Galvin La Chapelle

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Gold Award

Plenty of London restaurants wax lyrical about the history of the building they reside in, but the former life of this Michelin-starred outpost of Chris and Jeff Galvin’s empire is obvious from the outset. Housed in what was the Grade II-listed St Botolph’s Hall, the restaurant’s “absolutely stunning” dining room features double-height ceilings, marble columns, curving arches and huge windows.

You might expect a restaurant of such grand proportions to feel cold or devoid of atmosphere, but Galvin La Chapelle is the opposite, the undeniable warmth of the room buoyed along by plush drapes, gorgeous floral arrangements and candle light. These accents also ensure that La Chapelle doesn’t only appeal to City slickers, with the restaurant being a viable destination for date night or celebration dinners with family and friends.

Service achieves that winning combination of “attentive, but not overly so”, while the cooking combines timeless French technique with a light, modern touch. Lasagne of Dorset crab involves homemade pasta encasing a rich buttery mouthful of shellfish, while seasonal favourites such as loin of venison are cooked to perfection.

Elsewhere, velvety tagliatelle is crowned with white truffle and the pleasing crunch of toasted breadcrumbs, while dessert sees tarte Tatin (made with Pink Lady apples) served with a smooth dollop of Normandy crème fraiche to cut through the stickiness.

Alongside Galvin La Chapelle’s à la carte, you’ll also find an excellent three-course Sunday lunch which features the likes of roast rump of Cumbrian beef with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, carrots and green beans, while multi-course set menus with optional wine pairings are ones to save for a special occasion. While La Chapelle may be rooted in tradition, it’s not afraid to keep up with modern tastes either – note the dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus.

Excellent food deserves to be matched with wine that is just as impressive, so you’d do well to choose from La Chapelle’s extensive selection, which ranges from accessibly priced tipples by the glass and carafe, to Champagnes that clock in well above the £1,000 mark.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Eat at Home
Home delivery
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

COVID-19 Update for Galvin La Chapelle

Updated on 14 Apr 2021

Galvin La Chapelle will re-open on the 17th of May. 


We have reduced the number of guests that we are able to accommodate so that we are able to make social distancing possible. Due to this, we would highly recommend making a reservation in advance. 


COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies

We regularly deep clean and sanitise our restuarants. 

Hand sanitising stations are available at all entrances for guests to use. 

A traffic system is in place, so that you can avoid unnecessary close contact with other guests and our team. 

Our bathrooms have increased cleaning and sanitising schedules.

We have reviewed our service procedures to ensure we maintain our normal high levels of service, yet visit tables less often, with individual members of staff allocated to your table where possible.

Customers will be encouraged to use contactless payments where possible to prevent handling of cash


Our team:

Have had comprehensive hygiene training with regards to making our restaurants a Covid-safe workplace. 

We have implemented routine employee handwashing every 30 minutes.

A full Covid risk assessment has been carried out, including health checks for our staff, daily temperature checks taken before each meal period 

Are observing physical distancing wherever possible and using personal protection equipment where it is not.

About Galvin La Chapelle

Magnificent arched windows, soaring stone ceilings and sophisticated decor provide a beautiful backdrop in which to indulge in Michelin-starred dining at Galvin La Chapelle. Like all Galvin outposts, La Chapelle provides high-quality cuisine designed by brothers Chris, Jeff and David Galvin alongside luxurious surroundings and warm and hospitable staff, making it a popular choice for celebrating special occasions.

Galvin La Chapelle majors in modern French cuisine crafted from produce sourced fresh every day from Covent Garden Market. Seasonality is of huge importance to the Galvin family, so expect ever-changing dishes on their range of menus, which include vegetarian, vegan, tasting and special menus for high days and holidays, such as Valentine’s and Father’s Day.

As you’d expect from a Michelin-starred French restaurant, the food here is exquisitely presented. Diners wax lyrical about the beautiful presentation of each dish before going on to praise the taste and textures. Wonderful combinations come together in starters like Dorset crab lasagne with beurre Nantais and pea shoots, and velouté of Ironbark pumpkin served with seared foie gras, Lyonnaise onion and bacon crumb.

Mains take the form of dishes such as grilled Cornish red mullet with cuttlefish, orange-braised fennel, pine nut purée and sauce vierge, or roast loin of Icelandic cod accompanied by crushed Charlotte potatoes, cauliflower and a warm raisin dressing, while desserts could be anything from blackberry soufflé and milk ice cream to mandarin parfait made with hazelnut, cocoa nib crumb and Valrhona chocolate ganache.

The set Menu du Chef offers excellent value when you consider Galvin La Chapelle’s Michelin Star credentials, though if you’re really looking to push the boat out, you ought to consider the Menu Gourmand – a seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing that can be enjoyed in the main dining room or on the private dining mezzanine for that extra special experience.

Restaurant Kits

Galvin at Home

Galvin at Home

Enjoy a three-course Michelin-starred meal at home, delivered to your doorstep. Our weekly changing menus are so simple to put together that even a novice home cook can have a knockout meal on the table in no time.  Each week, Jeff Galvin, Chef Patron of Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle creates a bespoke menu & vegetarian menu perfect for a special occasion or staycation.

We deliver nationwide in England and Wales on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, if you are local to us you can collect your order in person on Friday & Saturday between 10am and 3pm from Galvin Bistrot & Bar in Old Spitalfields Market, London, or between 12pm and 4pm on Saturdays from the Galvin Green Man near Chelmsford, Essex.

Available for nationwide delivery

Store pickup available

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Special offers for Galvin La Chapelle

100 Points

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Does Galvin La Chapelle have a Michelin star?

Galvin La Chapelle has one Michelin star.

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Location for Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY

020 7299 0400


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:00-21:00
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun 18:00-21:00

Reviews of Galvin La Chapelle

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66 Reviews 


Amazing date night
14 June 2021   - Verified Diner

my partner and I went and had the 7 course tasting menu. He also had the paired wines, which he said were up there with some of the best he's ever had in terms of pairings with food. I have quite specific dietary requirements and the waiter was amazing, as soon as I mentioned my condition he was able to change everything on the menu perfectly so that I could still experience the tasting menu and not feel like I was a difficult customer. The bread (that just kept coming) was delicious, as were all of the tasting courses; I particularly enjoyed the garlic risotto. Highly recommend the whole experience, whether you are on a date, with friends and family or just want to do something special. We were made to feel like royalty, got to sit on the balcony which had great views and the whole night was magical. Special thanks to Alfie and George who were wonderful as waiter and sommellier. 

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Sandra S

06 August 2019  
Top class food, excellent service, decor, ambience and price.

Christina G

26 July 2019  
Absolutely lovely ambience, food and friendly staff at a surprisingly good price. Recommended by Square Meal.

Christie J

26 July 2019  
I would come here for a one off treat or celebration. The service, quality and wine list is impeccable! They also have an outdoor area which is lovely in London.

Maz P

08 July 2019  
Impeccable, warm and inviting service here. They take time to connect with the clientele. Outstanding food in a beautiful restaurant with the meal finished of with Coffee and the most amazing home made Marshmallows - to dream of - and I do!!

Ian B

02 July 2019  
Completely professional in all aspects, always a very pleasurable overall experience.

Shonagh P

28 June 2019  
Great ambience and service.

Melanie M

30 April 2019  
Delicate French cuisine in a hushed atmosphere, great for a business lunch (or dinner come to that) or romance. The seasoning is always perfect, as are the soufflã©s. Just about expensive enough to know you've been spoiled.

Lucy M

09 April 2019  
Wonderful ambience, decor, interesting menus and discreet but helpful service. Not cheap but excellent value for what you get.

Rochelle S

31 July 2018  
The most wonderful building; the ambience and service are top class and the food is exceptional!
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