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Rotunda Bar and Restaurant, London,

Rotunda Bar and Restaurant

3.8
3.8
318 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Rotunda is a hidden gem with beautiful views situated in the heart of Kings Cross. A British bar, restaurant and private dining room with a large waterside terrace.

If you would like a table on the covered and heated part of the terrace, please request this when booking.

Beef and lamb is reared on our very own Northumberland farm and hung and butchered onsite. There is also an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and delicious cocktails served in the lively bar. Over the weekend, we offer a brunch menu and also a range of roast dinners on a Sunday. You can add 1.5hrs hours of bottomless prosecco to either for just £20.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 16:00–22:00 Wed–Fri 12:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 11:00–22:00 Sunday menu Sun 11:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    020 7014 2840

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Wild

  • Area

    King's Cross

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    King's Cross and King's Cross St. Pancras

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Lunchtime set menu

    £25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy either two or three courses from our lunchtime set menu which showcases the best of Rotunda. Sample Menu SET MENU - 2 COURSES, 25, 3 COURSES, 30 Available Mon - Fri 12 - 3pm STARTERS Corneyside Farm mini salt beef Reuben, Swiss cheese, sourdough Grilled broccoli, chickpea purée, seeds MAINS Tandoori chicken fillet, spiced red rice, yoghurt Hand cut pasta, rainbow chard, herb sauce Corneyside Farm grilled rump steak, land cress +5 DESSERTS Blood orange fool, pink peppercorn biscuit Tart of the day, soft whipped cream

What 318 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 recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North London

    Brunch

  • North London

    Lunch

  • North London

    Outdoor Eating

  • North London

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. s

    scottishlesley

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hidden away behind an office block this is a great spot for dining on warm summer days by the canal
  2. AV

    AnniV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Nice canal-side location. Slow service..our main meal drinks arrived after we finished! The food was disappointing especially the plum salad.
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    none

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Can't comment on the food & dining experience as on arrival the hostess told us that they were closed for a private event. There was no prior communication from the restaurant to inform me of this & a booking confirmation email was even sent out the day before. When this was mentioned to her, she just shrugged & said that the online system didn't tally with their booking system. No apology. Had a wonderful dinner at The Lighterman instead.
  4. E

    Elrev

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Lovely canal side setting and food was a great standard but, like many restaurants at the moment, they seem to be short staffed. Some of our orders slipped through the net.
  5. AL

    AllisonL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been in years, but loved a friends’ gathering for Sunday lunch. Food was excellent! Possibly one of the best salads I have ever had! Service was really accommodating; especially as we kept changing our minds about sitting inside or outside by the canal depending on the weather changing every 20 minutes.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Lovely location on the canal, but tucked away from most of the hustle and bustle around Kings Cross. We visited for brunch on a Sunday - the food was ok (they’d already sold out of my first choice unfortunately), decent coffee, but the stand out for me was the service. All of the staff we met were friendly and attentive without being pushy or overbearing. We had a small dog with us who loved the attention from our waiter (and the treats). Would definitely come back if I’m the area.
  7. n

    neils

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Appalling really booked an was told private event no apology very disappointed as big family event was ruined by this restaurant
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience3
    Chaotic, and massively over priced, only made tolerable by the excellent waitresses
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Non of my party of seven had been to the Rotunda bar before and after our dining experience last night we all agreed we wouldn’t go again. The service for both drinks and food was slow and forgetful. The food was very mediocre and certainly not worth the price being charged. We had a young child with us and he was given an activity sheet to keep him entertained but after asking three times for the crayons, the restaurant had none so he was given dry board markers. Overall a very disappointing experience.
  10. P

    Pudding

    London

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Went for a celebratory lunch. Very pleasant place and convenient for the concert hall. Wine was good. I went for the 3 course meal including a roast. I chose the beef and although it sounded good, in fact it was quite tough. The roast potatoes felt like they had been sitting around a while. The starters were good. I had the crème brûlée for pudding. Tasted good but I did point out that the custard had split. The waiter apologised but that was it. Overall the food was generally ok but should have better for what we paid. A bit disappointing.
  11. R

    Roberto

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, tasty food, prices not out of the ordinary for London.
  12. BS

    BrianS

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great bar and outside seating areas overlooking canal - Good quality food and generous portion sizes.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was slow and inattentive. Vegetarian roast wasn’t what was on the menu
  14. TB

    TimBarber

    London

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Nice location by the canal. Rotunda very quiet when we got there at Friday lunchtime so we had our pick of the tables. There's a good variety - 'normal' tables, high ones with stools, and low ones with sofas. It was breezy and rather cold outside. Contrary to what it says on the OpenTable website the terrace isn't heated. They offered us blankets but I felt it would be a bit tricky to eat that way! As it was quiet we were able to move to a table inside. We were there from 1.30-9.30PM and it got busy from early evening onward, but they were fine about us keeping the table all this time (possibly because we kept buying more drinks!). The let-down for me was the food, especially the sirloin steak which was very gristly. My dining companion said I should mention this to the waiter when asked how things were. As I'm English naturally such a thought mortified me, but she said the restaurant would want to know as it may influence their choice of supplier and so I did tell the waiter. He said the steak was from their own farm, which made it all the more surprising. I think I probably just got unlucky and it wouldn't put me of visiting again. The fries were great. Overall service was great.
  15. CC

    ChrisC

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent venue, with a great ambience, excellent food and brilliant service. I really enjoy this place and the team always make me feel special. Would definitely recommend this place for a nice relaxing lunch or dinner.
  16. P

    Platdujour

    London

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Restaurant is beautiful, great location and views. We arrived with a slightly larger number than booked but this was fine as it was clearly a fairly quiet Sunday lunchtime. Overall the food was 'fine', which probably means a little disappointing considering the location and the prices. The roast lamb was nice but would have liked more. The pork was still very fatty: it could could have done with being rendered down some more. Perhaps the fact there were so many meat options, including lots from their own farm, meant that the chef was not able to really focus making any one a signature dish. Maybe expectations were too high. One guest commented that it was all a bit 'canteen-y'. On a more positive note, the kitchen seemed very amendable to dietary requests, including adding roast vegetable sides to the poached eggs & hollandaise in place of the non-veggie smoked salmon. Overall the menu seemed a bit light on vegetarian options. Maybe some 'comfort' options too like a burger or fries.
  17. BB

    BarbaraB

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We were warned that a live band were playing but too late to find anywhere else that had availability that evening. It was pretty loud! The food was nothing special and definitely over priced. Service slow ( had to ask 2x for my GandT) so altogether rather underwhelming
  18. I

    Ian6

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    All in all, a reasonable experience... but... Unfortunately, we were seated at one end of the bar area and a football final was being shown on the TV with loud commentary. I hadn't really wanted to share my meal with Gary Neville. And the game went to extra tome and penalties!
  19. M

    Musician

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We were attending a concert starting at 19.30 and arrived in good time, at 18.05. Food didn't arrive until 19.00. I am a professional musician, I was involved in the concert, and this caused me some trouble. We didn't receive much understanding of our problem. I won't be going to this restaurant again for pre-concert meals.
  20. LH

    LawrenceH

    Kent

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice venue. Ideal inside for quiet meals at lunchtime or business lunches. Unique outside areas next to canal basin. Cost blankets in winter. Great for drinks with friends. Well stocked bar and very good standard of cuisine. Highly recommended as a venue nearby but away from the overly hectic bars right next to the stations.
  21. BB

    BlockchainBacon

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always - Cãtãlin was great always makes sure I’m looked after and provided great service!
  22. HW

    HarrietW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely time for my sister's birthday. Perfect service and thw food was sooo nice! The extra birthday treat really made my sisters day! Thank you xx
  23. DR

    DannyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food. Attentive service, comfortable seats and great interior. The restaurant is located inside the foyer of an office building, so perhaps not the most romantic of settings. Otherwise, great.
  24. NT

    NickT

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable lunch at Rotunda on Friday. Pretty quiet with some other diners there. Good to be able to see the chefs in action in the open kitchen! Food was all very good - I had aubergine for a starter followed by the duck salad. both were very tasty. Aubergine is my favourite vegetable and had a lovely cheesy labne with it. The salad had the most I have ever seen and was execllent. My partner had the cod, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
  25. M

    Mark

    London

    175 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Avoid. Expensive, poor menu, cheap decor. We were charged £109 for two steaks and two glasses of wine. Far better places nearby.
  26. PM

    PranavM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibe and scenic, next to the canals by Kings Cross.
  27. M

    Maxine

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food & atmosphere at this restaurant. The Cote de Boeuf was incredible and fed 3 people amply. We will definitely be back to sample more of the menu!
  28. C

    Clairepoc

    London

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely meal and the staff were very friendly and efficient. I would definitely return.
  29. SP

    SatyaP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Monk fish was dry then expected . Tiger prawns were small and well done . Burger was also week done
  30. S

    Shelby

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely dining room with views over the canal. Staff were very attentive and clearly proud of the menu. Excellent service and delicious food. We will definitely be back.
  31. m

    matthew

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great visit, and wonderful staff. Enjoyed the pre concert meal.
  32. EH

    ElizH

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Très bonne viande par contre service très très lent alors que nous étions en semaine avec pas grand monde dans le restaurant Vue sur le canal et belle terrasse ++
  33. KG

    KentishGirl

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Cannot fault the food, the ambience or the staff. My only niggle was how long it took to get served initially, about 15 minutes. Once served though, the staff couldn't have been more welcoming. The score of 4 merely reflects how long we had to wait initially otherwise the score would have been a 5.
  34. Z

    Zlani

    London

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I booked Rotunda for my husband’s birthday and it was to be our first outside dining experience in April. We were shown to our table which had a prime position right at the front of the terrace overlooking Regents Canal. All very civilised, except unfortunately the entire terrace was in the shade and the wind coming off the canal made our dinner cold in approximately 3 minutes! Obviously, this has nothing to do with the restaurant and we had a delicious burger - possibly one of the finest we’ve ever had - washed down with a delightful bottle of Argentina Malbec. The service was discrete but efficient and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant for outside dining in late Spring or Summer when the sun has moved round to cover the terrace.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Outside Freezing cold on the wind on a sunny day Always in the shade not enough heaters Not prepared for coming out of lockdown, a shame as I feel it could have been far more organised they had long enough Will I go back ? I work too hard for my money to have another disappointing experience, will see.
  36. SV

    SaraV

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very Friendly service
  37. M

    Mikejp

    London

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have had many great meals at Rotunda, but it has gone up a notch. The layout and a lot of the staff have changed and the place has a much cooler and friendlier atmosphere. The food is still excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it. Thanks to Jason’s team for making the 4 birthday girls day really awesome 👏🏼
  39. IP

    IanP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Sorry, I don't do this and I find it annoying to be forced to type so much to say so.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chocka onora was spot on, couldn’t ask for more. Thank you

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Rotunda Bar and Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7014 2840.

Rotunda Bar and Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rotunda Bar and Restaurant

Kings Place, 90 York way, London, N1 9AG

Additional information

  • Area

    King's Cross

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 16:00–22:00 Wed–Fri 12:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 11:00–22:00 Sunday menu Sun 11:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    King's Cross and King's Cross St. Pancras

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Wild

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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