Ronnie Scott
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Ronnie Scott’s clientele are, first and foremost, devoted music fans, although everyone who books a spot for noshing gets a table among the tiers. Mind you, it all gets rather glitzy when big names are performing, the Champagne is flowing and the caviar section of the menu has its moment. Thankfully, staff get service out of the way before the band comes on. The kitchen is now cooking up more patriotic dishes (think ham-hock terrine and fish pie) alongside the burgers and other international favourites – artichoke and ricotta tortellini or calf’s liver with confit potato and salsify, for example. Cocktails are also served in the upstairs bar, where a younger crowd gather for funky club nights; Pete King’s ‘nohito’ is a liquid tribute to the club’s late (and teetotal) co-founder.

About Ronnie Scott's

Arguably one of the most famous jazz bars in London, it is clear that most of Ronnie Scott’s clientele are, first and foremost, devoted music fans who have come for the impeccable live entertainment. However, we feel compelled to remind anyone wanting to visit that there is also the chance to dine here, with Ronnie Scott’s menu feeling more like that of a smart, modern restaurant than a gritty dive bar.

Ronnie Scott’s opened its doors in 1959, taking its name from the keen saxophonist who was its founder. The original location was a small basement venue in London’s West End, but it has since moved to find a new home on the bustling streets of Soho. The club is well-known for attracting some of the biggest jazz stars around, while it also often plays host to up-and-coming talent that are on the verge of major success. Although the music here is naturally the main attraction, visitors can also enjoy dinner at Ronnie Scott’s, with every table in the space coming with a view of the stage.

Meals here tend to be served before any of the acts step up on stage, so don’t fret about missing some of the performance because you were choking on a green bean. In fact, while many live music venues let things slip when it comes to their food, the menu at Ronnie Scott’s is actually far better than it needs to be. Options you can enjoy from the à la carte include the likes of smoked halibut topped with pressed caviar, and 55-day aged steaks which are served alongside Portobello mushroom, tomato and fries.

You can also stop by here on the weekends for a three-course Sunday lunch. Start off with the soup of the day, before feasting on a traditional roast with all of the trimmings, and finishing up with banoffee tart.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Bars, International
Ambience
Cool, Dark and moody, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Themed, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining
Special Features
Live music / dancing, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+]

Ronnie Scott's is featured in

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Location for Ronnie Scott's

47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT

020 7439 0747

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 18:00-03:00
Tue 18:00-03:00
Wed 18:00-03:00
Thu 18:00-03:00
Fri 18:00-03:00
Sat 18:00-03:00
Sun 18:30-00:00

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Anon

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15 January 2020  

Love everything about Ronnie Scott's I am a member,  the one thing that bugs me is the seating!  according to the website when you book it's based on a first come first served basis no problem with that at all. 

So I arrive as early as possible to get the best seat in the category purchased(priority seating) the staff show me to my seat which has already been planned for the night, Small table one chair?? Ok so some organising I understand.  Why can't I sit in the pit area I ask It's not full ?? You can still take a chair away A.Well this area is for larger group bookings and the smallest table would be for two people only !!! Mine  was for two you just took away a chair. So my point it's not really based on a first come first served basis is it ? going by yourself,  being a member with a top priced ticket you still don't get to sit in the very best seats??? Great!! 

Thank you

IB

 

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Square M

Ronnie Scott's, W1D 4HT
19 February 2013  
The restaurant represents quite an interesting “dine+ listen to live music” concept. Although there are some regular tables, the most of the restaurant is furnished with long tables and chairs, which gives an impression of being in a theatre room. The menu is quite rich with reasonable prices (12-20 pounds for main course). The drink menu however is limited and mainly beer, cider, some cocktails and soft drinks. The food is delicious. HOWEVER, if you wish to come to the restaurant to engage in conversations with your party, you will notice that once the live band starts playing, it is expected of everyone to stop talking. Most of the people in the audience are there for the performer and not for the food and may be quite offended if someone is having conversations while the music is playing.
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