Savoy Grill

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It’s a well trodden path to the Grill from the Savoy Theatre, across the concourse of the world-famous hotel. Many diners seem to combine a meal and a show for a quintessential London night out. As such, the vibe can be quite touristy, but that in no way detracts from the quality of the experience. Following the Savoy’s epic £220 million refurbishment, completed in 2010, the restaurant looks as spectacular as it did in its heyday: a dark and glamorous room of polished wood, burnished mirrors and statement pendant lights.

It’s now run by Gordon Ramsay, who largely keeps things classic on the extensive French/British menu. All the old favourites are here – snails in red wine, french onion soup, oysters, lobster thermidor, dover sole – and the grill itself sears a selection of steaks, chops and cutlets, from prime British breeds. At lunch, a trolley trundles around the tables dispensing a roast of the day with trimmings. Nothing is particularly cheap, of course, but the popular pre-theatre menu consists of simpler dishes and offers a more accessible route into this historic and celebrated dining room.

 

Venue name: Savoy Grill
Contact:
Address: Savoy Hotel
London
WC2R 0EU
Cross street: Strand
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 5-11pm Mon-Sat; 6-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Temple or Covent Garden
Price: Main courses £18-£38. Set lunch £26 3 courses. Set dinner (5.30-6.45pm Mon-Fri) £22 2 courses, £26 3 courses
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Rachael Eastwood
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I visited the Savoy Grill on Monday 27th May, and was treat amazingly! I have a severe nut allergy, which limits my options when I go out for meals as alot of restaurants don't cater, so i get a very limited choice. The Savoy was so different! My auntie had made them aware I had a nut allergy. So on arrival, I was greeted and talked through the menu, and what they would do for me!! So I had a starter, main course and desert! That is very very rare for me. So thank you, a special weekend was made even better by the Savoy Grill! I know where I will want to eat next time I am in London.

Neil Ewington
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I visited the Savoy in London many years ago and since then at destinations globally. My fiancé and I made a reservation at the Savoy Grill in London for 9.00pm on the 1st of September, under her name. My future parents-in-law flew over from Rome for their first trip to London and this was to be their first meal dining out since landing in the UK. As you can appreciate, meeting my fiancés parents for the first time is an exceptionally important event. Hence why I trusted the Savoy to deliver an excellent service, as has been present previously. Once arriving we were seated promptly, however, we were then informed that their was a problem with the oven/grill, rendering all items from the grill section redundant. For a place called the Savoy grill I consider this completely unacceptable, however the situation deteriorated further from there. They knew about the issue 2 hours before our arrival, and we were not informed, which I consider extremely rude considering they had all our contact details. We then ordered the lobster as an alternative and were again informed that they had run out of that as well. To compensate, the staff moved us to Simpsons where we were told that there would be steak available. We were seated below the air conditioner (the table first on the left when entering) and asked for it to be turned down 3 times with no measurable change. So much so that I had to go to the cloak room and retrieve a jumper and jacket for my I visited the Savoy in London many years ago and since then at destinations globally. My fiancé and I made a reservation at the Savoy Grill in London for 9.00pm on the 1st of September, under her name. My future parents-in-law flew over from Rome for their first trip to London and this was to be their first meal dining out since landing in the UK. As you can appreciate, meeting my fiancés parents for the first time is an exceptionally important event. Hence why I trusted the Savoy to deliver an excellent service, as has been present previously. Once arriving we were seated promptly, however, we were then informed that their was a problem with the oven/grill, rendering all items from the grill section redundant. For a place called the Savoy grill I consider this completely unacceptable, however the situation deteriorated further from there. They knew about the issue 2 hours before our arrival, and we were not informed, which I consider extremely rude considering they had all our contact details. We then ordered the lobster as an alternative and were again informed that they had run out of that as well. To compensate, the staff moved us to Simpsons (another restaurant in the Savoy) where we were told that there would be steak available. We were seated below the air conditioner (the table first on the left when entering) and asked for it to be turned down 3 times with no measurable change. So much so that I had to go to the cloak room and retrieve a jumper and jacket for my future parents-in-law so they were not too cold. I too went and got a jumper. We looked at the menu briefly and myself, her father and mother all ordered the rump steak. Two minutes later the waitress returned to inform us they were out of that here as well. I can’t remember a time that I’ve received such bad customer service. I could probably have made a better first impression taking them to Nandos. parents-in-law so they were not too cold. I too went and got a jumper. We looked at the menu briefly and myself, her father and mother all ordered the rump steak. Two minutes later the waitress returned to inform us they were out of that here as well. I can’t remember a time that I’ve received such bad customer service. I could probably have made a better first impression taking them to Nandos.

Tom Bruce
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If you're going to the Savoy Grill and are unsure about whether to dress up to the nines... definitely, definitely, definitely do. Or, to be more succinct, definitely do. But why limit your apparel wearing to the nines, and risk being naked thereafter? Go for ten, eleven, twelve, maybe right the way through to one or two if you plan to swank around the illustrious American Bar once you've eaten.


Do attend in your smartest formal wear, though, or you will feel out of place. It's the sort of place that, if you were in the company of three other men in nice ties while you yourself were sporting an open collared undone top button look or, worse, a cheap tie tied with shoddy technique, the maitre d' might compliment your companions on their excellent choice of neck accessories while sneeringly glancing yours up and down while sneering and saying (in a sneering voice): "Your waiter will show you to your seats, now. Enjoy". Followed up by a final sneer of such power that you can feel as it lingers in the base of your spine so you don't even have to look around to know you've received it.


This is a posh restaurant, with Art Deco stylings, subdued lighting (apparently this makes people eat less) plush velvet seats,and cocktail trays being wheeled around by sleek Europeans that desperately want to be head honcho in one of the the hotel's two historic bars but will probably never make it past the juniors exam before they pack up for their own country or become air crew. 



Breads and starter soups were both excellent and served quickly, and our drinks waitress was on hand to dole out assured recommendations on what to drink, to which we laughed sardonically and ordered whatever we damn well pleased. Which were a mojito and a maple old fashioned, both very good.


Being a grill famed for its cooked meats, most of the entrees consisted of carcinogenic animal tissue. There was a whole section of the menu dedicated to these options. From what I gather, the less likely you would be to eat that portion of the corpse at home, the more expensive it is at the Savoy Grill. For cadaver lovers these burnt and bloodied offerings must be a delight for the senses - there's cow leg flesh, cow buttock flesh, cow  shoulder flesh, cow rib carriage flesh - and many, many more! Average steak cuts are priced at around £50 per slab, minimum.


The Savoy's non-meat portions are cheap and plated well but lack substance. Quite simply, there isn't enough of it. There was so little roasted pumpkin and bulgarhweat in my main that the meal was unable to retain any of the heat of being cooked. The tastes were fresh and complex but only good for a minute or two before they were lukewarm and lifeless. If I'm there for any other special occasions again I'll know to order more or double down on the drinks. A couple of Clif bars were needed on the way home just to ward off the circling vultures waiting for me to drop dead of starvation.

Nice touches were the special table and complimentary mini-cake provided by the restaurant - make sure you let them know there's a birthday going on when you book.

Nathalie P

very disappointing; food was ok nothing special for the price. the service was appalling; systematically tried to "sell" more, some of the staff were extremely rude and asked us to leave because we were not ordering the dessert fast enough! 

Kim Fleming

My husband and I where purchased a Sunday grill lunch as a gift. I got very excited and put on my best dress and went a bit over the top .. As you do lol ! Hhhm to went for snails and roast beef and it was lovely. I have to say whilst good food... I did find the service quiet old school and stuffy, but that might be to some peoples liking. I did love having a look around and I would recommend but make sure you visit the museum and look at the photos of visits over the years.

LJF

Food was good. Customer service appalling. If you do chose to dine at the Savoy Grill do not use the cloakroom. After an enjoyable meal I found myself scrabbling around the cloakroom for 20 minutes looking for my coat as the attendant put it on the wrong hanger. The staff didn’t seem to care and didn’t help me find it, and even accused me of not coming with a coat even though I had a ticket in my hand. Thankfully I was dining with friends, but definitely a no, no for client dining. Aside from the coat fiasco, the waiter poured water over the table twice, and dropped dirty cutlery on me. Wrote formal complaint and received no response. Sums up customer service really. What has happened to the Savoy? Bring back the old Savoy.

George

Staff is really friendly and venue is fantastic ,but I missed old Savoy grill with compliments from shef and impecable food. Startesr:Smoked salmon was very nice and tender,not oversalted, today's roast was eadible but cold and a bit dry(at 13pm?),profiteroles -instead of cream just icecream,Latte was nice,but in total it doesn't look like meal for 50£ per person,rather 35-37ish. And for such an expensive exterior... Next time Galvin

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