The Dock Kitchen
The Dock Kitchen

The Dock Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dockkitchen.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02089621610
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Wednesday: 12pm - 3pm; 7pm - 10:30pm
    Thursday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from The Dock Kitchen
Located in a converted Victorian wharf building on London’s famed Ladbroke Grove, The Dock Kitchen is the West London restaurant venture of Stevie Parle, one of the capital’s most exciting young chefs. Trained at The River Café, Moro and Petersham Nurseries, Stevie has a nose for the new and a keenness to experiment, resulting in a spontaneous, exciting modern rustic menu, constantly changing and built around the best and most interesting ingredients that happen to land on The Dock Kitchen’s chopping board. Regenerated by Derwent London, The Dock Kitchen’s home overlooks the Grand Union Canal in one of the capital’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Many of the original features have been preserved and combined with a full display of Tom Dixon furnishings and lighting, a visual complement to the glorious food of the kitchen. Al fresco riverside dining is available during the summer months.
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The Dock Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4
    Value3.5
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)special occasions (11)outdoor eating (11)good vegetarian options (8)brunch (5)business meals (4)romance (4)sunday lunch (4)child friendly (2)group bookings (1)outstanding value (1)Show More
  • Back to its usual high standards
    kitkatVIP
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    This eclectic restau really is the most fun inventive place. Themed set menus are great, but the portion of dips for two was a little parsimonious shall we say! Great warm staff, some more clued up than others, and a great terrace to eat out on a glorious summer night.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Outdoor lunch/early evening treat
    GDunn60
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    An unusual menu and a good wine list make this a good al fresco venue.
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Wow! That was good!
    SplitLizzyVIP
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    W8 is usually outside of my usual place to dine out but on the suggestion of a friend we decided to try Dock Kitchen which is situated on the canal. We arrived before 7pm and the restaurant only opens at 7 so we had drinks on the outside deck. A very decent bottle of NZ sauvignon blanc it was as well (£35). We chose to have the Indonesian set menu for £45. Service was also very good and friendly. It was excellent! I would definitely go out of my way and go back!
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  • excellent North kensington diner
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    an unchanging menu mixtures of the orient with good english ingredients
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • neighbourhood resto
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    is just great. Lots of friends eating there Good attentive service
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Great place
    SolondonVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I want to go again soon as the food was very creative. I recommended it
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    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it is sometimes difficult
    JoJo
    Dined on 13/3/2014
    it is sometimes difficult to decide whether your enjoyment of an evening out is because of the food, the environment or the company. We had the Sri Lankan taster menu which was interesting and because I had never had this type of food before hard to say whether it was truly representative or well prepared. Overall the eating experience was OK but not exceptional. However, the ambience is nice and the service and welcome excellent. The Dock Kitchen is a bit hard to find if you are unfamiliar with the area and the website (with google street view) does not help. Quite expensive for what it was.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty
    Yumyum
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Dock kitchen delivered great and interesting food as ever. Staff were polite and helpful Only 2 points of issue - the place was completely empty , maybe 3 or 4 tables occupied which was astonishing for a Thursday evening and meant the atmosphere wasn't the best, tho the building/interior itself is great - prices were pretty steep given it isn't fine dining Definitely one to try if you haven't been
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find
    MichaeljVIP
    Dined on 19/2/2014
    Walked some 2 km to find this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Interesting cafe/kitchen type layout but the food is most interesting and varied. Very cosmoplolitan and extremey tasty. We had the steak and fish with tamarind and both were delicious and well prepared. Excellent knowleable service and good wine list. Would be great in the spring and summer
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    romance, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the area!
    bluerockstar
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have previously been to this restaurant during the summer when there is outside seating - great on a nice warm day. I fell in love with the place, food and drinks then, and I am still in love with it now. Recently went there on a Monday, service was great, very attentive staff, the restaurant itself was beautiful - perfect lighting. The food was great and delicious: artichoke for starters, rabbit leg for main, and pistachio & nutmeg cake with saffron yoghurt and yuzu ice cream for dessert. The only downside (nothing major) was that to get the set menu, the whole table had to get it, and sadly the other dinner did not want it. Would definitely visit again and visit the Tom Dixon shop downstairs.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable local restaurant
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Gastronomically reliable resto at the top of Ladbroke Grove overlooks some water and the Innocent HQ
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • consistently excellent
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 21/1/2014
    with the subtle menu changes this is a place to go back to for its food and the location
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu in chilled place
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 16/1/2014
    Quite stark surroundings where dinners share the kitchen or the kitchen shares the dining room Interesting flavour combinations in all dishes
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    business meals, special occasions, good vegetarian options, child friendly, brunch, outdoor eating
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  • Great meal!
    mardyscot
    Dined on 31/10/2013
    Having been a long time ago when it was initially a pop up restaurant I thought I'd pop back as it's local to me and shamefully I hadn't been since. SO glad I did as the food was superb, a truly fabulous dining experience. I'll definitely be back in the not too distant future. One small thing though....I wish it wasn't quite so bright, a little dimmer lighting in the evening would make it just perfect ;0)
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since 23 October 2013
    • Average Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambience3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Value3.1
  • The following 33 reviews are from the The Dock Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Simply excellent
    chrisversusVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We have been going here more and more often as it is just so good. The menu changes pretty much every week, so there is always something new to try and it is always very inventive and interesting. The lamb I had on my last visit was out of this world delicious. Good winelist with an excellent house white that comes in under £20. Fab terrace for hot days or nights.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as we expected
    83observercook
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    The chef had been the featured cook for the first dinner at the Oxford Food Symposium this summer: We had a very interesting meal featuring 'do it yourself spicing' - so I was expecting lots. The restaurant is in a lovely setting and were happy to allow us to be late and to add an extra place. We sat outside which was fine but being september it was soon dark and cool. One tea candle for six is not enough light, although they were happy to bring two more. The starters were thought the best course but not that exciting - the courgette flower salad disappointed. The mains were OK but a bit pricey for what was basically three curries and two thought their grouse 'bitter'. Our girls were tired so we did not stay for desserts
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Original
    BeninlondonVIP
    Dined on 27/8/2013
    Different to most places with canal side location and interesting gutsy cooking
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Bliss...
    dondaVIP
    Dined on 16/5/2013
    ...which cannot be counted on one's fingers. This was the best, most relaxed, simplest yet most delicious meal I've had in ages - incredible flatbreads with sumac & za'atar were made to order at the outside kiln, brought unbidden to the table & wolfed down, the palourde clams with agretti were zingy & enticing, the onglet & supermodel-skinny fries with chilli & herbs were heroic & the salted caramel ice cream was the perfect epilogue. Nothing flashy, but spectacularly on-point cooking techniques plus tip-top ingredients (nespole, anyone?), wonderfully inconspicuous but warm service & a rare sun/rosé-drenched terrace berth overlooking the beautifully regenerated Portobello Dock all combined to make this a day to remember. Thanks so much!
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    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    JEG55
    Dined on 15/4/2013
    A very special dining experience. Not to be missed. Great food, great service. Wonderful flavors and combinations of ingredients and really fresh, quality fine food. You get the sense that everyone who works there is really enjoying being a part of such a special restaurant. The chef is divine!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable Dock Kitchen
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 25/3/2013
    WIth outdoor bread ovens and familiar foods enlivened with tastes of the Orient this is a favourite, Sensationally smiley service
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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  • love this but too expensive
    kitkatVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    best atmosphere in london, but it is getting too expensive!
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  • Lovely weekend lunch
    AChanVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Great food and lovely ambience, recommend the onglet steak and biryani
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • geat cooking but getting complacent
    kitkatVIP
    Dined on 29/1/2013
    one of my favourites with great set menus, but the prices are creeping up a bit, so what used to be a regular treat is now getting on to a rare indulgence, a shame.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Really enjoyed Dock Kitchen,
    HRWright
    Dined on 24/1/2013
    Really enjoyed Dock Kitchen, great food with some really big flavours in beautiful surroundings. Because of its location it's a bit of a trek to get to (unless you're lucky enough to live locally of course) so check the menu in advance to make sure it appeals if you're planning on having the tasting menu for the whole table. Service was delightful and the room has a great ambience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A brilliant spot
    APW1VIP
    Dined on 23/12/2012
    Near Notting Hill & Little Venice - on the cannal. Real interesting well prepared food with fusion feel. But in a really good way!
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    business meals, disabled access, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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  • great food as always but they
    nottinghilldiner
    Dined on 19/12/2012
    great food as always but they charged us for the water - normally we get chilled tap water without charge. the prices are high enough! Don't charge for chilled water - give it to us free, as you normally do.
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  • Dock Kitchen was fantastic,
    Jeffers
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    Dock Kitchen was fantastic, a bit out of the way but worth while, food and ambience was charming and met the chef
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    romance, special occasions, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stylish
    nottinghilldiner
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    always a good experience, but pls bring back the lunch deal. otherwise, way too expensive for anything but once a year
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  • A lovely lunch on the canal
    Ariel
    Dined on 30/9/2012
    Dock kitchen was a nice surprise. We went for lunch on a Sunday and there's a pleasant atmosphere. The menu was a little difficult to decipher at first, but the food is good. Service could be a little more efficient especially when it gets very busy, but they are always friendly so you tend to forgive them.
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eastern English
    foodiefun1VIP
    Dined on 27/9/2012
    terrific range of exotic ingredients to make simple and exciting dishes. Some credit that my Indian guests chose the chicken biryani and said that they had never had better
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant
    jollster
    Dined on 20/9/2012
    Dock Kitchen has interesting, original food in a fun, funkly environment. Great, motivated staff are truly interested in the food and in your enjoyment of it. A cool crowd. We have eaten there 6 or 7 times without a single bad dish - all the food is very seasonal and fresh - not heavy. Please don't go - it is hard enough getting a table already...
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  • A hidden gem
    valcov
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    I am very impressed with The Dock Kitchen, which is a lovely restaurant, especially if the weather is nice and you sit outside. The service was first rate - friendly and accommodating without being in-your-face. The food is excellent, the wine list is good and the ambience is relaxing. I'll definitely visit again.
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and unique concept
    snowbirdVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Food was good. Service was attentive. Perfect for our casual catch-up lunch with something special.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectations for outlook,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 31/8/2012
    Beyond expectations for outlook, service, food and wine...
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's go again soon!
    yumyum
    Dined on 15/8/2012
    Great place with exciting challenging menu. We had set menu which feels a tad spenny- but is a massive culinary adventure of lots of different tastes. Staff are all really lovely and passionate about food- as well as very knowledgeable. Restaurant does feel noisy but our table closer to the wall was better this week- versus up against the windows. Love the lighting and the simple flower decorations. Need an excuse to go again soon!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good overall. Nothing
    Tricky
    Dined on 15/8/2012
    It was good overall. Nothing particularly outstanding. Friendly service.
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  • Best in London
    kitkatVIP
    Dined on 14/8/2012
    Food great, ESP set menus, but atmosphere the best. Generous portions but prices creeping up
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dirty dock
    JeremyB
    Dined on 30/7/2012
    The waterway below the pontoons is thick with green algae - this does not give a great first impression. The Dock Kitchen is an unusual but welcoming space with one glass wall and a great outside eating area. In that section, close to the open kitchen, is a Tandoor. We started with chicken livers cooked in 7 spices and served with delicious tandoori flatbread. Followed by hake with trompette squash (a lovely new veg for us) and a giant pork chop on red peppers. Great food, friendly laid back staff BUT the whole place needed Mrs Mop to put on her marigolds. Fridge doors and other surfaces needed a wipe/scrub down and the the kitchen brigade need to visit the laundrette! The problem with open kitchens is that grubby kit shows! We will revisit
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service speed still needs work
    Helga14
    Dined on 23/7/2012
    Had a second very pleasant meal here. The service considering what we ordered for the business lunch was rather slow and they tried to give us other people's food twice. Very nice food though and there isn't much else in this area . Everything was nice and fresh.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising location
    Danzifra
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    I never noticed this restaurant although it is so close to Notting hill. Great atmosphere, attention to details, open kitchen where you can see the fresh ingredients being used...really a good experience!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.