Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

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810 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Elegant luxury housed within the famous old Whitbread Brewery building, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms restaurant and bar brings a touch of sophistication to the City with modern British cuisine and an impressive wine list.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cena tra persone importanti per festeggiare la prima del maestro Gonzales al Barbican. Una ventina di persone dopo il concerto, abbastanza tardi ed in una sala dedicata. Ottimo servizio, cibo buono, tutto bene

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CJMO
Vancouver
95 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good pre-Theatre menu and service. Tables near the bar a bit noisy. We would go again before an event at the Barbican.

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vipThierry
London
63 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very good pre theatre set menu although it's rubbish to not offer it to a guest who arrives at 18 32. Our friend was late and was told you need to go a la carte. In the end he just had a soup and had a sandwich at the Barbican later. So the restaurant made less money than if they had offered the menu.

This is bad commercial practice and hopefully they will learn from my comment.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 25 February 2020

Thank you for your review, we will be sure to address this with the management team.

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JohnL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little noisy but excellent service. Starters were average but mains and dessert iurstanding

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CollinCP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pre theatre dinner for 4.
Restaurant only opened at 5:30pm but many guests arrived early for drinks at the bar.
Olive bread of the day arrived freshly baked which went well with my pumpkin soup starter.
My main course was pork cheeks which was beautifully tender.
Would certainly return to try the a la carte menu.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 25 February 2020

Thank you! We hope to see you back again soon

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Fiona
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I asked if there was a pre theatre menu, to be asked if I wanted to see it!

We ordered starter and main but the main came out. After that didn’t feel like the starter so had ice cream and were not charged pre-theatre

Never seen anything like it

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 25 February 2020

Dear Fiona, I am so sorry that your experience was such a bad one. Please get in touch as we would like to make this up to you. Best wishes Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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vipGSLondon
London
165 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a really delicious chicken pie special on Monday night. Would very much recommend that dish and the friendly, professional staff in a comfortable, easy to get to setting.

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Marina
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely dinner before a Barbican show. Great value for two courses - pork terrine starter and a really nice braised pork main (lots of pork, by choice!). Good house red wine and friendly waiter. Bathrooms a bit of a walk through the hotel, but all very pleasant.

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Noni
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A delightful greeeting and attentive service really made this evening for us. We received helpful advice when we asked. The meat for one meal was a little dry and when we mentioned this immediately an extra serving of "jus" arrived which did the trick. Sadly I cannot recall the name of the young Spanish woman who was in charge of the dining room that night but she was excellent in her anticipation of our needs.

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joee
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was quite poor. Restaurant was empty and they couldn't find us a table then jammed us next to another table.

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SteveN
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've visited the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms many times for breakfast & lunch and it never disappoints. Great setting, excellent food & service and very good value for money. Highly recommended.

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vipLucy
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great meal and service as always. Definitely a favourite restaurant for a last minute midweek date night

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PunterSe1
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I've visited this place to eat and have to say will be back as it was a great place for a business lunch and my guests really enjoyed the food and services. We will be back.

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vipSquareMileOmnivore
London
140 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great rabbit offal salad starter is a menu fixture for which I returned and will do so again. Equally good special guinea fowl with harissa & sumac (medium hot). Outstanding cocktails especially the white chocolate espresso Martini. VVG cheeseboard with unusual all-UK selections. Very decent reasonably priced 2015 Barolo. A find.

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Steve
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was good resuarant but we went on a Thursday after Xmas late, 22:30 and there was only one other group apart from us.
The web site said it was open until 01:00 am. but we encouraged to leave at 12:00 midnight, as we were the last ones left, I see there point, I chose the veue based on on information opn the web site.
On a more typical night I am sure it would be great?

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MarkD
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas dinner

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good but not worthy of the venue nor my prior experiences here or at the neighbouring Jugged Hare. Service was pleasant and in line with expectations.

CSDR has lost its edge based on this visit

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Localmeal
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Floor staff where very busy as there didn't seem to be enough to cover a full restaurant. Our waitress was brilliant but was stretched. I was often chasing staff for service which becomes frustrating.

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vipThierry
London
63 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great post theatre set menu! "............................................m

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LaContessa
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve walked past here many times and always thought it looked nice. Assumed it would be very expensive but it’s not. The staff were lovely and very attentive. We chose the a la carte burger which was nice enough but not that special - so I’m not able to judge the menu overall. The bar area was very full of noisy men in smart overcoats and it does always seem to be quite busy there. It’s popular, obviously. I don’t think I’d go there for a peaceful dinner but a good choice for a quick tasty meal or to join the After-work drinkers I guess. We were there Early evening - next time I’ll try daytime!

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philipr
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good Quality food, Easy Friday lunch where we had classic Fish and chips , and the house Ravioli. Excellent attentive and non pushy service in an efficient happy method.

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vipCoral
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined from the set / theatre menu which was very good value for money with some lovely options. The food was beautifully cooked and service was very good; polite and attentive but not overly attentive. Recommended.

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vipRosie
London
180 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very good service and a nice interior. We had the pre-theatre menu which was substantial but fairly average food with some flavours that didn't quite work for me. Low cost though and an OK option if you are off to the Barbican for a show and cannot get into Cote. Very nice people. Shame it is a bit 'meh' in terms of food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly polite and attentive staff, excellent food and service in relaxed smart surroundings. Highly recommended

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JuMo
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the pre-theatre menu - 3 courses for £18. Excellent value and very friendly service.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 14 October 2019

Thank you JuMo

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PutneyJohn
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There is a lot of choice of places to eat in this part of London. We were staying at the Montcalm hotel so decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The food, service and ambience were great. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We had a starter and a main course, both of which were delicious and nicely presented. It was a bit pricy but ok for London. My only gripe would be that there is a bar area at the entrance which was noisy. Fortunately, we were able to sit well away from the entrance.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 14 October 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We hope to see you again

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Happyeater
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food but awful service - had a late lunch starting at 2 and after 2:45 staff disappeared to set up tables for evening service. Did not get out til 4pm and had no time for coffee. Fine if you go early but avoid later in the day.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 14 October 2019

Thank you for your review Happyeater, I am sorry that your experience wasn't an amazing one. I have passed your comments to the management team to review and I do hope we see you again. Best wishes Gemma

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amandab
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Cod swapped for hake and portion very small. Pie was ok but not impressive. Fish cake was nice. Service was lacking something: not as attentive as could be, could have been smarter or more coherent company outfits, didn’t connect with us. All in all was ok but wouldn’t go back. Hope this is constructive criticism as it could be really great with some attention to detail.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 30 September 2019

Hi Amandab, thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. I am so sorry we were not able to 'WOW' you on this visit. I will pass your comments to the team but if you do have a chance, do drop me an email gemma@etmgroup.co.uk many thanks Gemma

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vipSirLunchalot
London
151 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable lunch at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. We are both allergic to garlic, but the waiters had noted this and were very clear as to the two options that we could not choose, all others being fine. My fish and chips was particularly good.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the fish and chips!

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RussLondon
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was fantastic and has been consistently so over the years. Service was attentive. Would recommend the restaurant for a business lunch.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thanks so much RussLondon for some great feedback. We hope to see you soon

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RitaD
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We (2 people) ate there on Friday night. We arrived at 9.00pm. We were the only people eating there and only 2 more people had arrived by the time we left. The menu was good and the food itself was good. We ordered one beer, a bottle of sancerre, bread and duck samosas, fish and chips and hake. All were well prepared and tasted good. The service was attentive and friendly. The total bill £123 (£50 of which was for the wine).

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you for your review

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SophiaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service, staff are very friendly. It was my mums birthday weekend and they brought out a lovely little chocolate cake on a nicely decorated plate.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you for your review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your visit!

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Gerard
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great working lunch location. Good food and you can be in and out under an hour.
And the people know that is what you want. Speed but wrapped in quality food

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for this

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vipSquareMileOmnivore
London
140 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were drawn in by the BYOB Monday offer, and indeed this is great value, as there is not even a nominal corkage charge. My rabbit offal starter was brilliant and the main course lamb almost as good. Service was keen, but a bit stretched in terms of the number of waitrons for the number dining - perhaps the BYOB offer brought in more people than they thought, although the waiter told me by no means everybody was using that offer. Similarly the kitchen was clearly working on a slightly overstretched "get it right rather than get it soon" basis ... which was no problem for us, given the quality of the results, and with two BYOB bottles, a fine Prosecco and a 1990 red Chateau de Beaucastel, to savour. I did buy a couple of Espresso Martinis made with white chocolate, which were also brilliant. The decor is fairly bland corporate hotel style, but pleasant enough. May upgrade to 5* overall on a subsequent visit - which there will definitely be - particularly if the food quality is sustained. The value would be good to very good for the area, even without BYOB but with that offer, no question, outstanding.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to give your feedback, we do hope you join us again soon!

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IngridS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and we loved it. The meal was lovely and service was fantastic!

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks Ingrid, look forward to seeing you again soon

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london26
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent and a real bargain. Service was really slow unfortunately. It took almost 90mins for two courses and as we had a show at the Barbican at 7.45 we didn't have time to order dessert which was a real shame as I'm sure it would have been amazing. Would go again, when I don't have a show to catch

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for this review

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Ashton
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Classy food on the Summer Set Menu. Very good value. The only complaint is being given the a la carte menu without the fixed price menu (though our booking had specified fixed price preference). We had to ask for it.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks for this, we hope to see you back with us again soon and we will pick up the comments around the menu that was presented to you

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vipJulesT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food on the set menu and a fantastic price!

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 12 August 2019

Thanks JulesT, we hope to see you back soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food -£18 for a 3 course dinner including a glass of lovely red wine. Outstanding food, I just can’t believe it was this cheap!
Chloe the waitress was brilliant and the table service was on point.
Rui the manager was excellent and made the evening even more perfect.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 12 August 2019

Thank you for joining us, we hope you come again soon.

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markB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the pre-theatre menu which was excellent value. The food was well cooked and nicely presented.
Our second course took a while to arrive but the waiting staff apologised and dealt with it graciously.
We would definitely return.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 12 August 2019

Great to read MarkB, we look forward to seeing you back soon. Thanks Gemma

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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms is rated 4.3 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.