Aviary

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Aviary is an iconic rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 10th floor of The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Finsbury Square. Famous for its breathtaking view and opulent style. Whether it be cocktail sipping, dining from one of our carefully crafted menus or simply taking in the view, Aviary delivers quality with a touch of class.

Special Offers

Summer Set Menu - two courses £22 | three courses £25

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Exclusive to online reservations made through Opentable.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 29 August 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:30 17:30-19:00

What 726 People Are Saying
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SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager is so awesome !!!
Best manager ever! She was so good to us and it’s natural go to aviary the food was awesome also

B
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Really nice decor and great rooftop views.
its a weird mix of fancy restaurant and bar so get people there for a nice dinner and groups of people on a night out.

didnt really notice the groups of drinkers at our table but aware of them . it was a Saturday night to be fair.

service was slow at first -think 10 minutes went by before someone asked us if we want a drink or even order.
food was nice and came out promptly. reasonably priced as well

recommend

RW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning location, prefect food.. This is the perfect location for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Views, when having drinks on the terrace, are a sight to behold.

n
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was lovely how ever I was pretty much told I had to get medium steak and wasn’t allowed well done, the service was not up to the standard I had expected for such an expensive restaurant. We was left waiting a long time to order, receive our food and get our bill. Also the rooftop bar was not open due to rain but it did not advise this on the website I assumed there would be a cover over it allowing you to go out but this was not the case and if I’d have known this I wouldn’t have booked this restaurant

g
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

While the views are lovely and I have been here for a drink the breakfast experience was horrendous. Food was virtually inedible. Service slow and clueless. Not with the ridiculous prices and the admittedly lovely view. Will never eat here again.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Gooddining, I am so sorry to read about your experience with us. Please do get in touch as we would like to understand where we went so wrong . Best wishes Gemma gemma@Etmgroup.co.uk

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SD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

First time diner at the Aviary, the service was good, the waiters were very attentive, food very very nice, better than expected and the price was right. Would definitely dine there again

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you ShirleyD for your review, we hope to see you soon

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NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Love the place not my first time there, wnt for my anniversary
The waitress was top class
My steak was ordered M R received rare
Thought the sticky toffee could
Of been hotter
I’ll be bak
But the basics need adjusting

Nathan

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Nathan, we will pass your comments to the team to review to help them improve. Many thanks Gemma

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SC
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a get together. The terrace bar was busy but had waiters on hand to order drinks from. The service from the staff were attentive and good.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.

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J
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not happy with the servicr atall. I especially called in the restaurant twice in advance and made a request to be sitted outside and birthday dessertfor my partner, none of that was taken note of and ordered latte and hotchoclate both were cold. Very disappointed as it was my partner’s birthday and expected alot from the looks of it from instagram didn’t stand upto my expectations.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Jagmeet, I am so sorry your experience wasn't a fantastic one. Do drop me an email with some more details so I can look into your booking to try and understand where we went so wrong. Many Thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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c
London
120 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

this is a high end restaurant but food is just ok for the money. Waiter needs to be trained. location is excellent and view is superb.

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, amazing food. Great for a business meeting!

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks Philip!

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice restaurant with a good varied menu. Service was slow and un attentive which detracted from the dining experience. Would dine here again however would like to see an improvement in the levels of service.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Hi ChrisW, thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I have passed your comments onto the management team as we are continually looking to improve. We hope to see you again. Best wishes Gemma

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JL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting attentive staff. Food ok lovely starter but main course not very hot when it arrived commented to staff but didn't seem to take any notice the food was ok to eat didn't have a dessert.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks JuneL, I will pass your comments onto the managers to review with the teams.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable dinner last night. The atmosphere was fun and lively, but still intimate enough as a family dinner.
The food was outstanding , the service was excellent, and I must say we had a very enjoyable.
Third time with you, and will come again.
Shame it rained at the wrong time, and we couldn't enjoy the view from the terrace ( it is London in Autumn).
Good work to All.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much JohnG!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time for a birthday dinner. The staff was always helpful and accommodating, especially Bernardo was superb!

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Lovely to read! Hope to see you back soon

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b
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fair value, plenty of space, great service. Consistently good experience and always look forward to introducing colleagues and associates to the rooftop view.

Recommended

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Great to read!

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R
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great views, nice ambiance, food was good but there are better places to eat in London, but the novelty of being on the roof is worth it.

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thanks for taking the time to review. We hope to see you again.

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SB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, stunning view but my duck was a bit tough.

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thanks for the feedback, will pass your comments to the head chef today. Thanks

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance, good and view. A real gem. We will be back

S
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to The Aviary before and the whole experience was delightful. The food was exceptional. The only thing I would suggest is to have some shade on the terrace, the sun was quite war on Friday. I appreciate that the seasons are changing but for the hotter months of the year it would be handy! Other than that the whole experience was great

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for your feedback. We hope you will come and see us again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super venue - great views and lovely food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Pleasant enough, but I think the restaurant dines out on the fact it has the rooftop and the view. Service not great and was slow - starters came before our drinks. Food was good, not amazing. For the price, there’s plenty ‘finer’ dining experiences in London, with and without a view. Left feeling a little disappointed.

Aviary
Responded on 30 September 2019

Hi, I am sorry to read this. Please do get in contact as would like to discuss you feedback if you have a chance. gemma@etmgroup.co.uk Thanks Gemma

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MM
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Amazing ambiance - very London high end “hipster”. Great outdoor area. They were able to accommodate our gluten free, pescatarian and vegetarian diets.

Cocktails were interesting and beautiful. One of the best meals we had in Europe.

Aviary
Responded 2 days ago

We hope to see you again soon!

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great location, great food. Only downside for us was how loud which spoilt the evening. Very ling table next to us making lots of noise and started throwing stuff around towards end of evening - but it was a friday night!! I will go again but choose a quieter evening.

Aviary
Responded on 16 September 2019

Hi Gary, thank you for your review and comments. We will raise this immediately with the Aviary team.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff friendly and welcoming, view lovely, nice ambiance. Will visit again

Aviary
Responded on 16 September 2019

Thank you AllisonW, we look forward to seeing you again.

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were amazing as always. Incredibly attentive and ensured everything was perfect for us.

Aviary
Responded on 16 September 2019

So great to read! Thank you for you review

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

The best thing about this restaurant is obviously the view, although the ambience was also great. There were no issues with the service, and the food was nice but nothing special and ultimately pricey for what it is but I suppose you’re paying for the setting. We had a nice evening until the bill arrived, it included a service charge, which I had no issue paying, however, when I was handed the credit card machine, the screen was asking whether or not I wanted to add a gratuity. I looked at the bill again as I thought it was included in the final amount, and it was so I checked with the waiter if I’d understood correctly. His response was that the service charge was for the company and then distributed between the barman and others. This is sharp practice, some restaurants the service charge is shared between all staff, others it’s for the waiter, this was a first for me where they tried to get me to pay it twice. I expect this in some countries and some establishments, not at a supposedly upmarket restaurant. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this restaurant and will never return .

Aviary
Responded on 16 September 2019

Dear Soniads, thank you for your review. This should never have been the case and our systems shouldn't have this option. I have notified our IT team to look into immediately. I am so sorry for this experience. Please do get in touch as we would like to try and have the chance to change your opinion. Best wishes Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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JD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

More of a bar that does food than a restaurant. Service very good but far too loud, very cramped and food very mediocre for the price.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, the summer set menu was great value!

AS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Lovely setting with great views, but don’t come for the food. The food was fine but not amazing in any way. Cool vista though.

GR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was not as fast as we would've liked as we wanted to spend some time in the terrace outside however it shut at 10, not sure why it shuts this early but it would be nice if it stayed open longer

s
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok but came warm not hot, as it was a well reviewed I expected more

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at Aviary, staff were friendly and attentive, great drinks afterwards and very accommodating! Will definitely be coming back here.

SD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, incredible view. Great food, had 3 courses for £25 (before 7pm), which was amazing food and great value.
I live 10 mins away, so i will be back at least fortnightly!!

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

to go to London and have breakfast at this roof top restaurant is amazing.

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

We stayed at Montcalm royal house for 2 night and decide to have a dinner with Aviary. And it was the best decision!!
Our waitress (I’m not sure what her name is but she told us he’s been working just for 3 days) she was amazing!
The food were fantastic. I have yet had the best sea bass! My husband steak was delicious! Starters were also amazing. We will defo come back again.

TK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful location and great food

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you!

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location, just a tad pricey. All in all a great experience!

NC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a surprise find! The food was fantastic with really good veggie and side options!

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Delighted to read - we hope to see you back soon!

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was good but we were hoping to go on to the roof terrace after we ate but we weren’t told it had been closed, it was the only reason we booked the table and I assumed our table would be on the roof top.
It was extremely loud, We couldn’t hear each other.
Service was very slow, it took long just to order some drinks.

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi SabrinaC, thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I am sorry the terrace was closed by the time you had dined and there was confusion with your table. We will address this with the team today.

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