The Archduke

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3401 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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Set on the South Bank, moments from world-famous London attractions like the IMAX, London Eye and Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke restaurant and wine bar is a local landmark in itself, set in to the old railway arches surrounding Waterloo Station. The first London restaurant to open in this area, The Archduke has gone through several incarnations since 1979 but is still as fresh as ever with sleek, simple furniture set against the old bare brick walls and contemporary glass frontage. Jazz music gently floats through speakers, performed six nights a week live in the bar, as diners indulge in comforting modern European cuisine including excellent steaks (it’s owned by the steakhouse Black and Blue group) and simple roast chicken served with your choice of sides dishes. The view of the London Eye from the terrace is spectacular and worth lingering over.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant EVER. Perfect for any occasions. Thank you for making my mum’s birthday special. She enjoyed it and so did I. Will definately be coming back.
Food and Cocktails was great, I fell in love with their goats cheese mash.

DH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Location, Food and service was fantastic. I was a bit disappointed on the mandatory service charge added to the bill as I like to be able to do my own tips directly to the staff that served us

c
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

dined here on sunday 20 October at 12.45 it was quiet at that time and we were shown to a table near a window. Other tables were rather dark. The waitresses attended unobtrusively and the 4 mains were very good 3 steaks and a veg meal. All the steaks were well cooked and tasty.

overall a good set up for the theatre ahead.

DM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Service average. Waiter came to table in beginning then only saw him one other time when he tried to have me and my husband share a salad! We both have colds. Not the best of ideas. Never saw him again after that. Atmosphere was lively. Jazz singer there. Couldn’t hear her set cause way too loud inside. Overall ok experience. Prices seemed fair.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Myself and a friend came for dinner just before our friends Jazz Performance. Quirky restaurant which is much bigger than it appears from the outside. Lovely food and wine and great ambience. Service was good as a whole but flaked off near the end of the evening. It was very hard to get the waiting staffs attention to get a drink and the overall bill. But apart from that we have a fabulous evening of lots of food, drinks, jazz and a generally perfect atmosphere. So thank you very much!

V
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have quick dinner before going to the theatre - the cocktails are great too.

LH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food.......ambience and service.

PT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and perfect location by South Bank. But I resent a "voluntary" service being added to my bill. If I wish to reward good service I will. I don't need management to do it for me. And to add insult to injury, we were informed that the service charge is not passed to staff but added to the business bottom line. We declined to pay the service charge and tipped the waiter in cash.

NP
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, lively hang out for a mixed age crowd. There is often live jazz from piano or small band. Downstairs bar and tables on higher levels, and in the conservatory. Excellent range of food. Interactive and attentive staff, prompt service, and a great central location near Waterloo and the South Bank.

GM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue and conveniently situated for Waterloo, the South Bank and Central London. Great place to meet with friends and have a long lunch. Great Food, good service, all in all highly recommended

S
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Arch Duke. The staff are very welcoming and have got to know me over the years, it means a great deal to have the personal contact.

HP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The noise level was excessive spoiling the whole experience

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. It’s my 2nd visit this time with girlfriends after a matinee. Relieved to know also all of my friends loved it too. Food is good, not overpriced as is the wine and steps away from the station. Perfect

m
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Location is novel being under the arches. Service was good and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, exquisite food, top-notch entertainment and all in a fantastic location!

MM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We'd reserved a table at the Archduke for a family reunion dinner largely based on favourable reviews plus convenient location to our hotel. Staff were friendly welcoming & all four of us enjoyed our food. I went for the seabass which was very good, my dining partners had cumberland sausage, burger & boeuf bourguignon respectively (the one who had the burger declared it was actually the best he'd ever eaten). Portion size was good but we still all managed to find some room for dessert which was also good. As well as the food itself, I was impressed with the prices which I thought very reasonable by London's standards. A successful evening - great location, good food & very reasonable prices to boot.

SP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to stop off if you're travelling to/from Waterloo train station. Though the place was busy the staff were excellent and extremely efficient and friendly. We booked for dinner and had a quick drink before our table was ready. I was pleased to see a fantastic selection of non-alcoholic cocktails including Seedlip! The food was delicious and there was live jazz music. Lovely end to the evening. Would definitely go again.

ID
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal, great value for money. Service could've been a bit quicker, but to be fair, it was Saturday evening. Nice venue. Would not hesitate to book again.

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On a Saturday evening service was efficient and timely, food was hot and tasty and not overly expensive for London. Atmosphere was also nice and would go back

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met the manager who was charming and when busy, which it became, rolled his sleeves up and got on with it. That’s why the brigade are so good. Food as always fresh and well cooked. Tip top!

MP
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good but noise level really too much !

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had an enjoyable evening at the Archduke. Pre-theatre menu was reasonably priced and steak was excellent, cooked to perfection. Staff were friendly and mainly attentive. Will definitely return and would recommend.

GD
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good dining experience. Good food and choice of drinks. Very good service and pleasant atmosphere

J
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was only average
Very dim lighting
Service was average

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely bean soup to start and the Boef Bourgignon was lovely and tender. Staff were attentive, and the Portugese red wine served in a caraf was very good.

l
London
34 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service at a reasonable price. Great as a pre-theatre meal.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pre-theatre meal and it was great value, really delicious. The service was prompt and friendly, and the whole place was really cool with a great atmosphere. We’d definitely come again!

C
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A classic, always a good place to meet friends and have a well prepared meal. Reasonable prices too.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy the Archduke being a regular for a number of years. On this occassion took some friends who hadn't been there before. They enjoyed as well and it was just right for what we wanted to do, sit and chat and catch up. Only black mark was running out of the excellant beef bourguignon; we ordered three but only one available!!

KV
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We made a booking online to hear the Jazz band perform and mentioned that we will just be having drinks. Our table wasn't ready for half an hour, and after being moved twice we finally sat down at our table. A few minutes later a waiter came up and said we can't sit there if we're not ordering anything, and that people are waiting for a table so we can't just take up space. Not only did he say this in an intentionally hostile way, we were moved to a fourth table in the span of 40 minutes. The whole experience was very unpleasant as we felt more like a nuisance than customers, and the waiter's behaviour was rude and unprofessional. It's too bad because the place was great, but the service was something more akin to a chip shop.

D
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for a pre theatre meal. Good value for money but leave enough time as service can be a little slow when they are busy.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really tasty food and good value for money for this area. Lovely atmosphere with the live music.

EP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy going to the Arch Duke. The staff are very welcoming and as attentive as needed. We are never rushed and can take our time with a drink before ordering. The food is always good.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable pre theatre meal. I would recommend it for a quick meal.

JF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not our first visit, but yet again very good. Staff are great ,very helpful and were able to give advice re dietary problem. Smoked salmon starter was very tasty, reasonable sized portions. My partner had the lamb cutlets, rare as requested and 4 good sized cutlets. The salmon was tasty but a bit over cooked for my taste. Good sized portions. Would definitely use again.

BH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We are in our mid 70s and have travelled extensively. We have NEVER before been chased in the street by a waiter who accused us of not paying our bill correctly. The bill was £80.44 including tip and we left 4 x £20 notes plus a £1 coin. This was on a Friday evening when there were so many people around, all of whom stood and watched us being accused.
We have used the Archduke many times before but now we dare not return.

CM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lively restaurant and ideally located close to Waterloo and Royal Festival Hall. We chose the pre theatre menu, which did not disappoint. Varied menu and lovely food. Would recommend.

YD
Essex
48 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the standard has gone down a bit - food wise. My sea bass was a bit overcooked and a little dry.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my mother and family members here and everything was spot on for everyone ! We will be coming again when she’s in London , this time with my dad

M
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was very loud with Jazz and people singing, etc. Food was fairly good. Carpeting was dirty and rundown. Service was good. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but might if I were in that part of town and just looking to get a meal.