The Guinea Grill

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Guinea Grill

Silver Award

The Guinea Grill has always been a macrocosm of Mayfair’s spendy indulgence, and as you approach from the Berkeley Square end of Bruton Place, you can hear the claret and Guinness-fuelled guffaws of the rowdy afterwork drinkers long before you can see them. A boisterous crowd spills out onto this otherwise quaint passthrough, but thankfully the Grill itself is rather quieter - a cosy meat-eaters temple, wood-panelled within an inch of its life, covered with prints of ruddy-faced soldiers, tartan carpets, wine cabinets and smartly suited staff who dodge through the narrow passageways and tables with great skill.

In 2024 The Guinea Grill reopened following an expansion of the dining space, but aside from some extra capacity it’s business as usual for this old Mayfair stager. This isn’t a menu for light eaters - case in point, you can order extra lamb kidneys, liver and ox heart as accompaniments for your main. The steaks have always been the prize attraction at The Guinea but devilled kidneys make a suitable warm up. They’re nicely cooked - plump and juicy, still a touch pink, and swimming in a mustard sauce that wakes the senses. There’s a bit of deftness on show too with a trio of nicely seared scallops, ducked in sprightly grapefruit beurre blanc.

It’s all designed to prime you for the piece de resistance, either a suet-crusted pie or hefty slab of grilled beef. At £14 per 100g for a Côte de Boeuf, The Guinea isn’t cheap, but that’s hardly a surprise given where we are, and the cooking on the beef is superb, as are the sauces. The confit potatoes hold their own against the legendary version made famous by the Quality Chop House. The Guinness is famously excellent. The wine list is cracking, though naturally expensive, with only a handful of 125ml pours clocking in under the £12 mark.

Some may baulk at The Guinea’s prices but it’s hard to argue with the quality of what’s on offer here - we’d put this firmly in special occasion territory unless you have deep pockets, but you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Food Hygiene Rating

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30 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, W1J 6NL

020 7409 1728 020 7409 1728


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 13:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed


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5 Reviews 


10 July 2024  
Food & Drink 0.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 0.5
Awful Birthday Dinner and Service

The reservation was made to celebrate my partners birthday. He had been looking forward to an evening of good food & wine in a friendly atmosphere. The reality was completely different.


I arrived first, I noticed the table was located not too far from the disabled toilet.  You could smell a chemical smell in the air. On this evening it had been raining heavily- I don’t know if it caused an effect to the drainage outside but I knew I did not want to be seated there so asked to be moved to another table.

Once my partner arrived and was seated. Before asking for his drink order or engaging with us. The waiter proceeded to alert us of when the table would be needed for the next reservation at 20:30 and we should order our mains as quickly as possible.  Bearing in mind we were not late, we were 30 mins early. I have never experienced that kind of bluntness from any restaurant before. “How do you think you can get away with applying pressure to eat and go?” I chose to overlook this behaviour as I knew my partner was looking forward to eating there so this was not addressed.


His main was a Ribeye Steak for £46 with no sides. You would get a better cut out of a supermarket. The steak was very fatty and partly inedible. The garlic butter which was supposed to melt over the steak was almost frozen and would not melt. The chips resembled McCain’s triple cut chips. My main which was the Beef mixed grill wasn’t great either, this tasted reheated instead of freshly prepared. Shortly after the main course the waiter proceeded to spill my partners glass of red wine on him. Instead of clearing the table and did not apologise for his clumsy error.


When making the reservation I had informed the staff member that it was my partners birthday. I enquired if a ‘birthday plate’ could be arranged. I was assured that this could happen. When the dessert arrived like other establishments I’ve taken him to, you will see a decorated plate with ‘Happy Birthday’ wording, a candle or the birthday song being sung. This was not the case at the Guinea Grill. He received the dessert he had ordered then handed a postcard with the waiter stating “it’s your birthday right?” It felt like it was an after thought to the waiter, completely  meaningless. Very disappointing.


The bill was presented with the service charge added on of nearly £35. I have no issues paying for this at other establishments but after all I had witnessed and experienced - I asked for the service charge to be removed. The waiter could not grasp the concept that how he had acted from when my partner arrived had contributed to the outcome at the end of the evening.


The bill was paid followed by a prompt exit - with both of us vowing never to go back again.

Disengaged staff will cost this place customers.

Andy R

29 March 2019  
A full experience; lively bar; great steaks, different.

Andy R

21 March 2018  
Great lunch and dinner, food always tasty!

Harriet K

01 December 2011  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
Ate here on a business lunch and was very happy, food was extremely good and service was attentive, I will definitely recommend to my friends and be back soon!

Richard E

11 May 2011  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
There is a bar, in Menlo Park, they call the British Bankers Club (which is sort of where this Animals riff stops scanning); last time I was there, I was the only Brit, I’m not a banker and it wasn’t really a club. The Guinea Grill, on the other hand, could be the home of the fabled BBC. The room is wood lined, the staff wear white aprons and the food is solid, boarding school grub. Oh, and almost everyone dinning there was in a pin-stripped blue, grey or blue-grey suit. And male. Our waiter was what I believe is technically known as a “character”. The character he most resembled physically was Mr Potatohead, but with an Italian accent. He needed a comedy pepper grinder, and his image would be complete. Starters were fine: asparagus, crayfish crab cocktail and smoked salmon, but the mains, ah; the mains. Steak. One is introduced to the steak at reception. And to the barbecue grill, upon which it will be transformed. Proper bone in rib, seared as requested; a bit of watercress; some chips; some mustard; and peas. Lovely. Or pie: thin, flaky, larded crust; juicy beef; rich unctuous gravy; and a Blackadder style frilly collar. Comfort food done to the highest standard.
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