Dabbous
Dabbous

Dabbous

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dabbous.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 7323 1544
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tues-Sat :

    lunch 12-2pm

    dinner 6-10pm

    Sunday/Monday: closed!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Executive Chef: Ollie Dabbous
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Please contact info@dabbous.co.uk or call direct on 0207 323 1544 to discuss your requirements.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest tube:
    Goodge Street (Northern line)
    Tottenham Court Road (Central line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dabbous
Stripped-down, relaxed fine-dining in the heart of Fitzrovia. Spread over two floors, Dabbous comprises a dining room and basement bar, both with an industrial but organic feel: exposed brickwork, sheet metal and copper pipes offset by candlelight and natural woods. The menu offers elegant yet restrained food, characterised by clean flavours and simple presentation. Dishes include: salad of fennel, lemon balm and pickled rose petals; barbecued Iberico pork with savoury acorn praline, turnip tops and homemade apple vinegar; and fig leaf icecream. In the basement bar you will find both classic and signature cocktails, such as the Dillusion: cucumber, elderflower and dill mixed with Bloom gin, ice and lemon. A limited selection of bar snacks is offered alongside the full restaurant menu. Tailored music playlists and table service also feature. All in all, a more modern and informal alternative to many of London"s fine dining restaurants.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerModern European
Dabbous reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since 28 November 2013
Average Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.8
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)special occasions (79)business meals (53)romance (43)outstanding value (23)sunday lunch (15)good vegetarian options (12)brunch (11)group bookings (8)pre/post theatre (3)child friendly (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Excellent set lunch
    Rbrit
    Dined on 12/11/2014
    We were prepared to try the larger tasting menu, but were happier with the choices on the set lunch. The truffle dumplings will live forever in my memory, along with the very unusual panna cotta. I suppose the industrial-chic decor won't be to everyone's taste, but I quite like not having a lot of white linen and silver fuss.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Bruce
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I am sure this restaurant will appeal to some and it was busy so obviously some people liked it. There is only a set menu and the food on offer was unusual to say the least. If they didn't tell you what it was you would never guess. Rather a stark ambience for my taste and the lack of any soft furnishings makes it very noisy. Of all the places to go in London this would not be anywhere in my top 50 and I will not be going back or recommending it.
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  • Great food at lunch!
    Bigtimediner87
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    I recently ate at dabbous last Thursday lunch. The restaurant has minimal and very cool decor. I when for the tasting menu and couldn't complain about anything. The food was modern, simple and clean. The waiting staff were also fantastic! I would recommend this restaurant to any foodies out there it was a great experience!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Todella hyvä
    Jussi
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    The lunch menu included one of the best desserts that I have ever eaten. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone who likes fine dining but doesn't want it to be pompous.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • PC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Dabbous by all accounts seems to have been a phenomenal success. I went at lunchtime the restaurant was empty the staff were unhelpful and arrogant, not even bothering to describe the food that they were serving at the table. The food can only at best be described as mediocre. By comparison with many other restaurants in London with less hype like Spring or even Joel Roubechon that lost a star I really would not bother with Dabbous. Its got carried away with its own hype and the reality is the food and the service experience is at best poor
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  • fantastic
    Benny
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    delicious and original food perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. cool decor . refreshingly unpretentious. best meal i have had this year - my new favourite restaurant.
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  • Not for trenchermen
    Anon
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    Interesting and imaginative food, excellently prepared. Portions are rather small. My cod was a bit soft and mushy but otherwise a very enjoyable lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Octopus!
    chrisd
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    The tasting menu was very good with some genuine highlights. The octopus with tarama was spectacluar and the scallops with eucalptus snow starter and pudding of majoram ice cream weren't far behind. The other dishes were good but didn't quite atain the same heights. Service was fine and they kindly provided an extra dish and glass of wine without charging.
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  • Simple but such a winner!
    jwthediner
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Came here for lunch with my mom after my graduation! Presentation was perfect, and the food did not let me down. There was a casual feel to the place, probably due to the industrial-like design of the restaurant. Homemade toasted bread was served with butter - Mmm... I really enjoyed my starter of scallops and eucalyptus - it was refreshing and light on the palate. The acorn noodles were alright... My main was the veal cheek with the light cheese sauce - this was slightly salty due to the cheese sauce, but nevertheless very tender! Last but not least, the dessert was a fig and honey cake, served with a milky drink. I loved the milky drink! Cake was yummy as well. Service was pretty good. Will definitely return to try more dishes!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    was looking forward to this for while and had booked this August. The ambiance I really enjoyed, seemed pretty cool and gave a bit more excitement to the normal boring fine dining restaurants where people are conscious of how to act and how loud to speak. We were early and had the 'Drink with No Name' and The Basil Fawlty, both great cocktails and bar staff were friendly. Opted for the taster menu, food was good but did not blow me away. Service was very mechanical and pretty dull. I am glad we went, I enjoyed the food but, like the service staff, not so excited to crack a smile talking about it
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  • Double booking disaster
    Foodster
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Imagine my bewilderment and embarrassment when, after being told to wait 30 minutes for my pre-booked and pre-confirmed table in Dabbous basement bar, my guest and I were told OpenTable had double booked us and there was now no table available for our business lunch! We proceeded to eat in the basement on benches on our own and though the food was very good indeed and the staff apologetic and generous with some free dishes, can someone at OpenTable please let me know what on earth happened with my booking?
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  • GHolland
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    It was really good food but I think it was just the amount of hype you guys got when you opened made it hard to live up to the expectations. Good job though guys, keep up the good work
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food
    Eatingintheworldstopspots
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Dabbous certainly deserves its Michelin star and it cannot be long before they get another. Given the quality of the food it cannot be long before a slot in the annual Pelligrini awards comes to them. I've given 5 stars across the board, in addition I'd give their unique cocktail menu a 5 star rating too. Having a drink downstairs first is a good way to begin a lovely experience. Two of us ate at Dabbous on Saturday lunchtime (couldn't get a reservations in the evening) to celebrate my birthday and we were not disappointed. I am able to compare with all the other top restaurants in London as well as other top restaurants worldwide - Noma, Arzak etc, this place stacks up.
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  • Super, imaginative food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great dining experience and will be going back for sure!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food combinations
    Prudles
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A very entertaining experience. Delicious food. Unusual and unique combinations in the taster menu. The restaurant is small and intimate and decorated really well. Would seem like a more of an evening venue rather than somewhere during the day.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great grub- stark venue
    ShakinSwedens
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Lot's of people will love the stripped down look of Dabbous, but for my personal taste it was a little stark and I like eating fantastic, creative food like this in a more comfortable or vibrant setting. We went for the 4 course lunch- and were blown away by the Scallop starter and honey and fig cake. The duck broth acorn flour noodles were rich and delicious and the main courses were both extremely good, if slightly less out of the norm (Cod with Samphire and potted shrimp or Rose Veal Fillet with a cheese broth). Absolutely nothing negative to say at all about the food, and the service was not stiff but not warm either- smart casual would apply. A good lunch- not cheap but definitely worth it.
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  • Not as good as before
    Qdog
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Have dined here before not too long after it opened - the soufflé and the chocolate mint dessert are the best dishes I have ever had even over 1* and 2* Michelin restaurants. Was not as good / innovative or inventive as then, perhaps suffering for lack of focus with Dabbous2 Somerset House on the cards. Was still great food for at a 20%+ inflated price cf then but suffered against expectations of being blown away (again).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Grubsup
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I had looked forward to dining Dabbous. Sadly it did not live up to its hype. It felt unloved. It went through the motions but it felt bored. Bored with itself. The tasting menu was ok but there was not one dish that will stand out in the memory other than for the wrong reasons. The raw scallop was iced and tasteless. The noodle broth was nothing more than ok, the lamb was a little chewy, the fennel and octopus lacked seasoning and the quince was not ripe. The staff were friendly but they looked and felt like they had done this all before and would really rather go home now. Wine was good but overpriced. The final bill? Eye watering.
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  • We remembered the food as more
    chrismwVIP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    interesting on our first visit shortly after it opened - and before the acclaim. As they say, set lunch, choice of lamb or cod, or tasting menu. I found the latter slightly unappealing so set it was. The lamb was pink but not quite properly trimmed and the cod barely cooked. Tasty, both, but not special. Dessert, which previously had been really good was on the dull side - a warm fig cake - no choice. Some reasonably priced bottles of wine though. We couldn't help thinking the success, fully deserved based on that first visit, had resulted in a production line limiting choice and interest. A bit like the Fat Duck which we found equally disappointing on a visit a couple of years ago. This kitchen is capable of much better. Must try harder.
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  • 1st Visit. Looking forward to next
    ChrisC
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Friendly attentive service. Excellent food and set price lunch is a real bargain. A long way to travel for lunch (Yorkshire & back in one day) but worth every penny.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yabba dabba Dabbous!!
    Foodporn
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, we arrived early so took the opportunity to have a drink downstairs by the bar whilst our table was being made. The bar was dimly lit showing the premises in it's raw state. The restaurant was fairly small & basic but this gave somewhat of added character to the place.We decided on their set lunch which worked in our favour as we both ended up with almost everything listed on the tasting menu. The dishes were simple, innovative & full of flavour, the most loved dish of them all was the noodle soup in a duck broth! The service was excellent & staffs were very attentive.This restaurant suits all who are looking for something special in a casual setting without compromising on perfectly refined food!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Oh Wow….
    SecretAsianMan
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    I pose to my British foodie friend that were I to have one great meal in London, where should I go? Without hesitation he says, "Dabbous!" Indeed my meal lived up to high expectations and exceeded them! Each course was a marvel that outdid the previous one. The first course of raw scallop topped with Eucalyptus "snow" blew my mind. By the end of the course menu, I was mumbling to myself, lost in culinary rapture. For me, the mark of a good meal is leaving the restaurant suffused with a sense of well-being and that all is well with the world. Dabbous provided that in spades. The service was friendly and fantastic. They indulged my many questions about each course. I hope they know how much I appreciated my experience there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whew - exceptional again . . .
    billyVIP
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Well - to maintain this level of quality is truly remarkable, over a 2 years now. This is really a special place. The set lunch was wonderfully inventive. The scallops with eucalyptus starters, exquisite and finely balanced.
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  • Superb Food and Service
    WMBD
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    The meal was superb. The ingredients and cooking were imaginative and light with a wine list to suit all tastes and pockets. We had the set lunch which was great value. The service was both friendly and professional. The restaurant is in minimalist style with a stone floor and wooden tables and no decoration. We rather liked it. Only (minor) issue is that tables are rather close together and it was a bit noisy at times. This is probably because it's a small place trying to accommodate a lot of covers. We will definitely go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Downhill Fast
    LondonDiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my third meal at Dabbous and will be my last. The service has been worse each time I've been in, and on this occasion was a perfect storm of incompetent, apathetic, and just bored. I'm generally not too fussed about service, but when a restaurant is meant to be of this calibre, there are certain expectations. Like that staff, including the floor manager, aren't leaning against the wall. Like that your plates aren't ripped away from you when barely finished your meal, only to sit without food for fifteen minutes. Like that when wine is being poured, a hefty portion won't end up down the side of the glass. Food, which is the most important thing of course, has been declining in quality as well. Nothing we were served was noteworthy.
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  • Perfect set lunch
    RC229
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great value set lunch, 4 delicious courses, and out in an hour - perfect for business lunches
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  • robroy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    2nd time I realised how modest and basic the room is and doesnt really fit with the theatre of the food. The music also was inappropiate for the profile of diners. My wife on her first visit loved it but isnt an egg fan - a choice on every course would be appreciated. Staff are charming and attentive....more flowers pls
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A man who likes his food
    YouveGoneWrong
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday lunch. He's a development chef and a real fan of a clever, but simple menu. He's been wanting to go to Dabbous for a long time and I thought he finally deserved it. The restaurant is smaller than expected, but a nice size. Small enough to feel special and large enough to feel like you're sharing the experience with others. Service was charming. Attentive, but with room to breath. Food was absolutely delicious. Dishes felt tried and tested and confidently presented. Lovely touches like fresh warm bread served in a dated brown paper bag impressed. The wine which we were recommended was spot on. I'll be back. Especially so, as there's a nice bar downstairs that I didn't get to try.
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  • Laid Back Creativity
    FloridaFoodie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Dabbous offers a simple atmosphere, but inventive and delicious food. We were pleasantly surprised by the taste combinations and the progression of the tasting menu. Even the short lunch menu looked awesome. The service was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful lunch
    JanA
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    The tasting menu is a real treat & recommended by the staff as a showcase of the kitchen's talents. So true. The dishes are innovative and playful, e.g. a mint-pea soup that included a pea granita. The staff is competent and the meal was perfectly paced. Although the restaurant has many hard services (no noise damping strategies), my husband and I could easily carry on a conversation. This is a highly recommended dining spot.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but nothing special
    Eatsoutallthetime
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Went for the 4 course set lunch which was OK but nothing remarkable. Good quality ingredients cooked with skill but lacked any wow factor. Pea puree and granita - just a strong chilled taste of pea - would have preferred this warm. Tomatoes on toast - appeared like reduced tinned tomatoes. I thought I could taste the flour in the Bechamel base used in the coddled egg. Other courses equally unimpressive Small portions and on balance not great value for money. The decor is quite industrial and the clientele seemed like Ad agency Execs on business lunches. I really can't see what the hype is about.
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  • Outstanding
    Jofthejs
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our hopes were high for our visit to Dabbou, but the experience exceeded the expectation. Service was relaxed and competent, but the food, oh the food! Intense flavours with a lightness of touch, unusual but delicious flavour combinations left us marvelling at the skill of the chef. Heaven. Also a fantastic wine list with extensive availability by the glass and half carafe. Very special.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh innovative food
    Eater
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the amazing drinks in the bar to the innovative food in the lunch menu and the interesting interior, we liked it all. Food are fairly small portions but very. Fresh and tasty, we certainly didn't go hungry with the smaller of the two lunch menus , I would definitely recommend. The bread and smoked butter was amazing too.
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  • snowdrop
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The three of us had an excellent lunch. Innovative cooking. Friendly service. Very good wine list .
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Dabbous is certainly over-rated. Based on my experience there, I'm surprised that the restaurant has stayed open for so long. The service by the staff is at time amateurish. The food was fair but not something to write about as certain dishes lacked substance.
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  • Superb lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Our midday lunch prior to an evening opera was our finest meal during our 10 day holiday in France and the U.K. The food was brilliantly prepared, execution sharp as a tack, and flavors both harmonious yet at the same time startlingly original. The course of charred broccoli with a broken rapeseed emulsion (mayonnaise) will long linger in the memory, simplicity of the naming notwithstanding. Also, we loved the greeting, service and ambiance, with competence, rather than formality the preferred mode. Finally, it was lovely to have an especially interesting drink list among the potable possibilities; both of our drinks were delicious and original. Bravo!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Wow - I took some clients here (and my boss) for lunch, and we were utterly impressed. The food quality, flavors, and presentation were absolutely first class !! Well done Dabbous !!! We really enjoyed it !!!!!!!
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  • Well deserved reputation for food
    yauyau17
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had the set lunch here. The decor is slightly industrial which surprised. For 28£ you get 4 courses plus lovely mini Japanese peaches at the end, which is pretty good value. Service is friendly and good but the reason to eat here is for the food which did not disappoint. Started slow with slices of salmon that was nice but unmemorable. But the next three courses were amazing - chargrilled broccoli, cod brandade with pickled ginger and the vanilla cream with brioche were inventive with outstanding flavours. Portions were good and was very full after the meal. Definitely recommended and would love to come back for the tasting menu!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnonVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Absolutely spot on. Every dish was uniques with amazing flavor, has turned into my favorite London restaurant!
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  • Simple choices - all fabulous
    Ozpossie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Loved the notion of very small menu and very few choices - you just get to have it all. Great food, and £60 pp is great value in this league. Service wasn't bad, but not in the elite status, but thats fine as the food is top notch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.