The Archduke

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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
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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L
London
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good value, staff a bit slow to service ghighh

s
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

2 course theatre set menu was only £16, but the food was pretty basic. The prawn starter was tasty, the fishcake main was bland and the chips were below average. The atmosphere was nice but I wouldn't visit again.

b
London
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a 12:30 lunch booking. We were shown to our table in a friendly and courteous way. drinks were offered and we studied the excellent menu (something for everyone there). Food was very good indeed as was the wine.
The main thing to comment on is what very nice people the staff members are: efficient and pleasant without exception: a really good group.

S
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place nice seating to hear live music in background without being too loud

DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant atmosphere, great food and outstanding jazz. Fully recommend it.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It is a noisy restaurant, as its in an arch under a railway line and has a brick vaulted ceiling. But we like it there, so go on average 6 times a year.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and friendly service and good value too. Definitely would eat there again

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a pre theatre dinner so were there very early. The staff were friendly and helpful choosing from the menu. I had the lamb, which was delicious, although quite expensive. All in all a very pleasant experience and we will visit again.

NY
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent way to spend a Sunday lunch. Superb food, wine and service.

GR
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with live music at just about the right sound level. We could chat comfortably if we wanted to. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was good. My steak was cooked exactly as I asked and the others enjoyed the bouef bourguignon.

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was quite expensive, but the entertainment was what kept us there all evening. Great jazz, great cocktails. An ideal birthday dinner/evening.

p
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice evening, great service by friendly, attentive staff, good food. One negative, I don’t like places that stick a service charge on the bill, that should be a matter between the customers and the service staff. I know you are not obliged to pay it but it’s the presumption that you will that sticks in the throat

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad I chose The Archduke for our dinner on our family day out in London. It’s a lovely little place with a great atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. The cocktails we had were delicious and strong! The 3 course set meal was excellent value and the food delicious. The only suggestion I would make is that it would’ve been nice to have some vegetables with the steak & chips. We will certainly return here as our restaurant of choice whenever we are visiting the Southbank area in the future :-)

R
London
64 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre meal at the Archduke lived up to our great expectations. Menu varied from typical Burgers and Shepherds pie to more interesting dishes. We both had the vegetarian option of Artichoke, asparagus and wild mushroom pie which was delicious and we would very much recommend. The flavours of the ingredients were amazing.
Lovely venue with great service. Try it. You'll enjoy.

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visiting The Archduke. I was impressed by its location. food, staff & the atmosphere - the sound of the trains passing overhead was classic. Also, excellent value for money. Now one of my "go to" places. Highly recommend.

SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Great food, great music and great music. The vibe of this restaurant is perfect built into the old railway arches.

We are the cote de Boeuf. Is there a nicer cut of steak? We have had this several times at Archdukes and this was probably cooked the best.

I love this place

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect and a joy. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. After eating in the Restaurant our Waiter found a table for us in the Coservatory to continue our evening and we received excellent table service there too.

PB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food in a great location. Very good value should be double the price.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food very good value, service excellent. However the noise level from the air conditioning unit was very loud that it spoilt the o really ambience - almost impossible to hear the pianist from where we were sitting. A shame.

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

I was recommended by a friend to have the steak. Which was magnificent. I also ordered the garlic prawns which were overcooked and not deviened. Slightly disappointing. However, the wine was superb and the atmosphere was really good despite the waiters being obviously busy and in a hurry to please.

B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Found out about this place via a google search for places near the London eye. Very pleased we chose this place. Our reservation was for 7:30 through Open Table but we were ready to eat around 6:45 so we thought we'd try to get seated earlier. That was no problem and the hostess showed us to a table right away. It wasnt too crowded and there was a nice ambiance when we arrived. Food was very good and service was good too. Pricing was reasonable for the quality of food received and the portion sizes were more than adequate. We left a happy family of 4 after our Archduke experience.

AS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to the Archduke. As expected, the food was good and the services was friendly and efficient. Would definitely return.

DM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent, maybe even a little quick. Loved the split level seating which meant the bar area was clearly sectioned from the restaurant area.

The food was fantastic, we shared the ham terrine to start and then had the house burger and grilled salmon which were both fantastic. The sorbet and the lemon tarte for dessert were both a lovely end to the dinner.

The only small issues were that whilst the music and singing were really high quality, they were at times a touch too loud so that they stopped conversation. Also an extra drink managed to slip it’s way into our bill but that was sorted very quickly.

Top place, would recommend.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have a very nice meal a great beer here, will be going again.

EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as usual thoroughly enjoy the food and atmosphere- very accessible to station and river

JC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and amazing value, lots of vegetarian options. Brilliant, lively atmosphere with a live jazz pianist to accompany the meal. I absolutely would return when I am next in London. Our waiter was great, too.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and lovely food, every dish was enjoyed and the bill was a lot less than anticipated. Look forward to a return visit,

JB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was unique, being under The Tube, but was wonderful. Food and service were terrific, as were the drinks. Neat place to people watch!

MM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Good food and nice service. Steak was good and also the burger.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another fantastic meal at the Archduke. Steak was marvellous and the waitress recognised us from when we last visited in May. Class!!

LR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location if you are heading out to Southbank for a show. Staff were great, service quick and knowledgeable
Food was good so overall a great experience

s
London
29 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for a business lunch. Very good value set menu with attractive choices. Wine a trifle expensive. Excellent service from friendly staff.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great staff, very attentive, we went for the set menu, 2 courses for £16, amazing value for money, the food was really lovely, well cooked, one of my favourite restaurants.

PB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very handy for the Southbank and more interesting than the chains

L
London
24 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Efficient and friendly service. Had the 2 course pre-theatre menu. Food arrived in good time. My steak was lovely and just as I requested. It’s a shame the pianist wasn’t there, but that said it was quite early in the evening. This was my second visit in a few weeks and happy this time as I was previously

MA
London
98 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good for a pre theatre dinner on a very hot evening

ST
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Food was fantastic and steaks cooked to perfection. Cocktails were great. A lovely few hours spent by our group and everyone said they would go back. Thank you

PW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Came here to meet some long lost friends as it was close to Waterloo. There’s a small menu but the food were all tasty and plentiful, so great value! There was live piano music and the restaurant did a feel of class about it without being pompous.

We enjoyed our visit, helped by seeing old friends

JS
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for an afternoon for our daughters graduation, we had a great afternoon with great food and a great service and would highly recommend the Archduke. There was no rush from the staff for us to leave do we didn't until early evening. Thanks again it was great.

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the Archduke. Food good, good value and a table by the window. Perfect.
Only downside was level of noise, couldnt hear the jazz singer or ourselves speak.
Doubt anything could b done to fix it but shows people enjoying themselves

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