Permanently Closed - St. Villa Bar and Restaurant

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£26 to £40
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Whether you have more time or just want a quick bite, we have something for everyone. Pop in for our two course set menu and selection of wines by the glass or explore the options of our a la carte if you don’t have to rush off. Enjoy some downtime in between work and home and join us at the bar for fresh cocktails and a light snack. If the weather’s nice take advantage and dine al fresco on our fabulous terrace.



Finish off your work day or toast your weekend with our changing a la carte menu. We strive to keep our menu as seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced as possible. Supporting local farmers and suppliers is vital to what we do.
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and servicce

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iggyboy
London
32 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant meal,nice ambience good service. Will go again

AR
vipAlanR
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place and great food a treat will visit again

KD
KimD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, relaxed atmosphere and didn’t make a fuss when my friend spilt a drink everywhere. New menu is great and would recommend the goats cheese starter and sea bass fillets for main which I had. One of my friends is a vegetarian and there was a good choice on the menu for her also.
The pods are a nice idea outside for something different and will maybe try when the weather gets warmer.

HF
HeidiF
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Food was beautiful. We were in one of the igloo’s which was such a great experience with a fire and blankets.
5star

SC
SallyC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite booking late for new years eve, we were given a lovely table. Food was well paced and staff attentive. Even though we knew we had a time limit, we were not rushed.

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Quartermain
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

A very busy New Year's Eve, with a lot of chefs and service staff. Despite this the service was not good enough and the food was disappointing. A beautiful building with good ambience though, however, overall, for the price much more was expected.

JO
JulieO
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St Villa never fails in delivering quality Service and food.

LH
LizzieH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

service was outstanding. Wine was good value and very nice. The restaurant is beautiful. I think the food let’s it down a little. The starters were very small especially the salmon and bland in flavour.
The main we had the steak share board and we had plenty of quality and well cooked steak but only got with this a handful of salad and one portion of chips between two. We had to pay extra for a gravy. For the price of £60 I expected more and have certainly been to other establishments where we have been more impressed.

RT
RachelT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food which was beautifully presented. We were fortunate to be able to have one of the outside igloos which made the night even more wonderful for a birthday celebration and the service was amazing. Really lovely way to finish a birthday celebration.

M
vipMeggy
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were in an igloo which was very cosy on a wet& windy night. Much enjoyed by my visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I enjoyed going to this restaurant for my birthday with my friends we really enjoyed it was fantastic

SC
SuzanneC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. Nice quality food. Small quantities. Only qualm, limited vegan options and no vegan dessert other than sorbet.

MS
MSG2910
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service, nothing to fault it - even the weather was lovely so we could sit outside!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starters & mains were amazing. Waitress was lovely, very helpful & attentive. We ate outside, weather was good - Whole experience was really enjoyable!

MR
MsRaye
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a mid-week ate with my husband and dined in an outdoor pod which was quirky, cosy and romantic. The food and cocktails were delicious and beautifully presented. Hubby is a foodie and he was VERY impressed. We had the monkfish and lamb mains - both were very fresh and cooked to perfection. The cheesecake and tart tatin desserts were sublime! Service was attentive and unobtrusive. We'll definitely be returning!

AH
AislinnH
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall1food3service5ambience2

Good food, very quick service- almost too quick.

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Naknik
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice food and service. The noise levels were far too loud though, as have speakers in the ceiling in loudly. This meant we couldn't hear across the table. This was a shame as the food and staff were good.

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luvdining
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We visited on Saturday having been to St Villa a few times previously, and experienced great food and service. However, on this occasion the service was exceptionally slow (around 45mins wait between clearing away of starters and arrival of mains).
The main course of Monkfish in Prosciutto was also bland with no flavour as if boiled than roasted.
On passing the feedback to the waiter at the end of the meal, we were just told that 'I will pass the comment to the chef' and that was it.
I would still recommend St Villa to a friend, but will advise they on busy days that service and quality may be compromised.

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REHL12
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Although the reception team and waiting staff were good the standard of food was poor, small portions and poor quality.

MH
MarkH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The place is very fresh and modern looking, with the interest of dine in POD's on the front patio. We didn't sit in these but they were being used and seemed to be quite warm and quests didn't have coats on while they were sat in there even when the rain came down.
As for the food this was very nice and the menu was varied with a good selection of different food types.
As a guide on pricing, our meal consisted of 2 Starters, 2 Mains and a bottle of Champagne. Cost £125.00.

Good value for money and well with in the same price bracket of similar restaurants in the area.

We would be very happy to visit there again.

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vipdandan
London
79 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great hidden gem. Food is good and enough choice. Service is brill and the pods on the terrace are so cool.

DV
DVH1
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, delicious food and really pretty decor. Have already recommended multiple times and will definitely return

j
jrturner1234
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Generally like this place and will come back.

However, the charcuterie on the mother's day menu was disappointing - the portion was miserly and not 'restaurant quality'.

CM
CarolM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely stylish ambience. A cut above. Noisy in the downstairs part due to bar area and all hard surfaces. Upstairs probably quieter. Food was very good. Wine good, but quite expensive for each type. Overall a good evening, we enjoyed it very much and would happily go back.

CJ
ClareJ
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was really good (better than expected). We went on a Saturday and it was a lively atmosphere but the service was a little clunky in places so there is room for improvement there - perhaps a little understaffed at busy times!

MP
vipMichaelP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was average unfortunately.....the service was below average however it was very busy....it took at least 10 minutes for any premdinner drinks and then another 15 mins for them to arrive...staff were friendly but not sure if will return as wasn’t good enough to put up with the bad service...may try a lunch when quieter

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BelindaG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Soon as we walked through the door we felt welcome. Staff were friendly. The restaurant was quiet as it was a Tuesday evening. The pods were all booked out but we will return to try them. The food was delicious especially the lamb I like my food well cooked and it was cooked to perfection. My friend likes her lamb very pink and hers was also cooked to perfection. The chocolate brownie melted in the mouth probably one of the best I’ve had. I would definitely return but on a busier evening as the restaurant temperature felt cold but if there were more people it would have been warmer.

LM
LucyM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend here for Valentine’s dinner. From the moment we stepped in the entrance door we were greeted with polite friendly faces and looked after well. The food was absolutely incredible, I had the lamb shoulder and I can honestly say it was the best lamb I have ever had! The service was amazing the waitress we had looking after us was lovely. We will definitely be back again! Beautiful restaurant and bar.

CD
ChristineD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to visit before going to the Odessey Cinema

NN
NN123
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambience.

Thank you 😊

D
David
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been many times. Really good . Would highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, only slight issue is it's a very noisy restaurant

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible, slow service for average food. Wouldn’t recommend or return there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very noisy. Had to send back our starters prawn pil pil was cold. Gravalax brown and dry. Mains were passable. Service shocking. Very noisy and sat by a window that was drafty. We asked to move and no one bothered to follow it up.

CM
CarolynM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant itself is lovely, great atmosphere and I can’t fault the staff but the food is just average, nothing special. I had to send back my dessert as the pastry was raw, the staff dealt with it efficiently and quickly and I was offered an alternative which was nice. Will try again as it may have been an one off

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, food was amazing and staff were great. Beautiful restaurant xx

VC
VeeCee
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal in very attractive surroundings. We went midweek and had the two course lunch - very efficiently served by attentive staff (but there were very few customers in the restaurant at that time). Portions were generous and food was delicious. They turned the music down when requested. Will go again.

CT
CharlotteT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The steaks were amazing! They really stole the show. The wait staff were lovely and very accommodating of our demanding two year old! I'd defo go back the next time i'm in St Albans.

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Jamesmaybloke
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant, not very busy despite trying to book and it looked like it had been booked out.
Food was delicious though starter was rather small. Test well set out perfect for couples or groups of 3-5 as tables were quite small 👍

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Permanently Closed - St. Villa Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 236 OpenTable diners.