Paternoster Chop House

4.3
2381 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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.

Special Offers

Red Roasts & Free Flowing Bordeaux for an extra £15 pp

Enjoy Free Flowing Bordeaux wine with our Sunday Roasts for an additional £15 pp

Terms and Conditions: To be enjoyed with a minimum of 2 courses from a la carte or set menu.
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 21 April 2019

Ends: 13 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:15

Evening Standard Offer: 2/3 courses for £20/£25 with a glass of wine

Enjoy 2/3 courses & a glass of wine £20/£25 from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 5 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Tables are bookable from 10/7/19, but offer available from 15/7/19

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 15 July 2019

Ends: 8 September 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:15 17:30-22:15

Free Flowing Bubbles

Enjoy Free Flowing Bubbles Saturdays for an additional £20 pp

Terms and Conditions: To be enjoyed for £20 per person with a minimum of 2 courses from a la carte menu.
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 April 2019

Ends: 14 October 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-15:00

Set Menu: 2 courses for £25, 3 for £30

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 April 2019

Ends: 14 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:15
Mon-Thu 12:00-15:15 17:30-22:15
Fri 12:00-15:15 17:30-22:00
Sat 12:00-15:00 17:30-22:15

What 2381 People Are Saying
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M
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff.
Food was served quickly.
Being a vegan, not much choice on the menu.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, amazing wine, amazing service.

We went to celebrate my wife birthday as a surprise and she loved it. We both had the steak and they was both cooked to perfection.

We shall be going again.

Alex

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CS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff were excellent, food outstanding, noise level was VERY high.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not the experiance I was expecting. When I booked this months in advance I was excited, however the menu did not live up to expectations. The choice was nothing special, and for what it is the prices were extortionate. Overall, the experiance wasn't good but also not bad. The staff were friendly and attentive which helped avoid the evening being a total disaster.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except long wait for the drinks at the bar, it was rather fab evening and a great experience. I was rather impressed with timing of the food service. Spot on and the meat, amazing taste, perfectly spiced and good sides.

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time,staff where very good and food was excellent

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere & very attentive staff happy to talk about First dates how it’s filmed etc....food was very nice & reasonably priced although drinks were quite expensive.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Ordered the rib-eye steak and it was probably the worst I’ve ever had. Great service, but let down badly by chef with no desire to make an impression.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Highly recommend. Service was below average. We were a party of 6 with kids and waitress didnt put forth much effort, especially since tip was predetermined and already included

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

A fantastic evening, everything was perfect

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had booked an early seating and it was a nice table by the window. The service was good not to the point where it over intrusive. The atmosphere was a nice buzz for a Friday night. Cocktails lovely and the food was delicious indeed. I would recommend to friends.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the second time I've been in the last couple of weeks and again it was an incredibly enjoyable time. In a group of three, it took us some time to order as we were catch up and not once were we rushed of told to hurry up. A great option and I would highly recommend.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drawn here by the program first dates, however the real staff are really friendly and the food was great.

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P
Yorkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We stood at the bar and ordered a bottle of proseco and 2 glasses. We got these albeit the surly barman decided it was for us to pour it! Had to carry it, the ice bucket, glasses, coats etc to reception where lovely lady offered us help & took us to table. Place is lovely, friendly n great atmosphere. Waiter/waitress very good. Black pudding scotch egg and piccalilli wonderful. Fish Pie (a £18 special) was a bowl of peas & a baked potato mash topping with almost no fish at all - poor - even the people next to us commented on it. Place is sold on First Dates & works - but it does fail in certain areas. Go, enjoy - but be prepared for tiny disappointments. Yes we mentioned this there - little interest.

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R
London
35 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little overpriced for the quality of food. One of the dishes was suppose to have samphire and we were told it was in the sauce (the sauce was clear and brown, other than being rather salty there was not other indication that samphire could've been in it). However, they did arrange a small sweet with a candle because it was a birthday so that was a nice touch.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a catch up with an old work colleague, probably a little to cosy setting for the occasion but the service and food were incredible. Eating Keto at the moment and it’s always a challenge to find natural, wholesome, clean food. This place had everything on the meal and all for a fair price considering it’s located in central London.

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AW
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely lunch for 5 of us. The steak was amazing.

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DI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Ambiance was nice, but the tables were smushed together in some areas. And unfortunately our server wasn’t able to accommodate all our dietary restrictions. Overall average experience (not really worth the prices) - no plans to return!

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b
London
199 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always been a fan of this restaurant and not just because it’s the First Dates venue. Staff are impeccable trained in service standards and so smartly dressed. Definitely the biggest asset here. Food and service timely and well presented. The restaurant treated me to a free unexpected taster dessert to thank me for returning as recognised me as a former dining regular here, the thing is I hadn’t been back for over a year so this recognition and respect made my evening. This is how you retain existing and get new customers. I can’t praise this place enough and look forward to returning.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I didn't have the best experience, the waiter took a long time to take our order. The food subsequently took a while to make and the food itself was substandard. I ordered the sides of spinach (steamed) which looked like something i could have made at home, the leek and pea was in a wet creamy sauce which had no flavour or seasoning at all. It looked like there was cabbage in there as the food did not taste of look like it had any leek at all, which was pretty disappointing. The attention to detail was disappointing and considering the dinner was special celebration, it was not a special experience at all. I certainly won't be recommending it to anyone as there is much better restaurants in the same price bracket where you feel like you are getting value for money.

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely experience walking into the First Dates Restaurant!! We had a drink at the bar... the food was outstanding!! Well worth a visit they made it extra special by sending two little caramel shortbreads on a plate with happy birthday and the waiters singing to my husband x

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was friendly and attentive. The Saturday set lunch menu was excellent value and all the food our group had from there was delicious. I had the burger, which was substantial but both it and the chips that came with it were a little dissapointing if I'm honest. Booked lunch for 1pm and the place was nice and quiet at that point. Got a lot busier as the afternoon progressed and by 4pm the restaurant and outside tables were almost all full. Recommend you go early if you're looking for a quiet lunch, later is better if you're after more athmosphere. Only real gripe was the price of the wine, £32 for a 500ml carafe and £42 for an unspectacular bottle of Chardonnay left me feeling a bit stung. I suppose the city types who normally frequent the place during the week can afford such prices without batting an eye-lid but it was a bit steep for me and this would be the only real reason I'd think twice before going back.

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s
London
49 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was ok, but the staff were terrible. When I asked for the bill it was bought to my table without a word and literally thrown onto the table. I paid by card. The person came up with the card machine, held out their hand for the card inserted it into the machine and handed me it to put my pin in. They took the machine off me printed the bill and left it on the table all without a single word. Downright rude. I Eat regularly in London - won’t be going back here.

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j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Solid restaurant for London. Fish and chips were especially good.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great location, good ambience, friendly and efficient service.

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OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambiance, service and setting were lovely but the steaks over priced and not particularly spectacular. Overall a pleasant evening but wouldn’t rush back.

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n
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was brilliant. Desserts even better.
The Double Chop took some effort to finish off !
Service was impressive. Presentation 10/10.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Booked a table for lunch at 3.15, we sat down and no one came with menus, we had to ask... when we ordered the food, we ordered main course but was advised by waitress that we may not be able to order desert because kitchen closes at 3.30.... really weird! Ask to see the manager in which he said he’ll ask kitchen to stay behind for desert... why put a booking time at 3.15 if kitchen closes at 3.30?? Also service was terrible... taken our drinks to wrong table, and after buying an expensive white wine we were brought 2 pints of lager?? Wrong table again..... ordered beef with horseradish and was charged £2.50 for more horseradish?? Really? It’s a sauce? Eventually food was good but overall very disappointing for a tv restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a gorgeous evening and a great service - we both had a phenomenal time and a great personal touch - food was limited for vegans but we made do with what was on offer.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice place, good atmosphere but sirloin was rather disappointing for the money. Staff were friendly but felt food very simple and overpriced, even considering it’s TV fame.

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Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, especially the 42days steaks - just delicious! The place is a bit noisy though.

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TS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed my smoked haddock main at the Paternoster Chop House. The homemade bread was delicious and the pina colado cocktail was delightful.

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DD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff. Great food and drinks.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Understanding this is a casual dining experience, however the price was not and there were several areas that did not match expectation. The Negroni was as poor as I have ever tasted, you should not offer cocktails if you cannot make them. The WC wax terrible, not attended too and like a downgrade city bar rather than a restaurant that portrays itself as a destination for celebrations. The starters were good, but the main course cams mins after we finished with no break. ( was not as if they needed the table back) the mains were a formula based delivery without the feeling of care, the steak not properly seasoned, and the suet pudding the opposite. The best thing was the cabbage ( so made by someone who should have more control of the pass). So if this were a first date, with the night I spent in the smallest room being ill it would not have been a good one. Manger was nice, and our server extremely good. The interior looked 10 years old and tired. 100GBP a head, I would expect more. Never mind thankfully London has more to offer.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was good service and atmosphere

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OT
London
26 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely piece of fillet steak and the service was superb.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Table was ready as soon as got there. Staff very friendly, food amazing , drinks a little on the pricey side. Would def go back.

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OT
London
26 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and a very good menu

Had the black pudding scotch egg for starter and chicken Kiev for main.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered the fillet steak. It was delicious! For sides we had chips and creamy mash. Not a lump to be seen in the mash - absolutely perfect! I had a glass of the house red wine - very tasty. Also had a couple of cocktails - all very tasty. Highly recommend. We went on a Saturday night. It was very busy so booking in advance is essential. Waiting staff were attentive and very friendly and chatty.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food fantastic service (especially from Nancy) I would happily recommend people give this restaurant a try. Setting in the St Paul’s area is lovely and there are some lovely buildings to at.
Dining can feel a little “cosy” as there are far more tables than depicted on First Dates.
Overall I can’t fault Paternoster Chop House.
Give it a visit

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