American Bar Restaurant

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521 Reviews
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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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GP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. The waitress was very polite and attentive. Would not have thought of eating at the threatre until i was sent an email. Loved that we could keep the table for the interval too which made it a stress free occasion. Would definitely eat there again.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere good, menu could be better for the cheaper deal, I had the Hake £5 extra but it was nice

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a perfect restaurant if you are going to see On your Feet in the theatre . Service was excellent very attentive great if you want to return to your table for desert and coffee in the interval. The food was very good.

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TE
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

If you are viewing a performance at the ENO it’s perfect

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem that we will definitely revisit. Great service and value for money. A fabulous oasis at the interval to.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food, friendly and efficient service

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DN
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic secret inside the London Colisium.
Such an intimate dining experience and superd food.
Marry and the waiting staff were so attentive, have not received such a professional and friendly service at 4 star restaurants.
Thank you so much for ensuring the night started with such a highlight.

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L
London
36 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great find if you are going to see an event at the Colliseum. You can go back to your table at the interval for drinks or dessert. Good food too

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MB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a very pleasant pre-show dining experience.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We pre warned them that we are lactose intolerant and as soon as we sat down were taken through the menu and how the kitchen could adapt most dishes to suit us. Brilliant! The menu was themed to the show and the food excellent - my cauliflower main was truly special. Great location and not that expensive considering. Definitely would eat there again and nothing to do with forgetting my wallet and my wife having to pay!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food but the service was really special. Mary & Nick could not have done more and were utterly charming. The perfect spot for a pre-performance dinner with pudding in the interval. Would thoroughly recommend.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent (only needed the addition of sauce, gravy or jus with well thought out flavours to make the meal match my favourite restaurant). Ambience, décor and manner of the staff were all lovely. The best part of it is that once you have arrived there is no stress about being at the theatre on time for the performance. Coming back to your table at the interval with the dessert and coffee ready for you feels like pure decadence. Wonderful.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. We had a nice table, the food was great and the staff very polite. Food good value too. My son had steak which he said was the best ever.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient, lovely atmosphere and food of a higher quality than I expected. We all enjoyed our evening.

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HH
Houston
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obviously very convenient for a performance, but the restaurant also ticked all the boxes for a very nice place to enjoy a good meal. The staff were extremely friendly and nice and had just the right balance of attentiveness.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming decor with a warm ambience, staff were pleasant and very helpful, the service was first class, food was very tasteful and excellently presented which was themed relative to the current production. All in all a wonderful experience.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is very good, the setting is very nice

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DT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An ideal place to eat before a show at the ENO.
Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, great food.
Not to be missed.

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ER
Bath
10 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the American Bar before a show was a gift for my mother and a friend. The staff could not have been more helpful, the food was great and the bar has a lovely atmosphere.

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BK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was simply excellent in all regards (if only the show had been as good!)

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KA
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb seasonal food in a stylish, intimate setting, with excellent service.

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c
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic setting. Food and service outstanding. Would recommend as a go to place to eat in London

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MF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleased with the lovely tasty food and great service. Dessert during the interval. Everything great!

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience! Both of us dining had food intolerances which had been notified at the time of booking. We arrived a bit early and were almost instantly greeted by the waitress who ran through all the dishes on the menu alerting each of us to the items we couldn’t eat. There was still plenty of choice and the menu itself was really enticing, themed to the Man of La Mancha performance we were about to see. The food was delicious, plentiful and beautifully presented. Back for dessert in the interval. Our dining experience made the whole evening for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the American Bar to anyone wanting to dine in style. First class all round.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant experience. Particularly enjoyed having our dessert there during the interval

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F
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a charming and quaint restaurant on the lower level of the theater. We enjoyed ourselves.

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GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The American Bar restaurant made our trip to the Coliseum relaxing and more enjoyable- Having dessert and drink in the interval. The staff were excellent and didn’t rush us.

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unexpectedly good food for a theatre restaurant and not unreasonably priced (£100 for two including wine and service). Would certainly consider eating here again next time we got to The Coliseum.

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PL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant restaurant. Good service and good choice. Would go again

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and good food. No windows as below ground level within the Coliseum, but the oak paneling makes up for it. Great service. Would definitely go to the American Bar again next time we are attending a performance at the Coliseum.

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable meal at the American Bar as always. Excellent food, especially the caulifolower steak (words I would never have imagined myself saying !) with an innovative spanish-themed menu for Man of La Mancha, and attentive service. I really don't understand why anyone would go anywhere else if going to the Coliseum.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great service and ideal arrangement if you are going to see a show afterwards

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JH
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How do you make a visit to The Coliseum even more spectacular? Arrive early and dine at The American Bar! What a gem! The food was exquisite and the service, superb! An experience that I shall recall and recommend to everyone!

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L
San Antonio
33 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely surroundings for a pre-theater dinner. Service was excellent.

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JA
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, excellent service, lovely surroundings.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress could not have been kinder and the food was exceptional

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CY
London
29 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very convenient for attending the theatre, leaving overcoat there to collect at the end of the performance, a very pleasant atmosphere, most pleasant and obliging staff, good choice interesting menu.

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

We were surprised with the quality of the food and the pricing, I don't expect much from theatre food but our meals were excellent. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

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

Terrific service, smart surroundings and a brilliantly thought out themed menu (Spanish to go with the production we were viewing). All in all we were very impressed.

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SU
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The asparagus starter was beautifully presented, the steaks were cooked to perfection and the chirri chirri sauce added a piquancy to them.
Service was perfect for a pre theatre lunch.

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