The Strand Dining Room

3.7
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56 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Permanently closed - The Strand Dining Rooms Restaurant and Cocktail Bar: Great British creations. In one of London's most central locations just a few steps from Covent Garden, Charing Cross Station and Trafalgar Square, The Strand Dining Rooms offer an all day menu of modern British classics created by renowned Chef Mark Sargeant. Whether you're looking for cocktails and dinner for two, a celebration with friends, business breakfast or the perfect Sunday lunch, you're assured the warmest of welcomes.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 7am - 11pm

Saturday: 10am - 11pm

Sunday: 8am - 4pm
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Phone number
020 7930 8855
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mark Sargeant
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Private Party Facilities
With great menus, a range of private areas in an iconic Central London location, and unrivalled transport connections, The Strand Dining Rooms are perfectly positioned to accommodate corporate and private functions and dining from 2 people to 120 people
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Private Party Contact
Sian Johnson: 020 7930 8855
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Public Transit
Charing Cross Underground Station
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Special Events & Promotions
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
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3.7
ambience
3.5
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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Nice looking restaurant but the welcome was poor and the place lacked any atmosphere.

L
Kent
217 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been to this restaurant many times and it never fails to impress. It is much better than the group's other restaurants particularly the Delaunay. It is not so expensive and the food is just as good if not better (unless you are particularly fond of Viennese food). The menu is varied and has things like game which is good. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Setting is very nice although probably not one for a romantic meal just because it is such a big open space rather than being cosy. I will definitely be back.

OH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had the pheasant which was well cooked. My friend had the set menu which was also good (and good value). But we were going to the theatre and the service was very slow. We had to ask 3 times for some water to be brought and prompt them so that we didn't miss our show. ( We arrived at 6pm the show started at 7.30pm).

G
London
84 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, super enjoyable! Great food, ambiance and service. I not fond of the British food but you make it worthwhile!

D
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was our second visit having thoroughly enjoyed our first but this time things were not so good. We had requested a window booth table, which was available, but we were not offered it. We were given the a la carte menu but when I asked for the menu advertised outside on an A -board I was told it was only available to those who had booked through Open Table - which I had. So we were offered that menu, another 'British Menu' and a 3rd menu, which wasn't priced. I think this is called confusion marketing. The food is good but on this occasion the service was perfunctory to say the least. Not as good as our nice waiter on the first occasion. Wish I had got his name.

I am going back again hoping for 3rd time lucky; fingers crossed. Someone needs to take charge of this place and give it a shake as it is almost very good indeed.

H
London
49 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent lunch for 8. Dietary demands were easily managed. Good bloody Mary's.

SM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal. Service was prompt and friendly. Manager even gave us a free glass of bubbly when they found it was my partners birthday. Food was delicious and the restaurant had a good vibe and decor. I would definitely come again.

j
London
54 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Your would expect a Mark Sargent dining room to charge the earth for breakfast, but with the full english coming it £8.50 that is not the case. Considering hotels in the area charge £15 - £25 for breakfast its really good value. What makes it better is its very comfortable with lots of space around tables, the food is excellent and the service is first class.

R
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great time!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful breakfast here and despite my worries about difficulty finding the venue, it was really easy and super central. The hallmark of a quality breakfast in London is the sausage. It says it all about the quality of produce and the service one should expect. Very tasty sausage here, pleased I went for the full English instead of Eggs on muffin. Would come back again soon.

G
London
84 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service improved greatly, the food is fantastic, very stylish setting and never crowded, will be back again!

C
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of choice on the menu. Great prices and service. Very quiet given its proximity to Trafalgar Square. Thanks to the team for finding my phone which I had left behind! Most appreciated

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just the right place for a lovely chatty lunch, excellent service and choice
would definitely return

S
London
278 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Beautiful dining rooms in an amazingly central location, nestled on the corner of Trafalgar Square.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to take my wife for dinner but had no place in mind. I checked Opentable, found this place and made a booking only half an hour before actually getting there. It turn out to be the best choice ever. Peaceful, relaxing ambiance, amazing service. And the food...well...it couldn't be tastier. Would definitely recommend the scallops. The lamb rump, the beef sirloin and the cocktails made us want to go there again.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good. Small portion sizes but tasted good. Ask for no ice with your drink!

WE
London
33 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2015
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The new - reduced choice - menu excludes some of my favourite dishes, and the introduction of cheaper items like fish and chips and burger and chips meant that tables close to ours were twice occupied by people with children having just one course each and no wine whilst we were having three courses with wine and coffee (our starters cost nearly as much as their whole meal). It was a wet day and we suffered the repeated seating process with coats off/on in close proximity, ups and downs of visits to the toilets, etc.. The ladies at reception and waitresses were welcoming and very helpful. The service was a bit slow but the place was busy and therefore understandable. I'll go back againbut with lowered expectations.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2015
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I took a friend for early dinner last Tuesday night and was left feeling underwhelmed by the whole experience. They have spent a lot of money on the place but it was only a quarter full if that for the whole time we were there which was odd given its touristy position near Trafalgar Square. We tried out the cocktail bar and it was ok - very small cocktails for £6 each but tasted good.

We went to our table - again looked promising as I do like a good booth and very spacious for the two of us but it went down hill from then on. We ordered off the set menu - no starter just burger and chips and these took a while to arrive. Tasted ok, could have been hotter (suspect hung around the kitchen for a while) but the burger was small apparently home made by the chef but I hate this tendency everywhere to give you brioche style buns which are just too sweet for me: what's wrong with a nice savoury style "burger bap" chips were french fries and not very hot. Nothing special - not even an onion ring to perk it up and no slaw, or proper salad bits....just boring.

Worse thing though was the dessert - ordered the banana cake and ice cream - prettily presented but the banana cake was sooo cold, freezing in fact (mentioned this to the waitress who was polite but obviously didnt care) was expecting it to be at least room temperature or warm but not inviting. Then ordered baileys to finish off only to find from the bar that they hadnt got any "waiting for a delivery" you would have expected the bar man to suggest something similar - khulua perhaps or something else. We ordered a prosecco but by then after having had at least 4 or 5 different waiters / waitresses serving us throughout the meal the whole thing was very disjointed. Expected better but this was average at best.

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I both really enjoyed our latest meal at the Strand Dining Rooms. The ambience is Edwardian. And the food traditional English - with a bit of a twist! The desserts such as Eton Mess and Summer Pudding are a true delight! It isn't cheap - but it is good value for money!

PH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Booked lunch for 3. Arrived on time. Took 30 minutes to take our order. Took another 45 minutes to serve 3 cold starters. Salad Nicoise used tinned tuna. Go to Cote...the Tuna is fresh & cooked.
Staff, though well meaning spoke poor English & struggled to understand basic questions and were difficult to attract (probably because they spent the entire time staring at their ipad order machines). The management needs to get a grip.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We visited The Strand Dining rooms for a birthday event and were very happy with the variety and quality of the food on offer on the menu. The service was also very friendly, relaxed and polite. Nothing really we could complain about, and would definitely visit again for dinner or even an afternoon tea or lunch.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We booked via Open Table very last minute - tables were available and we turned up 15 mins later
Cocktails were delicious, so much so I had to have 2 Food was very good, not too expensive and very nice to overlook Trafalgar Square and watch the world go by. Very convenient for mainline train station too.

AM
London
50 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a business dinner here. Food excellent and will definitely visit again

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My friend and I both loved the Edwardian ambience of this restaurant. We really enjoyed the traditional English food that we had. In particular, we loved our desserts (Eton Mess and Summer Pudding) which were both served in the traditional way and not "mucked around with" at all! The service was quick and unobtrusive. Our only disappointment was that the prix fixe was unavailable for Saturday lunch so we had to eat a la carte which was pricier.
We did not actually have any children with us but other parties there did and they seemed to be being made very welcome.

s
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good dining experience in the centre of London - good food and service and definitely recommended in a different and unexpected busy part of London.

s
London
66 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had some friends come in from overseas, and showing them around London it was a convenient place to then meet up whilst walking around the sites one evening. Food was well prepared but there weren't that many people in the restaurant probably because comparatively it seems expensive for what you get vs the other choices close by.

JM
London
71 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great 2 or 3 course menu from 17:00 to 19:00 and at lunch too. The tomato 'salad' starter which was actually served with tomato consomme had wow factor and the pan fried Hake was an excellent main. The lamb dish was good but meat a little dried out and the passion fruit tart had plenty of fresh fruit flavour due to topping and sorbet but much less flavour from the pastry and creamy filling.

Service was very attentive, friendly and polite. Although quiet on this visit the dining room looks opulent.

Recommended, especially for the set menu value and location looking over at Trafalgar Square (and near theatres on the Strand).

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

From start to end afternoon tea at the Strand Dining Rooms was delightful.
Service was friendly, warm and helpful and the cakes, scones and sandwiches lovely.
We ended up having a 3 hour sitting (which flew by) and at no point did we feel rushed.
We can't wait to return!

LC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good venue for business lunch and subsequent second coffee meeting. Staff were very helpful

b
London
34 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Garlic soup was very good and I haven't come across it before. Ice cream and sorbet had some interesting flavours. Service was very friendly, would definitely come back again.

MD
London
22 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2015
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Efficient service and food that was good if a little unremarkable. Close to theatre and so just what we wanted. Might be OK for a lunch also but not a special occasion place.

D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was a bit cautious about eating somewhere so close to tourist locations - but we'd been to the National Gallery and needed something close. We had two small boys with us and they needed food and gadgets.

They have a small and perfectly formed children's menu and a goodly grown up menu. We shared small plate hors-d'oeuvres (not starters) which were a rich, salty, umami tasty. I had roast beetroot and leaves which was perfect.

The staff were patient and didn't seem to mind the boys taking their time with food. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2015
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The starter was ok but the mains were disappointing. Over seasoned and poor quality meat. Service was good. Seemed expensive for what we had.

TD
London
25 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall2food2service1ambience2

After reading so many good reviews on this site, I was really looking forward to eating at this restaurant. Its location is also very good. But the food was mediocre and the waiting staff inefficient and seemingly more interested in themselves than in providing a service (we had to keep asking the one truly pleasant member of staff to help us get our food, our drinks, our bill so we could get to the theatre on time). The ambience was also dull. We will not be back.

D
London
103 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu is great value and they have some very good choices on there. Staff extremely friendly.

CE
London
65 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always liked the atmosphere, the service, the location and the bar, but the food was never very special. The new menu and new guidance has changed that. Excellent food, charming staff and a lot of fun.

E
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and fine selection of wine! We were spoilt for choice when it came to the menu we settled for the set menu of 2 courses and a cheese board to share for dessert. Service was quick and very attentive I would definitely visit again

E
London
37 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2015
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Menu isn't appropriate for location. Venue was empty no atmosphere and it was the weekend at lunch time. Other outlets adjacent busy and better value

JH
London
41 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place is cavernous, empty, slow. Food is okay, but it is not a restaurant at which you want to dine

ZZ
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this restaurant to celebrate my father's 80th birthday on the basis of excellent TripAdvisor feedback and I wasn't disappointed. Easy to find at the end of the Strand, this restaurant oozed good taste and comfortable dining. Although the dress code is billed as casual, the main clientèle on the weekday lunch time we were there appeared to be suited businessmen, so we felt a little underdressed, but we were treated as valued customers all the same. We were seated in a lovely semicircular booth. It was obvious this restaurant is newly refurbished and everything was in tip top condition and looked very attractive.

The service was impeccable and despite a large business gathering that was taking place, we were never made to feel as if we were kept waiting, which was great as we were dining pre-theatre matinee. There is an extensive wine list and the red wine we chose came at a perfect temperature. We could only manage starter and main course, especially as the fish pie was massive and very filling (a great option for a person with a large appetite). All the food was wonderfully presented and tasted delicious. The waitress went the extra mile to make my father feel special.

The rest rooms are downstairs and continue the luxurious theme with lovely hand wash and lotion and good quality hand towels. There is a facility at the ground level for disabled users which isn't quite as luxurious but better than most I've experienced. If booking, it would be worth making a note if there is a disabled person in the group, as the restaurant has tables on different levels with steps in between, so they would need to ensure a table is available at ground level.

I have already recommended this restaurant to my friends, and would always be happy to return next time I have the opportunity when in London.