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 £25 and three courses for £28 – 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.
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|Venue name:||Hawksmoor Seven Dials||Contact:|
11 Langley Street
|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) £25 2 courses, £28 3 courses. Meal for two with wine and service: around £120|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:58
- 4 star:13
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:6
- 1 star:6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
My Favorite Steak Restaurant at present - Portahouse to die for then washed down with infused butter Scotch old fashion does it get any better
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!
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.
Agree with most of the points made here on the pluses and minuses of the restaurant. Agree I find steak houses much better in USA. Was expecting a melt in your mouth juicy steak for the price and hype, instead found a tender but dry piece of filet. Girlfriend ordered rump, tasty but dry as well. Agree that the service was good but lagged at times. Sometimes it took a while for our waitress to get back to us or difficult to find sometimes when we needed her for something. Perhaps understaffed because it was a weeknight, although the restaurant was packed past 7PM so they should have known how many people would be dining that night. Also found the wait time between ordering and recieving the food itself far too long. All in all nice place and good food but nothing great. I would say I enjoyed the sides we ordered (creamed spinach, beef dripping chips, and cauliflower cheese) more than the steaks themselves. Expensive (very) as well but the food proportion size is good for the prices you pay.
Our first visit to Hawksmoor on our weekend break in London. What a treat! Starters were outstanding as were our steaks, the best I have tasted outside the USA. I rarely order steak as I am very fussy about it so this was a revelation. Expensive but worth every penny, we would definitely recommend it. The chips also deserve a mention as does the wine list, superb!
Excellent food. My husband and I ordered a chateaubriand streak between the two of us and it was the best steak we had ever eaten, it was cooked to perfection. We also had triple dipped chips which were also delicious. We went there for my husbands 40th birthday and thankfully we got a meal to remember. The staff were extremely helpful to us and very friendly. It was an EXTREMELY expensive steak but since it was for a special occasion it was worth every penny. I would highly recommend this restaurant to any meat lover.
Amazing food. We had a porterhouse steak to share between the two of us; it was the best steak I have ever eated. Triple cooked chips were crispy and delicious. Staff were friendly and knowledgable. It was expensive, but worth it.
Poor in just about all respects. Expensive, poor value for money (£65 per head for 2 courses ) , tired and unimaginative decor , noisy , dark basement location. The steak was served just warm and was nothing special in terms of flavour or tenderness , the vegetables at £4 each were miniscule and not very tasty. How this restaurant has supposedly managed to get more than one star is a mystery. The irony is that for a steakhouse we found the best part of the meal was the salad and the fish one of our party had. Never commented on a restaurant before so you can tell I was not impressed by this one.
Poor.Dinner for 2 midweek. Waited 45 minutes after order taken. My steak so oversalted it was ruined and ha to be sent back; half-lobster had been frozen and tasted like cotton wool. Cost refunded, but it ruined the evening. Staff seemed enthusiastic, but under-trained and overstretched. Won't be back in a hurry
In London for a mini break with the wife (we're from up north). We both had the fillet steak, medium & medium rare, both were cooked to perfection. The best we've ever had, chips were really nice, would recommend the 2fried eggs! Enjoy!
The Hawksmoor Seven Dials may be a good restaurant, but when it comes to cater for a group of 10+ they got it completely wrong. We went there to celebrate a birthday party, 11 people in total, mixed group. Food and service good, but the system of having to choose a menu before going so that everyone eats the same is just useless. The waste of food was tremendous, and the steaks got cold very quickly because they were served as pure lumps of meat in trays that let the heat out very quickly. The bill was over-expensive for what we actually ate, and this is not due to lack of food, but due to lack of a proper system to cater for a large group. The all inclusive menu is a waste of food and money. If they had a normal a la carte system even for groups of more than 10 people, it would be great.
Best Sunday roast I have EVER had. Perfectly pink slab (and I mean SLAB) of tender beef, faultless roasties, a yorkshire pud with the right amount of crispness and goo, sweet roasted parsnips, al dente greens, half a roast garlic (my favourite addition to any roast), endless boats of gravy...and more! Worth every penny of the £17.50, and then some. I somehow squeezed in apple pie for afters. Front of house matched up to the quality of the food - the dining room is very cosy and our waitress was unwaveringly smiley; very attentive without being intrusive. The Pinot Noir was well matched to the roast - definitely recommend it. What can I say...no complaints! Would like to go back every weekend (if only...)
Attended the " feast " last night , roasted bones , meat that melts in your mouth and PROPER CHIPS . . . !!! There was mention of a dessert menu . . . no need . . . not in my case ! Waitress saved me from ordering " half-a-cow " and was very good , the service was the cherry on the top . . . The location is magnificent , looks like it is a well-established Victorian club . . . MAGNIFICENT , cant wait for my return . . .
I had lunch yesterday with my family there. We all had the sunday roast and it is possibly the best roast I have ever had. The meat was to die for!! We also had starters and desserts and everything was fantastic. Really good service. Definitely going back asap!
I've had a lot of steak in my time, and to be honest I thought you couldn't really discern much difference between nice steak and great steak. That's because I'd never tried a porterhouse steak at Hawksmoor. It was so good I think it's what tastebuds were invented for. Also, anywhere that writes a cocktail menu with such flourish and dedication deserves a hearty 'cheers' from me!