The Ritz Restaurant
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Gold Award

Nobody goes to the unimaginably opulent Ritz Restaurant on the off-chance – this is proper special-occasion dining, where chaps wear smart suits and ladies don their poshest back-of-the-wardrobe frocks. The pay-off is, of course, Michelin-starred food served in a “truly exquisite” fin de siècle dining room with cherubic pink-hued lighting and legions of tail-coated staff pandering to your every whim (service is “beyond this world”, drools one fan). Exec chef John Williams MBE is a master of the ever-present haute-cuisine classics (beef Wellington, Bresse duck, baked Alaska etc), but he’s no conservative – witness thrilling ideas such as poached langoustine topped with pickled fennel on crushed broad beans and verbena, veal fillet with girolles and Grelot onions or Dover sole with truffles and grapes and unctuous cauliflower purée. After that, there is much flambéing of crêpes Suzette in the grand Escoffier manner, although modernists might prefer coconut mousse with compressed pineapple and passion-fruit sorbet. If money’s tight (heaven forbid!), opt for the sommelier’s wine pairing; if not, indulge in the patrician glories of the full list. Either way, The Ritz Restaurant delivers “a night to remember”. 

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Breakfast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
People
Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for The Ritz Restaurant

The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

020 7300 2370

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 7am-11am (Sun 8am- ) 12.30-2pm 5.30-10pm (Sun 7pm- )

Reviews of The Ritz Restaurant

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26 Reviews 
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Andy H

06 August 2019  
Simply the best high end restaurant in London right now.

Avril P

27 July 2019  
A place I used to take clients to fir lunch 30 years ago and now take my family. Everything is superb. Love it here.

Anon

28 June 2019  
I had the most beautiful lunch here the food was amazing both in quality and taste. The service and decor are exceptional.

Paul A

Not up to expectations
04 September 2018  
It was quite clear that most of the customers in the dining room were there either because they were staying in the hotel or because this was The Ritz and not because they were looking for a fine dining experience worthy of the ratings it has. This must present the chef with something of a problem when it comes to compiling the menu - logically he must stay within certain traditional boundaries imposed by the expectations of the clientele while keeping up with the ever improving visions of the UK restaurant scene. If you have a grand dining room preserved in its original state, waiting staff wearing tailcoats, cloches used to present one or two of the dishes, a vocalist and string quartet accompanying your meal and you are not permitted to have any idea of the sequence of dishes on the Menu Surprise (because otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise!), you do start to wonder. Happily our table was not too close to the live music, and initially the almost exclusively Italian front of house staff seemed up to the task. However, from the point when I consulted the wine waiter on which half bottles would best suit the tasting menu, got no real advice, chose anyway from the singularly overpriced list and received no information about the suitability of my choices, things seemed to go downhill. The menu was well-balanced but we found it very much on the safe side, with no surprises and not a single dish that we could express any real enthusiasm about. It was obvious that John Williams is competent but perhaps having to work within limits. For the record the Menu Surprise consisted of some good canapés, sweet lemon meringue with salmon, a duck liver cigar - crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and a parmesan biscuit sandwich, then a consommé of dehydrated heritage tomato with a lemon verbena sauce, parmesan espuma and elderflower head, followed by a duck liver terrine with port, cherries, cherry and port purée, crême fraîche, and toast. This was followed by girolle agnolotti with a red wine sauce and a slice of pecorino, and then the first course that actually suited our white wine, Cornish turbot with a good butter finish but slightly too firm for our taste, accompanied by braised leeks sitting on top of the fish, cauliflower purée and chervil. The meat course was loin and cutlet of new season lamb with a basil and tomato sauce. Disappointingly I found some bone in my serving of loin. A cheese course of Tunworth with Australian truffle, candied walnuts, poached pear and herbs was curiously the most enjoyable of all the dishes we had. The two desserts were peach sorbet with almond crumbs on an almond tartlet, and what was designated milk chocolate with hazelnuts and ice cream, but the hazelnut fudge and caramel rather dominated.
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Jan F

31 July 2018  
Service and quality of food second to none. Has to be experienced for a very special occasion. Very innovative menu . Staff first class as is everything.

Andy H

27 June 2018  
Superb food and service in a grand setting.

Stephen W

27 June 2018  
Wonderful old school service BT friendly.

Jaime C

24 April 2018  
Everything about it is great, while having an air of casualness about it. Love being able to pop in for just a glass of wine (or two)!

Maria N

27 March 2018  
Superb food, all cooked by the chef/patron. What he produces each day out of such a small kitchen, all by himself, is quite astounding. Personally, I think he deserves a Michelin star.

Fiona S

21 March 2018  
Great food reasonably priced.

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