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.
Based on original content by Joanne Gould.
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
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
On the Hawksmoor end of the price scale rather than the Flat Iron one, M Restaurant branches serve up a high-shine steakhouse experience. Surprisingly good at the fish and vegetarian dishes — look out for a pricey but great red prawn carpaccio — and with a cocktail bar upstairs at their Threadneedle Street location turning out solid versions of the classics, M Restaurant has more going for it than just its beef. But if you're a carnivore with (substantial) money to burn, you'd be crazy to visit one of their London restaurants without exploring the steak list. Wines are synced to the steak offerings, with both of them sourced from the same six countries (USA, France, Japan, South Africa, Australia and Argentina).
M Restaurant, various locations across London
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
This is the first London location for Grupo Sagardi, a behemoth of the Basque restaurant scene worldwide, with footholds in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and 20 more locations in between.
All that practice pays off. They are thoroughly good at steak, with the Txuleton being a speciality: aged dairy steak, charcoal-grilled and intended for sharing like a Chateaubriand. It comes in minimum quantities so enormous (and pricey) you'll need to choose your company carefully — this is a spot for people who want to eat a lot of good meat, and don't mind dropping a serious amount of cash on it.
Sagardi, 95 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS.
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
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
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
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
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