St. Villa Bar and Restaurant

4.3
146 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, British, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Sat 10:00–23:30
Sun 10:00–22:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 10:00–15:00
Dinner
Mon–Thu 17:30–23:00
Fri 17:30–23:30
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Phone number
01727 807222
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Miguel Camarinho
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Cross Street
London road
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 146 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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D
London
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great restaurant with a brilliant manager who sorted out what could have been, a disaster

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LF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose this restaurant for a birthday lunch last week based on excellent trip advisor reviews and I was not disappointed.
Staff were attentive when needed and happy to leave you perusing the menu without pressure and you enjoy your meal.
Food was delicious, with a good selection to choose from. I will have to return as there were too many good dishes I wanted to have!

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A
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal; good service and atmosphere. We were seated in a dark corner of the restaurant- better lighting would improve the experience but nevertheless an enjoyable visit!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service excellent but it was a quiet midweek evening.

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CO
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried it last Saturday. Lovely restaurant, great food , staff excellent, prices value for what we received. Will definitely go again and will certainly recommend this gem.

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H
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with friend, food was delicious & staff really friendly & attentive. Definitely recommend

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AH
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for 7 and all enjoyed it immensely. Great food, good service and great outdoor seating, on a warm evening.
Thoroughly recommended.

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PO
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, friendly and attentive. Lovely seating outside on a hot day. Menu appealing and quality of food good. Would recommend.

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my fourth visit. The food and service has been excellent each time.

I have sat inside in the ground floor twice, and outside twice; both have been good choices. I have yet to try the upstairs.

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DM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us visited for a Sunday lunch. The service was excellent and friendly. We had between us roast beef, roast pork, Pasta duck raging & lamb rump. Followed by desserts of cheesecake, parfait & chocolate tarts. All the food was attractive and very tasty. The ambiance is clean, bright & attractive. We will certainly visit again & would recommend.

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PB
Hertfordshire
16 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We go to st villa quite often especially in the summer when it is great to sit out doors.

Unfortunately for this visit we chose the one damp day!

Sunday roast as always was terrific- one of the best in the area! we had the scallop starter and the prawns- both of which were delicious.

When it came to dessert time we were a little full but managed to all share the brownie and the cheesecake. both were lovely but my daughter found the deconstructed cheesecake a little creamy .

Service, as ever, was great and very friendly.

Would always recommend

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MP
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to St. Villa Bar & Restaurant. It was refreshing not going to a themed restaurant. Good selection for meat, fish and vegetation dishes. Great service and good value. I will be returning.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was lovely and menu options are nice and varied. Something for everyone.
The only slight let down was the service. It wasn’t terrible just one too many times looking to order drinks, bill etc possibly not enough waiting staff. It was recommended by a friend and I will definitely return.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant too hot. Food ok not very exciting - a bit overpriced

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RA
Hertfordshire
136 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time here. Good service. Portion sizes on the small side. Great atmosphere.

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S
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We both ordered the lamb rump, which was delicious and very nicely cooked. in terms of portion size it was totally inadequate. I was brought some extra broccoli, but when paying nearly £20 for a dish asking for more shouldn't be necessary. I will certainly not be going back - there are numerous other restaurants in St Albans that provide superior food and better value for money.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

After the recent reviews I wasn't sure how good this place had been since the last time. The waitresses were lovely and the food and ambience was very good. My friend and I had a lovely evening.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

TV on in corner on a Saturday night. Very slow service. Food was quite nice when it finally came- took more than 45 minutes for mains to arrive, had to chase kitchen multiple times & 1 meal was cold when it arrived.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, good food and nice to have the choice to sit outside.
The only reason I didn’t give top marks was because the service was a bit slow and we waited nearly 30minutes for our drinks when we arrived and we were then given the wrong bill at the end of the night.
However the staff were very friendly and the food was excellent and presented well.
I would definitely recommend the restaurant

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SW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautifully decorated restaurant. Delcious tasty food, friendly and polite staff. Good size terrace to enjoy your meal.

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MG
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a gorgeous setting. Although the restaurant was warm due to the outside temperature we were sat upstairs which was a little warmer than we had hoped. It didn't detract from our evening. Lovely food, good service and will definitely be going back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were lovely and the food excellent. The live music was great too.

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MJ
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunday roast pork was so tasty and cooked to perfection. Compliments to the chef.

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S
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, lovely evening , food and atmosphere !! but felt rushed at the end which was a shame,they were keen to close and get rid of us !!
Spoilt our friends get together towards the end!!

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D
London
17 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were glad we decided on this restaurant to meet up. I requested for a quiet corner table and we were impressed that this was granted! The fish menu was a so tasty and cooked to near perfection. We were also awe by the desert and still dreaming about them. Thank you for a delight meal!

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G
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality good. Service very good. Only problem pasta for two was only warm and served on COLD plates! Same for the sea bass course.
Disappointing. Asked waitress to tell chef after we had paid the bill.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening, amazing food and very friendly service - will definitely be returning

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TG
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, beautifully decorated, fab food and excellent service. Will definitely be back!

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r
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service, lovely Modern Chic decor. Everything spot on!

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G
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were group of 5. Two of us had pasta. Food was just warm when served st table. Plates were cold. Another had sea bass again potatoes just warm and plates cold. Disappointing hot food needs hot plates..surely a basic in catering.
Told our waitress after paying the bill so hope she fed it back to someone who would take action.

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OT
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. We keep going back.
We have notices that the prices for starters have been going up (a bit too high now) and the portion size seems a bit small.

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GF
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It could be that we were unlucky with this visit. The friend I was with found the duck pappardelle ragu main course rather lacking in flavour and by contrast found the chutney with the chef's terrine starter to have an odd tang to it. For myself, the smoked salmon roulade starter seemed to be surprisingly salty, but I did enjoy the corn fed chicken main course. Everything was very well presented and I liked the ambience. So, it could be that we were just a bit unlucky that 3 of the four dishes were not to our taste particularly.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St Villa is a lovely restaurant , tastefully decorated. The staff are very friendly, polite and helpful even though we had to change our booking several times! The food is excellent and well presented. Thoroughly recommend a meal here.

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g
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality food, good portions, professional service. Menu is varied and has good options. Overall a good experience and definitely worth a visit.

Ambience was 4 stars rather than 5 as the staff seemed to have some issues with managing groups having a pre-drink at the bar versus those already seated i.e. they let the bar group get a bit big and close to the tables.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We will definitely be returning. We had a lovely meal and a very pleasant evening.

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v
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable evening; fab environment, good service and excellent food.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely place, excellent staff, the new waitress was exceptional, sadly the main courses were not, i ordered rib eye steak medium rare but it was delivered just under well done, and my partners fish dish was way over seasoned, so sadly i could not recommend the food, also quite expensive.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The set lunch menu is amazing value - delicious food and nice to be able to select from dishes also on the a la Carte menu. Great service too.

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S
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Second lunch time visit and once again only two tables occupied. Would presume that the restaurant is busy in the evenings and therefore have a better atmosphere.

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MJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Dreadful experience! Didn't have my reservation which wasn't a good start. Smoked salmon roulade with rock salt rendering it inedible. Why on earth would they put rock salt on smoked salmon is beyond me. Main course was sent back as the chicken was overcooked, saute potatoes were burn and same with the fennel. They apologised and said it shouldn't have left the kitchen in that state. They refunded the meal, but i ended up leaving the restaurant hungry. Children running wild on the patio outside and we could hear them screaming in the restaurant - it was dreadful. What has happened to this place? It used to be enjoyable but we won't be returning sadly.

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