Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar

Restaurants, American Covent Garden
Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar
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The Covent Garden branch of the popular Sophie's Steakhouse in Chelsea.

Never get in a rickshaw. Never attempt to walk down Oxford Street on a Saturday. And never, ever go for a steak anywhere within ten paces of a theatre. There are rules for getting along in the West End, and they’re there for a reason, which is why it’s difficult to approach Sophie’s Steakhouse – a giant restaurant in a prime Covent Garden spot – with anything other than low expectations.

Sure enough, most of what I tried was underwhelming – under-seasoned, uncrisp calamari and king prawns that bore little evidence of the promised garlic and chilli dressing left a lot riding on the main course. Thankfully, Sophie’s hits the mark where it matters. The 10oz ribeye was excellent; charred grill lines on its surface imparting a bitter smokiness to the tender, juicy meat underneath, while the accompanying fries were just right, and ideal for mopping up the bloody aftermath. If only the sides – limp, overcooked broccoli; ridiculously wet creamed spinach – had displayed the same flair.

While Sophie’s certainly doesn’t belong on any Londoner’s hit list, hungry visitors in need of a meaty fix before ‘The Lion King’ could do a lot worse. Just remember to pass on the tricycle-mounted maniacs when you’re heading back to your hotel.

By: David Clack


Venue name: Sophie's Steakhouse & Bar
Address: 29-31 Wellington Street
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: £110
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Great place for cocktails, and loads of tables in an area that is usually pretty busy in the evening.

Bit on the pricey side and not always consistent in quality, but there are a few things that keep me coming back.1) There is practically always a table available, even with larger groups of people, 2) The cocktails are great and a large selection available, 3) great food to share, 4) Free sliced salami to enjoy pre-meal! It's a bit of a meat overload but how can that be a bad thing?! 

The restaurant itself is very much in the style of 00's New York with lights dripping from the ceiling and a view into their huge meat fridge to entice you. It's also very touristy but this could be due to the location more than anything. 

Though the menu has greatly changed since I originally started going to this restaurant. I would recommend the steaks to share, the green beans and mashed potatoes are particularly good sides. It would be great to have a larger selection of starters and desserts from this restaurant.

This is a great value steakhouse. With a no booking policy and plenty of seats you can easily rock up and get a table. The quality on offer is great as is the wine list. It's a no frills, easy option. Recommended. 


A good pre-theatre option if you’re in central, be prepared to queue though - there’s no booking tables and there can be quite a wait.  The theatre menu is decent though and won't break the bank: 2 courses for £15.  It's in the name, the steak is a must.  And the complimentary salami is one of my favourite things about this place.  It’s the little things. 


I love Sophie's Steakhouse and I'm not afraid to say it. She who combines good cocktails with good meat = a winner. It's right in the centre of town, so perfect for pre and post theatre. The cocktails are fabulous, the staff are friendly, and it's a big old venue, meaning you don't often have to wait too long to get seated. I often bring colleagues visiting from other countries here - it's got it all - good food, good atmosphere and it's actually pretty good value. Oh - and try the house salad with bacon and blue cheese dressing. It's probably calorific but it's off the charts good.

Has the winning combination of a great atmosphere AND somewhere you can get a table any time. Part of our pre-theatre ritual. Last time we went before and after the theatre, in fact! The bar is buzzy and the theatre menu in the restaurant is good value and delicious. Check it out.

I go here often and the food is always delicious and the service is super friendly. The complimentary salami which is offered as soon as you sit down always puts me in a great mood!