The Restaurant at Antidote

4.3
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278 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European

About

Tucked away from Carnaby Street, Antidote is a restaurant with a wine bar spread over two floors.
Great sourcing is central to our philosophy. Our food is focused, contemporary and simple. The menu changes every day depending of the products we receive in the morning. Our extensive wine list comprises of the very best small producers of biodynamic and organic wines, largely from France.
Head Chef: Daniel Whalan.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Wine Bar:

Monday to Saturday: 12pm -11pm

Restaurant:

Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm / 6pm-10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7287 8488
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Daniel Whalan
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
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LC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Good food, at rather small but appropriate portions. Excellent wine list, but most of the more interesting bottles are kept in a display stand at the entrance, good for showing off but in suboptimal (too warm/too bright) conditions. This didn't affect the bottle we opened however.

My real issue is with their business practices. An "optional" 12,5% service charge was added to my bill without informing me or asking my permission. The bill arrived wrapped around their business card with the lettering on the inside. Not ever before having had an "optional" charge added without being asked about this I paid without questions. I only found out about this once I arranged my things at home.

I emailed the restaurant about this but haven't yet had a reply. I look forward to this being addressed.

GT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Food was very high quality, creative, sensible fairly modest portions and really good value.

AT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were 6 people, who had a great evening at antidote with great wine and food. Can highly recommend this place.

Q
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. Brilliant wine list. The lamb was superb

BJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a regular stop for us in London. Excellent wine list and a small, beautifully prepared menu with creative ingredients.

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

payment machine didn't work so they took my card details and said they would email the receipt. No email has been received.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you soooo much for the Beaujolais . The wine and the cheese are amazing. It was a lovely evening.

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were going to the Palladium and needed to eat early and light before the Show. It is primarily a wine bar so the menu is quite limited if you wanted a full 3 course meal. The food was very good and we had the house red wine and it was very good. Had a nice French atmosphere and the staff were friendly and organised.

M
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Poor taste of the plate didn’t t enjoy it and very espansive for what it is
I don’t know if they changed the chef but before was much better food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely service & french ambience.
Great selection of french wines & champagnes.
Would be cautious to eat here if you had many dietary requirements as menu is very limited. More choice including vegetable options would be nice

F
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Chris!

JD
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place tucked in the centre of Soho area. What I loved about it was the fact that ambience is great, it is not loud, allows you to have a conversation. Food and wine selection was very good which should not surprise.

RG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but portion was very small and they do not serve sides!
The location just off Carnaby Street was surprisingly quiet.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been several times with different groups of friends and Antidote always lives up to expectation. Amazing wine list with loads of new varieties to explore and delicious ever-changing menu.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for natural wine and interesting food.

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Rather a let down really...... small portions , which would have been ok if packed with flavour, but they were not..... food rather bland. Missed pudding as we didn’t want to spend another 20 quid on average.Great wines though although a tad pricey.

s
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the staff were very friendly. Antidote has become one of the restaurants that I frequent and I like that the menu changes regularly. Very happy and looking forward to my next visit.

G
Bristol
32 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The wine choices were great and the place was buzzing with people and excitement on arrival. The decor is nice. The food tasted good but the service was super slow. We ordered wine to go with the food. The wine arrived after the food and the champagne didn't turn up.

F
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is the most creative I have ever had (and I used to be a chef). Intriguing and imaginative flavour combinations that surprise and delight the palate. The wine list is large and interesting, and the cheese plate is excellent. Antidote is a terrific restaurant, head and shoulders above anything in the price range in London.

P
London
47 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, seasonal food. It's billed as "French small plates" and it sort-of is. There were eight dishes overall (plus deserts). Our waitress described four as starters and four as mains. There were four of us, so we ordered on of each and, indeed, the "starters" (which were smaller) came first, then a gap and then the the "mains", so it's not really tapas-style, but it's easy to share everything. I really like the idea of having a menu with only a few dishes that changes regularly, so will certainly go there again. The wine our waitress recommended was excellent, and in fact the service in general was excellent.

AW
London
207 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fun, lovely convenient location post shopping or pre theatre, food is delicious and delightfully imaginative dishes using great food combinations. Very charming service and a firm favourite.

OT
Edinburgh
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fantastic food. Wine was good. Seats were bloody uncomfortable. A decent and moderately priced restaurant in a busy spot.

BB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My 3rd visit to Antidote. The food is very good but with a limited menu which is normally fine but on this occasion I did not enjoy their fish selection. Excellent starter and desserts.

m
London
40 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

really tasty fine french food and organic wines. Tables aren't the most comfortable but service is lovely.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was quite experimental but certainly tasty and well presented. We were welcomed by friendly staff and very well looked after throughout our meal. I've read reviews suggesting this venue has little atmosphere. I disagree. There was a real buzz by 9pm and the lighting and unfussy tables all added to the ambience. The only slight criticism is that the chairs were fairly uncomfortable making sitting for longer than an hour a bit of an issue, so we sat on our coats! Other than that tiny thing, would definitely recommend this restaurant!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great attention to the food, wonderful wine list. Always very well prepared. Space to breath in the center of the city, both for lunch, dinner or just a very good glass of wine.

LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very classy joint. Impeccable service, great food and wine, nice intimate atmosphere and fairly priced.

WT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We picked this restaurant out of the blue, not knowing really what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised. The service was friendly and professional and the food was excellent, slightly different menu but exceptionally tasty.
I would definitely return again.

FT
Hertfordshire
28 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Quiet, great service, tasty simple french food. A gem of a find and a great place for a business lunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food and wine let down by slow and often confused seeming service - 25 minute wait to order food, initially brought the wrong bill, waitress complained that we hadn't left a taste of the wine we ordered for her despite pouring herself a generous tasting sample to start. Put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise lovely celebration meal.

DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good attentive service. A shame one of the starters was already unavailable by 7 but hey. the main courses were fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This restaurant presented a completely different experience than the on-line review (dated summer 2016) that led us to book. Although there were few other customers we waited the better part of an hour for the mains which arrived cold to tepid unappetizely presented. Wines were interesting and good but go elsewhere for a good meal.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely venue and incredibly good value for the quality of the food. Staff were really very lovely if a little stretched. Downstairs is really buzzy and the dining room marginally less so. Would go back definitely.

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, terrific wine list, excellent service and very knowledgeable staff, especially with regards to the wine list.

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant/ wine bar has quality food, wine and service without any gimmicks.

OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr nettes Personal, feine Speisen und tolle Weinempfehlung und das alles zu einem für London sehr ordentlichen Preis! Für den nächsten Londonaufenthalt schon eingeplant!

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EI
London
215 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We booked a table in the upstairs restaurant for a business lunch - which was just right. It was busy enough in the bar, and there were other diners up stairs too, but it wasn't too noisy for a 6 person conversation. Tables are well spaced and chairs are more comfortable than in the bar down stairs. Service was lovely and the food was exceptional. As before, the wine list too was exceptional - hardly a decent bottle to be had below £50. I work near and would be a regular for business and personal meals if it wasn't;t for the extortionately expensive wines.

AC
London
22 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful small menu, with outstanding dishes. Treasure trove of an organic & biodynamic wine list with professional and passionate sommelier to help you along! Highly recommended.

s
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for a catch up with my gf - the dining area was quiet being week night but service was pretty good. Had a Galician octopus for starters with chickpeas - good flavour. Wish the octopus itself was slightly bigger :)

No qualm with Dexter beef sirloin - served nicely in medium rare and the artichoke plus the pickles added additional texture and flavour.

Very good - will be back again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and the wine were very good, the atmosphere very pleasurable. The waiters was so nice but the service was a little bit so long...