Cantina Vinopolis
Cantina Vinopolis

Cantina Vinopolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cantinavinopolis.com/
  • Phone: 02079408333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday 18:00 - 22:15
    Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:15
    Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 22:15
    Sunday - 12:00 - 16:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: M. A. Wolde
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: for parties of 2 up to 200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clink Street
  • Public Transit: London Bridge Tube (Borough High Street exit)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cantina Vinopolis
Cantina Vinopolis is found under the massive Victorian arches by the Thames at Bankside Southwark and close to the world famous Borough Market in London Bridge. It is a public restaurant in the wine attraction "Vinopolis" created by award winning restaurateur Claudio Pulze. The food and service are paramount but with the wonderful opportunity to offer a great wine list from around the world.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBusiness Meals
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutstanding Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Cantina Vinopolis reviews from OpenTable diners
305 reviews since 24 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.9
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (129)business meals (117)special occasions (106)fit for foodies (93)outstanding value (89)pre/post theatre (75)romance (65)sunday lunch (35)good vegetarian options (33)brunch (32)disabled access (18)child friendly (7)outdoor eating (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Poor service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    The food is just okay - I had a 'medium rare' steak that was more medium-well, and the waiter didn't really have a recommendation or really any knowledge of the menu at all. Service as *very* slow. A nice touch - keeping your wine chilled and bringing it back to your table to top up your glasses - was ruined by waiting staff that didn't pay attention to how full your glasses were. Twice I had to ask someone to top up our empty glasses, and twice they took around 5 minutes to come back to the table. The venue is lovely - my recommendation is to book a table, have a nice glass of wine while you gawp at the architecture, then leave again. Ask for the bill as soon as possible to stand a chance of getting it before you've finished your glass..
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  • Excellent value and delicious menu
    Silke
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I had the 2 courses for less than £15 menu with a group and it was brilliant - great quality food in beautiful surroundings and exceptionally attentive staff. We had a wonderful visit.
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value for money
    katieambulanceVIP
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited on a Friday night after doing some wine tasting. We ate from the promotion 2/3 course menu. Unlike most set menus there is a great amount of variety, around 6 options for each course. I had the squid for starter and my boyfriend had the Spanish ham fritters. Both were delicious and very generously portioned. For main we both had the churrasco. Both bits of meat were cooked to perfection, chips were plentiful and tasty. My only suggestion was it was all a bit dry, sure you do get a sauce with them but there was no other of condiments for the chips. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse which was to die for. Service was great throughout, lovely ambience and of course the wine was superb. Will be returning.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • The food is lovely.
    star
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    The service was very good, a friend and I went for the 2 course for £14.95 good value for money.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    351W
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    On booking asked for cake to be made with inscription for birthday occasion (owing to late negative response after having chased them, it was then too late), on our arrival the genuinely extremely nice employee looked at my booking and blurted out 'oh, is it your birthday?" which kind of instantly killed my surprise for my partner, not impressed. We were then led to table next to the toilet - on booking I had requested a table not near to the toilet-they had even already confirmed that in writing. Told that cld still have a table in other corner-OK. Quietly grabbed a waiter, gave him candles for dessert instead of cake, they inscribed the plate, several waiters sang Happy Birthday all was fine in the end. Maybe something to be learnt here.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, special occasions
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  • good value
    hungry
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Staff from from to finish were exemplary. Had squid to start, delicious as much enjoyment as a Michelin starred place. My friend had fish for main, fish was good but veggies apparently slightly undercooked. I had steak, was great and I finished every scrap. My red wine was vinegary.
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    business meals, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trust having a excellent dinner
    Gezellig
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have visited Cantina Vinopolis for years and are never let down by the service or food and wine on offer. Excellent space and lovely staff always seem to make it an excellent experience.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable as always
    DollyMixedUpGirl
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Always end up coming back here as we know we will get great food and service for a great price. Another tasty meal this week - gorgeous pumpkin soup and amazing duck. Only didn't have dessert because I was so full! Sure we will be back again soon!
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Gluten Free options
    CeliacSister
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Went in on their week night 2 for £15/ 3 for £20 offer. I'm Celiac so I can't really just 'drop' in somewhere for a nice meal unless I just have salad. I could choose from a good 70% of the menu. Good food and a great place to eat with friends.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trek2015
    David
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Excellent location for south of the river events. Good choice of food and, as to be expected, a very good wine list. Buzzy ambience and interesting surroundings.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baronial
    Impressmeplease
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Service slow & staff don't all speak English fully. Bill was wrong but only part was corrected by not recalculating the total it was larger than it should have been the included service charge had not been shrunk to reflect the lower cost of the corrected total, this sum was small since I ate alone but if more people had been in the party then the sum would have been larger. The food was not prepared using traditional recipes, so while the name given to items on the menu was traditional, ie, "GAZPACHO", it wasn't authentic, this didn't detract from the superb taste, but the menu should have stated "in the style of" instead of claiming to be that food, no one's allowed to call sparkling wine, champagne, if it isn't from that region.
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    brunch, disabled access, group bookings
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  • Good fresh selection
    Janner
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Used open table app for the first time, was looking for a restaurant that was sensibly prices and good efficent service, this one ticked the bill for Borough area. Good food and clinical almost service, wine selected with food good option. All in all good tasting food. Noticed afterwards when I actually checked the restaurants own website there was a 25% discount code offer if booked direct. Mmmm open table to find a Resturant and then maybe another check to be done in the future.
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    group bookings
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  • Great Night
    Dave
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The service was excellent from start to finish, even with the restaurant nearly full. It wasn't rushed, nor were we waiting. The food was great. The seafood dishes especially so. There is a good selection of wine (as you would expect for Vinopolis), but a fair amount of the bottles are priced over £30.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Great place for lunch or dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Visited for dinner with a friend. It's a lovely setting next to the wine museum and the food was very good. A nice selection of wine by the glass and lots of fish and seafood options.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Dana
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    This was our second visit to Cantina Vinopolis. We went for the first time the previous week and had such a nice meal that we decided to go back. It was hard to believe the food was coming from the same kitchen. There was some kind of problem with the extractor fans too and the place was full of smoke, maybe they couldn't see what they were doing in the kitchen as the food this time was disappointing. I had the same squid starter both times, first time lovely, second time just okay. My main on the second time was cod, supposedly pan fried, but it was a soggy mess. The pork dish I recommended to our guest was half the size of the one I had previously and overcooked. Such a shame, on the first visit everything was perfect.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food and great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We had a group booking. We were sat right next to the open kitchen. The food was very tastey. We chose from the special offer menu which was 3 courses for about £20. The staff provided a good service. My only problem was that by being right next to the kitchen, my eyes were sometimes stinging from the smoke. Every now and then the extractors kicked in and then it was fine until the next build up of smoke. Only stung slightly and didn't ruin the night. We had a very nice time there
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Clone
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Went to celebrate my wife's 30th - found the staff very welcoming and attentive while food and wine were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Wine and Great Taste
    Ladylndhurst
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    I haven't eaten at Vinopolis for many years, but it was nice to see that it hadn't changed in any of the usual negative ways and still retains it's perdect balance of excellent wine, fine food and unobtrusive atmosphere. I was wowed by the wine waiter's recommended wine, and the food was superb. It was also excellent value due to the special offer provided by Opentable.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    stef
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Staff were friendly, ambience was good, cocktails and food were very good. Excellent value
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    disabled access, good vegetarian options
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  • sarima
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    WE ENJOYED THE DINNER VERY MUCH: THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND THE SERVICE PERFECT. WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE AND PERFECT LOCATION FOR A WALK BY NIGHT ALONG BANKSIDE.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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  • excellent food and service
    RussianVIP
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Can't fault the food or the service. The £15 meal for two courses is excellent value. Once I saw the desserts going past though, I went for the additional course!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good on a deal
    Braininabucket
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Came here on a deal which made the meal very good value for money. There were many options for a set menu and the portion sizes were also good. My only gripe is that I came here with a friend for a catch up over a meal and the waiters were overly attentive/ constant. We were asked 2 minutes after we had sat down if we were ready to order, asked 4 times if we wanted coffee and our mains came out as our starters were being cleared - there was no room for breath. We noticed a pair of friends like us who were there to catch up had the same issue. I think this is just the way the restaurant does its service - quick in quick out but it made the meal feel a little rushed and the restaurant near empty by 9.30pm!
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Outstanding as usual!
    swez
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    This is a favourite of mine and my partners. We have never had a bad experience here and cant believe the quality of the food for the price everytime we go. The lamb hotpot was incredibly flavoursome and delicate at the same time. I would recomend you get in before the deal ends!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Handy for pre/post Globe theatre
    phoodie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Ten of us enjoyed the OpenTable special offer set menu. We booked for 6.15pm, plenty of time to leave the Globe after a matinee performance and have a drink first. Given the price we were impressed by the variety of dishes on offer. Between us we sampled quite a few starters and main courses, none were found wanting and the grilled Argentinian beef in particular was judged outstandingly good. The service was exceptional - not only welcoming and friendly but extremely efficient, with each dish served to the correct diner at the right time (a welcome change from the 'so which one's having the medium rare beef?' approach). The house red wine was fine, not cheap but acceptable with that low price menu. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, but small portions
    Rache
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    I went three weeks before and had such a fantastic time with my husband that I took my best friend for her birthday. Although the food was delicious the portion size had halved this time. I was a little disappointed because I'd ordered the same thing as last time having enjoyed it so much. So overall the food was good, just too small a portion.
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • vinopolis
    edge
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had the 2 course menu for £14.95, which was very good. the duck meat just fell off the bones. Banana crepes were delicious. Delicious wine. Very enjoyable, would visit again.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good value, pricey wine
    manracer
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Cantina Vinopolis but were shocked at the wine prices. Not much atmosphere at 6.00 but it was busy by the time we left at 7.30, Should be good for pre theatre.
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    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • gourmet2VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The set menu is excellent value and imaginatively compiled with some original dishes. The standard of cuisine is generally high. The service is good although there was confusion regarding the aperitifs we ordered. The ambience is excellent.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Incredible seafood
    foodiefromputney
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Beautiful venue for dinner, and the wine was as expected superb. Had the crab and prawn starter and lemon sole main course, absolutely superb food, cooked to perfection. Service was pretty unimpressive, we were kind of abandoned once our main course dishes were taken away and had to find someone to ask for more wine and water, weren't offered dessert menus. Apart from that, a wonderful evening!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    bucktVIP
    Dined on 31/7/2014
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre dinner
    Live2eat
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Great value meal on the special offer. Wined and dined in style and got to the theatre on time. Always enjoy Vinopolis
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Impressmeplease
    Impressmeplease
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Meat had a lot of grissle but was tasty if dry but the leaf salad was drenched with the dressing perhaps this should have been available in a small pot on the side so that it coild be added to personal taste rather to the ideas of the person preparing the dish.
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    brunch, business meals, disabled access, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and dining experience
    Annieket
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Really lovely place - service really good and food amazing such good choice would definitely come here again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • It was good
    Pascale
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Everything about the lunch was good - we had to ask for extra bread (to wasn't offered) and also ask for both wine and water to be refilled at least 3 times. The food was delicious but over prices considering that the service wasn't great.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Simply delicious
    DilysFitChic
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Often one assumes that if the food is heavily discounted there must be some reason why and usually not a good one. Never have I been so wrong! The standard of the food that was served was top class on every level. The taste, presentation, combination of flavours on my plate (I has the Thai squid to start, duck for main and passion fruit tart for dessert) was exquisite. In fact, so good was our meal that I have booked a meal for 40 people for my sister's birthday. In terms of value for money, you cannot go wrong. They've definitely got a regular in me!
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely appalling, never again!
    ADW1LondonVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    From the moment we arrived for our 6pm booking, problem after problem! 3 complaints within 5 minutes and then more! One being a member of staff who walked into me so hard, she practically spun me around but did she stop/apologise - absolutely not, just carried on talking and laughing as she walked along with her colleague as if I were invisible! The duty managers excuse was that it was her first day???!!! This happened in front of 4-5 members of staff who were shocked and apologised not quite believing what they had just witnessed!! Handed menu's with no explainationa and left for so long I had to get up and go find a member of staff (near empty restaurant too!) When I asked what the bread was, response was 'brown'! Shocking!
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  • Cantina Vinopolis does it again
    Crikeyme
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We booked a pre-theatre meal at 6.15 (leaving at 7.45) using the special offer of £14.95 for 2 courses - due to travel problems, we ended up not ordering until 7, so fitting in two courses proved impossible. Totally our problem, not the restaurant's, and when our bill arrived charging us for both courses I would have been happy to chalk it up to experience. However, when one of our number pointed this out to our waiter, he immediately offered to serve us our dessert if we were back before 10.30 - not something I felt he needed to do. We did indeed return for dessert and it was as delicious, beautifully presented and courteously served as our main courses. So, many thanks to our waiter and the team at Vinopolis, for their patience!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cantina
    donnaVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food on the set menu disappointing - very odd cod..... and everything was very oily. It is being left behind the quality of other restaurants in the area.
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  • Great Lunch
    figgy1978
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Had a great lunch. Staff attentive. Food was really fresh and flavoursome.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but indifferent service
    Roo27
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I went to the restaurant after I received a Buyagift meal for 2 as a present. The food was well cooked and reasonably priced but the service was, at best, perfunctory. No waiters smiled or appeared friendly throughout the meal. My wife was offered bread and, when she asked if there was a gluten-free option, she received a blunt one-word answer ("no!") without further explanation. She was offered bread containing wheat again later by the same waitress who ignored my requests for a slice and turned her back on me. Nobody greeted us when we arrived and nobody said goodbye when we left resulting in a rather sombre atmosphere. Overall the experience rated as fair and could have been improved if the staff showed they cared about their customers.
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