Blueprint Café

4.2
3551 reviews
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British
Top tags:
  • 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.

Special Offers

Mother's Day: 3 courses for £45

Get 3 courses for £45 from our Mother's Day menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 31 March 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

Availability: Sun 12:30-15:45

Fixed Price Menu 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22

Enjoy our fixed price menu 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 3 October 2017

Ends: 23 April 2019

Availability: Tue-Fri 12:00-14:45 17:30-19:30
Sat 17:30-19:30 17:30-19:30

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CT
London
24 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
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
1 review
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
143 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
19 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
2 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
64 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
146 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
114 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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p
London
27 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A hidden gem! The food is always fresh and well prepared, service is excellent, terrific views over the river and Tower Bridge and never too crowded or noisy

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location with views and good simple menu and excellent wine recommendations. Only disappointment on service was that they hadn’t noticed we shared the one menu between the 3 of us. Also perhaps we could have been suggested the set meal for better value. But overall a lovely evening

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but for the price it was not spectacular. The view was nice but the view you get depends upon the seats that you are allocated - be sure to specify that you would prefer to be by the window!

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GW
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit and it was very enjoyable. The decor and view is great. Food was really good. We went for the set menu which had limited choice compared to other set menus, but was tasty and great value. I ended up having the veggie salad for starter and fish salad for main (very unusual for me to have 2 salad courses in the evening) and both were delicious and well presented. This left me guilt-free to enjoy the chocolate fondant for dessert. A bit of a small portion as the sorbet on the side was only 2 mouthfuls. It also didn't need to be decorated with kids sweets. The fondant itself was attractive and delicious. My friend had the veggie main which was tasty but small, so wouldn't recommend that if you are hungry after a day at work. It was however the only veggie main option on the set menu. All in all I will definitely be going back.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A late lunch for two on a sweltering day, so the shaded setting together with open panoramic windows was ideal. Friendly greeting, restaurant quiet but not intimidatingly so.
Went for prix fix menu, my partner’s pea soup was a visual and culinary masterpiece, my ‘charcuterie’ was a joke however. 6 thin slices of chorizo, two cornichons, and a wafer of bread.
Main courses of trout salad were quite exquisite. I’d go again, but strongly suggest the chef beefs up (no pun intended) on his charcuterie offering.

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OC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The atmosphere is good with great view of Tower Bridge, we also enjoyed the food although the dishes were smaller than we expected. Unfortunately the card machine was broken down and we don't have any cash on hand so had to walk around 10-15 mins to the nearest ATM.

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T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner by the Thames...amazing! Great service, great setting, great night!

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M
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faultless. Food was excellent, service attentive and friendly, and the view was outstanding

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this after I saw it on an email from yourself. Travelled to London with mum and was looking for somewhere different to eat. Blueprint Cafe did not disappoint. The service was excellent. The food was absolute amazing. We had 2 courses for £15.95 and it was worth every penny. The bonus was we were sat at an open window table, so it felt like we were outside, with a view of Tower Bridge and further down the Thames.
If you are looking for high quality food at a decent price I can highly recommend this restaurant.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us had different dishes and they were all good. Portions are at the 'nouvelle cuisine' end of the size scale, so not enormous, but enough to leave space for a dessert. Cocktails are good, although a limited choice. Wines also limited choice, but the English Pinot Noir we had was excellent. The view is great. I guess it would be nice to know if a booking is by the window or not by the window.
Staff were very good, attentive and efficient, but not too quick either. some visitors accustomed to very fast service might find it on the slow side, but we liked the leisurely pace.
The drinks offering could be expanded but the food menu is just right, with not too many choices.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not been to the Blueprint in a while but really enjoyed it!

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great on all items

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T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views, incredible food and amazing value for money. This restaurant continues to be one of my favourites in the whole of London!

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