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London’s best restaurants for steak

Mad about meat? Follow our guide to the best steak restaurants in London, for all the juiciest cuts in town

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Time Out London Food & Drink
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August 2021: We’ve kept some of the steak powerhouses like Flat Iron, Hawksmoor and Goodman, they’re hyped and have long queues for a reason. For some fancy, blowout meat go all out at Berners Tavern and Bob Bob RicardA note: Just because a restaurant isn’t on the list anymore doesn’t mean it’s not still great. As places open and close, seasons and menus change, this list will as well.

As any meat-lover knows, London has some of the best steak restaurants in the country. Whether you’re after British beef, Argentinian asado, or a 1kg tomahawk ribeye, the capital’s restaurants and cafés will provide. We’ve eaten our way through the lot to round up the choicest cuts. Here’s where to savour sirloin, chateaubriand, fillet and beyond.

London’s best restaurants for steak

Goodman Mayfair
  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Mayfair
  • price 3 of 4

What’s the vibe? The polished Mayfair branch of the Russian-owned steakhouse chain brings Manhattan to Mayfair with its well-upholstered and well-aged look. There’s also branches in Canary Wharf and the City.

Why go? For steak with a side of steak. Truly excellent grass-fed beef from both sides of the Atlantic. Peruse the tray of raw cuts before ordering, say, a 400g Lake District Farmers grass-fed fillet or a USDA 150-day Angus sirloin with sauces and sides; also check the board for the ‘cuts of the day’. 

Price? £40-£50 per person.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Seven Dials
  • price 4 of 4

What's the vibe? Set in a buzzy wood- and leather-clad basement with irresistible dressed-down appeal. Like its meaty siblings in Borough, Guildhall and Spitalfields, the Seven Dials branch of the Hawksmoor bandwagon puts mighty slabs of British-reared beef above all else.

Why go? For the drool-worthy steaks from the selection of ‘thiccc’ (yes, it’s three ‘c’s thick) cuts served by the weight – don’t expect less than half a kilo, you can decide whether or not to share. Some of the city’s best meat and remarkably textured.

Price? £50-£79 per person.

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Berners Tavern
  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Fitzrovia

What's the vibe? A real humdinger with its vast baroque-style dining room and portrait-lined walls. Dress up fancy and sit in one of the grandest and most glamorous of Jason Atherton’s Midas-touch restaurants.

Why go? The kitchen gives seasonal British ingredients a serious workout and the grass-fed steaks from the Buccleuch Estate are sublime.  

Price? £26-£40 per person.

Blacklock Shoreditch
  • Restaurants
  • Grills
  • Shoreditch

What's the vibe? A British chop house that stays with the programme. Cool vibes, post-industrial interiors, quality cuts and damn good value. There’s also an outlet in the City.

Why go? The melty, crusted beef is a highlight (rump cap, ribeye, porterhouse, bone-in sirloin etc). And if you need a speedy ‘worker’s lunch’, try one of their steak sarnies. 

Price? £25 and under per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Soho

What’s the vibe? More is more at this outrageously outlandish Soho spot. A luxe shoo-in for champagne-fuelled Gatsby-style fun. 

Why go? For the ‘push for champagne button’ and to dig the glitzy roaring ’20s decor while cherry-picking from an Anglo-Russian menu that naturally includes some luxurious steaks – including a mouth-watering chateaubriand… for one.

Price? £50-£79 per person.

The Coal Shed
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Tower Bridge
  • price 3 of 4

What’s the vibe? A handsome, warmly lit London Bridge offshoot of Brighton’s Coal Shed.

Why go? Sizzling steaks and fish cooked over coals are the headliners. If British beef’s your bag, home in on the prime rib, porterhouse, ribeye and other cuts sourced from small family farms and served with a choice of sauces. Check the blackboards for ‘sharing steaks’ in a variety of cuts and weights.

Price? £26-£40 per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Soho

What’s the vibe? Dark lighting, low ceilings and intimate booths. This place is one inky hand stamp away from being a nightclub.

Why go? Big meats from around the world. From American picanha to Australian rib-eye and Canadian sirloin, order a bit of everything with The Zelman Plate, a sharing platter of every cut going. 

Price? £30-£40 per person.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • City of London

What’s the vibe? Striking modern art, expansive views and wines courtesy of the restaurant’s South African owners set the scene at this enviably sited Thames-side restaurant.  

Why go? Focus on the ribeyes and fillets from 28-day-matured Cumbrian beef along with a choice of sauces ranging from chimichurri to truffle mustard. Plenty of other Cap classics such as biltong and rooibos-smoked salmon, too.

Price? £26-£40 per person.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Covent Garden

What’s the vibe? A chic slash industrial-looking mini-chain steak place with locations in Soho, Notting Hill, Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Marylebone, King's Cross, London Bridge, Spitalfields. 

Why go? For the super-hot searing the slabs of meat that come out soft and juicy as sirloin. 

Look out of the special cuts on the menu and the free salted caramel ice crea at the Covent Garden and King’s Cross branch.

Price? £10-£18 per person.

  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Battersea

What’s the vibe? A green and pleasant feel at this faux-rustic eatery from the go-getting Gladwin brothers (of The Shed and Rabbit fame).

Why go? For its top-notch seasonal ingredients. Meat is from a family farm in Sussex. Expect steaks cuts from home-reared beef, which are given the BBQ treatment over charcoal from Nutbourne’s vineyard and served with trimmings including wild garlic aïoli.

Price? £30-£49 per person.

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