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“History on a plate”
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Ranked #1,624 of 27,034 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$102 - US$102
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: St. James's
Transit: Piccadilly Circus tube: 2 minutes walk. Green Park tube: 7 minutes walk.
Description: Not many restaurants have a loyalty scheme, which just goes to show how very loyal Rowley's long-time regulars happen to be. The room is traditionally British, but also informal and relaxed. The menu changes monthly, and always features Rowley's tremendously good char-grilled entrecote steak or breast of Sussex chicken with herb and butter sauce and endless chips. The trad Caeser salad is also terrific. Short, intelligent wine list and the sun-dried tomato chutney served with the cheese is just right. Great for business lunches, or pre- or post-theatre.
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Rowley's restaurant is in historic premises in Jermyn Street, St James's. It's been Rowley's since 1976 but goes back way before that to 1790 when Richard Wall was apprenticed to a pork butcher in the nearby St James's Market. He developed the business and it became the famous Wall's butcher's shop, a company still renowned for their family's sausages. Rowley's menu is mainly for hearty meat eaters, although there are a few dishes for non-carnivores (Battered cod, Mushroom & spinach risotto etc). Here you will find aged cuts of entrecote steak, rib eye, fillet and cote du boeuf and the British chicken supreme. We tried the excellent Chateaubriand, a whole fillet of beef, sliced and presented in a pan to keep hot on a burner on the table. With a garnish of beef tomato and watercress, it is presented with an inexhaustible serving of fries. A great meal for connoisseurs of beautiful beef - you just can't beat it because it is so good.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Had pre booked. Arrived at 5.30 left well before 7 pm. Meal was not rushed. Service efficient. We had starters of fishcake and whitebait, both delicious. The Rowley’s speciality steak followed, both cooked as requested. Could be pricey but we had a 2 for 1 rail deal !!!! Worth investigating !

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Den51_12
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

I have been here a number of times. It is a steak house and the food is always good. It is a nice experience as you are able to complete cooking your meat at the table. The chips are plentiful :-)
This time I called in for lunch. It was not too busy but still quiet lively. The tables are not very generously sized but there is room enough. The service is friendly and efficient.
The deserts are good and there is a good selection of wine.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank R1chardN
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Rowleys has been around for quite sone time. It is located in old, historic premises on jermyn street. Original ornate tiles to walls. Very traditional decor. Intimate dining on this small restaurant specialising in beefsteaks. Tables have the crispest of large cotton white napkins! Staff ore lovely- efficient and friendly service for our pre theate meal of chataubriand which was cooked to perfection and left to rest, in pan, on a burner in the centre of our table.served with endless string chios and a garnish of water cress and tomato. Meat was so tender and excellent quality.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Kingpaul100
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

You have got to like meat to eat at this excellent little restaurant. It is a steak bar with a very interesting history (for the history, visit it), and does not pretend otherwise, but one would hesitate to give it such a bald name as "steak bar". That said, the meat is superb. Warm welcome, staff friendly and helpful, good menu. We arrived and after an excellent starter from a range including scallops, goat cheese, brilliant paté (which I chose - with toasted brioche), sat down to a shared Chateaubriand, veg and "endless chips". And I mean "endless". Good wine list, though it would be good to have a labelled "house wine" which is perhaps a little cheaper than the others but recommended by the establishment, (should I have asked?). We had a cheeky little "Good Ordinary Claret", which was much enjoyed. We also had the entertainment of a diner celebrating her birthday by singing "The minute you walked in the joint.." (In fairness she came round beforehand to check we would all be ok with her doing it.)
Thanks to staff for making this a very nice dinner and a very pleasant dining experience.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank DonaldPaterson
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