Restaurant Story London

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British
At Story the premise is simple; we seek to tell our story through the food we serve.
We opened in April 2013 gaining our first Michelin star only five months after opening.
Inspired by chef Tom Sellers’ culinary career and the history of British food, our dishes are an edible story, each one inspired by a memory. We want to share these memories with you through what you see, smell and taste.
To help achieve this, we select only the freshest seasonal British produce and then pair it with an exclusive wine list featuring small wine producers and select British craft ales sourced locally.
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M
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An experience to remember. Very well thought through combination of flavours. Loved the presentation and timing of every meal. Highly recommended!

B
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Simply incredible food, location and experience. Absolutely faultless and enjoyed every course. Attentive service.
Only comment would be that we could hear simmering tension between staff... one member of staff spoke abruptly and, in my opinion, quite rudely to other front of house staff. Did not detract from quality of food obviously.
Would definitely revisit.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

No set menu, choices is cooked by the chief on the day. Food was great but be open minded as you don’t know what food would turn up on your table! Seating was long.....was there for 4hrs lunch with a group of 5, would be nice if you have not catch up with a friend for a long time... Over all it’s a great restaurant with various choices of food you would not eat outside.

G
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an unbelievable experience! Every single thing about Restaurant Story is perfection - please go!!!

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gastronomic experience.

A visit to Story is not only about the magnificant food but the marvellous experience the team offer.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, great food and drinks. The staff are very knowledgeable and present everything beautifully.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection - every single dish was outstanding! The wine pairing was a great idea too.

MY
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Excellent value and a fantastic experience.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Hopefully that parking could be easier in the future but this is not down to the restaurant.

PJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu, thoughtfully prepared menu and nice touches throughout.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Wait pay bill for 30 minutes.

SF
London
30 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience.

J
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, simply exceptional

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious stunning original food , a little bit pricey and Ill fitting waiters jackets but highly recommended!!!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world. Food.. drinks.. helpfulness & professionalism of staff when I had trouble my bank card.. 11/10, would do again 🤩

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all round experience

ST
London
23 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enchanting and deliciously prepared food

M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!

We were lucky enough to get a lunch reservation on a Saturday. The restaurant is small, with maybe ten tables, and has a lovely view of the garden outside. The wait staff is wonderful and attentive, and the kitchen is open, so all can observe.

Our meal was an eight course tasting menu, although we started with 4 “snacks,” one bite tastes. These set up the meal well; as each was unique and an array of tastes and textures.

The highlights from our courses for me were the main course of lamb. We were shown our partially cooked rack, and then it was brought out perfectly cooked, accompanied by a smoked aubergine purée, potato galette and sweetbreads. This was followed by the Paddington, a brioche with marmelade (such incredible flavor) on top of grated fois gras. Served beautifully and delicious. Of the two desserts, the almond and dill dessert was awesome. You get to mix it all together and the flavors are wonderful, not to say the rest of the courses weren’t delicious as well.

The drink pairings were perfect. A combinations of wine and 2 cocktails, they were all perfectly paired with the food. The sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable and took the time to explain each taste in detail.

We finished with some extra sweets, all of which were delicious.

Between the food, the staff and the setting, this is the perfect place for a special occasion, provided you can get in.

HG
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps the best restaurant experience I have ever had. The combination of the flavors in the food was like listening to a symphony. Every flavor is distinct yet in combination they create this rousing experience. There were many moments when I went "oooh" as the flavors exploded in my mouth. The service was as if you have a personal chef with his own staff. They were very precise in trying to identify my special needs and desires. I had omitted to identify that I should not eat too much Vitamin K which is found in green leafy vegetables. One of the courses was essentially based in a spinach soup. After I only had a small amount the server reported this to the chef who came out personally to apologise, even though it was my fault. Thereafter they adjusted the menu to take account of that specific requirement. The 10 courses were expertly proportioned so you do not feel excessively full after the meal. Oh wow! That's all I can say.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cumpleaños de mi esposa.

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for the 10-course taster menu, but in total, had around 13 dishes across our 4.5-hour stay - the time really did fly by!

The food was delicious (as expected) and inventively arranged and created surprise on multiple occasions.

Service was impeccable and the staff made every effort to make our night out a unique and memorable one.

Would highly recommend and certainly be back!

DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Transformation culinary and unique beverage paring. Hard to recall a better experience in London!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with a unique menu and great experience in a very relaxed environment.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner, superb food and highly attentive service

VM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food i’ve ever had, totally got my dietary needs, great service, We will be back!

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was special. We were well looked after by a fab team and the food was amazing.

PK
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not just “going out for dinner”. Having eaten at many high end and Michelin restaurants, Restaurant Story epitomises the experience of eating at a Michelin restaurant.

Initially in the reserve list for dinner, we decided to book for lunch. This is where the experience started. We received a call five minutes after to booking to check details, etc then five minutes after that we got a call asking if we would like to change to a dinner reservation - excellent. Jenny confirmed allergies and dislikes and en email confirmation was received.

On arrival, we were given a warm welcome and shown straight to our table in the intimate dining room. An envelope with our names in was on the table, containing a brief letter wishing us a happy anniversary. Essentially, each table is a “Kitchen Table” of sorts, with the finishing kitchen being open for all to see in. Again, allergies and dislikes were checked, a pre-meal drink offered and the menu and wine pairings explained - with no idea given to what the menu will be. There’s also a supplementary course - which we opted for.

I won’t spoil things by detailing the meal we had. Suffice to say, we were taken on a culinary journey which showcased some fine, classic techniques and pairings along with some which made you stop and think, but by the time your tastebuds caught up with your thoughts, your mind was blown with thoughts of “It shouldn’t, but it does”.

Often overlooked, but in my opinion an essential part of the experience, is the service. At Restaurant Story, the service was impeccable. From being welcomed by Jenny, to the Sommelier, to the entire waiting team - second to none. A small intimate dining room yet you felt like you were the only people they were serving. Above all else, there is no pretence here. We had full on conversations - initiated by us (they will leave you alone if you wish) which felt like we were chatting with old friends.

Thank you all so much!

JJ
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An over the top experience that somehow was still balanced and focused. The story the meal told was lovely and we couldn’t have been more comfortable in the setting and with the staff. Quite an indulgence.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and insane service - would highly recommend for a special occasion

AT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time: the food was absolutely wonderful as was the service. The food is inventive without being gimmicky The atmosphere was relaxed and as it looks like there is only space for 25 ish covers it feels intimate and personal. The head chef came to our table several times to talk to us which was a great touch. Will absolutely be coming back.

PM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was stunning and service was amazing.

DB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both excellent. Some really interesting and different dishes. A lovely relaxed place for lunch.

K
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding - a true culinary experience. The service exemplary- somewhere to celebrate a special occasion.

TL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had to give it a few days to digest before I came to conclusion on Restaurant Story. It was a lovely experience and my girlfriend (it was her birthday meal) thoroughly enjoyed it. The drinks were expertly crafted by an in-house mixologist and the food was lovely, including the sweets that was nicely boxed up for us to take away. I must say the only draw-back, given that this is a Michelin Star restaurant was the fact that I had to send the scallops back as there was a hair pressed into one of the scallops, which I was not expecting from a restaurant of this caliber and price-point. That said, a new dish was made and plated up within a few minutes. As said, it was an experience that I would recommend, but I probably won't be returning as I feel the price could be reduced a little - £150 pp is steep excluding drinks and tip!!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday, this place we believe is best enjoyed as a special occasion, not the sort to go to more than once or twice a year

DG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Story is a great experience. The food is spectacular but may take second fiddle to the service. The entire staff is knowledgeable, friendly and engaged to make for a phenomenal experience.

J
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience, the food was clever, thoughtful and amazingly presented. To top it off the service was the best i’ve had.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience! The Head Chef, Tom, runs a very good kitchen with the taste and timing spot on. All of the staff are very attentive and friendly. The only issue was that the meal had to end. Can not wait to go back to experience a new menu

LT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The team was clearly not on top form and the atmosphere was poor - we could see and hear an interview for a trial been done, not the standards expected.
The lunch did feel like a natural flow and I must say the portions were very small - The lamb loin was borderline canapé sized.
To complete the ‘experience’ we were not even asked how was our meal and if we did enjoy our food / drinks!
A shame, as was really looking forward to it, but overall disappointed is the only word that describes the visit.

FS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing night food was outstanding staff were knowledgeable but a couple servers were not English speaking very hard to understand the Asian server was great you guys are so close to 2stars Michelin