Brasserie Joel
Brasserie Joel
  • Address:
    First Floor, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
    London, SE1 7UT
    Neighbourhood:
    Waterloo
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: £25 and under

Brasserie Joel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brasseriejoel.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02076207272x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    From 12:00am to 2pm from Monday to Friday
    From 12:30 am top 15:15 on Sunday
    Lunch closed on Saturday.

    Dinner:

    From 17:30 to 22:15pm from Monday to Saturday
    From 17:30 to 21:15pm on Sunday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Walter Ishizuka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Westminster Underground Station and Waterloo Station and Underground Station are less than a 5 minute walk away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for £30.

    Nearest Car Park
    There is a U-Park Car Park adjacent to the restaurant.
    2 Addington Street
    London
    SE1 7RY
A word from Brasserie Joel
This South Bank French Brasserie Restaurant is ideally located at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, near the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.
The menu at Brasserie Joël changes daily to provide the freshest fish, meats and produce, and includes a wide range of bistro dishes such as Traditional Steak Tartar, freshly made Fish Soup, and hand-dived Scallops. Chef Walter Ishizuka and his team create classic brasserie dishes to delight the palate.
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Brasserie Joel reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.7
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (106)pre/post theatre (84)special occasions (78)romance (67)fit for foodies (55)group bookings (40)outstanding value (37)sunday lunch (29)good vegetarian options (18)brunch (16)disabled access (10)child friendly (9)afternoon tea (9)Show More
  • wonderful
    bettboo
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We booked the £25 set menu (which looked excellent) but were tempted by the a la carte when we saw it! We weren't disappointed at all, the food & wine were amazing and the service was great! Will be back soon!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Very good
    Spenny
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Excellent food, very good value, buzzing atmosphere. Would definitely go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food was ok but was a typical set menu. Service was excellent.
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  • Mid-Week Business Meal Great choice
    lennytheloiner
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    First time visit to this restaurant situated in the Park Plaza near County Hall. The overall look and feel of the restaurant is excellent, and the service from cloaks and service through to bill out were spot-on. I visited with a group of 5 colleagues, and we skipped the 3 course set-meal plus Bellini (which looks a bargain at £25) to dine from the A La Carte. We all chose different starters and mains, none disappointed either on the eye or on the palate. Would definitely revisit next time I'm in the area.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • modern class and tasty food
    Carnopolo
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    This is a French oasis in the middle of London. We booked online and were greeted by friendly staff. It is not a cheap place but generally a good quality/price ratio. Scallops were £24.50 and Mackerel (generally an inexpensive fish) £ 18.50. A bottle of average rosé wine was £ 18.00. As often in London, an automatic service charge of 12.5% was adde to the bill. The ambiance is pleasant, and good acoustics allow for easy conversation even with a full restaurant. I am not sure why they show off lots of expensive wines is a glass display with constant spotlights beaming on the bottles though. It's not going to improve the wine!
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  • Good quality food, excellent value
    zaouk
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Nice ambiance. Staff friendly and attentive. Food was tasty, and excellent value on the pre-theatre set menu.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Dinner with friends
    Fredbo
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    We went to Brasserie Joel with friends for dinner. On the first floor in a hotel, it is chicly decorated and has a sophisticated atmosphere. The Toptable menu was great value and the food very tasty.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    Was disappointed with this restaurant. Although we went for a pre theatre meal (although a la carte), the place was almost deserted, and was dark and soulless. The food was very average, and quite small portions. I will never return.
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  • Service poor and music too loud
    Bootie
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    We dined at Brasserie Joel to take up a set menu deal including a Bellini cocktail on Opentable. The service was incredibly disappointing as we had to ask more than several times for the cocktail at the start as we want to have this before the starters. In the end it became quite frustrating and we ended up not having the cocktail as an aperitif but with the starters. The music was totally inappropriate as it was like loud rave music - not really the right sort of tone for a French restaurant. The service was really disappointing throughout the meal. The food was, however, very good and we enjoyed it despite the service.
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  • Great food but noisy
    Leax
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    It started perfectly, with a great service and great food, but as the restaurant was filling up it started to be too noisy too have a relaxing conversation with my girlfriend. That's a pity, as the look of the restaurant was very nice and warm.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Good Service and Atmosphere
    PGTips
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    21st Birthday celebration for my son, great evening , good food, good service and great atmosphere for a large hotel. Staff very attentive. Primo bar was excellent for pre dinner drinks, and live band in bar after dinner was superb.....a great night !
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed the dinner
    Anonyme
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Very nice welcome, very good meal and very good service, we all enjoyed our dinner in Brasserie Joel.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch
    Thefrenchmancritic
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We booked Joel's because of its connection with Masterchef and we're not disappointed. The lunch menu was very good value and offered enough range to satisfy four of us. The food was full of taste and the service was excellent. I marked the ambience low because there were very lunchtime customers that day. But will certainly return!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irishdiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Waier was a bit weird but everything else was really lovely.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    audreyhelen
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I booked for the pre-theatre and though an hour and a half would be plenty of time, turned out to be otherwise. The positives are the food was lovely and great value for a pre-theatre menu in Waterloo. The ambience was great but the meal was let down by the front of house team. We had to ask repeatedly for the bill, it took 30 mins to come and after another 15 we went to pay at the front to find it had been put through incorrectly on the till. I would understand if it was busy but the restaurant was only about a third full and there seemed plenty of staff, just not very observant or aware. I would have liked to have ordered another drink, but they weren't available to ask.
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  • great pre theatre meal
    nicola
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Really enjoyed this meal. The lemon bread was a surprise in the bread basket but was delicious! I had scallop tagliatelle and my friend had the pork chop. Both were lovely.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night dining in Southbank
    PariVIP
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    A good option if you're dining late in the night. Live music in the lobby is a plus point too.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Well worth a visit
    Lavis
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We were staying in the Park Plaza hotel for a couple of nights so for convenience decided to eat here one evening. What a very good night we had. The restaurant is on the lobby floor of the hotel and is very tastefully styled. The service from all the staff was excellent. The food was delicious and well presented. The price was good value considering the central London location. Overall we would highly recommend Brasserie Joel.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Average
    Smiley
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I have been to this restaurant before and food quality was better by then. It was in general too salty and beef onglet that we ordered as medium was almost welldone. Ice cream was very expensive considering what you get. My scallops pasta was nice but too salty for my taste and my husband thought the same.
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  • Wonderful
    Chris
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    The standout feature of this restaurant was our waiter, Mathieu. He had complete knowledge of the restaurant menu, knowing what cuts of beef are best, and is able to explain the taste, texture and fat composition of each. He took the time to source for sauces from other restaurants upon request, took the time to talk to us, and even chased us down when we forgot a jacket at the end of our meal. Good food, I would recommend the ribeye steak which was fantastically done. One of the best steaks i've had. There was a tasty tuna appetiser and awesome desserts as well. Would come back soon.
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  • A little disappointed
    simonsse
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Good front of house staff let down by slow delivery of food from the kitchen for a pre-theatre dinner (at 6:30pm,so should have been quick). Food generally good, but portions small. Exception was the Red fruits mousse dessert - consistency of truck tyres. Great location and priced to match.
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  • BJ goes to BJ.
    BaJohnVIP
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    The 2 of us went to BJ's for our 12th visit for an early evening meal, making use of the TT 2 courses £16 or 3 courses £20 deal. Starter was rabbit terrine . very nice, followed by half a poulet each. The chicken was extremely tasty with crisp skin, which even the wife liked. I had the cheese after which was also delicious, whilst my wife had nothing. We finished off a bottle of Malbec (expensive at £26.50) between us. All in the bill was £76. We like the place although the room is a bit quiet when we started at 18:30. It did get a lively atmosphere about half way through the meal. We have been many times before and will come again, BUT I do feel standards have dropped a little bit... waiters not quite on the ball, and menu not so good.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Lacks ambience
    PeterT
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was an odd experience as it felt we were dining in a large noisy soulless breakfast room. Though the ambience was not to my liking, when seated I also noted that we were close enough to other diners for them to become involved in our conversation. I had a chicken and my friend had an Irish Steak. The chicken (poussin) was rather dry and dull. For the price of almost £20 for this, I felt it was very disappointing. This restaurant, outside the pre-theatre dining times, is not cheap and does not deliver value for money.
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  • Fantastic
    SteMc
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    I've been here quite a few times, I don't live in london but when we go there we always try to go for the pre-theatre menu. the food is fantastic, beautifully presented, and very well prices. This place is a hidden gem in London, restaurant-wise The service is always top notch too
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    brunch, business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brasserie Joel 4 stars
    Pattinson
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Food in the brasserie was very good. Fish gratin dish was excellent and children's meals were very acceptable too. Waiters ere lovely with the Grandchildren and breakfast was very competent. The Hotel was full this time, last time we went it was not, but they handled the breakfast buffet very professionally in 3 areas. No queues.
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  • Disappointed
    pinkfairy66
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    We looked forward to eating here but it did not meet expectations. Our wine order was forgotten, though they then gave us free desserts. Risotto was dry and overall we felt service was lacking
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  • Family Lunch
    PGWB
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    We went here for Fathers day lunch, the food was nice, well presented and hot would recommend the piglet roast. The down side is there are too many menus, an al a carte, a sunday lunch one, that means you have to look at a separate one for the starters and desserts and sit doing the maths to see which special price goes with what, and when you get the bill its so mixed up you need a maths degree to work it out. Tea costs £3.70 for a cup with a twinings bag in it, mark up or what? We ate at 2pm and the place was empty. Overall impression is that this could be a nice restaurant if it was not stuck in the middle of a large hotel, no atmosphere. Cost £220 for 6 people
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  • A very enjoyable evening
    Turtledisc
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was very good, and although the portions appear small, it's actually very filling. The service was very good and all the staff were very pleasant. Made a very enjoyable start to a birthday celebration.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely post-concert evening
    parkinson
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    I booked the table for my partner and I for a meal after a concert at the Festival Hall. It was very convenient as it's only a short walk from the concert hall and then also very close to Waterloo station. I had read good reviews about the food, particularly the fish, and we weren't disappointed. We would recommend the restaurant, and indeed the fish. I have often found French food to have a very strong flavour, so was surprised that the dishes were a little milder than I had expected, but this was not a bad thing at all and everything was delicious - Glad that we still had room to share a Creme Brûlée, as this was probably the best course. The staff were all lovely and charming and the ambiance was good too. Definitely would go back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • LadywhobrunchesVIP
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Nothing speciel: food was bland and the portions were tiny, even by European standards. Would not return.
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  • Delicious scallops
    GirlWithACurl
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    With a lovely decor and relaxing ambience, brasserie joel serves up delicious food. The baked camembert for starter was average but the scallops were amazing. My friend enjoyed her starter of lobster bisque very much.
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  • A Charming Restaurant
    CandD
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    We went for the set lunch at a surprisingly low price. I am gluten free and was provided with gluten free bread in place of a bread roll, Gluten Free options were marked on the a la carte menu. The staff were charming and attentive. The food was excellent. We will certainly eat here again and recommend to friends.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance & staff, food so-so
    STEVES
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    Smart and roomy. Reasonable buzz despite not being particularly busy. Staff were very polite, and attentive. Menu has a fair choice. The lobster bisque was very tasty, the baby roast chicken was not bad. Sweet was a small domed cheesecake, the base seemed to be a digestive biscuit, tiny drops of raspberry sauce. My guest ordered cheese and bread - and I have never seen such tiny pieces of both served up, with a supplemental charge on top of the normal dessert rate. Overall I was underwhelmed by the food - not bad but small portions, dressed up to look nice, but poor value for money.
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  • Excelent Atmosphere
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    Close to Westminster and the London Eye is a genuine french gem with good food, well presented and not over the budget, be careful with the amazing list of french wines as it could top up your bill.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A secret jewel
    Sizzlebizzle
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    This was very much a last minute booking and what a wonderful treat it was. Mood lighting, great decor and exemplary food. Would definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner in a hotel
    Ellie01VIP
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    This restaurant had good modern European food. Atmosphere was quite good, but a bit hotel-like. The sea bream wasn't great but the lobster risotto was great.
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  • Nice atmosphere, but...
    XXXXVIP
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    ...poor service (how can a table be ignored at lunchtime with only 3 other tables occupied?!), decent food, good value lunch option, stylish decor. Won't repeat
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  • Pre theatre dining
    Onlyarf
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We chose Brasserie Joel because of the predominantly good reviews and we'd like to add ours. Every aspect of our meal was excellent from the service with helpful and knowledgable waiting staff to the standard of the meal and speed of service (important for pre-theatre). Couldn't be faulted.
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  • Just lovely!!
    mac14
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Dined here during the May Day bank holiday weekend with 2 friends. The food was amazing - we had the chicken surpreme, the scallops and the duck. All cooked perfectly with great presentation! Highly recommend the chocolate fondant for dessert - worth the extra ££. The warm bread rolls were a nice touch. We'll be back!
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Value
    Frenchef88
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Visited Brasserie Joel for Sunday dinner. Had a charcuterie plater and tuna tartar as starters. Both were executed to perfection. As a main we decided on the Cote de Beuf which came on time and was well presented and cooked. Enjoyed a glass of good red wine as well. For desert we had chocolate fondants, creamy hot chocolate pleasure is all I can say about this. The experience was a good one and we will return. Service was very attentive, so thanks for creating a good evening!
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    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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