Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

4.1
758 reviews
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
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.

Special Offers

2/3 courses £14.50/£18 with a 175ml glass of ETM red, white or rosé

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 27 May 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 13:00-15:30 17:30-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon 11:45AM - 11:45AM 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Thu 11:45AM - 11:45AM 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM
Fri 11:45AM - 11:45AM 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM

What 758 People Are Saying
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d
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Team lunch with colleagues, food was really good. Service very nice. We'll come back

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KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We arrived a bit too late to try the theatre menu (which seems to be very good value) so ordered from the a la carte. It is a bit pricey, but the food was delicious - with a broad range of choices for vegetarians / vegans as well as carnivores. Although the service was very friendly and not overbearing, they were slow to pour the wine and to bring the bill, which meant we weren't able to get away as quickly as we hoped. I would go again, though.

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NJ
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great service, as expected. Price matches venue and expectations.

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AD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and friendly staff.
Had pre theatre dining, great choice and food .

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AN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and reasonable service but a little more expensive than it needs to be, particularly the wine list.
Location is particularly good for the Barbican and pre-show menus are available. The a la carte has a half gastro-pub half restaurant look about it which probably suits the clientele around the area; they can presumably afford the tasty but over-priced sides.

Bar service was particularly good but the restaurant was understaffed for the size and the numbers attending.

Both the starters and mains we had were well prepared and presented and we cleared our plates; what more can you ask?

The room needs a few in to generate the right ambience but I expect there will always be a willing clientele.

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MC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Chiswell St Dining Rooms, we had the pre-theater menu and a beautiful bottle of French rose wine from Provence, the experience was outstanding, food was excellent and the service impeccable. Will be coming back.

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LF
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a meal at 5:45 before going to a show at the Barbican which is right next door. The staff were very courteous and attentive and made sure that we were promptly seated and finished in plenty of time for the 8pm start of the concert. The food was excellent - the kidney starter was magnificent and everyone was very happy with their meal. There is a decent wine list and we had a couple of bottles of Albariño which was a bit pricey but par for the course for the City I guess. All in all a great experience and we would visit again.

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JG
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent place for a business lunch. Nice venue and good menu

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CV
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quick and easy

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous,
Highly recommended, the food was first class and the service attentive without being intrusive.

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C
London
33 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food ... attentive staff ... well cone! I arrived early and was able to enjoy a coffee and get some work done before my guest (and the other customers arrived).

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting and good food, though service was rather slow and inattentive

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AW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and very reasonable price. Nice wine list and a good house red. My colleague had the fish (halibut?) and it was excellent. Excellent accommodating service.

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OT
Shropshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food as always but service was poor. Restaurant pretty empty but very difficult to get the attention of the staff.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was attentive, polite and not at all intrusive; food was mediocre and a little underseasoned, as if it was from frightened to taste of anything.

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

More of a noisy bar than a nice restaurant. Sorry we booked here as the bar is so noisy and music so loud that in the restaurant area we had to lean in at our table to talk and still couldn't hear each other. Staff didn't seem to care either when we complained. Food was good and pre-theatre service was good. I wouldn't return here.

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DM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food if a little pricey but the service is soooo slow. Haven’t been for a few years. But the situation was the same.

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Z
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

dont go during xmas party season. too loud. foid very good tho

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G
Surrey
11 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience
Food was excellent
Service was really professional
Recommend the place

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiting staff slow to take our orders; weren’t sure of what the “pie of the day” was when asked. Even slower to offer us a wine menu. One of our party dropped a starter knife on the floor before the food was served. This was picked up by waiting staff but no replacement was offered.

Food was excellent, all enjoyed their meals thoroughly.

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FL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined pre a concert at the Barbican. With only an hour for dinner they managed to make it a great experience. Delicious food and fast service. They also make their bread in the premises which was absolutely delicious. We will be hack. And will spend longer there !

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JO
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just not very good.

1. Advertised pre Theatre dinner was not available (why? It was in the website)
2. Very poor language skills from server
3. Duck breast was almost raw
4. Apple and black cabbage turned out to be kale
5. Intrusive music

Will not be returning. The Jugged Hare just down the street is better in every way

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CM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Will always use when in the area great if visiting The Barbican.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went here for a quiet meal and was very pleased with the booking process; someone called to confirm my reservation. We had nibbles, starters and a mains. The hostess was knowledgeable about the menu and also gave us confident suggestions which is always nice. The dessert portion was small and the decoration inside could do with some freshening up.

Overall we had a great experience and I would definitely go there again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. Our first server had no idea of the specials, what gin was at the bar, whether or not they could cook us a steak (!), etc. Our second server was lovely and attentive.

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MP
London
30 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with friends - 3 of us had the pie of the day and weren't disappointed. Great service as well.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been here before, like the overall experience. Need a few more lighter/healthier options but on the whole.. very good

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LD
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a business lunch!

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D
London
33 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our heads were turned by the 50% off food promotion and on reflection I wish we had gone elsewhere. Whilst the starters were good, the mains were terrible. Steaks were far too tough and I had to wrestle with the knife just to be able to cut into it. My friend had the lamb, which was as tough as old boots.

Given we were eating late on a Friday night none of us had any desire to send the food back so begrudgingly sat through and ate the mains.

Service was good and all staff were friendly, perhaps the chef just wanted to go home early as i’d always had a good impression of this place, but unfortunately won’t be rushing back.

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VB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was absolutely delicious! Ideal for a business meal that's a nice balance of formal without being stuffy.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding here in December 2017 - the best day of our lives! We came back 6 months later for a pre-theatre meal and it didn't disappoint. The food was, as always, absolutely delicious and we were treated to the most fantastic service. We love this place!

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P
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute venue. Casual and classy. Convenient for a business lunch in the City.

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Hotel restaurant, not up to scratch. Silly portions, poor service

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chiswell Dining Rooms is an excellent restaurant. The staff is welcoming and very efficient, the food is delicious and combines "classics" (such as steak pies) with more select dishes. The place does not get too noisy, the seats are comfortable. Definitely a great restaurant.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food did not reflect the cost. Food was average at best but overly priced and I had to order separate sides for my main [salmon]. I would not go again. Disappointing experience.

Staff were friendly and polite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Incredibly slow waiter service

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PF
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We arrived to an empty restaurant (lunchtime on a Wednesday). I explained to the waiter that we were pressed for time. Our one and only course took 25 minutes to arrive (shepherds pie and a burger). The pie looked very nice and my dining partner was happy to wolf it down. My burger looked terrible (flattened and soggy) but was actually very nice indeed.

So... food fine or better. Speed - lousy. Service bland.

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here on way to Barbican Theatre. Good food and service, though a little noisy.

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RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We greatly enjoyed our dinner here. The service was impeccable - efficient and friendly, Above all, the food was outstanding: cooked with extraordinary skill, it tasked as good as it looked, and that was really, really good. The crispy duck egg, for example, was like a hot scotch egg, but with a non-meat breadcrumb shell and with a soft-poached egg inside. We couldn't work out how it was achieved without overcooking the egg - and it was delicious. Every course was a delight. Only one criticism - the wine list is good but it would have been even better if they actually had the wines that are listed! Our choice was not available.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decent business lunch, well priced w/ fast turnaround with minimal fuss

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