The Lonsdale
The Lonsdale

The Lonsdale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelonsdale.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02077274080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Late Night

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from The Lonsdale
Since its unveiling in 2002, The Lonsdale – hip cocktail bar, restaurant and lounge in upscale Notting Hill – has become local favourite and destination venue all in one. Refurbished by top urban designers du jour dtwo, The Lonsdale offers freshly sumptuous surroundings to reflect the dawn of a new decade in dining and drinking, whether you’re enjoying a quick after work cocktail, lunchtime nibbles or the full gastronomic experience. And what an experience; luxuriant and comforting, dinner at The Lonsdale is about familiar flavours used in simple but sophisticated ways. The culinary focus here is on steak, specifically Cairngorm steaks sourced from Allens of Mayfair, Britain’s oldest butchers. And if you’re not big on steak, there are plenty of other tempting dishes on offer, including fab vegetarian options. Cocktails here are not to be missed – the extensive list features classics, house favourites, historical drinks and even Prohibition-suitable (non-alcoholic!) cocktails.
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The Lonsdale reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.8
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (30)special occasions (29)romance (29)fit for foodies (22)business meals (19)outstanding value (17)good vegetarian options (7)pre/post theatre (6)brunch (4)sunday lunch (2)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • 50% Quality?
    DcGib
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Came in on the 50% off offer and I really wonder if that affected the total service and quality. The restaurant itself had that trendy American diner/speakeasy feel to it. Service was pleasant but not all that attentive, which was the opposite I thought would happen - i'm not sure if that's a positive or a negative really. The food was generally good, but not great, and if i was paying the full menu price my steak would have gone back. Ordered medium-rare and parts were but parts were very medium. Pretentious i know, but a steak you've just gotta get right. It's really not that hard and at £28 a go it should be perfect frankly. Even so, at 50% off it was an amazing deal. Get in while you can, they can't run that forever i'm sure!
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    brunch, fit for foodies, romance
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  • enjoyed but not loved
    MMMMMMMVIP
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    food was quite nice although not cooked as requested. Service and staff seemed nice and accommodating of requests (e.g. turning music down). Would go again based off the deal
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  • JJjj
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    I went with my wife on a Friday night, not very busy but the food was very good. Staff friendly as well
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went with 5 girlfriends for
    lou7
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Went with 5 girlfriends for a birthday. The staff were lovely, food good and a really nice buzzy atmosphere at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food.
    Ruthied
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    We were meeting Friends from America, and the Lonsdale was recommended, It lived up to the recommendation. Our friends said it was as good as the restaurants in the US.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abit dissappointing
    SC26
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    We went there for the 50% discount. waited a long time for the food. we were offered bread but never came - didnt tell us that drinks would be more expensive if we took on the food deal. The steak was a litlt cold. The place is very good for a drinks enviroment but not for food.
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  • Great venue… and the food is fine.
    TomH
    Dined on 18/3/2014
    I live close to the Lonsdale, but until making this booking didn't know that it existed. The venue is fantastic, comfortable seating, good lighting, fantastic atmosphere. The food itself was a little disappointing - the salt and pepper squid was mediocre and the steak was tough. But overall the experience was enjoyable. It's the perfect venue to hire for a large event (birthday etc).
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terribly Disappointed
    MikeMcFadden
    Dined on 14/3/2014
    What a disappointment. We sat and ordered starters. They arrived after 30 minutes, and were room temp at best. After being seated for less than half an hour, the male maitre'd told us we needed to wrap up our meal and vacate the table. In 30 minutes. Our main courses had not even arrived at that point. I politely said that the entire episode was inexcusable, and that I was not interested in moving to the bar mid-meal. I was so mortified at the service and food that we returned our main courses untouched, cleared our check, and walked out: Something I've never done in more than 20 years of dining. After forty or fifty dinners at the Lonsdale over the past two years, I'm very sorry to say I will not be returning.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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  • Nice food, strange atmosphere
    helen86VIP
    Dined on 13/3/2014
    Can't fault the food, and the staff were lovely and attentive. But I found the decor really confusing- like a nightclub but with traditional British food. Half expected club music and drinks shots to come out. Despite this, had a lovely time and would go again based on the standard of the delicious steak and starters.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deal!
    Carmy
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food was great, the service fast and very friendly and welcoming staff. With the 50% discount it was very reasonable and I will definitely be going again on the same deal soon! The lobster risotto was gorgeous and the calamari with squid ink was delicious too. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be careful with the 50% discount,
    Zinkinpin
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Be careful with the 50% discount, because they won't apply it! Apart from this, food was excellent.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • The Lonsdale
    DN13VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The exterior doesnt give a lot away but once you are inside you are presented with a very nicely decorated and laid out venue. On the 50% of offer you cannot go wrong, considering most pubs charge a lot for run of the mill steak to get wine, beer, a ribeye, a rump, two portions of chips, a coffee and a desert + tip for £40 would be a stretch. To then have the same level of quality and service would be a miracle, the steaks were big, well cooked, come with a sauce of your choice (served on the side) and we thoroughly enjoyed. This is a great place, though i get that feeling in a few weeks time you wont be able to get in there as it will be just that popular, very much worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just went for meal for one
    Jake
    Dined on 27/2/2014
    Just went for meal for one but i saw parties and romantic couples wnjoying themesleves. Nothing much from the outside but you wll be pleasently surprised by the inside.
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    romance, brunch
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  • Great service
    Foodie23
    Dined on 22/2/2014
    Unfortunately, the menu shown on toptable isn't really what's offered. As a vegetarian at a steakhouse, I was limited to a mushroom gnocci. Service was great and the waitress said the chef could make a leek risotto, but i passed up the offer to have a starter and 2 sides instead and went home hungry! My fellow diners and me thought the food was quite average but service, drinks and ambience are great! Dessert was good though!
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    romance, group bookings
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  • Cool venue, average food
    ilovemaguireVIP
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    The venue is really cool, resturant at the back and the front cocktail bar gets very busy. The drinks menu alone is amazing! Many great cocktails and wines. We had the 50% off food offer so it was good value, otherwise I think it is overpriced. The steak we both had was good but not worth the full price of £27 each. The meat was a little dry for this price.
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    special occasions
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  • Fun, good value and nice food
    anngriffx
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    I've been to the Lonsdale once before a couple of years ago and thought it worth another go. The food is good, a bit better than average and a decently imaginative menu, which, with the 50% off, is good value. Wine is very disappointing, cocktails better, the decor reminiscent of a seedy nightclub, and the service very good and attentive considering it gets busy later at night. On a Friday night it started practically empty; by the end of the evening the bar out front was packed and the noise enormous - in testament to the acoustics, the restaurant was shielded from this remarkably well, considering. Overall worth a visit with the 50% off offer, without it there would be better but not a bad night out at all.
    Special Features:
    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Drinks!
    Frost
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    The service and drinks here are sincerely wonderful. Food is good as well and the menu has a great variety. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Surprise!
    Lockwood
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    I booked this rather than Hawksmoor for Valentines day. While pricey at £45+ a head with drinks the steak was the best I've had in London. A restaurant that is sharp on it's serving times, can do an immaculate Medium (not too rare and not well done) and great service. I'd recommend the steak as this is why you'd go, can't speak for the rest. The chips are superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • exceeded expectation...
    Norway
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great fillet steak in a mixed bar restaurant atmosphere, lively house music from the bar...didn't find it too loud or disturbing at all!
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    mnky
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I love this place, great food, lovely staff and really cool interior design throughout. My friends were impressed with my selection :)
    Special Features:
    special occasions, group bookings, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy anniversary
    RockCrystal
    Dined on 29/1/2014
    I visited The Lonsdale with my husband for our 4th wedding anniversary dinner. After a couple of unusual cocktails including the sweet/sour Fish House Punch dating from 1700 we dined on scallops and venison, with a glass of PJ champagne followed by a decent bottle of Nuits St Georges. The food was perfectly cooked and good value, on a January weekday evening when the restaurant was quite busy but not crowded. Although The Lonsdale was slightly off the beaten track, we would definitely consider a return visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Yummie
    Dined on 23/1/2014
    We Had the 50% off special offer. It was truly amazing value for money. Very special starters and mains with expensive and excellent ingredients. Desserts not as special. They looked great and very labour intense. The flavours were just not as great. Still, excellent value. The cocktails were lively too. Highly recommend on the 50% off offer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice ambience
    Tabasco123VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The Lonsdale has excellent cocktails, of course... but the food is really very good! The last 3 times I've been their I have been consistently impressed. And, becuase I booked on Top Table, there was a 50% off ala carte menu special, it was a great value!
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good with 50% offer
    deborahm10
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The look of the place is rather Essex and somehow it is in NottingHill! Not sure how it is still going after 10 years but perhaps it is because of things like the 50% offer which turns an expensive restaurant into one of reasonable value. The cooking is competently executed and has flavour - in fact it is better than the ambience by a long way.
    Special Features:
    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food, a great atmosphere
    Bambi
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Superb food, a great atmosphere even on an early Thursday evening. With top Table discount excellentt value. no hesitation in recommending.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food usually great
    gabsNHVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I love the food here, probably too pricey a la carte but good value with the totable offer when it applies. We had sadly one meat dish that was off and I'm not sure how that went through to the table but the service reacted fast. The rest of us had a great meal.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Juns69
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food great value great atmosphere. Don't understand why it was only half full. Would go again
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • JJjj
    Dined on 28/12/2013
    Had an excellent meal at the Lonsdale and would recommend. Very good food and nice atmosphere
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • work xmas meal
    SKHANVIP
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    Have had great steak here in the past and once again the Lonsdale did not disappoint. Great portion sizes and excellent quality steaks. However the menu would benefit from more reasonably priced wines.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Easydiner
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Good reviews prompted me to try this, but service was very slow and the food was delayed getting to our table and as a result had cooled down somewhat. Service was just about ok, quite polite but not at all attentive. Failed to provide steak knife which made me think the steak was initially tough. When I mentioned it was my daughter's birthday they made no effort to even put a candle her dessert, unlike every other restaurant we have been to! Buck up your service and your ideas. We may give it another try when the 50% off food comes back but not really worth it at full price. Hopefully the service will be better.
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    business meals
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  • Bar or restaurant?
    SocialEater
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    It was our second visit to the Lonsdale. We had a great evening but it was very crowded and incredibly noisy so we had to shout the whole time and kept being bumped and knocked. The start of the evening in the bar was better but once we were in the seated area it was a crush. Getting to the loo a nightmare! The food was excellent but the layout of the place could be better thought out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    The cocktails are superb, the food is delicious, the decor is moody and fun, so we always enjoy going to the Lonsdale. Not sure why its not very busy, though! Fantastic value when on a 50% food TopTable deal. We will come again.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really delicious starters,
    pixel
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Really delicious starters, and gorgeous, perfectly cooked steaks. Fantastic value with 50% off.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Wafflelicious
    Dined on 28/11/2013
    I've been meaning to try this place for a while but never had the chance to. I'm so glad that I've finally visited here as it's probably the best restaurant I've dined at in the whole of London! Literally full marks for everything! Luckily there was a 50% a la carte offer which made the experience much more enjoyable as me and boyfriend only celebrated our anniversary a couple of weeks earlier at the Gaucho in Piccadilly. I would definitely come back again. Great food, great service, great place! Thank you! :D
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Very good indeed
    dizzy73VIP
    Dined on 26/11/2013
    We went on the 50% deal and for the food that we had you just can't get a better deal than this. Service was very good and helpful. Fillet steaks were very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding value with 50% off
    RandomCoil
    Dined on 26/11/2013
    The food was really good, the steak excellent. With a 50% off coupon, that is outstanding value.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ideal for young people
    Disappointed
    Dined on 26/11/2013
    I have dined here with my tutees, university students from year one to four, and colleagues. The Lonsdale is spot on. The atmosphere is funky without being intimidating, the food is excellent, staff are very good and with a half price coupon even a larger group won't break the bank. Well done!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Atmosphere, Great Food!
    jjm1706
    Dined on 22/11/2013
    I host ed a business meal here. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant was ideal, and the music was just at the right level so you could have a conversation. The food we were served was exquisite. I would definitely use this venue for a business meal again.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 14/11/2013
    This is my 3rd time to this restuarant. As always the service is great, lovely ambience and great value on top tbale offer!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night out as always.
    Olivia12
    Dined on 14/11/2013
    Great Night out as always. Service and staff excellent
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.