Blixen

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957 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.
What 957 People Are Saying
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AbigailM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and cocktails. Also great value for money, so impressed.

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SteveH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Generally a good meal. The octopus strarter has jus three pieces of octopus! However, what there was, was good. The waiting staff weren’t very attentive.

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ThomasB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service. Friendly people. Recommended to anyone

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MD298
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The restaurant was great from layout through to service but the weakest part was the actual food unfortunately (drinks downstairs in the bar however were really nice). We all had different things from the menu and portion sizes were unnecessarily small, tasty enough but all on the small side.

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a really nice evening. The food was very good I liked it a lot. Service was nice and friendly but unfortunately not quite attentively.
But we will go again.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little spot for brunch. We were served by a very lovely french girl, the service was attentive and friendly. Our food arrived promptly and it was delicious.

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RMD94
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The portions were tiny. Can’t believe I paid £17 for a very small ball of pasta. The dessert was nothing like described on the menu, so I was very disappointed even without the fact that it was £7. Also, the waiter didn’t know what was in the green veg side dish. He told me green beans and it was Pak Choi...

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vipWellsy
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was nice. Was a bit odd that we had to choose between set menu and al la cart, we both had to have the same... why?
Food was ok. restaurant was a bit too cool (cold) for my comfort

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sheenaw
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Limited brunch menu. Zero deviation from the menu. Limited wine selection. Will not go back on a Sunday

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MehernaazG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very charming restaurant with friendly service. Had a lovely lunch and look forward to eating here again. The cocktails are delicious!

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vipCoffeeLover
Canberra
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Blixen has a really great menu and friendly staff in a nice location. A good place to meet up with friends.

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Delicious
London
18 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious tasty food in a stylish yet comfortable setting. We were so fortunate as we booked at short notice and were blown away by the yummy food.

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Craig
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food here was great. We were initially placed on a small noisy table so asked if we could move to the kitchen bar seats. These seats were great and we got a full view of the Kitchen. Apart from our initial seating, this was a really good and enjoyable experience.

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DeniseB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood! We especially loved the scallops.

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AdamM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Really nice atmosphere, and a lovely environment for an intimate date. However, my sea bass main was very salty and the waitress did not come back to check or ask if everything was ok with our meal.

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vipJake
London
23 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Great food but a little salty. Great service. Very nice indeed.

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Person1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and range of choices. Nice wine. Would recommend.

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JohnH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Yes for food and service but need to ensure more comfortable seating.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner to catch up after work

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OsvaldoM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Lovely atmosphere and staff, and the food is incredible. Would definitely recommend.

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AlexR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, would have appreciated larger portions! Also Bloody Marys were pretty forgettable - a brunch menu in east London really needs to have that sort of thing nailed. Otherwise, great, and lovely setting.

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Stella
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from an interesting menu. Great staff and quick service.

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a lunch with excellent service throughout. Relaxed atmosphere and surroundings added to the positivity of the experience with just one minor negative to prompt a comment. Both of us felt our main courses could have been served ‘hotter’. Some argue that food that is too hot denies you enjoying the flavours of the meal but our personal preference is for food to be hot. We both wish to emphasise that this should not be interpreted as a huge criticism

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GeorineH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The 3 starters chosen were rather disappointing, the pedrones and the butternut salad did not have much taste but the cod cakes and their sauce were delicious. Then the 3 main dishes we had were equally delicious but we had to wait about 20-25 minutes between starters and main which ruin our appetite a little. But again the mains were very nice, especially the one with saukraut and beef. last but not least, our drinks were a little bit unexpected, it was a bit difficult to have an idea of the mix juices proposed on the menu although very original but the cocktail was delicious. Overall, we were very happy to eat at the back of the restaurant, surrounded by plants and the waitresses were nice and helpful.

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RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic place. Absolutely loved the food and the atmosphere. Service sometimes a little slow to react but can highly recommend!

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Kks87
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Asked waitress whether the casing on the sausage was beef or pork. Said she was pretty sure it was pork, but wasn’t 100%. Seemed hesitant and frustrated about having to go and check with the kitchen regarding this. It was only when it was ascertained that she was 100% sure that she went and asked. Just because it says pork sausage on the menu does not always mean all constituents of it are pork, there’s many pork sausages that have a beef or lamb casing.

It’s quite a simple question, I appreciate it was a busy time but when you’re paying on higher end to get a cooked breakfast, and you have religious reasons for asking, I don’t see what the problem is. Also no butter offered with the toast and no condiments offered.
Took ages for my friend to get a drink ordered.
Giraffe or Wetherspoons have better service

Service aside, food was great.

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finedinner007
London
17 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went for celebration new year and Independence Day for Britain. We had table in their garden area and it’s quiet and nice. The staff were friendly and service was great. My starter butternut squash was very disappointing, the dumplings was hard and chewy. Very all was good place for meeting people.

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larky
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food, cooked and presented perfectly in a lovely environment. Like the way the restaurant is divided into sections each with unique feel.

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vipOL17
London
57 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great place within Spitafields markets for Brunch, dinner, the food and selection was good for brunch, the decoration of the restaurant is great too, the perfect place to hide indoors for a cold and wet winter day!

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PhilW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a gamble to travel from Marble Arch to Shoreditch for Sunday brunch all based on the Time Out review. Delicious, inventive food, excellent coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was good food and ambience, maybe a bit pricey for the food. It was a shame that there was a charge for bringing a birthday cake which we in the end refused. There are plenty of places that don’t do a cakeage charge so will go there next time

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AkashB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The starters were delicious. I felt like the pork belly was to hard and the duck was too chewy. But overall the restaurant experience was very good. Thank you for allowing us to dine.

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vipIvanaM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
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.

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SusanF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
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.

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JulietH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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chrisc
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice for informal lunch, decent menu and reasonable prices

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vipLiveLaughLoveNDance
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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PoppyPee
London
2 reviews
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 !

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MikeE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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