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The Grill on the Market

Restaurants, Steakhouse Farringdon and Smithfield
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)

Time Out says

With a location right by Smithfield Market - a space dedicated to quality meat - Grill on the Market certainly finds itself in an area suited to its raison d'être. It's a restaurant firmly focused on meat, with eight cuts of steak (including a wagyu fillet and a 1200g porterhouse) alongside burgers, bellies of pork, rumps of lamb, Gloucester Old Spot bangers and a grilled chicken supreme served with a parsley and garlic butter. Seafood and vegetarian options are available, too.





Address: 2-3 West Smithfield
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Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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1 of 1 found helpful

I visited this restaurant with a group of friends. My back was immediately up when rather than being greeted in a welcoming manner we were told we were 15 minutes late and the table would be required back within 60 minutes. We already knew this when we booked so a polite hello and welcome would have been a more appropriate greeting followed by a "we will try and give you as much time as we can but we may need the table back by..." Anyway that was the only negative of the whole experience and even though she spent our dessert stomping pas us and glaring I wasn't going to let her ruin the evening. Our waitress was exceptional and the food was yummy. I had a carpaccio of beetroot and goats cheese to start which was light and tasted perfect. Then I tucked into a Dover Sole for the mains, I really wanted red meat but after a week of steak and lamb i decided on fish. Thank god I did because this was the best DS I've ever had. Meaty, well cooked and melt in the mouth. We ordered dessert for one reason only, to annoy the maitre'd and it seemed to do the trick. I had 3 scoops of delicious ice-cream and after nice slow coffees we let her have her table back after 115 minutes of marvellous food and good company


The full name of the restaurant is actually Blackhouse The Grill on the Market, but it really should be called Jason's Grill on the Market. I have had the best service from our waiter Jason (equivalent to service I get at one or two Michelin star restaurants) and combined with the excellent food, I have returned 3 times in a month, which is probably the most I have been for a restaurant. Jason recommended me the Galician steak which I was not going to order and it really was one of the best cuts of meat I have eaten. If given the choice of seats, don't select the bar area seating but head into the restaurant where Jason will gladly be of service. I can't wait to go back!


Despite the name the bar is really nice - bright, open, with a good buzz. Cocktails are available most evenings on a 241 offer and with an expansive and varied menu there would definitely be a few drinks to get through! Saff are friendly and efficient at the bar. They have a bar menu which lools good butbdodnt try or see any food. They also have a vast restaurant area at the back away from the rowdy workers. A great place for a drink after work!


We arrived a little early for our reservation so sat in the sizeable bar area and enjoyed the happy hour cocktails until it was time to go to our table. The menu is extensive, as well as plenty of different cuts of steak, they also have plenty of burgers and fish and a daily list of specials. I wasn’t going to be distracted from getting a steak though, and I opted for a huge T-bone steak. My first taste of meat in a while (I’m a part-time veggie) and I wasn’t left disappointed. It tasted great – juicy, tender and succulent. It didn’t even need the creamy peppercorn sauce that I ordered with it but it was a welcome addition. The staff were really knowledgeable and helpful. We ordered a delicious bottle of cabernet sauvignon to accompany our perfectly cooked steaks. The only disappointment was the starter of garlic rub bread. This was two slices of ciabatta served next to oil and half a bulb of garlic. The concept is quite fun, a sort of DIY garlic bread but it didn’t work, you couldn’t taste the garlic so it just ended up being oily bread.

To my surprise, desert was even better than the steak. Peanut butter, honeycomb and toffee eton mess. All the best things rolled into one. I don’t think I’ve tasted anything more heavenly to be honest. The meringue was overdone but I didn’t care because it all tasted so good.

To top off the evening, there was a live singer playing the keyboard in the bar area. I was disappointed we weren’t able to see him from the restaurant area but the sounds still travelled to us and really added to the ambience of the evening.


Met some friends for dinner here a few weeks back, as a "special birthday treat". It's not often we go for steak and cocktails in this city, let me tell you! 

Anyways, we were not disappointed in the least. From the cocktails, wine, steak and incredibly lovely staff people, it was such a good evening! Our waiter was super helpful telling us about the different kinds of cuts and what sauces go well with what steak. The steak was incredibly tender and flavorful, and portion size just right. The chips were nice and crunchy too! I only wish I could have fit in desert! 


This is one of my favourite places to eat and drink and I even organised a work Christmas party here one year.  They have a really good happy hour - all day on Saturday!  You can also usually get a 50% off food deal too so it’s really good value for money.  The service is impeccable and the food is amazing.


Food was well below par for a restaurant that is in a fairly high profile location. My friends steak was quite bland and rubbery, I opted for the mussels which were equally disappointing. The sauce was watery and without any real flavour and the mussels had not been cleaned thoroughly, I nearly chipped a tooth on some grit!

We went for a quick bite to eat before a show at the Barbican so did not say anything until we were asked when we paid the cheque, we didn't want to cause a fuss but the waitress didn't take our comments too well, she did however discount the 2 drinks we had and probably would've re-done the steak if we had said something before but for a steak restaurant, they should probably get it right first time round.


This is a regular eat for me, the steak is honestly some of the best I have ever had. If you work locally you can get a 50% off food card which can be used pretty much any time.

I would recommend the fillet steak but with the addition of the diddy surf option which is mini scallops and prawns in a garlic butter.

The service is alway great here, the food comes out promptly even if it's rammed and the cocktails are to die for!  

0 of 1 found helpful

Excellent value with the 50% deals that they regularly run with OpenTable and other discount schemes, but I wouldn't bother without. I've been a few times; once my friend's steak was very gristly but we sent it back and had it replaced without a problem. Okay cocktails, worth getting there a bit early during Happy Hour as you're not allowed to take your cheap ones into the restaurant with you. 

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