Aubaine High Street Kensington

3.9
508 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
Aubaine is a passionate marriage of French culinary creativity and the discerning standards of the London dining scene. We live to make the simple sophisticated and the sophisticated simple.

Our menu is a taste of modern France with a nod to the traditional. We blaze a trail to original and exciting creations while keeping the much-loved staples of French dining philosophy close to our heart. Namely, the best ingredients, the most delicious wine and thoughtful service.

Our smart Kensington venue is set back from the bustle of the high street and offers a quiet space for business meetings and an intimate setting for private events.
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Tired and slow service, a lot of food on the menus ‘sold-out’ very very noisy, and rather pricey for just a standard Brassiere...

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l
London
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We shared small plates and they were all delicious. Highly recommend the Calamars Frits. My daughter loved the Beef Carpaccio. We went pre-Royal Albert Hall and at 5.30pm the restaurant was quiet. The service is good and the price what you would expect in Central London. Fantastic champagne by the glass! For a special treat it is the perfect place to go.

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, really enjoyed our meal. We were rushing to get to the Theatre and the waiter made sure we got our meal really quickly so we could leave on time. Delicious food in a calm and pretty environment and a great location. Would recommend.

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

Great service from very professional staff. Food was nice but probably not really good value for money.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant and good service but I was disappointed by the food.. A goat cheese salade with a cold toast, a lot of salade compared to the other ingredients (almost invisible). The chicken croquettes, which are not croquettes but super dry nuggets. Otherwise, good avocado toast

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very over priced for what they offer, the food was ok but below average quality and small portions. Two staff came to check on us every few minutes as they didn't seem to know the other was talking to us. The bathroom facilities were in a shocking condition and when we spoke to the manager about this we got a "sorry" and a bit of a shrug. Overall a poor experience that cost far too much for what they offer

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Its lovely in there. So well decorated. The ambience is nice and I had a lovely time with my friend. The staff are all super pleasant. Will go for brunch again.

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NF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was beautifully decorated and lit. The service was fine though not great. Our waiter was polite and pleasant but did not seem to make genuine efforts to ensure we enjoyed our meals... Which we did not. The food was mediocre. None of us enjoyed our dishes. The steak was dry without the sauce - which I said I could have, despite being lactose intolerant (it was made with butter, which for some reason my body can tolerate). The fries were good though quite salty. The salads were a bit overwhelming with the pâté. The spinach that came with the fish was overcooked.
The cocktails were watered down. There was way too much ice in them. The flavours did not compliment each other - the drinks were either very alcoholic tasting (so overwhelming for half of my group) or too subtle and like water (even though visually, the cocktails were quite pretty).
The set menu is a good deal - £17 for two courses, or £21 for three - but given the food and cocktails were not delicious, I would recommend going elsewhere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful food, plus friendly staff who were very accommodating to guests with children. (High chairs available!)

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Qood quality food and service, very nice and friendly staff

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We used one of the offers posted on Open Table and had a really delicious meal!

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GM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but really slow service and very poor grumpy service and the restaurant wasn't busy. Given this is a lovely restaurant with good food poorly trained sullen staff really ruin the experience, it strikes me as somewhere that the staff are poorly motivated and that usually comes from above...

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place, If I could only raise one complaint is that it felt very cold inside on a winters’ night. But good value for money!

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

Having been to a different branch before; I was expecting good food and service but was disappointed. I booked a table for my birthday at 12, at 12.30 we were told they had no French toast as they’d ran out (an all day breakfast dish). The group ordered different dishes and 4 arrived with cold poached eggs. These had to be sent back. My meal of avacado on toast came with an entire watercress plant on top which smelt like a pond, I ate 1/4 of the dish including having a couple of other people try it. I informed the waitress who spoke with the manager, I was told it was half eaten and this is how it comes. I was left without a meal. They then proceeded to charge me for this dish which I had to contest.
We left extremely disappointed and would not return.

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KM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’m a bit disappointed. Booked and asked for a table aside and got table in the middle of the restaurant, even though place was empty and there was plenty of nicer tables. People (waiters) constantly passing by, couldn’t talk properly.

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

Good food, but not many guests! Not the best restaurant in Kensington!

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mainly went for the prix-fixe deal. It was great value for money - good quality food, portion size and decent wine.

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JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Breakfast was delicious although small portions. Service was non existent-no water was offered, waiter looked and behaved like he didn’t want to wait on us took 20 mins to get the bill. Maybe other branches will be better.

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok. Wasn't blown away by it. The atmosphere was nice, and nice location.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall it was very good but very quiet .The Service was excellent .

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CO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Got starter wrong, so one person had to wait 30 mins for hers to arrive. no apology. food was good, but wont be rushing back

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DF
London
30 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lunch meeting close to the office, good location and service was excellent. Not too crowded and noisy so I could have a business meeting. Food was tasty and will try one of the salads next time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous attentive service, brilliant staff - a credit to the restaurant! Food was sublime, all three courses! Fabulous wine selection. Would recommend over and over again!

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not great overall – the service was very slow, then once we had managed to order food it arrived at various different times and various levels of hot-ness. We also had to wait until after our mains had arrived to order drinks, then after a considerable wait were informed there were ingredients lacking for one of the drinks. While the manager took a small amount off our bill, I would still not recommend this restaurant to a friend.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tea, plenty of food. Perfect spot for a fair-priced date

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RL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not really a French restaurant shouldn’t be listed as one

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AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and it’s a handy location for south ken/High Street Ken and Albert Hall etc. Good wine. Atmosphere pleasant enough but overall the experience doesn’t feel as special as it used to.

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JH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant ( and lavatories) should have been cleaner. Not bad enough to make a fuss about but not really good enough. Servers were good but food was underwhelming (again, not bad enough to complain about but just not very pleasing).

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BT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great for lunch

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FR
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Although the restaurant was practically empty, we felt that the staff were trying to hurry us along; they cleared plates whilst we were still eating, produced dessert menus while we were still eating the main course and showed the dessert selection, again while some of us were still eating the main. The food was mixed, some of it was tasty, some was tasteless and bland. The toilets were disgustingly dirty.Overall although the restaurant was ambient enough, we wouldn't go back as we thought it was expensive for what it was.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was good and fresh. Fries a bit undercooked. Was expecting my lobster sandwich to be warm but was good nevertheless. Service a bit slow but nice people

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food wasn't hot when it arrived (aubaine burger and chips). Risotto was not very good, sorry. Very bland.

Service just wasn't great either, seemed disinterested and served us non-alcoholic beer without raising this as being an issue first? This should be much clearer on the menu, although I appreciate your efforts to reduce our alcohol intake...

I think it could be a great restaurant, it's a good venue but the attention to detail isn't there.

Need to improve:
- Service
- Food - could be a lot richer in flavour.
- Toilets, very grubby when we were there.

Then you could justify the price.

Sorry to moan, but hopefully this helps.

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A
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Handy location, lovely decor and ambience. The food was slightly in the small side and for £16/17 I expected more. My lobster Benedict was really tasty although the rosti was a bit oily, I did enjoy it. The service really let this place down a little. It was difficult to get the attention of the server and pay and they had limited knowledge of the hot drinks. The toilets were in such a poor condition I had to alert the staff that they needed cleaning. No toilet roll and sticky wet floor more akin to a club. Overall experience was good but I'd be reluctant to return in a hurry.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Everything about our experience has put me off ever returning to this chain and specifically this branch. Firstly - the restaurant is not clean, and the toilets specifically on a Sunday morning were particularly dirty. We were having lunch with our two young children, a 5 year old and and an almost 2 year old. When drinks were brought the waitress placed a large glass of orange juice directly in front of our toddler - who grabbed it before I was able to respond and poured this cold drink all over herself. When I confronted the manager and stated that this could be a soup or a hot dish and the waitress should have thought before placing it so closely to a baby - instead of apologising profusely as expected he proceeded to loudly accuse us of being bad parents for “not watching our children”. His attitude and comments were truly appalling and if they are a reflection of the standards of this establishment I am deeply disappointed. Our afternoon was ruined, children upset and hungry (we chose not to stay and were told by the manager to “just go”) and I spent over £50 in the shop next door buying new clothes to change my child who was soaking wet. Avoid!

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Really slow and poor service. Although it was Tuesday evening and the restaurant was empty, I waited for ages a simple ice cream.
I have orderd a salad without Tuna (the main ingredient) and they charged me the full price. I was very disappointed.
Toilets disgusting.
They have been really nice organising a slice of cake with a candle for my friend's birthday. Even though it was my suggestion, since I have been emailed them in advance.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Ordered a quick coffee (black Americano) while waiting for friends for lunch. Half an hour later after chasing up my order a cappucccsme arrived which I rejected as my friends were about to order wine. Food not that impressive considering the price!

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m
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was a little disappointing. Medium lamb order came closer to well done. Lobster was also a little over cooked. Staff and service however was great, especially since we had 2 children with us.

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious food well cooked. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff are very friendly

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