The Terrace Restaurant at the Amba Hotel

3.8
21 reviews
£25 and under
Modern European

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Afternoon Tea
Indulge your taste buds at our Charing Cross restaurant and bar,
The Terrace. Request what you want, when you want it from our conveniently located restaurant a stone's throw away from Trafalgar Square.

If you just fancy a drink, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for in our Charing Cross bar, made for you by expert Mixologists. Overlooking the Strand, the Charing Cross bar provides a great backdrop to your night out, or the perfect place to unwind.
What 21 People Are Saying
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.6
service
3.9
ambience
3.3
value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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tryanythingonce
London
41 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quiet oasis but very central right on Charing Cross station good all day menu food good quality ideal for our four generation family meal
Shame our order got confused and they were not busy otherwise service very good
Will return and recommend

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niamhmurphy80
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We were very disappointed when we arrived to find that our open table booking was not on the system (was advised that they never go through so book direct with the hotel). Luckily they had a table. Service was slow and when food arrived it was cold. The ambience was so lovely that it took away from the disappointment. We were in a hurry too ,as had booked to see a show so we had no time to complain or wait for fresh food so just ate what we could. Not the best but for the price it was ok.

JG
JohnG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It's a hotel restaurant with a typical menu and overpriced food. You can do much better in the area. But you can also do much worse.

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vipHynde
London
14 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table. I received a voice message before the booking saying that my booking was cancelled. They should be up to date with their online booking service

JR
JasonR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good pre-theatre venue. Varied menu and quick service. Attentive and friendly staff. Nice ambience.

NV
NathalieV
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We Enjoy this Christmas dinner at the Terrasse restaurant.

LB
vipLargeBirthdayGroup
London
93 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was a lovely get together in a nice setting

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff , lovely room !

JS
JSCN
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We was celebrating my partners birthday, and had a lovely tasty meal and the staff was excellent in helping us chose the right wine for our meal which made it a very enjoyable evening

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vipAlex
New England
59 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Terrific food in a great part of town. The ambiance is really top-notch; I absolutely recommend sitting along the windows.

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vipHeroparty
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My friends and I were having a catch up after a long time and we’re looking forward to having a nice pleasant meal but the lady serving us was hovering over us a majority of the time and constantly kept asking us about ordering our food, in the we just picked something to keep her off our backs. Not impressed

DU
DanielU
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience3

After booking a table at the restaurant (17/02/18) because the reviews were quite good it is always disappointing to be someone who didn't get a great experience.

We arrived on time and were taken to our seats after a few minutes of waiting. Nice atmosphere a dozen people around us some with and some without food and a lovely view of the strand. Unfortunately the view was the best bit, by a long way.

After waiting over 20 minutes to get a drinks order (I had to flag down a waiter) and then another 10 minutes to receive 2 glasses of prosseco, a pint and a large glass of wine we had our food order taken. With a waiting time of just over 30 minutes for a starter it was a long time to wait for a mediocre dish. The scallops were average, nothing special. They were meant to be seasoned with spice but tasted plain. The other starter we had, the pea and crab chowder was more a soup with tinned peas poured into it and a few pieces of crab meat occasionally appearing within.

Not a great start considering other people around us had food that came quickly and looked and smelled great. Another wait for mains, not as long as for starters but still noticeable, where even the waitress came over and told us she would check on our food.

The lamb rump tasted ok but had clearly been left under a heat lamp as it was just warm when it arrived. The salad that came with it was missing half of the things from the menu! The other dish we ordered, Quinoa and grilled portobello mushroom salad, was the saddest and most dissapointing looking dish if ever seen. It was literally a hand full of quinoa a few salad leaves and some cold slices of mushroom atop it. Again missing ingredients that it stated on the menu.

After taking into consideration the wait and the poor quality in the food and long wait times we left paying only for the drinks and starters and more importantly hungry. Still after only drinks and a starter it came to roughly £47, less than impressive for value.
Dissapointing!

BM
BeverleyM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We arrived with 90 minutes to dine before seeing a show and chose the restaurant due to it's proximity to the West End. It took over 30 minutes to order a drink and by this stage we only selected a glass of wine fearing how long it would take to be delivered. I ordered the risotto which was quite watery and at the end there was a puddle left on the dish. My friend ordered the king prawn and pancetta salad with avocado salsa. Now this dish was a pile of rocket with bacon wrapped prawns (which were very nice actually) and what appeared to be mashed avocado. Rocket is not my idea of salad, I do expect more variety but both dishes were eaten. I noticed lots of people had afternoon tea which looked and from their reviews tasted good. We did not have time for dessert, as noted by others service here is slow.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was cooked well, although the tables were mostly set up for afternoon teas even at an early Sunday lunchtime. However we were not impressed with the service and the close proximity of the tables next to you. The staff were not very helpful and we were also overcharged and which we pointed out. The bill was corrected but we did not get an apology in fact the staff barely spoke to us or any of the other diners.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A great little find which isn’t too busy and has tables which overlook the Strand. A staff are friendly and hospitable, but it wasn’t the quickest service. The food was good though and valuable.

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Romleigh
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and value. Often meet with friends after work for pre dinner drinks and one course dinner. Always good and great value.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good. Service a bit slow. We were sat by the window overlooking the strand and whilst the view was great it was definitely a bit chilly sitting there.

RM
RachelM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a lunch for a friend's birthday here. For the standard of restaurant food was good quality and very reasonably priced. I am coeliac and there were 2 options for dessert and staff understood my needs straight away and could tell me what I could eat. Lovely view over the strand and setting was right for special occasion, lovely ambience with high ceilings and natural daylight.

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vipTaylormd
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is exceptional at this restaurant!! Priscilla couldn’t possibly be better. The food and drinks were excellent. I only gave 4 stars for ambience as the area is brightly lit. In terms of value, my 4* rating is due to the fact the restaurant adds a service charge to the bill, and also leaves a line item for gratuity. We did give an additional gratuity because of the excellent service, however I prefer this to be solely at my discretion.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location, attractive surroundings but slightly bland food

K
vipKatarafse
London
49 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place to dine. The a la carte menu could be improved as the main dishes choice is limited and not interesting. Nice desserts (gluten free cake from the a la care menu) and nice starters (recommend the fish and salad one from the set menu).

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The Terrace Restaurant at the Amba Hotel is rated 3.8 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.