Smith & Wollensky

North American, Steak·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Smith & Wollensky

Bronze Award

This smart US import follows its transatlantic forebears by focusing on USDA, British and Irish beef butchered on the premises and hung in an impressive dry-ageing room. Located in the art-deco Adelphi Building, S&W's interior will knock your socks off with its parquet floors, leather banquettes and striking murals creating a gloriously decadent 1920s feel. Prices are hefty and so are the portions – a side of truffled mac 'n' cheese could feed four happily. Taking on the challenge, we devoured this with bone-in rib-eye and sirloin steaks, both obviously well sourced and served with 'steakhouse fries' (that?were actually closer to British chips). The weekend brunch menu stays true to the restaurant’s carnivorous reputation with dishes such as eggs with braised short rib, smoked bacon hash and the protein-packed sirloin steak and fried eggs, alongside a selection of nine bespoke Bloody Marys. A few elements of this fiercely American menu seem to get lost in translation, although there are some great US wines on show, plus there are set menus offering smaller portions and better value. Share or go with homesick Americans.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
North American, Steak
Glamorous, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch
Perfect for
Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The emerald green awnings of Smith & Wollensky stand out on John Adam Street, and signal the entrance to a traditional American steakhouse in the heart of London. This iconic steakhouse started life in 1977 in New York, but has since established itself over the Atlantic as a bastion of American steak cookery, as well as classic New York hospitality. 

The interiors are traditional steakhouse, right down to the tiled floors, dark leather banquettes and a gleaming marble bar, which holds shelves of whiskies and spirits behind it. Bar stools and chairs match the emerald colour scheme, and the whole room is rather striking and impressive. 

Naturally, Smith & Wollensky steaks are USDA Prime beef, and they're all dry-aged and butchered on-site - in fact, this is the only steakhouse in London which combines those three things. You'll also find top quality British and Irish beef here too, and the menu allows you a choice between the three, offered in cuts ranging from the usual fillets, sirloins and ribeyes, all the way up to a chateaubriand or cote de boeuf to share. You can enhance your steak of choice with anything, ranging from a simple peppercorn sauce, to half a lobster or a gorgonzola crust. 

Outside of the steaks, there are lots of other options, ranging from steak or tuna tartare, chilli and garlic shrimp, seared scallops, roasted monkfish and shellfish platters. Sides like truffled mac 'n' cheese and hash browns are also popular options.

Whatever time of day you're planning on visiting, Smith & Wollensky has you covered with lunch and dinner menus, pre and post theatre menus, a brunch menu on the weekends, and dedicated children's menu. Save room for a New York style cheesecake, or perhaps just for a dessert cocktail like Smith & Wollensky's famous espresso martini, or a classic Irish coffee.


Where does the restaurant get its beef from?

The restaurant serves USDA Prime beef, as well as British and Irish beef.

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1-11 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6HT

020 7321 6007 020 7321 6007


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-16:30
Sun 12:00-16:30
All day
Mon 12:00-23:30
Tue 12:00-23:30
Wed 12:00-23:30
Thu 12:00-23:30
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-22:00


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14 Reviews 

Gabriella W

26 March 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Did not disappoint!

Beautiful food & atmosphere for a special birthday meal, would definitely recommend & return.

Angela P

26 July 2019  
Great Steak and amazing chocolate cake.

Tarah M

28 June 2019  
Have organised a couple of buyouts here for my Firms. Great events service. As for food. There steaks and sides are lovely. If you are hungry and hamper after a steak this is the place to go! Sometimes it can be a little empty which is a shame as it doesn't deserve to be.


01 August 2018  
Great food and service.

Kathryn D

27 June 2018  
Excellent food and service - they have private dining rooms that are perfect for groups. Our US visitors love the food and are always happy to be taken there.

Becky H

27 June 2018  
Great food, the steak is the best i've ever had and love that they have their own butchers onsite.

Matthew A

09 May 2017  
One of the best steakhouses in London and I have been to most :) This is one I always return to.

Jacqui L

04 May 2017  
Amazing steak in beautiful art deco surroundings.

Rebecca H

04 May 2017  
Food - amazing! Portions are huge, so always an idea to not go too wild on the sides and be open to sharing. The service was impeccable and even though when visited it was quiet, the ambience of the restaurant is lovely. Nicely lit, friendly staff and great food! The value is good. It is a little costly but the quality of the food and service is more than worth it.

Nina K

22 March 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Great old school dining
If you like Mad men, you will love Smith and Wollensky's. There is a real feel of old school opulence about the place with the art décor details and wide comfortable booths. The barata salad was fresh and tasty. The main star attraction was definitely the rib eye. Perfectly cooked and served with tasty chips, it was delicious! Definitely a contender for top London steak, although, like all London steak houses, it is pricey. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for business dinners and testosterone filled lunches.
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