Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Restaurants , British Covent Garden
Critics' choice
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(85 user reviews)
139 Love It
Save it
1/5
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
2/5
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
3/5
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
4/5
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
5/5
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
Book a table

Book now

A Covent Garden fruit warehouse transformed into high-end Carnivore Central, with awesome steaks (most affordable on the express menu) and a great cocktail bar.

This former fruit warehouse is now Carnivore Central in Will Beckett and Huw Gott’s confidently expanding empire, and the bar a place of pilgrimage in its own right for cocktail geeks.

Winner of Time Out’s Best New Restaurant award in 2011, the discreet-fronted basement location is elevated to a high-end destination with a characterful interior of reclaimed materials and the fan-boys’ zeal for premium meats and other taste sensations. The bad news is, with a similar appreciation of gustatory pleasures (a couple of cocktails, say, followed by crab or lobster, sirloin and side dishes, wine and pudding), dinner here can easily set you back £100 a head.

The good news is the express menu (ideal pre-theatre when tables are easy to snare) proffers two courses for £22 and three courses for £25 – and still allows enjoyment of fine Ginger Pig Longhorn ribeye (a more-than-strictly-needed 250g), and bone marrow with onions. Desserts here, in our experience, don’t benefit from the same obsessive attention to detail as the beef dripping chips, kimchi burger, hot dogs or historic anti-fogmatics – still, there’s the post-prandial cocktail list to peruse featuring the likes of Climpson’s espresso martini.

See more mouthwatering Sunday roasts in the capital

 

Venue name: Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Contact:
Address: 11 Langley Street
London
WC2H 9JG
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 5-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 5-11pm Fri, Sat. All day noon-9.30pm, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £15-£30. Set meal (noon-3pm, 5-6.30pm, 10-10.30pm Mon-Fri) £22 2 courses, £25 3 coursesMeal for two with wine and service: around £120
Do you own this business?

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:56
  • 4 star:13
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:6
  • 1 star:6
LiveReviews|85
1 person listening
kevin hawkins
1 of 1 found helpful

had 850gm ribeye with bone in,shared for 2 of us,without doubt best chunk of meat we have ever eaten !! service and atmosphere excellent, lovely place.

Hammertime
2 of 3 found helpful

Hands down the best steak in town. And it's not just the food, everything about this place is classy - from the service to the decor to the cocktail menu. 

Mark Saunders
2 of 3 found helpful

We went on a Sunday after a recommendation and we're not disappointed. We took a long time trying to choose our meals but all changed our minds the instant we saw a roast being served on the table next to us. Very tasty we'll cooked beef with a generous veg portion and huge Yorkshire pudding. Very good waiter service reasonable prices for wine. Beware we got there just after twelve and the place was totally full when we left at two. Going back soon and looking forward to another great roast.

GP
Staff Writertastemaker

Love Hawksmoor in general but finally got round to going on a Sunday and trying out the roast which I'd heard such good things about.

For £20 it really isnt much more than the average pub roast these days and it was absolutely impeccable. Beef is cooked on the spit over charcoal first and finished in the oven, you have the choice of ordering pink or well done (I'm a philistine and went well done, dont judge me) everything is cooked perfectly and tastes great but doesnt over power, the meat and gravy is left to do the talking and its just delicious. Large portions but not gut busting too. 


As ever the service is ideal, relaxed and attentive, really helpful with the wine menu (as slightly hungover useless people this was very much appreciated) the staff arent pushy either so if you want to dip your toe in the world of Hawksmoor the roast is a good budget choice, you'll never turn back.


Start and end with a cocktail if your budget allows, there is an extensive menu and I'm get to find a bad egg on there.

Jenni D
Tastemaker

I'm a vegetarian, and can honestly say it was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. 


My best mate is a hardened meat lover and so I thought there would be no better 30th birthday present than lunch at Hawksmoor. 


From the moment we walked in, the service was impeccable - picking up early it was my friend's birthday, giving us free desert to celebrate, calculating our bill so we got the best available deals on the day. 


I can't speak on the steak front, but if there's any worried veggies out there - their side dishes were delicious as was  the gnocchi vegetable dish that I had. Cocktails were lethal and wonderful to boot. 


Pricey, but worth every penny.

dwoodle
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Went for lunch last week, and attentive service was complemented by great steak (highly recommend the fillet steak). We took the waiters advice for the wine and were not disappointed!. Proved to be a great place for lunch so highly recommend it!

Chelsey C
Tastemaker

I made a last minute booking only to be told that they only had seating in the bar area, when we arrived I was pretty pleased about this as the main restaurant was brightly lit and heaving with work parties whilst the bar was quiet and dimly lit; making my dinner more intimate. On this particular occasion I ordered the pre theatre menu and was pleasantly surprised. For £22, you can have a choice of two courses and the menu is small but very straightforward and not too fussy.

The roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad was light but filling enough when shared between two people. The rump steak available on the set menu was huge, delicious, and cooked to perfection alongside the chips fried in beef dripping which were the perfect accompaniment.

The staff were very helpful but a little pushy at times. However when the bill arrived and we remarked at the price of some wine we'd had, our waiter quickly removed a significant amount from the total cost!

Daniele
moderatorStaff Writer

Steaks are certainly outstanding, very attentive service, good decor, hence the high rating. However, I would not go back. There is something about the place that does not feel right to me. Maybe the private members club style entrance followed by a not particularly classy menu and atmosphere. 

Luisa G
Tastemaker

Wow. Just wow. This place is absolutely fantastic.


When you first enter, you're greeted with friendly and polite staff who offer to take your jacket and put it in a cloamroom - always nice to not have it draped over the back of your seat whilst eating. 


It was my birthday, and my partner had arranged for a glass of prosecco each when we first sat down, which was really lovely. 


The menu is extensive and delicious. If there's something you don't understand, the staff are always hapyp to explain everything to you. The steaks are on the pricey side, but not overpriced for London, and for what they are. 


I went for the fillet steak, and so did my girlfriend, which were both around the £30 each. We then chose mac and cheese, fries and veggies to accompany it. The food came in good time, and it was nice and hot. The waitress also brought us some bone marrow gravy for free, because 'it's so nice that I don't want you to miss out on it!'. She was right - it was absolutely delicious. 


My partner had also arranged for a birthday cake for me at the end - this wasn't just a slice of cake - it was an entire cake of deliciousness, which was big enough for about six people. What makes it even crazier, is that they turned around to us and said 'this (the prosecco and cake) is on the house - happy birthday!'. What a lovely birthday surprise, and totally unnecessary as my girlfriend knew how much it would cost, but it reallly did make my birthday even more special than it would have been! We've booked again for February!


Nigel C

This restaurant never fails to deliver on the quality and taste. The Porterhouse is always perfect for sharing and the mac and cheese is a great side. The fact it's below ground level makes you feel like you're a world away from the hustle and bustle of Covent garden. 

Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

Best steak EVER! The cuts are amazing. The service is good and the cocktails are nice, but a bit pricey. Always packed on the weekend and can be difficult to get a table, if you love steak you will not be disappointed.

JJ G

i have wet dreams about the ribs! i think I'm having one right now :-/

Kira H

Absolutely faboulous tasty food and lovely drinks with good environment.

Saint

Hawksmoor never disappoints. The ribeye is always outstanding as is the creamed spinach. If you're after one of the best steaks in town then look no further.

K M
Staff Writer

Some of the best steak i've ever had, plus the service was brilliant and very informative

Paperback Reader
Tastemaker

Best steak in London! The sides and desserts are also fantastic, as are the wine and Tamworth belly ribs. The Seven Dials restaurant has the best atmosphere.

Rosie T
Staff Writer

It's all about the meat! Such great steak and brilliant fro a Sunday Roast too! Infarct I'll be going here tonight!

Abi L

Absolutely loved it in here. The food is amazing. It is quite expensive and the kind of place you end up getting at least starters/mains and several cocktails! But still so worth it. The service is impeccable and atmosphere is great on, what seems to be, any night of the week. Best steak in London!

Lilli
Tastemaker

I visited Hawksmoor Seven Dials for lunch a few weeks ago. The atmosphere is relaxed and quiet at lunch, perfect for a business lunch or catching up with a friend. I got the bone marrow and fillet steak as part of the two course prix fixe lunch menu. Both were delicious, but the bone marrow really stood out as my favorite. Great quality and such a fine taste!

Louise H
Tastemaker

I had been wanting to try this place for a while as its burgers are touted as some of the best in London. I ordered mine medium rare…and received a burger that was extremely well done. They're not cheap so I pointed this out to the waiter, who to his credit sent it back and ordered me another one. A really stylish interior, excellent service and the potential for great meat- I would go back as hope this visit was a blip!

John K

"title"


Over rated. Great venue but have found the service inconsistent. I've sent a steak back because it was so salty it burnt to be told the chef disagreed and offered an unseasoned steak. I left.

Samantha H
Tastemaker

One of the best steaks in London served with some of the nicest sides available.  Service is always on point and the bill isnt as much as you would expect for such a high profile and well regarded restaurant.  Will definitely go back again and again. 

Esther J
Staff Writer

I love this place, it has the romance of old fashioned flicks. The cocktails are killer the rump steak my fav.

The staff are understated and make you fel t eas not achingly try hard cool. I’ve yet to try the Sunday Roast- high on my list!

Mr

One of the best stakes you can eat in London.  There Porter House is amazing.  Good friendly staff. There breakfast is also supperb but you will need all morning to get through it! 

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

This place has really incredible food, and I would recommend it to anyone who values a nice steak. The service is alright, sometimes it has been great and other times it has been below average. One time we were trying to grab a quick pre-theatre drink in the bar and the concierge pretty rudely told us that there wasn’t even standing room in the bar at the moment. We couldn’t see if this was true or not, but it’s a pretty big bar so I think there probably would have been space for 2 women for a quick wine. Anyway, when I’ve dined here I’ve always had really excellent quality beef and sides.

Alex B

Food was excellent as expected but there wasn't a great atmosphere. Went at lunchtime so perhaps it's buzzier in the evening. Can definitely recommend the yorkshire pudding starter but you need a big appetite!

Noel

"title"

Staff Writer

Having been several times, it has never won me over. Average all round. Plenty of other places serving great steak, and far better atmosphere. A shame not better.

rob g
Staff Writer

I doubt anyone needs to read another positive review for Hawksmoor - but apart from the fantastic food and drink, the way we were treated was just exemplary. Every group in the restaurant near us - ranging from ageing city bankers to the beardy shoutalots in the corner were treated as if they were the most important customers in the place.

paul b

My Favorite Steak Restaurant at present - Portahouse to die for then washed down with infused butter Scotch old fashion does it get any better

Warwick W

The Steak is awesome - It's a toss up between here or Goodmans for best in London - Hawksmoor edges it for me.  - service is always top notch, a great setting and it's easy to lose time in.Great buzz too.

Must try a shaky Pete's shandy and save room for the puddings which is difficult I admit! 


Roman Tagoe
moderator

Quite simply the best Sunday lunch in London. It may be pricier than your average roast in the local pub but the extra four or five quid is worth it. Generous portions, relaxed but attentive service make this a treat worth doing regularly.

Hugh Malkin

Every time I go near Seven Dials, I crave the Full-Fat Old Fashioned (homemade butter infused bourbon), bone marrow and anchovy hollandaise 

Michael L

After reading so many glowing comments on Hawksmoor, perhaps I just got a one-off bad steak.  I ordered a t-bone steak cooked medium, and it was bland and very dry - not at all the juicy, flavourful steak I was expecting. I also ordered two glasses of wine which were way too warm, probably poured into a hot glass right out of the dishwasher.  I came away very disappointed, especially after paying premium prices (£60 for a salad, steak and two 175m glasses of warm, mediocre wine). 

chiara g

Great buzz,  a gentrified rather than hip bare brick dungeon ...and excellent though unadventurous food I suppose. Felt a little too like a chain.. I mean very nice but ever so slightly bland. More Elton John than I had hoped.  

Very blokey.  Looking around it was definitely big blokes out-chomping each other through mountains of meat, even the female staff were glamorous Bond girl types, no short cropped lesies, yes very much a boy's place, so come on down lads. 

Guy Rodliffe

"title"


Went on Sunday for lunch. Had the pork ribs for starters and a Sunday roast. Absolutely fantastic. Didn't even think about the bill. The service was helpful and friendly and I'll be back in a heartbeat. Best Sunday roast in London. A Bargain!

Daniel Ganton

Best steak in London... the UK probably. Side dishes are perfect complements and the wine selection is spot on. worth trying the cocktails before dinner as well!

Charlotte

Out of curiosity I finally tried Hawksmoor last night at Seven Dials. To make it an affordable trip we opted for the set menu - 2 courses for £23, not too bad, especially after hearing such good things. However I have to say the steak and chips - which came out 2 minutes after ordering - was pretty bland. I covered everything in salt, ketchup and vinegar just to give it some flavour (not something I usually do in restaurants I'd like to add). It would be nice if a sauce was offered with the set menu as it needed the flavour and also the meat on the plate on it's own looked rather bare on it's own. All to quickly we were rushed for our dessert orders, so couldn't finish them. But I will say that the desserts are worth a trip alone (almost). The sticky orange pudding and berry panna cotta were to die for, so flavoursome but whilst being light and very moreish. If only the much raved about steaks had been as good.

Andy K

Superb food from starters such as Roast Bone Marrow or Potted bacon and beef with Yorkshires ! The steaks are superb as are the Beef Dripping Chips. The desserts are fantastic and I really enjoyed the Cornflake Ice Cream. Wonderful Cocktails, Good Wine list and good selection of beers. This is the best meal we have had in London and the service was second to none !

Sarah

I eat,regularly, out in London and am very passionate about cooking, and food in general. This place was incredibly disappointing. It is ridiculously priced. The steak was very poor. The service was non existent- pleasant enough but paying that sort of price, they should be more attentive. This was really disappointing, it strikes me as odd that not more people have mentioned this! the cocktails were nice before dinner.

Ali

I was very disappointed, having heard this was the best restaurant for steak in London. It doesn't have a patch on steaks in Paris and Argentina or even USA & Australia. My steak was cooked medium well instead of medium rare. Sent it back and the next steak was cooked properly, but not well seasoned - didn't have a delicious outer crust. The meat flavour wasn't amazing, texture could have been better. A great steak should make you say, "Oh my god - I can't believe how good this is". I ate 1/2 of this one mostly to be polite to my dining companion. Entrees were better; 1 very good, the other just good. Creamed spinach was excellent. Chips were over salted and a bit of a let down. Service was pretty rushed and lacking in passion until they'd studded up cooking the steak. All in all I'd save my pennies and head to Paris for dinner rather than going here. Having tasted 2 steaks here, my conclusion on the raves about this place is that the people haven't really tasted good steak - which is one of life's great pleasures.

Show More