Dabbous

4.2
548 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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Stripped-down, relaxed fine-dining in the heart of Fitzrovia. Spread over two floors, Dabbous comprises a dining room and basement bar, both with an industrial but organic feel: exposed brickwork, sheet metal and copper pipes offset by candlelight and natural woods. The menu offers elegant yet restrained food, characterised by clean flavours and simple presentation. Dishes include: salad of fennel, lemon balm and pickled rose petals; barbecued Iberico pork with savoury acorn praline, turnip tops and homemade apple vinegar; and fig leaf icecream. In the basement bar you will find both classic and signature cocktails, such as the Dillusion: cucumber, elderflower and dill mixed with Bloom gin, ice and lemon. A limited selection of bar snacks is offered alongside the full restaurant menu. Tailored music playlists and table service also feature. All in all, a more modern and informal alternative to many of London"s fine dining restaurants.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, British
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Hours of Operation
Thurs-Sat :

lunch 12-2.30pm

Tues - Sat

dinner 6-9.30pm
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Phone number
020 7323 1544
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ollie Dabbous
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Catering
Please contact info@dabbous.co.uk or call direct on 0207 323 1544 to discuss your requirements.
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Nearest tube:
Goodge Street (Northern line)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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3.8
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JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dabbous long a favourite closes. new venture opens next year. I hope its as good or better.

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Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great venue creative cooking. Good wines.
However Main course accompanyments overpowered the main element of the dish .

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m
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food at Dabbous was delicious, inventive and eye-catching, hence the score of 4/5. My favourite was the pea mint creation...colourful, fresh and full of flavour.The setting is 'warehouse' chic...not austere but not shabby either.

Where Dabbous fell down was on a small point, but when you are paying upward of £100 pp these small things count...and it is what you expect of a top notch establishment. when I accidentally knocked a full cocktail I wasn't offered a replacement. of course my fault and they are not obliged to but my experience with equivalent restaurants is that they would offer a fresh cocktail. In comparison to these Dabbous didn't score highly...a shame, but something I will remember in my experience.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the name suggests Middle Eastern cooking, the cuisine is decidedly eclectic with a new twist on some British standards. Our highlight on the tasting menu was mint peas. An explosion of flavours and extremely refreshing on a hot summer evening. Likewise the allium starter was out of this world. The service was paced perfectly, and our main server (a lovely young Irish woman) was a delight. Interior was modern and slightly funky. Wonderful experience all around.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and 5 star service with a laid back feel. Perfect blend of fine dining meets casual atmosphere. Incredibly creative set menu with a killer wine list.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service, a real fine dining experience. I would particularly recommend the coddled egg with mushrooms and the broth of monkfish and mussels.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always and incredible food. Would always recommend.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always excellent here. Always try the cocktails downstairs first.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, wonderful staff. An engaged and engaging sommelier, and wonderful waiting staff. They remained loyally tight-lipped on the next endeavour once Dabbous closes, except to say that they would be going with, which bodes extremely well. Food was creative, imaginative, considered and thoughtful. And of course delicious. Didn't feel unnecessarily showy or pretentious, which can be a fine line to tread with a tasting menu. Somewhat let down by the incredible noise coming from the bar below., but staff seemed to indicate that it wasn't the norm.

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KC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was good and bad. The last chocolate dish was difficult to break into with a fork and spoon alone but why should eating be hard work? We had to ask for our bottle of red wine. We poured most of our own drinks. We couldn't understand the gentleman explaining what food was being served.
Overall it was nice but i wasn't wowed.

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food in Dabbous, it was such an experience for the taste buds and each course delivered something unique. However,it was not just the food,it was a cool unpretentious place to eat which was so relaxed and refreshing in London.

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great unusual combinations of tastes and textures make this an exciting place to dine. Arrive early to enjoy a cocktail in the underground bar.

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London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The restaurant and service is fantastic, but the tasting menu was disappointing. Food had odd tastes, and often the individual elements of the menu didn't mesh well together.

This needs work I think. I can see they're trying to push the boundaries - but the end result was that the menu didn't work.

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i
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great (amazing staff), the food was fresh and tasty. It was lovely to discover such a restaurant

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DR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Second visit and the creativity of the chef is impressive. The dishes are excellent and the price reasonable for a central London location. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The only negative point is the very noisy environment which is off putting for > 40 years old but this is a trend in many top city restaurants run by young chefs. Them and their architecths think that a trendy minimalist environment with nightclub music is ideal for diners when it is exactly the opposite for the majority of their custumers whose average age is > 40. The glass windows and flat walls reflect the noise in every directions mixing the music with every other noises and making conversation between guests difficult or almost impossible.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

After wanting to go to Dabbous for many years my wife and I were desperately disappointed. The food was mixed - some excellent and some very disappointing dishes. But nothing really that excited us or lived up to the hype. Whilst a lot of the service was good the sommelier was rude and unhelpful. Our first plate arrived before we'd even had a chance to order a drink. Maybe the restaurants reputation had led us to expect better but we came away wishing we had gone somewhere a bit more interesting.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Wir wurden durch die deutsche Zeitschrift "Der Feinschmecker" auf das Restaurant aufmerksam und wollten deshalb meinen runden Geburtstag mit der Familie dort feiern.
Die Erwartungen waren groß, wurden aber keinesfalls erfüllt. Dieses Lokal hat absolut kein Sterneniveau. Das Menü hat in keinster Weise unseren Geschmack getroffen und auch die Wahlmöglichkeit beim Austausch der Speisen( für Nichttaubenlieber) war kaum gegeben. Es hat jegliche Raffinesse gefehlt. Aber der Appetit ist uns dann komplett vergangen, als eine fast rohe Taube mit Taubenfuss neben einem braunen undefinierbaren Haufen als Hauptgericht serviert wurde. Da ist uns komplett der Appetit vergangen und wir haben alles sofort abtragen lassen. Als Abschluss konnte uns leider auch nicht die Nachspeise versöhnen, harter Kuchen mit Eis.
Leider ein absoluter Reinfall.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a superb dining experiance, which we have enjoyed time and time again, we look forward to it and it never disappoints.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The A la carte menu at lunch time was misleading. We were told that they "expected" us to order the set lunch menu. Sticking to our starter and main course order, we were presented with something more akin to a taster sized portion. I could forgive that if what was provided was particularly lovely; but it wasn't. My two small chunks of what I was told was sea bass was covered in a sort of brown slime that made the dish taste "old". Not nice. Presented next to a small cabbage leaf. My dining companions had the short rib beef; a similarly small morsel served alongside strips of something vegetable that nobody could cut through. I can see why we were one of only three tables for lunch in an area were you struggle to get a table any lunch time.

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MM
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We loved the tasting menu right from the olives and bread to begin to the Japanese peaches at the end. That grelot onion salad with pistachios and sheep's milk curds was one of the best things I've ever tasted. The tofu broth with morels, the sea bass with sea truffle, the assortment of cheeses from the British Isles and the blood orange-themed palette cleanser were by no means shabby either - my partner and I were extremely happy with the entire tasting menu and are so sad that we aren't at a stage of our lives yet that we can afford to eat at Dabbous more often!

Last point on food: we were only disappointed by the fact that Dabbous' famous coddled egg with smoked butter could not be incorporated into this menu, but perhaps we will have to come back or follow wherever he heads to after this particular branch closes in July...

The ambience of the place was a bit quiet at 6:30pm so perhaps it's recommended to start a bit later? The decor was lovely and we were particularly impressed by the presentation of each dish and the crockery selected to serve each one. We really liked the hostess who both greeted us upon arrival and asked about our evening very attentively as she returned our coats. Service did not have its hiccups, though - our wine and water was not poured for us, sometimes the waiters would mumble the dishes' contents incoherently, and we, in fact, quite humorously kicked off the meal without having any cutlery to eat the first dish with (the celeriac with moscato grapes).

Downstairs had a lovely bar for after the meal as well - the Whiskey Business cocktail was good, albeit a bit strong, and the lighting a bit dark.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable food served by an even better staff. If the prices don't put you off you'll be well rewarded.

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c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was sublime! Great value for money considering the incredible menu!

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fantastic food, every course was a winner

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A
Manchester
16 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

London has a surfeit of potential lunch venues, but very glad that we chose this one. The tasting menu is creative, interesting and very tasty. The service was impeccable throughout - friendly, knowledgeable and not overbearing, with a top-notch red wine recommendation.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The tasting menu is delicious and well judged. The staff are professional and friendly in manner. But it is all not quite as exceptional and memorable as might be suggested by the price: with wine and service charge it was over £150 a head, at lunch time. One couldn't really do it under £120.

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London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, unusual, quirky and unique; great of you want to impress someone...

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PH
London
28 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect Saturday lunch.
Superb service. Great food as always

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LG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good but the service was extremely slow...30 min between one of the courses.

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LF
London
93 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Finally got to visit what used to be hardest place in London to book. Came quite late and wern't mega hungry so took the shorter menu. Everything was excellent. The food was creative but very tasty and we would happily return.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok but on par with an average meal at any gastro pub, not worthy of a michelin star. Im unsure of they've lost their way but the experience was somewhat underwhelming. Very middle of the the road. The set menu was rather unimaginative and accessible at any run of the mill bistro.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Really clever innovative cooking but it's like eating in an NCP car park. Service a little too 'matey'. But my, what a chef.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, service could be improved. Lot of staff.

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London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and great service. The set lunch menu was good value too.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If was super on all levels apart from some drunk women making face time calls at dinner ! We told them directly not to make video calls openly in a restaurant! Otherwise, a brilliant restaurant and great staff and food.

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IB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the set menu. Everything was outstanding. The fennel salad was particularly good. Venison in the main course was cooked to perfection. Would definitely recommend using the somelier. The wines she chose to match the food we lovely and good value too.

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Ate off the prix fixe menu but didn't loose any quality an was actually very good value.

Smoked waffle, squid ink marinated Cassava and venison with gingerbread the stand out dishes for me. Also great sommelier

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London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have wanted to go here for a while and it was worth the wait, my wife and I both had the tasting menu which they made pescatarian for my wife as she doesn't eat meat. Highlights were scallops tartar with eucalyptus, the mackerel and the duck soup. Attentive service and a slick kitchen.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine/birthday lunch. Is Dabbous a romantic restaurant? No. It is, however, somewhere you get amazing food, brilliant wine pairing, a knowledgeable team and most importantly of all flexibility to accommodate. I don't eat fish or seafood but the tasting menu amended for me was still amazing. All of these things knock schmaltz into a cocked hat.

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UL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

It used to be great, not half as nice anymore. Would not recommend it. One gentleman at the front desk is lovely, the lady is useless and not kind. There is no friendly greeting when you come in, they dont even help you with the door when coming in/ leaving the restaurant. Service is really not good. They don't come and see if the food was good or check if everthing is fine or anything, restaurant not worthy of a michelin star in my view. Been hearing negative reviews for a year now, but wanted to see for myself. Not recommended.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Valentine's Day dinner. J

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