Red Rooster Shoreditch

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544 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Soul food
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  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Acclaimed New York chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson brings his renowned Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch.

Red Rooster Shoreditch celebrates the roots of American cuisine, channeling Southern soul food alongside the diverse culinary traditions of New York and Marcus's Northern European upbringing. Staying true to its Harlem roots, the London Red Rooster outpost features many of the same dishes as the original - fried yard bird, devilled eggs, cornbread with honey butter - along with some new ones, created especially for London.

For large parties and groups booking please email libby@thecurtain.com.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue and great food / service. A great restaurant serving ace soul food to london. Brilliant!

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Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Previously I have enjoyed my experience at Red Rooster - however on Saturday night it became clear that they couldn’t deal with the number of diners and the demand.

From the minute we were sat down we had to make a lot of effort to get anyone’s attention to order with no one waiting on our table till we asked. Then when our mains came, I was brought the wrong dish. My partner had his but we had to wait for mine to be cooked and at no point did we receive an apology. When it finally arrived, it was without the extras I’d ordered. However I was still charged these on the bill. When I flagged this, in then took 10 minutes for a new bill to appear.

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

Went here for Saturday night dinner! Ambience and food were great and the live music was so good. Not super loud so you can still talk.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely waiter, lovely ambience and live music was a nice touch. We found ourselves wishing, however, that there had been a little less showmanship (giant sparkler in our deep fried bird) and a little more attention to the quality of the sides.. whilst the chicken was delicious, the waffle was plasticky (get a waffle iron people - it takes two secs to bang them out!) the gravy was globulous and served in a tiny ramekin and the mac and cheese was lukewarm, the 'slaw' was slices of sad pickled red cabbage that had been lobbed in a dish..all felt like an afterthought. Shame, because the ceviche starter, whilst on the small side was a delicious marriage of freshness and flavour and the cocktails were fantastic. A triumph of style of substance unfortunately.. for the price you can find better.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food is poor. Really poor. Jerk chicken was just roast chicken with jerk sauce lumbered on top, not marinated at all. The fish stew, jambalaya was equally as poor. Chips were nice, but not whatbtou expect.
Atmosphere is great so would go here more for that than an actual quality meal. Wont be in a hurry to return.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The main reason we went to the Red Rooster was to see the Gospel Choir. We were told what a great place this was and they were right. Fantastic atmosphere and good food. We will return.
The choir are fabulous

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The overall experience was really nice. The whole feel of the restaurant is IG worthy unfortunately the food didn't wow me. The starters were good but it just lacked taste compared to other london based soul food restaurants I've been to.

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RG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, nice staff, delicious food and cool live band! Had a great evening!

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was as you’d hope - decent portion sizes and very tasty. Chicken and Biscuit was especially delicious. The whole chicken platter (to share) was pretty good - the chicken itself was good but not great, but very much enjoyed the accoutrements. Desserts were excellent.

Service was perfectly fine. Young kids (age 3 & 6) were made very welcome (and even given some colouring in to enjoy).

A good atmosphere for New Year’s Day lunchtime. The live music was great, but be aware that the restaurant as a whole is pretty loud (even without live music), so not the best place for an in-depth conversation.

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FT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was slightly disappointed with the Red Rooster as I've stayed at the Curtain a few times and loved it! Firstly I had booked the brunch on NYD as i was under the impression they had music (as that's what was advertised) however for the whole hour and a half we were there, no one played. When we left we saw the band start to turn up which was a real shame! I emailed to ask about the menu and didn't get a response. The coffee was far too strong and the food was average. Bit disappointing for our New Years Day brunch!

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H
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

A friend and I visited Red Rooster for their NYE party. Whilst the decor was gorgeous and food and table service very good, we left feeling rather shortchanged by the whole experience, unfortunately.

Firstly, the restaurant and bar space is not big enough to host a big party, so moving around when there are tables and booths in the middle of the dance floor area was cramped and a little awkward.

The live band did not play a particularly long set. And, not long after midnight the DJ was replaced by a poorly curated music playlist. This included a dance version of Simply Red's Fairground... I mean, call me a music snob but, I expected more from a supposedly classy establishment!

The biggest issue of all however, was the quality of the cocktails and bar service. The venue was not particularly busy past midnight, and especially for New Year's Eve, when people like to stay out late. The bar was even well-staffed. Yet buying a drink was a massive ordeal. On one occasion, I had to wait almost 35 minutes for two drinks (the same cocktail) which were honestly undrinkable, and I was then expected to pay a service charge (12.5%, I believe) for the privilege. I did eventually have this removed from the drinks bill, but this was after being guilt-tripped by the guy behind the bar (who then took an additional five minutes to agree it with his manager).

Disappointing.

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J
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday lunch which is a bit expensive but enjoyed the experience. Went for the gospel choir which unfortunately wasn’t on but was informed about this the day before, replacement music was great but really wanted to hear the choir. For us it is a special occasion place so will have to wait for another Birthday to hear the choir.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The noise levels via the speakers were too high when we arrived. It was impossible to speak to people at the same table. The live music was great and afterwards the recorded music was at a much better volume.
The service wasn't great - Red Rooster could really improve this. It felt like there weren't enough staff. I had informed the restaurant beforehand that it was my daughter's birthday and asked if they could provide something. They said no problem but nothing materialised which I was a bit disappointed about but she didn't know.

Great vibe, decor, food and atmosphere - needs to be a more polished service.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed my first visit but this second go was awful. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Music too loud. Food came out very quickly... but was tepid. Great corn bread and service though. Hope they can be more consistent in future.

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OA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went with kids and hubby. The food was ok, I think I had high expectations for southern food... guess I will have to go to southern America for the real authentic southern cuisine

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BR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I booked this restaurant for 5 people for my birthday the venue is beautifully decorated with a great vibe. I was given a table upfront by the band as requested. The live music was great and the food was good . The only disappointment was that my birthday was not acknowledged by any of the staff in the restaurant at any point which was disappointing!! A simple happy birthday from a staff member or a decoration on my desert plate would have been really appreciated especially as the bill was over £300. Despite this flaw I did have a nice time with my friends and I would visit again.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Unreal food. Unbeatable service. Fantastic live music.

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DE
Edinburgh
18 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked it nice atmosphere and live music
Had the whole Chicken for two really good but a lot of food definitely don’t need anything else with it!

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, friendly staff and very nice to reserve for 12 people with a quick phonecall

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ordered the royale platter got a whole deep fried bird, collard green macN cheese two waffles and two biscuits. Came out with a sprinkler in it which surprised me and my partner, should say on the menu. Food was ok but I've had better fried chicken elsewhere, only place i have been for biscuits which is a plus, collard green Mac was slightly watery prefer it thick with cheese. Waffles should have syrup with it as they end up being dry with the honey butter. Overall price was quite hefty for want we got but easily could have been cheaper. Service was good with friendly staff although it was quiet. Would come back to try other things on the menu but wouldn't be in a rush

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DH
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The overall vibe was great. Good comfort food and loved the music.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extraordinary food! Not so many dishes but lots of different tastes combined in an fantastic way. The Obama ribs were just amazing. Togeather with excellent service this is the perfect dining place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Sunday 23 December 2018 to see the One House Gospel performance. Had a fantastic time! Especially Anna, your waitress, was amazing! Very considerate, helpful and professional. She, the food and the performance were just perfect! Best Sunday of 2018!

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L
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing evening/afternoon spent with friends at red Rooster. Eclectic vibe, great good and all round great time!

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G
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

bad food, too loud, too expensive.
nice waiting staff though.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Gospel Choir was great fun, and this is the reason to go. My recommendation would be grab a bunch of friends, share lots of plates of food and then decide for yourselves what you think of the meal. I'm probably not the best person to review soul food. It's not necessarily my favourite cuisine. The only time thus far I've sincerely enjoyed it was in restaurants in New Orleans (where both the music and food are phenomenal). I think the other issue for me too, having been raised in an African American neighbourhood - is that £40 for fried chicken meal is a bit much. My former neighbours would be laughing themselves silly. But with the right attitude and good number of friends - it could be a fun Sunday brunch thing to do.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

I went for a pre-birthday brunch on Sunday 23rd December 2018. The Hospel choir singing were INCREDIBLE and I’d go again just for that. The food however was extremely salty (chicken and biscuits) and I left quite a lot of it (which is very unlike me). Two of my friends had the avocado on toast and loved it. So perhaps it’s just that dish.

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J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed our server and the food was good. I recommend this for lunch, dinner or just drinks

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RR
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with outstanding food. Funky vibes, and the chicken and waffles are to die for- and way lighter than you think.

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OR
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Absolutely terrible food.
Burger patty was cooked with its plastic wrap which melted in the meat. Buns where tasteless and cold - straight off the bag. Staff was very apologetic but this is completely unacceptable
Other Dishes bland and tasteless
very few options for vegetarians - no veggie burger
a very forgettable place which is a shame because the space and atmosphere are nice

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k
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere but my husband’s chicken was seriously undercooked - almost bloody in the middle. They exchanged quickly and were nice about it but it should never have happened and it put us off.

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ET
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food but service was mediocre. We waited quite a bit of time for a server to take our drink order and to get our check at the end of the meal.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Went for our work Christmas meal. Service was awful - waiter forgot drinks and forgot side orders (which they took off the end bill). We were waiting for about 40 minutes before he took our order and the only reason he came over was to tell us we only had 1hr 45 mins left (and we said, exactly so can we order?) Portions are small but the food is really delicious - no complaints at all. We were sat right by the band and while they were setting up made a lot of noise and got deafened by the feedback from the mic at one point. Plates weren’t cleared for ages after we finished eating. Gave us dessert menus before telling us they needed the table back (so we didn’t have time for dessert anyway). I didn’t want to take off service charge as it was only one waiter at fault. Wouldn’t recommend or rush back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

A work Christmas party consisting of 3 over 50 year olds, 2 40 year olds and 3 25 year olds far from rowdy...

When we asked for a jagerbomb for the looser of the golf we were told by staff 'we dont get messy here'

Service was slow and rude, and to be honest the food was pretty average

Big shame

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere and house gospel choir were amazing! However, the food was only okay and certainly not good value for money. There is a poor vegetarian selection and the one option, “sweet potato steak”, was an undercooked and over priced half-jacket potato. The staff were very obliging and kindly took it off the bill when I expressed my disappointment.
I would go back but maybe just for drinks!

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great American creole food just as good as the original in Harlem

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HD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Friendly but very, very slow service considering the restaurant was only half full. Our mains order was taken 50 minutes after our arrival - far too slow. Small portions for the prices. Creamed kale was swimming in a pool of oil. Average food.

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K
Derbyshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was boring and the cocktails weak. nandos would be cheaper and tastier.

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YR
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Originally had a great table but had to move as live music was so loud and we couldn't hear each other. Live music was great FYI. Crystal was our server and was super nice. Food was really tasty. Overall a lovely experience!

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We went for the Sunday gospel brunch featuring the House Music Choir. The music was absolutely amazing. Lunch was less so. I have been to the original in Harlem - and this London Outpost featuring soggy fried chicken is not a patch on that.

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