Vanilla Black

4.5
1593 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
We decided to open our own vegetarian restaurant back in 2004. We set some standards for the food: no dish would rely on pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing.
We would create menus of unusual combinations and flavours which challenged the norms.

At the restaurant we serve a twist on traditional English and French classical dishes, reinvented as vegetarian food.
The fact that it is vegetarian is not the point; in fact it's neither here nor there. The dishes we create here are forward thinking, our food is challenging. It's different. Smashing stereotypes.
You don't even have to be vegetarian.

'Apologies in advance, no pasta bake or vegetable curry.'
We didn't think we would have to put that warning on our website, but we did.

Thank you for visiting Vanilla Black and we hope you enjoy dining with us.

Andrew, Donna and the team
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KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Probably the best vegetarian restaurant in England. Outstanding!

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E
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great range of vegan choices, bread as amazing, service good, nice range of drinks including mocktails

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J
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Vanilla Black and as a strict vegetarian I literally loved it. The staff were attentive and professional without being intrusive. Within the party were another couple who had eaten there before and had recommended the restaurant and I'm so glad they did. The food was original, exciting and most importantly delicious. Unusual combinations that worked really well together. Thank you for making my birthday particularly special!

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t
Brighton
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. One of the best restaurants in the country. Staff always go out of their way.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was 10/10

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food and really creative dishes.

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CD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The customer service was lacking and the food disappointing.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My partner is a vegetarian, and it was her birthday. The experience was mainly for her. However as a carnivore, I was intrigued to taste. The total experience was fantastic, and an eye opener. We actually had the give course vegan meal. Again mainly because we were intrigued. The young lady that served us, explained the meal and answered questions we had. They even came out at the end with a candle in the dessert as a surprise. Totally loved it. Thank you Dean

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AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most delicious meal I've had in a very long time. Splendidly unusual menu with no pasta bake or mushroom risotto (usual vegetarian choices) in sight. Sadly, we were too full for dessert but it looked like a great choice.
Highly recommended.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic five course vegan meal.... every dish was a masterpiece. Staff were great - friendly and just the right level of attention.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was super yummy just not enough of it, Service was fantastic!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went out for a meal with family. My Sister was the only vegetarian but we all had the vegan tasting menu. The food was fantastic and the paired wines really complimented the food. My second time I have been and would definitely go back

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FV
London
39 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic!!! My three non vegan husband/friends all loved our Vegan tasting menu dinner. Thank you!

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ! It’s a bit of a effort to get to for me but well worth it! The food is amazing and you don’t feel like you are in a veggie restaurant. Can’t recommend it enough. Just wish they had a restaurant by me ! Open one in Henley-on-Thames please 😊

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great no time to write more

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Ok restaurant but aseptic atmosphere and detached service. Warm it up, girls! And please feed us (food tasteful but hardly filling).

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CK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, so interesting and thoughtfully prepared. Every dish was well balanced and delicious. Understated and attentive service with friendly and welcoming front of house staff. A fantastic experience. We’ll be back for a third visit no doubt!

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AF
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well researched food and good service. Highly recommended!!!

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NS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

very interesting food which we thoroughly enjoyed. But WHY call your Gluten Free menu Wheat free...it freaks out us coeloiacs who have to seek reassurance from undertrained staff, who have to go and ask, so that the whole thing becomes A DEAL - whereas if you called it wheat free and gluten free we wouldn't have even have had to have the conversation. Then please train your staff to inform the table if the amuse bouche are GF or not ...again we had to ask making it A DEAL, which it really shouldnt have to be.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic eye opening evening smiley happy staff and all round fantastic service

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DH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing creations, vegetarian cuisine from the premier league.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality , imaginative vegetarian food with great service.

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ET
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Small portions, extremely expensive

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LC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the vegan 5 course tasting menu with matching wines. Not being a vegan, i wanted to try it, and the flavours were incredible, and the matching wines chosen expertly to compliment. Can not recommend highly enough.

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a
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent vegetarian/vegan meal! We had the 5 course menu option for the table and it was inventive, delicious and beautiful. Great place.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found Vanilla Black at rather short notice, great location just off Chancery Lane - very easy to find. Service was friendly and efficient, but not too intrusive. Speaking not as a strict vegan or vegetarian, menu had plenty to offer and food was very tasty. Great wine list. Highly recommended overall.

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TV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always...just can't wait to be back!

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KD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my wife's favourite vegetarian restaurant but, because we live in West Oxfordshire, we can't visit as often as we would like. Although I am not a vegetarian, I too really enjoy our visits as the dishes are so inventive, always flavourful and beautifully presented. The staff are also very friendly, courteous and helpful. We have recommended this restaurant to many other people and those who have taken up our recommendation have never been disappointed. I always tell people that if all vegetarian food was as delightful as that served at Vanilla Black, I would happily become a vegetarian myself

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MA
Hamburg Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so delicious. Amazing food and great service. The taste and the look of the food was very very good. Thanks a lot. Will come back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most interesting menu I have seen for a long while and the flavours and quality of the food matched up. Delicious food and 10 out of 10 service. Loved it.

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VH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing. The food is creative and delicious. The service is attentive but discreet. Even the bread and butter (thyme and smoked hay butter) were just glorious. We have been many times over the last few years and it just gets better.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic vegetarian dining experience. We need more places like this in London to help encourage more people to eat less meat and fish. Truly inspirational!

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully plated delicious food that kept me "fuller for longer". Their vegan banana ice cream was divine - and I'm an unapologetic carnivore! Will definitely be returning :)

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PB
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited London for my daughters 21st birthday with this restaurant being found on best vegan restaurant online search.
Usually choose a restaurant that covers all our needs as my daughter is vegan, my wife is a vegetarian with myself being a meat eater.
I was at first unsure of what was going to be available but after the menu was explained by the very helpful staff our choices were taken so we then awaited the dishes.
To all our surprise every single dish was excellent with a very happy daughter enjoying her birthday meal.
Thanks

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a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We loved every course - really innovative and tasty vegan plates. Thank you. We will try and come back again soon!

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KG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We went there as we had a gift voucher, wouldn’t rush back. Dishes are over priced and the ones we had (4 different ones) were quite small and somewhat flavourless.

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KP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful 5 course vegan tasting menu as a birthday treat. The food was amazing, the service attentive but unfussy and nothing was too much trouble...we were able to swap in an alternative dessert so that we got a taste of those available. We will be back!

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great! Amazing food, wonderful meal selection (we took the 5 courses), and friendly staff. They explained everything very thoroughly once we asked. When we didn't, they told us very shortly what we were eating, almost too fast to understand. However, they were very nice and it was a great experience.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Great staff - very helpful and attentive. Did a great job of explaining each course and each wine pairing. Would definitely go back again next time I’m in London.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Incredible flavours -the kitchen team really know how to make the essence of a vegetable sing. Lovely flavour combinations that surprised and intrigued us (the fennel dish was stunning, and the nutmeg custard dish had both our taste buds and our texture feelers in full alert). The last of the savoury dishes in the 5-course tasting menu (celeriac profiteroles) wasn’t on the same par we felt. The dish as a whole was a bit dry, the celeriac chips were a touch too hard and there was what tasted like a slight burnt flavour (also detected in lavender honeycomb) in the profiteroles. The Service was amazing and we loved hearing about the wine pairing which was very nicely and well explained. On a side note, the beer menu could be expanded a touch. The pricing for the set course lunch menu is what I would suggest for friends rather than the 5-course tasting menu which was rather hefty for us. Overall a real treat and we particularly enjoyed the relaxed feeling of the restaurant.

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