CuVée VIII

4.2
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26 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
CuVée VIII is a Modern British restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Esher. We offer exciting and seasonal updates to classic British dishes, served alongside fine wines. CuVée is the ideal setting for a sophisticated family meal, cocktails with friends in the bar or a memorable celebration in the private Mango Room.

As the only wine bar in the area, we are unique in offering a cellar featuring over 200 different wines. There is an extensive selection of Bordeaux featured alongside established and up-and-coming British vineyards, complimenting a comprehensive international selection ranging from affordable to ultra-premium.

From Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm until late, CuVée is open for lunch through to late night dining with a focus on local and sustainably sourced produce. Head Chef Rob Hajdu oversees our kitchen team who have a shared wealth of experience and enthusiasm between them. Chef Rob is passionate about showcasing the best fresh and seasonal produce available in Britain.
What 26 People Are Saying
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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I heard good things about this place but there won’t be any good things for me to say.
Service was good and staff tried. The food is mediocre and lacks flavor. The combinations don’t work very well together and they are trying to be a high end restaurant but they are failing. Prices are reasonable if only the food could have been better.
Although they say they are a wine bar, they don’t have a sommelier. I asked for a manager and they said that he left too!?
Won’t recommend for dinner - just for a quick drink.

OT
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food was superb. The heavy autumn menu ticked a box for each and everyone of us (4 dining),complimented by an extensive wine selection and a knowledgable sommelier. However the noise and the terrible live singer from the associated bar put a huge dampner on the evening.

CN
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very poor service. Lots of staff doing nothing but standing around talking to each other. Food is no more than ok, but not worth it for the very high price. Trying to be a central London high end restaurant and failing miserably.

NK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

As a vegetarian I was really disappointed in the veggi selection, there was one dish and it was pretty much just a plate of roasted vegetables. We had a drink (which was lovely) and left

Service was really good though just disappointed in the very limited menu. I asked if they could make me a pasta dish instead and was told no. We had an early booking and there was only one other couple in there so they were not busy at that time

Would I recommend cuVee to a friend? If they eat meat then yes as it's a great space, staff very polite and helpful they just need to put a bit more thought into their vegetarian selection

w
Surrey
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. The food, wine and general ambiance was excellent.

PA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for 4 on Saturday night although we were a little dissapointed at not being able to have the tasting menu as we were late sitting down and hadn’t preordered they more than made up for it with the main menu the food was absolutely delicious as were the drinks.
Service was excellent and the ambience great especially the live singer at the end of the evening . Would highly recommend if you are looking for excellent food great drinks and entertainment .

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On arrival the staff were very attentive and helpful, had a drink at the bar before we sat down and the service and food were excellent. Would recommend to anyone

G
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening celebrating my birthday. Great food - lovely atmosphere - friendly and professional staff - fun night

S
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service, fantastic restaurant. The whole experience was a delight.

EM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with good food and great staff, the only problem is the online menu is different from real menu. Will definitely visit again

SN
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and original food with monthly menu changes to reflect the seasonal changes. Outstanding service and the chef came to check all was ok. We will be back!

NR
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We did book up and during the time of booking to coming the menu had been changed without letting us know. This was a major issue as the food was good the choice wasn’t very extensive and pretty limited. It didn’t spoil our night but was a big let down.

SA
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit to Cuvee. Overall, it was a very nice experience. The decor, ambience are all excellent. Service was good as was the food we ordered. There was not a huge choice on the menu. The bar area was particularly nice. An extensive wine list is offered,b ut the wine is overpriced. Although we enjoyed ourselves, I cannot help feeling that they are trying a bit too hard to be upmarket and exclusive but it somehow does not quite make the cut.
I believe they are opening another cocktail bar next door which will be great.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pleasant staff, only 2 other tables occupied, music from the bar was intrusive and we were not over-impressed with the food, the wine was good but the wine list is very expensive.

JF
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the restaurant décor was to a high standard, the food & service excellent.....it was a shame that the restaurant was extremely quiet, but apart from that it was a lovely dinning experience.

JL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I came to dinner on Saturday with my husband and some friends, which was the first time for all of us to your restaurant. We all thought that the food and service were amazing. However during our main course a singer started to sing which was extremely loud and very distracting. I appreciate that the restaurant has a very lively bar, but the music and singing were so loud we really couldn't hear ourselves, and found it difficult to talk to one another.
It would certainly change my mind as to whether I would want to have a meal there again if he was there at the same time, I'm afraid.

Y
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely menu and great service but midweek the noise from the bar predominated and as there were only two other diners there apart from ourselves, the dining ambiance could have been better. I’m sure at the weekends it is more buzzy and we certainly couldn’t fault the food or wines. I also recommend the cocktail list , with happy hour not over until 8.00pm there was plenty of time to take advantage of their lovely cocktails as an aperitif.
I really enjoyed the experience but maybe will visit again either at the weekend or with a larger party mid week.

JC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and very good service. We thought the wine was overpriced. Will definitely visit again.

HV
Surrey
19 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner during music night with George Michael tribute act, lot of fun and lively buzz to the restaurant which still served up good food. Beef carpaccio was excellent.

DJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A restaurant in search of itself. Everything feels like an experiment, from the Euro/British decor to the food which is all over the place. The soup was amazing, the burrata strange in a green pea sauce, the vegetables with the tuna were amazing, but the tuna itself was mediocre. This restaurant needs to figure out what works and stick with it.

HV
Surrey
20 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cheese soufflé starter and chateaubriand steak main course was excellent. Good range of wines to choose from.

KL
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I would recommend to friends but only for drinks as the kitchen closes at 22.30 so no time to order desserts and wasn’t informed until we were ask for menues. Also it’s really noisy so not ideal for conversations over a dinner but more suitable for cocktails and other drinks.

VD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great venue with amazing service, Don was amazing from the second we arrived.
Cocktails were excellent and the food simply amazing. Perhaps slightly expensive but more than worth it !
Nice crowd in the bar and the restaurant.
Will for sure be returning.

SF
London
85 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent, as was the service, very friendly staff. If you are like a lively buzzy bar that isn't full of teenagers and 20 somethings, this is the place for you. We had very good live music to accompany the meal, but it wasn't too intrusive. Will definitely return soon.

RL
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First visit to @cuvee8 in Esher last week celebrating end of A-Level exams. Had one of the best meals I had for a while which says something as we do eat at many fancy places! Great atmosphere, well stocked cocktail bar with a good selection of Wines & lagers as well. The service at the table was very good, you are well looked after by the staff. Special mention to the chef who prepared our food, all cooked as requested and the lamb chops & Rib Eye were absolutely fantastic!

SN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous find. The cocktails are amazing as was the food