Simpson's In The Strand

4.6
4999 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Fathers Day

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M
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Date with hubby

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LK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fairly typical roast beef and potatoes. A nice light Yorkshire pudding. But we really didn’t go for the food, we went for the classic British atmosphere and I’d say we got that. I will say they really gouged us on their markup of a fairly pedestrian bottle of Malbec, so watch that. Overall we liked it.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! The place is very authentic and the food was great.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Having been to Simpson’s since 1950’s this was the worst service for an upmarket restaurant I have had. It is obvious the staff are not trained. A pity.

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KR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Portions are large for those that know how to push away from the table.

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

Excellent ambience and food , very well looked after , great tradition

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RS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What I enjoy most about Simpsons is the consistency in the quality of the food, the service and ambiance. It's been one of my favourite places since the first time I went in 1973.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best roast beef money can buy in London.

Service a bit overattentive

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy roast beef this is the one place you should visit. Not the cheapest by any means, but what an experience! Will definitely go back again.

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely relaxed early dinner/late lunch before going to the theatre. Lovely calm peaceful restaurant with very thoughtful and helpful staff. Brilliant - an oasis of calm in the hustle of the Strand and theatre land - thank you.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There has been some redesign since our last visit which is interesting - some tables have been removed offering diners more room and greater privacy if they are not seated in the boxes. What remains very much the same, however, is the lovely, amazing food : fabulous quality, beautifully presented and a complete joy to partake of! Of course I recommend highly all the while dreading that Simpsons becomes sooooo popular that we won’t get a table? Thank you so much and looking forward already to our next visit, Xxx

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V
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andare da Simpson’s è d’obbligo!
Richiedete il tavolo che era di Winston Churchill non è sempre possibile!
Fantastico

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DS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Expensive - rushed service

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DW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. Great restaurant and love the food!

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PS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were two people for a lateish lunch. Both chairs had lost one of the leg supports, so were wobbly. One setting didn't have a water glass.
My guest, when leaving quite a lot of the pastry of his steak and kidney was bombarded by various waiters, maitre d's asking if the food was okay. He enjoyed the dish, but it was a little heavy for him.
My beetroot dish was excellent and i enjoyed the S&K. We had a side dish of spinach and chose the wilted, rather than the creamed. It was not a wilted, but a fully-blown cooked version. Wilting needs watching, this was left to cook for too long.
Our glass of Riesling was excellent, but the half of Chateau Beaumont 2013 disappointed. My guest seemed to think it was fine, but I felt it was a little corky. Too late to make a fuss, having already had chairs shuffled around, I let it go.
the refurbishment is excellent, but it baffles me why we had to endure tinny, treble dominated and irritating background music. Totally out of place in the Grand Divan. conversation alone suffices.

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and good food and choices of wine. Great place to spend with special friends

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HM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was terrific and staff very helpful. Food was good too.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 28 days dry aged roast rib of Scottish beef was delicious. We also ate a Braised beef in Guinness and it was fantastic as well.
The service and ambiance are good. It is perfect for a special occasion.

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GO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal in great surroundings. I will go back and I will recommend it to my friends.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I have been going to Simpson’s for over 50 years, and this is the first time I was disappointed. The roast beef was average at best, and the Yorkshire pudding was cold and chewy. Very disappointing

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simpson’s lived up to expectations. Jiti our waiter, the Somelier and the captivating & capable Matilda the Manager made the day. Well done we’ll be back when next in London.

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I will be back because i had a beautifull experience, good food perfect service

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is pretty good and valuable price
Service is nice and good

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AT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely , it looks like old restaurant with an ambiance as if we where in the past, but with all modern confort , the lady who play the piano has a very nice voice and it is quiet and cool, the food is very good and the staff is very kind and hepfull.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely for a special occasion, fantastic food and wonderful staff.

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MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite surroundings . Extensive menu with great selection of wines , as always superb staff. Thank you

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TH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we arrived early, we were seated promptly and were turned over to the wine captain. The wine list features some very good selections from the Old and New Worlds, and the wine captain made an excellent recommendation based on our likes. Service and food were simply amazing, making for an exceptional evening.

There is no finer restaurant in all of London for a truly outstanding experience!

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. The food was as expected - traditional and delicious although the roast potatoes were not a patch on my own. We went for the roast beef - tender, pink and melt in the mouth. Great for a treat but we were so full we had no room for pudding.

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P
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was here 43 years ago on our last day of our honeymoon - returned on our 43rd - didn’t disappoint still as wonderful and service superb

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MV
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing .. arrived an hour early, but happy to seat us straight away .. Asked for a specific booth .. which was available.
Live piano music also through the meal .. again subtle .
Witty Birthday Card provided by staff.

Thanks again

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ML
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service extremely warm and polite, but drinks rather slow. Took ages to get wine from the cellar to the table - and it arrived uncorked!!
Both my friend and I wanted John Dory from the pre-theatre menu, but they had run out, at 5.30pm!
Apart from these grumbles, its a lovely spot and I love coming back from time to time.

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IP
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I booked by email with all requested information. Arriving in due time in the restaurant and spelling my name, the waiter at the entry asked for which time I booked the table !? While half a dozen tables on the right side of the room have been empty all evening, we are placed at the first table on the left as we enter, near the piano, which is also doubled with a loudspeaker ! The hostess was very pleasant to take the orders but then the waiters were not very careful and serving the meats slowly. Presenting the beef on the carver, we saw three pieces of beef; two of them with almost no meat on the big bones. It was not very pleasant, these three pieces of meat were cramped on the carver and the waiter had trouble cutting them. When I got up to pay the bill out of the presence of my guests, a person in the middle of the corridor told me that it would be brought to the table!

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B
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible atmosphere & food. Service was top notch. Highly recommend

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DC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food, Presentation, Environment and Service was as I would expect from a fine establishment. We loved the Sunday Roast.

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GF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff but not over the top, atmosphere was excellent food excellent only down side was level of noise, but otherwise all good 👌

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JH
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous traditional food in an equally lovely and traditional setting.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, great food, lovely surroundings Second visit, took my Mum for her birthday and she loved it. We’ve eaten at all the top restaurants of London and this was up there with the best of them!

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OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. A little pricey maybe but hey, it’s London.

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