Galvin at Windows

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“Nothing quite compares to Galvin at Windows”, declares one reader. With “unsurpassed” 28th-floor views adding something special to proceedings, seasoned chef-patron Chris Galvin heads up one of the slickest operations in the capital – a buzzy, handsome space underpinned by service that “never fails to leave you feeling pampered”. The kitchen adds a few Asian touches to the “excellent” French food. Light mushroom tortellini in a tofu-laden unami broth is a delicate and well-balanced starter, while beef fillet accompanied by a wobbling slab of foie gras, braised short-rib and sticky bordelaise jus is no-holds-barred Gallic cooking at its best. A delightful sommelier globetrots to find the right match – full marks for the sweet, tropical New Zealand Riesling offered with a passion fruit and white chocolate soufflé. “Still our favourite place in London for a great night out”, concludes another fan.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Brunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
People
Romantic, Special occasions

About Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows offers something pretty unique. Housed on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, this lofty restaurant offers diners modern French cuisine with touches of Asian flavour alongside carefully selected wines. Head chef Marc Hardiman and the team use seasonal ingredients to craft elegant dishes, which can be enjoyed a la carte or as part of a four- or seven-course tasting menu.

Employing French techniques applied to largely native ingredients, the kitchen turns our elegant creations like cured duck liver with rhubarb and pain d’Epices or Portland crab custard with sea buckthorn and hazelnut to start. From there, you might see a celeriac and Perigord truffle pithivier for vegetarians, wild turbot with leek, truffle and vin jaune sauce and Bodmin venison with smoked onion, salsify and spiced red cabbage ketchup.

Diners can then finish their lavish but refined meal with the likes of a duck egg custard tart, tarte tatin laced with calvados or even a chocolate eclair made with hazelnut, tonka and milk ice cream. Those seeking to end the meal on a more savoury note may opt for a cheese course, with three, five or seven cheeses.

The Sunday lunch here certainly deserves a mention, as it is amazingly affordable considering the peerless quality of the food. Heartier options feature a little more on Sunday lunch, so you might enjoy roast black Angus beef with all the trimmings, sea bream with lobster risotto and nasturtium or fettuccine with shiitake broth and truffle as your main. There is even a children’s menu at Galvin at Windows, proving just how welcoming the restaurant is to families (something not often seen at restaurants of this calibre).

The service here is also famous and is just one of the many reasons so many people return to Galvin at Windows time and time again.

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Location

London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, St. James's, London, W1K 1BE

020 7208 4021

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun 12:00-14:45
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun Closed

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40 Reviews 
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Anon

26 July 2019  
Great view with window table. Good food.

Zin T

28 June 2019  
Drinks, service, venue, location.

Dimitry L

31 July 2018  
Impeccable location, food (presentation and quality), service. Fred is a Sirieix Maitre d'hotel.

Julia H

27 June 2018  
Faultless service, each and every time. Great seasonal menu.

Anna W

27 June 2018  
Great views of London. Always excellent food and service. Staff very friendly.

phillip R

08 May 2017  
Great view food and service.

Isobel

13 September 2016  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Drinks with a view
This is a great bar to come to for a couple of drinks before dinner. The staff are friendly and unpretentious and make you feel welcome. They are happy to accommodate any wishes and sat us by the window when we asked. When we made a special drinks request and the bar didn't have all the ingredients, they went to the restaurant kitchen to get what was needed which I was most impressed by. The cocktails are delicious and unusual, very well made. It is pricey but that's to be expected for a bar at the top of the Hilton on Park Lane. It's not somewhere for an every week visit but definitely good for a special occasion.

Matthew E

06 November 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5
Another great dinner
Our third visit to Galvin at Windows and the quality remains. The food is excellent. The venison (which in lesser hands can be rather dry) was positively succulent. Of course the views and atmosphere are unsurpassed. The service was very good. The staff were friendly and not at all stuffy - just a slight inclination to the over-attentive when it comes to refilling the water glasses. Still our favourite place in London for a great night out.

Cardy C

24 June 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
My Birthday Lunch at Galvin at Windows!
You can find my experience here - http://www.hkpiggyfoodjournal.com/#!My Birthday Lunch at Galvin at Windows!/cmbz/5A3F7A51-C1E2-4190-BB65-1B42DC1F5997

Fat B

25 February 2015  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Delicious food, impeccable service and stunning views
Thoroughly enjoyed a lunch (Menu du Jour) here just before New Year's. Smoked mussel velouté was so deep, complex and luxurious I wanted to swim in it, and the little cubes of chicken thigh were somehow not overpowered by the sea flavours and complemented the dish perfectly. My main of slow-cooked feather blade of beef was intensely flavoured, rich and dark as chocolate, and a great example of how good this under-used cut can be. In fact, I enjoyed it far more than I have many a rare-grilled steak. Chocolate fondant was, for me, the weakest dish of the meal but I'm being picky here, and it was nevertheless very tasty. I just would have expected a bit more of an oozing centre perhaps. The accompanying yoghurt and dill sorbet (ice cream?) was different and interesting but I'm not sure it is something I could get too excited about. Overall, it was a delicious meal and the service was impeccable. The views across London only add to the occasion and provide an extra wow factor. I can't recommend Galvin at Windows highly enough for a special occasion.
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