City Social - Restaurant

4.4
1322 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, English
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday.
Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm (last orders for food - 2.45pm)
Dinner: 6pm - 10:30pm (last orders for food - 10.45pm)
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Phone number
020 7877 7703
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jason Atherton
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Private Party Facilities
City Social's Private Dining is a unique space to hold all events. We have a private dining room and a chef's table available for every occasion, hosting floor to ceiling windows with breath taking skyline views of Central London.
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Private Party Contact
Valentina Borgia: 020 7877 7708
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Parking Details
Pay & display parking at Finsbury Circus
NCP at Finsbury Square.
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Public Transit
Bank Station or Liverpool Street Station are both a 5 minute walk away
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1322 People Are Saying
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent - and service very accommodating as we had the 14.30 slot - they were very patient with us .
Had gnocchi and the linguinie/ both incredibly presented .
The apple tart was one of the best we have tasted . Will be back again

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The host was great however I only enjoyed my started which was scallops. The main and desert was not to my liking.

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j
London
222 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Another great visit to City Social. It has such a different atmosphere in the winter months as the outside view is London lights.
We arrived late due to problems with the trains but the staff were accommodating (and we had tried to cll to advise we would be late) and it wasn't such a big problem. The food was great as always with the starter of Ox cheek and truffle tortellini being amazing. This was followed by venison - nicely cooked and lamb - lots of flavour. We had to have the souffle and the rum baba which have become firm favourites. Friendly and professional staff as well adds to the ambience.

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DB
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The evening was excellent. Views amazing! Staff very attentive. Food delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Highly recommended ‘event’ restaurant with food to match the spectacular views. Great wine list too.

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

Outstanding views over the City. The staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and attentive. Food was delicious - a lovely experience overall.

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ES
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The restaurant has changed since my last visit a couple of years ago. It was such a disappointment. It looks shabby and sad. There was an overcrowded table next to us. The level of shouting was unacceptable.

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AP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We sat for about 15 minutes before getting a menu or wine list. We were sitting for a further 20 or so minutes before our orders were taken. We had received our starters before our wine arrived. My son’s steak was over cooked - he ordered medium rare but it was nearer to medium and my daughters rabbit was in her words inedible which given that we were there for her birthday was a great shame. Overall I won’t be back and won’t be recommending the place to anybody else either.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location with great service and amazing views, the food was great and the little anniversary surprise at the end just put the cherry on the top, brilliant from start to finish, couldn’t ask for any more.
Thank you

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NC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Tables were too close together to be comfortable. Portion size for meat main dish was small for the price.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic evening. Food was superb and the atmosphere and service outstanding

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the bar although it's quite noisy and dark it might not be for everyone(visited on a Friday night). food and drink was all excellent and the views of London are some of the best I've ever seen

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JF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food, definitely worth the money & would 100% recommend.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great cocktails, food was amazing, highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, every time we go the food, since, service, and importantly atmosphere are just fantastic.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The starters was good and creative, but the main course not really nice as expected. The table was nice position which in front of the views. The services was good and friendly too.

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

Nice restaurant, service generally very good, initial welcome from hostess somewhat cold and unhelpful (would not give window seat even though one clearly available , which waiter quickly moved us to) . Other waiting staff very helpful. Food superb, very good taste. Restaurant was quite noisy and lighting a bit weird but that could have been to preserve night time view out of window. Very difficult to find, entrance down a dark but open passage with no lit sign to show entrance.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were welcomed like old friends (although only our first visit) and drinks at the bar was faultless, but then... Service in the restaurant was less than attentive (constantly waiting to attract someone's attention), disorganised and bordered on the abrupt. Surely, for a table of three, the waiting staff should know who ordered what dishes and to be asked "you finished?" (yes, exactly in that matter) when the table has just been cleared following the main course was all very unprofessional. The food was lovely, but come on, can't you do better than oatcakes and cream crackers with the cheese board? For a 1 Michelin star, I feel that the experience should be exceptional and special with kitchen and front of house playing their parts seamlessly. In our case the restaurant waiting staff have a thing or two to learn. Jason Atherton recently commented in The Times about his Pollen Street Social, “It’s not fudging good enough. They’ve all got their heads up their arse so I’ve just given them all a rocket,” he says. “I told them, ‘The experience here has got to be perfect.’ My staff might work here three or four years. I am here for ever.” Perhaps Mr Atherton should visit his City Social at service and convey the same attitude.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Dissapointing. Was looking forward to going but have to say service was painfully slow (nearly 1hr for mains) and then an eternity on the bill. Sadly food wasnt as i remembered. A very off day at city social. Wont be rushing to go back.

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S
London
53 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waiting staff who gave us very good recommendations on the fish dishes. The food is slightly on the expensive side but worth every penny.
The food came out on time. I had the young chick dish which was absolutely amazing for mains and scallops for starters which was delicious. The presentation of the food was fantastic.
I would highly recommend going to this restaurant for any occasion.

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IP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Before i explain the downer: this is a good restaurant!
And now the downer: although i booked weeks and advance and i indicated that i wanted a window table, they ignored that and put me in a corner that made it absolutely pointless to eat on a high floor of a high-rise building.
The atmosphere / decoration / ambiance is ... nothing... no soul, no nothing. It leaves zero impression in you. I'm pretty sure they've spent quite some money on it and it is a * restaurant, for Bocues's sake, so they could probably do a bit better with this space.

Anyway, the service is excellent, the waiters, the sommelier are great. The food is really good - 1 piece of lamb was a wee but uncooked, but that's all i could complain. And all this at a very reasonable price level!!!

Go try it!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Disappointing service, food ok, restaurant is old, jaded and needs some update
Service was not what can be expected

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AL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, superb cocktails and of course the great view.

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TE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with amazing food and service to match. And the view tops everything off nicely.

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CH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The service was excellent, if a little too quick. The flavours in the dishes were outstanding. I feel the drinks are a bit overpriced.

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Certainly a restaurant for special occasions as it is an expensive restaurant. We ordered two appetisers, two mains, a risotto and two bottles of the cheapest wine. This costed us GBP300.

The wine list was extensive and was great even though we ordered the cheapest one out of the list.

The bar area is quite loud and might overwhelm a guest so please ask to be seated at the far end of the dining area so it is not noisy.

In terms of the food, the appetisers were beautiful. We tried the scallops and pig trotters, they were delicious, very good flavours.

For mains, I tried the steak. It was not as tender as I expected, even though it was medium-rare. The risotto was a bit bland. The ravioli was delicious, but there was no hint of truffle flavour.

We didn't order dessert, and because we didn't they just gave us a small slice of cake in a small box to acknowledge my birthday.

Overall, the experience was good but the food was not as satisfying as I hoped it to be. It was my birthday celebration and we left slightly disappointed, hungry and unsatisfied. It just felt expensive, that's all.

The view was amazing and the service was exceptional.

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BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as always, my clients are continually impressed with variety of menu and delivery

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

The food was brilliant and we particularly liked the champagne trolley!

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A top class establishment providing great food at a reasonable price. The skyline is very good and offers wide views over a lot of landmarks.

The menu is quite wide-ranging and nicely varied. Quality was top rate.

The service was excellent with great attention to detail coupled with nice touches. This was a special occasion, a birthday, and a quiet secluded area was asked for, and delivered, along with an exceptional view to accompany the seating. Although not requested for a birthday cake was delivered when the dessert course came, a truly excellent touch.

In all a highly recommended restaurant, where top class food can be expected, ideal for that truly special occasion when only the best will do. Guaranteed to impress.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, amazing view
Will definitely be going back

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s
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great view, fantastic food and service. Highly recommended.

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RB
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant ambiance was good and staff were friendly and attentive.

There were however some negatives, I asked for candles in the dessert as it was my girlfriends birthday and this did not happen.

We were recommended to have the cote du boeuf however, they had run out of this and had run out of fillet steak. Which was extremely disappointing.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and the staff was very attentive. Rather disappointing that 2 of the Sancerres we requested had run out, but we managed to get our third option. All in all very good evening out though.

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M
London
16 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. Love this place still. Service was slow a couple of times.

Biggest issue is that on the way to where I know the bar toilets are, I was instead directed to facilities just off the entrance. By comparison to the others, these were nasty - could’ve been in a dodgy dive bar by the standard. Sort it out!

Great restaurant though.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Dreadful service, lousy manager,will never return!

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MM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to City Social a few times for business meals but this time I took my husband there for a surprise birthday lunch and we had a wonderful time.

I had informed the restaurant that we were celebrating a birthday and we were given a great table by the window, they also surprised him with cake at the end of our meal.

The food was delightful and the staff courteous and attentive. It really did feel like very a special occasion!

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MI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I spent a lovely evening with my best friend here. We did not get a table with view on London, which I think is the plus of this restaurant. Lovely food and great service. I loved my rabbit saddle. I was however quite chocked by the price by the glass of the wine. I will go again but insist for a better table

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very slow service

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing , good atmosphere but the service could have been better. Service was slow but the staff were very nice. On booking I mentioned it was a special celebration but there was no knowledge to staff when we arrived. Also requested a window table on booking as it was a Birthday celebration but on arrival one wasn’t available so we had to wait hour before being seated. But apart from that it was a lovely evening .

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. Service could be much better, there was a huge delay from ordering aperitifs and cocktails to delivery, and seemingly poor communication, between staff. Ladies toilets were not the standard expected in such a restaurant.

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