Magdalen
Magdalen

Magdalen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.magdalenrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02074031342
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 12:00PM-2:30PM Dinner: Monday-Saturday 6:30PM-10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: London Bridge
  • Parking: No
A word from Magdalen
Sited close to London’s Borough Market, Magdalen sources largely British and seasonal ingredients to produce classical European food served in a warm and comfortable environment.
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Magdalen reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since 23 May 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4
    Value3.8
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (178)special occasions (153)business meals (147)romance (122)group bookings (29)pre/post theatre (22)good vegetarian options (20)outstanding value (20)sunday lunch (11)brunch (9)disabled access (8)outdoor eating (2)afternoon tea (2)child friendly (1)Show More
  • wonderful menu
    David
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    this is the ultimate in cosy city retaurants. the menu is wide-ranging and imaginative and the choice is tremendous. good and inexpensive wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live2eat
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    This was my first visit to Magdalen and I will certainly be back. The service was great with friendly and knowledgable staff and the food was delicious, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    AJHfood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had a great dinner Thurs night - excellent food and service. A bit pricey for what it is but would still go back again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a celebration
    skipz
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    On arrival we were greeted by a warm welcome and our waiter throughout was attentive & friendly. The service of food was timely, however the wine did take a while to arrive. For starters we had braised cuttlefish and the beetroot/duck egg dish. Both were tasty and perfectly cooked. Mains were hake with borlotti beans and the gnocchi with spinach & ricotta. I'll be honest, I was disappointed that gnocchi was the only veggie option (their sample menus had such better selections) however it was divine! Melt in the mouth - best I've even had! The hake was apparently delicious too. No need for sides, decnet portion sizes. Pretty good value (£85 3 courses, 1/2 btl wine for 2 ppl incl service). Would recommend for a special occassion.
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  • Inventice perfect French cuisine
    Robeatswell
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great atmsophere. Lovely decor. The food is so inventive and not the usual boring fare served up by some French restaurants. Such a creative menu and a perfect wine list too. Have been here many times and will be a regular for a very long time I think. If you like good French food and want something a bit more creative than the usual boring fare, you need to give this place a try.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Welcoming feel
    Fusion2467
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was very good - I had fish stew in a tasty sauce, but the thing I liked about the restaurant most was the overall welcoming ambiance. We walked from the river front and the scale of buildings there is huge and modern and this restaurant felt more on a human scale and people focused. The other diners looked like they had high IQ rather than high bank balance. Having said that our meal for 2 (2 courses) plus wine came to £100 which I felt was expensive but I seldom eat out so probably I'm out of touch with restaurant prices. But I would recommend this place - I doubt you will regret it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magdelen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    wonderful French cooking, great for a special occasion but slightly pricey.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect for an anniversary
    wheatles
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We came here for our first wedding anniversary and had a spectacular meal. The starters were immaculate but it was the sharing joint of beef that really set it off. It was, simply, one of the best meals I've ever eaten - I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something a bit different
    Diners
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food is very inventive but it works! Service was a bit slow. Wines are good value for money.
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  • Oustanding food!
    BenJ
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food at Magdalen was incredibly good quality; we both had lemon sole with shrimps and samphire (I think!), which was beautifully cooked and had loads of flavour. The fried potatoes in duck fat were so good, I could have had a bowl of them alone! Really good. Would not have noticed this place usually, but so glad we did. The dessert was also excellent.
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  • What you want when you go out
    MasaikeVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been to Magdalen on six occasions (lunch and dinner) and I have always had a delicious meal, fine wine and been served with friendly yet unobtrusive attentiveness. The tables are well spaced, the room is elegantly decorated - smart enough to be a restaurant, but not a gleaming temple. Everything - food, wine people and place - are in excellent taste. If I owned a restaurant, this is what I would like it to be.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, small portions
    smilingdiner
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My golden rule with restaurants is the food and service should not distract from the conversation/occasion. Here, the slow service definitely did - after a while you can't help being distracted by thoughts of "when oh when will the food arrive, I haven't got all day". And when it does arrive? Being disappointed by the portion size continues to nag at you for a time, even while trying to hold a conversation. I ordered fish stew, and was told it came with potatoes so no need for chipped potatoes as an extra - good I thought. But...just one potato?! The food itself was OK - tasted good.
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  • Excellent and inventive French food
    Robeatswell
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Really interesting menu - none of the usual boring fair too many 'French' restaurants serve up. Beautifully prepared food, well presented, inventive combinations and a real joy. Second time here and will certainly be coming back again and again
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  • kitchen more inspired than ever
    pamplemousseVIP
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    an se1 favorite gets even better. we're still talking about the mushrooms and the artichoke soup...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    I enjoy this restaurant very much and keep going back
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  • Excellent all round
    Malaika
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Great food full of flavour, knowledgeable and friendly staff, interesting wine list and plenty of AC on the hottest night of the year.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night out
    Robinc
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Great place meeting in London - a real buzz. A great bonus of air conditioning considering it was over 30 centigrade outside
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  • Birthday Meal
    smallfamilycelebration
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    We had an excellent meal here again: all credit to David Abbott and his colleagues and staff.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Still uniformly good
    foodferret
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    An excellent lunch, with original dishes all well cooked and served, without fuss or frills.
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  • An excellent dinner with my parents
    Frangipani
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I booked at Magdalen for the last night of my parents' visit from Italy. They are elderly and, having had had some rather noisy dinners during the week which made it difficult to talk, I had asked for a quiet table if possible. We were given the lovely round table by the bay window which had only one other small table next to it - much appreciated and a very promising start. The service was charming and courteous, and the food was absolutety delicious. There was even lovely classical music playing (but quietly) in the background. Magdalen is a little on the expensive side but worth it. Grazie! PS: The bread was delicious and I bought my loaf from Bread Ahead this morning at Borough Market :-)
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  • excellent as ever
    LewisD
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    consistently excellent value and food! I keep returning
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • birdyVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    last minute booking so not surprising to have a pretty duff table, but appreciated being moved when we asked. Fab food, really well cooked. Charming staff. Decor a bit odd with burgundy walls - seems very 80's and rather oppressive.
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  • 21st Birthday
    Craig
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    Excellent food, lovely ambience, friendly staff. My youngest daughters 21st Birthday shared with her family in a restaurant which excelled.
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  • Lovely unusual food
    Barnetbob
    Dined on 30/6/2014
    We had dinner here for 4people.The menu is very interesting and was varied.We had a delicious dinner, all of us had different things and we all thought everything was excellent.The quail was wonderful.The staff were helpful and very knowledgeable.The wine list good.Our only observation would be the paper tablecloths which we didn't think much of and no bread plates?Why not? A lovely evening and by London standards reasonably priced.About £50 a head for 3 courses each, wine drinks ,coffee and service.We will be returning.
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  • Unusual menu
    Kath
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Lots of interesting flavour combinations on the menu. Starters of crab & fennel (nice) & duck salad (excellent). mains of turbot with tomatoes and a fantastic lobster sauce and hake with clams were delicious. Flourless chocolate cake was perfect for my GF husband and the French toast with strawberries was one of the most unusual, but fantastic desserts I've seen on a menu for a long time. Service was brilliant - staff were friendly and helpful
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    smallfamilycelebration
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    It's been a while since we've been to Magdelen's, but the food was as original and excellent as before. The service was very good, and the availability of wine (again from offbeat sources) in 375cl carafes meant we were able to have different wines for the fish and meat. David Abbott and his partners are continuing to run a great restaurant.
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  • A special evening
    MarkB
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    We had a lovely time dining at Magdalen. I took my parents and we met a couple of their friends there. The menu had many interesting options, with the baked turbot being a justifiably popular main choice. The ambience was delightful - a buzz but without overhearing other tables or us having to shout to make ourselves heard. Service was professional and efficient. There is 20% off if you present a Shard ticket from the day you dine which makes it good value.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Superb evening out.
    TheDiningMoses
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with a menu that consistently changes and provides new things to try, very attentive but not over bearing wait staff and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Can not rate this place highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    LondonFoodie
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    Overall the ambience was great, food and service ok (for a restaurant that is in this price range and charges 12.5% on service upfront, service should be better, paper table covers and no side plates for bread, for instance, are two small examples where the restaurant under-delivered)...the food had great taste but didn't hace the wow factor.
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  • Real gem - sophisticated
    Robeatswell
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    My first time at this restaurant and I will definitely return. It may become my new favourite. Everything you would expect from a sophisticated high-end restaurant in Paris. Beautiful elegant dining room with plenty of space between tables, linens etc. very pleasant ambience and you would think you were in Paris. We had the pan fried fois gras which was simply stunning with caramelised pear and then the kid (baby goat:-) which was so tender. One of the best meals I have had in London in quite a while without spending a fortune. only criticism is the wine - reasonably priced but my guest wasn't drinking so I could only have a glass and the 'by the glass' selection was limited - not even a half decent Chablis or Sancerre open was a surprise.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Magdalen
    foodferret
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Still very much a neighbourhood feel to the restaurant, but a far from ordinary menu. Genuinely interesting dishes, all well cooked, and a sensible wine list. So nice too to have none of the flummery of amuse-bouches and other extras - just what you ordered, really well done and served.
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  • Enjoyable experience at Magdalen
    MmmTasty
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    Interesting and unusual menu, always fresh, and imaginatively put together. I took colleagues there the other day, who are all quite discerning foodies... The next day, one of them made a point of telling me what a great meal it was and how she really enjoyed every course. High praise indeed! Service good, but discreet. Great evening.
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  • Great Food, interesting Menu
    JohnEP
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    This is a great little restaurant. A small but varied menu with some quirky and unusual items. Same for the wine list. The food was very tasty and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. We went as a couple, and then went back 2 nights later with our daughter. Really enjoyed it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably wonderful
    2foodies
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    We've been to Magdalen several times and each time has been a treat. Food is beautifully prepared and presented, with new and interesting dishes offered every day. The restaurant is small and charming, and the staff is knowledgeable and attentive. We'll go back any time we're in London. It's a real find if you're staying near Tower Hill -- it's easy walking distance or you can take the RV1 bus, which stops almost at the door. It's not inexpensive, given the strength of the pound vs the dollar, but by London restaurant standards, it's not bad.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clealry a local favourite
    SJSQ
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Really enjoyed quite a quirky menu and high quality food cooked very well. Service excellent. The environment is slightly less appealing with paper tablecloths, and rather cramped. Completely full with suited diners which tells of its popularity with the More Place crowd I suspect.
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  • Lacking in atmosphere
    nickysev
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The service could not be faulted, incredibly attentive and friendly. The food was good, not outstanding but the main disappointment was the lack of atmosphere. The restaurant is relatively small and it was full but it felt like a library with no back ground noise. Very good choice of wines and I would recommend the lambs tongue and Pear/Almond Tart
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  • Good as ever
    mod57
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We used to eat here at least once a month, but with so many new resturants that keep on opening , we have not been here for a while. But got say that they stayed on top of there game, and its still one of the better resturants around, food and service fantastic, and we wont leave it so long befor our next visit,
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  • Enjoyable as usual!
    MPMM
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Booked a meal for 2 on a Friday night. The restaurant was quiet. The service was excellent as usual and the food was great. I always enjoy the Magdalen experience and I will be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Friday evening with friends
    berttwo
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Every few months we arrange to meet up with some friends for a meal- usually in the London Bridge area as it is handy for us both to get home again after. This time we chose Magdalen - and wondered why we hadn't been before. An eclectic menu using some unusual ingredients served by an enthusiastic staff. We will be back again.
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  • A very pleasant surprise!
    FAB1
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    The surrounding area has come up leaps and bounds in recent years and this restaurant reflects that improvement. I was recommended by a friend and found the food to be innovative, tasty and satisfying. The wine list is interesting too. It was even busy early evening.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.