American Bar Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European

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An intimate Edwardian, oak panelled dining room at the London Coliseum, in the heart of London's West End. Join us for dinner pre-performance and make your way back to the table for the interval when drinks and dessert will be awaiting you. Head chef Mathieu Archipoff serves a locally sourced and seasonal menu, this winter highlights include "Duck tortelloni with butternut velouté, spring onion and nasturtium leaves" and "Roasted miso salmon fillet with citrus & white wine sauce, bok choy and lotus crisps".
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SL
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual the food was excellent, especially the chicken main dish. The staff were attentive but not overbearing. Thank you

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here several times and the food and service are always excellent and it didn’t disappoint this time either.

RO
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

High quality experience. The staff were very friendly and attentive, the food was of a high standard, well presented and of good quality. The wine list was comprehensive and also of good quality. The restaurant wood panelling created a wonderful ambience and added to the experience. Overall a very enjoyable meal and one I would recommend.

I
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and wonderful veggie choices. The American Bar has always been a very special place for its glorious ambience and elegant charm. Thank you!

JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and friendly. Tasty food. Very easy and great to have a refreshment base to visit during the intervals.

SL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit when attending the Ballet, as before it really made the event special.

DW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect start to an amazing overall experience at the Coliseum. Friendly staff, amazing food followed by a magical ballet. One of the best restaurant experiences I have had in many years.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very attentive and friendly staff
Great to also be able to have interval drinks at our own table, made the evening even more enjoyable & special

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Unfortunately the food is not up to the standard of the establishment such as ENO. Steak was served luke warm, ver fatty piece of meat swimming in butter.
Decor outdated, very limited wine list. Altogether very disappointing experience.

American Bar Restaurant
Responded on 13 January 2020

We are sorry to hear that we couldn't meet your expectation. Nonetheless, I would like to challenge your 1 star review. By rating us so low, you imply that it was a disastrous experience and as you can see from the rest of the reviews, most of our guests truly enjoyed their visit. Could I ask you to contact me at aharnisch@eno.org to give me a more in depth feedback and to discuss what can we do to make it up for a disappointing visit?

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here twice now. Both times before matinee performances. Nice environment. Excellent staff. Good food at reasonable prices for London. It is good to be able to have starter and main before the show and return for deserts in the interval. Plus they have a cloak room so one can avoid queuing for coats after the show. All in all a big thumbs up.

DH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the American Bar Restaurant, food was excellent, staff were fantastic, service was great, we could even order interval drinks for our table and leave our coats etc in the restaurant while we enjoyed a great performance of The Nutcracker, as Arnie said we will be back!!!

FE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An elegant place to eat with good service and good food a delightful thing to do when going to the Coliseum.

AW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive but not overpowering staff always with a smile. Food was amazing . Would go to the restaurant again.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my sister to the ballet for her birthday 29th Dec.

We ate beforehand. Wasn’t expecting ‘pre show’ dinning to be too special.

Was blown away by the quality of the food and service.

Thoroughly enjoyable experience and made the day complete.

Would 100% recommend and will definitely return to dine without seeing a show.

MG
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal here before watching "The Nutcracker' ballet. There is not an extensive menu but all our dishes were very well cooked and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The only thing that
I feel could have been improved would have been a greater choice of vegetables to order as a side if desired. The staff were outstandingly polite and attentive and really went out of their way to be helpful in every way.

RW
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and easy access to our theatre seats of course.

HC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was too average for the price.

American Bar Restaurant
Responded on 3 January 2020

Sorry to hear that we couldn't meet you expectations. Would you care to send me a more complete feedback at aharnisch@eno.org? Regards. A. Harnisch, General Manager

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A wonderful place to relax and dine before the performance. The table is yours for the whole show
so youare able to return during the interval for your dessert and drinks previously ordered. Also you can leave your coats.

DS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A most enjoyable meal. Service was really good and organising the dessert and drinks for intermission was excellent although there is too little time to really settle in and enjoy. All in all a wonderful evening. Many thanks.

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this venue. Generally we stick to the Royal Opera House. Our experience on this occasion was excellent. The food was very good and a bit more substantial than the ROH. The service was excellent. We are going back in January for a different production, a matinee, and have already booked a table for lunch prior to the performance.

VG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quiet restaurant with excellent food & very good service. The perfect refuge after a busy day and before the theatre. Excellent that the table is kept for you all evening too. Would definitely recommend.

AK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fells like a pop up restaurant in theatre. However, excellent staff and surprisingly great food, we complimented chef on starter and main.......for a pre theatre meal don’t hesitate!!

JB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to the American Bar Rest. Staff looked after us very well, food and service both excellent. Looking forward to our next visit.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

What a good place to eat before the show! We received a warm reception and my granddaughter was made especially welcome. Our order was taken quickly and delivered just in time, so we opted to return at interval for dessert and coffee. Our sirloin steak was a little tough but the grilled vegetables were delicious and Bella ate all the side order of roast potatoes. I’d definitely return.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a delightful way to start the evening, prior to seeing ‘The Nutcracker’. The staff were most welcoming and our table was in a perfect corner spot. Whilst the food was pleasant, I do think it is a tad overpriced. I also think you could provide at least two choices for the set price choice. I will certainly return.

M
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty food and a good choice. Service excellent and swift. Dining room cosy and traditional. Would definately recommend as it makes things very easy being on site in a relaxed atmosphere.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were delayed because of heavy traffic. The staff kept our table and organized our dinner so that we could still enjoy everyting. Even not too late for the ENO.

S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can eat at this restaurant only if you’re attending an opera a the ENO. Book early. The venue is small and the food and service are too god to miss. So, not surprisingly, it’s extremely popular.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate before the last performance of The Mikado and the meal proved to be a good for runner for the rest of the evening. The carrot, coconut and coriander soup was pronounced as excellent, the sirloin steak was beautifully tender. The chicken was lovely and the sweet with the pepper meringue was delicious!

l
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a lone dinner i was made to feel very welcome and was extremely comfortable at all times. I truly enjoyed the experience of my first Opera. Thank you

w
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location makes ENO experience even better
Good food and choice. Charming service.

g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great location for a pre-theatre dinner before a fantastic show at the ENO

TS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The American Bar kept up its reputation with us. It is a very good place to start the evening before an opera. Highly recommended.

C
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a perfect dining option for patrons of the English National Opera, as it is on site yet offers quality meal choices at a reasonable price. It is a real restaurant experience and not an inexpensive cafe. We enjoyed the cured salmon starter followed by a rich and tasty Ossobuco, washed down by a large glass of Rioja. A nice added benefit when you dine before the performance, is that one can return at the break for dessert and a drink; we shared a chocolate trifle and mint tea half way through the excellent Orphée by Philip Glass. The staff were efficient and friendly.

l
London
27 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Obviously it is ideally positioned for a pre-ENO-performance meal, in nice wood-panelled rooms, but that wouldn't help if it was no good. We have been many times, and have always found the menus suitable, the staff efficient and cheerful, the timing geared to the performance, and the food itself always nicely presented and cooked, and sometimes inventive. Recommended.

WS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining here makes a lovely experience attached to the opera. The food is very good and the staff extremely helpful.

ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

best place for quiet pre-theatre meal with no hassle and good food and service.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed the American Bar Restaurant very much. The food was great, and the service was excellent. My companion was not the easiest (quite demanding) - so, I appreciate that the staff were responsive and courteous. Just one thing - the restaurant was not nearly fully booked, and yet we were seated next to the entrance to the kitchens. It was fine (and I made the sacrifice, looking toward the kitchen entrance, so that my friend could have the view of the room), but it would have been nice if we had been moved to another, cosier, table. I could have asked, of course!

r
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place for pre-opera dinner at the London Coliseum. Great food and attentive service. Good value too

j
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish a great place to eat if you enjoy a show here too.