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The Jews House Restaurant, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

The Jews House Restaurant

4.5
4.5
67 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Situated within a glorious 12th century stone house in the historic city of Lincoln, The Jews House Restaurant makes the most of its position in the heart of Britain’s favourite food county. Guaranteeing hospitality at its very best, The Jews House team, overseen by restaurant manager Samantha, endeavors to create an unforgettable experience for every last guest with great attention to detail and pride in their passion for perfect service. A warm mix of the ancient and the modern, the restaurant’s interior features stone walls, tapestries and contemporary designer wallpaper, all finding their place alongside crisp white table linen and sparkling glassware in a comfortable, timeless space. In the Jews House kitchen award-winning head chef Gavin Aitkenhead is fervent about using the best suppliers, whether for the simplest salad or a stunning saddle of lamb, blending his favourite pick of the produce with his own brand of magic to create a wealth of exquisite flavours and textures.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, European, Fish

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 19:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    01522 524851

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Gavin Aitkenhead

What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. b

    benandkish

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite modern European fare with some clever Asian inspired twists. The warm bread delivered to the table set expectations high, but still course after course raised the bar. Lamb was out of stock, given the restaurant’s dedication to expert and possibly local sourcing, only that lamb would do. No problem at all, it was substituted with one of the best beef dishes we’ve ever experienced. Complex and wholesome at the same time. Dessert and petit fours left a lasting impression, particularly the white chocolate covered orange jelly. An excellent place to dine in a historic part of Lincoln.
  2. PB

    PeterB

    Lincolnshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a special meal for my wife's birthday and I could not have picked a better restaurant. The whole occasion was perfect, we both enjoyed it very much as it was an unique experience.
  3. PS

    PeterS

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lovely evening, great food , excellent wine list , and lovely staff. The menu is just right, all freshly cooked
  4. SF

    SF60

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, in real nice interesting part of Lincoln , a real find, hope to be back soon, good value and good balanced portions, could not ask for more. Must mention the excellent service too, it takes dedication and focus to make it as good as this. Great combo of staff and food.
  5. PS

    PeterS

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were warmly welcomed by the staff, we had lovely table, the menu short, but very good, we had all three courses. It was excellent value, very tasty & excellently presented. Would recommend the restaurant to all
  6. T

    Templar

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very nice restaurant with interesting food and wine. The setting is welcoming.
  7. DJ

    DaveJ

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife & I were in Lincoln for a few days & decided we wanted somewhere to eat that was a cut above most other restaurants & the Jews House was just the place. Its the only restaurant I've been to where the Staff were better dressed that the Clientele? Dave Jemison
  8. RI

    RedImp

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really superb evening; this was our third visit to The Jews House and the food keeps getting better. Service was excellent.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gavin in a superb Chef - and Jew's House is an extraordinary building
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, beautifully presented and excellent service.
  11. JW

    JenniferW

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked the Jews House based on reviews as this was our first visit to Lincoln and I prefer not to wander around looking for somewhere suitable on the first night in a new place. The restaurant is cosy and feels quite intimate and my husband and I chose from the a la carte menu. Portions are small, but beautifully cooked and presented, and the warm 'bag' of bread would help those with larger appetites. The sommelier is hugely knowledgeable and very willing to offer suggestions if required. My husband and I eat well and regularly visit lovely restaurants. The Jews House is probably one of the best restaurants we have eaten at and even the filter coffee at the end of the meal was unbelievably good.
  12. ST

    SamiT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great venue. Highly recommended
  13. CW

    ChrisW

    Buckinghamshire

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience in a historic building at the foot of Steep Hill in Lincoln. We celebrated our wedding anniversary there and the service was excellent. Highly recommended, but it is not cheap!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly superb restaurant. It is within (we are told) the oldest continuously occupied house (grade I listed) in Europe. The building is, therefore, atmospheric and historic. The food (using many local ingredients) was original and excellent; served by very pleasant and attentive staff. We liked the good selection of English wines (sadly lacking in a number of other restos in Lincoln!) The whole evening (we had our table for as long as we wanted it) was unhurried, relaxing and very enjoyable. We also thought the final bill was reasonable.
  15. CB

    ChrisB

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful date night with my girlfriend great food great service a real special little find and we will be returning again!!
  16. MG

    MichaelG

    Lincolnshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food that Gavin prepares and served is outstanding and with thecservice led by Sam , they make for an awsome team. The atmosphere is wonderful as always and for sure if your looking for a restaurant for that special occasion then this is the place to go. Thanks for a wonderful evening and we will see you soon with your Italian wines.
  17. MM

    MrsM

    London

    160 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Amazing location and the lunch menu is excellent value We had a delicious lunch, there are just three choices for each course so I thought my choices were brave as on paper they sounded incredibly rich - pork belly and truffle croquettes with a leek dressing followed by confit chicken leg and prawn paella with a red pepper and shellfish sauce but not at all both dishes were beautifully presented and were packed with flavour. My husband had the seasonal mushrooms and tarragon cream on toast with celeriac salad to start and like me the Paella to follow. The staff are efficient, knowledgeable and are passionate about food and wine. We enjoyed wines by glass via the Coravin as we were driving. Its a pity we don't live nearer!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and pleasant surroundings. Stars to first floor can prove awkward especially for toilets. Disabled access almost impossible due to the many stairs.
  19. R

    Rockchic

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Had booked a lovely weekend break in Lincoln. Intrigued both by the name of the restaurant, the history and the fine dining thought we'd give it a go. Extra info from your website form we wrote "birthday dinner for male guest". Irrespective that there was no acknowledgement of any kind regarding this birthday, there was no atmosphere here. Horrendous music piped out. Food ok, waitress ok, wine good. Would not recommend unless you're a larger group of people 6+ then you get the owner slathing over you whilst pouring your wine, giving you her attention but also suggesting different wines you could try with your food.
  20. L

    Lozzy1

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was a treat for us - rich food, beautifully presented, efficient service, wonderful ambience, a bit pricey but very enjoyable evening.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Exquisite food, but not a great deal of it. Service annoyingly slow.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top quality food and excellent service and a beautiful building
  23. LW

    LucyW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are every last bit of our beautiful meal... Service was attentive without being intrusive... And we thought it was great value for the quality of the meal!! Strongly recommend
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our first visit to the Jews House and we were most impressed. We have been looking for somewhere of this quality within easy distance from where we live and now we have found it so hopefully we will visit at least once a month. Thank you for a most enjoyable evening.
  25. W

    Worthwords

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Reserved a lunch for one as I was in the area with work. Very pleasant lunch at a reasonable price. Good ingredients with pork and hake dishes cooked perfectly with a nice a compliment of veg. The bakewell with rhubarb ice cream wasn't as good as it sounds but still pretty decent. Salubrious main room with Windows onto the steep hill for some people watching.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    After an excellent starter, Caesar Salad, the vegetarian option, blue cheese tart with roasted beetroot, was fairly bland and very small for a main dish. Disappointing. Also, the dessert menu listed sticky toffee pudding, my favourite, but it was off the menu when we visited. The service was impeccable.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was tasty and fish dishes especially expertly cooked . but for me everything was rather on the salty/ creamy side. More flavour rather than just seasoning would be good. The extras such as home made breads and excellent staff service made the evening seem more special. For the price of meals I would expect some potatoes or extra vegetables on the side. We came away almost hungry. Was definitely quality over quantity! The building and history of the restaurant are definitely worth a mention and played a part in an enjoyable evening overall.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Spending a weekend in Lincoln, then a visit to Jews House Restaurant will make your weekend special. Food good, staff helpful and friendly and we were NOT rushed, perfect
  29. G

    claphamGal

    London

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar Tasting Menu and excellent wine list. A superb and memorable experience. Would return in a heartbeat !!
  30. MG

    MichaelG

    Lincolnshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This isn't the first time we have dined at Jews House, and on all occasions i have found the waiting staff including Sam, Gavin the chef and their team all very accommodating. This was a special occasion for us and once more both the menu and wines were superb ! We look at this particular restaurant as one for special occasions and Gavin and his team continue to deliver exceptional cuisine ! For sure we will be visiting once more. Thanks for a wonderful evening Sam.
  31. D

    Disco30

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The Jews House is a well known and well respected restaurant in Lincoln with a reputation to match. However the food was good if only ordinary but was not outstanding and certainly did not match the price tag. Unfortunately for us, it did not live up to the expectations and will be choosing to dine elsewhere for our special occasions. The staff were pleasant and the experience "nice" but for the cost, we were hoping for better
  32. e

    elanor

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was imaginative and delicious, portions perfect and presentation exquisite in stylish surroundings. All staff were friendly and helpful, the serving staff informed, charming but unobtrusive. One of the best dining experiences we have ever had, a truly special experience.
  33. C

    Carol

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2015

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    As a vegetarian main course was a bit bland and there wasn't another choice
  34. S

    Sazzle

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The overall experience at Jews house was perfect! It is certainly a resturant for special occasions and I'm so pleased we saved up to go.We were treated so well and made to feel very special. The food was exceptional, some of the best I've tasted! I was so impressed and can't wait until our next very special occasion to go. The waitress abd waiter we're very attentive and made us feel we we're the only ones in the room, what a perfect evening for our anniversary. Thank you
  35. M

    Mackmm

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu which delivered beautiful, tasty food reasonably priced for the artistic presentation. Good, attentive service
  36. l

    lizandphilip

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The menu was not extensive but adequate and interesting. The food was good. The staff very very attentive and missed nothing. Recommended.
  37. C

    Custard

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Compact and comfortable dining room in this ancient house. Service was informative, friendly and attentive. The menu offered a well thought-out choice of dishes which were interesting and exciting to eat. We had turbot for the main course, which was perfectly cooked and particularly good. We would visit this restaurant again.
  38. J

    Jackers

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2015

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Very ordinary dining room, not as advertised. Tables too close for conversation, felt uncomfortable which distracted from the good food.
  39. S

    Smartwork

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2015

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Surly service, difficult to get to and barely warm disappointing food. Needs to try harder.
  40. L

    Londoner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A 10 out of 10 for effort, but the restaurant fell a little short of expectations. It's a small dining room which makes the atmosphere nice and intimate. It was very good but not outstanding. Various reviews rave about the squid ink bread, but in reality it's just a bun died black with little taste. The food was pretty good however, but missed any wow factor. The staff were very keen and tried very hard. I would go back and try it again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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The Jews House Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01522 524851.

The Jews House Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Lincoln

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 19:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:30–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British, European, Fish

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Gavin Aitkenhead

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeaway, Wine

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