Healthy eating and plant-based diets may be all the rage in London these days, but sometimes you just find yourself craving something meaty to really get your teeth into. With such a wide variety of cuisines and restaurants available in the capital, it is easy to forget that London is packed with good steak.
So, where exactly are London’s best steak restaurants? Which London restaurants do the best meat? Who does the best steaks for special occasions? Where can you find a good cheap steak that won’t flat iron (wahey) your wallet? Well, look no further, because our guide to the best steak restaurants London has to offer has the answer to all of these questions. Whether you are looking for sirloin or silverside, feeling more budget or blow-out, we can help find a capital cut that is just right for you.
Some people might dismiss steak as a boring or predictable menu option, but we fiercely disagree. When steak is well-sourced and cooked to perfection, it can be one of the most impressive and fulfilling dishes that you can eat. We have judged all of the steak restaurants featured in our list by the quality of the cut and the cooking techniques used and believe us when we tell you that competition is fierce – our selection features everything from sleek NYC style North American restaurants, to traditional British restaurants, classic steakhouses and even stylish Argentinean restaurants. When it comes to steak restaurants, London really does have it all.
So, whether you are in the mood for Angus or Wagyu, our pick of London’s most delicious steak restaurants has something for everyone’s taste, style and budget. Steak your claim by perusing our list of excellent options below and book a table online today to enjoy a steak that is a cut above the competition.
What: It’s all about quality at Roast. Beef is sourced from farms in the Lake District, Cumbria and Essex, before being paired with skinny fries or thick-cut chips and a choice of sauces, including béarnaise, chimichurri, red wine or peppercorn.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
Beast, Oxford Circus
What: Loved by City folk with endless pockets, Beast is an upmarket steakhouse serving top-end cuts of Nebraskan beef. There’s a great selection of wines and fizz too, but be warned that you might need to re-mortgage your house after dinner.
Where: 3 Chapel Place, W1G 0BG
What: Upmarket steakhouse Sagardi features seductive wooden interiors, while the menu of steaks is inspired by the Basque region. Txuletón is the top order: steak from cattle which is at least six years old and cooked over an oak-wood fire on a Basque-style grill.
Where: 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
The Coal Shed, Tower Bridge
What: This sleek London sibling to the Brighton original specialises in coal-roasted cuts served sharing-style. They’re chunky, succulent and cooked to perfection, while The Coal Shed's accomplished sides, such as triple-cooked beef dripping chips and coal-roasted carrots topped with crème fraiche, are welcome additions.
Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 2SE
Lutyens Grill at The Ned, City
What: The only restaurant on The Ned's ground floor which offers some privacy away from the bustling food hall, Lutyens is a popular choice for business lunches. Clubby interiors, excellent steaks and well-trained staff result in a steakhouse like they used to make.
Where: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Steak & Lobster Warren Street, Fitzrovia
What: The clue is in the name at Steak & Lobster. All the steaks are sourced from County Antrim in Northern Ireland and surf ‘n’ turf is the signature serve. Don’t fancy seafood? You can order other steak-only dishes such as a Philly cheesesteak roll.
Where: 6-7 Warren Street, W1T 5LB
What: Steak is at the heart of 34’s menu – Scottish, Argentine, US, and Japanese Wagyu steaks are all available, cooked on a parilla grill. Expect a hefty bill, but sleek service and an impressive wine list make it worth it.
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square (Entrance on South Audley Street),W1K 2HD
Hawksmoor Guildhall, City
What: Boasting sites across the capital, Hawksmoor is one of London’s favourite steak restaurants. Head here for flawless British steaks which are cooked to perfection, and followed up with indulgent sweet treats such as salted caramel Rolos or sticky toffee pudding.
Where: 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ
Rotunda, King’s Cross
What: Flying the flag for King’s Cross long before Coal Drops Yard made it cool, canal-side Rotunda is a real charmer. All beef here is sourced from the owner’s farm in Northumberland, and is dry-aged, hung and butchered on site.
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG
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. The steaks are true triumphs, and well matched with the family’s range of over 30 wines by the glass.
Where: 7-8 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9NF
What: There are plenty of steak restaurants in The Square Mile, but Bife sets itself apart with its incredibly warm service. Prime free-range Argentinian beef is cooked on a charcoal grill, while tempting sides include mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet potato fries.
Where: 40-42 Middlesex Street, E1 7EX
Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
What: Wolfgang Puck’s London outpost of Cut is glamorous with a capital 'G'. Expect high-quality and delicious cuts of USDA Prime, New York sirloin and Japanese Wagyu, while you can keep the high going by indulging in the all-American sweet treats for pudding.
Where: 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
Flat Iron Beak Street, Soho
What: Flat Iron has proved that steak doesn't have to break the bank with its signature £10 cuts. The laid back vibe means it’s a great place for casual dates, while it’s hard not to fall for sides like beef dripping chips.
Where: 17 Beak Street, W1F 9RW
M Threadneedle Street, City
What: Part of the M Restaurant stable, this is a sleek and sophisticated dining room which serves Japanese Kobe and Wagyu alongside USDA prime fillet and Argentinian rump. Aside from the excellent steaks, there are also great wines and uber-indulgent desserts.
Where: 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8HP
Boisdale of Belgravia, Belgravia
What: Unashamedly Scottish (note the tartan chairs and hunting trophies), the steaks are the stars of the show at Boisdale, coming from the same butcher that supplies the Royals – tuck into various cuts served with black truffle mayonnaise or ‘inferno’ hot sauce.
Where: 15 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LX
What: At glamorous Sophie’s, you can enjoy three different cuts of steak, all cooked on an open-fire infiernillo grill. We’re particular fans of the steak sandwich though, which features rump steak topped with grilled onion, watercress and salsa verde sandwiched between a soft brioche bun.
Where: 42-44 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7NB
What: Although Blacklock is first and foremost a chops restaurant, diners do have the chance to enjoy some larger in-bone cuts. Steaks are dry aged for up to 55 days and cuts to choose from here include rump, cap and ribeye. Don’t miss the cheap and cheerful cocktails either, starting at just a fiver.
Where: 24 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LG
The Guinea Grill, Mayfair
What: All big portions and hearty dishes (no health-conscious dining here thank you very much), 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.
Where: 30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NL
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.
Where: 9 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ
The Quality Chop House, Farringdon
What: As the name suggests, chops are the stars of the show at The Quality Chop House. The menu has plenty more to offer than just chops though, including a short selection of well-executed steaks including bone-in ribeye and sirloin. Trust us when we say you won’t regret pairing your meat with a side of the restaurant’s famous confit potatoes.
Where: 92-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA
Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden
What: Slick US import Smith & Wollensky has impressed the London crowds with its overtly glamorous 1920s looks, smartly dressed staff and high-quality steaks. The focus here is on USDA, British and Irish beef which is butchered on the premises and hung in an impressive dry-ageing room. Just be prepared for a hefty bill come the meal’s end.
Where: 1-11 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HT
STK, Covent Garden
What: Let’s be honest, if you’ve booked a table at party hotspot STK, it’s probably not because you care about what’s on the menu. This is very much a place to see and be seen, but you will also find a selection of steaks available, ranging from flat iron to Wagyu. Our advice? Pair your meat with a portion of the truffle and Parmesan French fries.
Where: 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
If your love of meat doesn’t stop at just steaks, we’d suggest perusing our carefully curated pick of the best burgers in London.