Rowley's Restaurant

4.3
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1749 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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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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vipGHYD
London
29 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed despite confirming booking

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Comfortable
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As wonderful as ever, Cote de boeuf and bottomless hot frites. My husband and I love this place and were here for my birthday. A shame that it was so quiet due to CLOVID worries, we were glad to be there supporting the restaurant.

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KamC
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Great value meal and still one of the best steaks in London. Nothing fancy just a good old fashion meal
Better for lunches than dinner

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Stephen
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always, never had a bad meal in Rowley’s

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vipFuzzy
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent here, a great venue to do business

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ChrisM
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak were amazing. The dining room and service are excellent too

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had Avery enjoyable and relaxing casual meal, service, seating, staff. All wonderful. Food was very good and overall a quality dining experience. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and even better service!

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Bluecshell
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only disappointing aspect was a lack of their excellent cheesecake on the dessert menu! Steak was excellent as always, service prompt and polite, a lovely place to have lunch or dinner. P.S. Chocolate ice cream was delicious...

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RogerB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had the Ribeye steak which were cooked to perfection. We had deserts, 2 of us had the Rice Pudding and 2 of us had the tarte tatin. We can honestly recommend both deserts. Service was very friendly and efficient

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JillD
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service. Thank you for your part in making our anniversary special. We will be back

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally good but they forgot to bring out our entree.

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Weezy9
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Delicious food. Especially the Chocolate bombe on the pudding menu, please keep it as a permanent edition to the menu!

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NeilM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rowley's Restaurant is consistently reliable and enjoyable.

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NewbieFoodie
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was very pleased to find a place where we could book a steak dinner deal for 2 (£47 for Chateaubriand, a side, two sauces, and unlimited fries) on a Saturday night with only a few days notice.
I do not understand why they did not have my reservation down in their books but I showed them my confirmation email and after that, there were no problems.
It is cute and simple but elegant inside, and thankfully not too loud even on a fairly full Saturday. The servers were polite though not overly friendly and it would have been nice if our water jug had been filled.
The steak was delicious, with flavourful sauces, tasty fried tomatoes, yummy (not greasy) fries, and a great side dish of spinach. We bought a bottle of the Chilean merlot which was perfect to go with our meal.
Overall, I would recommend this place to others especially if there is a deal like the one we got.

JJ
vipJJ11
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I wish the setting had been nicer. Will not rush back.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Such a poor experience on Valentines night. Staff (serving and a chef) constantly going outside to smoke in full view of diners, coming back in and serving food. Had to ask for everything as the service was utterly poor. The food was not worth the money. We were served our main course and had to ask twice for the chips whilst our steak went cold. Our glasses for our drinks were served piping hot! I frankly do not understand why this restaurant has a good reputation.

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Toby
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

A mediocre and overpriced Valentine’s Day meal at this no frills restaurant. Had to chase our meal after an hour of waiting and other customers who arrived long after us had already been served. Their famed 28 day steak wasn’t worth the wait, burying it under french fries couldn’t hide it’s blandness and poor quality, almost laughable if I wasn’t paying £35! Non-existent customer care, the surly waitress couldn’t understand the difference between a glass or carafe, staff didn’t care or ask if you wanted another drink, or how your meal was, you got dessert menus slapped on the table and the bill presented away from you. Staff spent much time standing in the centre serving area looking angry with each other or shaking their heads. We paid and left, no one said goodbye or thank you, I was so glad to get out of there. Really underwhelming and overpriced experience. Won’t be back. Shame.

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londonguy
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great steak but service was a bit erratic and very expensive

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not impressed at all and very expensive for what received. The starters were poor, the steak was good but the unlimited fries were non existent! When they did turn up we had already eaten our rare steak as it had turned to very well done on the table top heater. Not the best Valentine's night meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Restaurant about a quarter full, but still seated in the chilly zone near the door. Food fine but not good enough to justify the price, and service very poor. Waiters scruffy and inattentive. Never great to see a packet of cigarettes hanging out of a waiter’s pocket.

Been eating at Rowley’s for 17 years but it’s definitely living on past glories. I’ll think twice before going again.

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DanG
Essex
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal with my wife. Friendly and attentive staff

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience all round with great food and a lovely atmosphere

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Noblewriter
London
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I have been visiting Rowley's Restaurant for over three decades - and never disappointed. Yet this time, I am afraid the food was well off the mark, the steak was hard, chewy and gristly, and although I asked for rare, what I got was a greyish coloured piece of meat. My 30-year old son, also a frequent user over the years, asked for medium to well done, and complained to me his steak was also sadly below par.
The food was a bit of a disappointment, frankly, although the service provided by the Slovakian waitress was faultlessly good and her smiles and professional attitude appreciated.
I will probably give Rowley's one more chance... and then if the food still fails, then I will end what has been a beautiful relationship so at least the meories stay good.

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steaklover
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If you like traditional English food this is the place to go.

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MariaJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their steak, and their unlimited chips which was also good, and the ambience, great.

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SimonL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal excellent attentive friendly staff.... Will be sure to visit again !!

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DebbieH
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food , lovely atmosphere and outstanding service

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PaulU
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable meal in an excellent location. This is an ideal restaurant for a meal prior to the theatre and I have used it a number of times

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SimonN
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak. and good value wine. Polite staff great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and great food

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vipEllis
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at Rowley’s. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. Their Roquefort sauce is lovely and endless fries made the teens delighted. Will definitely be back.

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sharonc
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rs time of being here
Always amazing food and atmosphere
Groupon voucher used and will b back!

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AlanB
London
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s twenty years since I’ve been to Rowleys and it hasn’t changed a great deal. Good food - we pre ordered the Chateaubriand which was delicious and with the Restaurant setting it made for a very enjoyable lunch.

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SWhite
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good - have been coming here for years and never had a bad experience

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JohnC
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A long established business that continues to serve good food with well trained staff.

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TeresaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

It was just dead. Food really ordinary and jolly expensive.
A beautiful room
Needs a re think.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

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Collmar
Munich
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

abbiamo frequentato questo ristorante in diverse occasioni e possiamo dire che il livello è costante: ottimi i prodotti ed in particolare la carne che è tenera e saporita. Attento anche il servizio. ritorneremo

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LouiseP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We came for a pre theatre supper. The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 6pm and it is always so much more exciting when buzzing. We had fillet steak which was a perfect proportion. And wine. Lovely service and we sat in the window.

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