STK London
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Bronze Award

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’re likely to have come across STK’s famous Instagram wall at some point while you do your daily (or hourly) timeline scroll – and no wonder. When it comes to the glam factor, STK delivers on all fronts.

With its vowel-free moniker, super-sleek looks, DJs on the decks and a ‘dress to impress’ code (check if your threads will pass muster on the website), STK certainly comes with plenty of attitude.

The menu isn’t shy or retiring either, piling on the indulgence with caviar starters, truffle toppings and lobster mac’n’cheese, ahead of USDA prime-grade beef, Wagyu and British native-breed steaks at wallet-busting prices – although our New York strip and rib-eye both passed muster when it came to proper ageing and cooking. A lighter scallop and shrimp ceviche also scored points, though a dessert of deconstructed ‘rhubarb and custard’ was more style than substance.

Although it is best known as a glitzy venue for dinner and drinks, STK’s simpler lunch menu promises a slightly more laid back affair, minus the stiletto heels and body-con dresses. It features the likes of crispy chicken salad, and New Orleans favourite, the popcorn shrimp po’boy sandwich, as well, of course, as the signature steaks.   

This branch of STK, which hails from the US and has locations all over the world,  has proved popular with a moneyed international crowd who may well be familiar with the outposts in Dubai, Ibiza, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Readers recommend it for glamorous entertaining with “attentive service” on the side.

Located in the ME Hotel, this sleek restaurant fits right in with the property’s Radio Rooftop bar and Zela, the Japanese-cum-international dining room backed by Rafael Nadal and Enrique Iglesias. So after enjoying a steak and snapping enough Instagram pics to last a lifetime, head to Zela’s cocktail bar or on up to the roof to finish your night.

About STK London

Part of the Me London hotel and an offshoot of the North American steakhouse brand of the same name, this first UK outpost of STK has a plum location on Aldwych that’s great for pre- and post-theatre dining, though the basement setting and nightclub vibe really come into their own when it’s dark outside and you don’t mind being underground.

The menu will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in the sort of country-club restaurants and steakhouses that constitute classic American cuisine on the other side of the pond. There are boldly flavoured salads such as chicory and watercress or Caesar to start, jumbled with ingredients like blue cheese, caramelised pear and roasted walnuts, as well as crispy bits of protein along the lines of softshell crab sliders or octopus and oat-fried chicken.

Given, though, that steak with side orders is the house speciality, something from the raw bar might make a sensibly light beginning to a meal at STK: jalapeño pickled shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon, say, or a yellowfin tuna ceviche with radish, black sesame seed pesto and charcoal crisps.

The steak itself – made from grain-fed USDA prime beef as well as dry-aged British beef – comes in three sizes of small, medium and large, from a 200g fillet to a whopping 900g tomahawk, with toppings of garlic butter, smoked bacon and blue cheese, black truffle butter and sauces of béarnaise, peppercorn, red wine and chimichurri.

If steak’s not your thing, there’s also roasted lemon sole, miso-glazed duck breast, organic salmon fillet and cornfed chicken breast, plus indulgent sides of mac and cheese, truffle and parmesan French fries, creamed spinach and mushroom pot pie.   

A DJ playing from Tuesday to Saturday underlines the Ibiza nightclub atmosphere of the place, as too the big central bar for cocktails and Champagne.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
North American, Steak
Ambience
Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music / dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for STK London

ME London hotel , 336-337 Strand, Aldwych, London, WC2R 1HA

020 7395 3450

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-16:00
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 13:00-16:00
Sun 13:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 17:00-00:00
Tue 17:00-00:00
Wed 17:00-00:00
Thu 17:00-01:00
Fri 17:00-01:00
Sat 17:00-01:00
Sun 17:00-00:00

Reviews of STK London

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17 Reviews 
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Anon

Never again
12 January 2020  

**What a joke of a restaurant. Never seen so many trashy people in one place ever. Food and service all sub par. Won’t be going there ever again. Save yourself the headache.**

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Ms/Mrs. Chloe B

06 August 2019  
Food is always amazing brill atmosphere.
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jay

Bad Service
01 August 2019  

I visited STK on 13th July with a group of friend's for a birthday dinner.

We ordered some pre-drinks at the bar but the was just SO terrible and the waiters were more interested in having conversations between themselves then caring about there customer's.

One waiter in particular (Darked haired, slim tall guy with a foriegn accentand something on his lip) made very obvious that he did not seem to have any desire or care if we was served or not. I even left a tip for the grumpy guy and he still found it almost impossible to acknowledge me. Not even a thank you from this guy, So rude and not at all a friendly atmosphere.

Food was good and the Dj was quite loud.

I would rate the bar staff zero out of 10 for service . really poor and not professional.

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Anon

28 June 2019  
What can I say? STEAK! Beautiful restaurant and beautiful steak. Drooool.. Service is good and decor is sophisticated with a great atmosphere. My fav steak place.
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Wendy G

31 July 2018  
I have combined a visit to the STK restaurant at the Me Hotel on the Strand with a drink in their rooftop bar both great experiences.
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Annabelle C

Don’t waste your money - AVOID
07 February 2018  
Save your money and don’t ever visit here. To summarise: - I called, left voicemail messages, emailed and sent Instagram messages over a period of two weeks to book a table for my birthday - no one ever responded to any of the above or even picked up the phone (called in excess of 20 times in morning, afternoon and evening) - I phoned again yesterday and someone finally answered and explained they have no availability on my chosen day. I therefore left my telephone number in the event that any tables become free. - someone finally responded to my email today and offered me 5 different time slots - how if there we none yesterday? - I responded 10 minutes later confirming my chosen time, to which they responded saying this is no longer available It is important to note that not once has anybody apologised or even addressed my complaints that no one has answered my calls, voicemails, emails or private messages, and they actually said they were doing me a favour by finding me a table - how so when obviously there would have been plenty of table options (based on the fact that there were 5 this morning) had someone responded to me 2 weeks ago? It is worth mentioning that I visit every year for my birthday - not because the food is particularly good but actually because there is a good atmosphere. However, I dread to think what the in house service is like if this is what you get when trying to book and I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable paying their extortionate service charge. Oh and last year they double charged one of our cards by an extra £200 and we had the same problem trying to contact them then. Truly is pathetic and I’m shocked they do any business at all. I will avoid The One Group and stick to D&D in the future as I trust they would not ruin my birthday.
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Emily C

09 May 2017  
Gorgeous food, brilliant service, AMAZING cocktails.
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Rebecca H

04 May 2017  
Very busy and basically a glorified bar that serves food. I was not impressed with the food - had to send the steak back and as a restaurant names STK - I found this amazingly disappointing! The service however - once seated - was great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the wines and matching with the food. The front of house staff were rushed off their feet with a bar booking and this showed in their curt manner and rushing us into and out of the restaurant. I also found it slightly irritating that after dining and spending the amount of money we did, after walking through the hotel to go to the roof bar we were told to exit the hotel and walk around the building to join the queue with everyone else.
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Charley J

Corporate Event
16 January 2017  
We hired STK exclusively for a corporate event in June last year. Everything was amazing, and people are still talking about what a fantastic evening it was. Great food, atmosphere and amazing cocktails. Would definitely recommend it for dinner or for private hire.
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Amy B

13 May 2016  
Beautiful decor, amazing Steak and cocktails, pricey so for special occasions only and a DJ on later so you have to be prepared for people dancing on their tables as you eat. Downside - you sometimes have to wait for your table despite having reserved this, which is a little cheeky as they let you wait at the bar (spending money on their over-priced drinks!) Fun to do a bit of celeb spotting and the Radio Bar on the Rooftop is nice for pre drinks in the summer. Overall the food is great but you must expect to spend at least £100 a head and have to book months in advance.
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