Smollenskys The Strand

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Located on the iconic Strand, close to Trafalgar Square and the West End Theatres, Smollensky's is a vibrant and popular restaurant and bar venue that is perfect for a celebration, a drink after work or a bite to eat before catching a show. The cosmopolitan dining room features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic bar. Serving a refined selection of American and international dishes, the Smollensky’s menu offers hearty steaks and burgers, as well as carefully crafted signature main courses. Lighter bites include Flour Dusted Calamari, and Chicken Wings, whilst richer flavours include BBQ Ribs with homemade hickory sauce. Smollensky's also have a pre & post theatre set menu where you can find 2 courses for £15.95.

Smollensky's lively bar runs daily happy hour on drinks from 5pm-9.30pm; with Thursday's dedicated live music evenings - it's an experiential offer hard to match in town. With a stellar selection of drinks, including premium cocktails and an extensive selection of fine wines, you can expect a great mix of clientele and larger groups enjoying food and drinks in this top London restaurant & bar.



Day Open Close Notes
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12:00 22:00


Smollenskys The Strand
105 The Strand, London, WC2R 0AA

Central London

Nearest station:
Charing Cross (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.60
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.60
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £5.55
Cocktail £8.65
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £8.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.85
Bottle of House Wine £19.50
Bottle of Champagne £59.00
Jaeger Bomb £4.95


This venue serves Grill and American food.

A word from the chef:
Although their menu contains mainly American dishes, Smollensky's also offers dishes from around the world, making sure that there is something for everyone.

Our Review

Smollensky's The Strand London -  Restaurant Bar Review

Smollensky's The Strand London - Restaurant Bar Review

Sitting pretty on one of London's most iconic streets, Smollensky's The Strand was a treat that been long anticipated: how would it fare in comparison to the plethora of other restaurants and eateries in the area? It was time to find out. The...

Read our full Smollensky's The Strand London - Restaurant Bar Review review

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Second time of visiting this year. Great food and service. Highly recommended Ken visited Smollenskys The Strand on 18 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016 by Ken

Friendly staff but service very slow during a Saturday lunch. Food order was wrong, brought a beef burger for a vegetarian, but they were very apologetic and gave a free cocktail to make up for it. Venue was good, spacious and good vibe. visited Smollenskys The Strand on 15 Oct 2016
18 Oct 2016 by anonymous

My daughter had a fabulous birthday lunch on Sunday. Waiter was lovely and food was great! visited Smollenskys The Strand on 16 Oct 2016
18 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Disappointed that our favourite Alabama Slammer wasn't on the cocktail list and they didn't have the ingredients to make one. visited Smollenskys The Strand on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Great location, decor and atmosphere. Seated immediately. Server was very inattentive. Incorrect wine delivered, had to be changed. Starters and mains delicious. Peanut butter cheesecake nothing like described on menu – no flavour of peanut butter, no pistachios. Overall a nice pre-theatre visit but won't be returning. visited Smollenskys The Strand on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Not impressed with the food at all or the service. Really disappointing! Lauren visited Smollenskys The Strand on 07 Oct 2016
09 Oct 2016 by Lauren

My husband and I booked in for a pre-theatre , two course meal at 6 p.m. When our main course had not arrived by 7.10 we had to leave hungry! We did not have to pay for the bottle of wine or starter that we had consumed but this did not make up for the lack of food. We have been offered a free meal with wine next time we travel to London but have no proof of this offer, so we will see if they are true to their word. We were extremely disappointed -- my husband had to wait and buy a pasty at Waterloo on our way home -- I was past eating by then! suecleworth visited Smollenskys The Strand on 05 Oct 2016
07 Oct 2016 by suecleworth

We came here for dinner before going on to a show. We didn't choose the pre-show menu as we had allowed 2hrs for our visit (as per the booking suggestion). It turns out this was more than enough time. If anything we would have been fine with just an hour. The food was excellent - cooked just right and with the right portion sizes. The 2-4-1 Cocktail offer was a good idea however it would have been good to advertise that it is only applicable to approx 4 different cocktails. That said, we still took advantage of it :-) They did take a long time to come out and we had been served our starters before the first round of drinks arrived. Most of the staff were lovely. We asked for a different table when we arrived as I had specifically asked for a table at the edge of the room but was shown to one in the middle. This move was no issue at all and we were shown to another table immediately. We were then presented with a bunch of balloons for the table (I had mentioned in the booking that it was a birthday celebration). During our time at dinner we watched a young male waiter struggle to open a bottle of wine, and he eventually gave it to the customer to open! Later in the evening, he struggled again on another table and gave it to the PREVIOUS customer to open again! Seriously, if your wine waiter can't open a bottle of wine, maybe a bit more training is needed before asking him to do it in front of customers! There were a couple of waiting staff who looked like they would rather be anywhere else, but on the whole, the staff were lovely. The last thing I would mention is that over half the light bulbs were not working. This just makes the restaurant look unloved. We even commented to each other that it should be somewhere very high on the "to-do" list of the Manager. All of that said, I would come back again. cezza visited Smollenskys The Strand on 10 Sep 2016
13 Sep 2016 by cezza

I came along here on 27th August with my husband and daughter. Great evening, fab food, loved the cocktails and service was brilliant. We can't wait to come back again! lesleydiane visited Smollenskys The Strand on 27 Aug 2016
07 Sep 2016 by lesleydiane

Just went for a meal here on 03/09/16 after the theatre with my friend. We both had the 2 courses for £15.95 and decided to take advantage of their heavily publicised 2-4-1 cocktail deal. What can I say the service was APPALLING ! Considering the restaurant was half empty the staff couldn't look more disinterested and they were sooooooo slow with drinks - we'd already had our starter before they arrived. The next round of drinks took half an hour to come after ordering and the subsequent round I ended up going to the bar to order myself and they still took forever as the staff ignored me for ages ! Here's a tip- if you can't cope with making cocktails don't advertise an offer on them!!! Food also very mediocre and the bill when we got it was wrong - all in all rubbish!! It's a real shame as it has been recommended to me but it was terrible ! Emily visited Smollenskys The Strand on 03 Sep 2016
07 Sep 2016 by Emily

Was very disappointed. Whole place seemed disorganised. Staff seemed to have no idea what to do. Bar staff got our cocktails wrong. Restaurant staff wanted to serve dessert before our main course. Swapped a dessert as they didn't have what was ordered without telling us. Bill at the end had to be fixed. A real shambles!!!! Don't think it deserves a 1 star rating, but system says I need to award a star to give my feedback. Gary visited Smollenskys The Strand on 31 Aug 2016
07 Sep 2016 by Gary

Brilliant! Great food, service and drinks. My niece who is 7 loved it as we had gone pre the ballet to the restaurant. they looked after really well. We will be going back there again for sure!
03 Aug 2016 by Bella

Believe it or not, we ate at Smollensky's 25 years ago on our wedding day - just the two of us. We decided to celebrate our silver anni in a relaxed way by revisiting on Saturday. We found the layout slightly changed - I think the bar is now where the dance floor was?? There was a hen party having a great time next to us, which seemed fitting in a way. The food still hit the spot and we had a lovely evening before mooching off round Covent Garden. cherryjant visited Smollenskys The Strand on 30 Jul 2016
02 Aug 2016 by cherryjant

We held a hen party for 28 people on 22/07/16, from the booking / organising I can only say the customer service was second to none, so helpful. The actual event was stress and trouble free our meals were all served within minutes of each other and the food was absolutely delicious , the staff we so accommodating , welcoming and genuinely nice. I would certainly recommend the venue to my friends and colleagues . Jumoke visited Smollenskys The Strand on 22 Jul 2016
24 Jul 2016 by Jumoke

Had a party of six on a Sat night cocktails 2for1 before we ate good start. Food and service yet again very good and for London not a bad price. A win win situation as far as I can tell!! fatmum2 visited Smollenskys The Strand on 16 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by fatmum2

Submitted wrong rating previously: good quality food for the type of food on offer. best value is kids ordering from kids menu eat free with paying adult. 4 adults; 3 children meal and drinks for £100. great service as well. visited 6pm 09-Jul name: martinez
17 Jul 2016 by martic100

Went to Smollenskys as we've been before and seemed really good for before theatre shows. This time I had prepaid for a bottle of prossecco on arrival, I had to ask twice for this, once on arrival and again when it didn't appear at the table. One of the starters was late and everyone else had finished before it had arrived. Meal and drinks, especially happy hour offers were great. Shame about the late drinks and the starters. Katie-Marie visited Smollenskys The Strand on 09 Jul 2016

Reply from Smollenskys The Strand

Hello, Many thanks for taking the time to let us know your thoughts, we always value feedback, and do our best to rectify any issues going forward. If you would be so kind as to contact us directly - and let us know your booking name and time, we will be more than happy to investigate the issues raised and ensure it doesn’t happen again. Kind Regards, Lloyd Lewis-Hayter Sales and Events Executive
11 Jul 2016 by Katie-Marie

good quality food for the type of food on offer. best value is kids ordering from kids menu eat free with paying adult. 4 adults; 3 children meal and drinks for £100. great service as well. visited 6pm 09-Jul name: martinez

Reply from Smollenskys The Strand

Hello, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear positive feedback an d we hope to welcome you back soon. I have noticed you have left a 1 star rating which I hope was a mistake. As this effects our rating on design my night we would be very grateful if you could leave a new review with the correct rating. Kind Regards, Lloyd Lewis-Hayter Sales and Events Executive
11 Jul 2016 by martic100

Had one of the best fillet steaks I can remember in a long, long time. A beautiful piece of meat, beautifully cooked. The service was good and professional, the speed great, I only give four stars not five, because the one letdown was that it was one of the noisiest restaurants I've ever visited. A great shame, because otherwise I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend. As it is, if noise doesn't worry you, then nothing else at this wonderful restaurant will either. Aidan visited Smollenskys The Strand on 29 Jun 2016

Reply from Smollenskys The Strand

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. It's great to hear about positive experiences so we can pass your comments on to our hard working team. If you could kindly drop me an email to letting me know when you visited , it would give us a better idea of when the restaurant may be too noisy. We hope to welcome you back soon! Lloyd Lewis-Hayter Sales & Events Coordinator
01 Jul 2016 by Aidan

Had a wonderful experience at Smollenskys the Strand. We were advised to allow 2 hours for service which was ample and therefore gave us time to relax and enjoy the great ambiance and cocktails. Have recommended to friends and family, will definitely return as soon as possible. Sharon visited Smollenskys The Strand on 25 Jun 2016
27 Jun 2016 by Sharon

We had a fabulous evening at Smollensky's at the Strand celebrating my mums 60th birthday. The staff were extremely attentive and couldn't do enough for us all. We chose from the pre/post theatre menu and we were pleased with our meals. I would definately return and would recommend to friends melanielister1976 visited Smollenskys The Strand on 25 Jun 2016
27 Jun 2016 by melanielister1976

Sadly, although the food was good, the kitchen had a meltdown and we were hard pushed to eat and pay within 1 1/2 hrs, prior to our theatre booking. Probably won't be going there again. sandraefisher visited Smollenskys The Strand on 07 Jun 2016
13 Jun 2016 by sandraefisher

Lovely evening, staff brilliant, friendly and efficient, celebrating my birthday a few days early but still gave me a bottle of Prosecco. Food tasty, music good would recommend to friends. Barbara visited Smollenskys The Strand on 02 Jun 2016
07 Jun 2016 by Barbara

We booked to celebrate my birthday, and was welcomed with a bottle of prosecco. The dinner itself was splendid and the service exellent. The atmosphere was Also very good. We will definately eat here next time we are in London. Stenesse visited Smollenskys The Strand on 13 May 2016
16 May 2016 by Stenesse

Very disappointed with the whole evening. Went as two couples to celebrate both our anniversaries which we told staff which weren't interested when told. When trying to book left two messages on answer machine which were never called back. Food was warm at best and drinks very weak, when asked to have mine changed it was taken away and never returned. As we had recommend this to our friends it made us look silly as they never enjoyed the evening and would not go back. legend25 visited Smollenskys The Strand on 14 May 2016

Reply from Smollenskys The Strand

Hello, Thank you for your review. It is disappointing to hear our service and food standards weren't at our usually high level on this occasion and I hope you can accept my apologies. Please drop me an email directly to so I can get a better understanding of your visit. Kind Regards, Lloyd Lewis-Hayter Sales & Events Executive
16 May 2016 by legend25

Had a fantastic meal with love theatre voucher. Had the steak which was cooked to perfection. Staff very helpful and friendly. Love the cocktail happy hour. Excellent selection. Will definitely be back. jennyrud visited Smollenskys The Strand on 29 Apr 2016
01 May 2016 by jennyrud

Always come here to take advantage of their happy hour after work. It's such a nice ambience, very relaxed, very affordable and a favourite among colleagues of mine too; t's just such a good location!
19 Feb 2016 by suzzie

Had the Express Lunch Menu here twice (not on the same occasion!) and it's great value. It's advertised on their web site and on A board outside the Strand outlet, but they don't offer the menu unless you ask for it. Oh, and both occasions got billed at full price. Whoops!
26 Jul 2015 by banter

Took my husband for a meal here on his 75th birthday. Staff were really friendly and helpful, food really tasty and had a great time - thanks very very much
10 Jul 2015 by carole1940

The pre theatre menu in smollenskys is very good value. Seldom you get a steak option on a Pre theatre but it was here. Desert menu could do with more variety. Otherwise great venue!
27 Jun 2015 by happy4food
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Really lovely venue. Great for a date night or a nice meal without breaking the bank. They do a great pre-theatre menu which is really good value for money too and the food is great.
14 Jul 2014 by kerrij_2000
1 person people found this helpful

This was a lot of fun! the cocktails were a surprise. I work just around the corner so i'll BRIE back for sure!!
18 Jun 2013 by cheesy_churps

A great, reasonably priced spot before taking in a show. Great theatre deals!!
18 Jun 2013 by gob_bluth

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