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The Archduke
The Archduke

The Archduke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackandbluerestaurants.com/page/the-archduke/7/7
  • Phone: 0207 928 9370
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 12pm - 11pm

    Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from The Archduke
Set on the South Bank, moments from world-famous London attractions like the IMAX, London Eye and Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke restaurant and wine bar is a local landmark in itself, set in to the old railway arches surrounding Waterloo Station. The first London restaurant to open in this area, The Archduke has gone through several incarnations since 1979 but is still as fresh as ever with sleek, simple furniture set against the old bare brick walls and contemporary glass frontage. Jazz music gently floats through speakers, performed six nights a week live in the bar, as diners indulge in comforting modern European cuisine including excellent steaks (it’s owned by the steakhouse Black and Blue group) and simple roast chicken served with your choice of sides dishes. The view of the London Eye from the terrace is spectacular and worth lingering over. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Diner Reviews
  • "Were shown to a lovely table next to the window overlooking the square and festival hall. Waitress was very pleasant and helpful, especially in allowing me to try a couple of different wines before deciding which one to buy. The steaks was very well cooked - just how we like it - on the rare side. Cooked perfectly. The food was flavoursome and the steak tender and juicy. An all round good experience on a very busy day - good service, good food, good ambience, good service. Would definitely return again when in London."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "An early supper for 4...restaurant wasn't overly busy...good turnover of tables.....round table conversations could be had without overly raised voices.....staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive...... All of us had a T Bone steak, requested to be cooked slightly differently and the results did not disappoint....the plates were cleared, with all being complementary about the steak......cocktails were very inviting and were consumed with gusto...... All in all an excellent meal at a delightful venue....."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "I went here with 3 other adults. The look of the place is fantastic and it is so well situated for everything on The Southbank. The menu is mainly focused around Steakse. We arrived early at 5.30 for a table booked at 6 but were seated without a problem. Service was not rushed but we did not feel neglected. The asparagus was pleasant enough but was slightly overdone. I had the foie gras to start and it was lovely and smooth. Disappointingly, all the steaks were overcooked but I was the only one who sent their's back. I'm glad I did. The replacement took a while to come out but it was superb and cooked to perfection. They also took the cost of this off our bill so I really cannot fault them. I would definitely go back."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We ordered the 2 course special for 16 quid. The soup was thin and tasteless and the main was a fish cake which was equally tasteless and very small portion. One oil drenched fish cake on a bed of dry lettuce. Very poor indeed."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Good service and reliable food in pleasant surroundings near to South Bank complex."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Too noisy to listen my jazz concert ! IT IS à pity I love jazz"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "great for pre/post royal festival hall performances, good quality simple food"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Swift service with a busy but friendly atmosphere. Pre-theatre menu 3 courses for £20 was great value and tasty. Would go back again"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "With a few friends on a night out, we arrived earlier than the reserved time but waiter was quick to show us our table which was ready. Ordered a few cocktails and was impressed with the selections, I felt was at reasonable prices. Steak was decent quality which came with fries and generous salad.The waiter mixed up one of our steaks which was promptly rectified when we complaint. Waiters were quite pushy to clear our table although we were still eating. Dining with live solo pianist was entertaining, but could hardly hear him when restaurant got busier. The livelier jazz quartet appeared later which really got the night going. Overall very good experience, will stay longer for the late night jazz gig next time!"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "warm welcome as you go in and very accommodating. Good choice of both wines and food. would go back"
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "I booked at the last minute and was pleased a good table upstairs. Our food was good and served piping hot and well cooked. Service was a little iffy as we seemed to be on the boundary between waiters. The Archduke is positioned well for The Royal Festival Hall."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I personally love the environment with piano, the flows from being welcome from entrance ,led to upstairs, sat down, menu and ordered, wine tasting and foods being recommendations etc, it just demonstrated that Archduke has a proper system and presented as a GOOD restaurant. Waiters/waitress are friendly and not giving you an dirty eyeballs if you not ordered starters or desserts. Foods are in decent size at such price. The steak cooked in spot on medium-rare level, succulent meat, juicy beef tasted. Yum....They deserved our tips for excellent steaks, services and smiley faces :-) we will come back !!"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Sadly, it is rare these days to be able to get a burger cooked, well, rare. Restaurants tell you that "health & safety" dictate that burgers must be cooked until they are no longer pink in the middle. It is nonsense of course. What they mean is, "We can't be sure of our meat, so we incinerate it, just in case." It was a delight, therefore, to ask for our burgers medium-rare, not to be given the H & S claptrap and to served with juicy, tasty meat, cooked to our liking. Congratulations The Archduke! The food generally was of a high standard, the service efficient and unobtrusive and we were given a nice table by the window. So the next time we wish to eat on the South Bank, we'll be back."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Another visit to our favourite south bank bar and restaurant. the Archduke continues to deliver reasonable meals to an excellent standard. burgers are some of the best in London. Ambience was a little let down by a loud office celebration but we can't fault the Archduke for that! well worth a visit as an alternative to the regular Festival hall fayre."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "A convenient choice near Waterloo for an evening meeting up with friends. Food was well cooked and the service attentive but unobtrusive. We've been here several times and always enjoyed it."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "The Archduke provides good value pre theatre meals, which are good, but by no means amazing. But with all the other restaurants in the vicinity I probably won't go there again."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "It works, it's the most convenient and well tuned location for trains and theatres."
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "First discovered this after watching the Jubilee procession on the Thames. We got very wet, soaked through from 7am to 7pm. What a find, disrobed, dried out, excellent food, wonderful ambience not too expensive, and a pianist.. Hows that. Its also nice to see items on the menu from our area .Experience did not dampen our day.."
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "Booked lunch following my graduation staff were friendly, though service was a bit slow the food was great. We had a booth so that made the ambience just right for celebrating my graduation. Price was reasonable even with a bottle of bubbly. Good English food would recommend this restaurant and definitely go back. "
    dined on 12/05/2014
  • "Chose the place as close to waterloo and previously nice music and ambience under the arches. We were very disappointed this time by the worn out look of the place. Food was average and 2 out of 4 steaks were cold when they arrived for our party of 6. Wine just ok. hefty price tag. Will not come back."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Overall a good dining experience. Service was very attentive and gap between courses just right. There was a good atmosphere in the restaurant even though it was 5.30 pm. The pre theatre menu was very good value at £20 for three courses."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "We booked a late lunch here on a Saturday (pre Imax) and were please to be seated on the west side of the restaurant which overlooks the London Eye. Great view but can be slightly too warm at that time of day due to the low sun. The restaurant is owned by the Black & Blue mini chain which we hoped would provide a reasonable guarantee of quality food. (their Borough Market outlet is particularly good). Sadly The Arch did not live up to expectations as we found both the Sirloin and the Fillet steaks almost completely devoid of any flavour. Both were ordered Medium rare but were served too close to rare for our liking. This said the occupying chips and garnish were good, as was the side order of Spinach. May be worth trying when Jazz is on. "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Have had several dinners and lunches at The Archduke and always an enjoyable experience. "
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "We had passed this place many times en route to concerts and theatre and finally decided to give it a try. I had a superb bun-less burger with excellent side salad substitute. My husband's Seabass was good value for London at £15. Pleasant service and cool atmosphere enhanced by the jazz."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "I dined at The Archduke with friends, celebrating a birthday. Wonderful steak, competitively priced, great music - we had a most excellent time."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "The Duke does simple things well and is a great place to meet with friends. En-route from Waterloo to Southbank, it the ideal place to catchup with friends after work. The ambience with live jazz is great and the service, attentive without being intrusive. I will definitely be coming again."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "I met up with friends and wanted a restaurant near Waterloo. The Archduke is useful and we chose the pre-theatre menu which was good value. The choice was limited but the food was well cooked and we enjoyed it. The Archduke can be noisy later on when the live jazz starts but it all adds to the atmosphere. Beware the optional 12.5% service charge which is included in the bill. If you want to decide yourself how much you are going to tip then look at the bottom of the bill for the total less service charge!"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "The Archduke is a great restaurant and bar. Good to meet friends after work or go with your other half. Quick service and good food in a cool setting. Nice!"
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "The food and service here is always good but it is the atmopshere and "buzz" which makes it special"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Great location so you might get tempted. Don't. The food is so so but the service is horrendous. From extremely poor welcome to poor waiting. And who puts carpet on the floor in a restaurant?"
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "The warm ambience and attentive (but not fussy) service alone are enough to recommend The Archduke to anyone. The fact that they serve the best martinis in London (far better and cheaper than those at Skylon around the corner) makes it a must-visit."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "I've been to the Archduke a lot and it's one of my reliable venues for an evening (or lunch, or drink...) but last week had my first disappointing experience there. I ordered the lamb cutlets, which took almost an hour to appear - they arrived after my friend had received and eaten her chicken, and were not worth the wait - dry and tasteless, on some wilted french beans. Our waiter was doing his best to chivvy up the kitchen, and brought extra chips and looked after us very well, but it was annoying nonetheless. I'll give them another go, but with less confidence now!"
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "I was very surprised at the quality of the food and service here after booking on a whim as going to the BMI cinema that night and quickly finding somewhere to eat. Nice venue, really nice food and good service. Only annoying thing would be the sound of the train going overhead every few minutes... but you get used to it. Great music too."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Went to the Archduke for a family get-together (party of 7). Received a very warm welcome, and the restaurant was buzzing at 6pm on Friday evening. Good food, reasonably priced (especially the set menu) and friendly service. After the meal we stayed chatting at the table until 8:45, with no pressure to leave despite the restaurant being very busy."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "The Archduke provides predictable good value for a pre-theatre meal. The standard of the food is high (confit duck was particularly good), and the staff are attentive and friendly and handle dietary requirements well. The set menu was unchanged from a previous visit several weeks ago; it would be good to introduce a few changes periodically."
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "Some pleasant jazz when we ate with an old colleague here. Food was good: duck was succulent, smoked haddock full of flavour & the friend's steak done to perfection. Which makes me feel that the chef, kitchen staff, pianist and singer should all have a word with the waitresses, who managed to spoil a pleasant evening. They cracked not one smile all evening, made mistakes, and actually cleared away plates whilst two out of three of us were still eating. A cheese platter for two - i.e. to share, at £10, appeared as two of the same [a waitress with no notebook is never a good sign]. And yes, she tried to clear that as I was eating, too......"
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "Had seen the restaurant on our last trip to London and decided to go online and look at menu and book. Had been to the theatre in the afternoon then went and had a couple of drinks before eating at 7.30 - really prompt service and very friendly waiting staff. Good selection to choose from and good prices. Would definitely go there again as the food was excellent as was the service!!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Arriving early the staff directed me to a side table for a drink whilst waiting for my colleague to arrive. Wi-fi is freely available. The restaurant was buzzing but the staff were very attentive. Excellent pre-theatre food arrived in very short order. The menu included some very tasty dishes indeed. And the bill at the end was a pleasant surprise."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal. The service of attentive and the atmosphere was just right for an evening meal with a nice drop of wine. Would recommend going here for a meal that I struggled to finish. Chet."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Perfect spot for pre or post South Bank events, food or drinks. Friendly and prompt service, good menu and amazing value for money in the heart of London. Have been going here almost 20 years and consistently good."
    dined on 22/02/2014