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La Palombe, London, Greater London

La Palombe

4.8
4.8
11 Reviews
£26 to £40
French
La Palombe is a neighbourhood French bistro that showcases the terroir of the Pyrenees & French Basque Country.

A large wood burning grill and rotisserie takes centre stage where the majority of our dishes are cooked over live embers. The short menu changes daily and concentrates on plates with a sense of history and provenance, including our speciality of wild and foraged foods.

The wine list is sourced entirely from independent producers, and regularly updated with a specialised focus on low intervention, natural and biodynamic wines.

We are across the road to the Design Museum & Holland Park, a 10 minute walk from Kensington Olympia and a short distance to the Royal Albert Hall.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    French, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:00–23:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–16:00
  • Phone number
    020 7602 6777
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Kamilla Yarmelenko
  • Area
    Kensington
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    High Street Kensington Tube station is a 5 minute walk.<br />Kensington Olympia station is a 7 minute walk<br />Earls Court Tube station is a 10 minute walk
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine

What 11 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

11 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great new addition to the neighbourhood. The ox cheek pie was incredible. Great service

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  2. FionaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new spot in the neighbourhood, food was delicious, the duck croquetas were outstanding. The wine list has great finds on accessible prices. Black board special wines were a stand out, will be back to try more!

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  3. EvieB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With huge thanks to the whole team - we had such a lovely evening! The staff were all so friendly and helpful, which makes such a difference. They chose us a delicious red to go with our steak - outstanding! We loved the owner's food knowledge and that there was a story behind each dish. We will be back - soon! Thanks from Evie and Sam

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  4. Anonymous

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining in this new restaurant which recently opened and was very impressed with the attention to detail of both cooking and service. Excellent venison, truffles and more all foraged by the owner!

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  5. Anonymous

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent French food, mostly wild and foraged and nicely cooked over wood. Classic and very pretty bistro done to a very high standard with exceptional and very friendly service. Excellent dinner and will return soon.

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  6. HGeo

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Regardless of whether you are completely new to cuisine from the Basque region of France, or a seasoned expert on the topic, La Palombe is the place to go. From booking the table online to leaving the establishment after the visit, it was clear that every care has been taken to ensure a brilliant customer experience throughout. The booking process was simple and user-friendly thanks to the OpenTable platform. A couple of reminder emails a day or two before the visit were useful to allow me to confirm to the establishment that plans hadn't changed and I would still be attending. They also offered the optional opportunity to upload a profile photo of myself for easier recognition by the staff upon arrival. A genuinely warm welcome was waiting when I walked through the door, and I was offered a choice of tables. The sound levels were comfortable at all times during my visit, the open kitchen adding an appetising ambience of smells and sounds of cooking. It wasn't long before James Chiavarini himself, who owns and runs La Palombe and the well-established Il Portico nearby with his family, came to my table to offer his personal welcome and engage in some friendly conversation about my experience so far and my choice from the menu. He also did the same with every other table. I decided to skip the starter in favour of a main-course-sized portion of steak tartare, which although listed within the starters section of the menu, the establishment kindly agreed to serve to me as a main. James did inform me that they serve it in a relatively plain style. Having tried it, it must be said that, when the quality of the ingredients and of the meal's preparation is this good, what more do you need? The taste experience was multifaceted, constantly morphing between pleasant shades of salty, sour and good old meaty. The egg yolks and pan cristal were done just right. For dessert, it was the rhubarb mille feuille for me. Great choice. Like I said earlier, La Palombe is the place.

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  7. PatrickW8

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding new addition to Kensington. I was talking with the manager and for a restaurant to be this good after only a couple of months of opening is amazing achievement. It's the sister restaurant to the wonderful Il Portico next door, so not surprised it's good! The menu has a great emphasis on wild foods cooked over wood and James the owner was happy to chat (I even met his truffle dog!!!) I ate Roe venison and rabbit with truffles, all foraged by James himself. He clearly has a deep passion and connection to the land and a profound understanding of the provenance of his dishes which were all cooked to perfection. Highly recommended!

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  8. KostasG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious grilled food,efficient and friendly service.Make sure you save space for a dessert and you won't be disappointed.A great addition to the area,you will see us back soon.

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  9. EvaLondon

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious! A special highlight for me were the shrimps 👌🏼We've been twice already and we'll be back soon!

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  10. EvaLondon

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved this new French neighbourhood restaurant! The ambiance and service were outstanding right from the start. We started off with a perfect recommendation for a fantastic wine by the lovely manager and had this with our starters of leeks (amazing!) and prawns (delicious). We then shared the cote de boef which was the best I've had in ages! We'll be back!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the moment we entered the staff were extremely welcoming and attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent and there was a pleasant atmosphere within the restaurant. It was a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Would definitely recommend!

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FAQs

La Palombe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7602 6777.

La Palombe is rated 4.8 stars by 11 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Palombe

267 Kensington High St, London, Greater London W8 6NA

Additional information

  • Area
    Kensington
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 18:00–23:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–16:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    French, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    High Street Kensington Tube station is a 5 minute walk.Kensington Olympia station is a 7 minute walkEarls Court Tube station is a 10 minute walk
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Kamilla Yarmelenko
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine
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