St. Villa Bar and Restaurant

4.2
208 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
What 208 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
LM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
CD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit before going to the Odessey Cinema

Report
Helpful
NN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambience.

Thank you 😊

Report
Helpful
DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times. Really good . Would highly recommend

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
CM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
VC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
CT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
J
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 👍

Report
Helpful
ML
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable lunch was spent with family. The staff were very pleasant and attentive providing great service. We had the set menu for 2 which had a good choice of dishes for lunchtime. The restaurant has heated outdoor seating inside large pods, which are light up at night and look very romantic. We booked online which was very easy to do and were able to get the time we wanted. Will definitely be going back!

Report
Helpful
JO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed as a family eating for the first time at the restaurant . The food, the service the ambience where all excellent. The food was delicious especially the sea food stew, my only disappointment was the portion seemed unnecessarily small.

Report
Helpful
N
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We’ve been to St Villa twice before and really enjoyed it. Sadly this time was disappointing. Our waitress was inexperienced and bought the food out in the wrong order. She bought my husband the wrong main so my food got cold whilst I waited for his to arrive. His cheese stack starter had very little cheese in it and so perhaps should have been called a mushroom and pepper stack instead. Such a shame because we’ve loved it here previously. We hope it was just a bad night for the restaurant and that others have better experiences.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Dined in an igloo ... really nice & personal

Report
Helpful
NN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place

Report
Helpful
SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great value with the £12.95 menu valid til 6.30pm on Sat perfect spot for a quick bite before a film at the Odyssey

Report
Helpful
A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice looking restaurant but service was a bit hit and miss and the food was overpriced.

Report
Helpful
LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to this restaurant on Christmas Day. The food, friendly service and ambience was excellent. I would definetly recommend.

Report
Helpful
CW
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very surprised to learn Xmas menu was only pre order, there were two of us. Xmas menu on the website, but not clearly marked about pre order.
So could only choose from main menu and nightly specials.
If I knew there no available Xmas wouldn't have gone back to this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
RF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food, but music too loud, difficult to have a pleasant conversation and too draughty with staff going in and outside to service the outdoor igloos.

Report
Helpful
NF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to all the staff at St. Villa Bar and Restaurant for the most amazing Christmas Menu to celebrate with my work colleagues, wonderful food and superb service all night.

Report
Helpful
NI
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good overall the only thing I would say is that it was cold in the restaurant and spent most of dinner with our coats on. Still food was lovely and the service very good

Report
Helpful
MH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Portions looked a little on the mean side, perhaps it was an illusion by the size of the plates it was served on. As a result, the meal was not overly heavy.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

Waited 40 mins for starter. Then the main was cold for one of us. Had to be sent back. But they did come us that course which was nice. Food was fine overall.

Report
Helpful
C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely ambiance in a light airy space with good seating for enjoying your own group's conversation. The food was well presented, healthy and very tasty. Good service also.

Report
Helpful
HF
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a great Christmas treat outside in an igloo, 3.30-5.30 was great to see it outside and then the lights at night. We had a wonderful meal together and our 5 year old joined us abit later for dessert together as a treat. We loved it.
Lovely music

Report
Helpful
TM
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Slow service, undercooked food, rude overbearing waiter
Very disappointing when the experience has previously been very good. Possibly too many covers to cope ?

Report
Helpful
LW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way
Food fab
Staff friendly
Toilets stunning

Report
Helpful
NP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Second visit in two months - family dinner and date night. Would come again!

Report
Helpful
OT
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not impressed with crowded in tables and quality of good for the price.
Will not be returning

Report
Helpful
A
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The igloo was amazing - although we did have to keep zipping the door completely shut after our waitress as we lost the warmth very quickly. Service was not as good towards the end, despite our waitress working very hard. However a few of the male staff (Or maybe 1 with his friends?) were having coffee in an igloo while she was the only one working towards the end of the meal.

Report
Helpful
CS
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and the service was great too. The staff were smiley and friendly.

Report
Helpful
JE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I had a very enjoyable meal. However it was very noisy and the lighting was poor making it difficult to read the menu. The staff were polite and helpful.

Report
Helpful
CG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Lovely, classy atmosphere. High quality food and service. Will definitely visit again.

Report
Helpful
K
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good selection of food and drink, with great service in a lovely setting. We felt looked after with attentive, but not over the top, service.

Report
Helpful
JR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was amazing. Food and drinks were delicious! The only downside. It was a bit on the chilly side in the restaurant

Report
Helpful
OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and the food was really nice, we will go back!

Report
Helpful
LF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked the table asking if was possible eat in the bubble that are outside in the garden and my request has been accepted. We eat in the bubble that was really warm and quiet. Food was amazing, antipasto and dessert were really teasty and creative.
Really an amazing dinner for an anniversary or a date.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
6