The Don Restaurant
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Step off atmospheric St Swithin’s Street into The Don’s spacious foyer and prepare yourself for the sort of assured, personable and utterly grown-up experience that is a rarity among independent restaurants these days. Much of this is down to owners Robert and Robyn Wilson, who have been at the helm here for more than 18 years and in whom a veritable army of loyal City lunchers still place their trust.

With its vivid bursts of abstract artwork from John Hoyland, the well-spaced dining room has a personality that many of its corporate neighbours lack – and it’s adroitly manned by an ever-smooth team of waiting staff. The menu is a classic mix of British, French and Modern-European dishes, from beef fillet with brioche crouton, fondant potatoes, seared foie gras and truffled Madeira sauce, to Cornish cod with salt-baked celeriac purée, brown shrimps and parsley velouté. A perfectly executed crème brûlée is one of a few well-chosen desserts. Our only complaint is that portion sizes don’t always do justice to the City prices.

The Wilsons are Kiwi vintners, and their love of wine is reflected in a lengthy global list, including bottles from their Trinity Hill vineyard in New Zealand. For a less formal experience, the Don Bistro downstairs offers a pleasing menu led by British seasonal produce, while the bar serves 30 wines by the glass alongside Adnams beer. We’d also suggest calling in at their sister site, St Swithins Wine Shippers, where four dozen wines are available to sample from an Enomatic machine.

 

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
People
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

This venue also offers

The Don Private Dining Rooms
Private Group Dining

Location for The Don Restaurant

The Courtyard, 20 St. Swithins Lane, City of London, London, EC4N 8AD

020 7626 2606

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

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24 Reviews 
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Sibylle B

Reliably good
04 December 2019   - Verified Diner

I have not been to The Don for a number of years and was pleased to see that it has maintained its high standard. Food was innovative and good, wine list extensive with a good selection of inexpensive and medium priced wines as well as their very interesting fine wines. Decore is bright and airy and even though there is actually ample room between the tables the place is still quite noisy.

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Bernadette Q

Fantastic find
24 September 2019   - Verified Diner

Enjoyable meal - really enjoyed the set meal which was great value

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Roger M

Quality in the City
12 July 2019   - Verified Diner

Warm welcome on arrival. Good, well presented dishes and adequate portions. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was a little subdued as there weren't many diners (it was a Wednesday evening during Wimbledon, Cricket et al), however, the room has a comfortable ambiance.

Overall, a very pleasant experience and surprisingly good value if one doesn't stray too adventurously into the Don's superb wine list! 

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Andrea C

02 July 2019  
The food is very good and service is too but no atmosphere and for this reason, I feel it could be improved.

Penelope S

First lunch of 2019
15 January 2019  
I had not been to the City for lunch for some time but was thrilled to be invited by my chairman to an old favourite, the Don, which did not disappoint. Excellent courteous service and a lovely menu. Wine list, as always, very interesting and good value, enough to stop my dry January. I had delicious juicy seared scallops to start and my host had an amazing warm salad of pigeon with foie gras. My rump of lamb main course served with baby artichokes was really delicious.I felt portion size was perfect and dishes were well priced. Desserts looked very tempting but the Trinity Hill house white won me over. This restaurant has never let me down and consistently offers delicious food and wine with high level of service and great overall value for money. A great way to start 2019. I will be back.
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Marcia W

Christmas Lunch
19 December 2018  
The short walk from Bank station meant that the Don was easy to find . On arrival we were greeted well and seated quickly. The atmosphere was clam, relaxing but full of understated excellence. We had a slight a view of kitchen which was buzzing with action but was also low key and efficient. The food was well presented and flavoursome and I would recommend at least one visit to The Don for an upmarket experience.
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Wendy R

21 March 2018  
Outstanding food and service in this small but elegant dining room.

Graham J

Simple always works
27 September 2017  
This was my first time at The Don - selected for wine list and proximity. Every aspect was ideal; not overly fussy, just good at what it was. Too many restaurants cover up a lack of basic skills with over fussy decoration and elaboration. The Don did not fall into this trap. A bientot.
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Sarah G

Fine dining with some fine food
27 July 2016  
Nothing to complain about here, excellent food, excellent service - what more could you ask for. A little on the pricey side but where isn't these days in London. I had the monkfish tail wrapped in pancetta which wa absolutely superb, so often monkfish is overcooked and rubbery but this was perfect - washed down with a glass of Champagne - a little bit of heaven!
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Colin K

13 May 2016  
The Don restaurant complex is very well run, has great food and a fine wine list, and there is a choice three restaurants to suit your pocket.

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