Davy's St James

3.8
81 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
British
Top tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
A newly refurbished bar, elegant private rooms and the original arches of the champagne vaults offer endless options for dining and events in this characterful venue situated in the heart of the West End. A unique space for exclusive parties and weddings as well as smart dining, tastings and private meetings or presentations. Award winning steaks from our butcher Donald Russell are amongst the firm favourites, accompanied by an impressive wine list drawn from the vast Davy cellars, craft beers and the ever popular Davy’s Old Wallop still served in pewter tankards..
What 81 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
Food
3.9
Service
3.6
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
b
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very nice welcome despite the fact that we were half an hour early, nice drinks and meal and friendly service.

Report
Helpful
P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Good food. Service could be more attentive

Report
Helpful
GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Having had a very poor fried fish on my last visit the manager welcomed me by name and provided an entirely complimentary lunch including a glass of beer. Excellent response.
Fish and chips was very good as it usually is and impossible to fault response to a poor meaal.

Report
Helpful
GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Fish and chips is usually very good but not on this occasion, the batter was soggy as were the chips, the waitress was uninterested but as I was leaving the manager asked me about lunch, apologised and said he would take care of it next time I was there.

Report
Helpful
B
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We chose Davy's for a friends get together as there isn't intrusive music and so we could hear each other! Our waiter was the most efficient we had had for a long time! The food is good and the special fish platter with 3 tasting wines was very good value.

Report
Helpful
GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent fish and chips and draft biter good atmosphere and pleasant service.

Report
Helpful
C
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Très bon restaurant ! Bonne ambiance et très bon plats.

Report
Helpful
GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent fish and chips and good bitter in a pleasant atmosphere

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

ONLY PROBLEM WE HAD WAS THAT THEY HAD NO RECORD OF MY OPEN TABLE BOOKING

Report
Helpful
C
Manchester
134 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really enjoyable food, service and location for a Christmas lunch get together. Slightly disappointed that we were unable to access the Christmas menu, as apparently we had not chosen it when we booked. However, they bent over backwards to compromise on this. Well done Davys

Report
Helpful
D
Berkshire
20 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

A very enjoyable dinner. The steaks were great and only eclipsed by top rate service!

Report
Helpful
AL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We were thrown out on a Friday night at 10:30 p.m. because “the pub wasn’t busy enough”! Very disappointing as I was expecting to be around till 11:15 at least..

Report
Helpful
G
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good service, good food and nice beer. Great all round!

Report
Helpful
F
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

There were a huge number of dishes not available despite being on the menu. At least four main courses not available. The fish was mediocre at best. All in all disappointing compared to what I have experienced in the past.

Report
Helpful
GA
London
27 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Spur of the moment lunch. Lovely service and very pleasant. Nice food, good wine. What more could you ask for?

Report
Helpful
MF
London
22 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a great place. Underground so probably better for winter cosy dining but cool for summer if no view. Attentive service and great food.

Report
Helpful
AH
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2016
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

To start with the positives: service was very friendly which is always nice and the house wine was good.

However, the place is let down by the bland food and lack of ambiance. I visited on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was not busy and had no background music (just the dull tones of the TV - not good).

I went for the Aubergine main, which was overlooked and came with (what I believe) was unwashed supermarket rocket. Was left hungry after this and it was £14.

Report
Helpful
K
London
24 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2016
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

My friends and I met at Davy's St. James for lunch and had the two-course menu @ £15.95. It was good value for money and they didn't scrimp on the food at that price.

Would recommend for a relaxed lunch with friends.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great private dining room, good food, good service

Report
Helpful
e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Our 2nd visit and this time it was 6 of us which included 4 friends visiting from America. We were shown to a room of our own which was nicely laid out for us. My guests were very impressed the pub did this. The meal was very good and we had over 3 hours to sit and catch up. Thank you Davy's.

Report
Helpful
B
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great place to go when the weather is cold/wet as this is a basement venue, very atmospheric. We all had burgers which were well cooked to order and the service was fine. Can be a bit noisy with all the drinkers at the bar area though.

Report
Helpful
FL
London
36 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2015
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I visited with a group of work colleagues one Friday lunchtime, the food was good but not great, but service was slow considering it was late lunch and not overly busy.
However, it's very convenient to our offices for an informal lunch with the team.

Report
Helpful
P
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is brilliant for business meetings and the staff are very service minded.

Report
Helpful
CL
London
40 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2015
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Usually excellent, but there was a mishap with my meal which has tainted my view.

Report
Helpful
B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2015
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I feel bad giving one stars to this restaurant as we did not even get a chance to eat their food but don't know what else to put to get this message posted. I don't know if this is an opentable or a restaurant issue but we booked online for dinner on Easter Monday but when we turned up it was closed. The system should have prevented us making the reservation if the restaurant was going to be closed for the holiday.

Report
Helpful
CL
London
40 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Another great lunch at a Davy's wine bar. Pleasant & friendly staff; good food; quick, but not rushed service; and all at a very reasonable price.

Report
Helpful
CL
London
40 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The service and food at Davy's St James is always very good. Given the choice of several winebars/pubs I would always choose the Davy's.

Report
Helpful
I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2014
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

A great traditional old school English dining experience - the best Bangers and Mash in town and their Old Wallop in pewter mugs is the best. Evenings seemed quiet though and staff were sparse leading to only fair service, probably more of a lunch time spot.

Report
Helpful
d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very pleasant evening; good food and service. Thank you Davy's.

Report
Helpful
CL
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is an excellent little hide away from the hustle and bustle of central London. The food was very good, there was no rush and it was a relaxed environment with friedly staff. Not expensive.

Report
Helpful
GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Excellent value with 50% offer. Good courgette and mint soup and excellent sirloin steaks cooked exactly as ordered.

Report
Helpful
RR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2014
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We dined because of a 50 per cent discount offer via OpenTable.

The service was very friendly - professional and courteous. The food itself was pretty good. Our starters were lovely. I had haddock and poached egg. My partner had carpaccio. Both were very tasty. I had sausage and mash with a red wine gravy. The sausages were large and tasty and there was plenty of mash, but I was disappointed that there wasn't very much of the gravy - I felt like I had to 'save' it rather than being able to mash it into my potato. As such, I felt that my dish was a little dry. It was still good - just not exceptional.

Report
Helpful
s
London
73 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2014
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

This was our third visit to Davy's and unfortunately this time wasn't as good as previously. I don't know what went wrong but our booking was for 5.30pm and the two dishes I wanted i.e. the Brie and PotatoTartlet as a starter and the Lamb as main had both run out as had other dishes. I can understand this happening late in the Evening but not at 5.30. The waitresses and service however are first class. We will go there again and hope that this was a "one off" bad evening.

Report
Helpful
IJ
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nothing at all to criticise. Steaks superb, staff attentive, excellent all round.

Report
Helpful
d
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were a party of six( 4 adults and 2 teennagers) coming from Belgium. We had a great time there and the food was excellent. We had reserved a 50% on food deal which made an outstanding value. To be highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
c
London
42 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2014
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

It was a nice evening and the service was excellent. I was really disappointed by the food.

Report
Helpful
PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2014
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

First time diner at this location. Attracted by the discounted price, but impressed with the experience. I will definitely return to this particular place, and hopefully stay a little longer.

Report
Helpful
l
London
59 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2014
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Starters and mains were well cooked and on the whole well thought out and tasty. We enjoyed smoked salmon, scallops and lamb. The puddings were a little disappointing though. A chocolate pudding had been rather zealously nuked and came out dry with not enough coffee cream to resuscitate it. The highlight of the evening was our wonderful waitress Joanna. She was polite, charming and chatty without being overbearing. A real asset to the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
T
9 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2014
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I booked the 50% food offer, selecting the place half based on geography (half way between the workplaces of my friend and I) and the other half as I like good wine! The 2006 Bordeaux wine was priced very well - the 2 x markup was no where close to many other restaurants who charge 3 or 4 times retail. The food (we ordered steak) was outstanding and easily as good as many other steak restaurants in the Piccadilly area and again at a very competitive price. I cannot wait to go there again.

Report
Helpful
F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a wonderful dinner at Davy's which was very busy being a Friday night. atmosphere was buzzing and we had a quiet corner as it was dinner for two. we both had ribeye steak cooked to perfection. Service by Joanna was impeccable. the bottle of red wine complemented our meal nicely. joined the Davy's loyalty programme as I am sure I will be going to this restaurant many times in the future

Report
Helpful
1
2
3