Davy's St James

3.8
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81 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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..
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
Food
3.9
Service
3.7
Ambience
3.7
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b
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Great atmosphere. Good food. Service could be more attentive

GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

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.

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

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.

GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

C
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Très bon restaurant ! Bonne ambiance et très bon plats.

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GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Excellent fish and chips and good bitter in a pleasant atmosphere

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

C
Manchester
134 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

D
Berkshire
21 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

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..

G
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

F
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

GA
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

MF
London
24 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

AH
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2016
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

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.

K
London
24 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2016
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great private dining room, good food, good service

e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2015
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

B
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

FL
London
38 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2015
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

CL
London
41 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2015
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

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

B
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2015
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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.

CL
London
41 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

CL
London
41 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2014
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2014
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

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.

d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2014
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

CL
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

GG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2014
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

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

RR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2014
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

s
London
73 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2014
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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.

IJ
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

d
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

c
London
42 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2014
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

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

PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2014
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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.

l
London
59 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2014
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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.

T
9 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2014
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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