The Grill at McQueen

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McQueen, based in buzzing Shoreditch, is a stylish and sophisticated venue that comprises an award-winning lounge bar, a grill restaurant and boutique nightclub. Our steak restaurant, The Grill at McQueen, boasts a menu specially created by executive chef Richard Sandiford, formerly of Hawksmoor. Its vibrant and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect dining destination right in the heart of the chic district, only minutes away from Old Street tube station. Diners can expect some exceptional cuts from the extensive selection of steaks – from D-cut rump to sirloin and fillet. Not just limited to steak, The Grill at McQueen also offers an amazing Saturday brunch and Sunday roast. The Grill at McQueen has devised its own cocktail menu, offering great classics with an innovative twist. Try “Le Coup D’Etat” for something elegant and bubbly or “The Iron Curtain” if you’re feeling bolshie.

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TG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely and staff were friendly it just took a bit too long for the order to be taken and bill to arrive but if we had more time other than a lunch break it would have been fine

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful host & staff, quirky cocktails, fantastic ambience. Dined here for the second time (group of 5), we had a set menu option as well which was pretty good. Will be back!

PT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Michael and John in the restaurant were very attentive and provided a great service.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were party of 7, table location was good. Fantastic steaks & starters. Superb Ambience, could hear everyone, so not too loud. Though waiter could benefit from some training (weekend service tend to be more professional). Will be back!

S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

McQueens is one of my favourite haunts, luv coming here. Was here for a birthday dinner. The team accommodated a last minute addition to dinner.
Great food, disappointing they’d changed the champagne vendor ;(
Great service from the team who looked after us at dinner.
Will be back again.

PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place but many things weren’t on the menu which was a shame

DD
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I should go there more often as it is only around the corner from where I live.
The bar next door can be a bit noisy when the door it open.
Very good food though.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere
Good food
Service could be better

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My first time dining here plus two other guests in the early noon on a weekend. Portions were tiny, ordered the American pancakes with bacon. Our food came out stone cold had to send them back. Came back lukewarm on the verge of getting cold but to avoid looking like a nuisance just ate it, we were so hungry!
It tasted really good to be fair unlike other places were the pancakes feel like they cleaning your teeth due to baking soda over load, these were great. Would have been nice if pancakes and bacon were warm and if you were given a little more too along with the maple syrup to drizzle yourself.

Staff were great and attentive, it was rather quiet only 6 tables occupied in the hour that we were there.

Overall glad to have used the Groupon brunch voucher, even with that it's over priced. Increase portions so people don't leave hungry but full and that will justify the price.

w
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The lady who served us was wonderful. Food was not bad . Had the porkchop . Was a bit like pub food. However starter was good...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My second visit to The Gill at McQueen and another amazing meal. Love the setting and the staff and friending and attentive but give you the space to enjoy your meal and evening. Would definitely recommend this and would visit again

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent night. Came here to celebrate my 2nd anniversary. The steak is the best I’ve had in London. Up there with STK and Hawksmoor. The dinner seating area is classy snd the staff are welcoming. Definitely wIll visit again!

OL
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. We tried the set lunch menu. Very reasonable prices as well. I would go there again.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, food, service.
My wife and myself booked this for out anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed it. We shall definitely return.

A
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The restaurant had lost my booking despite me having an Open Table confirmation on my phone. My guest, who arrived before me, was not accommodated at a table but directed to the bar where there was a private networking event going on.

Food and wine were ok so the visit was not a complete disaster.

Had booked to take someone else there the following week, but have since this first experience thought better of it and cancelled and now going elsewhere.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food really nicely decorated

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bad wine very bad wine
Nice staff
Unadventurous food on the set menu

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The location is amazing and perfect for a first date. The decor is just paragon and well inspired. There's something about wood arrangement that makes a woman let go... Very attentive staff and altogether a very good reason for her to say yes. Thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was fantastic, although a bit pricey however the service was quite bad. Took over 25 mins for someone to come over and take the order... also it was a chore to get the attention of a waiter or waitress. I felt for the lady serving us as she was doing her best but I belief management must do better to make more staff available. Finally it took 35 mins between wen I asked for the bill and when I actually got the bill, I had to get up like I was about to leave.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Me and my colleagues really enjoyed our time here. The only drawbacks were the time it took for food to come out, the time it took to get the bill and how quiet it was. The latter is probably due to the fact we did go around 1pm on a weekday! I'd happily visit again but perhaps on the weekend :)

SB
London
75 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Went to McQueen hoping for a lovely dinner. Food was great (delicious steak) but the vibe was distinctly that of an Essex nightclub wreaking of Lynx. Odd to have a bar, nightclub and restaurant in one venue. Would go again if only a restaurant but the club distinctly bought down the vibe.

TG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Out celebrating my wedding anniversary on a Saturday night,the first person to greet us inside was a 'does-not-smile-at-work' doorman who physically took my wife's wrist,with no introduction as to who he is (maybe he did and I didn't hear him over the club-level dance music emanating from the P.A system), to put a stamp on it.My wrist soon followed.I feel my romance levels already spiking with this atmosphere(!)

Where's the restaurant please?' I ask (Do I need a stamp for a restaurant?). 'Straight on', he says, much like a prison warden would to an inmate.

Straight on was actually the bar but I used one of my primal assets,my eyes,to find it myself.

The restaurant had 2 tables occupied, a party of 8, and a couple sat at a table at the back.We are sat 2 tables along from them. My wife goes to the bathroom as I sit and listen to 'him' talk to 'her' about his mate's heroin addiction and other such wondrous topics (I don't blame McQueen's for their clients, I should add).

The menu has about 8 mains, 4 of which were steak. I didn't fancy steak, which left me with 4 options. If you have ONLY a la carte, a few more options would be nice.

I ordered half a chicken, as I don't like shrimp, I didn't want a tart, and I really didn't want calf liver. While not a culinary philistine, none of those few choices rocked my world.

The food is good, not great, not bad. The potted pig starter arrived just as our amorous neighbours began their 45 minute selfie/Facetime marathon. My chicken was very tasty, which helped in drying the tears I was crying inside.

The girls serving were lovely and friendly, which is where I give good marks. Though when stood around with nothing to do but watch the disappointment on my face, I felt they were questioning this particular life choice of theirs in between bringing out plates.

We left hastily without eating dessert, instead buying a pot of salted caramel in Tesco for the train home.

j
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was quite nice but small portions still hungry when we left waitress was new but nice

M
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

Express lunch menu is a bit of a hidden gem!

Had the burger and it was great!

M
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue, service and food. The portions were particularly small but very delicious, and at the price well worth it.

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2015
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

McQueen has a fabulous decor and a lovely refined atmosphere. The service is first class and the drinks menu is plentiful. The food menu is limited in choice and the portions are small. I found the food to be good quality but without a wow factor. I certainly wouldn't dissuade anyone from visiting but I'm not sure I'd go back, although is easily use the bar again :)

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a lovely experience at McQueens. Came here for an after work dinner with my best friend, booked the 3 course offer with a bottle of wine included for only £25... For both of us!! Amazing!! Would recommend for a girly catch up or romantic dinner :)

RD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleasantly surprised. We were a little cautious due to a small percentage of previous negative reviews but we only found what the very positive reviewers had experienced. The quality of the food and service were excellent. We also very much enjoyed the music and the atmosphere in the bar afterwards and had a great evening all round.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The meal was excellent, although the portions were small, and the service was prompt. However, my companion's seat faced a large cinema screen which he found distracting. Worse, the piped music, which started at an acceptable level, became increasingly deafening. The restaurant is extremely dark and one needs to be careful not to trip on steps, or to get lost on the way back from the loo.

CB
London
90 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good and at £25 for 3 courses for two people with a bottle of wine you can't complain, but when I was asked which wine we would like and I asked what is it, the only answer I got was "Red or White" and despite repeating the question the waitress was unable or not interested in telling me more.

The service continued in the same vain, as it was over eager during the starters (trying to clear plates before we had finished) and then changed to disinterested after the mains (where we had to chase them order deserts).

I should also mention the bizarre fact that it was film night, but because of the way the tables are laid, one of you has your back to the screen.

Despite all of this I would go back, but next time won't order a second bottle of wine at £20

TB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well I say that without having tried everywhere but I do think you would be hardpushed to find anywhere with worse food than here. The special offer is good on paper however when you arrive to chaos, no idea that you are coming, not table ready for you, the worst battery acid for wine and food costing a grand total of £1 in costs (and it shows) - we ate whatever was edible and left, never to return again.

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely place, food was very good would recommend highly, all my work colleagues agreed , only one issue service was quite slow there seemed to be one waitress covering quite a few tables maybe there was a problem this particular evening but I would definitely try restaurant again, And the bar was also very nice would go just for drinks.

H
London
30 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2015
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food, slow service... Makes the express lunch not so express.

k
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the 3 courses and bottle of wine for £25 and it was fantastic! The service was excellent, the menu perfect, the food delicious and the price...unbelievable! I recommend it to everyone...but save me a seat!

p
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Four of us had 3 courses and two bottles of wine for just £50. Outstanding value. Nice ambience. Great service.

t
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

second time we went to mcqueens. lovely service and ambiance again. food was good. value for money is fantastic! £25 for two people for 3 courses including a bottle wine

MJ
London
29 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for money in an atmospheric surrounding. With the bottle of wine the deal is exceptional. We found the corn fed chicken was the best choice from the set menu, as was the new york cheese cake.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2014
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for a business lunch on friday and the food was really bad. my starter of salt and pepper squid was piled high but very bland with no seasoning, just deep fried and half a pint of lemon juice poured onto the salad. My main course of a McQueen burger was the smallest burger i have ever seen. Over cooked and the size of a mini baby bell it was the most disappointing burger i have ever been served, and that is quite a statement. This so called restaurant should give up on serving food and stick to drinks and late night parties. It wouldnt have been so bad if it was cheap but the prices were on the high side with the standards of a wetherspoons. Overall very bad and would never return. Only positive was the service of the waitress.

t
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

my girlfriend and i had a wonderful dinner at McQueen. The 3 courses and wine was exceptional value. The staff were really lovely, attentive, and their service was spot on. We will definitely be going back

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Used the open table offer. Fantastic value. Really lovely starter, main & wine. Just had ice cream for pud. Service was excellent. Had drinks in the bar after. We will definitely go back.

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