Clarke's Restaurant

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288 reviews
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Modern European
Opened in 1983 by passionate chef Sally Clarke, this local legend on Kensington Church Street has become a firm favourite with professional critics and amateur gourmets alike. For 21 years, Sally served a four-course ‘no choice’ set dinner, but now there is a weekly changing menu that showcases her passion for high quality seasonal produce. Herbs and vegetables come from organic suppliers in South East England; buffalo mozzarella is flown in from Naples twice a week; and shellfish is sent overnight by rail from Scotland. Popular dishes include loin of Balmoral roe deer with apple and sage sauce; baked fillet of Cornish brill with herbed crumbs and thyme cream; and dark chocolate and chestnut tart. Clarke’s is quite simply an unforgettable experience.
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London
53 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top class cooking and top class service from this old school restaurant in Kensington. Always packed with a well-healed Kensington crowd. Prices are high. No mineral water so take your own if you don't want filtered tap.

MA
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect birthday experience for my guest. We wanted a quiet corner table, which is what we got, and our charming Australian waiter looked after us beautifully. The food was delicious, on every level and at every course. I shall be back.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a terrific experience at Clarke’s. Truly one of the best restaurants in London. Sally and her staff are the finest. Cannot give higher praise! Michelin needs to take note.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Clarke's for a while and went with some dear friends from Chile. The food was delicious, using local ingredients imaginatively and the staff were great; helping us all though our choices. I will be back soon.

H
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful dinner with friends last Friday night. The menu was excellent--only difficulty is choosing from so many great possibilities. Service, headed by Captain Theo, was excellent as well--warm but efficient. I would highly recommend for a great experience.

NB
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. Warm welcome, great service bread amazing. Did not have to wait for the food which was very good. Did not feel rushed at anytime. Will definitely book again

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Clark’s and would never visit London without a visit. The ingredients are so beautifully sourced and so lovingly cooked. We were the table from hell. Changed numbers and times too frequently and two vegans and two gluten free and they dealt with it beautifully. Always have a good time there.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent and friendly service, calm and relaxing ambience - a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

LE
London
78 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful calm restaurant with delicious food and excellent service.

C
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Clarke's has become a 'first night in London' tradition because the food is of the highest quality and flavor. Highly recommend.

Z
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary lunch...beautifully done.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Important to book an early table as the more popular menu choices tend to be snapped up early

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our most favourite restaurants. It has everything. Style, ambience, fabulous food and wines. Top service. Yet homely with all of that... we LOVE it all. With thanks, Bongo and Steve Cooke

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top in every way! A pleasure to see such a great classic restaurant in London which you can rely on overall and that hasn’t been spoilt by skimping on service and quality as many other “fashionable” restaurants have . Great value weekday lunch menu.

K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Clarke's is one of the biggest jewels Notting Hill/London has! They have a delicious breakfast that is both sophisticated and relaxed, a very nice lunch menu, and one of the best dinner experiences around. The food is amazing, the wine list is excellent, the service is sharp, friendly, and knowledgeable. The ambiance for lunch and breakfast is bright and cheerful while the dinner mode is romantic and feels like a very special treat. I love this place!

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have only given a medium rating for the food because over the last year or so that I have been visiting Clarke's the set menu for lunch has been essentially unchanged, always the main course of cod and same starter salad. A lovely dish but unchanging. Surely this set menu could be changed frequently?

MP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a somewhat chaotic table of 5 but all our requests were dealt with efficiently and with a smile. The food was outstanding; perhaps a tad too large servings but no one suffered for that. Baked artichoke and bottarga starters were well received and the veal fillet, duck, deer and John Dory were all superb. We found the ambience to be elegant with a few deft touches of humour and the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive throughout the meal.

MW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is always busy. The food reliably good. The menu perhaps not as varied and changing but I love the cuisine so perhaps I am happy that it doesn’t change very much as I keep coming back. The Fraud prints on the walls are fabulous.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been to Clarke’s numerous times but this was the first time I was sat in the back room and I think one must insist on the front room or not go at all.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner as always, excellent service , relaxed and comfortable atmosphere

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so delicious - from the Perfectly mixed martinis and blood orange Bellinis to the indulgent caviar and homemade blinis to the out of this world chicken and veal chops and fish to the decadent and delightful desserts. Sally knocks it out of the park every time!

A
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food simply done but lovely

AN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. One of the best meals I've had in a long long time.

A
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal in all respects. Highly recommended.

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to the restaurant for many years, and remember a set menu in a basement. We had a very good evening, with old friends, when the staff could not have been better, we could hear each other, and the set menu was excellent

HE
London
32 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class in every respect

P
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still Wonderful After All These Years

I can't remember exactly when we first ate dinner at Clarke's, but it must have been 25 years ago. Yet, somehow, the standard manages to remain consistently excellent. Every detail, from just the right gentle light to careful acoustical design to control the noise levels, to using really boiling water for making tea is thought through and correct. The food, always seasonal, bringing out the excellence of the ingredients, is simply a delight. The wine list is excellent and ranges wide, but this is where quite a lot of the money has to be made. This is the restaurant where you can savour food, wine and conversation without waiters interrupting to enquire "how's your food". Many of the staff have been with Clarke's for a long time and they do their job well. Service was just slightly slow on this visit, as there was a large party booking, downstairs. Our waiter apologised for the delay, but it was but slight. I can think of few better places for an excellent civilised dinner in London.

SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic but not old fashioned restaurant with beautiful setting, fantastic fresh food and quality service.

5
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely evening and the food and service was excellent. We I appreciated being in the quieter room at the back as we do find the restaurant quite noisy which is probably because of the acoustics.

J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

classy and classic. delicious food upscale vibe

DA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish : delicious food , presentation , service, atmosphere, attention of the team to details

W
20 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

H
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a delightful lunch with friends. The food, as always, was excellent and the service equally good. Very relaxing and wonderful experience!

JG
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasteful, understated and delicious food. Quality ingredients, generous portions,understated luxury, what’s not to like!!

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clarke’s is consistently outstanding — Sally Clarke knocks it out of the park every time, whether it is a deceptively simple yet sublime mushroom salad or an exquisitely cooked to perfection fish to her unforgettable chocolate truffles.

M
London
178 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual Clarkes had an excellent seasonal menu choice. Food was delicious as always. Highly recommend the restaurant. Nice and spacious so conversations are private. Very good service although wine pourer a little scarce. Would definitely return.

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite local restaurants. We return over and over again. This week's breakfast was as delicious as ever.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We made a last minute booking at 9:30pm, having been to an event next door which left part of our group hungry.
The food was very good as usual. But it was late and half the table were not hungry and ordered only starters. The waiter told me this was unacceptable as he was seating us, despite the other half ordering full meals.
I would have left, but I was with visitors I did not know well, who were new to London, and I did not want to ruin the evening for those who were hungry. Odd behaviour at the end of a week night, with several tables in the restaurant empty.