Avenue 1

7-9 St James's Street , London, SW1A 1EE

020 7321 2111

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SquareMeal Review of Avenue

For years, Avenue’s glamorously clinical, white-walled dining room was a regular haunt of Mayfair’s blue-bloods, antique dealers and shoppers looking for eclectic, Brit-accented food and smart drinks. Now it’s re-emerged as an all-American joint – although it still exudes an arty vibe, with exhibits and sculptural installations from new kids on the block. A unique chandelier fashioned from wine glasses takes centre stage in the dining room, while the menu offers contemporary US dishes ranging from clam chowder served in sourdough with littleneck clams and crumbled bay crackers to sharing plates from the Josper grill – perhaps ‘KC suckling pig butt’ with spiced bacon, pecan cabbage, cinder potato and sour cream. The 200-bin wine list focuses on American and Old World classics, with a Coravin system allowing diners to sample prestige wines by the glass or ‘pail’.

Special offers

3 course set menu with glass of bubbles £25

Three courses and glass of bubbles £25

From: 08 January 2018

To: 28 February 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valentine's Day: 3 course menu £60 including cocktail & live music

This Valentine’s Day we’re cooking up a three-course menu in the heart of St James’s, including a cocktail, indulgent dishes and live music.

From: 14 February 2018

To: 14 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Weekend Brunch: 2/3 courses at £25.50/£28.50 plus bubbles for £18

From a set menu, 2 courses for £25.50 or 3 courses £28.50. Add unlimited Bubbles or Bloody Mary's for £18 per person.

From: 06 January 2018

To: 28 January 2018

Max: 12

Not available in conjunction with any other offers. Maximum of 10 diners. Include

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7.5

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 8.3

Value: 7.3

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Carol V. 23 October 2015

After a long absence and I was so pleased. It couldn't have been bettered from all aspects. St James' eating out at its elegant best

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

GH platinum reviewer 22 April 2015

We started the evening at the wonderful long bar- beautifully decorated, attentive staff, nice drinks. Moved to the lovely dining area great food and good service. It was a bit quiet but maybe because we wnet late on a Tuesday evening. Definitely will return.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

meena r. 01 December 2014

I had an excellent meal and wonderful service. The waiter overheard my friend saying happy birthday to me and brough over a desert with a candle (without being asked) which I thought was beyond what you can normally expect . Really loevly staff, great environment and excellent vfm on the fixed price menu. I will definitely be back.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Nicola T. bronze reviewer 11 August 2014

I visited Avenue for lunch, the restaurant was full and had a really uplifting buzz in the air. The serving staff were attentive and good. The food was a different story, what can I say but average, nothing special pretty box standard which was extremely disappointing because for some reason I had expected something more. I probably wouldn't go again as there are much nicer places dine in the vacinity.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Emma T. 23 June 2014

We were tremendously disappointed by the Avenue, having taken guests from overseas. One guest ordered a starter that was essentially half an iceberg lettuce on a skewer. The lobster and saffron risotto entree was short on lobster, lukewarm and very yellow with red juice. The hazelnut semifreddo and coffee granita was a mess. Service was slow. We do like the interior and there was a warm welcome on arrival but overall it he Avenue falls far short of its peers nearby.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Malin E. 07 March 2014

Had a lovely welcome on arrival – the bar area was buzzing and the recently refurbished restaurant looked great. Service: a bit over attentive at first with constant water refills even though we had not even taken sip.. constant standing around to see if we finished a course and trying to take plates even though we were not done. Removing side plates whilst one of us was still eating their starter. Towards the end of the meal the restaurant was very busy so then it was more a matter of trying to get the attention of the waiters. Food. We decided to share a starter of ricotta and beetroot – they actually divided it on to 2 plates before serving – nice touch! Stone bass with spicy kale – a bit over cooked and the kale didn't really taste of any spice. Best part was the dessert – mini doughnuts with litle jugs of melted chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce and whipped cream – a DIY dessert that was delicious. When we got the bill we saw that there were a few cocktails added on (we only had a bottle of wine) which was obviously not right but we advised and it got corrected. I would probably go back to the bar but the food was not that inspiring.

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Private Dining Room
Capacity: 14
Special offers

3 course set menu with glass of bubbles £25

From: 08 January 2018

To: 28 February 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valentine's Day: 3 course menu £60 including cocktail & live music

From: 14 February 2018

To: 14 February 2018

Max: 6

Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Weekend Brunch: 2/3 courses at £25.50/£28.50 plus bubbles for £18

From: 06 January 2018

To: 28 January 2018

Max: 12

Not available in conjunction with any other offers. Maximum of 10 diners. Include

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