued baby gem with anchovy dripping.
Where: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
Book now: Blacklock
The Guinea Grill, Mayfair
What: Serving up big portions and hearty dishes, The Guinea Grill is a microcosm of old Mayfair that still pulls in the crowds. You’ll find the restaurant towards the back of the pub and steaks to choose from include porterhouse, sirloin and Chateaubriand, all best enjoyed with a side of beef dripping chips. Its beef is sourced from family-owned Godfreys in Finsbury Park, so doesn't have far to travel!
Where: 30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NL
Book now: The Guinea Grill
Hot Stone, Islington
What: Incongruously placed among the cheap and cheerful restaurants of Chapel Market is this high-end sushi restaurant and steakhouse. At Hot Stone, guests have the opportunity to sear their own steaks to their preference, using sizzling slabs of granite which are heated to 400 degrees. Choose from the luxe likes of Japanese Wagyu or sirloin kobe, while sides include homemade Japanese pickles, steamed rice and spinach with sesame dressing.
Where: 9 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ
Book now: Hot Stone
Quality Chop House, Farringdon
What: As the name suggests, chops are the stars of the show at Quality Chop House. The menu has plenty more to offer than just chops though, including a short selection of well-executed steaks, from bone-in ribeye to sirloin. While the menu changes every day in line with what's available and seasonal, you can pretty much bet on its confit potatoes being part of the line-up. They're a must-try.
Where: 92-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA
Book now: The Quality Chop House
If your love of meat doesn’t stop at steaks, we’d suggest perusing our carefully curated pick of the best burgers in London.