Aviary

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£41 and over
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British
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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 700 People Are Saying
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GJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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

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

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

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

S
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 .

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
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

NC
London
6 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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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was awful salad tasted of cigarettes and here was a hair in my risotto. Although the staff were amazing and did everything they could to make our night it was severely dampened by the food.

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Erin, I am so sorry and shocked to read this. Please do get in touch as would like to understand where we went so wrong. Thanks Gemma gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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MR
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bit noisy :)

Service a tad slow but nothing to get upset about, they were busy
great food

would recommend

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thanks MarkR

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and also nice rooftop bar!

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

So lovely to read, thanks!

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JM
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The prices were far too steep. The food and drink was nice but far too expensive. A medium glass of wine for £9?!
The service was slow and they weren’t attentive during the whole time we were there.
You are only paying for the view you have.
I wouldn’t return sadly and wouldn’t recommend.

Aviary
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi JenM, I am so sorry your visit wasn't a fantastic one. If you wanted to discuss your feedback further, do drop me an email gemma@etmgroup.co.uk Thanks Gemma

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J
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good, information regarding the dishes was very forthcoming, with the waiters choice being explained.
Food was good, the cocktails excellent.
Views from the rooftop were brilliant, the ambiance was just right.

Aviary
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thanks for this!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view. Great food. Great place!
I would definitely recommend this lovely bar for breakfast. Me and my friend spent a lovely morning there.
Plus: smoking terrasse!

Aviary
Responded on 27 August 2019

Lovely to read! See you again we hope

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Generally good,
Food was lovely, nice eating area
Waiting staff very attentive
The Eastern European lady on front desk could be a little warmer to guests.

Aviary
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thanks for your comments, we will pass on to the Aviary team

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Loud and below average across the board. Better food and better views in London.

Aviary
Responded on 27 August 2019

Sorry to read this. If you wanted to give us some more details, please send to gemma@etmgroup.co.uk

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the venue. The steak was good but mine was much chewier/fatty than my partners.
I left feeling disappointed though as I informed the restaurant in advance that it was a special date, it was also her birthday a day or two earlier & would appreciate the best available table & anything else to make it more special for her. Sadly, nothing happened. I would have happily left a big tip

M
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food & venue. Service was a little slow, considering it was quiet. But didn’t spoil the time we spent there.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for cocktails and food, we went on a Sunday & was quiet. Lots of space outside which was great. Great cocktail choices!

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Some people will love it but for me it was just too noisy. If you want a nice quiet meal don’t go here. If you like lots of noise, music and lots of things going on around you it will be fine. Food was ok, service good but I would not go back.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue! Good food, friendly service, drinks pretty expensive though.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the Aviary was perfect the food excellent,the service excellent and the atmosphere perfect.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for the review, we looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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LQ
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were all outstanding. Very kind and considerate and went above and beyond to make our meal an absolute pleasure. Will definitely be back.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for this, we're so happy that you enjoyed such a great visit with us

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Great atmosphere and service. We really enjoyed our time here. Would go again in a second!

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

So happy to see this, thank you so much

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MO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bit overpriced, nice sitting outside, pity it was raining when we were visiting

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave this review

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MG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I had probably incredibly bad customer service therefore will never come back nor recommend the place to others.
I brought 2 of my very important clients and waiter was very odd breaking personal space and coming too close. After finishing first bottle or wine, we ordered second bottle and our glasses got filled up. When I asked for refill, waiter told us that we have finished second bottle (15 minutes after ordering it). Most disappointingly when I expressed our concern to waiter, he replied “ARE YOU CALLING ME A LIAR?” and pointed at an empty bottle that’s next to 3 other tables. When paying nearly £200 for 1 course meal bill I would expect better.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review, it's so disappointing to see such a poor visit and we would very much like to look in to the issues you have mentioned, if you could drop an email to adam@etmgroup.co.uk that would be fantastic so we can gain some more details.

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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Reception is a mess. Staff need training. Wrong food at wrong table. Expect better at these prices.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review, it's so disappointing to see such a poor visit and we would very much like to look in to the issues you have mentioned, if you could drop an email to adam@etmgroup.co.uk that would be fantastic so we can gain some more details.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue with great views of London. The food was incredible

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

So pleased to read this, thanks so much for this review

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EB
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food delivered to the table in good time.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this feedback

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

although I have stayed at the hotel many times, this was the first visit to the restaurant. The food was outstanding and, given the location, value for money. Service was attentive in many ways, but my bugbear is order-takers who commit everything to memory _ don't write it down and then, inevitably something is forgotten. We had a 6 pm table but by the time we left the restaurant was very noisy fuelled by the background muzak.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave this feedback with us, we hope to see you again soon

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OT
London
66 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

This was my second visit to thr aviary. Went with friends who were visiting from Spain. Great venue as far as location is concerned and the food waa food despite the poor service. I had to ask 2 waiters to come and take my drinks order in the bar area before dinner. I had to wait 20mins for my drink. So i only had 1 drink almost 1 hour after arriving at the aviary. My friends were late so i had time on my hands. Then my friends arrived and had similar problems. Waited ages for drinks. Sorry but i dont think i will return again. Twice bitten by very poor service.

Aviary
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review, it's so disappointing to see such a poor visit and we would very much like to look in to the issues you have mentioned, if you could drop an email to adam@etmgroup.co.uk that would be fantastic so we can gain some more details.

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