Davy's St James
Davy's St James

Davy's St James

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.davy.co.uk/stjames
  • Phone: 02078398831
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Davy's St James
A short walk from Green Park tube station, Davy’s St James, a traditional wine bar and restaurant, really couldn’t boast a better location. One of a popular London mini-chain, Davy’s offers a fabulous atmosphere, great food and excellence in wine developed over almost 150 years in the industry. The styling of Davy’s St James focuses very much on the history both of the setting and the brand, the surroundings giving the impression of a meeting place that has been here for many, many years. So you’ll find a cosy spot in which to escape the busy streets, complete with candlelit tables, sawdust covered floors and shelving lined with bottles in truly traditional style. From midday onwards Davy’s St James offers a superb Modern European a la carte menu, featuring numerous delicious dishes as well as a fine selection of hot and cold bar snacks. However, the real talking point here is the wine, an excellent selection of own label drops plus vintage and modern fine wines.
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Davy's St James reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.8
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (18)group bookings (9)special occasions (8)pre/post theatre (8)fit for foodies (8)romance (5)brunch (4)outstanding value (4)sunday lunch (2)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Old School English Dining Experienc
    Iain
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    A great traditional old school English dining experience - the best Bangers and Mash in town and their Old Wallop in pewter mugs is the best. Evenings seemed quiet though and staff were sparse leading to only fair service, probably more of a lunch time spot.
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  • good deal
    delish2
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Very pleasant evening; good food and service. Thank you Davy's.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Value
    GGPtrsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent value with 50% offer. Good courgette and mint soup and excellent sirloin steaks cooked exactly as ordered.
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  • Cool dark cellar
    RocketRob
    Dined on 24/4/2014
    We dined because of a 50 per cent discount offer via OpenTable. The service was very friendly - professional and courteous. The food itself was pretty good. Our starters were lovely. I had haddock and poached egg. My partner had carpaccio. Both were very tasty. I had sausage and mash with a red wine gravy. The sausages were large and tasty and there was plenty of mash, but I was disappointed that there wasn't very much of the gravy - I felt like I had to 'save' it rather than being able to mash it into my potato. As such, I felt that my dish was a little dry. It was still good - just not exceptional.
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  • Disappointed
    saphtaVIP
    Dined on 23/4/2014
    This was our third visit to Davy's and unfortunately this time wasn't as good as previously. I don't know what went wrong but our booking was for 5.30pm and the two dishes I wanted i.e. the Brie and PotatoTartlet as a starter and the Lamb as main had both run out as had other dishes. I can understand this happening late in the Evening but not at 5.30. The waitresses and service however are first class. We will go there again and hope that this was a "one off" bad evening.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faultless
    IanJLondon
    Dined on 22/4/2014
    Nothing at all to criticise. Steaks superb, staff attentive, excellent all round.
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  • Nice dining experience
    domilou
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    We were a party of six( 4 adults and 2 teennagers) coming from Belgium. We had a great time there and the food was excellent. We had reserved a 50% on food deal which made an outstanding value. To be highly recommended.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    chickenlicky
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It was a nice evening and the service was excellent. I was really disappointed by the food.
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  • Davy's St James - Lunch
    PJ123
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    First time diner at this location. Attracted by the discounted price, but impressed with the experience. I will definitely return to this particular place, and hopefully stay a little longer.
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    business meals, outstanding value
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  • Pretty good
    livetoeat
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Starters and mains were well cooked and on the whole well thought out and tasty. We enjoyed smoked salmon, scallops and lamb. The puddings were a little disappointing though. A chocolate pudding had been rather zealously nuked and came out dry with not enough coffee cream to resuscitate it. The highlight of the evening was our wonderful waitress Joanna. She was polite, charming and chatty without being overbearing. A real asset to the restaurant.
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    romance, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly wonderful
    TwogirlsVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I booked the 50% food offer, selecting the place half based on geography (half way between the workplaces of my friend and I) and the other half as I like good wine! The 2006 Bordeaux wine was priced very well - the 2 x markup was no where close to many other restaurants who charge 3 or 4 times retail. The food (we ordered steak) was outstanding and easily as good as many other steak restaurants in the Piccadilly area and again at a very competitive price. I cannot wait to go there again.
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    business meals, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak and wine
    Foodie
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    we had a wonderful dinner at Davy's which was very busy being a Friday night. atmosphere was buzzing and we had a quiet corner as it was dinner for two. we both had ribeye steak cooked to perfection. Service by Joanna was impeccable. the bottle of red wine complemented our meal nicely. joined the Davy's loyalty programme as I am sure I will be going to this restaurant many times in the future
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • A good spot for a group gathering
    Keenonvalue
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    Great value with special offer meaning our group meal didn't break the bank - great location with buzzy young crowd. Food was generally good, with an excellent steak, pronounced best ever by the eater! This is not a pretentious spot, with a wine bar ambience - so fine if you want to meet up with a crowd after work and not everyone is eating. The service was friendly and efficient and they gave us a free bottle of champagne when they discovered it was a birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice venue, average food
    JHLondon
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    I had dinner at Davy's St James with two friends.The menu sounded nice but the pheasant I had was a bit dry. The wine is reasonably priced and extensive. Venue has great ambience - lots of "nooks and crannies" - great for meeting a small group of friends. I would go there again for a drink - it was a real find. However, I would probably only resort to eating there because a lot of tourists don't know the place. The staff had good knowledge of the menu but the menu did not include a wheat-free dessert which was disappointing for me, although I hadn't enquired when booking. There is a 2- and 3-course special price for the a l carte menu so you don't need to book for 50% off food, which equates to about the same cost.
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    special occasions, group bookings
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  • Delicious dining at Davy's St James
    thefouramigos
    Dined on 19/3/2014
    With two work colleagues I dined early evening at Davy's St James using the 50% off food deal from Top Table. This proved to be excellent value. Service was a little slow to begin with, considering there were not many diners at the time but very helpful. Of particular note: one of my friends is gluten intolerant and I had therefore alerted the restaurant when I completed the booking form - on arrival we were given a specially marked up version of the menu highlighting all the dishes that were (or could be prepared) as gluten free. We all felt this was really helpful. The menu was wide-ranging but we all opted for steaks - and they were fabulous! Definitely worth a visit!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice in a week
    saphtaVIP
    Dined on 19/3/2014
    Yes it was the second time in eight days that we have eaten at Davys. The bartender gave us a very warm welcome and we felt good from the start. The food was as good as the previous visit so we hadn't imagined it. The only thing we didn't enjoy was the Welsh Rarebit which really wasn't tasty at all. The waitress was delightful and even though there were not many people the layout of the restaurant does not give give this impression. Please continue with the 50% offer.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 18/3/2014
    Lunch was excellent and we ate fish and chips. Service was professional and efficient. Great value and good choice of food. Will definitely go again. Enrolled for the loyalty card.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, good food
    jako
    Dined on 14/3/2014
    Great atmosphere, good food and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    saphtaVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2014
    It was our first time at Davy's and definitely wont be the last. Everything was perfect. The food was delicious, the service was great we had a delightful waitress who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The place was buzzing, possibly because there was also a private gathering there but I think even if it wasn't so busy the atmosphere would still have been good. We shall certainly visit again very soon but as we are 2 old age pensioners it will only be possible with the 50% discount. We do eat out once a week at toptable restaurant offers and this was one of our favourites. Thanks for a lovely evening.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark
    gastronautVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A dimly lit cellar. Steaks excellent and good value with 50% offer. Unfortunately the waitress was unable to answer questions about the menu and service was generally slow. Dessert wine was unavailable despite being recommended on the menu and the crumble was identical to one we had from a supermarket chain at home the previous day. The custard was lukewarm. After 2.30 pm there were very few diners.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    rhysoh1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Only downside to Davy's was walking through the door, it was a little bit confusing with no one to greet you as you came in. When we got downstairs it just looked like a busy pub, after we got attention we were taken to the table that was out of the way of all the noise. The waitress was very very good had brilliant customer service skills ,made us feel welcome and not ignored. Food was brilliant! Only down side is that the starters could have been less fancy ! A Simple dish for a starter would have been good. Main course was really good:) overall I would go back again and recommend this place.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night out
    Rosi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was lovely, really good service and great wine.. We loved the place
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    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent steaks
    IanJLondon
    Dined on 27/2/2014
    Everything was excellent, am I at 50 characters yet
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  • Stunning Steak
    SilverJubilee
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    Great value for money, particularly with the special offers currently available. The best steak I have ever eaten.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch without the extras
    Oxford
    Dined on 15/11/2013
    Four of us had a jolly lunch here, three steaks perfectly cooked and a delicious pheasant, washed down with a hearty bottle of red wine. The sting in the tail came with the bill when each sauce which accompanied the steaks was charged seperately. However it was an enjoyable lunch in a cosy atmosphere and I would recommend it. Just check what are "extras".
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    business meals, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since 23 October 2013
    • Average Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambience3.3
    • Service3.5
    • Value3.5
  • The following 26 reviews are from the Davy's St James reviews archive.
  • Excellent meal and wine list
    RubesVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Excellent meal and wine list but service was very slow (again - second recent visit). However, quality of food won it for me.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Team Lunch at Davy's
    Mish0
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    I was a bit sceptical about the location because some of the reviews mentioned "a basement". Yes it is underground but purposely I dare say as it is part of the ambience of a wine bar. With the 50% off deal this is really is the most outstanding value I have ever booked through top-table. I had a 220g amazing rare fillet which simply was melting for £15! Strong recommend and going back again until the offer lasts.
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    business meals, outstanding value
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  • Davy St James
    Hjj5
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Good value with the 50% off and would recommend that deal to anyone. Bit pricy without it.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful
    NKing
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    The food was delicious, the service was outstanding. I would definitely go back.
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    business meals, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Deal
    Brisy
    Dined on 23/8/2013
    Took advantage of 50% of food and found the food to be excellent. The last Toptable deal we went to (not this restaurant) was poor and so almost didn't take advantage of this offer. Would recommend this deal
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  • Davy's St James
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 15/8/2013
    Davy's St James is a good place if you want great food, great ambience, great service and great value for you money, especially with Toptable's special offer. I also want to give the restaurant 10 extra stars for not adding service charge to the bill, they obviously know that their food and service is outstanding and does not need to fish for it, customers tip anyway. We certainly did.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and value quite good,
    fred
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Food and value quite good, but lacked any atmosphere. Given that it is in a basement this lack made the venue seem unwelcoming. Would be good for lunch when I think it is much busier, evening would after the office worker have left would appear to be very quiet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perhaps it's because it's August
    Londoner
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    I thought the restaurant was a little empty, especially considering the location and the amazing Top Table deal. Perhaps it's because you can't get a mobile signal downstairs... and so it puts those off who are hooked to their smartphones rather than their dinner date. Or perhaps everyone's on holiday. The food was good. I had the fish and chips, which was so crunchy I practically broke the plate when my knife eventually went through the batter. Very tasty mushy peas too. My gin & tonic was decent and unfortunately went down too quickly, but I have to say it was a good size and not at all poncy. Overall, a good experience, made better by the amazing top table offer.
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  • Met here with my adult son
    cupcakeVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Met here with my adult son for a catch up. Friendly and helpful service, great steak and wine. Nice atmosphere to talk. Would defo go again and with the 50% offer great value.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    Jules
    Dined on 21/6/2013
    Outstanding value with 3 lovely courses for £22.95, yes we spent a little more with champagne and wine but it was well worth it. Each course was perfectly proportioned so don't opt for just 2 courses wondering if you might not manage the dessert. A lovely evening in a restaurant that deserves 4 to 5 stars. We will be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks
    SLSP
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    We stopped here before dinner for some drinks. The wine list is very good and at a reasonable price. It is not loud and noisy so it's possible to have a conversation, but it is a buzzy atmosphere. A good find and a nice place to enjoy a good bottle of wine.
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    business meals, outstanding value
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  • pubby warm environment
    Catherine
    Dined on 25/10/2012
    i would definitely go back nice woody pub good food great ambience
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  • one of the worst value for
    smion
    Dined on 23/10/2012
    one of the worst value for money options in town poor service
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  • An enjoyable meal with an
    sallyVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    An enjoyable meal with an impressive wine list. The staff were very attentive. Thank you
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  • Hidden Secret
    LeoInLondon
    Dined on 26/7/2012
    Davy's St James is nicely tucked away that you'll not be bombarded by wily tourists and not pretentious to feel like a members club. A basement pub that doesn't not ry too hard but has quality throughout; from its service to its food. It has a large wine selection but not so good witht he spirits (the rum selection consisted of either Bicardi or Navy's). Still, an enjoyable afternoon lunch that was filling and portions a plenty.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.