Rail House Café

4.1
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577 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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A modern café with handsome bars and a diversity of spaces that evolve throughout the day. The international menu has a contemporary and relaxed approach, offering healthy choices for every day, with plenty of naughty stuff on there too.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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3.7
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E
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food and service were good, but it is expensive for what it is and better value can be found elsewhere.

TS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good for pre theatre brunch. Reliable service. Lively ambience. But just average.

k
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seven of us went there for a light lunch. Food was good, ambiance excellent, lovely venue. Would definitely return.

C
London
47 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal at RHC - the menu is quite similar to Caravan, so a bit different from the norm. Would definitely go back.

l
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was absolutely outstanding and for London, touchingly sincere which was a nice treat. Only minor minor gripe would be the portion size. The table next to us had the same cauliflower dish (which was delicious!) and their portion was handsomely more generous than ours. Be good to have consistency.
Otherwise, would happily go again. Well done RHC!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice service and good food. Will look forward to going back.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food, each time I come back it's different and takes you by surprise. Lovely service and a lovely ambience. I will be back.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very nice place with a good service, but our pancakes were cold and we didn’t really enjoyed them.
Overall everything was good!

TT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Convenient for the theatre
Toilet access 1st floor

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner was incredible! So delicious! Loved EVERYTHING!

CK
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a lively and fun spot on Thanksgiving in central London! The fixed price menu hits all the highlights, with an English twist. It’s served family style. Cocktails for the table and dessert are included. We enjoyed the novelty of eating here on Thanksgiving Day and recommend it to any American family who find themselves in London.

S
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

A poor first impression Followed by a table by the windows which was freezing cold and both myself and my friends food was stone cold upon arrival
At our table- disappointing to say the very least - I won’t be back

DV
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly staff and service. Food delicious and ambience good

AW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my first experience of Rail House Cafe and we were very well looked after. The menu was different and quite unusual, the food delicious and the service was great. I will definitely return for more.

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised by just how much I liked this restaurant. It’s a big space, but still managed to feel cosy. The food was delicious, and there’s a really good selection on the menu, in fact that’s the only negative was deciding what to have! Between us we had the kedgeree and the chicken with coconut and rice. Both were gorgeous. And the staff are friendly and helpful. Great restaurant, will definitely be returning to try the rest of the menu!

GC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, cosy, informal place for dinner, and brunch!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great, healthy food and friendly service in a buzzy atmosphere.

FC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

visited for brunch mid-week..... staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. Brunch options were good although would have LOVED vegan sausages, spinach etc to go with veggie breakfast (instead of halloumi and eggs). Decor and ambience were great - staff did not rush us to leave even though we were there way into lunchtime service - kept us topped up with water and coffees and all with big smiles. Recommended!!

HK
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find. Excellent food and completely charming service.

MG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good lively atmosphere and friendly staff.
Came here for brunch on a Sunday, food was good however the portions were not that big so needed to order extra sides.

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service with fantastic food. Drinks pricey but the whole experience is great.

LL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Poor service, the food arrived cold. They tried charging us £16 for service but we asked to take the charge off the bill.

EA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

The pancakes were presented beautifully, however they were extremely dense - in no way ‘fluffy pancakes!’ However the berry compote was lovely.

The service was very clumsy. Our waitress was friendly but she dropped cutlery in our water and made a hell of a disturbance! Best to take 2/3 plates at a time rather than knock us out with flying forks! She also told us we hadn’t paid enough (despite paying an additional £4 on top of the service charge).

Lovely ambiance and despite the clumsy service and average food, I will be back. Perhaps just not as soon as I thought.

KM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a baby with us and a pushchair the staff couldn’t be more accommodating and lovely! I will definitely be going back. Really delicious food and great service. Plus the decor is stunning!

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terribly noisy, food is too expensive for the quality that they give you.

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Been here a few times now & have to say it felt hectic & not in a good way. On more than one occasion someone walked/squeezed past our table and knocked over a cruet. My friend spent most of the meal dodging trays as they swiped past her head.
Food came out suspiciously fast, it was fine but have the portions got smaller?. Ridiculously small side dish of wet kale which wasn’t that nice.
It’s so busy it’s almost stressful sitting in there as a diner. Think I’ll be going somewhere else next time.

LG
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food portions small for their price! Left hungry after spending a fair price for a main and pudding.

Would probably only go for a drink and miss out on the food.

CH
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere. The staff went the extra mile and were really kind and gave us one of our desserts on the house as it was our mums birthday :-) Most delicious cheesecake ever!

BG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We booked here to take my friend for a birthday brunch. We had to wait for ages to be seated, our table then wasn't clean and it took ages for us to be able to order drinks.

1 waiter then told me I look very tired ( which I didn't particularly need to here and we were all pretty shocked about his rude attempt at joking with us). We were then told by another member of staff not to speak to him as he wasn't our waiter. I was charged £8.50 for a soggy, thin spread of avocado on toast - which I Wouldnt have minded if you could make out the salsa on top that there claimed to be on the menu. We were rushed out as soon as they could get rid of us. Everything was average when their riding house cafe has always been outstanding in service and food

A
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch. Lovely in all ways but food was far too overpriced for the tiny portion size we were given. We actually had to go somewhere else for tea and pastries after. Lots of places nearby which are just as lovely and same prices but alot better portions. I paid £14 for a slice of toast, and egg and a few mushrooms with tea. Nearby places you get so much more!

KB
London
43 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Style over substance. The most uncomfortable place we’ve ever eaten. Food was ok though overpriced but honestly, way too loud meaning you have to shout, wooden garden benches, ridiculously low chairs, tables with metal bars where your legs should be... nothing that makes for a pleasant dining experience. The service rushed us through (our mains arriving before we’d finished our starters!) but we didn’t mind as were happy to leave.

SG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with such charming and efficient staff. Loved the idea of small dishes which could be ordered as and when required which made for a relaxing and easy evening. All our food was delicious.

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This place looks fancy on the surface but lacks soul. We went for brunch and the food was really expensive for what you got. Not sure I would go again.

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Coffees were cold. Food arrived cold. The waiter basically kicked us out of the restaurant because our time "run out". Rude!

DC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, fast and very accommodating.

AH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb on every level ! From the moment we walked in & were offered a “better table” by the maitre’d to the moment we left we couldn’t have asked, or wished for, a better dining experience !

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was there for brunch with my friend. Loved the service and restaurant is very beautiful!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I’m afraid my pancakes were burnt underneath, bacon not crispy. And eggs which were poached were under done. It tasted ok, but if you’re paying for brekkie you kinda don’t want burnt and undercooked bacon. I left a lot of it, but no one really asked if it was ok. And to honest I couldn’t be bothered to complain as it was the weekend and I didn’t need the extra hassle. Sorry! The staff were lovely though - really friendly and helpful.

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really comfortable restaurant / cafe close to Victoria Station. Very modern building but retro feel inside - beautiful interior. We had breakfast on a Saturday and it was very quiet with good food and friendly service. Worth noting, the main "breakfast" menu is only Mon-Fri. I would definitely go back here.

DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant so much, the food, the staff, the design and ambience. Buzzing atmosphere, always fun.

On our last visit a couple of days ago, we took one of my closest friends, who has some food intolerances that make dining out tricky for her. Our server and even the chef both discussed it with her and went out of their way to accommodate her dietary needs. That's going the extra mile and was much appreciated.

Rail House Cafe is my happy place.