A self-styled New York-style steakhouse that had discovered the secret of drawing in the Chelsea crowds - even though there's a no-booking policy.
This highly successful steakhouse with a ‘New York warehouse feel’ opened in 2002. Sophie is Sophie Bathgate, who is co-owner of the restaurant with Rupert Power. Sophie's has an approachably buzzy, accessibly upscale ambience.
The menu is shorter than those at many a steak restaurant, with just a handful each of starters, salads, and 'classics.' Here that word means everything that isn't made of grilled beef: tuna steak, ribs, etc. But of course steak is the star, a short selection of cuts, some served in two different forms (e.g. fillet steak and Chateaubriand). The beef is all native breeds, and the rib for the Sunday roast comes from the 'family farm' in Oxfordshire. It is aged and butchered on the premises in a meat hanging room.
The wine list is short and dominated, not surprisingly, by reds. The no-booking policy may force you to wait, as this place is very popular with locals, but there are more painful places to do it than the bar, with a 10-ounce Gibson or Chilli Martini in front of you.
Serious about beef, we age and butcher native breed British beef in our meat hanging room. Our big steaks are ideal for sharing and are grilled to perfection. We mince our classic hamburger and Black Angus steak burger in-house, and our seasonally-changing menu also features favourites such as pies, grilled fish, big fresh salads and phenomenal homemade puddings.
Our express menu, available noon-7pm, is terrific value and great for a speedy lunch. Sophie's is brilliantly located for a pre/post cinema bite, too.
We are open from 11am for weekend brunch, and our traditional Sunday roast is a farm-to-plate affair. Every Sunday we roast a different cut of beef sourced from our family farm in Oxfordshire, and serve it with a giant Yorkshire pudding, lashings of gravy and all the trimmings.
Relaxed and perfect for any occasion, Sophie's is guaranteed spontaneous fun with terrific steak and legendary martinis.