Blueprint Café

4.3
3563 reviews
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
Blueprint Café has one of London’s finest views, looking out across Canary Wharf to the east, with Tower Bridge and the City to the west. Chef Joe Albina has made his mark on the menu, serving modern European cuisine, and has designed a menu using fresh and seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from local farms and suppliers in the British Isles. Joe has created a series of playful and nostalgic small plates, each with a contemporary twist. with British culture as the inspiration behind much of his food.
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M
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful views of the river. Great service and lovely food. Very impressed and will be going back again soon

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DB
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Menu selection is far too restrictive, only 5 items for each setting - starter, main, dessert and a very disappointing choice of 5. When we were there on Thursday evening there was some kind of event taking place with people standing and clapping their guests - this should be a private event, not what you want when you’re having a quiet dinner with a friend.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner at Blueprint last night. I had an asparagus followed by a seabream. I finished with a chocolate mousse which was one of the highlights. Service was just perfect. Will defnitely return.

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VA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely place! Unbelievable good value for money. Superb food and very friendly service.The service by Carla was impeccable. Truly lovely staff. Thanks so much! Can't recommend highly enough.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sensationeller Blick - Service sehr gut - Essen lecker aber klar, auch etwas teurer ... aber gerne wieder

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s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Fantastic views over the river and tower bridge but the restaurant feels very empty and cold. The tables are marble (no table
Cloths) , so freeeezing to lean on! The waiting staff were lovely

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

None of the flair that its neighbours, Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have to offer greet your arrival at this once Banana factory in the depths of Shad Thames. Now housed in the renovated 1930’s style Design Museum, The Blueprint Cafe is up two flights of stairs that would go unnoticed in Life on Mars. Having never been before and with my parents who are country folk, there was some apprehension about what on earth I had booked. But once at the door, the calm of the floor and the sight of the light rendered all fears unfounded: for this was a tour de force in splendid dining. Outstanding food served at the right temperature in a room where one could converse without raising one’s voice - a rarity along the Thames these days. Bar the odd missed beat in service, this was a lucky booking (left it late) and one that I (and indeed my mother) will be making again in the future.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Appalling service -
No access to the building for Iran’s, elderly (no lift and no warning of access issues)

Bread arrives at end of first course

Refreshments tea:coffee order ignored completely and had to chase 25m after ordering, with no apologies

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OE
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location and view, perfect level of service. Food was lovely. A real Hidden Gem.

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EL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal however a very limited menu. Earth hour set menu was the only one available which was a shame, no vegan/veg options or a la carte

Great candlelight dinner, and views to die for!

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JL
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Portion size on the small side. Was very quiet in restaurant.

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SC
London
34 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely views over river at sunset and relaxed and inviting light and airy dining room. Plenty of options on the pre theatre menu and nice portion sizes.

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L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast!
Beautiful views from this restaurant in an excellent location on the river. Service was prompt and friendly. Food delicious.

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

It was a special family meal and we had a great service and excellent food. It wasn’t particularly busy and it was good not to be drowned out by music.

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent! I would highly recommend!

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

Lovely food and attentive service

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BG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely views and great food

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N
London
146 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good option for a catch-up with friends and the set menu is great value. This was dinner for four and a first visit for our friends. All of our set menu choices were very good. The set menu portion sizes are sensible, which was perfect for us all, as a three course midweek dinner doesn't have to mean over-eating!

Note that it's lovely to sit by the window, although there are one or two gaps where a chilly wind can get through when it's cold and blustery outside.

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h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely menu and atmosphere. Service was a little slow despite not being busy. Pork belly was perfectly cooked, and the sirloin steak was good.

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LL
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice views and food was good, though my friend’s chicken pie was a little small. Good value for the set menu price

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with this little wonder! So glad I had it recommended to me. Will definitely eat there again. Ambience and staff were amazing.

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AB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have been to Blueprint cafe several times and usually the food and service is very good. This time, though, the restaurant was very shortstaffed so service was really slow. That is not completely their fault as these things happen from time to time but I think the maitre d' should have flagged this and offered some sort of compensation like a drink on the house or a waived service charge as a gesture of goodwill.

The food was average on this occasion.

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e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff. Excellent food. The best chicken I’ve eaten in a restaurant.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. A bit pricey but wonderful views. Will definitely come again!

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AS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Enjoyable pre-theatre meal with lovely river views overlooking a dusky London. It wasn’t very busy but given how early we dined, that’s no surprise. Food was nice, if unspectacular. Presentable dishes but not quite fine-dining, but more than adequate for a quick dinner before the theatre. Friendly and accommodating staff offered us an excellent service too.

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LG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having found this little gem via a Google search for restaurants with a view, we were not disappointed. Confusingly the location is set as the Design Museum but the entrance is riverside and if you get a river facing table the views are awesome ! Started with a prosecco and we both had the corn fed chicken - sadly no photos to share as we were both very hungry and it was well presented, incredibly tasty and accompanied by some of the best crispy and chunky chips ! We had the calamari starter to share - not huge and probably could have had 2 between the 2 of us but no complaints as the food was exellent as was the service. Definitely a hidden gem worthy of discovery - highly recommended !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great new year’s

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G
London
20 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual very good and splendid view. Very helpful waiters and staff A tad over salty on some dishes.

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CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great Christmas dinner with family !!! The food is great!!

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C
London
67 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Met up for a family gathering before Xmas. A few members were late due to tube issues but as the restaurant was not busy it was not an issue. We had the table from 6pm to closing time. The food was okay but a bit too salty.

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GS
London
151 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

This has been one of my go to restaurants given it has amongst the bests view of any London restaurant and meals have always been consistently high quality with great service. This time alas a mix up on their booking system started a litany of disasters made 100x worse by a server who was argumentative, kept serving table temperature prosecco (which was finally found) and telling us it was cold and I guess with my back to the great view, I didn't even get that this time. So disappointing.

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

Was told the restaurant would be full when we asked for a table by the window. Throughout the 3.5 hours we dined, there was hardly anyone there with lots of empty tables.

Hardly full but service really slow and there was a long wait between courses.

Would not recommend.

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l
Kent
115 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu with rarely seen wine regions as well. Well priced, great view and good service. Food simple and well prepared. Great crockery!!!

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely venue with great views of Tower Bridge & City of London .
Good food & very good value for money with their fixed menu .
Personally thought the management had taken the dress down code too the extreme .

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went for a Saturday Brunch, it had a great view with a nice fried breakfast.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Potatoes a bit salty but apart from that, a lovely lunch with fiends. Would definitely recommend.

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L
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely location and views. The food was OK, but the acoustics quite poor by the glazing, and not a big fan of the lamps and their reflection at night - which limits the view. Anyway the price was good and overall worth it.

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff were exceptionally pleasant, set menu was great value and the cafe is in a really nice location. Wine list not too extortionate, only downside is that the interior lighting reflects off the glass windows, somewhat obscuring the view. But that's just physics :)

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LO
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Booked a table for 2 to celebrate a birthday.
I really enjoyed the high quality feel of this place. Set menu was a bit limited, so ordered al a carte. Chicken main was ok but didn't like the gravy. 'Naughty chips' were very nice. Treacle tart was ok but had a hard crust. Jelly & ice cream wasn't to my liking more of an acquired taste. Service was excellent, well-timed and extremely friendly. Wines were affordable, ordered sweet wine and loved it. The ambiance was so beautiful, the view (although not seated at the window was able to be seen from most tables) was breathtaking and made the whole experience.

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AW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great views! Perfect for sunny summer days and beautiful evenings. Food and service were excellent

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