CERU South Kensington

4.6
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270 reviews
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£25 and under
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Middle Eastern

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About

Levantine mezze restaurant inspired by the flavours of the coast eastern Mediterranean also known as the Levant.
OPEN ALL DAY for LUNCH, DINNER and BRUNCH ON THE WEEKENDS serving healthy yet indulgent Mezze style. Our All Day Menu is entirely GLUTEN FREE if you avoid Greek Pita bread & Hammara Dip)
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday 11:00- 23:00
Sunday: 11:00- 22:00
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Phone number
020 3195 3001
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Private Party Facilities
For any enquiries regarding Private Parties, Catering or Events please get in touch with Patricia Hilton via email patricia.hilton@cerurestaurants.com
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Private Party Contact
patricia.hilton@cerurestaurants.com: 07702 046445
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Catering
CERU can cater for a wide variety of events and parties from breakfast buffets,
bespoke packed lunch boxes or the ultimate picnic hamper to enjoy in Hyde Park. CERU can also cater for small lunch parties, be it for business or pleasure, or sumptuous dinners with inventive cocktails designed by our bar tenders.
Delicious formal or casual barbecue, canapés or banqueting can be provided by CERU throughout the year.
Get in touch via email : patricia.hilton@cerurestaurants.com
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Parking Details
In front of the restaurant, side streets.
Please note that on Saturdays there is a local food market on Bute Street from 9am until 2pm, however there are many other side streets for parking.
Sundays are generally free.
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Public Transit
South Kensington Underground Station is a short two minute walk from CERU.
Local buses including 70, 49, 74, 345, C1, 430, 414 and many more stop close by.
CERU is also a short five minute walk from The Natural History Museum, and V&A, and only 10 minutes from Hyde Park and the famous Royal Albert Hall .
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WS
New York Area
35 reviews
Reviewed on 7 April 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Absolutely loved CERU. Fantastic food, charming staff, excellent service, terrific value. Delicious and varied flavours, eclectic menu - we will definitely return!

KL
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent restaurant - friendly staff and great tasting food. I would definitely visit again when in the area. The only downside was that, having booked online using the Open Table website, when I arrived at the restaurant they had no record of my booking! Luckily there was plenty room.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the food was amazing. You MUST come and eat here... fabulous

C
Manchester
134 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been here several times. Never failed. Lovely place to meet and chat and very attentive staff.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner greeted us with a powerful presence, explaining how the flavors culminate and recommended a few dishes. Service far surpassed the usual.

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find , the atmosphere and food were superb. Great staff knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ristorante informale ma eccezionale nei gusti e varietà di prendere atti proposti.ci tornerò volentieri!

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F
Singapore
10 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing- our second visit. We live in Tunbridge wells and would visit London to go to this restaurant alone. Lovely cosy decor, amazing service, v friendly, and the food is too notch!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place and atmosphere, very nice food as well, a lot of spices used but we loved it. It is possible to see the kitchen from the restaurant, is nice to see the chefs at work but I would have preferred to see them with an heat!

F
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious small portions incredibly tasty, Middle eastern flavours, very healthy, served with kindness and attention to detail. Ideal when in a rush as they are very quick to serve. Also perfect before heading to the cinema or museum or any theatre.
A little gem, reasonably priced.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious food. Great ambience. Attentive service. I’m a foodie and would rate this as one of London’s best restaurants. I can’t wsit to go back.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Food and atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed it. We eat here when the family was in London. Great Mediterranean food.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very tasty food with a good selection of vegetarian/vegan options. Good selection of wines from mediterranean/Middle East regions.

AM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal which was different in the selection of ingredients. Food was beautifully presented with only a short waiting time. The staff were friendly, informative and very efficient and enthusiastic.

A
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I searched on Tripadvisor for a lebanese restaurant, Ceru was one of the top. After reading the menu, I noticed that many of lebanese dishes are missing, I asked the staff who explained that actually is not a lebanese restaurant but there are some lebanese options only...humus was horrible! :(((

PC
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. Friendly efficient service and totally delicious food. Highly recommended

NH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Ceru and we will be back. The food was amazing, the staff friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

2
London
48 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Best done as sharing plates. The dips and salads all delicious, and excellent for gluten-free/veggies. LImited meat and fish menu, but all fresh and well-spiced. Wine list predominantly Middle Eastern--interesting and served by carafe. Not for a special occasion, but good,may, before the Cine Lumiere or after one of the nearby museums.

S
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Extremely arrogant and rude waiter. Food was good enough but overpriced. Music too loud

AO
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food is average and by the time one orders 3-4 dishes each, ends up being surprisingly expensive. I had early dinner on a Monday evening and the staff were constantly pushing us to order, finish and pay. It did not feel like a relaxed atmosphere but a conveyer belt. Overpriced with poor service.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a busy Saturday evening and we had booked on the same day. We had a nice table for 4 and were served by a very polite and informative lady. A bit weird that wines are only served by carafe; we were 4 so we would prefer a regular bottle. The ambience was nice however the food was very average. There were way too many spices used in the dishes (not making them spicy but instead stealing the flavours of all the main ingredients) and also most of the main/meaty dishes were way too sweet, resembling more of desserts. The desserts on the other hand were heaven!

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, flavoursome food!

LW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Lots of fresh food with vibrant flavours. The slow-cooked lamb shoulder is a must. Possible to eat well and healthily. V friendly too.

FW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, very reasonably priced. Great decor and loos. Relaxed atmosphere.

DV
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing particularly the prawns.

The waitress who took us to our table was very friendly and always served with a smile. The only minor bad point was that our waiter was a bit blasé and didn't seem to want to be there. I asked for his help in choosing a smooth, light red wine to which he responded quite bluntly "9", which of course meant nothing too me until I looked through the menu and saw that it's the name of a red wine

But overall we really enjoyed it

DR
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice different and a good place to sit and share.

SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my mum here for lunch before an afternoon show at the Royal Albert Hall. It was perfect. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was fresh and delicious. The dips and bread were particularly good, so was the cauliflower and walnut salad, and I loved the rich chocolate mousse. Service was also quite fast so perfect if you're fitting in a meal before a show. It gets busy (presumably because it's so good) so it's worth booking. Would highly recommend, we will be back.

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time at CERU! Location was easy to find, restaurant cosy. We sat close to the kitchen and next to a large group which was a bit noisy at time, but it was not constant.
The service was spot on and friendly, helpful staff. Amazing cocktails! Even more amazing food. Average size portions. Small-ish menu and some products really repeated itself ie. walnuts and pomegranate seeds on many a dish, so my only comment would be more diversity. Otherwise fantastic! And a very moderate bill considering the quality of food. I cannot wait to go back and can highly recommend CERU.

g
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife had raved about Ceru, having dined there with friends last year. So it was good to experience what all the fuss was about! A great place to go with friends and share lots of dishes with a few carafes of wine. Stand-out dishes were beetroot hummus, the fish and - star of the show - the slow-cooked lamb. Buzzy atmosphere and cool, friendly staff. Loved it!

AR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted a relatively quick, early evening meal and Ceru delivered. The food exceeded our expectations, especially the hummus and the deliciously tender lamb shoulder. The homemade lemonade is also very refreshing

E
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent. A memorable and most enjoyable occasion even though I found the dining room and its hard surfaces quite noisy.

AH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely excellent food. Great menu - variety but not too extensive. Got great recommendations from the waitress on request. Will definitely return.

DH
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and filling. The staff were super friendly and explained the menu well. We went for a Mother's Day lunch and the atmosphere was great - casual and vibrant. Absolutely no complaints! Will definitely be going back as it's so close to the Natural History Museum which we go to often.

u
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little spot! I wish there was a CERU in my neighbourhood.. had a lovely lunch after doing the museums. I definitely recommend..

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service

MP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My friend and I had a good overall experience and the food was good. I would recommend the venue to my friends. Some details to be aware of, we arrived late and the waitress made a point of telling us that we still only had 90 minutes total at the table so we would have to be quick! In the end the couple who'd booked the table after us were also late so we did have time to finish our meal. The staff should handle these scheduling challenges behind the scenes rather than put diners under pressure to vacate their table.

I can recommend the lamb shoulder and also using South Kensington tube station rather than Gloucester road if travelling to the restaurant via tube.

BG
London
264 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a find! Lovely food, great value, friendly service and flexible opening hours. We'll be back!

AS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second visit with friends and we all loved the food. Very imaginative; great flavours and quality. Can’t wait to go again.

JP
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic eat. We were looking for something a bit different to the norm as a pre theatre meal. This didn’t disappoint. Will return soon.

JS
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went because of previous 5 star reviews and it was well worth the trip from the coast. The food was amazing - we all agreed - and that was both the vegetarians and the meat eaters. The staff were lovely and we would definitely go back anytime. Luckily for us they are opening a branch in Soho in May 2018 which is much nearer to where we live, so expect more visits.