Tom's Kitchen Somerset House

3.8
965 reviews
£26 to £40
British

About

Situated in the heart of Somerset House WC2R, located off the Strand, Tom's Kitchen Somerset House Brasserie opened its doors on the 1st September 2010. In partnership with Compass Group UK & Ireland, Tom Aikens' new restaurant (replacing The Admiralty Restaurant) will feature the same familiar and comforting dishes as Tom's Kitchen Chelsea serving lunch (Mon-Fri)and dinner (Mon-Sat), and brunch on weekends and bank holidays only. Featuring everything from the best breakfast in London (as voted for by Time Out) and classic British fish and chips to one of Tom Aikens' more signature dishes, the 7 hour braised shoulder of lamb - all of which are long-standing favorites with locals and regulars.

Please note that Tom's Kitchen Terrace does not take any reservations for parties of less than 10 people. If you would like to make a reservation of 10 or above please email
tomsterrace@tksomersethouse.co.uk
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starclubdining
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great food, the fillet steak was great, but even better teamed with the truffle chips! Good wine list too.

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vipPeter
San Francisco
293 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice menu, good prices, and great service. Will go back!

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viprob83
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Front of house staff was awful and didn't seem like he wanted to be there but Wait staff were good. I've been a fan of Tom's Kitchen for a long time but this was a disastrous visit. We won't be back to this venue.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was mixed, one person good the otheer rubbish. The food was fab, the view from the window table was great. We'll go again although a tad expensive, so not your everyday eaterie.

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WilkesStreet
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience2

While the staff were all very pleasant, we felt that the service was quite slow and that the food, although good, was overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great recommendation from a friend - came for lunch with my daughter. Great menu - we started with the charcuterie platter and had a fabulous bottle of Malbec. LOVED the presentation of the bill!

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Hungrychef
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, good was so good! Although I do feel this is slightly overpriced, however, we did have a really lovely evening.

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Yumimumi
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Very empty. No atmosphere. Service very slow. Food good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

relaxed, and good service, fun cocktails, no rush to get you through your lunch, liked the way food was served and plenty of water available
wine list good and reasonable
food was good, had to send something back as not cooked as requested but this was sorted very quickly
a great venue definitely recommend for a nice lunch in town.

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nodrog
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was just about right, but we were rather surprised not to be offered a lunch menu, just the brunch. However we saw items we liked on the brunch menu and ordered without comment.
Service was very good, but this time we did get "hovered" over a bit. Last time, a Sunday, the waiter was at the end of the room not staring at us, but immediately with us when we signalled. He was entertaining and informative when required. This is ideal, and it's worth extra training if necessary to attain this perfection of service!!
All in all, a very happy occasion for relatives to meet up, made even more comfortable by the lovely staff of Somerset House in the adjacent lounge.
Toilets never seem to function fully or properly, but that is not I would think, the main concern of Tom's. They are the only area in which Somerset House lets them down.

BW
BeeWee
London
27 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch on a Sunday before going to an exhibition at the Courtauld gallery. Food was excellent, and good value. Service attentive without being fussy; and reasonably good value.

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7oaksjen
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met our 3 sons for a birthday dinner for our youngest. Staff were very friendly. Food was delicious and there was no problem feeding our son's girlfriend who is gluten free. It was like having dinner in our own dining room as we were the only table occupied.
A nice touch was happy birthday on Harry's plate for his dessert
Thank you so much, we will be back

MP
MonkeyPie
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We found the staff and the food to be very good. The restaurant is pleasant enough with a fully stocked bar. The wine we ordered was very good. The food was exceptional.

We shared a charcuterie platter to start which was plentiful, and to follow we had the chateaubriand. This was cooked to perfection and was a stunning piece of meat. The warm bread you are served to start is slightly sweet and very delicious, careful you don't fill up on it.

Although pricey, we enjoyed and would recommend. Lovely location within Somerset House.

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Fussy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Was disappointed with the food on this visit and also they had not taken into account my request for a corner table as both myself and my guest are deaf. However, they did give us a corner table with little fuss. Maybe not the best choice for deaf people with high ceilings. etc. although we did manage.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

OH MY GOD THE MACARONI CHEESE. Lovely place to eat, ambience and service top notch. Food was quite pricey for what it was but worth it and to be expected eating somewhere so amazing.

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Dinner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband and I visited for a quick pre-theatre midweek dinner. It was a disappointing start when I had to send back the bread as it was badly undercooked (I didn't see them serve any to anyone else after us, so I guess the whole batch was a write off - how come none of the chefs or waiting staff had noticed?) but our mains were well cooked and nicely presented. Service seemed variable. Although our waitress was friendly, there were other staff members loitering in doorways and pretending not to notice our empty plates etc, which made the atmosphere in the nearly empty dining room unecessarily tense. Overall it was good to try for a change, but I will not be rushing to go again.

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Friendly
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The setting is perfect, right by the river, with lovely high-ceilinged, airy rooms. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and really good, and the food is fresh, no-nonsense English-based dishes, all cooked beautifully, and extremely tasty. Tables are scrubbed pine with no fancy tablecloths, and the floors are wood. It's simple but delicious.
This is a new favourite of mine. Ideally-located for any of the South Bank theatres, Covent Garden, Aldwych, and if you are coming in or out of Waterloo station.
When we went, the Somerset House ice rink was in full swing, which added to the atmosphere.

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lapurplepenguin
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely menu on a cold winter's evening with great use of seasonal produce.

We enjoyed all the dishes we tried, and thought it good value for the quality of the food.

The ambience is a little odd due to the restrictions of the venue but the staff were excellent, providing just the right amount of attention

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Front of house staff were nice & helpful so first impressions were good, but let down by serving staff who were very slow and unfriendly (although there were loads of them and it wasn't that busy). Food took ages to arrive and was cold when it did. Burgers were okay but pasta dish was claggy and tasteless. The location is lovely and I like the decor of the restaurant but I won't be going back any time soon.

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Simbo62
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue with helpful & friendly staff. Varied me use with fabulous tasting food. Would recommend a visit.

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Twosixpax
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience5

I ate at Tom's a month ago and had a great 5-star experience, but on this occasion most of the menu was not available - presumably due to it being between Christmas and New Year. Particularly disappointing as were visiting from the US. Location in Somerset House is unique and fun and when the entire menu is available the food is excellent.

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Marine
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The staff were absolutely lovely with us and especially the 4-yr-old we had with us. She said her macaroni cheese was the most delicious thing she's ever eaten!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2015
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Having been to toms kitchen a while ago I wanted to take my partner as it was so good, unfortunately this time it wasn't as good

KD
KilburnDiner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my third visit and did not disappoint. Despite the high ceilings and august surroundings the restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and allows for intimate conversation without being drowned out by other diners. Service has been uniformly excellent, friendly, attentive but not overly fussy and we never felt under pressure to eat up and leave. Wine is reasonably priced and the menu is attractive and varied; main a mix of meat, fish and game and very good and generous side dishes. My only quibble would be the restricted choice for vegetarians but then it's not primarily pitched at vegetarians. I would recommend it for both intimate dinners and a get-together for friends or family.

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debig
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There were 10 of us and we had mixed reviews about the food (mine, Papparadelle Truffle) was lovely, but overpriced. The chocolate and caramel tart was rather tasteless. We all felt the £30 per bottle Prosecco was very expensive. As we did not receive particularly good service we deducted the £35 service charge. However, the ambience, especially outside with the skating rink was lovely

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Friendly
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

From the mouth-watering smells emanating from the basement as we walked in the door, to the lovely riverview setting, this was a treat! To add to the festive atmosphere, the ice rink was in full swing, with twinkly lights and Christmas music.
For an intimate diner a deux I probably wouldn't recommend it, but we sat at the big scrubbed pine table downstairs, with a view of the open kitchen (amazingly calm and orderly), and it was very comfortable and didn't feel crowded. It felt like eating at a friend's house, albeit a friend with exceptional culinary skills; it had that warm, welcoming feel to it.
Then there is the food. We ordered a lot of sharing dishes and each one was a delight for the tastebuds. It started with the crusty bread and wonderfully peppery, strong fruity olive oil. Highlights were the seabass, the butternut squash, the cauliflower - but all these were lifted to another dimension by the subtle and unusual mixes and hints of spices, herbs and flavours. The burrata was nectar, with cardomam seeds...and even the dessert - sour cherry and red fruit crumble was fabulous. We had a crisp dry Chardonnay which complimented the food very well. Even the bill was not too painful! I will be back!

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vipomnivore
Newcastle
43 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I needed somewhere near the courts that wasn't too fusty and this was perfect

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undercovertaster
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had made a booking and arrived but were told to have a drink at the bar whilst the table was being prepared - I took a look and it was already set up and ready (usual tactic to get you to buy extra drinks!). After about 5 minutes of questioning this we were shown to the table and then had to wait about 15 mins for someone to take our drinks order - and the restaurant was very quiet so this was rather frustrating, The food was ok but the 'special' Toms burger arrived in a very dry bun, and the actual burger was overcooked - it seemed to be reheated instead of being cooked fresh. Overall, not a great place and over-rated. Not recommended.

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Nibblers
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the ambience and welcome excellent at the restaurant. All our eating requirements were catered for. The service was unobtrusive but spot on and friendly. The food was beautiful with a wide choice of dishes to suit all tastes. Two of the group with smaller appetites chose two starters rather than a starter and main and were pleasantly replete but enjoyed a dessert to finish. We were not hurried and were able to enjoy a leisurely meal together. Each dish was original, flavoursome and healthy with perfectly sized portions and options for side dishes. The wine we chose was memorable and shared between four the price was very good for the quality of food and service. The seats were comfortable and there was space around us with no music or noise which we prefer. We would book again. Thank you for a great time at your restaurant.

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vipLulu32
London
17 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Was looking forward to dining here as amazing setting at christmas with the christmas tree and skating, but felt a bit like we were sitting in a corridor. Place was pretty empty for a Saturday night, which is never a good sign, and while food and service was fine, the ambience was poor due to very few people and very bright lights! I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for a romantic meal, perhaps brunch or lunch would work better given the format. I like the bar area there, though, and bar staff were friendly. Such a shame as has potential to be a great dining spot.

HB
HtotheB83
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was good - food was okay. Had Shepherd's Pie and it was very salty and pretty runny - could have used a spoon to be honest. Pudding was good though.

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Pieman1
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The staff were polite & friendly without being intrusive. The food was fabulous! Delicious, good sized portions which looked great. The venue was impressive with high ceilings, great views of the Southbank & classically decorated. There were different rooms seating only 5-6 different small groups in each thus allowing intimacy. All in all a great experience, can't wait to go again.

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John
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great service, great food.
Love Tom's Kitchen in general but Somerset House is my favourite, be it for lunch dinner or brunch, they got the relaxed formula just right, you are never bothered, yet efficient, river views are hard to beat so you have a winner there in all aspects.

MB
vipMBLON
London
55 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a nice restaurant with some blindspots. The interior is pleasant enough, though is overlit and lacks atmosphere. You can glimpse buildings on the Southbank but the windows are too high to make the best of the view (obviously it's a listed building so it's not the restaurant's fault). Food is inconsistent - burgers are very good, but some of the other mains are only just above canteen quality in their presentation and flavour combinations. Ingredients, though, are always good quality and seem fresh. Prices are decent for the area.

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Swampy
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Thought would be nice to take oversea visitors too. Both dissapointed and embarrassed by my choice. Best part of experience were delightful staff. Worst part was abundance of mice in corridors leading to restaurant and around toilets. Windows too dirty to see lights of south bank. Food was poor. Left apologising for my choice and very embarrassed. Couldn't believe it was quite so bad.

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Tess26
West Sussex
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was fab , the service was not up to the same standard as the food. Waitress was very surly and it wasn't until we were at the end of our meal that she was a bit happier . The setting in Somerset house was lovely - would be great in the summer. Would recommend the food without a doubt.

AJ
AlistairJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely venue and reasonably priced for the location and quality! Friendly staff and good food and drink choices!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food - every course was outstanding. Perfect portion sizes. Booked this table for my boyfriends birthday as its his favourite restaurant- I had never been but can now understand why.

The host was more than accommodating by asking if I needed a cushion for my chair as I'm 37 weeks pregnant - very nice touch

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
22 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My friend and I really enjoyed the setting and the delicious food. To keep to a lighter lunch, we opted for a selection of starters rather than one of the many steaks on offer. The crabcakes and the burrata were outstanding.

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vipeplau
London
330 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice location but get a table near the window

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Tom's Kitchen Somerset House is rated 3.8 stars by 965 OpenTable diners.