Vanilla Black

4.5
1608 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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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great staff

TG
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - really innovative food and, most importantly, delicious!

CG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not a vegetarian, but loved this restaurant. There food was exquisite and the service (with a smile) was wonderful. There are plenty of delicious vegetarian dishes to choose from and the staff are very attentive and thoughtful. The art-deco design finishes off an amazing experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brilliant food in a lovely setting. Well done!

SG
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative, tastebud-thrilling vegetarian and vegan food!
We had the 5 course vegetarian and vegan meals. Sensational!
My top tip: don't be put off by the descriptions of ingredients (if, say, you don't like fennel), as the chefs make everything taste amazing!
Attentive service (could have been a little clearer when describing each dish - hard to catch the details when it's unfamiliar), nice atmosphere. The background music was an odd mixture - not sure what the aim was in the choices.

S
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. Only slightly spoiled by a customer having a very loud conversation about her dog’s toilet habits, but hopefully she isn’t a regular visitor!

PL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an outstanding lunch, packed with subtle flavours and novel food techniques - a little gem.

DP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great interior and very comfortable. Service was faultless. The food was lovely but on a first visit it was hard to know what to expect as the menu wasn't very clear. However, my son, who is a fussy eater, absolutely loved the food!

DS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and flavours, like nothing else we have eaten before. Great service. Would definitely recommend.

KG
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third visit and my friends first, we both thoroughly enjoyed! The food was exquisite and very different which was exactly what we were after! Just a shame we didn’t get to stay for dessert as we had theatre tickets but there will be a next time!!

M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, subtle, inspired, vegan food. We had a scrumptious tasting menu and ate every drop!

GB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vegetarian food and a varied menu, so nice to have such good options to choose from.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant with good and attentive service. The food is very good and imaginative. Extremely well presented too.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food. Every dish a treat for the senses!

KS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

E
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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!

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.

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

Food was 10/10

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

Incredible food and really creative dishes.

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

The customer service was lacking and the food disappointing.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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!

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 😊

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

Great no time to write more

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).

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!

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

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Been here 3 times with my vegetarian/vegan friends. The food is not bad but I will not be returning as the service was just horrendous during my last visit.

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.

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

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

Amazing creations, vegetarian cuisine from the premier league.

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

High quality , imaginative vegetarian food with great service.

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

Small portions, extremely expensive

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.

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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