Dining Domes at Somerset House

4.3
80 reviews
£41 and over
British
14 Apr - 03 May 2021
River Terrace
Following on from the success of December in the Courtyard, join us again this spring on The River Terrace at Somerset House. Situated overlooking the Thames, Dining Domes offer an exceptional open air dining experience in the grounds of one of London’s best loved and most iconic venues.

Choose from a range of delicious lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menus which have been designed by an award-winning culinary team and are a perfect treat for this spring. Please check our Minimum spend and cancellation policies.

The Dining Domes are classed as an outdoor space/ structure and are exposed to the elements so please dress for the weather! Bookings are open now for this short period and we are accepting tables of 4 to 6 guests, for smaller or larger party bookings please contact us.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 80 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely, despite the wind, and the staff were all brilliant

OT
OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch with friends. Food was delicious with a good wine. Highly recommend

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susanc
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I booked the evening as a treat for a few friends to celebrate a taste of freedom after
the Covid pandemic. Was extremely disappointed by the dome which lacked any form of atmosphere or a suggestion of luxury. The menu was not the same as the one which had
been promoted but much more limited.
We made our choices but none of us were impressed by the food nor the dome.
Unfortunately the experience fell well below expectation so my advice would be Avoid.

CK
vipClaireK
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pods nice and warm (heater inside!), staff friendly, food nice. Would go for lunch again.

AM
AmyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food , location and very polite, helpful staff. A shame it's only a temporary installation!

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Lizzy
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Very average. Cheap plastic tent like domes. Table & chairs looked like they’d been pulled out of a school canteen. Average food. Very limited drinks menu. Service was fine.

JA
JoanneA
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely day out, pleasant service and goods food. Very enjoyable release from lockdown.

LB
LouiseB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came for lunch in the domes on the terrace. Lovely setting, excellent service and tasty meat options.

However, one of our party was vegan. There was only one option on the menu, which contained nuts. Please can you consider more variety (with the option of nut free) for your vegan diners.
The house white was also a little tart.

Many thanks

MS
MoushumiS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely to eat out as a family - the meal was wonderful and staff delightful. The weather was rather cold though and having the dome half open was abit chilly - the under table heater and blankets helped warm us up but some warm cocktails and mock tails for cooler days may be an idea. We loved our trip and will definitely be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement celebration with 6 of us out for the first time in ages!

RN
RosN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved it, our first time out since before the first lockdown. An excellent idea.

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shineyshi
London
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We accidentally booked a tea slot instead of lunch. After the initial shock, we had a great time. The domes are much nicer than I expected. The heater under the table was a bonus. The sandwiches were nice, Scones were delicious and the staff were really nice and helpful. Would definitely go back.

J
Jane
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely treat to have. The afternoon tea was delicious for both adults and children. An interesting experience eating in a dome too. The staff were attentive and helpful.

KW
KarenW
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon tea with friends. All the staff, service and food were super.

M
vipMandy2903
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the BEST day! Food was delicious and reasonably priced, venue was stunning and service outstanding. Loved every second!

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Amanda
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Domes were cosy, heater under the table kept us warm. Food was excellent and staff attentive

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor food, tasting like it was prepared, en masse, hours before. Exceptionally overpriced for mediocre wedding food. It rained (not their fault) and the floor become flooded.

Bombarded with reminders of time limit and minimum spend.

Overall, absolutely not worth the money and smacked of trying to recoup COVID losses by ripping off diners. Avoid.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening in our Dome!

JW
JulieW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eating in the Domes was a unique and lovely experience. The food was very good, sufficient quantity (Afternoon Tea) and the service was excellent.

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Avie
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a lovely meal in the Domes. I do think that more of the dome could be closed off (Maybe leave 1/4 open but it was still a lovely experience.

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vipHide
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Will not recommend to any of my friends

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garibaldi
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Setting and considerate to Covid - 19 protocols.
Welcoming and friendly Staff.
Freshly Cooked and well served Food.
Recommend strongly.

LT
vipLarsT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, staff and food

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful settings. Small portions .. expensive

DM
DavidM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing space, lovely staff and delicious food. It was cold as the dome has to Remain open. I would recommend the company purchased enough blankets to cover at least one per sitting space. But besides that it was a lovely experience and it made the birthday we celebrated very special.

YK
YasminK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Very helpful staff but unfortunately food quality is poor. Also, freezing inside the igloos

AP
AdahP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience, especially as we ease out of lockdown. A great way to dine in this new climate. The food and service were great and made the experience more memorable. Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Domes were open, so less domes and more wind shields.

Not in main courtyard

Food was ok, but overpriced

PN
vipPNEFC
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service excellent, just a shame that 50% of the dome is open to the elements as was just too cold .

J
Justguy
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Executive Head Chef is a master creator, delicious, beautiful and what value.....

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Louise45
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was fun to be outside. Waiting staff were lovely. Good food. And lovely that they catered for vegans too.

For afternoon tea, need to "sort" out the quality of tea being served. One tea bag for a large pot isn't enough. By the time more came, the water was cold. Be good to offer blankets in the afternoon as well as evening as was a little chilly inside the Pod even with the little heater in there.

LF
LondonFoodie
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. We loved the dining domes and the option of having the canopy open in the sunshine.

RR
vipRRrr
Caribbean
18 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really enjoyable lunch - great food, attentive service, perfect setting

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anon
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

A lovely opportunity to take older parents for dinner with some protection from the elements. The team were very welcoming and genuinely took tremendous care of us, but the food was only 'fine', even considering the tricky service challenges. We had a lovely evening but more about the ambience and novelty.

MC
vipMelissaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome experience and very nice staff

DW
DeniseW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for a birthday celebration and had a great time. We were very lucky with the weather, it would have been a bit miserable if it rained as current guidance means 50% of the dome has to be open to the elements.
The food was really good - beautifully presented and tasty. And the cocktails were lovely. We had a couple of children with us and they enjoyed the kids menu and the staff were very kind to them.
Although there are other domes close by you couldn't hear noise from other tables or anything and it was lovely to look out onto the weather.
A real treat after months of eating at home.

BM
BridinM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch. Beautifully set up and fantastic service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great food and really felt safe.

SR
SusanR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Afternoon tea with 3 Children - they found some of the food too sweet - milkshake £4.50 they wasn’t too sure about

CC
ChiaraC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Congratulations to the organisation of the restaurant, even with the freezing cold outside the waitress managed to delivered warm food and no long waiting. Everyone super nice, kind and caring. One of the best service I had in London so far!! Well done guys!

The Dining Domes is very cool spot to enjoy a dinner with friends with great food and outstanding service!!!

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FAQs

Dining Domes at Somerset House is rated 4.3 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.