Galvin at the Athenaeum

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214 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S CULINARY TAPESTRY


Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.

Special Offers

Seasonal 4 course tasting menu including a glass of Wine £28.50

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Daily 18:30-22:30

Pre theatre: 2/3 courses with a glass of prosecco £19.50/£24.50

Pre Theatre Menu two courses £19.50, three courses £24.50 including a glass of Prosecco.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Daily 18:30-22:30

Afternoon Tea with a complimentary glass of Ayala Champagne £39

Afternoon Tea with a complimentary glass of Ayala Champagne £39 per person.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Sun-Thu 12:00-16:30

Lunch: 2 courses & a soft drink £19.50

2 course set lunch menu with a small bottle of water or a soft drink £19.50 per person or 3 courses for £24.50.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

Free glass of Ayala champagne when dining A La Carte

A glass of Ayala Champagne when ordering at least two courses per person from the a la carte menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Daily 18:30-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM

What 214 People Are Saying
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s
London
140 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we really enjoyed our dinner and the food beat our expectations. the service was excellent but they were so busy so the time between courses was longer than usual

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c
London
43 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal here recently. Franco the Maître'd was exceptional and made us feel very welcome. The food was to die for too!

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were fortunate to be able to sit inside the main restaurant while many others were sitting outside in the front of house area. The ambiance and noise level was just right as we wanted the chance to talk quietly over dinner. The service was excellent - unobtrusive, thoughtful and professional. The food was good, but not as good as it has been on previous occasions - in particular my fish was not cooked through which was a shame as it was such a nice piece. All in all an enjoyable evening but not quite up to the level that I have experienced before. 5* for service!

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TC
London
23 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Extremely good value 2-course lunch with a (soft) drink thrown in. Perfect for dry January. Portion sizes good and very high quality food. Recommended.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Great location

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VJ
London
98 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Good afternoon tea selection with the usual set up. Two small negatives this time though. Scones weren't super fresh & service was lacking (had to ask for milk & tea top up twice). Perhaps it is because we were sitting in a semi-private area but customers shouldn't be forgotten about...

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K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Buffet is way over priced with only limited options. Did not find it good value for money. Food was decent enough.

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DC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food let down by an odd combination of so-so service and a lack of atmosphere (not helped by major table shifting during our meal). I really like the Galvin restaurants but will stick to La Chapelle in future.

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RS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very lunch and expierence.
Great food, service and customers, it is discerning without being pretentious or snobbish.
Highly Recommended.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was very good as you would expect, but the service was very poor from the start from reception to throughout the meal . We sat there for 15-20 minutes without a drink. Struggled throughout the meal with service. At the end of the meal they did try and rectify the situation but was too late.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday lunch with lovely fresh vegetables & generous portions. The set menu with 2&3 course option is really good value. From the moment you enter the hotel you are met with a very warm welcome from helpful & friendly staff which extends through to the restaurant and bar. A thoroughly enjoyable experience & a great place to meet up with family & friends - we didn’t want to leave! I would most certainly recommend.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was very salty. My son’s fish fingers were super oily and tasted of old oil.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately the whole experience was bad from the moment we walked in to being placed by kitchen to the temperature being too hot .very slow service and kept forgetting everything.i know we where on deal but very bad and probably wouldn’t go there again .we did complain and got money off which isn’t the point was for birthday celebrations and they where ruined

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Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stylish restaurant with subtle decor, attentive staff and creative food menu. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delivered top quality as usual.
Service was exceptional.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quiet and calm atmosphere food portions small but delicious - good value for money

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LF
Surrey
50 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The three course deal was amazing value - and it was lovely that the staff recognised our friend's birthday

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OD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I wasn't impressed with this restaurant, although Galvin La Chapelle is one of my favourites. I arrived earlier than my friend and waited 10 minutes at the table without being offered so much as a glass of water. We were offered bread which came up eventually after the starter - it was warm but hard (and beware, it is not complimentary). Our main courses were served as our starter plates were being cleared away. Despite the lack of clientele, the waiters promenaded past our table so obviously and so frequently to try to get us to order our deserts, and then to get us to go, that it became really tiresome. The set lunch deal was good value and the food well-cooked; coffee was very expensive. I wouldn't go again.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was served luke warm and vegetables were under cooked. Mind your teeth on the bread as well as the veg. Staff though were very accommodating and friendly.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Booked special fixed price lunch menu and service was rude from the moment we arrived. Food was nice and very good value but a special get together with friends was marred by the unpleasant service. We declined to pay the discretionary service charge and my friend asked to see the Manager - who was actually one of the staff who had been rude and he apologised although clearly he wasn’t at all sorry. Wouldn’t go back!

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m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spot on. Galvin is one of my favourite restaurants for over 10years. First time I have been to this branch. Food quality is top. Miguel made us feel special. Excellent service.

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B
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite outstanding service (places along Piccadilly could learn a lot from Galvin about service) Table ‘dot, 3 courses, provides limited but varied choice at amazingly great value. Best fresh whitebait I’ve had in a long time, with freshest of accompanying mayonnaise, egg and caper dip that was excellent. My guest and I are quite particular; today everything was excellent and we couldn’t fault a thing. Well done to everyone there..

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The food from the set menu was ok, but somewhat simplistic for the name of the restaurateur. However the food from the main menu was very poorly cooked: crab linguini tasted like Singapore noodles; the lamb was over-cooked and seemed re-heated from the previous day, additionally was greasy. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

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D
London
17 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent restaurant for a pre-theatre or business meeting/lunch date. Pleasant surroundings.

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. We had lunch and the food and service was very good. Would go again. Wine was really good.

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BM
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant evening. Decided to try the Prix Fixe menu. It suited me but nothing appealed to my husband. He chose from A La Carte. We were both satisfied with our food.Service was polite, friendly & efficient.

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G
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We visited Sunday evening and had an unusual welcome. We waited at the hostess desk with no acknowledgement from the host. Eventually we were asked if we were dining, food was okay not sure if the chef was off as it was Sunday. We have had much better. Our wine was dull, I think it had been a long time in the opened bottle. Stupidly I didn’t comment. Would certainly go back but not on a Sunday.

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A
London
66 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service from the staff at the restaurant and starting with champagne

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VS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing, all staff has been very intentive and a beautiful decor with fresh flowers was making everything complete.


Thank you!
Victoria & Serena

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

As a party of 3 getting together for a celebration we were all so very disappointed with our visit to the Athenaeum. The service was appallingly slow and there was no engagement from the waiting staff. We waited for such a long time for our order to be taken. Our waitress appeared to have disappeared through the service and was nowhere to be seen. We had to call on someone else for the bill to be brought to us. We sat for such a long time after the main course as no one came to invite us to enjoy the dessert buffet. The food was mediocre at best. Not something we'd expect having been to other Galvin restaurants. Our experience here completely ruined our celebration and we were glad to leave.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The waiter was rude. He gave us the menu right in front of our face while we talking. I don’t expect that from 4 star hotel services.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value for money on Sunday brunch, service was standard not amazing. Restaurant is small and like a breakfast buffet area, not much ambience so no rush to go back

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E
Essex
24 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The meu prix fixe at lunch had an extremely good choice of dishes and the food was presented well and was very tasty. With a glass of brut included it was great value.

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JJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I went here because the restaurant in Baker Street has closed and I had like it. This restaurant is in the Atheneum Hotel in Piccadilly. It is slightly posher than the Baker Street one and less friendly as it is an extension of the foyer of the hotel itself.

The staff were excellent and attentive. The menu was slightly up market from Baker Street but the food was excellent. The cauliflower soup was superb with an exquisite onion bhagi, the dressed Portland crab presented very well and the Welsh rump of lamb perfect and pink.

This is reasonable expensive but worth it. We weren’t rushed and were looked after very well. It is worth a try but it will not become the favourite Baker was

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VJ
London
98 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Revisited this place with my friend & wasn't disappointed. The fixed price menu with a glass of champagne is great value for a fine dining type of establishment. My sea bream was well cooked & well matched with a pea risotto. And Eton Mess was light & full of flavour. Would definitely return!

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LL
London
85 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

This is such a good deal - and a great venue. Staff are delightful and friendly. Furniture is quirky - though some tables are a bit close together. Cauli Soup with Onion Bhaji starter was To Die For and my favourite thing about the whole meal. My chicken main was nice but the accompanying panzanella was truly disappointing. More annoying was the waiter said nothing about the amount left on my plate. The bread was soggy and disintegrating; there were no capers or anchovies. The chocolate ice cream was nice, but could have done with a bit more honeycomb.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was looking for a restaurant with air condition, not too noisy and easy to get to.

Our friends were coming from London Airport to see us and having been before I thought this was the perfect place to meet.
As usual the menu was very good, the service excellent, one of us went off prix fixe but that was no problem.
When reserving through your site, I could not get the menu, had to go into Galvin site.
Will go back in August.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents visited from abroad so I chose this place with set menu. Reception and service is outstanding, you really see the class and style in this place. Food is exquisite especially the pork steak.
Sparkling water and bread charge for extra - but I guess i should have asked anyway.
Overall it’s wonderful place for special occasional fine dining.

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NR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a wonderful find. We have been to Galvins in Edinburgh and this is better! The service was excellent, could not have been better. Menu very good, well balanced. Food delivery was not too rushed. We will certainly return

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A
London
90 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

A hugely disappointing lunch compared to previous visits. The set menu of £24.95 with a glass of champagne has always been good value. Not so now. a starter of crab attracted a supplement of £8 and the main course lamb £10. Although chocolate ice cream was on the menu it was not available. The substitute was pistachio ice cream with very sparse crushed honeycomb. This required no culinary expertise. Not what one is used to in Galvins restaurants. I have received no reply to my letter of complaint.

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