Kettner's

29 Romilly Street , London, W1D 5HP

10 reviews

40 International Soho

Kettner's

SquareMeal Review of Kettner's

SOHO HOUSE HAS ACQUIRED THE SITE AND WILL REOPEN KETTNER'S TOWNHOUSE IN JANUARY 2018

“I love all the history and the fantastic atmosphere” chimed one fan who was bowled over by velvet banquettes, crystal chandeliers and mosaic floors of this glamorously refurbished Soho “treasure”. The mood is convincingly special and the brasserie generally delivers satisfying food backed by welcoming, helpful service. Pre-theatre deals are always a popular shout, while the carte promises easy comfort in the shape of lobster bisque with lobster ravioli or baked goats’ cheese with beetroot marmalade followed by Toulouse sausages and mash, harissa-glazed saddle of lamb with crispy polenta or fishcakes with pea purée and brown shrimp butter – not forgetting high-calorie treats from the vast pudding menu. The whole package also embraces a dedicated Champagne Bar, breakfast, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch with a live pianist and “some of the best private dining rooms in London”. 

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7.7

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 7.9

Atmosphere: 7.6

Value: 7.3

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Timothy P. silver reviewer 01 May 2015

Kettner's was one of the restaurants recommended on the Palace Theatre website; we were attending the Commitments show there, and it is right behind the theatre. We arrived just before 6pm, had a choice of seating and the service was attentive and efficient (thanks to Israel the Brazilian waiter). We eschewed the pre-theatre offering, rather limited at 3 choices each course, and went a la carte; fresh duck salad and a crab starter were followed by delicious tender venison with a cocoa sauce (I ordered more of that) and a roast halibut. A side of carrots were quite dry and unbuttered (so ordered some butter). A variety of wines by the glass in the £7-8 range and a bottle of sparkling water brought the bill to just over £100 before service. pretty respectable for the quality of food and the ability to get us out within 1 hour and 15 mins. The room filled up pretty fast, and was quite noisy, with 2 large groups of celebrating ladies; but we got a window table and it was fine.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Charles C. 26 September 2014

Visited Kettners following recommendation from friends.Very busy restaurant ,obviously popular, we were therefore excited about our visit. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. there the good things stopped. We chose the pre-theatre dinner menu. Choice of starters was reasonable and our starters were good. However the choice of mains was very poor, only 3 to choose from. We both chose Plaice which was very dry and tasteless, on a small ration of some type of tasteless potatoes and we think vegetables, but could not be sure. the meal lacked a good sauce. I asked for a beer and was offered only a Swiss beer called 1936, which was of poor quality. A very poor meal which was not inexpensive. Will not be revisiting.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

lesley l. 06 May 2014

food was good atmosphere is fantastic, staff were so nice and helpfull, price was good love this place. and love all the history.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Bob T. 04 May 2014

We have been 2 or 3 times now for pre/post theatre meals,and find it ideal.You can choose from set menu,2/3 courses,with plenty of good dishes,or go a la carte,bit more expensive,but not bad given the location. Had belly of pork dish,and mullet.both very tasty, wine by glass or bottle , fairly reasonable prices, service quiuck but good , friendly, informative

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Shiona M. 29 April 2014

I first visited Kettners with my father in 1954. As I then lived in Scotland for many years and only visited occasionally. In the last year have returned 3 times. on each occasion I have had a great experience, and would plan to visit again. An excellent meal with superb service.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Vanessa in the City 10 February 2014

I booked this restaurant on behalf of my colleague. He and his guest thoroughly enjoyed their lunch. Food and wine were really good he said. But he did mention that when arriving for their 1215 reservation it was really quiet and that the atmosphere picked up an hour later. So if you want a restaurant with a great atmosphere and buzz book after 1pm.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Victoria M. bronze reviewer 11 December 2013

The restaurant is full of festive spirit with all the decorations and a lovely christmas tree. Along with that come the fully booked tables occupied by happy people so the room fills with so much noise it's hard to hear each other over the table. Even the pianist was hard to hear and it seemed like there was no background music at all. That aside, the staff were friendly and welcoming and working very efficiently as a team. The service was good, the food was very good, the place is clean and pleasant. We had starters of onion soup, pumpkin salad (looked like a main size if you ask me!) and grilled goats cheese; mains of peppered salmon, duck breast and pork belly – all very tasty and portions generous. Will be back to taste the rest of the menu!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Perfectdinner 14 September 2013

I visited this restaurant for dinner this week and took advantage of the summer menu offer. The food was delicious, the service superb and the atmosphere great.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Alexandra G. 20 May 2013

I couldnt fault the post theatre set menu. It offered excellent value for money and my Mushroom Soup starter was superb, matched by the Pork Cheeks with a fabulous mash for main. My partner ate off the a al carte and was also suitabley impressed. The bar buzzed for pre dinner drinks and the restaurant was full. We asked for a romantic table and were given one… faultless service. All in all a winner post show, just wish Jersey Boys had been as good!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 1.0

Sarah D. bronze reviewer 19 March 2013

I was very much looking forward to my meal at what I understood was one of Londons best eateries. How wrong was I looked at the Menu online and all those lovely photos that come with it the night before and believed I was in for a culanary treat. The starter of Pressed oie Gras and Turkey Terrine resembled and looked like a scotch egg made by some Norfolk Turkey farmer you know the one. My Duck confit tasted stale and wasn't crispy at all. I could go on about the rest of the meal but there is not anythning positive to say. The service was good and they were very appologetic and tried to offer me other dishes. An over priced Disappointment.

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