The Archduke

4.4
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3607 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European

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Pre/post Theatre
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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.
What 3607 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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AlexandraE
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great ambiance here and super staff. Monday 50% off wine offer and of course happy hour cocktails before 6 always a bonus

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CaitlinS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service, food and location. We were super happy with our experience.

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vipLPK1
London
91 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Met a friend for a pre-theatre meal. Food was ok, surroundings were a bit tired but location was very convenient. I don't think I will return

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ClareQ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and welcome were both amazing, both had the chicken with fries and salad. Buzzy lively atmosphere

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SEW1
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal from the pre-theatre menu with a dear friend. Staff very welcoming and food serviced with plenty of time to get to the theatre. Thank you.

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PAGG
London
57 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classy and with a very good range of very good food (and wine, of course!). I find this a very pleasant early evening place to restore myself.

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vipPaulG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm welcome. Good choice. Fair value. Convenient location for NT and Waterloo.

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JohannaO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely music, affordable food. Steak frites was quite tough but still a nice experience.

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SueE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and it was even better than last time, Staff were friendly and efficient. We enjoyed our visit and will come again.

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Jess
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and lovely service. Atmosphere was great and in a fab location. Made even better by the half price wine offer on a Sunday!!

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Aaa5870
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere and great food/service - would highly recommend

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MollyCoulston
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would definitely recommend the archduke because the experience was lovely. The food is really nice and good portion size. The waiters were friendly and helpful even when it was busy. I will definitely be coming again!

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TraceyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely post matinee dinner, whilst there we heard the pianist and singer which was lovely. The food was delicious and the ambiance great. Will go back again!

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SaraYo
London
13 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and a great place to dine before seeing a show at the Southbank Centre. Our lovely waitress made it a wonderful experience.

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Greatauntie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Our reserved table was in a very good position by the window. Service was quick and friendly.

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MKING
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pre rugby lunch for 6, good service, great steaks, decent wine list although wine is a little pricey. Busy but service was prompt, quite noisy, but then so were we!

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NeilH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place for a pre-rugby meal. Ideal for Waterloo and the trains to Twickenham.

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zozo
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good venue and evening. Delicious food - good wine and gin selection! Whilst not a huge vegetarian selection what they had was well prepared and tasty.

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Jacob
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place in a great location with great service. Food was lovely. A bit on the expensive side but worth a visit!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a lovely place that suit any type of occasion. Love it especially because there is live jazz every night! Good food and friendly service!

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SueA
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We regularly meet here as it's so convenient but mainly because the food is consistently good - fantastic value too. Recommended.

CT
CurlyTop
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A fun place with good food and some interesting cocktails

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joanb
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit the Archduke as often as we can when we are in London, so far we have never been disappointed and our last visit was no exception, it was excellent.

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BarbaraS
Italy
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lively place to eat offering good food and value for money. The only negative was the music which, although it was good, it echoed around the restaurant making it difficult to talk in a group without shouting at each other. The music adds to the ambiance but maybe not playing for such long periods would be better.

JB
JessicaB
Perthshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and atmosphere! Couple of the drinks orders were wrong and had to be sent back and the medium steak was definitely more on the rare side! But a great meal with great music!

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colinh
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location on the Southbank that serves good food at very reasonable prices - especially good value for London - topped off with live music .

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PipJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fabulous service. Good value for money. All meals lovely. Jazz too quiet

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LynnA
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Thought the pre-theatre meals were good value.

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Jack
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious meal with excellent service and happy atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend for dinner pre or post concert in Royal Festival Hall

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diner
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good as always and with half price wine it was really good value!

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EricT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We booked early so as to enjoy the Jazz. The food was excellent although I thought my steak was a bit on the small side. We loved the whole experience and will visit again when we are next in London.

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was fabulous, ambience and
the jazz duo entertainment on a Sunday afternoon was also very enjoyable, plus the happy hour cocktails were good value!
I always enjoy the Archduke, however service was quite slow and 2 drinks were forgotten over the4 hour period we were there.

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NettiN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to meet with friends and family. Good food at good prices and great ambience.

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richardw
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Warm welcome from staff. Reasonable menu choice and variety of cocktails. Singers had difficulties with acoustics of arches. Not so for band. Good harmonious sound from 4 piece band. French effect sound.

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Belly
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere, pleasant staff. Book in advance - it was very busy in the very early evening!

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lizzylu
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue - great food, service, ambience. Set menu is good value. We had a lovely seat by the window.

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boris
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good atencion
Nice food and good price
Great place

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Uncle1491
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Staff make you very welcome, and a most enjoyable place to celebrate. In my case my 79 birthday. Staff brought me a surprise ‘Browny’ complete with candle. I have had the pleasure to dine there before.

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PeterD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

the restaurant was too noisy for comfort. There was even a table of guys singing pub songs .... had to shout to be heard by my friends.
Service was fine but a bit slow to start. Food nice but portions a bit small

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Andy
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We all had steaks which were excellent only downside was that they were a long time coming and we were a bit rushed as we were going to the theatre. Also could be a bit noisy as there were a couple of large parties.

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The Archduke is rated 4.4 stars by 3607 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.