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12:51, London,

12:51

4.4
4.4
29 Reviews
£41 and over
European

Bringing Chef James Cochran to Islington’s ever-evolving food scene with his restaurant 12:51. Having won the popular BBC TV programme ‘Great British Menu’, the talented chef will be bringing some of his dishes from the show to the tables of 12:51.
Situated right in the heart of the bustling Upper Street, 12:51 seats 38. The destination venue welcomes guests serving 5-course taster menu lunch and dinner. On Sunday is our famous 12:51 Sunday roast menu only!
The venue has a minimal, studio-like interior, dotted with quirky features from the original Victorian building. The double-height windows on the ground floor allow natural daylight to flood in and will be a space for changing contemporary artwork from artists from the local community and friends of the 12:51 team. 12:51 has a curated playlist of classic funk, soul, hip hop and rock & roll tunes to take diners from day tonight. Just to be aware that we don't cater for vegans or dairy-free. Booking could be on a high table.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, West Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 17:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–19:00 Lunch Fri 12:00–14:30

  • Phone number

    07934 202269

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    James Cochran

  • Area

    Angel

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 29 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. H

    Helene

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Nice venue, excellent service. Food delicious, great flavour and textures.

  2. f

    fjtoc

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    I invited my partner for a late lunch on his birthday. The staff was very friendly and the food is simply amazing. We had the 5-course tasting menu, which kept us busy for about 2 hours. We sighed with pleasure every time we had a bite, and the dessert was delicious. Definitely worth trying.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Blooming amazing!!!! Will be back very soon 💥

  4. BS

    BenS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent roast and superb service, perfect way to spend a Sunday. Small Sunday menu but covered what was needed, with varied cocktails and wine on offer. Will be back to check normal menu! Thank you

  5. AS

    AnnisS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had such a lovely evening. The food was great. Thanks so much!

  6. E

    Enrico

    Saxony-Anhalt

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The greatest food can be found in the tiniest spaces.

  7. M

    Msbrownin

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was great and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Very low key for a nice chilled time.

  8. MR

    MattR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant food and great service. The lunchtime taster menu is great value.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Lovely food absolutely sensational spicing, buttermilk jerk chicken is amazing Not much for veggies Great puds Big portions considering these are small plates Good service Basic tables and chairs But it is all about the food And the head chef was there in the kitchen on a Thursday evening cooking up a storm

  10. BF

    BarbaraF

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and friendly staff. Had a great evening. Music became slightly intrusive towards the end of the evening

  11. SN

    SusanN

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Inventive and delious food and delightful staff. Pricier than a lot of Upper Street eateries but worth it.

  12. E

    Elisa

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was really lovely. One of the best Sunday roast in London. Value for money not great as portion are really small, but no doubt on quality! Fast service and really polite Thanks !

  13. o

    orsola

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    I went there with my partner and two friends. First thing first: the food is very good, interesting combination and presentation. Unfortunately everything else needs massive improvement to live up to the standard of a good restaurant you want to go back to. As noted by other people, portions are ridiculously small for the price. The irony is that the whole menu is supposed to be a sharing menu but most dishes are literally a couple of bites so if you are more than two people it's pretty much impossible to share them - one of them was a £13 scallop dish, which was in fact, one scallop. Imagine the fun we had sharing that among the diners. The front of house staff is friendly but lacks experience and is sloppy, the person who served us was evidently nervous, was mumbling and it was almost impossible to understand what he was saying with the loud music and they added a bottle of wine we didn't order. The overall appearance and vibe of the place is somehow disconnected to the culinary experience. The former seems to try to be informal, casual and appropriate for a casual meal with friends - loud music, rustic decor and vinyls covers hanging on the wall (?!) but everything else is trying to be a bit more refined and intimate. To sum up, I think the place has potential because the food is good but they really need to invest in front of house, better decor and rethink their pricing strategy: make mains a decent portion size and charge a bit more and keep the current size for starters and reduce the price for them.

  14. b

    bambi95

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Sunday roast - truffle cauli cheese excellent, and service really brilliant although they were very busy. Horseradish cream didn’t really pack a punch and meat a little bit on the stingy side but overall all very good, will be back to try the tasting menu.

  15. TT

    TastyTraveller

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fantastic meal at 12:51 for a belated birthday. Chef James Cochran and the team are turning out some delicious food. We went for the signature snack (Buttermilk jerk spiced chicken, scotch bonnet jam, corn nuts, coriander) and were talked into the kid goat sharer for two. This was a celebration of goat and despite fancying all other items on the menu we were really happy with our choice. Guess it just means we’ll have to return! 🐷

  16. p

    plaidliquid

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2019

    overall3food5service5ambience1

    Amazing food, lovely service, horrible room that felt like being at a premier Inn

  17. g

    gwc333

    London

    354 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    354 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Unfortunately we were tired this night but the food was really good. Would love to return and try some of the interesting cocktails

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch date!! Quick service, very very tasty and super friendly waiting staff!

  19. k

    kiran

    London

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Some very nice dishes but some where they got carried away. Too pricey for overall experience

  20. l

    leanneb

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    James Cochran what a chef! Took a friend for her first real food tasting experience and she was blown away! We will definitely be back! The cheesecake dessert is to die for!

  21. RH

    RichardH

    London

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Food was so chilled it was tasteless. Flavours thrown together that don’t go together and everything was covered in a ‘crumb’ - the chef is obsessed! Service was good but should be for the overpriced menu. Also, when we arrived they hadn’t got our OpenTable booking. Very disappointing - we won’t be back.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Food definitely interesting, creative - go with people you’re willing to share with and try and few. Everything was very good.

  23. FL

    FoodLover

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    great chilled vibe at 12:51, awesome tunes and amazing food! The buttermilk jerk spiced chicken, scotch bonnet jam is outstanding - I think we ordered 3 servings! So was the French beans, peach, Montgomery cheese, hazelnuts, herb oil! Plus great cocktails and very knowledgeable and attentive staff. I'll be going back!

  24. L

    Lenhodge

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A lovely little restaurant with interesting food, tasty and a little bit different to the norm. Great staff, and good value we thought.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Interesting combinations that really work. Chicken parfait jammy dodger was a highlight. Who knew! Great service by a lovely helpful waiter who recommended a few dishes.

  26. DK

    DKLondon

    London

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food in a cosy surrounding. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive.

  27. LM

    LukeM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Loved the decor. Lunch menu had a great range of food. The jerk chicken was a stand out along with the everything goat related. Thank you very much.

  28. DF

    DinerFromLondon

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My first meal here was very memorable. The friendly service was apparent the moment we arrived and every course we ordered was delicious. My favourites were the french beans and the buttermilk jerk chicken (we ordered a second serving), and everything was presented beautifully. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tremendous meal in this lovely restaurant. It’s he second time we’ve been and it just keeps getting better and better. Lovely, k knowledgable staff who even asked the chef for me how the amazing cauliflower dish was cooked. Thanks. We will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

12:51 is rated 4.4 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

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Google Map for 12:51

107 Upper Street London, N1 1QN

Additional information

  • Area

    Angel

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 17:00–21:30 Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–19:00 Lunch Fri 12:00–14:30

  • Cuisines

    European, West Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Cochran

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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