Rail House Café

4.0
398 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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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J
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

There were 4 of us and we really enjoyed our meals and cocktails until the point when we were asked to sit upstairs were we didn't get served with water at our table like we did downstairs constantly.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although there are a number of different restaurants in Victoria, I do find myself choosing RHC. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the service never disappoints.

I like the quirky menu and the veggie choices. Highly recommended.

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WB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a pre-theatre restaurant near Victoria and found this restaurant. Very good service, amazing cheesecake (I wish I asked for the recipe) and a nice atmosphere. Yet, the toilets were not that clean and the noise levels were pretty high (despite us arriving before peak hour)

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LL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service really attentive. The girls recommendations were spot on. The tuna tartare was particularly good, although even the main course portion wasn't that big. You definitely needed a side to go with it. The boys loved their burgers. Chips could have been a little hotter. And you only need one potion between two as they are big chips. Puddings were excellent. We had a complaint about the potato on one dish, that was undercooked, and the management dealt with whole affair really nicely, and took the dish off our bill.

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely atmosphere and yummy food. A very enjoyable evening!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite being out of the black pudding and sausage for breakfast, the full English was absolutely delicious. Our lattes were delicious as well.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with really good atmosphere. Staff very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious. Good location to get to Victoria very quickly after meal.

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F
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice after theatre early dinner with our teenagers. Fun ambiance, a little loud, but good option for Victoria Palace.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing
Not comparable to the Riding House Cafe
Food was mediocre especially considering price
The tables are very densely pushed together and the service is pretty unresponsive
It would be acceptable at a different price point

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PS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All good, only downside: - very high ceiling and hard floors creates high level of ambient noise

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i
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a fun spot for a semi-casual meal. The food is delicious. We had the Thai Chicken curry and rice and the baked aubergine. Both were excellent. The tarte tatin was on the sweet side (could suit some palates) but we finished it anyhow. Service was warm and friendly and we got seated quickly despite missing our booking slot. The table layout is quite packed so we found people are seating closeby and noise levels are quite loud despite the huge space. Still we had a wonderful time dining at RHC and will definitely return.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food left much to be desired. I order the “chopped” salad and paid the extra to add chicken. Honestly I’ve had pre bagged salad from ALDI with more flavour, mostly the salad consisted of plain lettuce, there was a tiny bit of smushed avocado because they obviously could not let you have a whole “chopped” avocado for the price of £15.50. They might as well called it the smushed salad.
The service was boring and unmemorable not something I’d expect from somewhere that automatically add service to the bill.
The place was crowded and loud and although the decor is nice they have squeezed way too many tables in for it to be enjoyed.
Would not recommend. There are plenty of other places within the Nova Complex where I’d rather spend my time and money.

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JS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pancakes with berry compote, clotted cream, and maple syrup already poured on. I had to ask for more maple syrup because they didn't put that much on the pancakes to begin with. Really great atmosphere, decor, and ample seating. Will definitely be back.

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CF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Actually yes despite a poor experience yesterday where we waited a very long time for our breakfast to be served.
Have been before and had a much better experience

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the Rail House with a small group of friends for brunch. Although it was a busy time on a Saturday, the service was great. We didn’t have to wait long for our food which was delicious. The staff was kind professional and welcoming. I will definitely go back

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CM
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

If the food hadn’t been good, I would have given this a 1 star as the service was horrible. Our waiter brought our meals and we noticed that he didn’t get our orders right. Instead of offering to fix them he goes “a few mistakes but enjoy” and walked away. He also forgot to bring over the starters we ordered and brought the wrong juice, which he then included on the bill. The food was nice so I can’t fault that too much but the overall experience was subpar.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible waiting experience.

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J
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor and will definitely be back. Great, buzzy ambience, yummy food and excellent service - the waiting staff were super helpful and efficient and nothing was too much trouble.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ok for brunch,they don’t do English breakfast unfortunately

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor quality food and disappointing service. Nicely decorated but that’s not really why we went.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Massively overpriced. OK food but office-worker conveyor belt. Service was good but a process

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VP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and efficient staff. Excellent, prompt service. The food was delicious and we had some fabulous wine. It was my husband’s birthday and our waiter really made the extra effort. We loved the building and the decor (beautiful floor tiles in the Ladies). Really looking forward to visiting again - thank you.

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EL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the decor of the place. Great atmosphere, comfy chairs. Food was great but my Reuben sandwich could have done with more pickles in my opinion!

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KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location close to Victoria for a relaxed business lunch. Service was good, plenty of choices for all tastes/requirements and noticed a nice central bar set up with individual placements so equally a good place to grab a solus lunch.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere and excellent service. Great range of options on the menu.

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H
London
28 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good business breakfast. Nice breakfast and good coffee as always.

Will definitely be back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

So Riding House has gone chain and now we have Rail House. Clearly a fortune has been spent on the design and fitout but it’s pretty noisy, and I say that as someone who likes a buzzy place.
Mostly I’m giving 3 stars though because the eggs benedict was average for a pricey £11.50, thin tasteless ham and dry barely toasted muffins. Latte was also average.
Service was very good, 5 stars.
Expect the chain feel in a commercial district. Still Victoria is better than it used to be.

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FN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for a Sunday brunch. Salmon and avocado toast are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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BL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Manager was quite rude re: table turn around. Rest of staff were brilliant

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Although there was no table following us, we were rushed to pay the bill and this felt quite unnecessary.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were given a tiny table in a tight space for lunch and asked for a different table. Despite many be available we were then given a slightly larger one squeezed into a dark corner. No idea why someone would do this when there was plenty of tables free

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for brunch with friends, food was good, however I thought pricey for what it was

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PB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not as relaxing or ambient as it’s sister cafe.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Absolutely freezing cold inside the cafe- had to keep our coats on. But food was lovely- especially pancakes. And service was great too.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch spot with lovely interior. Good selection of brunch choices! Always a busy and popular place, so booking is a must! This is my second time to rail house cafe, but this time I got placed in a really dim lit room (not the main dining area).. which felt like I was eating at night and not 11am in the morning! Other than that, really like this restaurant and would come again.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely service. Was greeted with a smile at the front desk. Really great

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really fab evening! The sharing plates were particularly good!

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Muffin under salmon royale (eggs Benedicte) was cold and stodgy. Sauce gloopy. Table rickety. Restaurant not a patch on Riding House. Disappointing

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MH
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant suitable for any occasion. Only slight complaint we had was that our food wasn’t very hot.

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BE
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Menu, delicious food and friendly welcoming staff. Would visit again!

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