Rib Room Bar & Restaurant

bronze award


4 reviews

Ground Floor, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, 2 Cadogan Place , London, SW1X 9PY

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SquareMeal Review of Rib Room Bar & Restaurant

bronze award


Famous as a bastion of Britishness for over 50 years, The Rib Room “oozes grace and style rather than off-the-wall genius”; it also pleases a smart Anglo-American crowd with its discreet atmosphere, impeccably professional service and well-presented food. Inside, it bears all the hallmarks of five-star hotel luxury with deep leather seats, generously spaced tables and plenty of expensive trappings, while the menu deals in unreformed British cooking – oysters, prawn cocktail (“to die for”), top-notch Dover sole and some of the best steaks in town, according to its many fans. Lobster thermidor, game and ‘seasonally modern’ specials such as wild sea bass with crayfish tails, broccoli, seaweed and clam chowder are also worth trying. A formidable iPad wine list, regular live jazz and the prospect of exemplary G&Ts on the “secret” terrace earn bonus points.

Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

A beautifully put-together longer wine list that is clear, well designed and commendably accurate. Although the French section gets the headlines, there’s clear thought and effort that has gone into the likes of Australia and the US as well, while the iPad list adds a further modern twist.

Rib Room Bar & Restaurant Location

Ground Floor, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, 2 Cadogan Place , London SW1X 9PY

Opening times

Mon-Sun 7-11am (Sun 8am- ) 12.30-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

Rib Room Bar & Restaurant's Reviews


Food & Drink: 9.0


Service: 8.8


Atmosphere: 7.8


Value: 7.0


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
29 October 2013

The main claim to fame of the Rib Room is that it does British food well and it undoubtedly scores in that respect. The Classics on the menu looked a little staid to us but the Seasonal dishes seemed to offer imagination and contrasting flavours so we went for the latter. The food is extremely well done – great flavours and very well presented. Nothing too risky though – this is cooking which oozes grace and style but not off the wall genius. The atmosphere is quite relaxed – smart but not overbearing. Being a hotel restaurant, no doubt some of the diners were guests who had popped down for something to eat. I liked the split level effect in the dining room and the arm chairs were extremely comfortable. Service is very attentive – if erring towards being overly so: restaurants need to realise that allowing a guest's water glass to be empty is not a capital offence!! The lady sommelier was very helpful. The Tablet wine list was a good idea but even greater ability to search against price and country/varietal would improve it further. The one downside is the price. £58 for 3 courses is pretty steep and without any amuse-bouche or pre-dessert. It was also the first time I've seen a 15% service charge in London. But for special occasions (as ours was) the Rib Room delivers the goods.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

10 February 2012

My husband and I treated ourselves to a three-course dinner yesterday evening and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was despite a recent review I'd seen in the Guardian. We both had beef tartar to start which was prepared at our table exactly to our liking. I had the dover sole for main, which was a bit pricey but well worth it. My husband had the sirloin steak which was tasty and cooked medium to precision. Our desserts were a gloriously sticky ginger pudding with cinnamon ice cream and a selection of smelly British cheeses. Excellent food overall and the waiters were extremely attentive. For a Thursday night, the place was buzzing with a combination of hotel guests and business meetings so there was a bit of atmosphere but in general I think it's a relatively demure and grown-up setting. Would definitiely recommend it but beware of extortionate wine prices.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

25 January 2012

The restaurant itself is a lot nicer that it looks in the photographs online , the feel I got from the hotel as a whole was very much a business impression, quite masculine as well. The Jemeriah also has a cigar menu , with their own blended cigar which customers are invited to enjoy on the terrace. We sat in one of the private dining rooms which seated 12 people, the rooms are very cosy and have a warm front room feel to them, big lights that are dimmed and big pieces of art work. They are closed off with big curtains so you still get the buzz of the restaurant ( which was very busy last night ) we had the curtains open and you still feel separate yet part of the atmosphere. They have a huge wine and champagne menu with around 500 to chose from , there head sommelier Louise is half way through writing a description for every single wine. You select the drinks and cigars from an Ipad with photos, price and description. How modern! The food was amazing, the rib of beef i ordered rare and it really was quite rare! The type of beef where your knife cuts through it like butter! The table where also served with sides of spinach , potato, carrots and gravy. The biggest and best roast I’ve ever had. It’s not cheap though at £42! I heard no complaints from around the table all night. The service was good, not amazing but good. They also bring out birthday plates if your celebrating! They finish the food off at the tables which is a really nice touch, they also serve beef tartar (at the table ) which is now a rare dish to find! It’s a lovely central location and a busy restaurant.

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