City Social - Restaurant

4.3
1512 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
City Social is operated by Michelin starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, in partnership with Restaurant Associates. The restaurant is situated on level twenty four of Tower 42, the iconic skyscraper situated in the heart of the City of London. City Social is a restaurant featuring art deco style interiors against the backdrop of the stunning London skyline. Jason Atherton and Head Chef Paul Walsh have designed a menu which features creative yet simple dishes, showcasing the best of British ingredients in a beautiful environment.

Special Offers

6-course tasting menu offer: £65pp

From a set tasting menu, available with champagne for £75.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 17 June 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

Late dinner offer: From £37

2 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £37pp or 3 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £42pp.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Sat 21:30-22:30

Early dinner offer: From £37

2 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £37pp or 3 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £42pp.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Sat 17:00-18:00

Summer lunch offer: From £37

2 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £37pp or 3 courses with a choice of champagne or cocktail on arrival at £42pp.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 July 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:30

What 1512 People Are Saying
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SF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Highly overrated restaurant with poor service! After starter, we waited for the main course for more than 45 minutes, and then suddenly presented with desserts menu, without even having the main course!
This is on top of the fact that they did not even hold our reservation!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Graduation

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and service was impeccable but very friendly. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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HD
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb vegetarian options. The tomato starter was outstanding (sprayed with rose water essence) and the globe artichoke was excellent. Great service and spectacular views. Will be going back with the family next time.

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were a party of four treating ourselves to lunch after a morning at the RA summer exhibition. The visit did not start well on entering the dark tunnel to the lift and emerging into a dark entrance to the restaurant and no one at the front desk to greet us. We were 5 minutes late, but our table was apparently not ready despite the restaurant not being full. The table was good, facing the view of the Gherkin building. We were asked if we would like a drink, but no order was taken, eventually we stopped a member of staff to ask if we could place an order. Water was offered and duly arrived, but was some was spilled on the table and not not wiped up, so we cleaned the table and asked for replacement napkin. We eventually got our drinks and ordered food. All of the courses were very good apart from the steak which was not the best. My wife particularly enjoyed her vegetarian option. The triple cooked chip were excellent. We all finished with excellent deserts. This is a very competent kitchen. One minor point was that my main course was just warm and the plate cool.
Service throughout was very slow. We raised the service issues at the end of the meal and we received a muted apology.
This is not a cheap experience and I can only assume that the establishment has grown complacent on the back of corporate clients.

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JJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Wonderful location, stunning skyline views. The food was stunning, all three courses were exquisite. The hazelnut delice was too sweet for my wife so I had to donate by rhubarb to her. Overwhelming wine list for the uninitiated!!
The service was sadly very sub standard for the type of establishment. Our visit to the bar was lovely, we were well looked after, then we were shown to our table where we were generally ignored. Staff took ages to bring menus, once we had eventually ordered our food, no bread was offered, so we had to ask for that. We also had to ask for our wine glasses to be to refilled. For dessert we were offered to move to a better positioned table which was a nice touch. When we declined to add the optional tip, this was met with slight indignation (it’s OPTIONAL) even when we explained the reasoning as outlined above. We left a cash tip!
It was an exceptional meal just the service didn’t come up to expectations.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food service and views. However, being a Monday lunch, there were few people dining and therefore atmosphere not great. But have been there before in the evening and it is fantastic.

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Incredibly over-priced for very average food.

Wine list also over-priced, we spent £105 on a bottle and it tasted like a £15 bottle. We also didn’t get our wine until halfway through the starter as they refused to take our order before we spoke to the sommelier, only to then ask for our order when our starter had arrived because the sommelier hadn’t come round to us yet.

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MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for a wonderful meal. Our waiter was very diligent, especially reserving a table by the window for us to enjoy the view. He went out of his way to make our night special. Thank you.

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IB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, the panaoramic view is incredible as was the food and service. Highly recommend!

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V
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made to feel very welcome and the service was exceptional.

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would recommend the restaurant to a friend if they were already in the area - I wouldn't make a special trip back to this place as it was just a but soulless.

The food was absolutely amazing and the staff were friendly enough but perhaps more of a business dinner post work kind of place.

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of my favourite places to take my clients in the City. Food was good, service was a bit slow but that was unusual. Overall very good.

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RW
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and it was a great experience!! The tasting menu was well worth it!

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T
London
52 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Must try.

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TH
London
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great surroundings with awesome 360 degree views over London

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B
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not outstanding food but good. Great service and fantastic location.

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DM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Produced a wonderful surprise Happy Anniversary desert when all we did was briefly mention at the door that it was our wedding anniversary. A lovely evening all round.

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MG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although it was a Monday night, City Social was still buzzy, amazing views and some fabulous (vegan) food for us. Still feels like a special night out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, large tables and when we were there it was not busy. Staff are very easy going and friendly. Food was amazing apart from the taco which seemed a bit extra. Will come again!

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y
London
31 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with a fantastic view. Even though the steak wasn’t cooked as requested even upon the second time the manager made it up to us so was extremely pleased with his customer service. Will dine again.

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KW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food excellent but let down by very average service, I don’t expect to wait 15 minutes at my table for my order to be taken even if it is a busy Friday night and we didn’t even have drinks at that point...

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A
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Way too noisy. I’d expect a more calmer ambience as value for money!

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PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Meal out ever!!
We are foodies and love the whole experience of going out for a meal. We were a party of five (four adults and one teenager). The service was fantastic, very attentive, very polite and very helpful. The food, WOW, fabulous!! We all had two courses and shared a desert.
Will be recommending the restaurant to all our friends. Thank you for a wonderful meal!

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time at City Social, from the minute we walked in until we left everything was fantastic. A special mention should go to Teodor who was an excellent Waiter full of personality with a great sense of humour, his attention to detail and level of care were above and beyond what we had expected. But all the people that served our table were excellent, the sommelier also deserves a mention, and when there was a small error with my coffee order at the end it was resolved straight away and effectively. I would say the best service we have had in a London restaurant in a long long time.
The food was beautifully and attractively presented, and the flavours and textures were also 1st class. The starters looked and tasted like a work of art.
Our mains were cooked to perfection, my wife said her duck served pink was exquisite, tender not tough at all. My ribeye was also cooked exactly to the right temperature.
The desserts were so tempting we actually had 3 between 2 of us, the Raspberry souffle was excellent.
To cap it all there was a lively ambience and the whole vibe was one of sophisticated enjoyment with a playful undertone.

We will definitely be back.

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OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This is the first time I've been to City Social in a year and although overall it was a lovely lunch, the service was just not where I'd expect it to be.
Food was divine - there is no question of that at all. It was brought out very quickly though, we'd barely taken a sip of our pre-lunch G&T before the starter came out, and there was very little gap between start er and main, so everything felt quite rushed. It was also pretty cold in manner, very transactional rather than welcoming.
Halfway through our main course a waiter came and tried to give us a pot of tea and some coffee that another table had ordered. Although this was quite funny, it's not what I would have expected.
I'll definitely return for the food, but will think twice about hosting a business lunch again as it just wasn't the experience I had expected it to be.

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

To be honest, they didn’t do anything wrong, it was just too corporate and not much atmosphere. The food was good and the view was good.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable visit to City Social. The food and ambience was very good. I would however say that the waiter spent way too much time at our table, listening to and joining in with our conversations, he should have just pulled up a chair!

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JF
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best service I have received at any restaurant in London. The politeness and knowledge of the staff is second to none. The food was amazing (although small portions) and will excite any taste buds. There was a slight fault in a drink I ordered where I was given the wrong whiskey but was immediately given a new glass of the correct whiskey FREE OF CHARGE! And was told I could also keep the original glass. At the end of the evening my Mrs ordered a desert for us to share but we were given 2 , one for each of us, with one being free of charge!! The setting of the restaurant was amazing with low dim lighting and soft ambient music in the background. I would highly reccomend city social. Definitely the best experience you could ask for with incredible staff and one of the best views in London.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very nice and the service was very friendly and efficient. The view and ambience was outstanding.

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w
Dusseldorf Area
16 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Most of the food was good with interesting flavours However, the halibut was overcooked. When we said so the waiter just repeated we said; another confirmed it again later, but nothing else was done. Overall the food was good but way overpriced also for the location and star.
Service really poor - friendly but too poor for this level: 1) everything came very quick; if not for desert, we would have been finished within 45 minutes instead of having a real dinner evening; first course came while still sipping our cocktails and looking for a bottle of wine 2) went for by the glass instead but the 22 pound glass of white was way too warm; when -upon tasting- we said it was “a bit too warm”, the waiter just nodded and poured the glass full anyway...

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Fantastic food, poor service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a date! The staff were amazing, gave us a window seat and wven helped with pictures at the end of the night

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SH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great views and service was great. Wine menus quite expensive, but had a great evening.

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N
London
72 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Views were outstanding, food was great and they coped with allergies well. The service was incredibly slow and the wine was hugely over priced.

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KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were excellent. Only minor complaint was that we felt a bit rushed.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Steak was over cooked, wine was great! Fish was nice.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good view nice food and friendly service

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant is probably the best ive been to in a very long time, took my girlfriend for her birthday and was given an amazing view from our table, with great food and perfect service.

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