The Balcon

4.4
4143 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, Matt Greenwood’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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, English
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 7am - 11pm
Sunday: 7am - 10pm
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Phone number
020 7389 7820
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Matthew Greenwood
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Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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: £25 per person

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter, a main from the specials and a dessert to compose your own menu, 2 courses £21 per person.
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: 4 June 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

3 courses & a glass of house wine: £30 per person

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter, 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: 4 June 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

3 courses with a glass of house champagne: £35pp

From the “A la carte” menu, select a starter, 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: 4 June 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

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

The Quick Lunch: 2/3 courses £21/£25

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

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 4 June 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-16:00

Free-flowing champagne weekend brunch: £52pp

Viennoiseries basket, one main and one dessert.
Free-flowing served for 90 minutes.

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

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 19 February 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:30-16:30
Sat 12:00-16:00

Free-flowing prosecco weekend brunch: From £45pp

Viennoiseries basket, one main and one dessert.
Free-flowing served for 90 minutes.

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

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 19 February 2018

Ends: 18 November 2018

Availability: Sun 12:30-16:30
Sat 12:00-16:00

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 1:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Sat 12:30PM - 11:00PM

What 4143 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was OK but significantly less quality and substance than my many previous visits. The building has history for me, being part of Cox and Kings bank. I have enjoyed dining here, but tonight's meal wasn't very good and the menu choice was a bit boring.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Quite simply a wonderful meal with the best waiters who made our evening perfect. Thank you

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

First time to the Balcon and I would go again. The food and the atmosphere was great. The service was perfect, attentive but not intrusive.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious, great treat for the palate. Very well presented. Smoked mackarel mousse and beetroot remoulade were divine; chocolate, peanut & caramel fondant were beyond tasty.
Grand interior and décor, the atmosphere was just perfect. Would visit again.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Really nice food, good atmopshere and great value. The opportunity to sit on the champagne balcony is an added bonus.

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4.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Very good service, with a nice interior. Food was good, but not anything special for the pretty steep price. All in all though, a good visit.

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4.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Excellent ambience, first class food and reasonable and good lunchtime food

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Superb service as ever at the Balcon. The food is always excellent and seems to be getting even more creative. Lovely tastes and textures, light and yet a proper meal. Eating here is a delight.
Our waiter was lovely and couldn't have given better service. Thank you so much.

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4.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Beautiful atmosphere, amazing food and friendly staff.

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3.0Dined on 5 August 2018

We alll had a brilliant time and the food and service was great just a little slow. That was our only negative feed back that things could of been a little quicker, drinks food, bill etc

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Always great when we eat here.

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Brilliant waiter. French AND funny. He sort of made the evening. Friends over from USA, so easy bistro informal dining. Competent seems an underwhelming word to use, but the staff were very, very good, the place efficiently run (and it showed, rarely have I seen a wait team so on top of things), the food good for the price in the area and the place felt like it was all enjoying the evening. Well done Balcon, you could easily get away with doing an average job, but the extra effort shows.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Fantastic weekend bottomless champagne brunch - ideal place for a relaxed brunch, great service (please pass our thanks to our Dutch waiter). Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

The overall ambience and atmosphere is good and welcoming.
Portions from the specials menu were rather on the smaller side.
Waiter was knowledgeable of menu but way too talkative and interruptive, it was difficult at times for me and my fried to keep up with the conversation, the waiter was “always” there; a bit too intrusive service.
Slightly overpriced and is not as competitive as other upscale places of this kind.
Ambience and location makes it up but doesn’t want you to immediately come back.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

The Balcon never disappoints - the food is always excellent, the staff are friendly and attentive, and the surroundings are lovely. The frequent OpenTable deals are very welcome

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4.0Dined on 2 August 2018

I chose this restaurant so I could treat a special friend to a birthday dinner. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and fun. Crepe Suzette cooked at the table with style and flair.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

We took my elderly aunt to the theatre and out to dinner as a treat. The food was very tasty, well presented and good value (special offer £30 for 3 courses and glass of wine). The choice of starter and main course was quite limited, but desert was from the a la Carte menu ( and delicious !). We had a delightful waiter , who could not have been more charming or attentive. We would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Had a lovely meal with my partner. Would definitely recommend it to family and friends

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2018

A lovely venue, good menu choices. The wine was very tasty. The service was a bit neglectful at times, we were left on our own with our dirty plates for ages but we weren't in a rush.

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Good value for lunch at a nice place. The food was good but not spectacular.

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

It's a lovely sophisticated dining room. The food let it down somewhat by being oversalty. Good wine but had to keep asking for our glasses to be topped up. Pudding was delicious.
And we really enjoyed drinks in the hotel lounge afterwards.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

I had my birthday here, the staff were very friendly and professional. The food tasted amazing and presented well. The only down side were the toilet facilities which were not well looked after.

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

A little disappointing, really brilliant waiters and waitresses and good cocktails, but the food was a bit average and the ambience a little lacking, may have just been a quite night, but I think it’s nice to have a little more buzz in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

The Balcon is an impressive looking restaurant. The service was friendly and good, although it was a little bit difficult to pay the bill! The food was excellent (in a modern French style), and the star deal was good value. Prices mount once you add water and a couple of glasses of wine though.

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Le Balcony is an excellent destination for a good meal in stylish surroundings. It has a great ambience unusual in most restaurants attached to hotels. Also there is an excellent meal deal on at present - £25 for 3 courses. Can't wait to go again.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

The Balcon was stunning and our waiter was wonderful.
The portions are rather small on the deal and we had to pay extra for the two deserts we had but overall the experience was great.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Really nice interior and great service from the staff. Food was well cooked and presented. Overall a great experience

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Good food, good service, good ambiance. Me and my husband and couple friends really enjoyed it. Wine was amazing too! I booked last minute and still have space for us 4. Location is perfect for us, close to lounge bars if you want to go out after.

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2.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Went for dinner and booked open table special 3 courses from the "Ala Carte" menu for £25. The restaurant has played a very sneaky trick on diners. They say in the special that you can chose 3 courses from the ala Carte menu. However it's very embarrassing to find out when you get there when the waiter says you can only chose 3 courses from this set menu section of the menu.

This is highly deceptive and embarrassing when you take others to the restaurant and are forced to only select from a very limited set menu. When I asked about the deal being 3 courses from the Ala Carte menu, waiter simply replied yes this is in the ala Carte menu but you can only select from this set menu! (As it was simply printed within the Ala Carte menu..)

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Very nice place, great service and most importantly, great food. Also, the” peach baba” experience was awesome!

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

We had a great time there. Food is absolutely fantastic! We will come again as we wanna try more from their menu. I am sure everything can satisfy you.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Great service waiting stuff was very attentive and helpful
Good food - delicious and tasty. Dessert was delicious.
Fantastic Night

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Exquisite!

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

This was the perfect setting for dinner with a friend. Amiable staff, excellent food and a beautiful-looking restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Très bon restaurant

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Nice meals, using quite fresh products and well cooked.
Service perfect.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

You went to this restaurant because it was my wife's birthday, we were warmly welcomed and during our meal they made us feel comfortable. what a great service and great ambience. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food is very good quality, service wasnt bad but wasnt quite to the same standard as the food.
Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Great food, professional service! Highly recommend! We’ll return back again.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Food is delicious and the service is perfect

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