Rowley's Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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Situated in the home of the original Walls Butcher Shop and located on the very traditional Jermyn Street, Rowley's has kept the charm and history of the 19th century building alive. With the original tiles lining the walls and the soft lighting the restaurant offers a relaxed and comforting atmosphere. The British themed menu changes regularly but always includes the famous entrecote steak and secret herb butter sauce which is left to sizzle over a burner on the table and accompanied by unlimited french fries. Great for business lunches and pre theatre.

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Daily 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 10:30PM

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K
London
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable, old standby, with many repeat customers. Old wooden tables, informal and efficient service.
Entrecote and chips are top choice. But menu as a whole is unchanging and agreeable.

CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. Consistently excellent service

DL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in London, and the Christmas menu tempted me away from my go-to house steak entree.

MO
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite being short-staffed the serving staff and front of house were outstanding. No complaints whatsoever. Will look for another opportunity to visit!

W
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

overpriced, old fashioned and very average, there are much better restaurants in the vicinity

DM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and of a high standard ,Rowleys never lets us down

OT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a fabulous meal in a great place with superb attention by the staff.

JK
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always good, preferred the original presentation and steak

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great atmosphere

T
London
67 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a pre-theater dinner at Rowley's and found it both authentic and delicious. Unfortunately, we arrived a bit late and were somewhat rushed, but the staff were very attentive and accommodating, getting us in and out quickly to make our show.

JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak with plentiful chips and excellent service as always

F
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with friendly, professional staff

MP
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The cheeseburger was over cooked. The chef was asked to cook it medium but refused citing health and safety concerns. Won’t go back unless I want another uneatable burger.

V
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mid Sunday afternoon, roads jammed with traffic, but in Rowleys the only traffic jam was getting all the plates and dishes onto the table. A really great lunch was had by all. Thanks!

JT
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We have been at Rowley's several times before for a pre-theatre meal. This time the service was very poor and bordering on the openly rude. Either the staff are new to the job and unaware of what is required or they simply do not care any more. It is difficult to describe how disappointing the whole experience. We wont be going back.

NL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a warm welcome on arrival, attentive service and excellent food. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Well done!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our meal was as good as always. I have been eating at Rowleys for over 37 year! Things have changed as the original offer was very thin slices of steak with as many refills or green salad and fries as you wanted. The Rowley's butter remains every bit as good as always. Our table burner was not working to start which meant that the steak was cold, the butter wouldn't melt so not the bext start. But our waitress sorted it all out for us.

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a few minutes late, but we were immediately accommodated. Service was attentive, the food was delicious. Love to come here, it is always wonderful. Highly recommend.

SI
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food over priced thr meat quality is not fried aged as you claim and it is poor quality meat and poor quality fries it is toursit trap

AP
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, lively and friendly atmosphere.
Service friendly but sometimes a little slow

JV
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent establishment & good old fashioned service & ambiance will be back
10/10
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I ordered fillet steak medium rare. It arrived well done and was served with cold fries.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I’ve said no because it would be with caveats.

The food was ok, just the service a bit lacking. We had to ask for more fries, struggled to attract attention and then there was quite a wait.

Given there was a group of seven of us, I’d have expected someone to enquire about fries shortly after serving.

And it wasn’t busy.

LA
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent friendly service. Lovely good food, a proper meat-lovers place!

AB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Their 'specialty' Entrecote steak was a bit of a disappointment. It tasted fine but it was very little meat for the price, even in Mayfair. The fries that come with it were decent.

Ambiance was very nice, as was one of the mid range wines by the glass that I ordered. For Saturday evening it felt a bit empty. The service was friendly although the waiters could have done with a bit more training (the waiter serving the fries kept dropping fries on the floor when serving them). I probably won't be back, there are better options in the area.

AB
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived late and hungry and were welcomed warmly and served quickly. Steak, chips (bottomless) and spinach - perfect!

l
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An old favourite on the historic Jermyn Street. I’d not been here for years, and a friend suggested we should go for a meal.
Lovely classic dishes, well presented by pleasant and engaging staff members.
It will not be so long before I return again!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

You need to offer more sides! No onion rings! No Mac cheese!

G
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good deal with the steak all very enjoyable

PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - world class service - I’ll be taking more dates here for sure !

MC
Surrey
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shall definitely be returning. The steaks were perfection.

GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and service Cauliflower cheese exceptional

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as ever.

BJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and you always know it will be good quality.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. The host however was not. When we arrived (with a reservation) the restaurant was totally empty. The host proceeded to seat us at the smallest table in the corner. I was with my elderly Aunt and Uncle and a small bistro table would have been too cumbersome. When I asked if we could be seated at a larger table (there were obviously plenty available) the just kind smirked , said something in a different language, and said “sure” ...it was the server who came forward and showed us to a better table. But aside from that , the food was great

TD
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Apologies but after a 3rd visit here I have to say Im really not that impressed.
1. Far too quiet, with only a handful of people in there not even some low background music - so in my opinion this does not make for relaxing dining or any type of ambience.
2. The food was cold, it was not freezing, dont get me wrong but it certainly was not hot.
3. When I booked I was not told that we would be rushed. My friend and I were meeting for a catch up and were constantly being badgered to order our food (for lunch, in a restaurant that apart from one other table was empty and in a place that I was lead to believe was open all day, so I thought) the waiter then said - can you hurry please because we want to close the kitchen - REALLY !
4. Pricing, whilst I do not mind paying for good service, good food and a lovely restaurant - this really did not hit any of those points so Im sorry but you have now become over priced because you fail to hit any of the points I mentioned.
5. I watched people turned away from an empty restaurant because they were closing - once we left we decided to visit the local pub round the corner, a couple of hours later walking past the restaurant there were people sitting eating dinner - I dont get it !!!

On all these counts I wont be returning any time soon.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. We had chateaubroand and it was very good indeed. Wine selection was limited but we found a nice enough bottle. Service was like a Harvester but perhaps less friendly. For a meal of £230 pounds, I expect a bit more. Had a general feeling we were 'just another customer' and the staff were just going through the motions. Overall, good enough food but I wouldn't recommend this place for a special occasion.

D
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location, good prices but the chateaubriand was sadly tasteless. Gaucho or Hawksmoor offer a better quality beef IMO. You get what you pay for! That being said, good value and wines not too expensive for central London. Ideal for a business lunch.

RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Eaten here many times and it's always good. We had to call for service a couple of times as the staff were chatting. Lamb chops utterly amazing; niece's burger was superb; husband's steak was good. Vegetables lovely. Endless fries appreciated by the niece!

b
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I enjoyed visiting this old-school-style restaurant and the food was as good as I had anticipated. Cold coffee (returned) and a second request for sauces were the only slight detractions from an otherwise good experience.