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The Balcon
The Balcon

The Balcon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.TheBalconLondon.com
  • Phone: 0207 747 2200 x7820
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11pm
    Saturday: 7am - 11pm
    Sunday: 7am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, English
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Menager
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Balcon
For a sense of arrival, a sense of place and a sense of being part of a scene The Balcon is the place to eat, to drink, to see and be seen. Soak in the atmosphere of this modern London and Parisian grand brasserie under the champagne balcony, at the charcuterie bar or at your preferred table. Let the charcutier and the rest of the cast take you on a culinary journey with dishes inspired by both classic British and French cooking methods. The Balcon your all day dinning destination.

Please note that our set menu is not available on bank holidays.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent attentive but not intrusive service and high quality and tasty food."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "Went for birthday treat Everything was perfect Good food at great prices especially the set menus £28 for 3 courses inc a glass of wine!!! Will return"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "I wandered in through the beautiful entrance at a completely dead mid-afternoon time and was presented with an excellent interesting menu with some lovely small dishes and starters. Snails in parsnip puree and cheese soufflé in lobster bisque (with lobster slice) were exceptionally prepared and fairly priced. The water at £6/bottle was a bit OTT. Excellent selection of champagnes by the glass, including two Ruinarts. Excellent service from charming and attentive waiter - other staff looked a bit "off duty", the décor is lovely and I was allowed to choose any table. The inclusive selection of warm breads and butter was generous and delicious, as was the complimentary small glass of fruity Pimm's I was served. Heading back asap."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the evening. Good food and service and location. Would happily go again."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left we were treated as if their only job was to make sure we were happy. The ambience was very relaxed, and I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion. We started with the sharing platter, which was delicious, and set the tone for the rest of the meal. Highly recommended."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "We had booked for a birthday celebration and this fitted the bill perfectly.We opted for 3 course option which included a selection of breads,a complementary Pimms cocktail ,a glass of wine and coffee to follow all for £28 per person which we thought was excellent value.We had a pre dinner drink in the cocktail bar so didn't need extra wine. The service was very attentive and the food delicious ."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "We had a birthday lunch at the Balcon and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from the initial greeting through to the food and the service. We would totally recommend this restaurant"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Lets start with the one gripe. Atmosphere. It's a big room with high ceiling and until the lights dimmed it was too bright for intimacy to develop.. Service impeccable. Nothing too much trouble. Genuinely interested yet deferential and not over friendly. The starter meats sharing platter was simple but effective. Steak & chips (my partner) should be simple and easily replicated. This was the best my partner had eaten and with a delicious made up non-dairy sauce to boot. My lobster pasta had lobster in it, lots of lobster, and beautifully cooked artichokes, in a heavenly sauce. The wine list is extensive, not cheap but worth delving into. The Creme Brulee with breakfast tea was sublime."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "We liked everything about the Balcon: the service was top quality, with special thanks to Merilyn, as was the Food and the wine. The prices were fair. A better selection in beers could have improved the experience, but that is a minor issue."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary and the service was impeccable - almost like a dance around the customers! Definitely recommend!"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "The food was very good as was the service and ambiance . The serving staff were very polite and efficient A very pleasant evening."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Took important clients for breakfast and the full breakfasypt was cold and limp. It may work for the hotel guests but not for paying customers. The service was lacklustre and I had to wait 15 minutes to pay the bill. Have just cancelled my booking for next week with done other clients"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "It is a lovely restaurant which is a little bit hidden away but definitely worth recommending. I had already few meals there and every time both the service and the food are excellent."
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "Our second dinner here confirmed first impressions. Great Parisian food with cheery service from French staff. Try the charcuterie and don't miss the whisky baba."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "The food as usual was fantastic. I love the way there is a different selection every time we go. The people who work there are charming and attentive. I love the Balcon!"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "We went to The Balcon to finish off our honeymoon and it was lovely. We had an excellent cocktail to start with followed by lunch which we started with lobster souffle and then had the aged steak. I also tried their macaron which was delicious. Our lunch was around 3pm so the restaurant was quiet which meant that the staff were extra attentive. Nothing can be faulted really, I could say that because it sort of was our honeymoon and it is a fairly expensive place, it would have been nice to be treated to a cocktail. It's not every day you celebrate that you got married."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Simple plates which i did not like at all. I want it to be more luxuary. The cakes was to big. Smaller cakes are nicer. We where two persons who had to split the cakes in two pieces instead of a small ready cake per person."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "It is always lovely to dine at the Balcon, the food is delicious and the staff are so friendly. This time it was a friend's birthday and the staff without prompting brought out little birthday cakes which was so sweet of them (although slightly marred by the fact that they cheekily then charged it to the bill!). However overall I would highly recommend , this was my fourth visit and each experience has been very enjoyable."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at the Balcon, the staff were friendly, attentive and polite. We were on a meal deal so the main course menu range was limited, but the food was of good quality, the ambience was fantastic and the staff were delightful, helpful and extremely friendly Would highly recommend, especially for pre or post theatre supper"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Balcon prior to the Opera. We were both satisfied with the food and service we received. My only criticism would be the state of the tables and restaurants when we arrived. It looked like they had had many people in for afternoon tea and as a result some tables had not been attended to. That aside as mentioned, food and service were good and they arranged a cake assortment for my wife's birthday at short notice and no expense. I would recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "This really is top quality food without breaking the bank. Beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The service was exceptionally competent and friendly. Go now!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "quite grand and most welcoming, a good choice for starter and desert and i loved my desert!"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We went for the 3 course offer, mostly including wine, and were not disappointed. The staff were all reall friendly, and the service was excellent. Could not fault the evening at all. It was quite busy but not at all noisy, so it was easy to chat to our friends instead of having to shout which seems to be the case in so many places these days. The portions were not enormous, but we all felt we had eaten a good meal. We will go back."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "After a hectic day throughout London, we enjoyed a nice afternoon tea at The Balcon. Satff was very friendly."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "One my own, going to the theatre, I decided to try your restaurant for lunch. I was immediately welcomed and shown to the bar for a drink (It was a hot day) My table was ready on time and the service was excellent. I was offered reading material as I waited for my lunch to arrive and was never ignored by the staff. The lamb I chose was cooked perfectly and the taste was superb.. This was followed by a stunning dessert and coffee. I was not rushed and everyone was so very kind. A great experience. I will be reccommending to my friends and family and I shall definitly come again."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "The menu is quite tricky for dinner as they run it all day so things like three varieties of croque monsieur is odd and loads of sharing plates, making it somewhat eccentric for a more formal meal. We both opted for the doubled baked soufflé. The soufflé was fine but came swimming in a thin lobster bisque; the result was not a pleasing combination. My wife had the lemon sole which she liked. I had the chicken with tarragon and vegetables. It was served eccentrically in two ''dog'' bowls: one for the vegetables in tarragon sauce which was fine as far as it went, but the chicken was two rather dry joints with a dribble of brown sauce - really pretty poor. Service was sweet though, very French and charming. Shame about the food"
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "We ate there for the first time, very early before going to a show, we explained this to the excellent waiter (Stan) who made sure we were served quickly, great food, great service, we will be back !"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "My wife and I visited the Balcon last thurday for her birthday, and we were both really impressed with the overall experience. The food was superb and the service and pleasant attitude of the staff were even better. A big well done on the customer experience, as we both work in the customer service industry, so understand the impact people can have, good, bad or indifferent. Having been to Paris last October, we both felt the food was on a par with the best we experienced there, so I think that says it all. Well done and we will be back."
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "I'd been to the Balcon before for dinner with friends. On this occasion I took my sister for her 76th birthday. The service was, without exception, friendly and polite, with attentive service by the charming staff. We dined from the set menu, having three courses with a glass of champagne. Every dish was beautifully cooked and presented, including the generous bread basket which contained a variety of bread and rolls. Our dessert deserves a special mention: crepe suzette, which was to die for. We had a really terrific evening and my sister loved the whole experience."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "Excellent service and food in a wonderful setting.HIghly recommended."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "It was the second time we dined at Balcon. The food was not bad at all with a variety of choices for the TT offer (except there were only thress choices for the main course). The service was attentive however the tables are too close to each other."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "We have been several times in the past, but I doubt if we will go again. It was surprising to find vacuum cleaning going on at 1.00p.m.. Even more surprising was when a waitress asked if we minded her vacuuming the area around an adjacent table less than a meter from ours.. The menu was a headache caused by trying to have three differently priced menus mixed up on one sheet. The overall experience was a disappointment. "
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "This restaurant is so central and yet because the dining area is so roomy, it feels luxurious and relaxed. The food is always to a high standard. My own tastes would say that the sweets have too much sugar in them, but they are sweets after all. Fabulous service. This is somewhere I am happy to keep coming back to. "
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Set menu and glass of champagne well worth the money. Food lovely choice of menu suited my party. Wasnt to busy so was able to stay longer. Then after to the bar for late night baileys. Overall pleasant evening. "
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Smart, bright French restaurant with unusual dishes and charming service. Lives up to Sofitel's reputation for simple but top class menu and wine list. Great choice of carafe wines suited us as a couple, while boeuf bouguignon as a starter and whisky- baba as a desert reminded me of favourite Paris bistros."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "The Balcon was in an ideal location for a pre theatre dinner. The staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent. We were interested in the history of the building and the lounge where afternoon tea was"
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "I enjoyed every minute in this stunning restaurant, will never forget this experience."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I took my husband there for his birthday, we turned up 30 min earlier with the intention to stay at the bar while our table was ready but the staff were so nice, they gave us a table straight away and they were checking on us making sure everything was in order."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Amazing waiters, really good food with plenty of choice, was really great value but we were on a set menu. Value may be not so good otherwise. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Booked at the last min, and was well rewarded with the service and quality of the food. I will definatly return"
    dined on 28/05/2014