Sarastro

4.2
324 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
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  • Special Occasions
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Filled with opera luvvies, tourists and eccentric Londoners, Sarastro has earned itself an iconic reputation in London's West End for its opulent décor and flamboyant food. Part decorative stage set, the dining room at Sarastro – which is located in Drury Lane - features crushed velvet tablecloths, cosy booths seating on the theatrical mezzanine level overlooking the restaurant. This charismatic setting is a dining experience you won't forget, and the menu is Mediterranean with a nod towards Turkey. Classic dishes include the lamb shank, the grilled sea bass and the pan-fried mussels in tomato sauce. Every Sunday evening there is a live opera performance from up and coming stars not only from the Royal and National Opera but from all over the world as well. On Thursdays enjoy live swing and Motown with Colin Roy, on Friday nights dine with amazing Latin rhythms and on Saturday nights 70/80's music.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I ave always had a fantastic experience here and so brought a friend. The waiter kindly found us a private booth despite it being very busy but from then on the service was terrible, none of the usual smiles, we had to chase our food and we didn't get the water we ordered. I had been told my food was not spicy at all but it was.

I will go again but maybe not at a busy time.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very ho hum. Definitely did not appreciate we were there. Had been recommended by a friend. Apart from the eclectic bathroom - nothing else was worthy of our $$

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EF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

The restaurant it s worth a visit as it s so beautiful and unique. The live entertainment was nice also.
Althought the food it s poor quality and poorly made. Overpriced food for the quality of it.... Which haven't left us with a pleasent impression regarding the place overall

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very original decor,friendly staff and tasty food.
Would definitely recommend.

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HT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! We had been before some years ago and was delighted to return and was not disappointed. Great welcome, good humour and friendly staff made the whole experience fun. We had brought friends with us and they loved it too. Live entertainment was excellent and very interactive! We had a thoroughly enjoyable time as did most people there but even those not interacting would have been entertained. Food and wine was really good and complimented the environment perfectly. Such an unusual venue and quite a wow factor. Would definitely return.

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DP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for something different as a dining experience in London, then look no further than Sarastro in Drury Lane.
It’s quirky decor, built from reclaimed theatre furniture, is a delight and with so much to see and take in it makes for a great dining experience. The restaurant specialises in pre theatre dining but is open until late.
The food is excellent and although it is predominately a Turkish restaurant there is a good a-la-carte menu available.
I have dined there a number of times and still find something I haven’t seen before so give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from start to finish.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I introduced some collegues
All of us enjoyed the god and the good service

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N
London
146 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sarastro scores highly on pure quirkiness, but the food is good too. It was the first visit for three of our group of four. Service was good humoured, if a little sparse when we were there (a cold and wet Tuesday evening, so it wasn't terribly busy) and it was tricky to catch anyone's eye. That said, we had a balcony table, so we did appreciate that the staff weren't going to be running up and down the stairs just to check if we were OK.

It's a fun place to eat and no doubt each of us will return with different groups of people, to introduce them to this experience.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Staff was rude and very unaccommodating to our requests. Being vegetarian, the options were quite limited.

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AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is very unusual. The service was on the ball, not too quick and not too slow. Food was well cooked and prepared.

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had booked the restaurant for a pre theatre dinner as we were attending a show in the Westend. The restaurant is well located on Drury lane and the decor and design is theatrical yet intimate with the booths. The food was wonderful and the service was exemplary. We had a most enjoyable meal however all members of the party felt the decor in both the gents and ladies toilets was overtly graphic and unnecessary. In my option the restaurant does not need this 'attraction' and should be confident to hold their food, hospitality and service as the reason to dine there.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

After 30yrs it was just as I remembered. Colourful unique and very attentive. Definitely an adults only eatery as its not just about the food! A lovely selection and generous served with style.
I just dont remember the staff being so tall but this added to the Operatic humour of the occassion. Great value pre musical theatre meal. Hope to return soon for a sunday experience.

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restuarant was perfect. It suited being near the Drury Lane theatre. Food was delicious and good value. Staff was attentive.

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s
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was slow and diabolical. They added on a service charge which they certainly did not deserve !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Attractive outside and an interesting and quirky interior. A little quiet at lunchtime but the 'boxes' are great giving a feeling of theatre to the dining experience , the staff are really helpful and friendly and the food was great

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LW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Guest was stunned by the theatrical nature of the restaurant as it definitely has the WOW factor. Good choice on the menu and service was good. A nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Love going to Sarastro for the amazing surroundings and the food is usually good too. Ours was a pre matinée lunch so good service and not too noisy. Expect at night it gets very lively buzzy.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to London for my friends 70th birthday she was thrilled and very excited about Sarastro's , then went to see 42nd Street, fabulous day thank you.

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YL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Sarastro!
It's a beautifully decorated, theatre-themed place where bits of Mediterranean feels get together. Very interesting.

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SQ
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Out with two friends, Sarastro was ideal. They loved the quirkiness of the place and we have already re-booked so that we can bring partners along too. The food was well presented and tasty. We opted to share starters and then have a main each from the lunch menu, which was good value. Our waitress was excellent and made some great suggestions; she clearly knows the menu very well. Monday lunchtime seems to be a quiet time but we didn't go for atmosphere. That being said, Sarastro has its own unique atmosphere with or without other diners present. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food in very unusual surroundings , excellent service and makes for a very memorable visit

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Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great experience with enjoyable live music on a Sunday evening

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London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and not disappointed. It's an experience not just a meal

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place lots to take in, good quality all around!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The food good. When they found out it was my daughter's 20th b'day, they whipped up a b'day platter of macarons w/b'day candle. The toilets cld be improved. Wld go back!

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Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Took my two children here just for the experience of seeing the amazing decor. Don't regret it as it is what it is but service was very slow at first and not all servers are able to answer questions about the food. Food is average I guess and as expected it's v expensive for what it is but certainly worth one visit if for nothing else but the novelty factor.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleased with our dining at Sarastro , the food and wine ,soft drink combined with proffessional musicans was just terrific , i,ll recomend this restaurant to everyone.

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quirky little place. Must be fun on a weekend when they have singers.
Food nice Turkish. Pleasant staff.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most spectacular interior and atmosphere that we've ever seen!

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A
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have been before but on this occasion we were somewhat disappointed. It was a Sunday evening and not many people eating. The String Quartet and Opera singers were fine and the Theatre decor is of course good. However the food was not up to standard. One meal had to be replaced because it was just lukewarm and the dish of vegetables distinctly cold. By the time the veg was replaced the meal was virtually over. Yes we did give our comments to Manager. But at over a £100 with wine for 2 main courses this was not what one would expect. Must do better.

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AB
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very fun atmosphere, with opera singers wandering the dining room. Bright & rich decor. We had a great time for an anniversary dinner with family.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place if you are after something different from the normal "boring" restaurant. different themes Thursday - Sunday & great entertainment
food very good.
would recommend for something out of the ordinary!!!

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Was pleased to have a booking but as it was lunchtime the restaurant was empty and therefore lacked the ambience I'd hope for. However I would come back again in the evening with friends as it would be perfect for a fun night out. Ideal for theatre trip. The decoration is quirky and exciting. Food was ok some dishes more appealing than others.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy our food and the authenticity of that place :) thank you:)

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Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quirky decoration, attentive staff, interesting Turkish dishes.

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OT
Cyprus
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was average. We were there on a Sunday night and there was a quartet violin show and sopranos/tenors after that. Unfortunately this was only 30 minutes each group.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Very good starter. Disappointing mains. passable dinner. Good wine. Very good service. Quirky atmosphere and decor but not one we enjoyed. Not what we were hoping for.

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S
London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place with nice decor and good food. Simple but tasty

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Angus
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience of the retaurant was great wuth the opera theme though . Food was excellent we had the sharing meza which was really tasty. The waiters where really friendly and the service overall was great. Would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch.

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