Aster

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378 Reviews
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£25 and under
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European
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Aster is a relaxed yet sophisticated European Grand Cafe in the heart of London's Victoria. The closest restaurant to the hottest show in town, Hamilton, offering popular pre/post theatre menus throughout the week along with weekday lunch, dinner, Saturday brunch and Soul Sundays. Aster is part of the Nova Food complex.

Special Offers

Weekend Brunch: 2/3 courses £25/30 with unlimited bubbles £19

Join us for our Weekend Brunch: 2/3 courses for £25/30 with unlimited bubbles £19.

Terms and Conditions: No other menus available on the date. Please note that bubbles for the free-flowing Brunch is available for 2 hours from your booking time. Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 4 January 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:30-15:30
Sat 11:00-15:15

Pre/Post Theatre: 2/3 courses for £25/£30

Enjoy our Pre/Post Theatre menu: 2/3 courses for £25/£30

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service. Maximum 6 guests.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:45

Working Lunch 2/3 courses for £25/£30

Set Menu - Working Lunch 2/3 courses for £25/£30

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30-16:45

What 378 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was very good food

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for lunch business set menu meal. Burger was not good for the price. Gaspacho did not taste good. Service was just OK. Overall £62 for 2 for the food is not great value. The setting is very modern though.

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

Surprisingly nice, we really enjoyed our meal and our time there. Charming waitress and a perfect place to go just before the theatre.

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DD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff and good location.

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V
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good Pre theatre meal

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SG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had no idea what we were in for - booked based on OpenTable reviews and proximity to the Victoria Palace theater (Hamilton - what a show especially for a Yank watching with an audience of mostly Brits). Warmly greeted by the staff and shown to a pleasant spot. We could hear ourselves talk (!). The inventiveness of the menu caught our eye and the kitchen delivered on the pre-theater menu. Presentation was pleasing and matched by the flavors and ingredients - feel in love with samphire used in my wife's sea bass. I had the curry chicken sausage - her simply prepared fish allowed all of the ingredients to stand out on their own but in harmony. Mine was complex layers of flavor - kitchen did each equally well. The price was reasonable by London standards. If I may - Jolly good!

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K
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Friendly service and lovely setting.

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OT
London
71 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch and delicious food.

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H
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, friendly staff and good food. Superb location for pre theatre dining if you’re going to see Hamilton. I would thoroughly recommend Aster.

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Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have eaten here a few times now and as always the venue, food and service did not disappoint. Our only slight disappointment is that the DJ is extremely loud and even though we were upstairs you struggled to sometimes hear what people were saying.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful pre theatre dinner Service with a smile was excellent

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EJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We went there after a show and was very surprise by the quality of the service. Everything from the beginning was in rush as they want us to leave. We have to pour our drink, and when the main course arrive, they have to ask which one is which for our order.
Never in our experience dining in London where they have to personally ask us to leave because they are closed.
Never again to dine here.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre service with excellent speed and quality of food/drink. Nothing an effort for the staff. Would recommend.

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M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an informal business lunch. I've been to Aster in different occasions due to its convenient location, good service and great menu. The ambiance of the first floor is my favourite. I tried the Haddock and the minestrone, which were excellent. The banoffee is what I usually order for desert, and one of the best desert I've ever had, actually. I hope they put the lobster back on the menu soon.

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l
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Almost perfect! It takes a while for staff to take your order but the food and the atmosphere are excellent. Definitely feels like a treat to be here. And the set menu is very reasonable.

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M
Cheshire
6 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great all was good

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O
Sweden
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very convenient spot for a pretheatre dinner and cocktails. good value for money and well portioned dishes. Nice and light menu with nordic twist, would recommend to everyone as it is a good addition to Victoria recent restaurant scene!

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b
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That's not a first visit to Aster and I have always been a fan of their service and most importantly food. I really like the fish oriented menu, nice vibe downstairs and good cocktails in the bar.

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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor, inattentive and uncoordinated waiting staff. Food was mediocre and seating arrangements are awkward as tables are so on top of each other that one feels as if you are party to the lovers tiff at the table next door.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast / brunch option in Victoria. Great service and and would definitely return.

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S
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food and ambience but slow service for lunch.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue is on the weekend last order for lunch is 15:30. Was only told about this on the day. Would be better if this is clearly stated in the booking page

Otherwise food and ambiance amazing. I would come back every weekend!

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A
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed visit and would go again. The food was decent, the staff excellent. It’s a good location and great building.

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VU
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice ambience, great choice of meals, including vegetarian and vegan option.

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Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here pre-theatre and it was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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PL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and lovely decor, though there were some mix up on the food order, but it was quickly corrected. Overall would recommend the place to friends.

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

Wouldn’t recommend if you have dietary requirements. If gluten free - it just means you will get the bare bones of the dish that says it is a gluten free option available.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice staff, food average and small helpings and poor value if you take teenagers there.
We found the chef’s hair in the starter (refunded) and with 12.5% automatic service charge it’s really expensive
Not sure I would go back

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

A real shame for a special day.

Arrived at 3pm for their special Sunday roast on mothers day only to be told they didn’t have the beef roast (50% of the roast options) along with no bread and butter pudding (1 of the three desert options).

Having waited 45minutes for food, one roast arrived without a Yorkshire pudding, and the second arrived with only two beans as a portion of vegetables. No gravy on the beef, no condiments to go with anything let alone an ask from our waiter.

Asked for the manager who offered a Yorkshire and some vegetables as a side which only arrived once we’d finished our food.

I really want to like this place but sadly the service and very ordinary food didn’t match the lovely setting.

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FP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

You should offer some breads too, and portions a little big bigger. But ambience and staff are very nice. Especially the waiter from Sardinia is very nice, kind and friendly.

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PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The choice on the set menu was very poor and the starters on the a la carte were so tiny you could hardly see them.

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M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends for the Sunday Roast. Food and ambiance were great. Excellent live music!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, handy and fun

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HG
London
173 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Imaginative small and not-so-small plates. I've been twice and enjoyed everything I've tried.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in a very pleasant environment. Well sized portions, not too big not too small. Nice staff. Good value for lunch, config duck was very tender and well seasoned.

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M
London
45 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really tasty food (we had the special Finnish menu), friendly staff and a sumptuous environment.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Dinner before theatre (Hamilton). Arrived as planned at 6pm. Service was very slow. Had to ask to order food. Starters still not arrived by 6.30 and when I asked if it could hurry along one of the waiting staff was incredibly rude and told me I should have booked a table at 5pm!

Food was good (but it took FOREVER) cocktails and bar are really nice.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It was a great place, we had good food, it was just very loud

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M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch. Great ambiance, great service, and certainly great value for money. We love the Nordic imprint of the restaurant. The herring, the beetroot gnocchi and the venison burger were delicious. All 4 desserts were good!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My friends and I dined here one Friday night. It was a very pleasant place and our waiter was very helpful. The food was a little over the top but nice enough to eat - the carrot cake dessert especially is fabulous. The manager however, was different. A friend of mine had the Ribeye steak (as did two other friends). It was a little fatty. She continued to eat and didn’t think much of it. When the manager came to take the plates she commented that the steak was a little fatty. She didn’t request money off or freebies she just wanted to let him know. His response shocked us all, “what do you want me to do about it?” With a tone that was rather condescending. When our waiter returned we informed him of what the manager had said and he was very apologetic. He really put us off the rest of the meal. The same manager came to take our dessert orders and although he tried to be jovial it was too late. Therefore, as a summery, the food was nice and the actual wait staff are fab. But if your are approached by the managers beware the tone.

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