Restaurant Story

Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Restaurant Story

Gold Award

Tom Sellers gained a reputation as something of an enfant terrible when he opened his first solo venture, Restaurant Story, at the age of 26 in 2013; now he’s re-opened it with a refurb after a six-week closure. The whole place feels more grown-up; the stark Scandinavian look of the glass-walled room (Sellers spent a year at Noma in 2011) has been softened with white tablecloths and sculptures, while the rather precious ‘story’ elements, such as guests being asked to bring a book to leave behind, have thankfully been pulped.

There’s no menu as such; guests are asked for any likes or dislikes before a procession of tasting-menu size dishes arrive, although they are likely to include story classics such as ‘Storeos’ – a savoury spin on an Oreo cookie filled with cheese – and Sellers’ signature dish of bread with dripping, in which a beef-fat candle lit at the table melts to become a dipping sauce for sour dough.

But it’s not all about the visual gags. Sublime turbot, Champagne and sea herbs, and chicken with morels and lettuce, bear witness to Sellers’ rock-solid training with some of London’s most famous chefs, while oscietra caviar, veal sweetbread and turnip showcased superb ingredients with every mouthful.

Even diners who have an allergic reaction to tasting menus are likely to be won over by the joy and invention on show here, although what elevated the meal for us from high-end rivals was the relaxed service led by witty and down-to-earth maitr’d Joe Paulinski who, for all his good humour, learnt his trade at the very serious Per Se. It's not cheap (as expected at a two Michelin starred gaffe), but this is a Story that now knows how to put a smile on its customers’ faces, and if you haven’t returned since it first opened, it more than merits a re-visit.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Glamorous, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Romantic, Special occasions

About Restaurant Story

Originally opened in 2013, Restaurant Story is the brainchild of wunderkind chef Tom Sellers, who took the restaurant world by storm with his innovative, high-concept dishes, bagging a Michelin star just five months after opening its doors.

The concept of Restaurant Story is to offer a fine-dining experience that is a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the taste buds, as evidenced by Sellers’ signature dishes, such as the beef dripping candle, which is lit at the table and melts to become a dipping sauce for sourdough bread. Despite the initial success of his restaurant, Sellers also developed a reputation for being somewhat difficult - he famously launched an online tirade against former Evening Standard restaurant critic Fay Maschler after she wrote a lukewarm review of his Restaurant Ours concept (although Ours still operates, Sellers is no longer involved).

It seems that Sellers has grown up since then though and so has the restaurant that first made his name. In 2018, Restaurant Story underwent an extensive refurbishment, which saw more luxurious tables and seating being added to the dining room, as well as the addition of a feature ceiling showcasing an installation of swallows taking flight. Sellers has also ditched the traditional a la carte format, instead offering guests a blind tasting menu (you will have time to warn your waiter of any dislikes or allergies).

Longtime fans of Restaurant Story will be glad to know that several of the signature dishes remain, which are served alongside seasonally inspired plates. It seems all of Sellers’ efforts have paid off, because Restaurant Story was awarded a second Michelin star in 2021. Prices are as high as you would expect in a place like this, but the relaxed, unstuffy service will help to soften the blow of the bill.


Does Restaurant Story have a Michelin star?

Restaurant Story has two Michelin stars.

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Is there a vegetarian menu at Restaurant Story?

Yes, there is a vegetarian tasting menu on offer.

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Who is the head chef at Restaurant Story?

Tom Sellers is the chef patron at Restaurant Story. His experience includes time at Restaurant Tom Aikens, Noma and Per Se. Tom Phillips is the head chef and has worked at The Ritz in London as well as L’enclume in the Lake District

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Restaurant Story

Tom Sellers

Chef Patron

Tom Sellers first burst onto the London restaurant scene when he opened Restaurant Story in 2013 at the age of just 26, a game-changing concept which saw him awarded a Michelin star just five months after opening. However, he had been honing his craft long before then, having trained under some of the world’s best chefs, including Tom Aikens in London and at Raffles in Singapore, Thomas Keller at three Michelin-starred Per Se in New York, and René Redzepi at two Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen. In 2021, Restaurant Story was upgraded to a two Michelin star restaurant, cementing Tom Sellers’ place as one of the UK’s most exciting chefs.

Location for Restaurant Story

199 Tooley Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 2JX

020 7183 2117


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:30-22:00
Sat 18:30-22:00
Sun 18:30-22:00

Reviews of Restaurant Story

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14 Reviews 

Malisa S

06 August 2019  
Food - amazing New decor - relaxing Service - Outstanding Value - True Michelin Experience.

Roisin B

04 April 2019  
Quirky, original, slightly mad, but delicious.


04 April 2019  
Highly innovative food and thoughtful and well informed staff who clearly enjoy working there.

Mary B

27 June 2018  
Superb experience, an adventure in eating!

Alana F

21 March 2018  
Lovely decor, the perfect place for a nice evening dinner or Sunday lunch, service is professional and attentive,great location, fresh fish and seafood.

Sue Y

15 June 2017  
Most recently visited for "Story Behind the Curtain" - fabulous evening. Great service, delightful food - a must return to venue.

John O

04 May 2017  
Wonderfully original, as good as any; service, quality of food world class. Takes three hours plus and not cheap, but an experience to savour.

Noel H

31 May 2016  
Superb special occasion restaurant. Reminded me of a British Noma, in terms of creativity, presentation, service, and conceptually.

Nevine H

30 March 2014  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Basic bare decor, we had window table lovely view of Shard, concrete floor so no soundproofing which means it can get loud and noisy, attracts quite a young crowd. They start with several ‘snacks’, which kept coming fast and furious while we were still waiting for our wine which eventually came near the end!! After that they were only too fast to replenish our glasses so that we had finished well before the end of our 6 course menu so we had to order an extra glass! Now down to the food. Dishes were hit or miss. Of the ‘snacks’, cod skin – yuk, pretentious, beef dripping candle which I don't get – would much have preferred a nice french butter as the bread was good. Rabbit sandwich – small morsel, beautiful and quite delicous and so was the black pudding if that's your thing (not mine but my husband liked it). We ordered one of the ‘supplement’ dishes – raw beef with truffle – comes to the table in an apple surrounded by smoking ice – stunning. Absolutely delicious, but would suggest ordering one to share just for the theatre of it. Cooking includes some very basic ingredients which are so creatively designed and beautifully executed – onions – amazing, potato superb. Main dish was lamb, 3 small pieces – cheek, belly and loin – exquisite, the best we have ever eaten but the lettuce served alongside was far too bitter for our taste. Desserts… strange yoghurts/ ice creams / bowl cereal… I would have preferred a tarte au citron or a piece of chocolate!! Finally the service. Most waiters knew detail about each course including the cooking processes though unfortunately most of them were almost unintelligable with strong foreign accents and did not seem particularly interested in our comments. Story is like another Dabbous but not in the same league.

Monika S

14 August 2013  
Food & Drink 2
Service 4
Atmosphere 2
Value 2
Shame about Story
I really wanted to love this place, it has had fab reviews ,' the new Heston', ‘ Noma trained’. Unfortunately it was a real earth shattering disappointment, so much so, that i was craving KFC after. Firstly, the location seemed to be in the middle of traffic central in London Bridge. Floor to ceiling windows need a good view, throughout dinner i had to watch white vans, red buses and tourists escaping the unusual tropical downpours recently in London. The ambience was terrible, bright lighting, stark walls, tables too far apart, no buzz at all. The food was novel and beautiful to look at, but it just was not tasty. I felt like i was eating foliage for half the meal. The bread and dripping was novel, but to be honest dipping bread in saturated fat is no fun. We had the never ending tasting menu, which took hours. There was the tartest turnip dish i have ever eaten, so pretty and delicate but so tart. The veal was chewy, complete faux pas in any restaurant. The mackerel was boring and nothing compare to the Ledbury mackerel. The pluses were the desserts which included a lemon crunchy delicious thing and cute chocolate marshmallows and shakes. The 3 bears puddings incited some conversation and tested our palates but again not tasty. There were moments of brilliance but the bottom line was i was not sated, a must in any fine meal.
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