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The Rathskeller, King's Lynn, Norfolk

The Rathskeller

3.8
3.8
36 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

The Rathskeller is one of King’s Lynn finest restaurants. We pride ourselves on providing all customers with a fantastic and unique experience. We believe that great food and service should be available to all, not just those fortunate enough to pay the highest prices. Our intimate dining room provides a great atmosphere for making occasions extra special.

We believe that every single one of our guests deserves our utmost attention and we will do everything we can to ensure that your experience with us is extra special. Our ability to do this does not represent what we do as a restaurant but who we are as people.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Afternoon Tea, Barbecue

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01553 773713

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    King's Lynn

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 36 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. MA

    MrAvro

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    The menu was full of promise. Despite an extremely plain box restaurant with no ambiance we decided to continue. The starters were passable (calamari and duck rillette) but the main courses were extremely poor, overcooked veg, overcooked hake and haddock fish cake, coq au vin just didn't taste nice at all. Both were sent back and we decided to leave. However, the waitress was excellent, really helpful and apologetic and the restaurant didn't charge us for the mains. Hopefully the cooking was a one off but the restaurant is in desperate need of an interior designer.

  2. A

    Adam

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Food was good and well presented, service was reasonably fast. However, it seemed the kitchen couldn't keep up with the demand. The interior of the restaurant was clean and well-spaced; however, the walls could do with some art work as it's a bit devoid of personality.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice food, friendly and efficient service. Recommend!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food, friendly service

  5. DH

    DoogieH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super place. Nice little beer garden on the quayside. Food was great, staff were fantastic. Blessed by some evening sun it was the perfect place for some dinner!

  6. M

    Marge

    London

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    Food was good and service brilliant. Ambiance was a bit lacking and only one shared toilet - but early days since reopening since lockdown.

  7. J

    Jayne

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    The food was inedible. The jerk chicken was extremely overcooked and the chilli was very salty, also inedible.

  8. N

    Nibbler

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Service was slow despite there being very few diners in. Supposed hot starter of baked St Michelin cheese was stone cold- got sent back - waitress did deduct £5 from bill but obviously this meant that diners were eating starters at different times so not good for the general vibe or ambience. Portions were quite small. Flavours were quite nice albeit too salty - disappointed and would not return.

  9. N

    Nic135

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was very well presented and tasted amazing.

  10. NM

    NicolaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Absolutely delicious food and amazing service. Were able to sit outside and watch the sun set.

  11. S

    Scot

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Need to book a table outside in the summer and inside in the winter to get a good atmosphere. Really nice when eating and drinking outside during the warm evenings. Much advisable is to book early through the internet. Really easy to modify the change if you change your mind about your date.

  12. JA

    JulieA

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Food was lovely too. Definitely recommend it!!

  13. OP

    OliverP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service and good food. Tables all well spaced.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Southwest Florida

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Shame we were the only 2 customers that evening, at least up till 8.20 when we left. The food and service was good. Shame we were not asked if everything was OK. It was but it is a question that should be asked. The server was not rushed off his feet. As for the statement that the chef had run out of the bread for the Anti Pasti, so would Brioche be OK, that was bad. They were not busy and should have made sure, with limited menu, that they had everything before they start. (even keep a loaf in the freezer). These are constructive comments only.

  15. AD

    AndrewD

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely setting besides the king's Lynn quay, clean and with lots of character. Table settings a little basic. The food portions were excellent although my roast beef and Yorkshire pudding was not very hot. Drinks are reasonable price and if you want to splash out they have a good wine cellar. Service was very good and the staff were professional and attentive. The furnishings and decor compliment each other well with antique furniture and some lovely modern art on the walls. I would definitely eat there again.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food was served very quickly and waiting staff were excellent, and after attending a wedding here and experiencing amazing food, we thought we would try it for Sunday lunch. The starter (Whitebait) was good, however the Sunday lunch was very disappointing. I asked for my beef medium (as I am pregnant) and it was still bloody. Both meals had one meagre slice of very fatty beef. Broccoli was almost raw, as was the cauliflower cheese. Huge amounts of carrot on the plate and potatoes were really not great. Yorkshire’s were fab though. Very disappointing as we had such high hopes, but the staff were excellent and very apologetic and offered us something else, and neither of which meals were charged for.

  17. JJ

    JulieJ

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    I took my mum to The Rathskeller for Sunday lunch. We both opted for the Sunday roast (beef). The meat was thinly cut and medium rare, which is my preference. The only problem was that the vegetables were barely cooked. It was quiet as the lunchtime rush had finished but the service was excellent.

  18. AK

    AgnieszkaK

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fantastic atmosphere and great food, thank you. Definitely worth to visit and try,

  19. V

    Vince

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Poor starter, main served was wrong, all round poor experience

  20. NS

    NatashaS

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The food was a little disappointing, it didn't really taste of much

  21. RT

    RichardT

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Tuesday night dinner date with friends. Restaurant very quiet, we were the only customers. Excellent service (not surprising) the waiter was very attentive, cheerful and thorough. Our friends had been their for lunch last year so we thought we would try the dinner menu. Food very good, 3 courses for all. Lack of potatoes with stew? No custard available for the crumble dessert, a little disappointing. However, a good evening. We will return.

  22. T

    Thetravellers

    Norfolk

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great spot in Kings Lynn for lunch - previously booked and they were ready and very accommodating - food and drink good and lovely location. To be recommended

  23. LP

    LesP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Starter OK but nothing special. Main meal my wife had wild mushroom tagliatelle but couldn't eat it as it tasted of dirt. The waiter tried to resolve the problem and eventually brought her another dish. I had steak and kidney pudding that was dry and only had 3 bits of kidney and some fatty steak. Waiter was very apologetic. We were not offered any discount however for the poor meal and will not be eating there again. It was very disappointing as we have never tried the Norfolk restaurant week before and had traveled over 20 miles to get there.

  24. s

    samandy

    Kent

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2018

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Food came out cold second time came out microwaved and looked awful asked for fresh plate and it came out cold again with a thumb print in the mash. Very disappointed felt sorry for the very polite waiter..we were offered a free drink each and despite turning food away still charged for 2 drinks. Very disappointed as we have had fantastic meals here in the past and won't be revisiting.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The food and atmosphere was lovely.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was great during Norfolk Restaurant Week. Only thing I'd improve is that they should ensure they serve enough carbs with their meals. E.g mussels were served with a teeny tiny roll and salmon mousse served with teeny tiny melba toast. I would also suggest they add garnish into their gins and serve chilled tonics. Service was mixed. 2 waitresses excellent but the others didn't seem like they knew what they were doing! Garish green light emitting features on the tables. Please get rid of these!!!

  27. LF

    LawrenceF

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2018

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    The staff were very good The Norfolk Resturant Week food was not very good Don’t be put off as we have been before during normal times and is always good Perhaps the menu choice was not the best

  28. D

    David

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Slightly disappointed on this occasion the normal chef was on holiday.

  29. C

    Charlie

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Poor food poor service Food was cold when arrived at table vegetableswere rock hard

  30. AB

    AlexisB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Food was disappointing. Went in for a Parma violet gin as advertised on Facebook to be served it in a glass fit for pop with no ice, really not quite as expected. The young waitress was delightful though

  31. MF

    MichelleF

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We spent our wedding lunch there and it was amazing great service excellent chef food was brilliant well laid out table , everyone commented how wonderful our day was I’d recommend highly

  32. CM

    CMSDM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, good service, good ambiance, polite staff, good location.

  33. MB

    MarkB

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Went on a Saturday night, atmosphere in Lynn by South Quay is always good .. and The Rathskeller is ideally placed to cash in on this. Food and wine/beer was very acceptable and the service attentive ... all at a good price 😀. Definitely go again ... when we left headed off to the Pixie Lott concert but that was another story

  34. d

    debbieb

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We were married when then it was the registry office.WE have never been since opened as restaurant so thought give ago for anniversary.We were very pleased with the whole experience.Food only a short menu but outstanding.The staff very attending.

  35. LM

    LaviniaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Everybody enjoyed themselves. waitress worked tirelessly and was excellent

  36. n

    nilly

    Norfolk

    76 reviews

    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    We were the only people in the restaurant so it was lacking in atmosphere. We had the Sunday roast which was slow cooked beef, which melted in your mouth. The vegetables were crunchy and the Yorkshire puds were homemade. Very odd red cabbage addition which tasted almost like it was caramelised and heading towards a chutney. We were served by friendly and helpful staff who did their best to make us feel welcome. Overall pleasant but will go back and try the evening menu next time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

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The Rathskeller is rated 3.8 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Rathskeller

1 South Quay King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5GN

Additional information

  • Area

    King's Lynn

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Afternoon Tea, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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