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

020 7321 2111

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SquareMeal Review of Avenue

A veteran of the London dining scene since 1996, Avenue has had a makeover in terms of both food and decor. Visitors can marvel at the wine-glass chandelier and moody modern art while sampling a menu that now takes in South American and Asian influences, from ceviche to seared salmon with bok choy (as well as burgers and steaks).


A simple but cleverly assembled avocado salad starter with pickled apple, edamame and mango dazzled visually and taste-wise. The kitchen kept up the tempo for the mains, with a Korean-spiced rack of lamb served with red cabbage mash and raw mango chutney particularly impressing, while wines were paired intelligently throughout from an interesting list.


But while the food, drink and service all impressed, the atmosphere fell flat and the 112-cover venue felt decidedly cavernous. A location at the bottom end of St James’s Street and some fairly steep prices go some way to explaining this, but Avenue needs to trumpet its strengths better for it to be as full as it deserves to be.


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Avenue is recommended for

Big And Bold | Group Dining 8 Plus | Bottomless Brunch | Live Music Dancing

Special offers

Evening Standard deal - 2 courses with a glass of wine £15

Evening Standard menu 2 courses with a glass of wine for £15

From: 16 July 2018

To: 09 September 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Sunday Bottomless Spritz Brunch, from £25.50

From a set menu, 2 courses for £25.50 or 3 courses £28.50. Add unlimited Aperol Spritz or Bubbles or for £18 per person.

From: 15 July 2018

To: 26 August 2018

Max: 12

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

Avenue's all American Brunch from £25.50

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: 07 July 2018

To: 25 August 2018

Max: 12

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

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Green Park Tube Station 315m

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 558m

Address

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

Area: St. James's

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-10.30pm Sat 11am-10.30pm (Sun -4pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Christie's 77m

Spencer House 179m

Details

Telephone: 020 7321 2111

Website:

Cuisine: International

Private Dining: 18

7.3

Food & Drink: 7.6

Service: 7.6

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 7.4

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Caroline T. 09 April 2018

Went to The Avenue where I used to go years ago. The set menu was good- nice food ( though small portions) and service good, staff very helpful. But the tables/ chairs/ décor all very dated. Restaurant pretty empty. Seems to need a make over....

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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Seating between eight to 18 guests, Avenue’s private room is a contemporary and elegant space well suited to private lunches or dinners. The room sets itself apart with modern design features including a stunning light installation and a floor-to-ceiling plaster cast of a bookcase, contrasted with an antique wooden dining table.


Private Dining Room
Capacity: 18
Special offers

Evening Standard deal - 2 courses with a glass of wine £15

From: 16 July 2018

To: 09 September 2018

Max: 8

Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Sunday Bottomless Spritz Brunch, from £25.50

From: 15 July 2018

To: 26 August 2018

Max: 12

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

Avenue's all American Brunch from £25.50

From: 07 July 2018

To: 25 August 2018

Max: 12

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

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