Lucky Strike

4.5
176 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Opened by Keith McNally in 1989, Lucky Strike is a casual downtown classic. The bistro fare and original cocktails can be enjoyed at lunch, brunch, and dinner in the lively dining room. Lucky Strike also offers a late night supper, as well as a full menu for any meal at the restaurant's French copper bar.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

No, it's not a bowling alley in Times Square. It's the 25-year-old Keith McNally restaurant that's way more fun than Balthazar.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 176 People Are Saying
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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. Our server, the bartender, was unhelpful at best and it seemed as if we were interrupting his doing nothing.

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BL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! I’ve been coming over ten years — beautiful food, neighborhood, people!

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambience. I was taken back by the wine glasses which were essentially water glasses. In a bistro in France, that would never fly. Proper wine glasses please. Other than that, pretty awesome place.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Still a great place to get together with friends after all these years!!
Never disappointing. Great food! Lively unpretentious cozy setting! Attentive Service!

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere of this casual restaurant.
Great place for a sit down lunch with friends on a weekday.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was very good, ambiance and service were adequate- bathrooms tiny & dirty. For the price we would not come back.

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JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It's a little frustrating that I had a reservation—the whole point of which is that I don't want to have to wait for a table—but I had to wait for 25 minutes. But it was Valentine's Day, so I understand they were in a bit of a bind. Just wish they'd planned for that.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a dinner reservation here for Valentine’s Day. We arrived on time but weren’t seated until about an hour later :/ it was super busy. After about 30min of waiting, the hostess provided us with complimentary glasses of Prosecco as we wait for a table to open up. That was nice.

Once seated, everything was great from there. Great food, great prices, great atmosphere. Me and my partner both got the NY Strip Steak (amazinggg). Only thing is that when we finished our plates of food, I asked for the other half of my delicious steak to be packed up to go. The waiter was chatting so much with my boyfriend and other people, that he wasn’t paying attention and didn’t give me my steak to go and threw it away! :’(

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.

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C
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this and I think it will be our local next time we’re in Soho. Felt welcomed, delicious wine, ambience and food.

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CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite place to go. Fantastic menu and great staff.

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d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lucky Strike is still an awesome go to for dinner or late night, but the brunch vibe is non existent! Dinner and Late Night it is!

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f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Clearly living off location and old reputation. This restaurant has potential - but falls way short. The place needs a deep cleaning and painting. The waitstaff are a bit ornry, and it's very cramped. Food wasn't bad - but there are so many other restaurants that are better, and close by......keep walking.

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YG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Cool old school Bistro. Food was decent, nothing amazing by any means. The waiter wanted to get rid of us as soon as we sat down and that was obvious.

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b
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is one of our favorite restaurants in new york.food service are wonderful

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UN
Frankfurt Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since my first visit in 1994 this has always been a most wonderful place - great food, great service, great location. We’ll be back tomorrow. Every visit has been something very special.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super fun shabby chic gastropub style dining. Food outstanding!

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bottle of beer $8...Only in NY. Food was ok.. excellent fries

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CN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I've been to Lucky Strike's a few times. The Christmas decorations are nice. The food is good but I will say that it wasn't as good as previous times. But the food is good and healthy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our friends birthday and we had an amazing time. Great food and great service :)

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l
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it since the late 1980's and hasn't changed a bit!

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were late to our reservation by 40 minutes but did keep in touch with the restaurant... when we arrived we were sat immediately. The staff is very friendly, helpful and extremely courteous. The food was very good with healthy options. The seating... a little tight, but that's not uncommon for city. Noise level was high but probably due to dinner crowd. All in all a really nice spot for good food, great staff and ambiance.

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Happy Hour Menu was excellent for both food and drinks. We ordered dinner after a few appetizers and the food was excellent! The service was great! We will definitely be back!

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation on Open Table to confirm that there was availability. When we arrived, the hostess looked at us and said 'We saw your reservation and you will be waiting for a while.' Obviously, the restaurant has not integrated Open Table in to their seating system and should not offer it. It was a rainy night and we were hoping to prevent walking around aimlessly for a meal, and we ended up doing just.

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PC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always LOVE dining here. Spot on every time. Classic. Transporting. Consistent.

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J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lucky Strike has a busy bar entrance and closely-packed tables in the general dining space. The decor is sort of retro classic with dimmed lighting, mirrored walls, and furniture with a bit of character. The food is phenomenal. The salmon was cooked perfectly (hate when it's overdone) and the brussels sprouts were so good! Service is a bit busy but they have plenty of waiters to attend to your needs and I did not feel ignored. I would go again.

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JP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a neighborhood bar/restaurant in the west side of Soho. Very laid back and casual but the food was great - not particularly innovative but well prepared and tasty.

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R
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is dirty! Food bland. I think this restaurant has seen better days. The one server was overwhelmed.

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a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Went for Sunday brunch at 12:45. the place was virtually empty except for the 6 of us. Orders took forever and the lone waitress was not very attentive. She later explained that the automated system was down and she had to hand write/explain everything to the kitchen, but still. Would have been nice to check back more, offer some snacks- something. Food was fine. I wouldn't rush back

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NY
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Hate to say this, as I returned to try Lucky Strike after years of not eating here, but the experience was extremely disappointing. To start with, I had a confirmed reservation for 3 on Open Table and the restaurant told us Open Table only had us in their system for 2. I showed them my confirmation for 3. No worries, they were pretty nice about it and said they would solve it. In about 15 minutes they got us a table for 3.
The place is lively, very loud and has a good vibe. Unfortunately, our food was terribly prepared and most of it inedible. None of our requests on food preparation were followed even though the waiter said it was no problem at all. We sent some food back that was prepared incorrectly and it came back to us just as bad and incorrect as the first time....so we smiled and just didn't eat. We eat pretty clean and simply with no fried food....this is not the place for that. You are probably ok here if you just want a cheeseburger and fries but they can't go beyond that well. Unfortunately, I will never eat here again...which is a bummer as I like the atmosphere and I live a block away. Very sad.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service and great atmosphere..

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food! Server was awesome! Fun place pre theater.

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OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun spot, discovered it while shopping in SoHo. Great bartender and waiters. Everyone there was so attentive and the food was great!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Loud, service lousy, food mediocre.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cosy place with good food and nice atmosphere. We choose The grill salmon and the tuna. Very good! The playlist was very funny full of 90’s hits!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A fine mix of French and American cuisine. I came here for a girls lunch with my co-workers. The service was a little slow, but our waitress was nice enough. The nicoise salad with tuna was good. All in all it was just an alright experience, but I heard the happy hour from 4-7 is really great. Would go back for that, otherwise I would pass on returning.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this Place. Used to go here all the time, but moved out of area. It’s back on my radar and will be back again soon. Food was outstanding!

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really cute casual spot. Very good for a casual date or chill dinner with friends. I was there on Sunday night so the vibe might change on other nights but a great casual spot

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've enjoyed Lucky Strike for at least 20 years and it's always been a gem. The food is consistently excellent and it's great for dinner with the kids or late-night drinks with friends.

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