St. Villa Bar and Restaurant
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.
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.
Although the reception team and waiting staff were good the standard of food was poor, small portions and poor quality.
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.
Really great hidden gem. Food is good and enough choice. Service is brill and the pods on the terrace are so cool.
Superb service, delicious food and really pretty decor. Have already recommended multiple times and will definitely return
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'.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Great place to visit before going to the Odessey Cinema
Excellent service, food and ambience.
Thank you 😊
Been many times. Really good . Would highly recommend
Excellent food and service, only slight issue is it's a very noisy restaurant
Terrible, slow service for average food. Wouldn’t recommend or return there.
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.
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
Loved it, food was amazing and staff were great. Beautiful restaurant xx
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.
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.
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 👍
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!
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.
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.
Dined in an igloo ... really nice & personal
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
Nice looking restaurant but service was a bit hit and miss and the food was overpriced.
We went to this restaurant on Christmas Day. The food, friendly service and ambience was excellent. I would definetly recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slow service, undercooked food, rude overbearing waiter
Very disappointing when the experience has previously been very good. Possibly too many covers to cope ?
Perfect in every way