The Archduke
The Archduke

The Archduke

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackandbluerestaurants.com/page/the-archduke/7/7
  • Phone: 02079289370
  • 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

Getting there

  • 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.
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The Archduke reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since 25 May 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.5
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (111)business meals (38)group bookings (38)special occasions (33)romance (23)sunday lunch (19)fit for foodies (18)brunch (16)good vegetarian options (12)outstanding value (10)outdoor eating (7)disabled access (3)afternoon tea (2)child friendly (2)Show More
  • Unremarkable
    Dougal
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Had a meal here on a Saturday evening, returning to the archduke for the first time in some years. The food was fine, service fine, atmosphere fine. What happened to the archduke I used to know which was always buzzing. There was a bland jazz singer too, but all in all a forgettable evening
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  • Back on form
    BeeWee
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    The last time we ate at The Archduke we were disappointed because the service was very slow, but we had eaten here many times before. Thankfully, that bad experience was very much a one-off. On this occasion, the service was excellent - attentive and quick without being intrusive; the food and wine was very good; and overall the meal was good value. Thoroughly recommended.
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  • Never disappoints
    BigAppleYankee
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    I keep returning to this restaurant because I have never had a 'bad' meal.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice for meeting up
    Pinklady1
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    With one using a Boris bike and others on the train from Waterloo, we arranged to meet at the Archduke. It was very good choice. The T-bone steak was enjoyed, also the sea bream and the burger was especially good - high praise from a fussy eater. The service was polite and attentive. The live music is an added bonus, jazz classics and more. The setting is great with views of the vibrant street through the glass frontage. We recommend for a catch-up with friends and family. Also could be suitable for romantic meals or dates. We certainly will return.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatregoer
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Good value and definitely worth a return visit. Enjoyable dining experience.
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  • Surprisingly good
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Live music, hidden seating area with views of the London eye, better then expected food and good cocktails
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    brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YDEMVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Always enjoy this place. Food and service consistently good. Friendly staff and always a good choice for a quick pre-theatre menu
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  • Great for catching up with friends
    Maura
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I've been here several times, and it's always been a great place to catch up with friends. It has a nice atmosphere, and isn't too loud so you can hear what each other are saying. They do excellent food, and there's often live jazz to liven things up a bit!
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Not quite right
    Dexter
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I meet up with friends and family here around once a month. Location, entertainment and service are all good. But the offering on the plate doesn't match. Steaks are not the best and the fries are yuch.
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  • A view to London eye
    ViccccVIP
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    The food was good, there was also some live jazz music in the evening. Very conformable dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Special night out
    supermac74
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    After a matinee at the theatre we went to the archduke. Although my wife had been several times with work colleagues it was my first time. I must say I was quite impressed and would return in the future.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently ok
    LittleLion
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    The Archduke is one of those restaurants to keep on your 'reliable' list - not a favourite by any means, but always there, always consistent. I ate there with a friend whose remit was "as near as possible to Waterloo" and "I fancy a good burger". We certainly ticked both her options. The food is good, nothing to rave about but well cooked, decent portion sizes and tasty. The prices are on the expensive side, particularly for the steaks, and their wine carafes are especially cheeky (the same price for a 500ml carafe as you would pay for the full 750ml bottle in most other similar calibre restaurants...) But no complaints - the live music is always excellent, staff are efficient (although not always cheerful!) and the cocktails are great.
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  • Superb
    SteveToon
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We were made very welcome having booked a late dinner here following a 9pm jaunt on the London Eye (within 5m walk). Of our ten day holiday (London/Nice) The Archduke was my favourite meal. Everything was excellent from the staff and the food to the general ambiance.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Disappointing
    Lorrkell
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We've eaten here from time to time over the years, but the quality of the food has become increasingly unreliable. Our main course (salmon and fennel fish cake, spinach on the side) was completely tasteless. We neither of us finished eating it.
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  • Accommodating
    Persephone2
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The Archduke went to a lot of trouble to accomodate me and my friend when her transport to London hit problems and we were seriously late for our booking, though having said that, they were not over busy that day. I have used this restaurant as a place to meet for a chat several times and on Saturday it filled the bill very well. It can be on the noisy side when full. I had a delicious crayfish salad. No pudding, as we were due at the theatre.
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    good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Archduke
    burtsbabe
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only if you are hungry
    Localpub
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    and there is nothing else available around. Dinner was much better than any other chain restaurant in the area but nothing spectacular. Service was less than average and dinner ok. However, the place has a very nice ambiance and music after 6ish, Probably best for a pre dinner drink or nibbles. Keep expectations low and you will have a good time!
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  • T Bone Delight
    PartyPlanner
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    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.....
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  • The Archduke
    Nettles
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food and bad value
    Alondon
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    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.
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  • Reliable and convenient
    HClaireB
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Good service and reliable food in pleasant surroundings near to South Bank complex.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love jazz session
    Valerie974
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Too noisy to listen my jazz concert ! IT IS à pity I love jazz
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OhDear
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    great for pre/post royal festival hall performances, good quality simple food
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  • The Archduke
    Honeylovefood
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Swift service with a busy but friendly atmosphere. Pre-theatre menu 3 courses for £20 was great value and tasty. Would go back again
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cocktail and Meat
    Gastronaut
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    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!
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    brunch, business meals, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place to meet friends
    3Girlstogether
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    warm welcome as you go in and very accommodating. Good choice of both wines and food. would go back
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  • Dinner prior to Chrissie Hynde Show
    Mike4442
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    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.
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  • Wonderful dining at Archduke
    Chinesefoodies
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    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 !!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Proper Burger
    TimB
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    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.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre meal
    MGrazer
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    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.
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  • singer
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value pre theatre meal
    Ssingh
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    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.
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  • Workmanlike...
    jfk59
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It works, it's the most convenient and well tuned location for trains and theatres.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • you dont have to be dripping first.
    PREPRANDIAL123
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    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..
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  • My graduation
    Ruby26
    Dined on 12/5/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In need of a refurb and/or clean up
    Worldfoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    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.
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  • Pre theatre evening meal
    Kentishman47
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could do better......
    Foodmaster
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Nice casual dining experience
    No1lady
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    Have had several dinners and lunches at The Archduke and always an enjoyable experience.
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  • Great dinner in club like venue
    KarenH
    Dined on 17/4/2014
    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.
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