Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

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780 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • 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.

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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

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RD
London
15 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

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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SM
London
128 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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IS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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l
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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HC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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JT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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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B
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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DW
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, food and amazing value. Will definitely return soon!

TJ
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Choose this place for pre-theatre meal ahead of a performance at the Barbican. Menu was very good value and there was a drink thrown in the the price. The food was good - the home cured salmon was a bit on the fatty side and could had done with a bit of lemon juice (or some such) but that is a minor point. The atmosphere at that time (6pm) a bit lacking but that is don’t unusual for pre-theatre dining.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 29 July 2019

Thank you for your review and feedback. We hope you enjoyed your show at the Barbican too!

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

No one was at the desk to meet us, not told what was off the menu that evening, staff were more concerned with a party they were hosting in the back.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 29 July 2019

Hi KimberleyM, I am so sorry that your experience wasn't a fantastic one. Please could you drop me an email when you have a chance to discuss your feedback? Many thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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MI
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!
Great attitude!!!
Friendly and warm atmosphere!!!
Strongly recommended!!!

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 July 2019

Great review!!! Thanks for joining us and I do hope we see you back soon Thanks Gemma

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A
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our ore theatre meal three courses
Delicious food particularly enjoyed the gingerbread macaron. Very good value
Good service!

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you Angel, we hope you come back and see us again soon.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Convenient pre-performance venue for Barbican.We had pre-theatre menu.Not outstanding but passable.

E
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer set menu was good value, food was great and came promptly which helped as we were due for the theatre. Waitress didn't realise our drinks lacked the key alcoholic ingredient, quite visually evident, however rectified immediately once notified.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Else88, thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We do hope to see you back again. Best wishes Gemma

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great selection of food and catering exceedingly well for food allergies with very attentive and switched-on staff who knew the ingredients of all the dishes. Well done!

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 4 July 2019

The team will so pleased to read this! Thank you for taking the time to review.

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JK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect - lunch with an international guest so appreciate the British menu. Great food - good quick service. Just what we needed.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! See you soon!

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SB
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived late after the theatre. The team was very welcoming despite that. Food really good - pimentos de pardon, duck rolls, hake plus beans. There aren’t so many alternatives around the Barbican for later eating and this is much the best

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms
Responded on 4 July 2019

Thank you SarahB for your review, we hope to see you back soon!

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PW
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Client Lunch, Given a very pleasant round table. The specials Lunchtime menu was good value and choice very good for a Friday Lunch. Service is very attentive and not intrusive on conversations. Wine list good and overpriced. Very good value , good food and service, ambience was good for what I wanted .

GH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a great meal here, and the staff were really accommodating for our needs. We stayed at the hotel and were upgraded which was really fun!!

d
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

KK
London
3 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.

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.

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 .

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.

MC
London
18 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.

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.

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

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

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

Quick and easy

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.

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).

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

AW
London
9 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Z
London
12 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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