The Don Bistro
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
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
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!
Lovely food and friendly service in an amazing cellar setting under the main Don restaurant
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.
Overall a nice and pleasant meal
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.
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.
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!
No signature dish. Nothing for foodies. Same old same old. Menu feels dated.
Very long service and food was very much average
A lovely old style bistro with a menu full of favourites, just perfect for a mid-week supper with friends
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.
Excellent customer service. The choice of food is limited
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Good but service slow
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 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.
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.
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.
Lovely nice food in a nice basement bistro. Friendly staff. Will dine here again. Many thanks
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
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.
Good food. Slow service at lunch
A quick lunch. Service was efficient and food tasty.
Nice atmosphere and well executed food at quite reasonable prices, for the city!
Staff are efficient and friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😁.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.