Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiswellstreetdining.com/
  • Phone: 02076140177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Wednesday: 11.30am - midnight
    Thursday – Friday: 11.30am – 1am
    Kitchen opening times
    Monday - Friday
    Lunch: 11.45am-3.30pm
    Afternoon Tea: 3.30pm-6pm
    Pre-theatre: 5.30pm-6.30pm (latest orders at 6.30pm)
    Dinner: 5.45pm-11pm
    Post-theatre: 10pm-10.45pm (latest orders at 10.45pm)
    Bar Food 11.45am -11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Richard O'Connell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chiswell Street Dining Rooms have 7 private dining rooms available for breakfast meetings, daytime conferences, receptions and dinners. We are able to host events from 6 guests to 80 and offer a variety of menus to suit every event.
  • Private Party Contact: Gemma Brown 02076140177

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Milton Street
  • Public Transit: Moorgate & Barbican Tube Stations
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: NCP Car park
    London Finsbury Square
    Finsbury Square
    258 spaces

    Type: Underground
    Features: CCTV, Motorcycle Spaces
    Accepts payments: Coins, Notes, Cards
    Height restrictions: 6' 6" (1.98m)
    Number of spaces: 258
A word from Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is a contemporary modern British restaurant and cocktail bar open Monday to Friday for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since 25 October 2013
Average Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.3
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (87)fit for foodies (36)special occasions (32)pre/post theatre (26)group bookings (20)romance (16)brunch (10)outstanding value (7)good vegetarian options (6)afternoon tea (6)sunday lunch (5)disabled access (4)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • A little pricey but good
    draeburn
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Ambiance is very nice, and service was excellent throughout. The iPad wine list is a bit over kill and actually harder to read than a paper menu, so not particularly impressed with that! Food was served rapidly, and was very good indeed, no complaints and my steak tartar entree was excellent. It is a bit pricey, especially as there are no lunch menu's, but overall I'd recommend the place for a business lunch.
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  • Service?
    OvenBaked
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    The food was very good, but it's such a shame that this was largely overshadowed by our waitress's ability to be rude, wrong, and unhelpful all at the same time. When hosting an important business lunch in a restaurant like this you do not expect the service to be so ridiculously poor that it becomes the topic of conversation at the table. We had limited time to make an impression with our guests, time spent laughing at the joke service therefore is precious time wasted, and could cost us business. I think therefore it only fair that I return the compliment by making sure that this restaurant gets no further business from us. To her credit she very kindly waived the cost of my coffee, though not the 12.5% service charge....!
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  • Not enough veggie option
    skg4
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Only one veggie option for main so would be better if they had some other options. The others diners enjoyed so would probably return
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • SD2694
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Enjoyed our meal in Chiswell dining rooms - friendly and attentive service; will return again.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Very nice
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Very good food and service faultless. Very helpful and friendly staff. I will go again if they continue the set menu with prosecco deal. Otherwise, the food prices are on the steeper side for what it is.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Standards slipping a little
    Cally
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Went with my daughter this week and the staff seemed inexperienced The man poured wine into the second glass as I was picking mine up to taste One did not understand when I queried what was in one dish before ordering. When she understood she did not know the answer. Poor knowledge and training /briefing of waiting staff in both cases,unengaged!. The food was OK but I ordered "hand-cut" chips. We thought that they were slightly undercooked but, more significantly, were far too regular to have been cut by hand. We queried this with the Manager who said that they were fed by hand into a mould (or some other machine like that) that cut them very evenly. That is not "hand cut"! To his credit the manager knocked them off the bill.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious three course meal offer
    britno
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    We had a lovely meal at this restaurant. Even within the set meal on offer there were enough choices for somebody who is vegetarian, requires gluten free food, and somebody who is on a fitness diet. It was very busy in the evening with larger groups having to be catered for, but they found a quieter table for the three of us. Maybe that's why the service was a little slower than expected. But I would go back for the food.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thegallopinggourmetVIP
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Nice venue and décor. Menu is expensive at full price but food is very high quality, presented well. At dinner, service is slack .We had trouble over our table but eventually prevailed. But this place is ALL about lunch - reflecting its City location when lunches are on expenses - so if they're serious about dinner guests then they need to display a bit more service. There's no point in running Opentable offers for dinner and treating guests offhand: some of us come back at lunch with clients.
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  • Lobster wasnt great
    Dune
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I ordered the Lobster with Chips. When it arrived it was cold and part of it looked and tasted raw. The chips was great.
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
    Reviewer1VIP
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Chiswell Street Dining Rooms - good quality food, reliable service
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Dinner
    IJDJCE
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Very good. Excellent value with 50% discount. Knickerbockerglory took me straight back to Happy Eater in the 80s!
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  • Business lunch
    roonster
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Attended last week food service and attention to detail excellent
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  • Great atmosphere but over priced
    CharlotteVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It is nice enough and the place is great for an after dinner drink with good food - but really it is very overpriced. The menus aren't very imaginative - steak is steak... could do a lot better
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  • Slick lunch experience
    SlinkycherubsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I loved Chiswell Street Dining Rooms - the decor with its funky lime, the excellent desserts and perfect atmosphere for a working lunch...
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  • Shambolic!
    Tocsy
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Went for lunch on a Friday, one of my party cannot eat cheese (it makes him violently ill) and we told the waitress. He ordered ox tongue to start, and burger with no cheese and chunky chips. Ox tongue came with Parmesan, as we only discovered when it arrived. It had to be sent back and its replacement took a long time to arrive. The burger came with French fries instead of chunky chips; and no bacon. My french fries were stale and I had to send them back. For dessert we ordered a Bakewell tart but were brought a chocolate tart. So that had to go back too. Our waitress was lovely and very helpful, and they took the burger off the bill and gave us our desserts for free. But it was all rather shambolic and I'm afraid I won't be going back.
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  • Good as always.
    Anopheles5050VIP
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Meal was good as always. We had to leave promptly and the staff worked well to ensure we were finished in good time.
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  • Thank you Tom
    Anne22
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    We dined at chips well Dining Rooms after my nephew graduated from university this week, and to also celebrate a birthday. I was a little worried as I had seen mixed reviews after booking. I was very quickly reassured! the staff were welcoming ad friendly, not too much. We had Tom looking after us, and he was great. He went out of his way to ensure the young child in the group got a simpler dish, checked we were ok and we never felt we were being hurried etc. The food was good, everyone was happy with their meal. 3ordered from the set menu, excellent value for money. I was amazed at the bill at the end, just over £200 for 6, which included a bottle of wine and several beers.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • SwaltzVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Been to Chiswell Street Dining Rooms a few times but on this occasion the service was below standard and the starter poor.
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  • Reliable, professional & delicous!
    ap546
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I planned a dinner from the United States with Chiswell for ten people while traveling in London (myself not one of them). Chiswell's communication with me across the Atlantic and despite time zone difference was fantastic and gave me great confidence in working with them from afar. They were flexible with last minute changes. Diners reported dinner was terrific!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chriseats
    Chriseats
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Fantastic atmosphere and stylish surroundings. Food is well cooked but on the expensive side.
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  • Eager to return
    Verdurin
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our only complaint was that. as we'd booked for early evening, they thought we were pre-theatre and brought everything rather too quickly. We're now eager to go back at a later hour and take it easy. There's a huge cocktail menu (one of the things we'd like to linger over) and the food (perfectly cooked fish) was excellent. Service was very friendly. Because they got one of the cocktails slightly wrong, we were offered complimentary desserts (also excellent). It felt like a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • MasaikeVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I'd been looking forward to coming here. It has a smart, clubby feel. The food was excellent. The service very attentive. Too attentive. The wine glasses were topped up even when there was plenty in and another bottle was offered even when all the glasses were full. Neither of the wines we drank were the vintage listed either. A small point, but the waiters didn't mention it, not even the second time, after I'd queried the first. The whole meal was pricey - about £80 a head. And I think there are better places at that price.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cod
    MameatsVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The Peterhead cod is fantastic and the Lemon Sole were thick and beautifully cooked, fish is so good at CSDR. Go before the North Sea runs out of fish.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Fair
    mattylll
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Quality ingredients, service sporadic had to ask for wine list and water twice. Very noisy. Felt expensive, £17 for a burger - not the best burger either! Decent food, but probably better on the company rather than out of your own pocket!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well presented and creative dinner
    Asherlee
    Dined on 27/5/2014
    Well thought out and tasty. perfectly cooked fish. and all a bit creative and slightly fancy without being overly fussy. Went with a group of friends but would also recommend for business purposes. They were happy to cater for me and my gluten free requests also.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Cod
    MameatsVIP
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    Fish at CSDR is just so good. Generous cut then perfectly cooked. So firm, white and perfectly structured. Fantastic
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  • Decent value pleasant atmosphere
    nycdiner
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Although the pre-theatre menu was a pretty decent value, the cuisine was a bit overrated, especially given some of the rave reviews that I've seen. In particular I was quite disappointed with the very appetizing sounding young leek and grelot onion soup: it was extremely bland and flavorless. The grilled lemon sole was much better, but I admit to ordering rather conservatively after the disappointing soup. (How much can go wrong with grilled sole?) As a single diner I was thoughtfully seated in the much quieter and less crowded back of the restaurant and the service was fairly attentive and not slow. No problem leaving in time for the theatre.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Waiting for Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 23/4/2014
    Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is well established and thus should provide a seamless operation. Sadly it was not so. The crab starter was excellent and well worth the menu price; the pasta main course was good but the black face lamb dish left something to be desired. The lamb was tasty though far more 'chewy' than it should be and the potato was well underdone. Staff flitted about fairly constantly but were far more interested in conversations between each other than customers so it was almost impossible to attract their attention. Particularly, two stood at the computer booking place with their backs to the diners. This was at a time when the place was virtually empty; it did not fill until the 8 o'clock crowd came in.
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  • Very nice
    Nonickname
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    Good for a business lunch and probably for an evening meal also.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Perfect For Dating
    AlexanderReets
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great food and wine, nice service, easy going special requests. Liked the interior and the crowd, plus the location. If you are on a date you have enough privacy to have discussions just between the both of you without feeling pampered to munch. Enjoyed it a lot.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Insufficient Portions
    SG11
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We ate here on a Friday night. It was fairly busy but the service was excellent, the staff were quick and happy to accommodate any request. The main concern was the portion size given the prices... £14.50 for 3 scallops and £24 for 3 pieces of a seabass fillet. The accompanying vegetables were equally tiny. In the end the bill was £80 for 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 soft drinks and 2 coffees which when you leave the restaurant thinking you could eat another dinner is expensive.
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  • Great standard city dining
    BradVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Another great visit to Chiswell Street dining rooms. This time the cooking was a little too ambitious with some odd flavour combinations, but still very well executed.
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  • Must Try Harder
    Bobbimidnight
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    The service is the big problem here. Well meaning but undertrained. When we had dinner on a Friday night three of the eight starters were unavailable. Food better than average but anywhere near the bar make conversation difficult and ruins the atmosphere. Could be more than just a useful place to eat near the Barbican but it will take work.
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  • Lovely lunch
    MameatsVIP
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    Lunch at CSDR is a great foodie experience. So often in the City the menu is bland and the same, here it bristles with game, fish, exotic meats all matched with rest service and excellent wine list. My favourite, along with the Jugged Hare of course, I choose CSDR for a more relaxed sophisticated market lunch.
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    outstanding value, business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Perfect pre-theatre venue.
    lowregister
    Dined on 25/3/2014
    Conveniently close to the Barbican, this is an ideal place for a pre-theatre meal. The set menu is good value, the wine list is reasonably priced and the sevice is friendly but unobtrusive.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold!
    dev123VIP
    Dined on 25/3/2014
    The food was pretty good and the service too, but it seems like they were saving money on heating - the restaurant was cold!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice ambiance and staff
    Lindsay
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    Really nice ambiance and staff are very good. We ordered steak - quality of meat really poor.
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  • Great place. A shame the waiter's
    ThomasEikremVIP
    Dined on 17/3/2014
    Great place. A shame the waiter's English is so poor he got the order wrong...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not really answer accurately
    Moira
    Dined on 17/3/2014
    Could not really answer accurately re value as was not paying
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggies avoid...
    KarenP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I do not eat meat and unless I wanted fish there were only two options for me, a heavy pasta with a mustard sauce or a blue cheese salad. I asked for the salad as my mains our waitress stated that I had already had salad as a starter and did I really want salad again. To which I said that I did not eat meat and did not fancy any fish and there was no chicken on the menu. At this point she stated that I should eat the rabbit! I pointed out that chicken has feather and rabbit has fur and to two are not related. When the main salad came, how can I put this, it appeared as though someone had gone to the supermarket got a fairly cheap bag of salad - threw some tiny bits of cheese (from a distance) into the bowl and wanted to charge me £13.50!
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