Brasserie Joel

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1425 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French

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Pre/post Theatre
This South Bank French Brasserie Restaurant is ideally located at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, near the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.


Brasserie Joël holds 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence

Special Offers

Pre-theatre set menu: £20

...enjoy a starter and main or main and dessert from £20pp, from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Daily 17:30-18:30

Wine & dine date night: £39

Dinner for two: 3 course set menus and one bottle of Pinot Grigio or Malbec, £39 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 2 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-21:15
Mon-Sat 17:30-22:15

Monday: Bring your own wine

Bring your own wine for free when ordering from a la carte.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon 17:30-22:15

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:15PM - 9:15PM
Mon - Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 10:15PM

What 1425 People Are Saying
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EB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. Menu has plenty of variety.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and service. Friendly, busy atmosphere - people staying in the hotel bringing their young children. Delicious food. Needs more choice on the wine list below£40.

DB
Mobile
68 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've dined at Brasserie Joel many times but not for some time. The menu has altered and with it the standard of food - which has improved. Wine List was excellent too. Service was good and not intrusive. Atmosphere perfect.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent (i believe his name was Robert). Food and cocktails were good. It was my birthday and nice that they made a fuss by writing happy birthday on my dessert in chocolate. My only complaint is that the booths by the kitchen were too low (I was eating almost at chest height) and you can’t lean back because the seat slopes forward instead of backwards so your chin ends up pointed towards your chest if you lean back. But otherwise it was a good dinner.

KB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Booked the special offer (2 courses for £20) but wasn’t presented with the set menu until we requested it. Sides cost extra (of course).
Quite swanky interior but also very dark. Nice though, would go again. Handy location. Tasty mocktails in the bar and friendly bar staff.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vacation! Special to me. ;)

J
London
166 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great pre theatre menu, food was outstanding. Service was very good ... the staff efficient and very pleasant.
But the drinks and wine were ridiculously expensive

VD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, food was great service exceptional.

C
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Already did recommend Brasserie Joel to an American friend and colleague. Enjoyed the ability to talk with friends/colleagues without losing my voice by having to talk loud to overcome music and other noise. Food was very good. Portion size was ideal. Quality of food was excellent.

p
Detroit
153 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent - my husband said that the French onion soup was the best he had ever had - and he's ordered in numerous times over the years, so I take that as high praise. My dinner was excellent, too.

R
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Foid was very good. Service was wuick though they got my drink order wrong.
It is in a hotel and there were many children in the room who were quite noisy.

r
London
88 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been here quite a few times and have always had an enjoyable experience.

RH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good place for a lunch meeting if someone if coming to Waterloo

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brasserie Joel is a tasteful and refined restaurant situated within the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel.

Subdued lighting and modern decor help to create a romantic yet relaxed atmosphere, and the staff are the perfect amount of attentive.

My dining partner and I ordered the ratatouille casserole and the Argentinian rib-eye steak. Both were delicious and at a reasonable price considering the restaurant's prime location on London's south bank.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed pre theatre menu. Food and service excellent.
Very helpful staff, made us feel very welcome.

U
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Very attentive staff. Disappointing starter of goat’s cheese and ‘tomatoes’ which turned out to be sun-dried - in the middle of the prime growing season with all the wonderful heritage varieties available these days. Food perfectly pleasant but just to give a heads-up, 3-courses and one glass of wine came in at £110.

r
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

appetizers were excellent, but the main courses were mediocre and the service also was. It eventually improved but it was not commensurate with what you would expect at a very nice hotel.

CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Quite pricey
Food ok
Quite noisy couldn’t have a ‘private’ conversation

AC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was almost deserted. There was a selection of dead carnations on the tables and the vegetarian main course was heavy on pasta and oil but light on vegetables. A very disappointing experience.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

It seems they just want to kick us out quickly because we didn’t order dessert or drink after dinner. Take our glass without asking or offering more water. Food is not generous compared with the price. I ordered scallops, 4 small pieces.

JH
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Welcoming staff, eager to help but we felt the food choices were a little limited. Ambience was very good, music not too intrusive.

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good resturant, if a little expensive. Food good service also, would eat here again.

GW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food, good French based menu, and attentive service. We were unaware that the restaurant is part of a hotel complex and felt that the restaurant lacked ambience and atmosphere but this could be due to the fact that we dined on Sunday evening. The wine and drinks menu could have been more extensive.

S
London
39 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was lovely - liked the bring your own wine on a Monday! Service was disappointing - basically ignored. We poured our own wine, were not offered any water so fortunately had a bottles in our bags. No offer of dessert or coffee or anything else. Server was pleasant but not at all proactive. Restaurant steady but not busy. As we’d been sitting for 2 hours we were ready to go - didn’t bother to challenge 12.5% service charge. Really nice food but service let them down tonight.

DB
Mobile
69 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always this restaurant is excellent. Food, service and ambience perfect.

v
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had a table booked for 12 noon, but they were still laying tables 15 minutes before and the restaurant was closed. The food was extremely underwhelming with no vegetables included in the main, even though the plate price was £20. The music was too loud and there was nil ambience. No surprise the restaurant was virtually empty.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

They didn’t do anything to celebrate my anniversary, let down

SM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was reasonable. It was very presentable but nothing more than home cooked good. The service was attentive and personable but the seating wasn’t comfortable with one seat much higher than the sofa bench style seating. The most disappointing element though was the sound level we found it impossibly loud making it extremely difficult to have a quiet meal where we could hear each other speak. Not what we had hoped for at all.

MB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Good food and good service. I recommend that place when you travel to London

CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very noisy environment with a lot of young children. Maybe have a quiet area for patrons who wish to sit somewhere where you can hear the conversation ?

HT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my meal , service good but portions could be bigger

AN
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a pre theatre dinner. Would highly recommend the scallops and black pudding pasta.

RB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent value but the wines were overpriced.

RW
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We had booked a table at 10pm for a post theatre supper and as soon as we were seated we were told that the kitchen shuts at 10.30.
We promptly ordered but were rushed through each course - literally having the plates whisked away as soon as we put the cutlery down.
The dining room was empty considering that it was Friday night in central London and consequently there was no atmosphere.
The food was ordinary.
A disappointing end to a great night.

SA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Very poor.
A cassoulet for £20 comprised a lot of beans, half a smoked sausage, a tiny piece of pork belly and a scrap of duck.
The £40 bottle of Rioja could not have been more than £10 in a supermarket.
The only positive was the service, which was very professional.
Famous chefs should not give their names to establishments such as this.

c
Glasgow
33 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great first time experience.
Menus not that original, but standard London fayre.
Lovely staff, great service, clever and unobtrusive. Would give 6* if i could. That's what the service charge is for though i suppose.
Would definitely return and or recommend.

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I booked a table for 10 people and we were given a lovely long table in the middle of the restaurant. We had the set menu which was good especially the salmon for main and pear and almond tart for pudding. The chilli beef although tasty did not look that appetising. The most disappointing thing was the service which was rather chaotic and disorganised. There was no-one to take our orders and then one waiter came to take one person’s order and then disappeared for another 5 minutes before I had to call him back to take the rest of the tables orders. There was also quite a delay between drinks served and the various courses. A good value meal overall with the set menu and Bellini but the service let it down slightly.

AM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Too much like a hotel bar, no atmosphere. Good food but lacked much imagination.

PO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service first class. Good choice of menu options for the diverse tastes of our 9 person party. As we were dining on a Monday we were able to make use of the "bring your own wine" offer - a great feature! Service was attentive, highly personable but never intrusive and really complimented the food and overall experience.

LG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a beautiful restaurant with an excellent menu (not too pricey) and a very good service. Although it serves as hotel restaurant (and sometimes can become noisy with large groups) it’s an option to consider when looking for a nice dinner.