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Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar

Restaurants, American Chelsea
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar

Time Out says

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.

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Address: 311-313 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9QH
Transport: Tube: Earls Court & South Kensington tube then 14, 211, 414 bus
Price: Main courses £11-£28. Set lunch (noon-7pm daily) £13/2 courses, £16/3 courses.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-11.15pm.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Tastemaker

Got a booking in this steak place in Chelsea, I had heard so much about from my west london friends.

I love a good steak and am always keen to try new places.

This was quite far a 15-20 mins walk from a local Underground station.

We made a booking for Sunday lunch, as had been advised this place gets busy. We got there and only another 3/4 tables were full, so can't really say the restaurant was buzzing. As soon as we sat down we were greeting with some

Cold salami that was yum!

We ordered the roast and the steak, I must say this was only medicore and nothing great. The meat was soft, but I wasn't a fan of the sauces or the grave for the roast.

We had dessert and the brownie I recommend and was beautifully presented.

The meal was quite pricey for two and only ok. Not sure I would venture and go back any time soon.

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To the toilet and see the fridge of all the racks of meat, pretty impressive.

tastemaker

We were greeted with tasty complimentary fried salami slices as soon as we sat down for lunch. Although our appetisers were not the most alluring, there was no denying the fillet steak. This was finely seasoned as well as being melt in the mouth. The lovely chocolate brownie dessert and red wine added to an already calorific meal. Service was not the most refined but it was friendly and quick. The million light bulbs, open bar and cuts of meat on display (near the toilet) added to the ambience. The only real downside was value for money but this is sadly Fulham Road.

Tastemaker

Boy o boy is this a great place! Came here for an event and had a fabulous time with so much delicious food and good drinks and most of all the friendliest staff. To start we shared the artichoke (which was a little weird), smoked mackerel pate and beef salad. All were ok however none of the starters particularly tickled my fancy. The mains however were amazing - we shared tbone and sirloin that came with gravy and peppercorn sauce. So good! T bone was medium rare and chateaubriand rare - both cooked to perfection! With tonnes of aides. Their onion rings are great, chips not bad and salads pretty good but the best sides were the Parmesan courgettes and the mint broad bean salad - so good with the steaks! A bottle of house red washed it all down plus a lovely Apple cocktail to start. To finish we shared some desserts and I can highly recommend the cheesecake and brownie. Eton mess and the creme brûlée were good but nothing to shout about. Highly recommend this place for a big meal out with a group of people.


Have been coming here for over ten years. Never fails to deliver -- great food, friendly staff, buzzy atmosphere (and the occasional celeb -- have seen everyone from the late Norman Mailer to Kylie Minogue in here). Has just had a refurb and the meat fridge downstairs and new bar set-up make it even better. Love it!


One of my favourite places in Fulham. I've always had amazing service both at the bar and in the restaurant; the food is divine, hearty and well priced, the fit out is cosy and welcoming, and the drinks are delish! Do yourselves a favour and try their infamous chilli martini - mind-blowing! 


Regarding the food, I found this to be an adequate steakhouse though nothing particularly special. The service, however, was substandard. Our waitress did not speak proper English and therefore brought my wife the wrong steak. I did not notice until the bill arrived, at which time I pointed out that I was being charged for something that I had not ordered. Rather than simply making it right, the waitress grew defensive and insisted that I had said something that I did not, in fact, say. It was ludicrous and a manager had to intervene. There are much better restaurants in the neighbourhood, and for this reason I would not recommend this place.

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