Paternoster Chop House

4.3
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£26 to £40
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British
Paternoster Chop House is more commonly known as the First Dates restaurant, on Channel 4's smash hit programme. Located underneath St.Paul’s cathedral, you can enjoy our outdoor terrace or soak up the atmosphere in our bustling restaurant and vibrant bar.

We are bringing back the great British Chop House – harking back to a time when meat was king, portions were hearty and provenance was everything. Enjoy larger sharing cuts cooked on open charcoal grills, in Josper ovens or on spit roasts, alongside daily specials inspired by the best ingredients the British Isles have to offer.
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4.3
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AC
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was there for team dinner and the foods were great. Front staff was a bit unfriendly but the others were nice to accommodate us at the end.

r
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It is only worth going to this restaurant for the novelty factor. The food and service are just about good enough, the décor is old and outdated, and is not befitting of the location nor the prices. The toilet was grubby, and look liked they hadn’t been tended to in a while. Not somewhere I would return to.

MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was all very good.
Table a bit small and chairs were uncomfortable but, all in all, a good experience.

PS
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took a mate there for lunch and I had the seafood pie which was very nice. Told there was a 25 minute wait for the food so got some bread which I really liked! My friend had the lamb shank which he really enjoyed. All washed down with a couple of beers. Perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant, but very disappointed with the set menu.
We had the plaice which my partner couldn’t eat in the end.
Very small portion.
Being honest the steaks looked fantastic so maybe it was just a wrong choice but our food was definitely not value for money spend, two drinks and two set meals £82

B
London
25 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

A ‘fair’ rating is exactly right. Food was fair (not bad and not great), service was fine and the decor is rather plain with little atmosphere and an office block feel.

SG
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was great. Only issue was that we booked in advance and the seating was poor. Cramped on a small table for 5. Would have preferred a bigger table. Requested this; however unavailable

NC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent time at the Paternoster Chop House. The food was excellent comfort food with a twist and at the very top of it's game e.g. venison wellington and chicken and gammon pie, both of which were superb. We had several bottle of very nice wine with a two course meal which made it quite pricey but, due to the quality, we all thought it was well worth the money. The service was really friendly and helpful and all five of us had a cracking evening.

FM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I didn’t know it was the “First Dates” restaurant when I booked. The food was expensive but only ok. I suspect it was packed due somewhat to its fame. My sirloin was not as good as the price implied. It was dry and quite tasteless. My friend’s sauce with her baked cod was superb; and cheaper than my steak. Service was ok but level of attention was not great. My first drink came after my starter had arrived and only because I asked where it was. It wasn’t easy to catch the staff’s attention. Dessert was amazing! Had the apple and cinnamon puff. Really delicious. House red wine was good also.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience great service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Service was amazing. They even provide a special pudding to mark our anniversary without us even asking. Super surprise. In terms of value it is on the expensive side but you do get the service and food to match.

OT
London
45 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue, great food and wonderful service

j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The steak was very good but the fish pie was poor (lacking flavour and stodgy)

AP
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An amazing experience. The staf are so nice and friendly and where always around to help and take care of you.
The food was lovley as well and the portions was over generous.
I'd defo revisit.

OT
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a fun dinner occasion which was enhanced by a lovely and funny waitress; she was great and she helped to make a great dinner with a friend better.

I loved the food, I chose a lamb dish. It was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful; my compliments to the chef. 🤷🏽‍♂️

DD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went early on the 3rd Jan - it was pretty quiet. The food was good and the service excellent. I'm sure on another day it wold have been busier and noisier.

TS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great vibe - we were incredibly well looked after on new years eve and nothing was too much trouble for the staff - great food and awesome wine list - top night ..... thanks!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time catching up with family

A
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great location, nice vibe, good food, also not too expensive as you would expect, it could be worse.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Do not recommend for Christmas lunch. Absolutely no effort from the restaurant team to make it special. No table linen, just like having a meal in a pub. Very disappointing. A restaurant needs a big make over. Dirty run down toilets, dirty walls. ... I would avoid any any cost.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Christmas dinner and absolutely amazing service. We had the sweetest waiter who couldn’t do enough for us. Great cocktails and tasty food. Ambience was lovely and buzzy without feeling overcrowded

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another landmark meal on Christmas eve at the chop house. The Chateaubriand was to die for!

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Table service was OK. The woman on reception was frosty and needs some customer service training. She’s the welcome and first impression. She lets the rest of the experience down.

DB
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome and the table and bar service was fantastic.
Nothing was too much trouble and the food was veru good indeed!
A 5 star experience!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It’s was alright, the food tasted nice and the service was great but everything was overpriced in my opinion.

Also, it was my partners birthday and they said they’d do a nice desert for him but they did nothing so really underwhelming there.

PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

IB
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super nice location

AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Always a good option. Given its close to Xmas, noise levels were higher, things running at full speed. Food good and my friends steak looked perfect. Like the quality service and attention to detail here, Ill be going back.

S
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always great food in a busy restaurant. The food was excellent and the table service very well done and professional. The Red Leg partridge was superb

H
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food. Attentive staff. A little hot in the restaurant, but this must be hard to help when busy

JS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to dine for a special occasion.
Staff very tentative and professional.
Beautiful food.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitors, however would happily return there again and again. Food was excellent and the customer service from start to finish was exceptional

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful and delicious food. Could not fault the restaurant at all. Prices are reasonable, especially for the steak and the staff were friendly and polite

AD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Roasts I have had in London....and I have had plenty. The atmosphere was lively but not overwhelming and we could enjoy a conversation without having to raise our voices over neighbouring tables which is great. The staff was also a step above the rest and there was not a moment that we were in want of anything. Highly Recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We found the food to be delicious, however the service let the restaurant down. We had one course per person and drinks and the bill came to £128. The service did not reflect this price. Upon arrival, there was no one to take our coats (although we noticed other people’s coats had been taken) when we asked a waiter about the sharing cuts of meat it seemed a big hassle for him to explain them (and even then he didn’t really explain it just pointed to the blackboard, no mention as to whether the sharing meats come with sides etc), when the waitress came over to ask if we wanted wine we opened our mouths to ask about recommended wines but before we knew it she said ‘wine, no’ and took the menus! My partner was also without a drink for half an hour and in the end went up to the bar to ask for one. The restaurant was also cold as the door was constantly left open (my partner shut it twice but then got fed up of having to do so). It really is a shame as the food was incredible and the ambience is nice but ruined by poor service. At the price of the meals the staff should be much more attentive and welcoming. (Must mention, one waiter in a suit did come and sort our wine out and he was much more professional and what we expected of all the waiter/waitress’).

b
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Had to wait 20 minutes for our table and had to constantly ask for missing drinks and order parts of our meal twice. Service was mediocre for such an establishment - I expect a bit better from D&D

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant for lunch business meeting. The pork chop is excellent and must order! However, the accompanying boiled spinach was lacklustre. Did not have a chance to try out the desserts but we finished with strong mint tea which was probably good for digestion after the huge pork chop.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

Only downside was a very poor virgin bloody mary , just tomato juice and lemon with nothing else.

They also add a £2 charity donation to your bill which you have to ask not to be applied. I’m happy to give to charity but on my terms without having to embarrassingly opt out in front of guests.

AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Comfortable restaurant, friendly staff, good service

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R
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good but a wee bit expensive for drinks food was great and services