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Paternoster Chop House

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2530 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
In line with government advice, we are operating a COVID-19 secure management system* in our restaurant and details of the controls we have in place can be found on our website.

Indoor gatherings are limited to members of any 2 households (or support bubbles). Outdoor gatherings are limited to members of any 2 households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most 6 people from any number of households.

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 the British Isles have to offer.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 2 courses for £25, 3 courses for £30

Oct 1-31, 2020·Mon-Fri 12:00-15:15 17:30-22:15

Paternoster set menu. 2 courses for £25, 3 courses for £30.

What 2530 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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3.8
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AliceM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, perfect for a special occasion given it’s a little more expensive. Complimentary dessert saying “happy anniversary” would a brilliant touch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday dinner celebration here, and what a treat it was, from the delicious snacks all the way through to the desert.
Service was great, and the birthday surprise was fantastic.
Definitely would go back again.

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chetnap
London
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was lovely and service pleasant. It was very quiet and there was no real ambience in the restaurant which was a shame!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Relaxed brunch, buzzing atmosphere. Value for money on the unlimited bubbles!

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XanaB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant. Managed to get a last minute table and really well accommodated for. Busier than expected for COVID measures but still felt reasonably safe. Food was divine and the staff were lovely.

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vipAlang
London
16 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took a friend and we had a enjoyable evening . staff were polite and helpful. Had the steak which was excellent. i would defo recommend the house Red too. i will revisit in the spring.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Due to covid the meal is rushed. Book earlier than 8pm.
Staff were lovely

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for a birthday/date thing. Nice food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I can’t fault the service, every member of staff was outstanding. I just felt the porterhouse was on the average side, a little cool and slightly tough. Maybe I’m just getting old, but didn’t come away thinking that was outstanding value overall either.

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mikejburn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Lunch booking and didn't seem too busy. Sat outside, prompt, friendly service. Starter was great. Then we waited and waited and waited. Server came over after about 30 minutes and said mains were nearly ready, and gave us a glass of complimentary wine by way of apology, but it was still another 10 minutes. Chicken Kiev finally arrived soggy, partly burned, and really disappointing. Poor experience, especially given the cost.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a super day so we were able to sit outside and it was glorious. Lovely food and service highly recommended

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BurntSteak
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience4

i guys,

Unfortunately for me I was served a well overdone steak by a moody gentlemen when I requested it medium rare. He took the excitement and the whopping price tag of 95 pounds from me with service charge included I kindly let go.

I work round the corner and thought I was in for a treat but sadly me and my guest were left unsatisfied , drinks etc staff are great. Will attend for usual drinks!

Regards.

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Himisha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for Sunday roast. Sides were great. Brilliant Yorkshire puddings. Lamb was very fatty and chewy-not the greatest.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic day in London, followed by the best experience at Paternoster Chop House. Such good food and service.

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TimR
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service. The right amount of banter to make it fun. An excellent steak and Truffled butter that made Keto manageable. The terrace was lovely in the sun.

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Meikameeks
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food and location. They are working quiet slow to ensure there is minimal contact with guests which unfortunately has you waiting a long but the food all arrived hot. Steak was slightly undercooked for medium but the flavours were amazing! Set menu was very poor but ordered from the standard menu for a little but more.

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JayS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really great vibrant location attentive and friendly staff but most importantly great tasting steak

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sarakalidou
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was there with my husband. We, in particular, did not liked the food. I mean it is okay but nothing especial. I also have to precise that it was the ''eat out'' last day and it was very busy, maybe that is why. Even so, it should not be the case.
A part that the service was impeccable, the waitress was very nice and talkative.
But I wont return there, sorry

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KateZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was so so. Honestly, if you're not ordering the steak, don't bother. Steak is tasty, fish cakes, fish n chips was ok, but not worth the money, even with the discount.

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TomG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our family visit to Paternoster Chop House and enjoyed the "Eat out to help out" menu . Great service - thanks.

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AndyStrummer6clashcity
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Came down from Glasgow having booked this restaurant day before. Absolutely loved it from the location to the food , service was excellent even though it was really busy our food arrived quickly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be visiting again.

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Anom
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Overpriced even with a discount. Only popular due to filming there of First Dates. We won’t be returning.

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johnp
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night would definitely recommend, food and service was all fantastic

JD
JadeD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Was nothing like what you expect on the tv . Not a place you go as a couple . We was made to felt like our custom was not wanted . Poor service we had to ask for our drinks and ask for our food as tge waitresses walked past . Noise level was so loud we went around 5.30 and it was so dark in there. Weatherspoons is more quite than this restaurant dont waste your time.

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MelissaF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All amazing can’t fault it :)
Food service cocktails all amazing.

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AlishaT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Arrived when it was quiet. Was seated very quickly our waiter was lovely and made sure we have everything we needed! Would recommend! Will be returning

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MMMMM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Poor service but food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and good service
Good location too

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UzmaM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pleasantly surprised, the food was excellent!

The steak had an amazing chargrilled flavour that we loved, I got the lamb and it was delicious, full of flavour.

We were very impressed by the food, plus lovely service and cute anniversary message that was written on our desert.

Also, the pink lady cocktail is now my favourite cocktail!!

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HelenR
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent, such a great night for my husband’s birthday. Amazing food and great service from all. Thank you

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PaulI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great steaks, great pork chop, lovely people. All too often a steak can be below par. It most certainly was not the case here. Cooked to perfection - blackened on the outside juicy in the middle.
Chips were great too as was the tomato salad. Mushrooms were the only let down. Eaton Mess for desert was also great. Lastly it felt very clean and safe in these weird times we live in.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, very clean

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vipelaine
London
161 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed sitting outside with a view of St. Pauls. The food was good and the service fine. Thought the toilets could have been a bit cleaner particularly during the pandemic and the restaurant is starting to look a bit shabby in places - not like on the tv programme.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great Sunday lunch, really tasty. Excellent service. Felt the restaurant looks a bit tired!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s was pleasant, very quiet which was nice.
The service change goes to restaurant so dont pay that and give to staff directly.

MJ
MJH84
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and quality food..was really nice ambiance and air con was a saver

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vipnicky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Really hot evening, was our first date night in town since lockdown

The service staff where bold bespoke face coverings so its really hard to understand them as cannot lip read - face guards are much better

Food was ok was expecting more for the restaurant
The lychee sorbet was delicious


The eat out/help out deal was good value but wouldn’t go again.

You go for the novelty really

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Amazing location, the outside sitting is perfect. Gives you a feeling of being somewhere outside of the Uk on holiday. However, very average food for a steak house. They don't even do mashed as a side. The chips were far from good. Very basic food quality which is totally not worth the price. Also don't be fooled by their offers of set menu, the sides are not included in this with the main dish. Really not worth it.

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MichaelS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went for an evening meal as the location feactured on TV, a program my wife watches. I knew that the set up was purely for the TV programme and was expecting very little.

The food and service were very much above the standard I expected and were a delight. We had a lovely evening and the staff did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. The food was well prepared and presented and sufficient that we did not require dessert.

Value was what is expected of London and was no surprise. All in all a very pleasant evening and we thank all at the venue

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AndrejusM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, excellent service, food slightly less expectations, dessert amazing, would definitely recommend to visit.

FAQs

Paternoster Chop House is rated 4.2 stars by 2530 OpenTable diners.

Paternoster Chop House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.danddlondon.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.