STK London

Burgers, Fusion, International, Modern European, North American, Steak, Vegetarian·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of STK London

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, this spot 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, the 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 the restaurant group, 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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Burgers, Fusion, International, Modern European, North American, Steak, Vegetarian
Ambience
Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions

About

Part of the ME London hotel, STK Strand is the first UK outpost of the well-known North American steakhouse brand, famous for its low-lit nightclub vibe. A plum location on Aldwych makes it great for pre- and post-theatre dining, though it serves a classic steakhouse menu seven days a week, as well as roasts on a Sunday. 

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 iceberg with blue cheese and bacon or a baby gem Caesar to start, as well as luxury entrees like California roll with snow crab or crispy calamari. STK is designed to be an experience and dishes lean into luxury ingredients regularly, whether its wagyu tacos or a yellowfin tuna tartare with avocado and taro chips.

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 a choice of butters (truffle, garlic or lobster, for example) or sauces like béarnaise, peppercorn, red wine and chimichurri.

If steak’s not your thing, there’s also roasted king crab linguine, black cod with bok choy, pumpkin ravioli and braised beef short rib, plus indulgent sides of mac and cheese, rosemary French fries, creamed spinach and mashed potato.   

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.


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Are there gluten-free options on the menu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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Location

ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, Holborn, London, WC2R 1HA

020 7395 3450 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

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13 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
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Helena H

05 December 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Very good steak

Had an absolutely lovely meal at STK we shared a steak between us with several of the delicious sides. The food was great. It isn't cheap but worth the quality food. 

sherry B

26 December 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Christmas day

Good service and lovely meal the meat was colder than the rest but was dealt with fairly merry Christmas 

Anon

14 August 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Dinner

In my opinion, the best steak I've ever had! But then you get what you pay for. Pre-show meal and birthday celebrations made for a fabulous meal. I'll go for the small fillet next time ... the medium was enormous ... no room for dessert! Fab cocktails too ????

Chloe B

06 August 2019  
Food is always amazing brill atmosphere.

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.

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.

Emily C

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

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.

Charley J

16 January 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Corporate Event
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.

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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