Simpson's In The Strand

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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PE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb setting, fantastuc good, great service. Would return anytime.

j
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The roast beef is just out of this world.

JS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service excellent. Will certainly return

HM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, fantastic food happy to come back every time

G
Kent
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The bar upstairs was perfect, warm, comfortable although expensive (what you expect here).
The restaurant was cold without ambience, waitresses dressed in dresses like prison attire. Food - oysters amazing other than that food was cold and barely warm, salty (my meal was replaced but the experience had been spoilt). Constantly offering bottled water, That is 8 times!!!! Overall disappointing

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Very good food, overtime the food quality is always high but the service and the overall experience is not inline with the value.
Very difficult to book on the day, however when we arrived the restaurant was not fully booked. We had to wait one hour after our desired time while they were free tables.
Are you sure that the booking platform is optimized?

BD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak tartar is worth it, if nothing else. Well worth a try.

HS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Staff didn’t care about us very much, especially staff took card reader 15mins after bill came. really frustrated.

p
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were looking for a historic London restaurant to celebrate our son's birthday. While the dining room itself was beautiful, we found the service to be unenthusiastic and the food bland in general. Not the luxury dining experience we expected.

S
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit - we always dine here when in London. The trolley beef and ham were excellent. No disappointment here, thank you.

MF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately,my cabbage,gravy was cold,beef tasted great,but cold ,for the price we paid ,I was disappointed.

S
London
44 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I've reviewed Simpsons many times BUT this time things went wrong, arrived with a friend and went upstairs for a drink in the bar before our lunch, the barman told us to sit at a table and he'd be over to take our order, there were several tables of guests, after a "few" long minutes we heard the barman serving two guests who had just arrived (after us) and following that he served a table that had around 6 guests and completely ignored us. We left and went to our table and recounted our experience to our service staff who sympathised and bought us our drinks, ordered lunch, oysters, me beef Wellington, friend oysters and pork from the trolley, oysters were fine, pork was good but my Wellington was chewy, the green beans under-cooked, left most of that as I had to keep pulling inedible meat from my mouth.. Waitress was very good although I'm not certain exposed tatoos do much for the feel of the restaurant. So an indifferent visit, I'll no doubt try Simpsons again but the Wellington... oh dear!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with lunch, excellent service, really nice food and loved the atmosphere!
For sure we will be back!

MC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to restaurant on a recommendation of a friend and we weren’t disappointed. Everything is first class from the moment you check your coats in. Food is excellent service first class and a special mention for the pianist/singer who sings beautifully.
It is expensive but you will not be disappointed with the whole occasion

DP
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Splendid room and excellent food. Service was good but might have been a bit more attentive at times. Most people seem to treat a meal here as a special occasion which is not surprising given the prices. That being the case it would be nice if the dress code was a little more formal. Not expecting jacket and tie these days but jeans and T shirts?! Also it would be good if guests were required rather than asked to check bulky items. Down jackets on the back of chairs and rucksacks on the floor do not add to the ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best dining experience we have ever had, thank you for a lovely evening

MP
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Expensive but lovely for a treat.

CF
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With lots of history, this place has a great place for typical British dining. The meat Tilley and baked Alaska were wonderful! Great atmosphere and impeccable service.

CB
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simpson's was lovely. Very fine food in glorious surroundings. Excellent service. Well worth a visit if you've never been.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a Christmas present for my partner - he loved it, beef was very tender and plentiful from the trolley choice. My only small gripe was our table for 2 was a tad small for all the dishes etc. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. Didn’t eat for the rest of the day as full.

DD
Dorset
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stunning lunch with perfect roast beef and amazing service. Simson’s even have a children’s menu that also catered for our vegetarian in the family. We will be back.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Fabulous food. The beef was the best I’ve ever tasted and we both have good food knowledge even though young! Steak tartare was devine. The duck delicious.

Service disappointing & let it down quite alot. We went without a refill for 20 minutes then once the waiter emptied the bottle of wine and turned it upside down we weren’t asked if we wished to order another bottle. No one came to our table once to check all was well. We expected a much higher standard of service here.
We think we may have had a young man (Samuel on receipt) that was new to hospitality. We feel his teammates could have helped him out a little more. We did notice one member of staff telling him our glasses had been empty for some time! Just a shame that member of staff didn’t come over and check on us! So service definitely disappointing.

J
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Lovely room, fairly formal atmosphere which probably isn't to my taste but is quite special and unique. We went for a Sunday roast (one of my true loves) and it was very tasty and a generous portion of beef which was lovely and tender. Perhaps a little on the cold side as served from trolleys. I was extremely disappointed with the service though. In a restaurant charging 42 quid for a roast dinner I expect some degree of service. It was slow, inattentive and slightly dismissive. Did not leave feeling I had got value for money. Much better Sunday roast experiences available in London!

PM
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Superb location, the meal was exquisite. Roast Beef cannot be bettered and the Beef Wellington was amazing. Looking forward to our next visit.

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service and overall experience. Would recommend to anyone

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, great food and wine. Attentive service and legendary ambiance. A very special restaurant.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wonderful iconic restaurant, loved it and would definitely recommend.

Could not fault the food, just need to serve on warm plates next time.

The service could have been more attentive which I would have expected.

R
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

People say, "It's not as good as it used to be." That's as may be - but if you want a high quality, impeccably served lunch - I''d recommend it. Be prepared to pay top prices, and to receive outstanding service.

CS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner Friday evening was lovely. I have been going to SIMPSONS for 30 years The food, ambiance and service is wonderful. We had friends join us for dinner and they were very pleased
A memorable time.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambience and the food is traditionally delicious. Highly recommended for a real treat. Brilliant for showing off British cuisine at its best.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New Year’s Day dinner with wife, and two daughters (14 and 11) visiting London. Recommended by a family member and it exceeded expectations...get meal, great atmosphere. Beef was excellent but Dover Sole was even better. Sides were perfect. Not inexpensive but I felt a reasonable value fur the overall quality and experience. I knew it would be good when I heard a Glenn Miller playing!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

量がわからず頼み過ぎてしまいました。定員さんにオススメされたスープ、伝統的なローストビーフどちらもとても良かったです。

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OT
Lincolnshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great evening as always 🥂👍🏻⭐️

j
London
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Its a lovely restaurant a nice atmosphere excellent food & a very good wine list.
Our waiter was very attentive, engaging & informative ( one diner was dairy free )
My only gripe was the roast potatoes they were the worst I have ever tasted & there are too many lights on " please guys turn some of them off "
Excellent pianist in the background who later was playing in the American bar @ the Savoy where we went for a cocktail.
I would recommend the restaurant & will be dining here again.

t
London
33 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We deliberately chose Simpsons for traditional quality English cooking in a traditional "Clubland" setting and we weren't disappointed. We both had sharpeners of Bloody Mary which were truly excellent (olives not celery). The lobster bisque was very creamy (perhaps a little too much so?) but the scallops could not be faulted - tender and the added flavour of slivers of black pudding were a perfect starter. Moving on to mains I went with the Beef Wellington and my dining companion had the duck breast. This latter was perfection and packed full of flavour. The Beef Wellington was truly special - perfect aged beef, just a thin coating of pate and crisp pastry surrounds. We over-ordered with sides of wilted spinach (which seemed to come from a bottomless pit) and cauliflower cheese. Too full for puds we stayed to finish our bottle of wine from an extensive (but not cheap) list. Service was personal and attentive without being obsequious. Go, or go again if you've been before.

LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simpson's in the Strand was my favourite restaurant in London! The beef was delicious and carved on a trolley table-side! The popovers were light & fluffy. All the side dishes were scrumptious as well. I loved the cheese board. I would highly recommend Simpson's to my friends and family. Best meal ever!

MD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It's a bit of shame that for a place like this we received our side dishes 20 mins after the mains,therefore we ate the mains without sides.For what we paid is ridiculous. I work in a similar place ,and for a mistake like this we offer either a bottle of wine either the dessers. The worst is not that they forgot the side ,but how they did not manage to recover properly,but all the rest was ok . I expected more but I might give it another try .

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Una assicurazione , storico sempre all’altezza. Piccolo neo , i
Il servizio ......9/10

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JB
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience and I would highly recommend. Customer Service is exceptional, food amazing and there is a fantastic ambience. Thank you Simpson’s!

p
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time for us at Simpsons, wonderful place to relax and enjoy o traditional English luncheon. Fabulous is an understatement. Everything was perfect.
Stephen Davies