Samphire

4.4
621 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Relaxed yet polished, Michelin-starred Samphire is more than just a place for special occasions. Paying homage to fresh produce, Chef Lee Smith and his team of dedicated chefs have created a series of contemporary menus and meticulously crafted plates. This creativity continues through to the killer cocktail list with twists on the classics.
Samphire offers all-day dining options in the main restaurant, a beautiful Private Dining Room, an al fresco terrace, 2 intimate bars, and an all-weather rooftop garden. Whether you fancy a Relaxed Saturday brunch, leisurely breakfast, a quick coffee, a lunch meeting, light afternoon snacks, cheeky drinks or a tantalising dinner, Samphire is the place to be.



“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Wolf


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RachaelR
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere. They made us feel special on our anniversary.

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NandA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samphire might well be my favourite restaurant in the world. Really very very good.

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vipLuv2eat
Essex
18 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on every level, one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! Great ambience!

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PaulJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with lovely staff. Very polite and staff will always help whenever required.
Service was efficient without being overbearing

The room was really well presented with a really good bar and good bar service. Some dishes were very slightly over priced but all of the food and drink was absolutely stunning with excellent presentation.

Would very happily go again!

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Lauren
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant with fabulous food. The menu is varied in content and price range so it’s a good value evening.
The food is delicious and the portions are excellent. Great restaurant. Thoroughly recommend.

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Karen1234
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered a rib eye steak and received a fillet steak. They were quite busy so could not be bothered to tell them as my husband would have finished his food by the time my food was sorted.

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1Buckhursthillbilly
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal with the most wonderful, knowledgeable and considerate service.
Special mention for the stand out fish soup, steak tartare and the Hungarian Maitre D. Absolutely outstanding!

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TomB
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Table for four to celebrate 60th birthday of my partner. Fabulous food,service and Wine
No pressure to finish food before next course.
A joyous evening

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DanielleO
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ordered the cout de bouf, it was very disappointing. The meat was fatty and slightly chewy- not what one would expect from a £75 cut

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SarahLB
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Very attentive staff. Very quiet for a Saturday Lunchtime. Wine menu was pricey.

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Dora
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exquisite. I’ll definitely go back and also recommend to friends. Everyone was just amazing and we had a fantastic time. As for the food, oh my god, it was divine. I’ve tried other restaurants of the same calibre in jersey and this is by far the best food.
The only snag was just at the beginning of our evening right at the entrance. The receptionist made me feel quite inadequate and furthermore in the middle of taking our coats and dealing with us, she rushed to the door to a couple of evidently return guests who had just entered. As she proceeded to deal with them and left us standing like idiots , the couple were courteous enough to acknowledge us and directed her back and urged her to deal with us as we had arrived before them.
However after we’d been seated we had the most wonderful time. All other staff were absolutely fantastic and the service was absolutely irreproachable.
So thank you very much, the staff at Samphire for a fantastic evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

So....having visited Bohemia the day before we had very high expectations. On entering it is a lovely venue and the atmosphere was lovely.

The first disappointment however was no greeting for my wife and no mention of her 40th birthday which had been made clear.

We were put at a nice table and seated. It took 10 minutes for someone to speak to us and unlike our other high quality restaurants no napkins place on our laps. ahh well we thought not the end of the world.

Next (15 mins) came the bread with no discussion. Unfortunately they had again forgotten my wife was a celiac. On asking if they had gluten free bread they advised they had run out. 5 minutes later they were back with some form of cracker, green in colour saying they had replaced it with that....,.really.....,disappointment started.

On the wine list being delivered we advised we don’t drink, I am fairly sure the waiters face was less than impressed. No alternative drinks were offered.....again.....,really.

I ordered a carrot starter and things began to look up apart from they put it in front of my wife instead of me. Only a small thing but for a top quality restaurant I think this should be correct! The flavours were Devine, well thought out and complimented each other perfectly....,if you visit, I would recommend this!

So onto the main feeling hopeful my wife ordered a ribeye steak and myself fish and chips. It’s not something we would normally order but were interested to see how these would be made Michelin star.

Unfortunately I am not sure they were. 4 chunky chips, very large, likely deep fried and slightly raw in the middle. The fish was plain and lacked seasoning and the steak wasn’t seasoned at all. To be fair, it was cooked perfectly though at medium rare. I don’t like to be unfair but our local pub do a better version of both.

At this point we decided to cut our loses and go....a real shame and likely just a unlucky visit I am sure. Unfortunately it was not our night!

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected a great breakfast and overall very pleasant experience.

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Andy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and fantastic options for my other half who is Gf and Df.

Highly recommend it

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MillsS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening for a special occasion. Eating early meant the restaurant was quieter which is nice for talking. Quality of the food excellent. Head Chef and kitchen staff very friendly. Service good.

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DuncanF
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favourite restaurants right now - will be back again soon thanks guys

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend a visit. One of my favourite restaurants in jersey

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vipClive
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional in a relaxing and unrushed environment

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CasualDinner
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice seafood, lobster was a highlight

Service was attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve ever been and my girlfriend and I loved it. We will most certainly be back, we have also been told about the incredible brunch that you do!

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GeoffN
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great valentines night out made extra special by the wonderful food and ambiance of Samphire. The venison was out of this world... yes it costs a little bit more than some other places but when you think of the gourmet pleasure you have experienced you know you made the right decision, and I felt I had spent my money wisely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening with great food and wine and very attentive staff. I will be back

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RogerC
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our second visit to Samphire. Most impressive cuisine and excellent- attentive without being obsequious -service. Somewhat deliberately we did choose a quiet night and went early so the restaurant was fairly empty which whilst reducing background noise also inevitably impacts the ambience. Samphire is certainly not cheap but arguably still represents pretty good value for what was a high quality overall dining experience. We will definitely be back - but may have to save our pennies!

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CliveM
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As a treat it’s worth a visit, food was fantastic but it’s pricey

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CliveR
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very happy with both the quantity and quality of the food and will definitely be back.

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DavidM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Booked months in advanced. Taster menu looked great and was meant to be the main 'foodie' part of our visit to this wonderful island. Upon being seated we were presented with the menu. We asked about the much advertised taster menu and were informed "not tonight". No further explaination was offered. Lobster? No, all gone. This was 7pm on a Friday. I had Brill. Nothing special there. Service was ok. Not deserving of a star in my opinion. Would not recommend.

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KarenS
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Bread, butter, oysters and starters were very tasty but the mains were mediocre with my husbands monkfish being so cold that he had to send it back!!! He did receive a new dish but it meant he was eating by himself as my mother and I were already finished. It did take it off our bill but it did take the shine off the night, not sure if I would return.

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Muttikim
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I booked this for my daughters birthday and apart from the service she had a nice time. I did think it was expensive for a lunch time treat, but overall the food was good. What let this experience down was the service, whilst deciding on our menu choice we ordered drinks, my soft drink came but we had to ask twice my daughters wine which didn't arrive until after the first course had being served.
When the main course was served we asked for a condiment which again we had to ask twice before it appeared.
After dessert we ordered coffee, which was served tepid, and there was no sugar brought to the table, we attempted to catch some attention without success, so my coffee was left undrank. These are only small issues but effected our overall experience which is a shame given the cost.

MR
MRSB
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful food....great service. What more do you need?

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Robin
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, interesting wine list and attentive service.

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Judenoy
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was there for a birthday treat. Was lovely night. Service excellent. Limited food menu but was excellent

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vipRichard
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We've been to this restaurant many times and normally it is very good on all fronts. Last Saturday was the first night after New Years and they were clearly short staffed and couldn't cope with the number of covers. We patiently waited for our first two courses but then decided to skip dessert given the long waits. they have been patiently rebuilding the restaurant under it new brand and they should be careful about protecting the consistency that is expected.

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JerseyDiner
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food itself was good - well-executed and well thought out. The service was below expectations; it seemed the floor staff were a little unfamiliar with service at this (purported) level (with the exception of the two managers, who showed their experience) and that left things a little flat. Good examples of this: the incorrect dish being put in front of us (for a restaurant of this caliber the servers ought to know who had ordered what, and given there were only two of us at the table...); food being spilled when removed from the table; drinks not topped up frequently - nothing too drastic, but just short of expectations.

There were a couple of errors on the final bill, again nothing too problematic, but not what you come to expect at a place like this.

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Alanormer
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant just gets better and better, Lee Smith is taking it to new heights that we haven’t seen before anywhere, can’t wait for what next year is going to bring, super excited for our next visit in March

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was outstanding. Decor is excellent. Service was not to the required level. Initial drink order only partially appeared, had to chase after several minutes passes. Not proactive enough in terms of asking whether further drinks desired. Water wasn’t refilled. Had to constantly seek out service. We asked for a quiet table. We were placed between two large groups, we asked to be moved after a few minutes. Food was so very good, just unfortunate that the service wasn’t up to scratch for this type of establishment.

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SoniaM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is magnificent and nowhere near as expensive as I though it would be. The food, drink and service are impeccable. Highly recommended.

CB
ChristinaB
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very sorry to report this but we did not have a very good meal. Starters were good. But our rib eye steak from the a large carte was in edible. It was cold, tough, and has a very hard dark almost black but not burnt outer crust! Nothing I have ever experienced before with a steak. The chips were also very powdery texture and dry. We ended up just paying for a starter as we both lost our appetites after the steak. Couldn't cut it either, the knives were blunt and it was too tough

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LisaB
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a lovely restaurant, nice ambience, comfortable and feels just a little bit special.

JM
JamesM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible lunch experience. Amazing value set menu which encouraged us to spend a little more on the wine list! Service was first class at ever level from front of house to waiting staff.

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Mike
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Samphire did not disappoint. Good festive menu, great wine and the usual top notch service.

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Samphire is rated 4.4 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.