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Rowley's Restaurant

4.2
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1756 reviews
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£41 and over
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British

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Pre/post Theatre
Situated in the home of the original Walls Butcher Shop and located on the very traditional Jermyn Street, Rowley's has kept the charm and history of the 19th century building alive.

With the original tiles lining the walls and the soft lighting the restaurant offers a relaxed and comforting atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

London Restaurant Festival: Porterhouse Steak For Two £79

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-21:00

600g Porter House Steak, incl. 2 sides, 2 sauces and unlimited homemade fries, plus 1 bottle of Amastuola Primitivo

Dine Local: Fillet Rossini For Two £96

Sep 1-30, 2020·Mon-Sat 17:30-22:30

400g beef fillet, served with foie gras, sautéed spinach, creamed potato mash, black truffle and truffle jus. Incl. 1 bottle of Penley Estate Steyning Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

What 1756 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nicko
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

how i wish i had read the previous reviews before booking this, as the last few stated new owners and not very good.
I'm sorry to say i have to agree, i was desperate for this to be a good meal as you cannot beat traditional steakhouse in the heart of London.
we have visited many of London's great steakhouses over the last few years, and this one has to be the very bottom.
i should have realized that when on a Saturday evening all other restaurants are booked but Rowleys is only a third full.
you live and learn.

MY
MorganY
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and very friendly & professional service. Slightly quiet on arrival (7:15 on a Saturday night) but gradually became more lively towards 8:30-8:45.

Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

New management and food deteriorated markedly

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vipMotekx
London
40 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

OMG, what’s happen. It was one of my favourite dinning places but seems the new management got it absolutely wrong.
We had starters, scallops ( you will get 1 scallop) for £18 and Tomatoes and Mozzarella (you will get one tiny slice of mozzarella and some tomatoes) for £14. The fillet steak (£32 each) been tiny, approx.. 100g….

Overall, not worth the money at all, sadly… I did like the place…. Before..

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. They didnt have our normal steak and chicken with fries but what we did have was lovely

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robertn
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely appalling. Waited 90 minutes for starter which did not arrive Then told restaurant closed because Chef had decided not to cook.
Wines - poor selection and out of reason prices - eg a Pinotage at £ 100 per bottle
or Chardonnay a snip at £ 150.
This restaurant is under new management and isnt long for this life - quite the worst experience I have ever had

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SWhite
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

The restaurant is under new management who have done away with all the things that made Rowleys unique, no more sizzling steaks cooked at the table, no more ample french fries no bearnaise or peppercorn sauce with the steaks. The young man who served us said that there had been a lot of disappointed regular customers, and we were two of them. The wine list was vastly overpriced, we felt that £140 for an Argentinian Malbec was a bit steep, and we missed the Berry Bros Good Ordinary Claret! This has always been one of our very favourite restaurants for twenty five years but we shall not be going back. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

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vipGHYD
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed despite confirming booking

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Comfortable
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As wonderful as ever, Cote de boeuf and bottomless hot frites. My husband and I love this place and were here for my birthday. A shame that it was so quiet due to CLOVID worries, we were glad to be there supporting the restaurant.

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vipKamC
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great value meal and still one of the best steaks in London. Nothing fancy just a good old fashion meal
Better for lunches than dinner

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Stephen
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always, never had a bad meal in Rowley’s

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vipFuzzy
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent here, a great venue to do business

CM
ChrisM
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak were amazing. The dining room and service are excellent too

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had Avery enjoyable and relaxing casual meal, service, seating, staff. All wonderful. Food was very good and overall a quality dining experience. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and even better service!

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Bluecshell
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only disappointing aspect was a lack of their excellent cheesecake on the dessert menu! Steak was excellent as always, service prompt and polite, a lovely place to have lunch or dinner. P.S. Chocolate ice cream was delicious...

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RogerB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the Ribeye steak which were cooked to perfection. We had deserts, 2 of us had the Rice Pudding and 2 of us had the tarte tatin. We can honestly recommend both deserts. Service was very friendly and efficient

JD
JillD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service. Thank you for your part in making our anniversary special. We will be back

CB
ChristopherB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally good but they forgot to bring out our entree.

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Weezy9
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Delicious food. Especially the Chocolate bombe on the pudding menu, please keep it as a permanent edition to the menu!

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NeilM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rowley's Restaurant is consistently reliable and enjoyable.

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NewbieFoodie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was very pleased to find a place where we could book a steak dinner deal for 2 (£47 for Chateaubriand, a side, two sauces, and unlimited fries) on a Saturday night with only a few days notice.
I do not understand why they did not have my reservation down in their books but I showed them my confirmation email and after that, there were no problems.
It is cute and simple but elegant inside, and thankfully not too loud even on a fairly full Saturday. The servers were polite though not overly friendly and it would have been nice if our water jug had been filled.
The steak was delicious, with flavourful sauces, tasty fried tomatoes, yummy (not greasy) fries, and a great side dish of spinach. We bought a bottle of the Chilean merlot which was perfect to go with our meal.
Overall, I would recommend this place to others especially if there is a deal like the one we got.

JJ
vipJJ11
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I wish the setting had been nicer. Will not rush back.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Such a poor experience on Valentines night. Staff (serving and a chef) constantly going outside to smoke in full view of diners, coming back in and serving food. Had to ask for everything as the service was utterly poor. The food was not worth the money. We were served our main course and had to ask twice for the chips whilst our steak went cold. Our glasses for our drinks were served piping hot! I frankly do not understand why this restaurant has a good reputation.

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Toby
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

A mediocre and overpriced Valentine’s Day meal at this no frills restaurant. Had to chase our meal after an hour of waiting and other customers who arrived long after us had already been served. Their famed 28 day steak wasn’t worth the wait, burying it under french fries couldn’t hide it’s blandness and poor quality, almost laughable if I wasn’t paying £35! Non-existent customer care, the surly waitress couldn’t understand the difference between a glass or carafe, staff didn’t care or ask if you wanted another drink, or how your meal was, you got dessert menus slapped on the table and the bill presented away from you. Staff spent much time standing in the centre serving area looking angry with each other or shaking their heads. We paid and left, no one said goodbye or thank you, I was so glad to get out of there. Really underwhelming and overpriced experience. Won’t be back. Shame.

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londonguy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great steak but service was a bit erratic and very expensive

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JohnF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not impressed at all and very expensive for what received. The starters were poor, the steak was good but the unlimited fries were non existent! When they did turn up we had already eaten our rare steak as it had turned to very well done on the table top heater. Not the best Valentine's night meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Restaurant about a quarter full, but still seated in the chilly zone near the door. Food fine but not good enough to justify the price, and service very poor. Waiters scruffy and inattentive. Never great to see a packet of cigarettes hanging out of a waiter’s pocket.

Been eating at Rowley’s for 17 years but it’s definitely living on past glories. I’ll think twice before going again.

DG
DanG
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal with my wife. Friendly and attentive staff

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience all round with great food and a lovely atmosphere

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Noblewriter
London
18 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I have been visiting Rowley's Restaurant for over three decades - and never disappointed. Yet this time, I am afraid the food was well off the mark, the steak was hard, chewy and gristly, and although I asked for rare, what I got was a greyish coloured piece of meat. My 30-year old son, also a frequent user over the years, asked for medium to well done, and complained to me his steak was also sadly below par.
The food was a bit of a disappointment, frankly, although the service provided by the Slovakian waitress was faultlessly good and her smiles and professional attitude appreciated.
I will probably give Rowley's one more chance... and then if the food still fails, then I will end what has been a beautiful relationship so at least the meories stay good.

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steaklover
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If you like traditional English food this is the place to go.

MJ
MariaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their steak, and their unlimited chips which was also good, and the ambience, great.

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SimonL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal excellent attentive friendly staff.... Will be sure to visit again !!

DH
DebbieH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food , lovely atmosphere and outstanding service

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PaulU
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable meal in an excellent location. This is an ideal restaurant for a meal prior to the theatre and I have used it a number of times

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SimonN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak. and good value wine. Polite staff great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and great food

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vipEllis
London
21 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at Rowley’s. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. Their Roquefort sauce is lovely and endless fries made the teens delighted. Will definitely be back.

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sharonc
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rs time of being here
Always amazing food and atmosphere
Groupon voucher used and will b back!

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Rowley's Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 1756 OpenTable diners.

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