Alec's Restaurant

4.6
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£41 and over
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Worth the Drive
Alec’s Restaurant opened in 2010 and has established itself as one of Essex’s leading fish Restaurants. Alec’s prides itself on quality ingredients and exceptional service.
Unwind with a premium bottle of wine or signature cocktail in the comfortable lounge before taking a seat in the elegant main dining room, which can accommodate 120 guests.
Roaring fires in the winter and a delightful outdoor dining area in the summer, only enhance the elegant building.
The menu at Alec’s Restaurant is traditionally British and sets out to provide simple, quality fresh food. Although predominantly a seafood restaurant serving the finest fish and shellfish, mouth-watering meat dishes add to this impressive menu.
We are proud to follow the MSC code of conduct for sustainably sourced seafood. Plus, all seafood and fish are wild and ‘day boat caught’ from across Britain.
Please note that this restaurant operates a strict policy of no children under 12 years, and a smart casual dress code.

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LN
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with lovely views. Expensive but you get what you pay for. Had lunch set menu really good choice. Couldn’t fault it. Enjoyed every minute. Will return.

IR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked up on short notice on Friday as looking for somewhere to go for lunch. We chose Alecs, we have been there in the evenings but not lunch time. The service, staff and quality of food was outstanding. My husband and I both had the skate which was cooked to perfection and the desserts were big and very appetising
We will be returning for lunch again soon.

TC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Slightly dissappointed with starter as batter was very dark which meant oil was to old but main Lobster was very nice.
Young lady who served was excellent and very friendly.

MA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another great dinner crab and prawns starter oysters and roast beef again the Sunday roast is excellent few different cocktails along with the Irish coffee and bananas toffee pie was the icing on top again the best Sunday dinner around

K
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent lunch and service. My aunt had a wonderful birthday ..... Thankyou .

KR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Second visit, just as lovely as the first. Attended for my fiancé's birthday. We had the 3 course mid week set menu, excellent value. Large portion sizes, we certainly left full. The staff can't do enough for you, so friendly and helpful, the service is fast and precise. All of the food was delicious, my only comment would be that a little more selection for vegetarians would make it even better. Appreciated the restaurant bringing out an additional desert plate with a brownie, candle and 'happy birthday' icing, such a nice touch and shows the restaurant without prompting will go above and beyond to make the experience special. We will be back!

MA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Sunday lunch you can get lobster cocktail and oysters starters were fantastic the beef was delicious desert was a treat cocktails first rate as was the service had a latter sitting so not rushed the lamb had run out but as stated the beef as always was great nice Irish coffees and liquor to finish as always it is a great dining experience we will return

Z
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a very lovely experience. It had a nice, warm and receptive atmosphere. The staff were magnificent. The food was delicious and well packaged. We were very much satisfied and will certainly visit again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Alec’s restaurant for the first time this evening with my boyfriend for his birthday meal and had a lovely evening. Food was delicious, restaurant itself was beautiful and the staff were very attentive from start to finish. At the end of the meal the staff surprised my boyfriend with a complementary dessert wishing him a happy birthday which was a really nice touch and very much appreciated. Overall great experience and will visit again soon.

TG
London
27 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having not been to Alec’s recently, we were really pleased to see that service is back up to previous high levels and the menu has even improved...with more meat and poultry dishes than ever before.

BA
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and were very impressed. Will definitely be returning

J
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous meal Tuesday evening for my husband birthday. Food was excellent and will definitely return. The mid week set menu was fantastic value. Thank you for a lovely evening
Mrs J Willmott

C
London
36 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times and the standard, as always, is first rate. Good menu selection and attentive service. Would happily go back any time.

OT
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch. The set menu is good value and the Prosecco on arrival a nice touch. Thanks.

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Been going to Alec's Restaurant since first opened by Alec Smith. Since new ownership, both Quality & Staff gone right down hill. Very concerning when paying Top Dollar for poor quality food. Last visit over weekend with friends, who also been possibly 50 times like us. Cod was disgusting and without doubt, Frozen Cod. All we now hear is " Wont be coming back " us included. New Manager was very professional, but sadly also very embarrassed. Staff nowhere near previous high standard, when all close by at any given time. Now need to jerk the neck to find a member, who were usually having a chat in a corner somewhere. At nearly £150 a couple, need to get their act together.

MA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate as all ways had the traditional Sunday lunch which was superb oysters and lobster starters which was delicious biggest oysters I have ever seen definitely recommend the cocktails were good great choice I often go Alec’s for the fish but the roast beef lunch is a great addition to a first rate menu

DE
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is always superb, Service is usually excellent but this time a little lax, requested Mayonnaise’s but never arrived. We usually call & book, requesting a table by the windows, this time I booked on line and we got a table at the front of the restaurant. Will call next time.

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have celiacs and they have a very good gluten free menu. It would be a nice touch if they could offer a gluten free bread choice.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is great. Beautiful restaurant. The food is good but nothing special in my personal opinion . I guess you pay for the ambience . As I said the food is good but does not justify the price which is above average.

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They do a very nice set menu at a reasonable price but beware of expensive side dishes.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch. 3 of us had the set menu which was very good value for money with a good choice of dishes. My son had the a la Carte menu : lobster soup, surf & turf and baileys Creme brûlée. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal. We definitely will be returning.

MW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute that we were there.
Will be back again soon

J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant - polite helpful staff and great value we had the lunch set menu.

CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful venue for all occasions.
We celebrated our 53rd Anniversary, and the evening was perfect. Service first class and the Manager was very attentive towards us

AM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have asked for friendlier hosts.
The food was delicious; we both thoroughly enjoyed night and no doubt will be back again soon.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a Saturday lunch with my family for a birthday. The food was delicious and the restaurant is always busy so there is a lovely atmosphere there. Great venue for a a special occasion as the staff are very considerate, nothing is too much trouble. I went for the set menu which was fantastic value for money and had a varied choice and the rest of the party went a la carte and were very pleased with their food choices. I always have seafood as I don’t eat red meat and have always been very pleased with my choices and even though it’s known for the seafood my husband assured me the steak was perfectly cooked

OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We celebrated here last weekend in aid of my 40th Birthday. I had wanted to try Alec’s for sometime. The restaurant was beautiful, the atmosphere was great and welcoming. Staff were attentive and we had a lovely table. The food was good but not as good as I hoped. The main had a sauce which I wasn’t are of and I had I had known I would not have ordered. There was nothing wrong with it but not quite my liking. I would go again and try the steak. They looked amazing 👍

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

Great service, great food with a wide choice for all the family

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed and have booked to bring family on Sunday

Alec's Restaurant
Responded on 25 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are all so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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C
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a great menu. Great ambience and service, pianist was very good. Best to pre book table (we went for Sunday lunch) as it was very busy, but service didn’t suffer. Food presentation is wonderful as is the eating. Highly recommend.

Alec's Restaurant
Responded on 25 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are all so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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

Absolutely love this restaurant! Had the set lunch menu and unbelievable what you get for the price! Beautiful settings and couldn’t fault it one bit!

Alec's Restaurant
Responded on 25 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are all so pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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