Bow Wine Vaults - Brasserie

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44 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
From the people who brought you the buzzing and beloved Motcomb's on the other side of town comes the Bow Wine Vaults. This quaint and casual restaurant is set on the corner of Bow Lane, where the al fresco tables are in hot demand when the weather allows. Inside, there's a wine bar on the ground floor with seating area and a more formal vault dining room below stairs, with soft lighting and white table cloths. Even so, the ambience is relaxed rather than buttoned-up. The menu is a combination of continental favourites with an Eastern accent, accompanied by a truly blistering wine list. Try starter of grilled galette of goats cheese with roasted croutons and salad, main course of king scallops with tiger prawns wok-flamed with cognac, then skip the pud and go for the beautiful cheeses.
What 44 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
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4.2
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4.0
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3.9
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TerryE
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience2

As always food and service was excellent. Obviously limited choice on the menu due to Covid and no other diners in the restaurant for the same reason.
Will continue to be our favourite wine bar in the square mile.

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NicholasR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be back! Great food, great value, great service!

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vipZannatul
London
18 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

nice friendly staff. good portion size. amazing dessert

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vipFuzzy
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great table in the Brasserie, liver and bacon very tasty plus a delightful bottle of Lynn Grove from South Africa ..

Happy Days 😀

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Joann
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met an old friend here for a quick lunch catch up. We both had the grilled skate and it was done really well, buttery and flavourful. The white wine selection is good too. Since it is a pub, you can expect some chatter from your surroundings but nothing too loud that you can't hear your own voice. Service was excellent.

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vipElf37
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic service - always fantastic food... The mushroom ravioli is amazing

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JulianL
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good as was the service although we were overcharged for wine - we had two two glasses but were charged for four. I will definitely use the restaurant again.

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vipSerialdiner
London
66 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I hadn’t been to the Restaurant for many years. The restaurant downstairs has been imaginatively decorated to provide a light airy environment. There weren’t many customers so atmosphere downbeat. The staff were a little too laid back for my liking but we weren’t in a rush so no harm done. The food was excellent and wine list good.

The upstairs bar looked tired in comparison but brightened by the enthusiasm and geniality of the staff. Drinks prices reasonable. All in all a good dining experience but restaurant staff need to be more attentive and aware.

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vipFuzzy
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, Easy Afternoon .. arrived 1.00 departed 5.30 .. all ingredients present ..

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JohnR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The overall experience was very good, we have visited a few times and the food is consistently excellent.

JA
JAM61
London
11 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service at a very reasonable price. Highly recommend.

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vipConfordpark
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Simple fare, well made. Service very good.

JA
JAM61
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Small independent wine bar that serves great food and an excellent choice of wines. Old school but the best.

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tobiasricardus
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, reasonable prices

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Bruce
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great feel, buzzy and welcoming. Nice food. Nice little restaurant

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AntC
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu with something to meet all tastes. Caught the last of the summer sun and was able to sit outside for lunch, which provides a nice setting beside the old church. The sea bass was lovely. We did not have a huge amount of time but having enjoyed the main course, found the time to squeeze in the Cheesecake - well worth it.

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Goatboy
Devon
35 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Underrated restaurant IMO. Only criticism was the huge glass of wine I was served. Only one size on the menu which was priced as a small. When the bill came I was charged for a large which I never asked for, nor was offered. This place can do better and stop serving buckets of wine as standard. It’s unnecessary

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cmoneileen
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good place to bring friends. Attentive service.

JP
JaneP
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service, lovely outdoor lunch in a warm sunny day.

JB
JoannaB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked to sit in the basement restaurant and on a hot sticky day it was pleasantly cool. It was quiet, but as its quite small even with just 4 of us there to start with, the restaurant still had a good ambience. Food was excellent and I felt very reasonably priced. Portions were generous but not so much that you couldn't eat it all. My husband was opening some birthday presents and the waitress noticed this and asked, when he was away from the table, if we would like a dessert with a candle. We said yes and later the waitress brought in lemon tart, our choice with a candle and Happy Birthday written in syrup on the plate! Excellent service by our waitress.
The house white wine at £18.50 was very pleasant and good value. An excellent meal in very nice surroundings. We would happily go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good dining options service and food excellent six of us dining and no complaints from anyone. Good value for money considering location. Menu options more than adequate and wine list comprehensive and reasonably priced.

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SueL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location just behind Bow Church. Very nice staff and service was excellent. A bit squashed in my seat but managed. Due to my first choice having run out I went for the cod, which was a mistake for me as I prefer stronger flavours, however, nicely presented. We stayed until 4pm so thumbs up for not moving us on!

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LornaW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tucked away in Bow Lane you will find this traditional restaurant that offers good service and a wide choice on the menu. Guests enjoyed themselves and will be going back next year

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EmmaW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Very busy lunchtime. Our service was sloooow. Food better on last visit. Great ambience.

MA
MrAC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Lunch time service, rude waiter outside. Took 10 minutes to see the menu for a waiter to take our order. Waited over 30 minutes for the mains to be served. We had to rush to eat our meal in 10mins.

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vipgolfer7
New England
552 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

nice menu, nicely prepared bistro food, fun City setting in a cozy alley and great server made for a nice lunch with my wife near St. Paul's. we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great attentive service, well priced very good food - nice menu that wasn't 6 pages long, and a very reasonable but good wine list that didn't make you gasp!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2015
Overall2food2service1ambience4

A great Chicken Caesar Salad was spoiled by a) being so large it could not have been finished by three people and b) was awash with far too much dressing. Both issues so easy to get right too - a real shame.
Maybe somewhere on the menu it said I'd be charged for my bread roll and butter, but I'm just not used to paying for what should be (and is almost everywhere in Europe) complimentary.
Then there was the discretionary service charge, which wasn't really warranted thanks to an unsmiling smug waitress who seemed amused that the guy I was supposed to meet there for lunch did not show up - he'd suffered a family bereavement, as it turned out.
Good for wine by the bottle with the city slickers, great location and a nice ambience too, but let down by distain for the food and the customer...

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vipanon
London
42 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to visit. Will definitely be booking again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
189 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2015
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Good venue with a TV for the cricket.
Service was pretty good.
They certainly pushed the extra bottle of wine.

NN
vipNomNom
London
22 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a superb lunch here with a friend, managed to get a table outside so we could watch the world go by and enjoy the pleasant weather.
Food was delicious and portions generous. It was busy but the staff were quick and courteous.
We would definitely recommend and will return.

KR
KingwoodRoyal
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great value location for lunch in the City. Friendly service and hearty food.

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deebee
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I am a regular here and would recommend it for a good business lunch. Service is efficient, quick & friendly. Wines obviously very good. The Crab Omlette is perfection!

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viprl252
London
22 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had lunch with a colleague and found the Bow Wine Vaults to be a pleasant venue. The service was good, the food fine and nothing in the restaurant which impeded our discussions. An easy choice for similar meetings in the future.

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vipanon
London
42 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met here with a client, perfect venue for a relaxed casual lunch with good food and good service offered great value to money.

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draeburn
London
29 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good, and the service was excellent. The only downside is despite reserving, we still only got a table inside....everyone else bar one other table was outside.

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WinnermarkII
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bow Wine Vaults has been a decent venue for years. The menu is unpretentious but varied with a comprehensive wine list. It is probably best in summer when it is possible to dine al fresco.

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vipMichael
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2013
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just what was required. Efficient friendly service and good food too.

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mata
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2013
Overall3food3service4ambience3

very good for a quick business lunch, as its pretty standard fare and nobody should have a problem with the food on offer. wouldn't go there privately as it's nothing special, really. service is very nice, though

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vipDora
London
22 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent quality of meat for my steak and my two diners had pretty decent meals. Not mind blowing but good enough to take a client and feel comfortable.

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Bow Wine Vaults - Brasserie is rated 4 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

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