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“Good but wallet-wilting price”

Hawksmoor Spitalfields
Ranked #273 of 23,697 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $53 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Spitalfields
Transit: Shoreditch Overground Station, Liverpool Street Underground Station
Description: This Spitalfields steakhouse has wooed much of London since opening in 2006; word-of-blog has only served to create an even bigger buzz around the restaurant and its food. A case of the emperor's new clothes? We think no.' Time Out Spitalfields was our first restaurant, and the general view is that it is where the 'Hawksmoor spirit' is best embodied - many of the staff have worked there for years and would never consider elsewhere. Great steaks, great drinks and an amazing atmosphere, full of people who desperately care whether you enjoy your evening. We are located just down the road from our namesake Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church Spitalfields and 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street, Old Street and Aldgate stations. It can accommodate 115 people for exclusive hire and the back section of the restaurant is ideal for groups of up to 55. The restaurant can be hired exclusively for a meat-fuelled party, corporate function and wedding receptions. For information on private hire and events, please contact our events department.
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Looks more like a gastropub than a £100+/head restaurant, nothing much wrong with that, just a little surprising. Went here for a Christmas lunch with two friends, it was packed (on a Monday) with people in suits and presumably most dining on expenses. The first thing we noticed was that in the second week of December there was not even a nod to Christmas, no tree, no decorations. What's that all about?

We all started with excellently made Bloody Marys at the bar, then sat down to order.
I was disappointed that they didn't serve the crab starter on Mondays (as no fishing on Sunday of course) but strangely they did serve scallops. Does crab deteriorate faster than scallops? I don't think so. For our mains we all opted for fillet steak. At £34 with all accompanying dishes extra (it doesn't even come with chips included) it was mighty expensive but very, very good. Good chips and creamed spinach.

We had no desserts but decided to have coffee and port. We chose a bottle of their Dixon’s Double Diamond 10yr Tawny Port, listed under the bottle price as £32. When it came it was only a half bottle, on re-reading it does say 37.5cl in the description, but none of us saw that. It is very confusing as they mix full and half bottles under the same 'bottle' price heading. A quick google says our half bottle could be bought retail at around £10 if you buy a case, so some hefty markups going on all round here and we would not have bought it had we realised it was only a half bottle.
All in all, for 2 courses, a couple of bottles of their least expensive wine, a couple of bar drinks and coffee and port left us with a bill of £112 each. Hmmm. It was good, but that good?

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5  Thank Keith-in-Brighton-UK
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Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

All the other reviews are right. The food is amazing. Steak was beautiful, sides were delicious and the deserts were heavenly. Service was efficient and friendly.

Can't wait to go back.

PS Try the marrow gravy. It's so good!

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Basically, a two course dinner for two people without wine (or any other drinks) came in at £120, not cheap! However, it really is very high quality food - especially if you like steaks - delicious, melt in the mouth, prime beef.

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Thank JonathanKlein
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I'm a huge fan of Hawksmoor and believe they offer the best steak experience in London. Of the 3 I frequent - Spitalfields, Seven dials and Guildhall - I consider the original Spitalfields location to be the best - particularly now they've addressed the former service issues, although these had remarkably managed to become cherished by the clientele.

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1  Thank B0n_Viv
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Had a great evening here, really good atmosphere! The steak is worth the trip on its own, probably one of the best steaks I've ever had! The service was very helpful, efficient & friendly. There's a good array of drinks on offer especially if you like your cocktails. It is pricey but certainly the quality of the steak is worth it! i would say it is ideal for a special occasion! Overall a really good quality steak house!

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Thank Brit5CC
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