The Balcon

4.4
4362 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Located on the ground floor of Sofitel London St James, The Balcon has a separate entrance on Pall Mall. Close to the recognised landmarks of Trafalgar Square and Regent Street, The Balcon restaurant features double height ceiling and impressive oak spiral staircases that give a sense of theatricality.

The Balcon is an all-day dining destination, perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is also ideal for a morning tea and savouries, an afternoon tea with a French touch, and a pre-theatre dinner.

Showing Head Chef, Simon Woodrow’s passion for local produce, the menu uses seasonal ingredients and offers traditional French dishes such as steak tartare, lemon sole meunière and foie gras cottage pie. For a luxury experience, a selection of Sturia caviars is also available, to enjoy with a glass of champagne.

Private Dining

The private dining room offers the perfect setting for a business or private party. Ideally positioned and flooded with natural daylight, the room is separated by silk curtains, offering an exclusive and intimate area, whilst giving the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the French brasserie.

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Special Offers

3 courses with a glass of house champagne £37 per person

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter and a main from the specials and a dessert to compose your own menu.
Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 23 February 2019

Availability: Sun 13:00-21:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:45

3 courses with a glass of house wine £32 per person

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter and a main from the specials and a dessert to compose your own menu.
Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 23 February 2019

Availability: Sun 13:00-21:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:45

3 courses £27 per person

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter and a main from the specials and a dessert to compose your own menu.
Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 23 February 2019

Availability: Sun 13:00-21:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:45

The Quick lunch: 3 courses £27 per person

From the “A la carte menu” select a starter, a main course from our specials and a dessert to compose your own menu.

Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 23 February 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

What 4362 People Are Saying
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LG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Staff really professional and helpful, but the food has not any flavour or at least the food we ate

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JF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a pre- theatre dinner. Limited menu but great quality food. Wine by the bottle expensive but carafes made it affordable

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TA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food really good ambience. Service is topnotch with professional and quslity customer service skills. Very good value for money

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BE
London
199 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A relaxing, friendly ambiance makes the Balcon a great place for lunch. The staff are welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious, lamb navarin was melt in the mouth.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Don’t be fooled by the beautiful presentation. The food looked great, very fancy, but the actual taste was more than average. We chose to go for a la carte instead of the deal and payed around £140 for the two of us (starter and a main each). For that money the food should have been better prepared. My duck was either over cooked or stale and my started of the fois gras was also underwhelming considering the lovely ingredients used. I just think it wasn’t fresh. I didn’t taste my partners food but he was not impressed by the tartar and steak either...
On the positive note the staff were very kind and constantly asked how the food was, I just didn’t have the heart to send it back. I should have...
I think the 3 course deal is popular and may be different but a la carte was truly rubbish taste wise. We went for the cheapest wine on the menu- around £30 which was good.
We do tend to go to some of the best restaurants in London, so our judgement might be harsh.... yet for the price payed it should.

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

The service and food was outstanding. The best restaurant experience I've ever had. Our waiter went an extra mile for us. We will definitely come back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent. Value for money not so good. We spent around £240.00 not including drinks. Portions were small. Taste was average nothing special considering the price.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Don't come here for business meetings, although the staff are very friendly and helpful it isn't the right setting as it's mostly hotel guests having buffet. Also the main room for breakfast isn't as nice as the other semi private rooms on the ground floor where there were various people having coffees etc.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food much better than expected, service excellent, such a pity that the room is going to be changed. It does not need to be modernised, which can only make it less attractive and welcoming. Will definitely be back.

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DL
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect location in town for a relaxing lunch. Great food, ambiance and service. Look forward to my next visit.

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B
London
51 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Lovely dining room where it is easy to hear your companions. Plenty of space.

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r
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service and awesome dining experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant .staff were wonderful had a 3 course meal with a glass of champagne for my partner's birthday before going to the theatre

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at the Balcon and I’ve enjoyed the moment as the first. Location, food, service were fabulous.

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WL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service all night. We had the special set menu and food was lovely, but only complaint was main course was a delicious but small. Left a little bit hungry and none of us in the group are big eaters. Would go again though and thought generally very good all round

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WN
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, service and food. Particularly loved that the bar staff served us water before we ordered out drinks - great attention to detail.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was good (especially our pork cheek starter) the lamb main was good and I recommend the raspberry soufflé for dessert.

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S
London
18 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The Balcon is a lovely setting serving some fantastic food. However the service was a bit of a let down. We were given an ipad to select our wines from (with no explanation) where the batteries had died before we could even use it. A cocktail order was substituted without consent if that is still acceptable (it wasn't so was sent back). After placing the food order we were waiting for a long time just for our starters even though the restaurant wasn't even that full (perhaps 3/4 tables occupied at the time).
If time is of no consequence I would definitely recommend dining here.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, good location, great setting. Would visit again.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are great. Recommend you to try!

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JK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A consistently good restaurant that we frequent pre-theatre; the bar is also a favourite.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Enjoyed the menu for £28. Had excellent predinner drink and a couple of decent bottles of French wine.

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SW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and really good customer service. Waiters were very attentive. Food delicious. Would certainly eat here again.

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GG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect atmosphere and tasty food! We loved the dinner!!

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place to eat. Friendly service. Good quality and value.

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F
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at the Balcon was fabulous. Although the menu lacks a huge amount of choice, the food was fantastic. I would definitely go again.

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F
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For Christmas we bought each other a 3 course lunch gift certificate, at the Balcon, to include a glass of champagne. As ever the staff were all delightful, friendly and efficient.
We had the Express lunch with 3 choices of each course. Lovely bread to start while we lingered over our choices, and then the most delicious lunch! As an extra treat we took our coffee in the Rose Lounge!
All in all, a perfect relaxing experience.

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EM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I would firstly like to thank the Balcon for an amazing evening and their swiftness in resolving the issue regarding my booking

The service is outstanding and I met a really nice waiter at the bar called Lukas who made the evening special for me and my partner with some creative cocktails

The food could be improved the options on the set menu are extremely small and potentially pictures on the menu would help

Overall I would definitely recommend

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FD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Been here several times before. This was a disappointing experience. The main course was ridiculous- one slice of pumpkin! The service was also much slower than last time; waiters were very busy and far less attentive than previous visits. We won’t be returning unfortunately.

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EM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic birthday brunch celebration (endless prosecco!) - very knowledgable, attentive and polite staff. Food great and atmosphere perfect. Great location and fabulous surroundings - will definitely return🍾🎉

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brilliant night last Saturday. The staff couldn't do enough for us, the food was delicious and the cocktails were fab!

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RT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic staff and very attentive, without being over bearing.
Food was lovely and filling.
Nothing to dislike and a credit to the hotel. It made us think, if the restaurant is thus good, we should look to stay there next time we are in London.
We booked the table online, it asked for the reason for the booking and I said it was birthday.
Without asking they made warm fresh cakes with fruit and displayed it on a board with a candle and happy birthday written. I know it doesn't cost alot, but a fantastic idea and the girlfriend loved it.

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TQ
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for lunch, we were a group of 8, very comfortable and no rush to get off table. 2nd visit and will be back.

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San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at the Balcon

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and we were going to Her Majesty’s Theatre. The restaurant was of a high quality, very clean and would go again. Outstanding food and staff that were French.

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SO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent, although had to send my main course back because it was cold. When it came back, it was delicious. Starter and Dessert were perfect.

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PL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Sunday lunch and the 3 course set menu with a wine was indeed lovely and good value.Services are excellent .All the staffs are very efficient ,friendly ,professional and customer focus.The ambience at The Balcon is fantastic

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M
London
46 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place to come for post-theatre supper. We had a lovely time here after seeing Company and quite enjoyed the set menu. The wine was nice and the soufflé especially was tasty. Would definitely go back. The manager(?) was very nice and attentive although he was gone towards the second half of the meal.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant evening at The Balcon, a treat for my mum and she was blown away. Great service , ambience, authenticity and most importantly food. I have dined numerous times and never fails to impress.

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RD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in great surroundings. Wine list was on an iPad which made it really easy to filter down to the wines we wanted without flicking through pages of a menu. We had the 3 course set menu but would love to go back & eat from the full menu. The set menu was excellent value for money.

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