The Best Steak In London

By Joanne Gould Last edited 7 months ago
The Best Steak In London

It's an oft-fought battle, and for good reason: the accolade of London's best steak is serious business. Whether you like it blue and mooing, organic USDA dry aged, dressed up to the nines with a side of Russian Oligarch or served simply with some silky béarnaise, our fair city definitely has the steak for you. Read on for our guide to the capital's most well-hung steak offerings, in no particular order.

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor

An undisputed carnivore's paradise, Hawksmoor has endeavoured to become the best steak restaurant in London since opening the first Spitalfields branch in 2006. Their commitment to incredible British beef (grass fed, native breeds, carefully dry aged) means they may just have achieved it. Each of the five London posts has a different vibe (Air Street is our favourite) where you can enjoy impeccably cooked juicy steaks — or lobster rolls, Dover sole, burrata — to your heart's content. We suggest sharing one of the bone-in large cuts, and the creamed spinach side is a must too. If money’s tight, check out the set lunch menu which is terrific value.

Hawksmoor, various locations

Flat Iron

Consistently up there in the Soho cheap eats stakes, Flat Iron's steak and salad has to be tasted to be believed. Of course, it's a no reservations place, but get there early for lunch and you should have no problem grabbing a table. After work there's a super happy hour downstairs with top notch cocktails whilst you wait for your table, so everyone's happy. Sides include dripping chips, roast aubergine and peppercorn sauce.

Flat Iron, Soho, Shoreditch & Covent Garden

Cuts from Goodmans

Goodmans

A New York style steakhouse offering from the moneyed Russians behind Burger & Lobster and, more recently, Zelman Meats (possibly another contender for this list). Steaks here are loud, proud and flown in from around the world for Londoners willing to part with the cash. A server helps you select the best size and cut for you from a tray of raw steak, allowing you to admire the dense creamy fat and impressive marbling of their USDA New York Strip, Porterhouse or pure Scottish fillet before it's blessed with the Josper grill. Undeniably delicious.

Goodmans, Mayfair, City, Canary Wharf

Omnino

Nestled in the heart of Leadenhall, Omnino is a family run affair that prides itself on its connections with South American ranch suppliers and a certain artistry in grilling meat. Expect to see favourites like ceviche, empanadas and churrascuro of Argentine beef, but there's also a startling rib eye trio allowing you to sample the marbled wares of wagyu, prime US and Argentinian rib eye steaks. Their set menu is worth a look too.

Omnino, 78-79 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 3DH

Relais de Venise

Le Relais de Venise / L’Entrecote

No menus here, and all the better for it. Take your seat and enjoy a leafy walnut salad before the steak frites arrives, prepared to your liking. It's served with their signature — and very secret — sauce, which to all intents and purposes is a pimped-up herby béarnaise. The latter part of your perfectly cooked entrecote is held back and kept warm, then brought to you when you're ready for it served with plenty more of their excellent fries. At £24, it's incredible value: hence the queues.

Le Relais de Venise / L'Entrecote, Marylebone, City, Soho and Canary Wharf

MASH

An acronym for Modern American Steak House, this Danish import occupies an unassuming corner of Brewer Street where the exterior belies an incredible — and huge — art deco style basement. Make your way down the sweeping staircase to a central glitzy bar surrounded by banquette seating where you’ll select your steak from varieties like Uruguayan fillet, Danish dry aged or Australian tomahawk — meat displayed around the room will help you make your choice. A warning to those on a budget, this is not the steak you're looking for.

MASH, 77 Brewer Street, W1F 9ZN

The t-bone at Heliot

Heliot

Opinion is divided on this casino/steakhouse, with naysayers unable to overlook the historically negative connotations of its Hippodrome location. But, voted Bookatable's steak restaurant of the year by its customers, Heliot's has an army of fans too, who love its surprisingly good meat offering and the rich people-watching opportunities. Steaks are the real deal: USDA aged between four and six weeks and served with luxurious sides of millionaire's mac 'n' cheese (truffled and topped with duck egg), lobster tail and roast bone marrow.

Heliot, Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH

Pitt Cue Co

Having started life as down and dirty Southern streetfood selling exceptional bits of pig accompanied with the now famous Picklebacks, Pitt Cue went on to open a tiny site in Soho which went stratospheric thanks to their barbecue skills. This year saw a bigger, blingier site spring up in the City, which has added exciting cuts of steak in to the mix and lost the pulled pork along the way. Their lunchtime featherblade and onglet steaks are deeply, darkly meaty and all the better for the Pitt Cue treatment. Dinner specials change daily. It goes without saying, produce is all carefully sourced and sides are original and inventive.

Pitt Cue Co, 1 The Avenue, Devonshire Square, EC2M 1YP

Blacklock, where fat on the rump is welcome.

Not strictly steak

Blacklock Soho: Chop shop Blacklock have just started serving what must be some of the best value steak in London - 55 day aged rump cap at just £15. Available at both lunch and dinner, the cut is part of a daily changing menu of cuts, so check before you head down there.

Blacklock Soho, 24 Great Windmill St, W1D 7LG

Kitty Fisher's: Celeb favourite Kitty Fisher's is famous for its Galician steak. Cooked on a grill over wood, it's the dish everyone raves about.

Kitty Fisher's, 10 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QF

Last Updated 15 February 2017

Greg Tingey

Pitt Cue have an in-house brewery, too ... the only one in the City.
The smoked Porter goes well ....

Alan Dorf

American meat was banned until recently because they allow hormones, steriods, GM and other nasties in their meat. It was only let in for trade reasons. Safety wise, be warned.

Karl

The rare onglet or for that matter the steak sandwich at The Eagle in Clerkenwell!!!

Jim L.

First, let me open by saying that London is my favorite destination on earth and my wife and I have visited 7 times, purely for pleasure, in just the past 3 years. Having said that, you folks have some of the worst food on the planet, and apparently don't realize it. (Am I the first to mention this? I think not. But wait, we always have the Full English breakfast, which we adore.) Hawksmoor. We saw a documentary on Netflix a couple of years ago about the best steakhouses on the planet. Hawksmoor was featured and we enthusiastically booked reservations well in advance of our next trip. (Let me mention, just for a reference point, we live in Dallas Texas, a place that is justifiably known for it's beef-meat restaurants, which we frequent, probably a tad too much.) I don't quite know how to put this politely, and with all due respect, but the high-end steak meal at Hawksmoor would make a junior sou-chef in a Dallas low end chain restaurant weep in shame. Perhaps it was our over-stimulated American palates that have been accustomed to actual flavor and texture to our meat products, not to mention the side dishes, but this meal came in well on the lame side of meh. What your reviewers need to do, in my humble opinion anyway, is to take a trip to maybe Peter Luger's in NYC or Knife in Dallas and get yourselves reoriented to superior steak. Your life will never be the same again.