London's best restaurants for steak

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Britta Jaschinski / Time Out

We've tried and tested the very best restaurants in London for the very best cuts of meat, and here are the results - London's top steak restaurants. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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Buenos Aires Café

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Is there a better spot in London for an Argentinian steak joint than this, right on the edge of Blackheath? Gazing through the big windows, that could be the pampas out there, where those famously flavoursome cattle are raised. The interior is promising too: small, intimate, a little higgledy-piggledy. With all the framed images on the walls, from photos of celebrities (the Queen, Rod Stewart) to a pencil sketch of Lionel Messi, it’s pleasingly unpretentious too, like a restaurant in La Boca.

  1. 17 Royal Parade, SE3 0TL
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Casa Malevo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The neighbourhood has a wealthy and exclusive vibe, but Casa Malevo is a little hub of welcoming homeliness. That’s partly thanks to the small, domestic-feeling interior, with its old-fashioned dresser and a back conservatory that overlooks gardens and a children’s play area. Decor includes framed photographs of appropriate images such as steaks or a gaucho’s spur. The bare brick walls (Argentinian steak restaurant standard issue, it seems) are even rougher than most. Happily, flavours followed this intense pattern.

  1. 23 Connaught Street, W2 2AY
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Foxlow

  • Rated as: 4/5

It takes special magic to lift a curse. One held over a restaurant site, doubly so. The previous time we dined at this address, the (Nordic) cooking was excellent, but the atmosphere dreary. The building was – and has always been – a doomed sow’s ear of a site, a corridor-with-annexes. It would, we thought, take a sorcerer of Potter-like talents to turn it into a silk purse. But Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott have reversed the hex.

  1. 69-73 St John Street, EC1M 4AN
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Garufin

  • Rated as: 4/5

Younger sibling to Highbury’s Garufa, Garufin is elusive, tucking itself into a basement down a quiet passageway just off Red Lion Street. While Garufa is a ‘starter, steak and pud’ kind of a place, Garufin bends the rules. Sure, there are slabs of beef, but this ‘Argentine kitchen’ has also plundered the regions to turn everyday dishes into – what else? – modish small plates.

  1. 8b Lamb's Conduit Passage, WC1R 4RG
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Gaucho Piccadilly

  • Rated as: 4/5

From the Paraguayan-style cheesy breads to the dulce de leche pancakes, via the succulent empanadas, meat and fish dishes, the food is impeccably sourced and carefully prepared. The main event is the beef; before the meal, a waiter comes over with the five main steak cuts and explains how they’re best served and accompanied. If you want the meatiest meat, choose ribeye, though the fillet is heavenly for those frightened of fat. The truly impressive wine list is pricey, but the house malbec is usually excellent.

  1. 25 Swallow Street, W1B 4QR
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Goodman Mayfair

  • Rated as: 4/5

‘Bringing the New York steakhouse to London.’ Not the most original brief, but this (Russian-owned) newcomer has a decent stab at bringing Manhattan to Mayfair: dark-wood panelling, inviting leather booths, a bar counter running the length of the restaurant, and staff so chatty and involved in your order they practically sit down to eat with you. If the server did pull up a seat, you wouldn’t be happy to share the excellent steak – be it a 250g fillet, superbly rich and tender, or a less subtle 400g ‘Goodman ribeye’ from the US, rippled with delicious golden fat.

  1. 26 Maddox Street, W1S 1QH
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Grillshack

  • Rated as: 4/5

Sixty-something serial restaurateur Richard Caring (who owns The Ivy, Pizza East and much, much more) is slowly taking over our city. I sometimes picture him sat on a swivelly chair, stroking a white cat, bwa-ha-ha-ing at us for lining his pockets (and given his magnificently bouffant hair, he can be extra smug). But while opening a burger-steak-chicken joint in Soho is a bit like putting a giant cash register out on the street and waiting for us to comes and stuff it with fivers, you’ve got to hand it to Caring – he gives good restaurant.

  1. 61-63 Beak Street, W1F 9SL
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Hawksmoor Spitalfields

  • Rated as: 5/5

This Spitalfields steakhouse has wooed much of London since opening in 2006; word-of-blog has only served to create an even bigger buzz around the restaurant and its food. Hawksmoor’s USP is in supplying excellent produce cooked well, focusing on top-quality beef from renowned London butcher Ginger Pig. There’s a serious attitude to beef provenance and an impressive list of breeds; Longhorn is always available, but guest breeds range from Herefords to Lincoln Reds. The savvy staff do a terrific job of explaining the differences. 

You can also try the almost-as-excellent Hawksmoor Seven Dials, Hawksmoor Guildhall and Hawksmoor Air Street branches.

  1. 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
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Hix Oyster & Chop House

  • Rated as: 4/5

Although the name tells diners what to expect, there’s more to Hix than chops and oysters – Blythburgh pork crackling with apple sauce, for example (an ideal nibble), or irresistible deep-fried sprats with caper mayonnaise, followed by roast free-range Goosnargh chicken with wild garlic sauce (for two). Most diners have been male whenever we’ve dined here. We watched in admiration as one table tucked into a medley of steaks; the choice includes porterhouse (for two) and hanger steak with baked bone marrow.

For something similar (but not quite the same), you can also try this restaurant's Soho sibling, Hix, or its high-end hotel sibling, Hix Mayfair.

  1. 36-37 Greenhill Rents, (off Cowcross Street), EC1M 6BN
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Zoilo

  • Rated as: 5/5

This is deconstructed, small-plates Argentinian cooking, and it works – with flavours as good as these, you want as many different mouthfuls as you can get. An empanada’s pastry was expert, as enjoyable as its creamy spinach and raisin filling. Fried chunks of queso de chancho (‘head cheese’) were like a seriously adult version of chicken nuggets. A miniature steak (softened up with the sous vide treatment then blasted on the grill) was flawless, the flavour like undiluted beef cordial.

  1. 9 Duke Street, W1U 3EG
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10 comments
Eddie P
Eddie P

http://www.buenayre.co.uk here is the best steak I have ever had in my life..... Prior to this was in tis o in Croatia, but this is something that I will take every steak loving friend to... Honestly it is awesome. And my favourite food in the world..... STEAK

Jo S
Jo S

Flatiron Soho is amazing too!

Bigsexy N
Bigsexy N

How did you miss The Chamberlayne in Kensal Rise? The steaks are much nicer than at Hawksmoor

Lucy Murias
Lucy Murias

Really pleasantly surprised to Gaucho Charlotte. No doubt, I'm from Argentina, we offer the best meat we have in the Pampas! All the dishes we ate excellent, The tuna tiradito, "las empanadas", made ​​as in Argentina, a delight! We also tried a dish of vegetables, ricotta, almonds, special! And all accompanied by a delicious wine. They have a cellar with the best Argentine wines The decor and soft lighting, with the candles on the table, very good!. A impecble attention of all staff, made ​​this dinner a real party! Gaucho Charlotte, thank you very much for making us enjoy very good restaurant in a special place! My daughter Caroline and I enjoying dinner!

MC
MC

I know that Hawksmoor serves nice steaks. However I definitely prefer Danish restaurant, MASH, in Soho. It is without a doubt the best steak in London and the restaurant interior is beautiful!

SV
SV

Santa Maria Del Sur

hoofhearted
hoofhearted

I judge the quality of any article on steak restuarants in London by whether Santa Maria Del Sur and Garufa are listed!!! Shocking . . .

Juan Lopez
Juan Lopez

The Rib eye steak surely is at 240 Upper Richmond Road

MMCJ
MMCJ

Can't believe you've not mentioned Garufa in Highbury, North London. Having dined at Buen Ayre, Gaucho & Smiths, this place is far better. Great range of Argentinian starters, melt in the mouth steaks and friendly service- this is the place I return to again and again.