Daphne's

4.7
992 reviews
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Italian
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  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Daphne's appeal lies not only in its seasonal cooking, but also its natural warmth and effortless Italian charm. The elegant surrounds of the Daphne’s conservatory can accommodate up to 40 guests for a private lunch or dinner and is licensed to host wedding or civil ceremonies. In summer, the bright conservatory creates an al fresco feel; in winter a blazing fire in the open range turns it into an intimate retreat. Located in Brompton Cross between Chelsea and South Kensington, it is an ideal spot for lunch after shopping in nearby Knightsbridge or King's Road. The Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Royal Court are also just around the corner.
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AR
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent like Always.
Very trendy restaurant.
Price is high but good quality food
Excellent Fish!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My risotto primavera was excellent. Knowedgeable sommelier. Buzzy atmosphere but not too loud. One member of the royal family was at a nearby table.

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AB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, awesome atmosphere and amazing service, I would absolutely recommend!

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MM
London
66 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Good atmosphere but expensive for what it is

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

Fantastic food I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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MW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about my experience! Great staff!

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N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful place...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food, nice atmosphere

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best pasta in London and beautiful setting.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day. The best. Memorable. Ordered my dish TWICE!

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CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and won’t be the last

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L
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the great Italian restaurants in London.

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CC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We remember the Daphne’s of old which was such a special place to go for lunch or dinner. It was intimate, the decor was chic and understated and the maitre d knew everyone’s name. And of course the food was the main attraction. The current Daphne’s has lost all of that special charm and our evening was a huge disappointment. The size of the restaurant has more than doubled since our previous visit and it was extremely busy on Sunday night. There were plenty of staff but service was a hit and miss affair. My husband received his beer immediately yet my Prosecco took 15 minutes to arrive and our bottled water was tepid not chilled. For starters two of us had the minted pea soup with ricotta. My daughter badly burned her mouth with the first spoonful but then got a mouthful of cold soup for her second try!! It had clearly been heated in a microwave but not stirred through to ensure an even temperature throughout. My husband ordered the beef carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan. He couldn’t see the beef through the layer of very thickly sliced, rather rubbery ‘Parmesan’ and the beef was so thick it could hardly be advertised as ‘carpaccio’. My other daughter ordered the sushi starter which should have been a red flag really as why would an Italian restaurant have sushi on the menu?!!!! Anyway, she paid for it later as had terrible stomach cramps all evening. Main courses faired slightly better with two of our dishes being acceptable, the pappardelle with wild boar ragu and the cheese filled tortolini (typical Italian dishes I suppose!). My husband had the cod which was bland and tasteless, resting on a bed of something we didn’t quite figure out. Cabbage? Fennel? It was so pale and rubbery with no taste whatsoever it could have been anything really. My ‘sushi’ daughter chose the meatballs which were full of flavour but extremely dry with hardly any sauce and served with very dry and hard roasted potatoes. We declined dessert. The bill was £250.

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C
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am already looking forward to my next trip to Daphne's. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was energetic, the service was excellent and our waiter made great recommendations. My lobster pasta was heavenly and although I was full, I had to finish every bite (Yummy). I also managed to make room for the polenta cake which our waiter recommended as being light and tasty - and he was right. I will be back !

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply great.

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TT
London
33 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience always stellar, and this is what gives Daphne's staying power. Food was excellent too, although pasta was not as hot as it should have been (seemed like it had been sitting out). My wife had the "can't miss" Dover sole, and I had a Hake special, both of which were very good indeed. This is a go-to restaurant as I live in Chelsea, and Daphne's never disappoints.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food,gorgeous setting and charming service,I love this restaurant.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was very good but our service felt overbearing. We were rushed by our server through several courses and we felt as if they could not wait to turn the table (even though we were a later dinner reservation.)

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SS
London
23 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always tremendous blend of great food and service - atmosphere is special but relaxed

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E
London
17 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always!

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SR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Always a great atmosphere here but it has become a victim of its own success. Table service is rushed as they like to constantly turn over the tables to new arrivals. Welcome was cursory. We were early but discouraged from sitting in the bar as they wanted to use the seats for guests eating there. Drinks and wines have become very expensive here so be prepared for a big bill in the evenings.

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AC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made extremely welcome and there was no hesitation when we informed the staff that two of our party were running a little late. Daphne’s deserves its reputation and the restaurant was very busy. However the doors were open giving a delightful airy feel and service and food along with the tremendous staff were faultless

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MB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, nice atmosphere, good service and food!

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WW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A great meal with excellent service

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1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

change of cook or ownership since our last visit. before daphne was special, food simple, gently cooled to perfection italian. now its just salty heavy handed restaurant fare...

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SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok, vegetarian options limited and basic. Meat dish was ok. Waited over 30 min between starters and mains.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere with extensive menu and wine list. Service was extremely helpful and friendly. Will return!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The service is impeccable, the food outstanding and the atmosphere is ideal for both large dinner parties as well as intimate date nights.

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F
London
63 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambience.
Good selection on menu. Have been many times to Daphne's and it is always reliable.
Friendly service.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

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RS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Terrific spot for a languid lunch or a dinner date. Super ambience, good food, nice eclectic choice of art on the walls - and the best spot to watch a well-heeled Chelsea crowd in full flow!

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

I have been going to Daphne’s since it opened it is always superb
Great staff
Best front of house
Food always fantastic

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PH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a very pleasant evening and fantastic food and attentive service. recommend the vitello tonnato

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J
London
84 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daphne’s is always a treat. Gorgeous food and lovely attentive staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every single way, as always!

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London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible food with friendly but hugely upscale service. Everyone loved it. Daphne’s never disappoints!

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WG
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience. My wife and I loved everything we ate and the service was spectacular!

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TK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Always a joyful time.

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AA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super evening with excellent food, wine and service.

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