Motcombs - Restaurant
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Sun: 8:00am to 6pm
We love Motcombs, we celebrated our wedding lunch here 10years ago!
The place is lovely, the food is delicious and its location is really nice.We spent a perfect dinner. We could not desire anything better. Just 2 objections:
1) when we arrived was like they did not know about our reservation
2) they did not apply the 50% off steaks on friday.
By the way we had a really special and pleasant night
Had not visited Motcombs for quite some time. The good news is that little had changed! A varied menu, well priced wines, well presented, tasty food, good waiter service and - in the bar, the downstairs restaurant being closed on a quiet Monday night - a convivial atmosphere. The tables were too near each other. However, this is close to being a neighbourhood gem.
Constantly high standard great food and ambience great wine selection
As always a good fun time was had. Food very good and staff attentive and amusing. A great place to be!
Signature dish the fish cakes were over cooked, which was disappointing
Don't understand why this place isn't more popular. Next time would go for Sunday lunch which seems very good value.
Been in Motcombs a few times. Food an services is excellent. Would highly recommend.
When we arrived we confirmed out booking and were directed to the basement . My wife very politely asked if we could sit at a ground floor table . She was told " No you have to go downstairs " the manner of delivery and the arrogance took us by surprise , however, we ventured downstairs to an empty , oppressive space and the combination of the space and another unwelcoming member of staff we both decided in union not to stay . We live locally and would have been happy to make this local restaurant a weekly choice but given our experience we are more than happy to cross this restaurant off of our options . I wish I had read the reviews before booking as our experience is a common theme in numerous reviews .
We actually ate in the Brasserie at street level, but it was great. Cozy and delicious.
We had a fairly nice evening but the restaurant could really do with modernising. The interior seemed a little outdated and "dusty". The food was ok but nothing to go back for. But the worst thing of the night was, that we saw a mouse running through the restaurant and into the kitchen. When we told the waiter he merely said that he will tell management. We will definitely not go back!
Charming restaurant located in this pretty area of Knightsbridge 'village'. A little cramped inside but good food and service. Limited sunny outdoor seating.
We have been regulars at this restaurant for many years, mainly because it's not noisy and the food is consistent with good, unobtrusive service. The Friday night filet mignonette special is good value except that the filet seems to get smaller and smaller!
I recieved a flyer recommending the Oysters and the Grouse (with a robust red wine). I was not disappointed!? My friend had the Special being Lobster Thermidore and Fries. She was not disappointed.
I have been to the restaurant previously but this time really found the completely open kitchen - neon lights and all - which forms one end of the dining area- overbearing. This time the noise from the kitchen and in particular a member of staff - its always one to bring down everyone else- was bad. No management appeared to be in place. Its also not particularly edifying trying to relax over dinner while someone cleans the kitchen floor in front of you. The food was nice and service fine if not a little cold. It really needs revamping and the kitchen detaching completely from what would otherwise be a charming room. Overall rather faded but charming, save for the dreadful kitchen.
This is a real neighbourhood gem. Priced very competitively for its position on Motcombe Street, the menu is varied, priced extremely keenly and changed very frequently. The food is delicious with speedy and attentive service. The wine list sports some very decent examples at a very fair price. Sunday lunch is available for two for under £30 and this too is stunningly good value and exceptionally tasty when we tried it.
We are frequent but irregular diners at Motcombes and will continue to be. Its a lovely cosy place and the downstairs dining room (weekdays only) is particularly impressive.
Picked this restaurant at random from the internet as needed somewhere to meet up with friends staying near Harrods. We were not disappointed, food and staff were very good, and the prices were very reasonable. We liked the ambience of the downstairs restaurant where we ate, the staff were attentive and patient with our rather at times boisterous party. Would definitely return.
Never fails to please. All in all a good dining experience with a bunch of friends where you can chat easily in a nice environment.
A nice, friendly restaurant- on a sunny day we asked to sit upstairs in the brasserie which was really nice.
It has been a long time since going to Motocombs. I shall not leave it so long again. The restaurant is lovely, good food and wine and surprisingly good value. I will be back soon
We have eaten many times at Motcombs. The food is always reliable.
On this occasion ( bank holiday) although there were very few people in the restaurant the service was very bad. Restaurant is separated in 2 sections , waitress was in the other section which was empty and coming to check if we need something.
We had to get up,a few times to find waitress.
Otherwise food was good. Quiet place where you can hear each other which doesn't happen in a lot of restaurants.
Will return hoping that it was a one off bad service.
We chose Motcombs for its location. We were wanting a midweek meal for a group of six close to the hotel in which our friends were staying. The location is both Motcombs main advantage, because there is not much else in the area other than pub meals, but also I suspect its main disadvantage because there is a lack of competition. The sophisticated air in the basement restaurant is achieved with furniture and many wall paintings. The lack of other customers suited us nicely, as we were able to have a quit evening's conversation, but I can understand why other reviewers said that it created a lack of ambience. The service was extremely friendly, cooperative and the attention not overbearing, i.e. just how I like it. The food was acceptable, but not to the level of cuisine that one would expect for the price. If the restaurant were situation in somewhere like Covent Garden, for example, I fear that they would not survive the competition. Overall, good for a business meal or other meeting where the emphasis is on the conversation and reasonable but not outstanding food is acceptable, which is why it suited us. The wine selection on the other hand was excellent, ranging from quite economical and perfectly acceptable house wines to sophisticated top of the range wines.
Once again we were happy to have chosen Motcombs, this time for a family group of 10. Non intrusive but great service, good choice of food for all courses and everyone was happy with their choices. Wine selection good. The atmosphere is comfortable and pleasant and pleasingly it is possible to hold real conversations as the noise levels are perfect.
Fabulous experience as usual the bar staff are absolutely at the top of their game always a pleasure to visit Motcombs
They show you a big alive lobster and serve you a very small one with nearly no meat but a lot of sauce and chips. It is disgusting way of selling
This is our third visit to Motcombs and we have been impressed every time, The food is high quality presented well.The service is outstanding, the staff paying attention to all our needs. The House wines were very reasonably priced for London and excellent quality.
As ever, always enjoyable to dine here. Very friendly and helpful service. Lobster risotto very good. A favourite restaurant.
Quality restaurant with a buoyant atmosphere at reasonable prices for this part of London.
Certainly would recommend for a business lunch, we even enjoyed watching Cheltenham on the big screen!
No hesitation to recommend.
food is excellent but clarification of the offer before dining is best. lovely restaurant
A posh but approachable club like atmosphere in the basement restaurant Staff are attentive and friendly and food of a good and consistent standard
We had their lunch deal (£15.95). The food was excellent and very generous portions. I would definitely go their again!
A mid week lunch outing. I'm always a bit nervous about basement restaurants but once we were sat at our table the lighting from the kitchen area lit up the room, as if you were upstairs in daylight. The dining room is impressive, lots of hanging paintings, beamed ceiling, cosy and comfortable. On the food side the 1st courses were very impressive, good presentation, taste sensations. (I had prawns in pastry with Thai dips, my friend Scallops, toasted just right). Then it all became a bit ordinary. Nothing especially wrong, just a bit 'old hat'. The wine list is good and very reasonably priced. Our Burgundy, A Givrey, slipped down very nicely. The service is positive, effective but not very friendly. It's a place you would go to if it was just around the corner. So it won't be on our list for a re-visit.
really disappointed with the food ambience . We had a poor quality starter and no flavour to prawns. The mains lobster linguine was a huge portion of linguine and flavourless sauce.
Very poor . cover charge of £2 per person with no indication on menu . and that was for a few breadsticks.
A quiet January night in the restaurant but the menu offered a full range. Starters of scallopes and a salad Phillips was excellent and far from meagre.
Beef stroganoff was very meaty and my calves livers were excellent.
Would consider again when there are a few more people to create an atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and most helpful.
Food was perfectly acceptable. Staff were friendly.
We were one of only 2 or 3 parties at lunchtime, so service was very fast and attentive.
A good, decent value choice for the Belgrave Sq area area.
Great value deal at this long running local Knightsbridge/Belgravia Restaurant. Staff friendly and accommodating. Will be going again
We go regularly to Motcombs. Food is always reliable. Friendly staff , cosy restaurant.
Motcombs serves classic food prepared very well. We especially love their veal escalope with spaghetti and their fish dishes. A summer special that we particularly enjoyed was fish cakes with lobster sauce. Motcombs do a very good caesar salad too. The restaurant area downstairs is just the place for a quiet, discreet meal. The brasserie upstairs is perfect for a casual evening or a summer's day. Staff are very friendly and professional too.
The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, cozy and warm. Superb food and wine selection. Great place for a romantic dinner.
pleasant, lively, simple prix fixe meal. (I don't always WANT to write 50 characters - stupid restriction !!)
Have been to Motcombs on many occasions. The food is always very reliable, good service, cosy restaurant.. Good choice on menu.
On Friday it was surprisingly quite empty.
Always happy to go back