Archipelago

4.6
435 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
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Situated in Fitzrovia W1, Archipelago is one of London’s most exotic and unusual dining destinations. As famous for its décor as it is for its menu, the cosy dining room is packed full of peacock feathers, palm trees and artefacts from all over the world. Archipelago promises to take diners on an uncharted culinary journey where signature meals of seared zebra, kangaroo fillet and African crocodile are offered alongside more conventional chicken and fish dishes. All of their ingredients are ethically sourced so diners are guaranteed a guilt-free gourmet experience. Archipelago also has a private dining room that can accommodate 25-50 people for a sit-down dinner. Whether it’s for a memorable dinner date or a gathering of your most adventurous friends, Archipelago is guaranteed to impress.
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KS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you are into exotic protiens and eccentric decor, than look no further than this exceptional place. The staff was friendly and informative without being pretentious. The food was flavourful and surprising with zebra and crocodile being my favourites. Try the dessert selections for a fantastic sweet finish to your meal. Furthermore, if you are truly adventurous, there is a “doctor’s visit” option on the bar menu that was truly shocking and spectacular.

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EY
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and creative dishes. One of the best restaurants I've ever been to.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for a fair price.
The atmosphere is perfect, our service was lovely and food was delightful

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ET
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. All the details are very well though through.
Food is really delicious, so you are not just tasting something "interesting", but food prepared really well.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The food, while a little exotic was presented in a lovely manner. Additionally, the flavor was quite fantastic. As for the service, it was equally amazing, we were not pestered too much, nor were our needs left to wait, it was a near perfect balance of all things to make a fantastic dining experience.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and well presented. The staff takes care of you and is very attentive to all your needs and food preferences.. The atmosphere is quite, warm and relaxing

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B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really fun!! The atmosphere is quaint, and most of the food was very good. Our only disappointment was that there were no chocolate covered scorpions.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.
Look forward to going back.

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PK
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and very interesting and delicious food. The ostrich tenderloin was amazing. The bug salad wasn’t quite what I expected. The mealworm and crickets/locusts were a relatively indistinguishable pile of bits. The only one major issue is their cocktails. Whilst very tasty, they are tiny! Half the size of most other bars/restaurants! Pls make them bigger and I would have given this place top marks. It isn’t a cheap place but not ridiculously expensive either. A good night out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Fantastic concept and the menu was great however it was let down by the lack of ambience (besides the ornaments) and needed music or a bar area to make it feel more special. It wasn’t helped by the fact we were dining with only 3 other couples on a Friday night (8pm to 9:30pm), really disappointing considering it’s high rating on TripAdvisor...perhaps we came at the wrong time!?

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TW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An intriguing, unusual place to dine. My party went with a courageous, adventurous spirit and tried everything from Python to Ants to chocolate covered Scorpions.
We had a wonderful evening and although I wouldn’t be rushing to eat worm meal anytime soon, I know that I could survive if I had to.

BTW the Ostrich was truly scrumptious.

Highly recommended.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was told my booking was cancelled earlier in the day as they couldn't get hold of me - no missed calls or emails.
Someone in my party was shouted at by the 'manager' for trying to move away when his colleague spilt red wine on him.
Food ok, quite kooky in layout. Disappointed overall.

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WS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a unique restaurant that allows you to explore the different flavours from around the world. The flavours and spices are perfect and it felt like a rare treat to try the exotic animals on the menu. The service was lovely and very helpful in ordering. It was a great ambiance with all the wonderful decoration and its a small restaurant making it intimate. Food was tasty. Wine was delicious and the price was good value for money.

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SF
London
81 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved this place. The decor is very eclectic and unusual, the staff were welcoming and friendly, they explained the rather exotic menu and took the time to describe each plate as it arrived. The food was very good and well presented. I had the belly pork to start, my friends had the Pacific volcanoes and the crispy zebra jerky and they were all excellent. Our mains of ostrich steak and sirloin were equally good too.

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PR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Incredible restaurant if you're not scared to venture - this is a must go for a "foodie".
Try the kangaroo, the zebra and the crocodile - marvellous and delicious!

Cute little restaurant with no more than 10 tables surrounded by over-the-top jungle decorations; the team is incredibly kind, attentive (without being overbearing) and well knowledged.

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l
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect birthday lunch, tried so many new things and it was amazing. service was 10/10 and even managed to scramble together a birthday surprise at the end very last minute. Would 100% go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly unique dining experience. Incredible service, unusual dishes, and a lovely setting. Highly recommended the pork belly starter, the crocodile curry, and the bee dessert!

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. Great to have an opportunity to try something different and all the food tasted amazing. We even ended up getting another desert they were so good!

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OD
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dare to try unusual dishes from all around the world with a fair touch of creativity and the sense of fusion cooking.
Insects, snake, alpaca, kangaroo, crocodile...everything was excellent (with a special mention for the crocodile in vine leaves and the alpaca which reminded me of a recent trip to Peru)

A very eclectic deco with evey detail carefull thought. A smiling and very helpful service.
Worth every single minute there. Children allowed (they loved it)
What's the password again? ;-[)
O. and familiy from Belgium

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L
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

everything was great - exceptional service and food

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AD
Kent
124 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quirky restaurant with a very interesting menu. Came here to celebrate my son's 22nd birthday. He loved it and so did we! Nothing else quite like it in London!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very original ! You have to taste it !

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful experience, not one for the squeamish or the inadventuros, the menu is like something from I'm a celeb get me out of here!

Make sure you try the bug salad and kangaroo, the bugs are crunchy like pork crackling but not as salty, the kangaroo is more 'beefy'.

I loved the vibe, peacock feathers and Buddha's, you just have to give the place a try!

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Cool idea. Great restaurant - not all meats will be to your taste....

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unusual (as expected) and well presented. Each course was different and very tasty. The restaurant decor suggest you are in for something different and you are! But it was even better than expected.

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HH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reallly good service and wonderful experience. Food was very tasty, very unusual.
Love the decor and uniqueness of the restaurant. Would recommend.
Puddings are amazing and cocktails wonderful

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KL
London
49 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun menu with lots of unusual choices. A little pricy but better value at lunch time.

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic exotic food, lovely decor and ambience

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

Archipelago was everything we hoped for. Amazing ambiance, fantastically exotic menu, very good service and excellent cocktails. We thought it was a little pricey, but overall a thoroughly enjoyable dinning experience.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful and highly unusual restaurant with everything from python to ostrich on the menu. Everything was brilliantly prepared and delicious, and the staff were helpful and attentive without being overbearing. Definitely worth a trip.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience I’ve already recommended it to all my friends !!

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d
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, great food, staff explained each course so you knew exactly what you was eating, can't fault it

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic !! Great food and service cannot recommend enough we will be back

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JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was nice: loved the spicy alpaca and the zebra as starter. Service was not amazing.

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F
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, great food - a must!!

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was really looking forward to dining at this restaurant and I couldn't have been more disappointed. The experience had the cheap neighbourhood restaurant feel. The dishes did nothing to showcase the authentic ingredients. Service was really bad, cold and unwelcoming. I wouldn't go back and it is no surprise the restaurant was empty. Missed opportunity for the owners. This place needs a dramatic makeover.

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S
London
43 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

As ever, Archipelago impressed my business guest and felt like a unique, memorable place to eat. The food is adventurous, beautifully cooked and very tasty. I first ate there in the old premises which were close by about 18 years ago, so this is a stalwart of the London scene.
The staff are engaged, knowledgable and have personality. My only criticism is that, given it's quite an expensive night out, I'd like the waiting staff to be smarter, especially the manager, who looked like he'd just been working in the kitchen in his shirtsleeves.
However, they do try to make the experience interesting with some neat touches, like the way the menus and bill are presented. On the whole, recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are very attentive and help you order some weird food off the menu. It was an amazing experience (it was also my birthday, we didn't mention this but they saw a card I opened and added a candle to the desert.) very sweet and attentive. Definitely one to remember! Thank you

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SP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ingredients are not just exotic, they are spectacularly prepared. A gastronomic jewel in the crown!

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

Great variety of unusual food, slightly on the expensive side but it is filling.
Interesting decor, friendly and helpful service.

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