The Don Bistro

3.8
206 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Modern European
Top tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Situated in the heart of the City, below The Don’s fine-dining Restaurant is the wonderfully atmospheric Bistro where you can enjoy impeccably – sourced British produce, and a world-beating array of well-priced wines, while enjoying the architectural delights of a fabulously restored historic building. All dished up with the warm, friendly, highly professional service The Don is noted.

Private Dining

The Don’s Private Dining Rooms, are The City of London’s most charming and characterful venues for private events be they: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Champagne and Canapé Parties, Business Meetings, Corporate Dinners or Private Celebrations.

View Private Dining Details

Special Offers

2 courses £19

...from a set menu (three courses £23)

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 12 July 2019

Ends: 22 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 17:30-22:00

What 206 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.6
service
3.5
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Quiet
56% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
f
London
46 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We arrived an hour late and apologised- were found a table and were not the last to leave. Food and wine excellent but that did not fully distract from the extremely perfunctory service from the French waiter. Just not good enough. I can understand they were put out but!

S
London
71 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and friendly service in an amazing cellar setting under the main Don restaurant

L
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok but the toilets were very off putting. We had the set menu- starters were quite nice but the main course and side dishes were unpleasantly salty. The room is nice, but toilets were dirty and in need of an upgrade, which made us question the hygiene which is why i can't recommend.

OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall a nice and pleasant meal

HF
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Disappointing.
Friday lunchtime - absolutely dead.
Waiter stood by watching me and my client look around for a table and randomly sat at one. We assumed he was a customer.
Food - not terrible not particularly good.

A
London
126 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mostly fantastic - my main was a bit average, but the other twos were good. Cheese was great. Will go back, but probably won't order the chicken breast again.

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I booked for 4 people then changed it to 3 but in the event all 4 of us made it. The staff weren't flustered, took everything in their stride and with a smile. Food was great and we were surprised and delighted when my brother, whose birthday we were celebrating, was presented with a gorgeous mini dessert platter with 'happy birthday piped in chocolate and a candle for him to blow out. It was a lovely touch - thank you!

t
London
398 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

No signature dish. Nothing for foodies. Same old same old. Menu feels dated.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very long service and food was very much average

B
London
30 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely old style bistro with a menu full of favourites, just perfect for a mid-week supper with friends

G
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had originally booked for a two course plus signature cocktail in the Bistro, but the Bistro was closed for refurb so we were transferred to the main restaurant. They honoured the deal and because they don’t do cocktails we were offered a glass of champagne instead. Excellent food and a lovely environment. Will definitely go again.

KD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent customer service. The choice of food is limited

b
London
200 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great two course lunchtime meal. Great service and feels hidden off the beaten track one you head downstairs into what could be a wine cellar.

s
London
29 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There is a good value set lunch on offer. The cooking benefits from the more expensive Don restaurant upstairs. You have to be mobile as there is a steep set of stairs to navigate and there is a huge and noisy restoration going on next door.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked a client breakfast meeting for the following day only to be called later that evening to be told that they don't do breakfast! All the ratings I've given are 'poor' and shouldn't reflect on the restaurant just the booking experience.

M
London
127 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The tables were sticky, not clean, a bit of a turn off, waiter quite put out when we asked for tap Water .. raising of eyebrows big sigh.
Food ok, but not exceptional and not good value in my humble view..
table quite small

EW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Pleasant, unsurprising, but well executed dinner from a fairly standard "modern European" style menu. Service was ok. Fairly expensive for what we had, but largely in line with what you'd expect in this location.

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good but service slow

OT
London
40 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There are two rooms to the bistro, one downstairs where the kitchen is, but this didn't intrude in any way. The place is spacious and the tables just big enough (though there was nowhere to put the bread basket). The set menu is excellent value and the a la carte long enough to contain a wide choice. The smoked salmon in my starter was plentiful and well-flavoured, and the cod main course very fresh, and good. Definitely recommended.

a
London
110 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

a good place in a good location, which is still to be discovered.
The beef cheek was melting in the mouth and with a decent wine selection, it is a good place which I really recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whilst we initially thought the service was exceptionally quick, it turned out that our meals were cold when they arrived at the table. However, when we drew attention to the mistake, the waiter took immediate action, was very apologetic and delivered a hot plate of food to our table very quickly.

The food was delicious. We chose from the lunch menu, which had a more than adequate selection of dishes to choose from and was good value. The Bistro itself is very traditional, with nice table settings and crisp, white table cloths. It is nice to go to a genuine "old fashioned" quality restaurant for a change from the "shabby chic" atmosphere which is more common these days. Whilst busy, the restaurant was quiet - lovely for a business lunch or a catch up with friends.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list - superb in fact. The ambience and service in this restaurant, which is local to our office, is fantastic. A real gem of a place.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely nice food in a nice basement bistro. Friendly staff. Will dine here again. Many thanks

c
London
113 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

this is the one i regularly go for dining because it's value for money and very friendly atmosphere for friends gathering. Food and service all good

N
London
148 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The short Set Menu has reasonable options for a good price. Note that it can be very quiet down in the Bistro in the evening, particularly early in the week (good news if you want to have a conversation you can hear). The 500ml carafe option for wine is helpful if you don't want a full bottle.

AW
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Slow service at lunch

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quick lunch. Service was efficient and food tasty.

W
London
37 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and well executed food at quite reasonable prices, for the city!
Staff are efficient and friendly.

a
London
110 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good restaurant and quite busy at lunch time in the city of course. Glad I booked even for a mid-day business lunch.
My bouillabaisse was not a bouillabaisse, but a good interpretation of it, with seasonal ingredients.
Good atmosphere and we could stay as long as required.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch with great service. We say near the kitchen which was impressive to watch. Food was very good and service excellent and attentive. It was quite loud which was not an issue for us but if discretion was required then this particular table may not suit. Will certainly be back.

EH
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great meal here with friends, although this is also a good venue for business meals. The menu and service are very good, as is the quality of the food.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great service, although after booking the special through Open Table the staff got the number of guests wrong and also didn't know the special menu had been booked.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal, lovely staff. I booked through OpenTable only 5minutes before arriving so it had not yet come through the system. Nobody was phased, nothing was too much trouble. Thanks everybody 😁.

RP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Finding high quality cooking at a decent price in a comfortable and non-pompous atmosphere for a business lunch in the City is a challenge. The Sign of the Don meets that challenge -- it is my go to place near the Bank of England. Food on this last visit was up to the usual very good standard -- the only negative was how long it took to be delivered. I haven't had that experience before. Luckily, it didn't matter this time. City restaurants need to learn that they have to be able to get people in and out at lunch in an hour or, at most, an hour and 15 minutes.

C
London
59 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice wine and service, pretty good bistro style cuisine and a very reasonable bill for the area; what's not to like. Only strange thing on the night was that the kitchen was unable to offer mashed potato with a main! If in the area would definitely return

OT
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place tucked away down St Swithins. We ended up in the brasserie downstairs which was fine. Nice service slightly limited menu but good food. It did get very noisy by the end of the meal and as we went there to talk it became less than ideal.
About £50 all in, just a couple of beers and two mains and a side so not cheap but acceptable.

VJ
London
104 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to The Sign of the Don with a few friends for an early dinner. It was quiet enough to talk, which was great, even if the service was a bit slow. NZ syrah was a decent tipple & the sea bass I ordered was very nicely executed. Didn't get to order any starters or deserts this time, yet the bill was around $30 pp with a glass of wine each. A bit pricey I felt but would definitely come back to try other dishes.

RB
London
194 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I often dine at the Sign of the Don out of convenience given the location but typically find the service a bit hit and miss and the food OK. There was mean to be chorizo in my meal but no sign of it!

O
London
121 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The Sign of the Don had no record of our booking, but I did have the OpenTable reminder on my phone. They did give us a table, but were slow to take our order, and the food was unremarkable when it arrived. We won't be going back.

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed after my last visit to the sign of the Don. I used to really love this restaurant but the quality of food and service have dropped significantly. it is no surprise that the restaurant is almost empty even on a Thursday. Very poor service and food.

1
2
3
6