Clarke's Restaurant

4.8
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308 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Opened in 1983 by passionate chef Sally Clarke, this local legend on Kensington Church Street has become a firm favourite with professional critics and amateur gourmets alike. For 21 years, Sally served a four-course ‘no choice’ set dinner, but now there is a weekly changing menu that showcases her passion for high quality seasonal produce. Herbs and vegetables come from organic suppliers in South East England; buffalo mozzarella is flown in from Naples twice a week; and shellfish is sent overnight by rail from Scotland. Popular dishes include loin of Balmoral roe deer with apple and sage sauce; baked fillet of Cornish brill with herbed crumbs and thyme cream; and dark chocolate and chestnut tart. Clarke’s is quite simply an unforgettable experience.
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KW
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Last time I went to Sally Clarke's must have been over 20 years ago. Decided to go for a valentines dinner. What was exceptional cooking then is no different now if not even better.

Go and enjoy the experience and if you are a meat eater try the veal chop. Excellent.

Enough said.

j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful little restaurant in Notting Hill. Welcoming staff combined with a very well executed menu. We spent £100 a head for three courses and drinks, which for food at this standard is reasonable. Would definitely recommend and we will come back for sure.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

HK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had friends from Paris visiting and we were all impressed by the food and also the service

DP
London
100 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A mid week lunch outing. A well supported local’s restaurant. From the first greeting to us leaving the restaurant we felt as though we had been invited into a friends home. The staff were spot on. Michail was on the ball, had an eye on all of the tables, not in an intrusive way, making sure there was sufficient water and wine in our glasses. On the day we visited the clientele was how do you say it ? ‘mature’. We opted for the a’la carte menu and were impressed with the quality and presentation. Modern European, with a leaning towards traditional British fare. The delicious bread offered whilst waiting for the 1st course was wonderful. I could have stayed with that, a bit of cheese and the excellent bottle of Burgundy that Michail helped me choose. Starters: Taglioline, other pate. Mains: Deer and Scallops. Deserts: Mine; cheese to help the last of the wine go down and a clever pastry with a Turkish delight on the side (which looked delicious but I never got to try !!) The wine list is good and very sensibly priced.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always flawless — and delicious!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening

B
London
31 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never visited this restaurant before but our appreciation of its qualities grew steadily from the moment of arrival to settling the bill. Food, ambiance and service were all first class. An excellent menu choice was accompanied by equally good and varied wines. Especially notable was the level of service: not only knowledgeable and professional but surprisingly speedy despite a very busy full house. Every member of staff had an eye to customers needs and the whole team worked together to achieve excellent results.

We are looking forward to the opportunity of another visit and have no hesitation of recommending Clarke’s to any discerning diner.

L
London
35 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, local and wonderful environment. The people and the food were absolutely fabulous and every time i go i remember how incredibly wonderful it is.

J
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent.

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PB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Enjoyed our meal, nice ambience.
Staff could do with smiling more

RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! The staff was very attentive.

c
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a classic, stylish restaurant. The food is top notch and the service is the epitome of the best. The room is lovely and not crowded; so the noise level is low. The best.

D
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Clarke’s is one of our favorite restaurant in the world. A small unpretentious gem on Kensington Church St, we walked passed for months before we stepped in. Sally Clarke is a master chef, baker and restauranteur. If you’re in the Notting Hill area, it’s an absolute must.

LS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Elegant and special place to go. Great service and very reliably good food executed perfectly.

k
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

Food is very nice! Service is very bad! Because we can’t relaxing that hall staff is very bad !men’s no smiling!

DA
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual . The food is great , the service is very professional, the main dining room is nice and the lunch menu was very good value for money. Hope Sally recovers soon!

LI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in London: great atmosphere, consistently superb food and service, and the entire staff makes you feel welcome and appreciated.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of London’s top five restaurants. Loved drinking out of

E
London
53 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top class cooking and top class service from this old school restaurant in Kensington. Always packed with a well-healed Kensington crowd. Prices are high. No mineral water so take your own if you don't want filtered tap.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The perfect birthday experience for my guest. We wanted a quiet corner table, which is what we got, and our charming Australian waiter looked after us beautifully. The food was delicious, on every level and at every course. I shall be back.

XP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I booked and went with friends who are vegetarian and didn't realise there are no real vegetarian options. The kitchen are happy to adjust meals, but I felt awkward that my friends felt more like they had awkward requirements. So many people are vegetarian these days I would have expected the restaurant to move with the times. It was good food and I would return but never with someone vegetarian unless the menu is made more accessible.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a terrific experience at Clarke’s. Truly one of the best restaurants in London. Sally and her staff are the finest. Cannot give higher praise! Michelin needs to take note.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I haven't been to Clarke's for a while and went with some dear friends from Chile. The food was delicious, using local ingredients imaginatively and the staff were great; helping us all though our choices. I will be back soon.

H
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner with friends last Friday night. The menu was excellent--only difficulty is choosing from so many great possibilities. Service, headed by Captain Theo, was excellent as well--warm but efficient. I would highly recommend for a great experience.

NB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visit. Warm welcome, great service bread amazing. Did not have to wait for the food which was very good. Did not feel rushed at anytime. Will definitely book again

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Clark’s and would never visit London without a visit. The ingredients are so beautifully sourced and so lovingly cooked. We were the table from hell. Changed numbers and times too frequently and two vegans and two gluten free and they dealt with it beautifully. Always have a good time there.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent experience

AH
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent and friendly service, calm and relaxing ambience - a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

LE
London
82 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful calm restaurant with delicious food and excellent service.

C
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at Clarke's has become a 'first night in London' tradition because the food is of the highest quality and flavor. Highly recommend.

Z
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary lunch...beautifully done.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Important to book an early table as the more popular menu choices tend to be snapped up early

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our most favourite restaurants. It has everything. Style, ambience, fabulous food and wines. Top service. Yet homely with all of that... we LOVE it all. With thanks, Bongo and Steve Cooke

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top in every way! A pleasure to see such a great classic restaurant in London which you can rely on overall and that hasn’t been spoilt by skimping on service and quality as many other “fashionable” restaurants have . Great value weekday lunch menu.

K
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think Clarke's is one of the biggest jewels Notting Hill/London has! They have a delicious breakfast that is both sophisticated and relaxed, a very nice lunch menu, and one of the best dinner experiences around. The food is amazing, the wine list is excellent, the service is sharp, friendly, and knowledgeable. The ambiance for lunch and breakfast is bright and cheerful while the dinner mode is romantic and feels like a very special treat. I love this place!

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I have only given a medium rating for the food because over the last year or so that I have been visiting Clarke's the set menu for lunch has been essentially unchanged, always the main course of cod and same starter salad. A lovely dish but unchanging. Surely this set menu could be changed frequently?

MP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a somewhat chaotic table of 5 but all our requests were dealt with efficiently and with a smile. The food was outstanding; perhaps a tad too large servings but no one suffered for that. Baked artichoke and bottarga starters were well received and the veal fillet, duck, deer and John Dory were all superb. We found the ambience to be elegant with a few deft touches of humour and the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive throughout the meal.

MW
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is always busy. The food reliably good. The menu perhaps not as varied and changing but I love the cuisine so perhaps I am happy that it doesn’t change very much as I keep coming back. The Fraud prints on the walls are fabulous.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience2

I have been to Clarke’s numerous times but this was the first time I was sat in the back room and I think one must insist on the front room or not go at all.