The Clove Club

4.4
326 reviews
£41 and over
British
The Clove Club is a restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall in East London. We serve an ambitious five course menu and an extended menu, featuring interesting and often overlooked British ingredients and produce. In our front room we also have a bar which guests are welcome to drop in for a drink and a snack.

PLEASE NOTE - WE ONLY TAKE ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR OUR SET MENU AND ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING, WE ONLY SERVE OUR EXTENDED MENU AT £95 PER PERSON (DIETARY REQUIREMENTS ACCOMMODATED WITH ADVANCE NOTICE)
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vipJulien
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2015
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We went to the Clove Club for a lazy Saturday lunch. Atmosphere is excellent and food was wonderful. However two issues put us off. First, the service was just only very fair and definitely not up to the standard of a michelin star restaurant: we had to ask twice for almost everything!! No bread given, no serviette provided after the first one was soiled, white wine left outside on the table on a hot day, waitress did not know where the wine was from and told New Zealand instead of USA, etc. Importantly, even the food was excellent, there was a piece of "stone" in the lentils and my friend almost broke a tooth. We told the waitress and, that was it!! Hardly any apologies or anything else. Again, definitely not up to michelin star. I am not sure whether I will go back. Best strawberry tart I ever had for dessert though.

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vipLizR
London
197 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good here just gets better and better. Recommended.

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DamnFineFood
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the informal nature and open plan of the restaurant. The service was excellent, the right amount of friendly without overbearing. Food came quickly and the surprising courses were presented with the right amount of drama and importance, whilst still being gorgeous and easy to eat. If you love your food you'll love this place!

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hayleyvwilson
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very much lived up to expectations, having been recommended the Clove Club by a couple of my foodie friends. Some really creative and imaginative dishes served in a really buzzy atomosphere. Would definitely recommend!

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TheQuietMan
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A place to be followed. Some extraordinary dishes (lamb or ray) others to be clearly improved (the one with the ham, for example). The dining room is too noisy for a long diner and the reception not friendly at all. Wine service to be improved also... But, in my opinion , it has the conditions to become one of the must in London

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vipReviewerV
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it was an unplanned night out for us and clove club definitely turned into the highlight of the evening right from the start. Two michelin star standard food that is actually not too fussy. Generally speaking fish dishes were stronger than meat dishes but everything was delicious! Will return many many times

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vipAndyl
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, really expensive and better food can be had for at least £50 a head less.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rate this restaurant as one of londons best.
Great innovative food in a relaxed environment, friendly and proffesional staff, interesting wine list and good value for money. Fit for any occasion its a must if you haven't been And a must if you have.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We'd read so much about this place and were actually quite disappointed. The food on the whole was good but if they hadn't served bread we would all have left hungry - the portions were tiny and really underwhelming.

LG
vipLGinLondon
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I cannot understand the negative reviews -- obviously not from people who love food. Clove Club uses exceptional ingredients, and specializes in imaginative and spot on presentation and combinations, and flawless service. We had, including "pre" and "post" offerings, 16 courses, and without exception, each was spectacular.

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vipBettybcr
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came in at 6:45, left at 9:45. Great food, but expect to wait for it!

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Simon
London
18 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were greeted by friendly and helpful staff and this ethos continued throughout our visit. Because we went for lunch, we chose the three course menu which also came with 3 different 'snacks' to start. Each dish was served with a simple but helpful explanation and the whole meal was very good value indeed. We will go back for dinner to experience the full tasting menu.

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vipAlexhat
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully creative food. Relaxed atmosphere while remaining always professional. Staff extremely competent and wine list short but interesting. What more would you want from a restaurant?

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Julie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cuisine at The Clove Club is delicate, refined and tasteful. The English products are discretely embellished by a Japanese touch. The service is casual and professional. We spent a really pleasant gastronomic time at The Clove Club.

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wadhamlai
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have had tried a lot of tasting menu around some of the best restaurant around London, and the Clove Club definitely is one of the better one I have tried. Dishes are innovative yet elegant. Must try!

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vipSpinyfish
London
168 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our fourth visit to the Clove Club and the meal was back up to the high standard we found in our first 2 visits - In fact even better. Really innovative cooking and enthusiastic service. Thoroughly recommended!

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La67
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My experience at The Clove Club, known as one of the hottest places in London right now, has convinced me that their reputation is more than deserved. Wonderful cuisine and lovely staff.

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Paul
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit, and it was even better than the first, exceptional in every way.

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vipmassillon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2015
Overall2food3service2ambience2

another 'casual' tasting menu concept from a younger chef. this means there they have dropped the ball completely on service and the food is quite lazy (or as they would say modern and minimal). the flavors are quite bland at times and the food product is of no great quality. forget about technique here; the sauces are very weak. the best thing i was served was the bread and butter. at 95 quid a head i am not sure what you are paying for. the food is ok at best and although advertised as an extended menu, is certainly not enough food to satisfy even the lightest eater's hunger. there is no value here. the ambiance is also quite annoying; the only background music is the buzzing of kitchen appliances from the open kitchen at the back of the room. overall it is confusing why this place has any accolades. at this price point you have your pick of pretty much any restaurant in london. for instance the carte blanche at hedone is miles ahead of the food here, and costs the same price.

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viprollie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for his birrhday, and now he wants to come back every weekend. The courses were incredibly unique and delicious, the wine was phenomenal, and the service was unparalleled to anywhere else. It was fantastic. Couldn't be happier with our experience and will definitely be coming again and again.

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vipLizR
London
197 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not the cheapest but the food here is excellent. I will come here again.

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vipDarcyB
London
28 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Clove Club 3 times now. Twice 'pre-michelin star' and once after them winning a star. Brilliant restaurant and one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Tasting menu well worth the money and a well-stocked wine cellar helps wash it all down. Staff very good fun and its a nice touch having some courses delivered by the chefs. Will I be back? yes, definitely.

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merlink
London
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was very good indeed. Never felt rushed, food came at good pace, staff sufficient in number and very attentive.
Venue was pleasant but nothing special about decor.
In terms of the food, flavour combinations and textures were innovative but menu is weak in my opinion. The tasting menus, understandably small portions, had too many cheese dishes and desserts, so not substantial enough. Within the menu, mains were all fish/seafood, no meat.

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vipRosie
London
180 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2015
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Interesting tasting menu with a few highlights but overall it lacked the cohesion and wow factor that we have enjoyed with tasting menus elsewhere. Very friendly, professional staff and a lovely place - understated decor, very Shoreditch - so we had a good time but it is a little overpriced and the meal just didn't quite hang together for me. Too many fish dishes maybe and the puddings were a bit unwieldy and lacking in contrast. We had the wine pairing and were looked after by a very competent sommelier which added somewhat to the experience. Unfortunately his time was soon taken up by a large party at the next table and we were quite neglected for the second half of the meal. £55 each for the tasting menu with an additional £12 for the raw scallops and truffles (one of the highlights so glad we ordered it but slightly resented the additional cost!) and £45 each for the wine. They also have about three a la carte choices which looked good.

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Ashley
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great meal, this time for the lunch menu. Their ideas are so creative and I will be back again soon.

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Brazier
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clove club is a nice venue with welcoming staff. The food was good but not amazing , the portions are also very small leaving my wife and myself hungry after having the 5 course lunch menue.

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Candice
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel and his team worked tirelessly to deliver the most wonderful and relaxed evening where every dish exceeded our expectations.

MC
vipMichelleC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Knowledgeable, friendly and attentive staff but not intrusive.

Chose the 9 course tasting menu with highlights being the pork belly, blood orange dessert, scallops with peri gold truffle, chicken feet and mackerel

Waiter and sommelier made good recommendations on what wine without trying to push the expensive wines on the list.

Relaxed ambience - would not recommend for fussy eaters. This is an experiential gastronomy dining. Similar to Viajante with Nuno Mendes which is also very good.

JC
JCnc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2015
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I have been to Clove Club once before (as well as their original pop up above the 10 Bells twice). I have been a big fan in the past, but this time was rather disappointing. The food was good, but not great (certainly not michellin quality). And the service was choppy (exceptionally long stretches between courses and over 30 minutes delayed to be seated). Very disappointing, particularly when bringing friends from out of town. Hope it was a blip.

TS
TheSwedishcouple
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dinner evening on our stay in London this weekend!

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Danilo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is brilliant, thoughtful and well presented. There's balance and invention.
Wine list is very clever - some unexpected picks mostly from France.
Service is attentious and erudict.
Isaac is a great cook.

LF
vipLondonFoodie
London
98 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guys at Clove club managed to create an amazing experience. We had the 9 course menu, which was delicious, well balanced and not too much food.
Every dish was better than the other, showing the flare of genius of the young chefs.
The ability to see the kitchen in operation was an added bonus!

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Norwaysays
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there twice now and they still have that great relaxed atmosphere at the same time as they have very delicious food. It has a "Nordic" touch and some of the dishes remind me a bit of other great Nordic restaurants like Noma or Maaemo. We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Positives:
- I had a really nice meal. And one of the tasting menu options (the mackerel) was one of the best things I have eaten.
- Vegetarian was overall very good
- The non-alcoholic drink we tried (fermented lime/grape juice) was truly stunning!
- Wonderful service, very attentive and genuine. They did a wonderful job of trying to cater for food allergies.

Negatives:
- One of the vegetarian mains was quite boring (the parsnip and chestnut) and not very balanced.
- Would have preferred not having two deserts, it was a bit too much. (although both very good!)
- The coffee was the worst coffee I have ever had. Truly horrible (and they charged 4 pounds for it).

Overall the dining experience was great. Unfortunately, ending with the horrible coffee left me a bit dissatisfied, which really is not a fair reflection of the fantastic meal I had.

MJ
MoJoFlo
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here as a surprise celebration and was not disappointed.The five course menu was amazing while the service was so warm and attentive. Been able to view the chef's in action from your table was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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vipStephenW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, inventive cuisine served by friendly staff (or friendly chefs). Super wine selection and a knowledgeable and friendly sommelier who is happy to chat about the wines and why he has selected them. Although a meal at this level is (by necessity) expensive, the generosity shown here makes the perceived value outstanding.

This restaurant is best for those who don't have a myriad dislikes / aversions - it functions best when you just let them do their thing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'll keep this brief as I don't think I need to write much. At The Clove Club we had quite simply the best degustation menu we have ever had the fortune to eat. The whole menu was very well thought out and perfectly balanced. The courses were well proportioned so that we left the table feeling full, but not bloated. The food itself was spectacular. For me, the raw scallop with truffle and the tarte tatin were stand-outs, although everything on the table was superb. I'd also like to say that the bread - baked in house - was some of the best I've ever had. We also thought that the price was very reasonable.

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AndrewRobinson1976
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu for lunch, and wow, what a menu it was! We have eaten at some serious restaurants this year and The Clove Club is up there with the best. My wife is pregnant and her dietary needs were more than met, changing courses and cooking dishes differently where necessary, but never leaving her experience any less delicious than mine. Nothing was too much trouble. We can't wait to come back!

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vipTrevallon1988
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another really excellent evening. I love the atmosphere - friendly, clubby, fantastic visually and atmospherically as you pass through the great bar and open kitchen into the small restaurant. Isaac a strong and consistent presence. Extraordinary inventiveness in the cooking in a really well balanced menu. Favourite dish of the ten that evening,was the raw scallops with hazlenut and a truffle concentrate (range of textures, freshness and intensity). In the past French beans with squid and anchovy was highly memorable. Very well chosen wine list. Top notch service. Very cool place. I will keep coming back. Many thanks!

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GG5311
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading the largely positive reviews we were wary of the odd negative comment in terms of the austere environment and value. On the contrary, both the bar beforehand and the dining space were very much what we love, an incredibly warm environment not least generated from the staff. The food was first class, as was the service - the wine pairing menu in particular was a real hit. It's not cheap, but I would willingly pay when I see the effort, care and attention in front of my eyes.

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The Clove Club is rated 4.4 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.