The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant

4.3
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140 reviews
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£25 and under
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Now in its 29th year, The Last Wine Bar & Restaurant is a real Norwich institution. Housed in a former Victorian shoe factory (hence the name - there is a collection of shoe lasts), there are three distinct eating areas: the buzzy bar, the cosy downstairs, and the relaxed and informal restaurant; the same menu is available in all three.


The food is modern, honest and largely locally-sourced, and you can choose from bar, set and a la carte menus, all of which are regularly updated.



There are around 60 carefully-chosen wines available, with more than two-thirds offered by the glass or carafe. Alongside the classics are the unusual and the esoteric; you are encouraged to Drink Different.


As well as the food and wine, the longevity of the Last is down to its unrivalled, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The relaxed ambience has inspired a loyal following across nearly three decades; Norwich without The Last is unthinkable.
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TO
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

we were stuck behind a pillar across from the main bar which is not nice.
Whoever thought charcoal added to mayonnaise is edible needs to be shot ,just awful ,all the staff are nice.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Birthday for me and my friend. We enjoyed great service and 3 out of 4 of us really enjoyed the food; I had the catch of the day and it was on the cold side which spoiled the quality

JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The chargrilled octopus and ox tail doughnut were to die for. And the duck entree did not disappoint.

DR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had an enjoyable time at the Last wine Bar . The food was very good although puddings a bit sweet for my taste. The waiter was a bit slow and forgot auto bring a second beer order until the meal was nearly finished. Our experience was marred by a rather raucous group of drunk people . Perhaps the staff could have asked them to tone it done a bit .
We would come back though .

JR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It's been a long time between visits for me and I have to say the food, the staff and the restaurant is still a delight. Will definitely not leave it so long between visits.

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Last has improved exponentially in recent times to produce really top notch food, a great wine list and a delightful atmosphere, always topped off with genuinely good service from skilled and informed waiting staff. I took a lunch party of clients and colleagues, who were all really complimentary of the food. I was so impressed, I went back to try their fairly new 'Breakfast at the Last' the next day, which was equally delicious. The only think missing ... it doesn't open on a Sunday - you can only imagine what a mouth-watering Last Sunday Lunch might be like ....!

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely places with great menu. Service friendly and attentive. Will come back again. To try the other dishes we hadn’t tried.

AC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Warm welcome from the lady behind the bar, but young girl who served the food looked like she would rather be somewhere else.

IB
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

New decor in the second function room much better but still the bar area is the place to sit. vegetarian style dish had none veggie cheese, admittedly it didn’t say it was vegetarian. overall nice but nothing special and relatively expensive.

EB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was OK though one of our main meals was presented cold.
Wine very overpriced.

J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening out. Some interesting menu choices, not everything works out but there are one or two surprises on each plate, so in any case not dull. Trout starter is brilliant, very tasty.

J
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Although no steaks available the restaurant called before to explain. Food overall was very good.
Service was slightly poor, especially as it was not a busy night (maybe a new member of staff?
Would definitely recommend and will go again

S
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have ever eaten but at an affordable price range, had the Norfolk wagu beef special as a main which was different to anything I've ever tasted so glad we went here

NC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introduced two friends to The Last and it didn't disappoint. Wine was excellent, so was the gin! Service very friendly and accommodating. But more importantly the food was outstanding!

BM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sadly the food was not of the usual standard. The fish dish was the wrong side of warm and so were the potatoes both new and mashed. We pointed this out out at he time but we did not have time for replacements as we were going to a show at the Playhouse. The shin and stilton pie was a bit salty but that may have been the cheese used.
Disappointing as we usually have an excellent experience.
Service was excellent.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

As this is mid January we were slightly surprised by how busy it was, however it was mainly older diners and the place was almost empty by 8-8.30, but there is a nice ambience and it enabled my friend and I to catch up. However, the menu was limited for us both and as my friend is vegan there really only was one choice, I think they will need to review this going forward with the change in societies views on eating. However, the waitress was very attentive, helpful and really good, so we would definitely give it another go later in the year.

J
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely special on Monday - atmosphere great as usual..

JB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A qualified yes to the recommendation. We have eaten at Last's for many years and have always found it excellent. This time it was just good. The wines my wife and I had were disappointing, and the desserts a little bland. We will perhaps return but not in a hurry.

CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and superb wine. Great bistro style food in an amazing building.

WW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It’s was ok. Think they were a little short staff.
Improve the customer service and your there

L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going here since it opened 30 years ago and I’ve never been disappointed

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a great night and a lovely restaurant. Everyone’s food was delicious and the staff were friendly. The only down side was that service for drinks particularly was slow.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food, but not huge portion sizes. We were sat in the annex, which doesnt quite have the wamth and atmosphere on the main bar area. Overall, it was fine.

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Plan to go back again.

CG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just gorgeous food and great service.

OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The classics done SO WELL! One of the best steak n chips we’ve ever had.... excellent wine and the staff were brilliant- thank you for making my dads 70th birthday fabulous x

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was good pub grub at best and a little overpriced in reality. The overspill restaurant area away from the main bar was very much like a Specsavers in look and feel, very clinical and soulless, you’ll understand when you see it.

Service was really poor, got our mains in 30 mins which is fine, but the wine we ordered on arrival didn’t show up until after this. Customer experience is key, our experience was not great, but each to their own.

AB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely meal for my husbands birthday. The service was a little slow, but staff very polite

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

We were put in a large room next to the main restaurant which was set up for Christmas parties later that day. Because we booked late we were content with this but it had little or no atmosphere. Sadly when the food arrived it was served on a cold plate and the meal was luke warm and cold by the time I finished eating it. Nevertheless the beef cheek was delicious. Next time I hope we will be in the main restaurant, with hot food to match the warm welcome and good service.

M
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time at this restaurant and our table was in the next building, we've been given a standard menu and not the Xmas one. When they took our order, didn't ask how well-cook i want on my 'Last burger', so it came pretty pink in the middle. Food took a while to be serve, maybe because they had a large Xmas party group at the restaurant already.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed this time, food over salted and not much other flavour, hair in food.

HL
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal and always excellent service. Cannot fault it. The Oxtail Doughnut was simply delicious! Are go to restaurant in Norwich

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Last Wine Bar and Restaurant consistently delivers high quality food in a warm and inviting environment.

MB
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very nice place. The food is of and excellent quality and staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The place we were seated was a bit inconvenient (by the door) and loud, but this is to expected with a late booking so close to Xmas. Overall I would highly recommend this place.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy our evenings and meals at the Last. Good food, service and atmosphere.

Lovely waitress this time; so helpful with a sunny disposition.

SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really warm welcome and great service with good suggestions from the servers. The food and drink was amazing. Good for a date night or a group night out. Definitely recommended and will go back. :)

MR
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, very good service but our table, just inside the door, was very chilly as people, mainly staff, came in and out.

SD
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal good relaxed service at lunch time.

KR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service & atmosphere, tasty food incl some gluten options (although no GF bread was offered)

JW
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit since it had been refurbished and we found the downstairs room a very welcome addition. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food tasty. I particularly liked the lemon cheesecake with basil sorbet.