Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York
Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York

Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bullandbearsteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: (212) 872-4606
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Mon- Sunday 5:30pm - 11:00pm ( Last Seating at 10:45pm)

    Bar & Lounge
    5:00pm-12:00am (Monday-Sunday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Schindler, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Bull and Bear's wine library is a private, secluded dining salon adjacent to the bar, It is a vintage choice that offers an influential environment for strategic social events. From celebratory parties with top sales performers to after-hours rendezvous with close friends, the Wine Library is an excellent choice. For more information on hosting your event at the Bull & Bear, please call our Hospitality Sales Desk at (212)-872-1275 or for general inquiries please email our Generral Manager at gilbert.bolivar@waldorfastoria.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 49th Street & Lexignton
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 51st Street, E & M trains to 53rd Street. 8 Blocks from Grand Central Terminal
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Motor Entrance for valet parking located on 50th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Street parking available as well. Bull and Bear street entrance is located on Lexington Avenue. Second entrance from the Waldorf Astoria Lower Level.
A word from Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York
Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse is home to one of the most historic and well-recognized bars in New York City; the celebrated steakhouse offers Fresh Seafood and Prime Dry Aged Steaks. Quoted ‘one of the three best bars in the World’ by the New York Times. Bull and Bear's Wine Library is a private, intimate dining room adjacent to the bar that is perfect for special occasions and business dinners.
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Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)romantic (33)fit for foodies (26)notable wine list (23)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (13)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • fantastic as always
    captmikeVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    service ,food ambiance all 5 stars this is the place to dine at least once in your life. But bring $$$$. Steaks and everything we had was prepared to perfection. And service top notch You are at the Walforf=Astoria
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation for a romantic dinner. We arrived and the restaurant was very warm. We asked to sit in the bar area, which was much cooler, and we were told we would be seated in 5 minutes. We had a drink at the bar to wait - the bartender, Gail, was great. An hour later, the host told us our table was ready. He took us to the restaurant section, which was much cooler then, and sat us at a table by the window. We waited and waited and waited. The server finally showed up and was very apologetic for the wait. He took our order, forgot our order, and then came back the third time to tell us they were out of both of our selections... we made another choice, out of that too. Third time was a charm. We received our food about two hours after arrival and it was good - service was awful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try another eatery!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was nothing to rave about. Been to much better in NYC and other cities. We were seated along the wall, with tables for two early on a Monday evening. Even though all the other tables were vacant a couple was soon seated next to us. Then a gentleman to the other side of us. I'm sure those people did not need to hear us and I know we were not interested in their conversation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite nice
    FrenchieNYC
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Good place overall but not my favorite... It's a bit up-tight and food is not better than any of the other steakhouses that I've tried before. The wine list is impressive though but you should be ready for expensive prices... although you should know what to expect when you go to the Waldorf Astoria's restaurant :-P I had a very nice time but after diner, I didn't have this feeling I needed to come back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still the best!
    andy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    we went there a few years ago - nothing has changed! still the very best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • magnificent
    IceSpr
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The experience to dine is always magnificent. The signature salad, my favorite, does not have compare. The pampering of the waiters makes the evening delightfull. Steaks are flavory and melt in your mouth. All this with a great selection of wines. It is worth all it comes with.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey
    Troycouple
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Chateau briand for two only 20 oz and $115. But was very tasty. Not to leave out $18 for a gin and tonic completely out of range.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love going to B & B when staying at Waldorf. Bar has a fun old NY feel. But the service is horrible.......... not sure y but it's always very slow. If you go sit in the bar the main dining room is just like another steak place. Burger and truffle fried are worth every single calorie in them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An amazing experience.
    NightInCity
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We absolutely loved the restaurant. We went for the Theatre Prix Fixe menu, specifically: Waldorf salad, Bull & Bear Beef Tournedo and Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake. Each course was superb (and we are foodies) and the price - $50 – is a steal. Of course drinks are expensive, but it is expected as it is in the heart of the city. The ambience is so New York. The wait stuff is very respectful and reserved, just the way we like it. Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok but not for close to $400
    diverjpVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The seafood appetizer was great. The service was mediocre for someone receiving a $75 tip for waiting on 2 people. My wife and I both had the ribeye. The steak was a little gristle. Like I said ok but not for that price. We often had to wait for the waiter for more drinks, water, clear the dishes etc the Au gratin potatoes were excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    PATP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We went here for my sister's birthday celebration during our holiday in NY. The pre-theatre menu was lovely and the wine menu was really good. The service was top-class and we enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shocking
    FmehVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I never would have expected such lack luster service, barely edible food and unbelievable over priced experience at the Waldorf
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a wonderful classic birthday dinner for 60-something's. Chateaubriand and crime brûlée done beautifully and of course the Waldorf salad. Not for everyday but great for specials.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • UNATTENTIVE SERVICE
    FRANKB
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Nice place, food was good, but service was poor. The waiter never checked up on us. Things were moving too slow, we almost missed our show. We had to rush dessert and had to leave most of it or we would have been late (we actually were late but fortunately they let us in). We had 5:30pm reservations but door was locked. We had to enter on other side of hotel. We were given the wrong menu so that wasted more time. Please do not come here unless you have a good 2 or 2 1/2 hours to kill. Kind of disappointed, spent a lot of money and things were too uneven, either too slow or rushed. While the overall experience was nice, kind of left with bad taste in my mouth...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less is more....
    DanHansen
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Less is more, a good steak, creamy spinach and some red in the glasses... Thats´what´s all about, BB does it, and do it well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, excellent meal
    metsnationVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Eduardo, our server was outstanding. Great service, very attentive and a personality as well. The meals were delicious. I recommend B&B at the Waldorf if you're looking for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb dining
    Manhattan1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you want a steak house with a great steak, without the roar, this is the place. We live on Fifth Avenue in the City and enjoy fine dining. Truly elegant and old world New York.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed atmosphere in upscale hotel
    dinewithwine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delicious cocktails and well prepared food gave us an evening to remember. Our waiter was excellent and the service of our courses was unhurried and well paced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special Here...
    KikiM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Staying at the Waldorf so we arrived @ 5:20 for a 5:30 "pre-fixe" theater dinner. They knew we were coming, but table wasn't ready. When we asked for the menu, the waiter "Sean" immediately went from very nice to very aloof. We practically had to trip his team to get bread & butter. And the bread guy walked around re-filling plates... but not ours. Our waiter never asked us if we needed anything. We even had to chase him down for a second drink. Well, 3 course pre-fixe dinner took 2hrs 15 min. That's how much they ignores us. Even though it was pre-fixe, our bill was $262... And we were late for the show (Jersey Boys). But Sean and his team made sure they were there to collect the tip :( We didn't need to chase them down for that...
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  • Lizzielou
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to the bull & bear for many years, we travel from England and stay at the Waldorf so it's very convenient. The last two times, the steak was so poor, it was inedible.then again we went this week - $120 for chateaubriand and it was covered in a thick gelatinous gravy which had to be scraped off to reveal veiny poor quality meat not cooked well. The restaurant has lost it's finesse, it's resting on its laurels of yesteryear and unless it has an overhaul right across the business, it will see its faithful clientele leave them. No one is noticing the guest and NYC has many more choices now that will leave this restaurant like the rest of the hotel...full, but with no one noticing the guest.
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  • Great ambience. Average steak.
    NYTraveler1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I ordered the Waldorf salad, filet mignon and coconut cake for desert. Everything was great from the ambience, attentive service and food. Except for the steak. At $60,I was expecting exceptional steak. It was average.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dining
    Superb
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Superb in every aspect. Absolutely the most deliciously tender steak ever.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Style
    Karate
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As an out-of-tower, we were blown away by the class and ambience of this restaurant. Although tempted to stray to the wonderful seafood options, we had gone here to try a famous NY steakhouse, so meat it was. Were we glad that we did, because the meal was understated perfection, and, after nearly 50 years of dining worldwide, "I takes off me hat" to the chefs and support staff for their dedication. So far, simply the best steakhouse in the world! "She who must be obeyed" ordered rare - and it was! I ordered medium rare - and it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julio
    Moviebuff
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were in New York for our 15th Wedding Anniversary and dined at the Bull and Bear to celebrate. The service was second to none and Julio, clearly professional waite staff, was not only kind and knowledgable, he cared that we had an amazing experience. The food was, well, we have dined all over the world and that was the best steak we have ever had. The Chateaubriand for Two was cooked perfectly with a red wine reduction and caramelized pearl onions which we complimented with creamed spinach and broccoli. To die for. Juilo paired the wine and we had the Red Velvet cake with marscapone icing and a beet (?) froth that was simply amazing. This restaurant is truly one of the few places where you get what you pay for and are happy to pay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place!
    AnniversaryLady
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We dined at the Bull & Bear for our 21st wedding anniversary. When the Waldorf found out that it was our anniversary we received complimentary glasses of quite excellent champagne! The staff couldn't have been more courteous and gracious. The menu was extensive and our selections were perfectly prepared and served. I would recommend the Bull & Bear very highly on ambiance, personal service, and excellent food. Perfect for a romantic occasion or for a drink at the bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love the atmosphere and the noise level (not too loud), service is just great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a special occasion
    JBCinNYC14
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We celebrated our engagement at B&B and the dining experience was over the top!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kaya
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner n ambience. Food n service was great! Excellent for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Booked the bull and bear for my 65th birthday on the 21st of September , even before we booked the flight and hotel as we have been to the restaurant a few times before over the years . We were not disappoint , still the same and the food is fab,loved it many thanks also for my cake with the candle on it xx
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Bull and Bear is AWESOME as always! Remember being introduced to this gem as a teen by my father. The ambiance and quality has not changed in over 45 years.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bear & Bull Great Steaks
    Miamipeter
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Entertained a special client, the food was great and the ambiance was spectacular. Great location off of Lexington and 49th street. The Bar was great, allot of history.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    In general, the food was okay, but for the price, was not even close to what we expected. The appetizers were very good. However, service was very slow, our waiter disappearing for long periods of time. The restaurant was not crowded, so we did not understand why. My wife's salmon was a little overcooked, but tasty. My filet, however, was shocking in how small it was. I was able to eat the entire entree in five bites. When compared to other similarly priced high end steak houses in the area, the size of the filet was inexcusable. We would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • The best
    snapjjkVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been to NY several times but have never been to this steakhouse. So glad we made it this time! From the moment we walked in we knew we were in for a very special meal. The atmosphere was iconic, the food was excellent and the service top notch! We each got different appetizers, the crab cake and shrimp cocktail both very generous. We shared the porterhouse and chose the Mac and cheese with lobster as our side. Everything was so delicious and memorable. The steak was done to perfection and the lobster in the Mac and cheese was excellent! Will have to make this one of our special dinner stops whenever we are in the city!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. great Service.
    310LakesideVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Stayed at the Waldorf and ate here before a show. Enjoyed our meal, and the service was excellent. The bar is great, too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the $$$$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An old guard establishment, but not worth the dollar they are asking for. The meal preparation and atmosphere is out of date, the food quality was far below what was ordered and twice we were sent under-cooked chicken. The steak was fine. I've had better for much much cheaper. For $50 per serving, it didn't seem to be top quality. In New York, you can find innovative, top-quality food all over. These older establishments are no longer able to live up to their reputations. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Immediately replaced the under-cooked chicken (despite protestations that the diner no longer wished to have the meal) and removed it from the bill. We didn't bother telling them that the second dish sent back was raw as well.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, bad service
    Psl1VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I went there to celebrate my wedding. They placed me in a table in the bar -while the principal room was just gorgeous The service was horrible but the food and the chef just surprised me with the great food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spence29
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went there for my sister's birthday. Perfection. Will post pics on Facebook and will definitely recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goold old times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    dining in bull&bear is enjoying the classic way of an elegant dinner, in the best possible way, the food is eccelent and the service is good standard for a place like this.
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  • allway a joy
    LotteHoff
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love coming to this restaurant, its always very friendly staff and good food
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Declining
    Milo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times over the past twenty years. But sadly this restaurant, just like the hotel Wardorlf Astoria, has declined considerably. If you want to go there for the name, by all means. But the service and quality of food are not worth the price you will have to pay. My husband had a decent prime rib steak, but my seafood platter and fish were over cooked. The salad dressing was like somebody dumped a whole bottle of salt in it. Service staff was not properly trained to anticipate dinners' needs. The restaurant was not busy at all that evening, but we had to wait for almost half an hour between appetizer and main dish. We will not go back there any time soon.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet