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Summary

£109
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Fans proclaim “excellent steaks” (including imported prime, dry-aged USDA fillets) and “not a fault to find” at this plush steakhouse off the Strand: the first international branch of the famous NYC chain. Its pricing, though, has often struck Londoners as “totally out of order”, leading to poor ratings across the board.

Summary

£109
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The first international branch of a famous New York steakhouse brand (there’s now also a second, in Taipei), this grandiose dining room off The Strand is notably “pricey” and some reporters “have never quite gotten over the expense of the trip”. Fans of its USDA dry-aged steaks and high-end cuts from the British Isles say it’s “worth every penny” – they insist “the hanging tomahawk steak (to share for two people) is unbelievable”. But there are also significant gripes, which do not relate to cost. “Grotesque US-style portions” is one (although, admittedly, some might see that as praise). Others are that the food – other than steak – is just “standard fayre and nothing special” and that “NY is much better”.

Summary

£103
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

NYC’s famous, steakhouse chain opened this über-swanky offshoot three years ago at the foot of the Adelphi Building, just off The Strand, but it’s never made waves this side of ‘The Pond’, written off from day one by the cognoscenti due to its “outrageous prices”: a complaint that persists in a significant number of reports to this day. But its “amazing steaks” – the best USDA dry-aged cuts, and prime meat from the British Isles too – also help win it good-to-outstanding ratings in practically all feedback; and, especially if you have company plastic to burn, it can cater well for a business occasion in particular.

Summary

£103
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

NYC’s famous, steakhouse chain opened this über-swanky offshoot three years ago at the foot of the Adelphi Building, just off The Strand, but it’s never made waves this side of ‘The Pond’, written off from day one by the cognoscenti due to its “outrageous prices”: a complaint that persists in a significant number of reports to this day. But its “amazing steaks” – the best USDA dry-aged cuts, and prime meat from the British Isles too – also help win it good-to-outstanding ratings in practically all feedback; and, especially if you have company plastic to burn, it can cater well for a business occasion in particular.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
22, 26, 50
No dress code
360

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Smith & Wollensky restaurant.
James A
Waited an hour for the food - they seemed t...
Reviewed 3 months, 18 days ago

"Waited an hour for the food - they seemed to simply forgot. Manager told us it would then be 6 minutes which is was. Ribeye was undercooked and massively over-seasoned tasting of nothing but pepper. Sirloin was badly cooked, not seared and cooked through on one side and rare (as ordered) on the other. Steaks not particularly tasty and sirloin not at all tasty. Very expensive for a terrible meal."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £24.50 £28.50
Pretheatre £24.50 £28.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £47.30 £6.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £3.75
Extras  
Bread £4.50
Service 12.50%
The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6HT
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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