Sardine

4.6
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67 reviews
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£25 and under
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French
Sardine is a new restaurant offering southern French cooking over a wood fire - by Alex Jackson, with Stevie Parle. Situated within Parasol unit art gallery and close to Old Street and Angel tube stations Sardine offers great value, authentic cuisine in a relaxed, neighbourhood setting.

Dishes change regularly with the seasons and new specials are added to the blackboards each day. Wines are from France and Italy with some available on-tap and a specialist aperitif bar offers up fun and affordable cocktails too.

Sardine is Chef / Owner Alex Jackson’s first restaurant after stints at Dock Kitchen and Rotorino. Sardine is the 5th restaurant within Stevie Parle restaurants.
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vipandyocallaghan
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food, beautifully cooked and friendly service. My only complaint is that the cheeseboard consisted of three small pieces of cheese that were straight out of the fridge. Other than that, superb.

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Rodin
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants! Always an enjoyable experience. Great food, friendly service, lovely contemporary but relaxed environment.

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MaryQ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We were looking forward to Sardine and enjoyed our meal. I chose the pork and it was delicious.

I do sometimes wonder why restaurants choose to have an open kitchen. As a woman, the last thing I want to be faced with during my evening is the sight of sweaty chefs and grimy saucepans. In addition to that the space is drafty and we were sitting at the door end of the long table. I think Sardine could improve the comfort/aesthetics of the restaurant.

The staff were courteous and attentive, and the service was faultless.

Well done!

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katracey
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good selection southern french style cooking. Great for social occasions. Very good wine list with lots of choice. Ambiance good but it is cosy. Service was excellent and staff friendly and repossive.

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Jezza
London
16 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The place, the staff and the food were excellent overall! The food was on the salty side to my liking but nothing major.

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DougK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were fantastic! Te food was delicious and i would definitely recommend to a friend!

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vipSavi
London
144 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Found the food quite average & over salted. Seems like a nice neighbourhood restaurant but not one I will be going back to.

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vipSean
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! We came for brunch and really enjoyed the cassoulet. The food, ambiance and service were all exceptional. An essential when visiting the Victoria Miro or Parasol Unit galleries

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LizHellad
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Four of us for dinner. We booked under the London Festival Scheme: not really impressed by the menu so we chose a la carte. Trevise compotee was a new taste really appreciated. Pork, fish, clams, lentils - I think I can say everything was good and tasty. Presentation/plate-up was far from being super sophisticated but it actually suited the place's style and we didn't mind as the taste was good.
Didn't try the cheese myself but I know well the provider Mons - who is a proper cheese refiner, so I'm sure it must be good ;-)
Service was okay - nothing really special.
It was overall a good evening - good food, good wine, decent service. Only hiccup: the horrible smell that suddenly invaded the restaurant towards the end of the evening and one of the chef brushing his teeth in the kitchen (?)

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CatherineP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. We went for brunch on a Sunday; unfortunately it was empty and we couldn’t understand why as the food was excellent. There wasn’t an extensive menu, but the food was beautifully prepared and delicious. The service was excellent. This place is not in a very bustling location so maybe it hasn’t been discovered yet. Definitely worth a try!

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DanC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was brilliant and the service was excellent.

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vipJill
London
16 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food using ingredients that are in season; a cosy restaurant with friendly staff.

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vipChamberMusic
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When the room is full of diners it becomes unbearably noisy. It is difficult to have a conversation. However, the food is incredible, the staff superb and patient. The fish dishes allow the chefs to display their bravado more than the onglet steaks or rabbit options, so opt for those. Sardine starter not to be missed.

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VijiP
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

funky ambiance, extremely friendly staff make you feel relaxed without any rush , superlative food - delicate and unusual flavours - absolutely loved it.

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vipJill
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love this French diner! Brilliant service, very welcoming and wonderful food that’s always in season.

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DaleW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Superb food. Service efficient and friendly. Dishes delicious and met all expectations. Been meaning to visit for some time. Will definitely be back.

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vipNiklasvB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This wonderful small restaurant is a true gem. Situated next to ParasolUnit and Victoria Miro Gallery the restaurant serves up a carefully balanced menu consisting of Mediterranean/ French dishes, all beautifully executed, perfectly seasoned and presented with flair.

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Boatwoman
London
30 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great not intrusive service. Would return.

MA
MattA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent small restaurant:great food and super service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Small unpretentious restaurant in a quirky location that served fresh and exceptionally well prepared dishes. Friendly, professional staff who all seemed enthusiastic and happy to be there. Simple modern decor with open kitchen that created a warm, contemporary feel. A high quality to price ratio that leads me to say that Sardine outperformed many of those I consider to be its peers in the price range.

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vipStephenM
London
16 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my friends birthday and we wanted to try somewhere new. This was a very unexpected and great find. Food was fantastic, great flavours all around, great portion size.

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BenF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Menu on the small side but some interesting dishes and all the food was excellent. Recommended

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DhC123
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian option was amazing - and I’m not even vegetarian.

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Sofia
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The overall experience was good although i had a view facing the open kitchen and it was unpleasant to see the chef constantly eating. In any case, the food was amazing and the place is very cozy.

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RobG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had a fantastic fish dish for main. Staff were attentive and really helpful. We were there on a Tuesday in January at 7:30, so there weren't that many people there....but it did begin to fill up.

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OpenTable Diner
London
26 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, good service

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TommoFGR
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very tasty food. Kernel beer is very good. Pleasant buzzy atmosphere. Only issue was that we were served a little too quickly. We could have been in and out with two courses in well under an hour. At £35/head, that’s a bit quick unless you are looking for speed

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viprmha
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday night location, local with lovely food. Service is always attentive

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vipOpenTableDiner
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined on Monday night as we knew that they did a £15 steak, potato and glass of wine offer. Whilst this wasn't immediately clear on the menu that it was available it definitely was and we enjoyed the well-cooked onglet steak, potato dauphinois and house red. We added a green salad to accompany it and finished the meal with some delicious cheeses and fortified wine. Staff were friendly, food was tasty and the bill didn't hurt. Overall a great night, would recommend!

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LucyL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall a bit disappointing. It took ages for anyone to come and take our order and the waiter didn’t ever seem too interested in wanting to impress. I ordered scrambled eggs which tasted food but had a number of egg shells in it and my friend ordered their version of a croque monsieur with sausage added but the sausage wasn’t in it when it arrived! It was also burnt in a number of places. Overpriced for the issues we had and poor service.

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PollyD
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were having a reunion with a couple of old friends from the US so we were slow at choosing our meal, a bit noisy and then slow to eat annd late to leave! However from start to finish the service was friendly and charming. The food was great - notably the brandade filled courgette flowers ( although only one helping available) and the amazing fig leaf icecream with roast figs. The seasonal negroni was also really notable. The bill does tot up a bit though for somewhere thats quite casual and understated. This doesn’t put us off going though and we have rebooked in a couple of weeks.

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Anon
London
24 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice food but quite limited portions for mains. Wine selection was good

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RaRo
London
69 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little find with a really unusual and tasty menu. Onglet steak was delicious!

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KatherineH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food delicious, service good and nice vibe. Wine list a tad on the expensive side. Would definitely dine here again.

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ckmuir
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and an interesting chilled red wine to accompany it!

LE
vipLuv2EatOut
London
52 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and wine were divine. We just did not feel very welcome by the male manager who seemed grumpy. His female colleague, however, was smiley, friendly and helpful. Shame as this could have been a 5-star experience.

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HazelS
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and well prepared food make this a lovely restaurant to visit. The Petit Negroni cocktail was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent find near old street - we visited for lunch midweek but will certainly be returning for an evening dinner one weekend. We we’re amazed at level of cooking and the menu, took us back to hols in a south of France!

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ShirleyB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, all very fresh, but the service was outstanding. Very busy, cool vibe - would highly recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and the service were good but compared to its peers it is over-priced.

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