Daphne's

4.7
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1012 reviews
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£41 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • 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.
What 1012 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Their pasta dishes were tasteless.
Really.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

for a date, the place is far too noisy. for a nice evening out with friends - perfect

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Highly recommend the Linguine with Crab, Chilli & Parsley.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent all round

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taking our pcx

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Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local friend recommended this place and it was fabulous. Really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and the food was absolutely top notch.

MY
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a beautiful setting - refined, not too loud, the focus is on the food, the wine and your conversations with your guests. Only slight negative was how quickly each course was delivered. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

We have been to Daphne’s several times now and have previously enjoyed it very much. However our lunch today was somewhat marred by the particularly rude behaviour of the Maitre D who, on being asked to repeat himself when responding to a question about the preparation of a dish, rolled his eyes overtly. Rude.

B
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daphne’s was a wonderful place to get together with friends the food was fantastic the service was perfect. The atmosphere was lively but still allowed for conversation to take place easily. Highly recommend Daphne’s.

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Dubai
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, very expensive and way overpriced. Slow and poor service. Disappointing overall experience.

b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good meal and experience overall. Veal chop was great but pasta didn’t meet expectations.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fabulous food and outstanding service - what else could you wish for. Thank you Daphne’s.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in London. We've been coming here for years. Open late for after theatre. Excellent food, wine list and service. Open door wall seating for an open air experience.

PE
London
26 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I personally find this to be the best Italian in central London. A better ambiance and clientele than most local restaurants. Very professional staff and just the right sized restaurant located in local Chelsea area away from the rush of London. Frequented more by locals than tourists like myself.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The manager is rude. His priority is his grand ego, not the customer.

MG
London
279 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Returned after many years, still largely classic Italian dishes very well done with good service, very pleasant ambience and reasonable prices, given the quality and location

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daphne’s never disappoints. Legendary.

F
London
76 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like Daphne's very much.
Nice décor. Very friendly staff. Convenient location.
Good selection on menu.
It was the first visit for our friends and they enjoyed it.
Would recommend

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service! Very comfortable yet nice! Fun, lively environment but allows for conversation. Hope to go back on next visit!!!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great diner, very pleasant service. Carte menu is extensive and varied. Dishes were very good. Only negative comment may be is that the dining room is a bit too old fashion but the place is great. Next time I will try the bar which feels more casual. Will definitely come back

AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
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.

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

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

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

Good atmosphere but expensive for what it is

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

Fantastic food I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

Loved everything about my experience! Great staff!

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

A truly wonderful place...

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

Nice food, nice atmosphere

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.

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

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

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

Fantastic food and great service

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

First time and won’t be the last

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

One of the great Italian restaurants in London.

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.

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 !

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

Just simply great.

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.

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.

OT
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.)

SS
London
24 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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