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: 212-872-4606x
  • 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
58 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)romantic (27)notable wine list (15)fit for foodies (12)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Bear & Bull Great Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 2006
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable experience
    tfm226
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The hostess promised us a "memorable experience" when we were seated and she was exactly right. The food was wonderful and the service even better!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    00WorldTraveller00
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I both ordered the most expensive steak on the menu. Disappointing, boring and there was no excuse as there were only two other guests in the restaurant at the same time. The waiter was rude and we felt like he looked down his nose at us. We will not be returning and will find an alternative eatery.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal
    nicnac
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    An out-standing meal. I had the fillet mignon and my partner had the Porterhouse. Both were delicious as were the sides. Excellent service. Will return on our next visit to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Surf and Turf
    lg79
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Lobster prepared wonderfully moist not chewy... steak prepared well
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once in a life time
    flier
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was very good, the ambiance was outstanding but the evening was very expensive. This was a very special occasion for us so price was not an issue.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor customer service
    tiamaria
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food here is excellent, but don't go for a romantic or formal dining experience. The dress code is casual and there were several groups of kids. The biggest disappointment was the dreadful customer service. We were totally ignored by several members of staff when we arrived and then very rudely directed to the desk by the female maitre d' who checked our reservation - not a good start. The waiter was very unhelpful when we asked him to recommend cocktails, another waiter bumped into my husband while he was eating and a third one almost knocked our drinks off the table!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband & I recently celebrated my birthday in Manhattan. It was our first time dining at Bull & Bear Steakhouse - it was fantastic!! We had dinner on the earlier side (around 5:30 ish) because we were catching a Broadway Show. The service was outstanding as was the food - we would definitely recommend to friends & will be back to dine in the near future :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lbrickle
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This restaurant is fine but it just is not worth it. It's nice atmosphere and the food is good, but not spectacular.
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  • Everything was great, except...
    VisitorfromDC
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything was great, except dessert. We ordered the rhubarb tart, but couldn't find any rhubarb, only a couple of fresh strawberries. The dessert tasted okay, but we were disappointed it wasn't quite what was advertised. We complained and the waiter removed the charge for the dessert. Other than that, the dinner was terrific. My wife had the beef filet and I had a delicious salmon. The Waldorf salad was just as I remembered from years ago, actually the salad we had Saturday was even better than I remembered. The waiter was totally professional. He knew the menu completely, was cordial in every way and represented the restaurant perfectly. We'll definitely return, only next time, we'd like to see some rhubarb in the tart!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    VA2MN
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Pre-concert dinner was wonderful - great service, exceptional food, and a delightful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deputydog1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A lovely quiet, relaxing atmosphere and excellent staff. Would recommend the oysters and scallops and could not fault the steaks. Had a lovely evening, a really nice way to end our holiday. (Happy memories.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over-priced and mediocre food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My son chose this restaurant and we were very disappointed. We had no dessert as we had to leave to catch a train.
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  • It is worthy visiting!!
    Mpugwe83
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I came for the historical feel associated with this place. It felt so and more. The prices are very stiff. I guess one is buying the history than the food and services. The feeling while there is what you would expect. Wealth and class are well displayed and curiosity as in my case. overall, the adventure was worthy my $350.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveItVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Decent steak house but Quite costly and desserts were overpriced and stale
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My husband and I came to New York for our wedding anniversary, and we chose the Bull & Bear Steakhouse for dinner that night. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding. Service is exemplary and so professional. My husband had the lamb chops which were superb , and I had the excellent tournedos of beef. The wine suited our meal wonderfully, and we finished our meal with a chocolate gelato and raspberry sorbet, a perfect end to a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was phenomenal and service was exceptional. The keeping of the original decor really adds to the ambience and atmosphere. Amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    UrbanistaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent atmosphere and outstanding food (especially crab cake appetizer). Mediocre service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Susie
    suzieqVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Haven't dined there in several years, and not as good as remembered.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was not what I expected
    Honeymee
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I expected the host to at least pull my chair out for me (I'm female and appreciate chivalry). I had made Pre-Show reservations specifically, expecting they would OFFER that particular menu; no, you have to ASK for this less expensive, lighter menu. I didn't realize this until AFTER we our HAD ORDERED our dinner. Furious. I had to flag down our server repeatedly and he would not look me at me when i spoke to him. He obviously did not want to be there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service...
    metsnationVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a business dinner at the Bull & Bear. Service was great, very attentive throughout the meal. The Waldorf salad is an excellent starter. We both had the filet (cooked just right) and split au gratin potatos and steamed spinach. Perfect combination. We were stuffed for dessert so we took a pass. Excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, food is just OK
    Njm1216
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Beautiful, great atmosphere. The food was terribly overpriced. I had a 5 oz filet, it was good, but I've had better. My husband really enjoyed his onion soup. Overall, it was good, just not as good as the prices reflect. I will pay this price for a great steak, but won't pay that price for just so-so.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • General
    Dineinfo4u
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The ambiance would be great if they demanded a dress code that was commensurate with it. Why would anyone want to pay the ridiculously high prices and dine among people dressed in shorts, jeans, t-shirts, etc. Prices? $34 for water because the waiter kept on opening bottles without first asking. Overall prices are horrifically high for what you get. The wait staff is that of a bygone era and no longer fits the clientele, somewhat attentive but forgetful, as well. Suggestion, bring back the classiness of the restaurant, along with a proper dress code and make the prices more reasonable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful dining experience
    barry
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We ate there before going to a Broadway show and: -The service was excellent -The menu was very interesting -The food was prepared well, served in an appetizing way, and all dishes were of great quality and extremely tasty
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    Karen
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Only came in here as staying at the hotel, still jet lagged so didn't want to venture far. Looked like an old English pub as quite dark inside, but the food was divine. But word of warning, the side dishes come quite large, enough for 2-3 people, so don't over order like we did. Expensive but well worth the money for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary and could not have had a better atmosphere or food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great - Service just OK
    Bond007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We got engaged here several years ago, so often dine here whenever we are in town. The food, as always, is excellent. I had the beef tournado, and my wife the steak on steaks. The meat was fork tender, and cooked perfectly as ordered. Normally, the service is excellent, but this time not so good. Our waiter did not introduce himself - just kind of turned up and asked if we were ready. We had empty glasses on a couple of occasions, and had to ask for more wine. We also were not asked at any point during the meal, how everything was, how was the steak cooked, etc. This may be OK in a mediocre restaurant, but not what we expect (or have had before) in a high-end, and let's be honest, expensive steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was a birthday dinner for my wife and I. We had high expectations and were disappointed. The steaks were both over cooked (mine medium rare and my wife's medium well). Neither was correct. Also, be aware that the online menu is not up to date. My wife wanted the chocolate cake for dessert on her birthday, it is no longer on the menu. In fact, there is no chocolate dessert at all on the menu. The price is as expected for a high end restaurant- but a better steak is expected at that price. The salad and lettuce wedge were very good. Baked potato was good (hard to mess uo). Good selection of appetizers and side items. But, in the end, a steak house needs to know how to cook a steak and these were both wrong. Disappointed.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 659 reviews are from the Bull & Bear Steakhouse - Waldorf Astoria New York reviews archive.
  • Just what I hoped for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mother to Bull and Bear for Mother's Day. She has always had a fond place in her heart for the hotel, as her father worked there as a chef in the mid 1900's, so she was excited to not only eat there but afterwards look around at all the historic memorabilia in the lobby. Both of our entrees were amazing; cooked perfectly and just the right flavors. I finished everything! and was fully satisfied but managed to squeeze in a few cookies at the end. Our waiter Julio was not only attentive but very pleasant, sweet and took a nice picture of my mother and I to remember the day. I was very pleased with the whole dinner and the atmosphere was charming and very cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak/Great Service
    zbillybaddVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a nice early dinner. Sat by the window and watched the world go by. Service was especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Not as good as I expected Salmon was mediocre Nothing further to say
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pre-theater gem
    bmwgator
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went here as a treat for a pre-theater dinner with wife and daughters. The Waldorf is exquisite; the Bull and Bear was equal to the task of keeping up. We were greeted right away; service was friendly, attentive but not suffocating. Food was delicious, well prepared and served at exactly the right time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet