Permanently Closed - Villandry - St. James's

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462 reviews
£26 to £40
Mediterranean

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located on Waterloo Place in St. James"s, Lower Regent Street, Villandry Grand Cafe is an all day restaurant, café and bar. Offering a light flexible menu at reasonable prices. Food is predominantly local and seasonal and the style of food is French Mediterranean.
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4.0
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3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
42 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A nice restaurant with a grand interior. The food was ok, but not spectacular.

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jassy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing experience
The staff were extremely attentive
The food was innovative, creative and most of all tasty!!!!!

Will definitely recommend and be returning

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a great experience, very good atmosphere and service. Good was fairly standard.

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vipAamirA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Served by bored and uninterested waitress who bordered on plain rude. Very slow service. Food was average. Pancakes drenched in syrup to the point in being inedible. Other brunch items of the standard to a sloppy cafe. Certainly not worth the money. Avoid.

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PaulineD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Really nice staff. Especially as I was taken ill suddenly at end of meal, they were very kind and helpful.
Illness was no fault of the restaurant, most likely just the heat, I was fine the next day.
Will definitely visit again.

J
vipJane
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service, Ramona the manager made sure we had a very enjoyable experience and will return. The prosecco is free flowing and the dessert platter is the perfect size. Would highly recommend.

KB
KatieB
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my third visit and I loved it. They have the best brunch menu with breakfast and lunch choices and the waiters top your prosecco glass up very frequently! The service is great. Also, I love that it’s three courses as you feel it is good value for money and like a proper meal. One tip-lose the blue macaroon! :o)

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Marianne
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Disappointing service, it was as if we were not really important......half empty restaurant, not too surprised. I'd blame the management - no one seemed to be in charge......shame since the food was excellent.

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vipSofia
London
23 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Villandry was great and I love the menu t St James! The service was a bit slow but we were happy to take our time.

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Babsbesafe
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive waiting staff kept glasses topped up and the food was lovely...definitely recommend it as value for money in centre of London!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
49 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and well presented. There is a wide choice.

The view from the window at night is delightful and the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful.

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viplovegreatfood
London
27 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely pre-theatre dinner with friends. We all had the duck and it was great. The waiter was helpful and suggested a good Portuguese wine

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Munchie
London
44 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I visited Villandry for the second time in two weeks. On both occasions the food was delicious. The duck salad was excellent as a starter or a main course. Both fish dishes were very well cooked. The ambience is very pleasant, we sat in comfortable red leather banquettes, and the service was attentive but not stifling. The position of the restaurant is well located for theatres and cinemas in a lovely part of London. They often do special offers which makes the prices attractive, and I will definitely be going again.

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vipATG1977
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Been here a few times, so decided to go with the Salt Beef Sandwich. Unfortunately there’s way too much bread, not enough filling and it’s all very dry. Will stick to their classic dishes in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall5food3service3ambience4

It was a brunch to celebrate birthdays/Christmas and also a catch up with a friend. We enjoyed every moment of it & will most likely recommend the place to friends & family

DD
DiningDeb
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A tasty pre-theatre meal that was well presented and offered a good choice of options. Our table was in the window and had plenty of room. The service was quick but there was no pressure to hurry our meal and we were able to linger over coffee until the right moment to leave for our theatre which was just round the corner. A warm and pleasant venue for a cold winter's evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The £25 Sunday menu was terrible value for money. A stake almond croissant, a tiny fish cake and a small desserts. The main course which didn’t come with with anything else was too small given there was no starter.

The worst part was the service. The waiter simply placed a giant plate of 4 croissants on my place setting meaning we had to serve ourselves, the incorrect knives were given, and overall everything was very rushed.

This is even more inexcusable given the restaurant was mostly empty at the time.

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vipmissyminnie
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was awfully slow... took an hour from taking our orders to bringing out the first course.

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Pancakelover28
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We arrived early and our table wasn’t ready. Walked around the block for a bit. Returned to find a table ready although not what I requested (corner table as I was with a toddler and needed to be away from busy people as much as possible) another one was fortunately available however my initial thoughts from the first entry was it was super noisy. We enjoyed our meal, (cold blt) but the prosecco was flowing easily, though when the waiters changed I had to ask for a top up as the guy before had always topped our glasses before they reached the half mark. Pleasant afternoon catching up with friends and great service.

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vipsrah
London
72 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food is always good, service very good 90% of the time too. Really easy choice to go to Villandry - you know what you're getting every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

A very poor brunch . The ingredients and overcooked sunday roast was a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience2

As soon as we walk through the front door, we were greeted with a strong smell of fish. After sitting down, we ordered drinks and food. To start I ordered Salt and pepper squid, and a main of fillet steak ‘Medium rare’ with chips.

Upon receiving my squid to start, I ate the first piece and thought, where’s the squid? The whole course was over cooked in the deep fat fryer, the squid had almost disappeared and was replaced with a crispy bland batter. It was sent back with no replacement.

For main, the fillet steak arrived and once I cut it in half, the fillet was ‘well done’. As a medium rare fan, eating a well done steak does not go well, and so I again sent it back to get a fresh medium rare steak. The chip also were lovingly treated in the deep fat fryer and were extra crispy with more crisp inside, no potato.

The atmosphere for a Saturday night was disappointing, with no background music or piano playing, and very little other customers. Restaurant was also freezing cold with no heating on, and a very blustery draft at the windows.

Overall a very disappointing visit and would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

service was amiable but slow. Burger was ordinary and uninspiring, Hollandaise sauce rather than béarnaise served with (good) steak.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was excellent from start to finish

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vipcharlieg1984
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely night and able to book at last minute!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

food came late, poor presentation

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Timeoutwithmrp
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Picture perfect!

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Penny
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience1

No atmosphere, service was efficient but good was average with overlooked scrambled eggs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was incredibly slow. Average food.

LD
vipLuisaD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The brunch was ok. We were not informed there was a brunch menu and when we asked if there was an a-la-carte option we were told it was not possible. The lady was not friendly .

JP
JohanP
London
47 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Villandry is a good option for business lunches, with menu options not over the top, tables well spaced, service efficient without being a bother. Quality of the food always good

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viplowregister
London
115 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very convenient for the Haymarket theatres. The pre-theatre set menu is very good value and there are bargains to be found in the wine list. The food is well cooked and presented and the service pleasant and unobtrusive.

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Denigma123
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Service
Better ambience than expected
Satisfying afternoon tea menu.

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amberj
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

OK food, although not quite the standard I'm accustomed to having been a regular customer at Villandry Great Portland St. Service was slow even with a half empty restaurant. It seemed they might not have had enough staff for Saturday brunch. We weren't given sugar with our coffee (had to ask the manager for that), a fruit juice was only brought to the table towards the end of the main course after staff were reminded of the order, and it took ages to pay (we had to ask the manager). Individually these aren't a huge deal, but collectively they made the occasion a bit frustrating.

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WTurner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went here for dinner; good location with a lovely ambience and attentive staff however we felt the quality of food didn't match the prices that were being charged and portion sizes were on the tight side. Will perhaps try for breakfast/lunch to see if better.

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Jade2887
London
15 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really nice looking venue and the service was great. The sandwiches for our afternoon tea were not nice at all but the scones were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fitted the bill for a fairly informal business lunch. Gazpacho and sea bream were both decent, my colleague enjoyed the fishcake. Over £80 for a dry 2-course lunch seems quite steep (with side dishes/fries, without coffee) but I'll go again - pretty quiet (less than 1/3 full) on a Friday in mid July.

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YurikoF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the sort of the place you could relax and enjoy the occasion. Because you know
everything is going to be not just OK but more than average.
I would particulary recommend this restaurant for good quiet conversation to grownups.
And moreover food is always good and reasonally priced.
Excellent location and easy access to the public transportation as well.

CE
vipCrouchEnders56
London
73 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Meeting some friends for supper before the theatre. The pre-theatre menu was good value and the food was fine - the sea trout especially. Service could have been a bit more attentive given they knew we had a deadline. Consequently dessert was a bit of a rush and not as enjoyable as it might have been. Nonetheless we had an agreeable meal and got to the theatre in time.

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Permanently Closed - Villandry - St. James's is rated 4 stars by 462 OpenTable diners.