Avenue

Bronze Award
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Bronze Award

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.


Good to know about Avenue

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
International
Ambience
Big and bold
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch
Special Features
Live music / dancing
People
Group dining [8+]

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Special offers from Avenue

Pre/Post Theatre: 2/3 courses with a glass of wine, £18.50/£22.50

From: 11 February, 2019
To: 30 April, 2019
Max: 8
Enjoy 2 courses with wine, £18.50 or 3 courses with wine, £22.50
Availability: Mon-Fri 5:30PM-10:30PM

Set Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses with a glass of wine, £18.50/£22.50

From: 11 February, 2019
To: 30 April, 2019
Max: 8
Enjoy 2 courses with wine for £18.50 or 3 courses with wine for £22.50
Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-3:00PM

Weekend Brunch, from £25.50

From: 27 October, 2018
To: 4 May, 2019
Max: 12
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 11am-5pm
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM,Sat 11:00AM-5:00PM

Easter Sunday Moet Rosé Brunch, from £25.50

From: 21 April, 2019
To: 21 April, 2019
Max: 12
This Easter Sunday it's all about families! Enjoy 2 courses for £25.50 or 3 courses £28.50 and free flowing Moet Rosé Champagne for £35.Take the kids with you to enjoy our new Kids Menu!
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM

Location for Avenue

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

020 7321 2111

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Opening Times of Avenue

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

Reviews of Avenue

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7 Reviews
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Caroline T

Good food, poor ambience- needs a make over
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....
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Anon

Return visit to Avenue
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
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Ms/Mrs. gowsia H

modern and chic
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.
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Anon

Excellent on every level
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.
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Ms/Mrs. Nicola T

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.
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Ms/Mrs. 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.
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Ms/Mrs. 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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