Avenue

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Bronze Award
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London, SW1A 1EE ·Website ·Call0207 321 2111

SquareMeal Review of Avenue

Bronze Award

Avenue has been a fixture of London’s dining scene since 1996, but it still manages to come across as a thoroughly modern brasserie. Part of the D&D restaurant group, which also operates Coq d’Argent in the City and German Gymnasium in King’s Cross to name but a few, Avenue occupies a large, light-filled building at the bottom of St James’s Street.

The Russel Sage designed restaurant welcomes guests through a dedicated bar space, while further back you’ll find the main dining area, as well as an intimate private dining room. Avenue manages to fill the space with stand-out features such as the twinkling wine-glass chandelier that sits in the room's centre, and the vibrant, large-scale artworks that line the walls.

The restaurant has served a few cuisines over the years, with its menu having taken inspiration from the likes of the US, South America and Asia across its long life. These days though, it serves a refined selection of meat and fish dishes which champion British ingredients.

We’re happy to report that this shift in focus works, with the menu’s unassuming yet effective dishes hitting the spot – it’s also a rare pleasure in London these days to find a menu that doesn’t require you to share. Our starter was a simple, but cleverly assembled crab salad; a mound of sweet shredded Brixham crab paired with brown crab mayonnaise, ready to spread on two slices of toast.

This simple yet effective approach appeared again in our main course, a slab of lusciously fatty pork belly with a sticky-glazed crackling topping. We padded out our main with golden tripled-cooked thick-cut chips and a bowl of creamed spinach, before rounding things off with an unashamedly sugary treat of a mixed berry sundae. This delightfully nostalgic concoction combines chocolate sauce, and strawberry and raspberry ice cream, with a final crowning coming in the form of a swirl of whipped cream.   

Prices reflect the area, but deals such as the great value set lunch menu and the oyster happy hour where you can shuck away for just £1 a pop help to draw people in, and we also hear that the lively weekend brunch is quite the party destination.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Cool, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options
People
Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About Avenue

Avenue is a modern British brasserie in the heart of London St James’s and part of the D&D restaurant collection. With an all-day offering that spans lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts, diners can head here for modern plates cooked with seasonal British ingredients. Leading the kitchen is Michelin-trained Rudi Warner, who was appointed Head Chef in 2021 and who previously worked at Blueprint Café (also D&D owned).  

Warner’s classical training can be seen in his menu, where familiar flavours are given a contemporary twist to bring something new and creative to Avenue. From the a la carte menu, expect the likes of Jerusalem artichoke soup with truffled cheese toastie, roast Organic duck breast with confit duck, a potato cake, radicchio and sherry jus and caramelised ‘eggy bread’ with malted barley ice cream. There’s also a set lunch and pre-theatre menu available from Tuesday to Friday, which are both a steal.  

Relax with a lazy two or three-course brunch on Saturdays, choosing from eggs benedict made with honey roast ham, poached Arlington White egg, muffin and hollandaise, steak frites with bearnaise and paprika French fries or pancakes with blueberry compote and crème fraiche to finish. While on Sundays, guests can dine on a whopping multiple-course roast accompanied by live blues music. If you want, add bottomless bubbles with both brunch or a roast to make it a weekend to remember.  

The 112-cover restaurant is a smart and glamorous room centred around a decanting bar, above which hangs a chandelier made of wine glasses. It’s an impressive place to grab a drink from its extensive cocktail and wine list. Avenue also boasts a separate bar that’s a popular destination for pre-dinner or after-work drinks, as well as a comfy lounge area for larger groups. Sip on a signature gin and tonic or a contemporary cocktail – there are plenty to choose from.  

Special offers for Avenue

1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

700 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £30.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time


Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.


FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Avenue?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Avenue.

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Meet the team
Avenue

Rudi Warner

Head Chef

Michelin-trained Rudi Warner brings a wealth of experience to his role, having previously worked with star chefs including Ollie Dabbous, Pierre Koffman and Tony Fleming. Warner’s menu at Avenue is a contemporary and exciting affair, which focuses on simple and refined dishes that employ only the best seasonal British ingredients, and taste all the better for it.


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Location for Avenue

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

0207 321 2111

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
All day
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-21:30
Wed 12:00-21:30
Thu 12:00-21:30
Fri 12:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-21:30
Sun Closed

Reviews of Avenue

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10 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Anon

24 November 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Nice enough but…

Rather bland slightly overpriced food and no ambience - on a Tuesday lunchtime it was sparsely populated with a handful of business lunchers in the large and rather clinical restaurant.  Service was however very good, attentive but not intrusive.  Toilet cubicles curiously small so difficult to manoevre in and out of.

Sue K

31 July 2018  
My favourite place for Brunch - good value, brilliant service and atmosphere. A proper Brunch menu!

Meena R

24 April 2018  
Fresh shellfish platters/ oyster bar.

Caroline T

09 April 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 4
Good food, poor ambience- needs a make over
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....

Carol V

23 October 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Return visit to Avenue
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

gowsia H

22 April 2015  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
modern and chic
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.

Meena R

01 December 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Excellent on every level
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.

Nicola T

11 August 2014  
Food & Drink 3
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
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.

Emma T

23 June 2014  
Food & Drink 2
Service 2
Atmosphere 3
Value 2
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.

Malin E

07 March 2014  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
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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