Simpson's In The Strand

4.6
5117 reviews
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Simpson's is one of the few London restaurants offering only the finest quality British ingredients cooked to perfection in classic British style. The restaurant's speciality is Scottish beef on the bone that has been aged for 28 days for maximum flavour. The beef is carved at guests' tables from antique silver-domed trolleys, which is a practice that began over 150 years ago and for which Simpson's is world-renowned. Other Simpson’s signature dishes include classics such as potted shrimps, roast saddle of lamb and steak and kidney pie.

Guests can also enjoy classic cocktails in Knight’s Bar, an art deco cocktail lounge located on the first floor. It is the perfect place to enjoy either a pre-dinner cocktail or after-dinner aperitif.
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AB
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, just very good.

RA
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please have more vegetables variety e.g., carrots and parsnips with the Sunday roast.
Thank you

LR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all felt thoroughly spoilt , excellent food , excellent service , fabulous environment and so relaxing . Would recommend Simpsons all day long.

J
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in a “must to visit” restaurants in London, superb rosbeef, incredible lamb grilled and amazing desserts.
100% recomended!

PM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most wonderful food I've ever eaten, didnt want it to end. Service was spot on and the restaurant fills like your eating somewhere special. No surprise we've been dining here for 20 years

T
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Having visited Simpson's many times over the years, I was a little disappointed by my recent visit.
The change of menu has seen some of the classic dishes removed and replaced by some uninspired choices; the Devilled eggs would have been happy on a Beefeater menu in the 70's, a few mayo filled eggs with a bit of garnish really didn't light any fires and the scallops, although cooked well, just seemed to be a gastro pub offering from 5 years ago (The white pudding could have been crisper, the fat hadn't been rendered down and it was a little slimy)
The other menu choices didn't really inspire that you would be presented with a culinary delight or something that could be described as "Britain on a plate".
Fortunately the carving trolley has remained, the one thing that Simpson's is famous for. Unfortunately the price for this has increased by around 25% since my last visit just over a year ago.
This now seems extremely expensive, even by London prices, for what is a roast beef dinner.
This I feel may be my last visit to Simpson's.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. The perfect restaurant for a memorable occasion.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable dinner in a special ambiance

NT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smart and sophisticated venue, to take someone special or for a special occasion.
Highly recommend a visit.
The food was amazing, the portion sizes were big enough and cooked to perfection.
Visited this restaurant with my mum for her birthday, service and atmosphere was great.

CG
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always thoroughly enjoy our visits to Simpsons. My father started the tradition many years ago when, after business trips to London, he would say it was where one could get the best roast beef in London. He was right and we choose it today, whenever we visit Simpsons restaurant . I think my father would be pleased to know we are carrying on the tradition.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. I was there to celebrate my birthday with my husband and daughter. I couldn't fault a thing. Had a wonderful time and we will be back

PC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent- the finest dining experience in London!

BC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An institution. Certainly a bit stuffier if you’re a younger person who likes “hip” options, but everything they do, they do fantastically.

MC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening.

TH
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend from the stages had dined here 60+ years ago and told us we had to go. A bit concerned at first; no wine list when seating and our server just asked about water. Only because we had been warned in advance about not staying longer than 2 hours, we thought perhaps we were being rushed. After that, no issues; beef off the cart was marvelous, wine glasses always filled, etc.

MG
London
21 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpsons is superb. I cannot recall the number of times I have eaten here over the years, but every time is excellent. This was the second visit this week! The ambiance is great, piano playing in the background, staff attentive and friendly, food and drink great!

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food just as expected. Kid friendly

D
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A very good evening. We arrived early and was accommodated straight away. Food was excellent as was the waiter a Frenchman by the name, I believe, of Harvey. It was our 51st anniversary and he made it special.

AR
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, beautifully cooked, server and presented - and tasted wonderful! Lamb cutlet was perfect - and everything else was too! Great service from great staff!

CO
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Would love to go back. Food was excellent and service excellent.

KG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

friends and I ate there before a ballet. We informed the staff that we had only 90 mins. We ordered and then waited over 30 mins for the main to arrive. We then had to grab a waiter to pay as we had to dash off. The service seemed a bit slower than usual. The food was however still delicious

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the entire experience, I would recommend to anyone visiting London.

PC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent roast beef in a traditional English setting

e
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was really slow. Chateau briand very dry. Carving trolley was very tasty. Monkfish was cold. Asked for wilted spinach no oil/ butter - it was swimming in butter. Wines by the glass are extremely expensive. Attic roll very bland.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Monkfish was unbearably salty but otherwise good and I guess worth a visit

MP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not too formal, but dignified. The table service is excellent, polite well spoken young people who are enthusiastic about what they do.
Most enjoyable, a little on the pricey side perhaps but I'm not familiar with London prices so maybe not. Anyway to us it was worth it.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best roast beef ever. Staff were excellent, creating a friendly and informal atmosphere whilst delivering a truly professional service.

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

the food was good, my husband did have a small problem with the shell fish which was dealt with, and the head chef kindly came to speak to us
the bill was reflected on with this
we made an observsion as apposed to a chritisisum

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been there for many years although well used back then. Remembering the old days of full dining rooms upstairs and downstairs I was looking forward to returning. Simpsons are proud of their beef and rightly so. A full plate of some of the best beef I’ve had outside of the Americas. Great service but expensive, £41 for the meat and a few vegetables. With a starter and house wine it worked out at £95 a head. No desserts, no coffee. Others must agree because at a midweek lunch there were only 9 tables used downstairs and upstairs is now just an empty function room so ambiance suffered. I hope this is not the norm because I can’t see how they can survive at this rate. Find a way to give better value for money!

BF
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exquisite and the attention and charm of the waiters make the whole experience wonderful.

RH
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall adecent experience because of the quality of the food, but service was seriously lacking. Our orders were taken and served promptly but thereafter had to search for a waiter to order desert. Our waiter never served the after dinner tea which we ordered, and had to approach waiter to request a check. Found wait staff to be unpleasant. Would not return for that reason.

MG
London
21 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal. This time we met with overseas family and we all very much enjoyed the evening.

MG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are a beef lover... this is the place for you. The beef was perfect, in fact couldn’t fault a thing. I will return to this restaurant every time I visit London. Highly recommended. Didn’t try any wine as I needed to keep on soft drinks but I can imagine the wine will match the beef nicely.

PD
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for my daughters 21st Birthday dinner. Simpsons is quintessentially British and we loved it. Fantastic food and great service

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice mood and roasted beef. I will recommend to my friend.

t
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

With family and friends service was not so good and long time to get the food

l
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just superb! Service excellent, food awesome. Well done

A
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambiance and service!

BG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! I surprised my wife with dinner for her birthday at the restaurant. The waiters did a great job in accommodating this special occasion. The food was exquisite too. We're definitely coming back.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent - service not as good as expected. Had difficulty understanding the waiter and food took a long time to serve. They apologised for the wait but there were only 4 table's occupied so service should have been quicker.

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