St. Villa Bar and Restaurant

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224 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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 224 People Are Saying
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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 2

Good food, very quick service- almost too quick.

N
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

RE
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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

MH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

d
London
64 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

DV
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

BG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
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.

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

Great place to visit before going to the Odessey Cinema

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

Excellent service, food and ambience.

Thank you 😊

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

Been many times. Really good . Would highly recommend

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 👍

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!

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.

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Dined in an igloo ... really nice & personal

NN
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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