Brasserie, French·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Julie's

Silver Award

Most restaurants close and disappear quietly, but Julie’s is a restaurant that just won’t die. 2024 marks a third reopening for the zombie restaurant of Holland Park, and as you saunter up the street, past whitewashed townhouses, black railings and grey Range Rovers, you can see why. Julie’s has a killer spot - a quiet little passthrough deep in residential Notting Hill, under the shelter of two languid cherry trees. If one lived in a townhouse with a black front door and a Range Rover outside, Julie’s is definitely where you’d come for an al fresco martini.

Three reincarnations later, Julie’s is still ‘a place to be’. As we’re enjoying a drink outside, restaurant royalty appears for dinner in the shape of Fergus and Margot Henderson. It still has that special, intangible quality that makes you feel special, whether it’s the gentle but consistent attention of staff, or the glitz of the interiors.

Julie’s 3.0 has a killer team now too, in wonderful GM Emma Underwood and chef patron Owen Kenworthy, who’s food we adored at Notting Hill boozer The Pelican. Kenworthy’s menu here delves into a more Gallic bag of tricks, adding some pizzazz to classic French brasserie dishes.

One thing is for sure, Kenworthy knows his sauces. A plump trio of crab and scallop tortellini come swimming in a magnificent brown shrimp beurre blanc, and the bordelaise that comes pooled around a rare piece of onglet is superb - deep, rich and glossy with bone marrow. These are sauces that demand extra bread orders. We dearly wished we had ordered the skate wing and sauce gribiche, but the beef fillet tartare was also superb, arriving in a deep silver bowl for DIY stirring.

A duck liver schnitzel is a fine idea (and by all accounts it is becoming a Julie’s signature) but we found it a little lacking on seasoning, and perhaps subjectively a little overpowered by shallot marmalade. These are very fine margins we’re talking about though, and in almost every other aspect Julie’s is a fabulous restaurant - there’s nothing not to like about a chocolate pave with a secret salted caramel centre, or sipping on a Martini under the boughs of a cherry tree. Whatever way you slice it Julie’s has that special something, and the resurrection of this West London icon is a welcome one.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Brasserie, French
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Julie's is an iconic restaurant and bar in Holland Park, once famous as a haunt for West London celebrities. The restaurant reopened in 2024 courtesy of new owner Tara Macbain and chef Owen Kenworthy.

The restaurant first opened its doors in 1969 and quickly gained a reputation as an A-list hotspot regularly hosting household names like Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, and even Diana Princess of Wales. After a particularly lively evening, Tina Turner supposedly graced one corner table with scratches from her dancing shoes. After closing for refurbishment in 2015 it reopened in 2019 with a British menu before shutting its doors for a second time in January 2023. This was not the end of the road for Julie’s, which since reopened under new owner and former regular, Tara Macbain. 

Trained at Cordon-Bleu, Macbain and her West London team have restored the effortless elegance of its heyday, to draw in a new generation of Julie-goers. Guests can expect a menu that highlights French classic dishes and includes oysters and extravagant seafood towers. As a nod to Julie's theatrical past, there is also a Martini trolley offering guests tableside refreshment. 

The restaurant is named after its founder, the acclaimed interior designer Julie Hodges. Hodges returned over the years to update the interiors for then-owners Timothy and Cathy Herring. This time, the renovation is headed by Rosanna Bossom. Picture bespoke chandeliers, yellow and gold accents, and an intriguing oyster shell bar. The 160-cover restaurant also includes an alfresco terrace, a ground-floor dining room and bar, and a basement dining area. 


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135 Portland Road, Holland Park, London, W11 4LW

020 7229 8331 020 7229 8331


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 11:30-18:00
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 11:30-00:00
Sun Closed


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