Blixen

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925 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Blixen is a restaurant, garden and bar with private dining, located on the edge of the bustling and vibrant Old Spitalfields Market, East London – with its own peaceful atmosphere and vibe. Filled with plants and natural light aplenty, Blixen is an unexpected escape from the buzz of the city.

With a focus on casual European dining and beautiful design, we practise the true spirit of hospitality – arrive happy, leave happier.
 
We are open seven days a week, offering brunch, lunch and dinner, complemented by an eclectic wine list and exceptional cocktails – both upstairs and at The Bar Downstairs, our subterranean cocktail lounge.
 
So whether it’s for brunch with the gang, a romantic dinner in the Garden Room, or a prime position at the kitchen counter, there’s a space at Blixen that will suit you.

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IM
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Third time at Blixen over the last couple of months, another very enjoyable meal. Nice decor, food was good and friendly and efficient service. Nice place for a conversation.

SF
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had an enjoyable lunch at Blixen last week. My husband and I both went for one of the daily specials - the skate - and it was delicious. Good selection of wines available by the glass and carafe. Service was good. This was our second visit and we would return.

JH
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing love the pulled pork doughnuts and skillet of beef with excellent friendly service

c
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice for informal lunch, decent menu and reasonable prices

LL
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent appetizers and entrées, fun cocktails, convenient location. Good for dates or business meals.

PP
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved Blixen, environment was trendy and relaxing. Delicious coffee and food ....it was a great brunch menu. Only downside was our waitress who was quite off hand because we did not order straight away, reminding us we needed to be out within 90 mins !! The whole family felt offended !! Such a shame but we will be back despite the waitress !

ME
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The food was so terribly average - flavour combinations that didn’t work; over seasoned; small portions.

Service was bad: no front of house; slow service; no bread offered at the beginning of meal; no side plates offered with bread; whilst order was being taken, waitress walked off mid order with no explanation; poured still water into a water glass that still had sparkling water in it.

Wine was warm.

This used to be quite a good restaurant. Won’t return.

SV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, although booking said we would have to give up our table after 90mins we stayed chatting & having drinks for hours. Great food, lots of great recoil furniture too!

FH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely evening with my family; was pleasantly surprised that we got a quiet seat in the "garden" area because the last time I was there it was very overcrowded. Service was good and unobtrusive. It's not particularly cheap and portions aren't huge, but the food was good.

CT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was so incredible and definitely value for money! The staff were all lovely and accommodating. The decor is so beautiful and I can’t wait to return!!

CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday brunch. Delicious, great service and more reasonably priced that you’d expect.

KT
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visited Blixen for a brunch with my friend for her birthday and we both had a great time!
The venue itself is beautifully decorated with lots of space, fairy lights and plants :)
The staff were very friendly and attentive, and the menu hosted a great selection of different types of foods. As somebody participating in Veganuary I was very pleased and impressed with the options. I chose the Vegan bao bhaji bun and my friend picked the pancakes with bacon. The portion sizes were spot on and both our meals were tasty AF! I would definitely visit again and recommend !

NH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch with a creative selection would definitely recommend to friends.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good ambience! However, menu on OT is misleading. Didn’t know that they only do surf and no turf. Otherwise the surprise was bearable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Cena di capodanno.
Troppo rumore in sala, la gente urlava.
Io ho mangiato benissimo ma alcuni miei commensali hanno rimandato indietro l’anatra perchè troppo dura ed immangiabile (non gli è stata fatta pagare).
Staff gentilissimo

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AP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely NYE dinner at Blixen. The food was amazing as always, and staff are lovely. Had a great time, and look forward to being back soon!

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I dined early on New Years eve and enjoyed a lovely meal with good service in a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. We have been here before and will visit again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was welcoming and friendly. Definitely a joyful place for brunch.

DN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really good meal, following a late booking. The staff were friendly and attentive throughout - thank you.
All of us enjoyed the starters and mains with the exception of a basic salad which was requested as an alternative.
Would still go again.

CV
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Interesting food combinations, and a really nice atmosphere in the dining room

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average at best but lovely atmosphere

JC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , original menu . Staff very pleasant and obliging. A great place to stop off for any meal of the day.

CS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I ordered two Bloody Marys both off which tasted like gone-off weak cranberry juice. Our duck dish was served almost raw and we had to send it back. The chef prepared a completely new dish, but by the time it arrived the rest of our food was cold and we couldnt finish any of it. The waitness then asked if she could take our plates, to which we said yes, and then failed to come back to our table for another 30 minutes to collect the plates. I was very disappointed as the review I'd read for this place had been very good, but unfortunately based on my dinner, I cannot recommend it.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We came here for a Christmas get together just the 4 of us on Wednesday night. We were really looking forward to it but it was really disappointing. The service was very slow when we arrived we had to constantly get someone attention to order a drink. The most disappointing thing was the food though. We ordered lots of starters to begin with. The mushroom arancini balls were extremely bland. Just tasted like fried rice with no mushroom. The fish balls again were tasteless. It was all very bland and over priced. Won’t be returning

RO
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really great meal and friendly staff, would recommend. Lovely seating areas with intimate booths for easy conversations with friends and family

L
London
20 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue for a family celebrating my husband's birthday. Everything was really good and it was so natural, calm and in flow. We will definitely be back.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food not very nice, waitress got both orders wrong and no apology, rude staff, filthy stairs on way down to toilets. Won’t return or recommend

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu, lovely atmosphere and accommodating staff. Definitely coming back!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant evening with friends and attentive service. Tasty cocktails and food. The monkfish I had was cooked perfectly.

JT
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple but well prepared plates. Wines are not special and price-quality are out of proportion. Waiters are efficient and very friendly.

AO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and service. Already recommending it to friends.

KE
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and location on the edge of trendy Spittlefields market. Limited but interesting menu. Service polite if a little slow during our visit.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slick, friendly service. Chilled vibes and decor. Fantastic food. We'll go again!

LS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal and we were given a really nice large table for the 6 of us which was brilliant. Staff were friendly, attentive and the food was delicious. Really nice vegan options too

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was great. The ambience, food, and cocktails were all fantastic.

S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

This restaurant is average and the staff were quite rude

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely table back in the conservatory.

AM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the smoked haddock it was out of this world! Amazing food and good wine selections

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been here on a business lunch and socially and the venue provided good service, food and ambience for both.