Julies Restaurant

3.9
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Julies restaurant was established in 1969 by Julie Hodgess the original designer, back then independent restaurants were few and far between, with its unique décor and discrete layout Julies quickly became known as a special place to be seen and have fun.
Over the years that followed the restaurant became a go to destination for musicians, writers and media types and played host to many of the greatest artists of our time, the likes of John Lennon, Elton John, Madonna and countless others have enjoyed discrete parties within the establishment. With a management team that incorporates previously Michelin starred Chef Patron Shay Cooper, General Manager Leonardo Vizzi who also brings a wealth of experience in 5 star hotels and Michelin starred establishments.
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.0
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.4
Value
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54% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just absolutely amazing.

FN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The barman is brilliant and makes the best Cosmos in town. The food was good, especially the quails starter and the cheesecake. Service was a bit slow but they did have a party going on in the bar which probably caused a few extra complications. All in all I Love going there and I am delighted they have re-opened.

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Restaurant newly refurbished with elegance. Perfect place for a lovely dinner.

PD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

I think the quail starter was undercooked and made me ill

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The menu was limited and all the dishes were very salty. Creative menu and the food was good but spoiled by over salt.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Was really looking forward to returning but alas it is not the place it used to be! We loved this place-it was always a really fun night. The shabby chic bohemian look & feel has gone, replaced by the look & feel of your average, local restaurant found on any UK High Street. It’s lost its usp in addition to its menu. The new menu was average, the decor even more so. If you loved it before, don’t go, it will only disappoint. If you’ve never been, you might like it but I doubt you would love it or recommend it. Such a shame. Another institution killed off.....

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Disappointing. Having waited five years for Julies to reopen (I was previously a regular customer for twenty years) I am sorry to say I don’t think I’ll be going again. It now feels like any other high end restaurant, and was expensive with very small portions. All acceptable but not the special place it once was.

S
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

This was probably my worst restaurant experience ever in London. Food was poor and the service was atrocious. It is too bad too because Julie's is an iconic spot. I do not believe the current management cares about it's customers.

AY
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Disappointed by the refurbishment
It has lost all its charm

NK
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A welcome return to an old favourite. If anything, the food was of a higher standard than when last open. Hake risotto and chicken were outstanding. Delighted to see very good rosés from neighbouring d'Esclans estates on the wine list.

D
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Having visited Julies many times before its refurbishment we were excited to return. I had booked a table for my wife's 50th birthday just for us and our 2 daughters. My wife was born 4 days before Juiles first opened in 1969 it therefore seemed an appropriate choice. We had celebrated her 30th birthday there with a group of 12. My family are all vegetarian and having looked at the menu and noted the lack of options I telephoned a couple of days before to see if there was anything the kitchen would be able to offer in addition to the pasta dish. They would see what they could do. On arrival the greeting was warm but we were a bit disappointed with the refurbishment. What was once a labyrinth of cosy romantic rooms with a real feel of bohemian glamour had now been replaced with a rather dull and corporate nod to north African style. No longer a destination for the film makers, musicians, artists and models that had it had once attracted but now a safe and familiar environment for the world of banking and finance I suspect. We ordered a couple of glasses of champange. Mine was about a third of a glass short. The end of the bottle perhaps? Has the chef had been able to arrange any additional vegetarian main? No unfortunately not, but they could do the starters as a main if we liked. The Vegetarian starters were cold carrot soup or Leek hearts and the main was a garlic pasta. No takers for the cold carrot soup on this wintery evening we all went for the leek hearts followed by Pasta. The leeks were very pleasant but nothing overly special. Our daughters plates arrived and the waiter told us ours would be a few minutes more. We told the girls to start. Ten minutes later they had finished the rather small portions, I asked the waiter where our mains were and he apologised, it was his fault. When they finally arrived they were plated on smaller plates and one small portion had been divided into 2!! I've run out of space here but sadly the old Julies is no more.

J
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely lunch in great surroundings. But expensive for what it is.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Returning to Julie's now it has re-opened proved a treat. The food is better than before and beautifully presented. The ambience is upbeat and welcoming - lovely colours and some of the old interesting decor still there. It was packed the night we went but we were given exactly the kind of table we asked for .

f
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Have been a loyal customer at Julie's for almost 30 years. Always booking a table there whenever in London. On this occasion we encountered the refurb and realised that the heart and soul of the restaurant had been ripped out along with the old furnishings. Sterile and lacking in imagination has replaced unique and exciting. The food was also a disappointment although the dessert was good. Cheese equalled the customary measly slivers on a plate with boring biscuits and a few grapes. We won't return sadly. Change for change's sake is pointless, if it's not broken don't mend it springs to mind....Did an accountant play a part in the decision process for the refurb.....? It is so dull and lack lustre. Biggest disappointment of this year.

GE
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

The food is good but the ambience is not what it was sadly. Please dim the lights and lower/improve the music!

MV
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and beautiful, sensitive refurbishment of the old place. Have dined three times already since the reopening and only serious problem remains the wine menu. It is way too short for a restaurant of this quality and has multiple out-of-stocks. Also, the spirits on the bar menu are too main stream which is a pity given, for instance, the artisan fin renaissance taking place in London these days.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great meal at Julie’s. There is a lively atmosphere in the restaurant with music playing but not loud enough to interrupt conversation.

The food is superb with a number of dishes sticking in the memory.

Starters of Fried Quail, Cured Trout and Beef Tartare were all great in their own way; sensational from first to last bite, fresh and balanced and melt in the mouth (in order).

Mains of lamb and Spätzle were both great with the lamb cutlet with smoked mash in particular being delicious.

The desert that stood out was the lemon curd incased in white chocolate, a light and tasty end to the meal.

The food was excellent and priced accordingly. The wine and drinks at the bar were actually good value with plenty of options available for £30-40.

Overall we had a great evening with delicious food, helpful staff and a great ambience.

LQ
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have eaten lunch here twice this week. The restaurant is intimate and stylish and the set lunch menu is excellent value for Shay Cooper's superb food
We had a delicious pumpkin soup, layered with texture and flavours. Sole goujons were a popular starter All three courses had the same intricacy of flavour with a lovely use of fine fresh herbs, even with the poached pear desert.
Go for the three courses , you will feel satisfied til breakfast !

MV
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Outstanding food, lunch menu great value. Wine list too limited and items out of stock, this needs urgent work but otherwise great relaunch,

P
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was well prepared and cooked. They have a corkage policy but was a bit confused by the flat fee of 30gbp charged regardless of bottle size. I was drinking by myself and wanted to have a half bottle to which they indicated it would be 30 to enjoy vs a more reasonable 15 (half of a bottle). Regardless the food was good.

BB
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marvellous, having read the reviews about Julies, I thought I would treat my wife and I to a spot of lunch and check out the restaurant for myself. We were not disappointed all we had read was true, We were met by a delightful lady, who after taking our coats showed us to a rather lovely table in the window, I cannot express just how well we were treated by the staff nothing seemed to much trouble,they went about their jobs effortless, but I have to say it was surpassed by the very excellent food and culinary wizardry, prepared by head chef Shay Cooper and his team. we shall definitely be going back

PC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Potential to be really good however still some improvements to be made

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience1

Music playlist terrible

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AB
London
32 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the refurbishment.Very comfortable,very stylish.Attentive waitress,turned down the music when we asked without any hesitation.
My companion thought her food was over salted.Mine was delicious.

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good quality food beautifully presented but portion control taken too far as servings were small. Also there were no options to order sides of vegetables etc. Of course this encourages you to have starters and puddings which is not what we necessarily want.
Staff were attentive and the ambiance was pleasant but it’s nothing like the old Julies which we thought was much better with a laidback, relaxed atmosphere.

MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible but incredibly expensive too. Too expensive.

C
London
37 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

My wife and I were regular visitors to Julies before it close for refurbishment so we were delighted when we learned they'd re-opened. I booked a table this week to take a couple of our friends as I'd told them how lovely the place was with several dining areas. On arrival we were placed on a table very close to the door and when I asked if we could sit further inside the restaurant we were told it wasn't open.
Our server spoke very little English and when our guests ordered aperitifs, I asked for a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine for the table. The waiter then proceeded to remove all the wine glasses from the table, I asked him to put them back as we wanted our red wine, he didn't understand! I asked to see another member of staff who then explained to him what was required. He then proceeded to pour the red wine in everyone's glasses and therefore wasting most of the white.
The food itself was faultless if somewhat small portions for a dinner menu but the dining experience left a lot to be desired as did the price of the evening. It's a shame but we won't be rushing back.

V
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

This used to be my favourite restaurant and it holds so many glorious and happy memories. However the new look interior is without personality and the food is incredibly poor value. I’m very sad to say, I won’t be returning to Julies.

T
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

We loved the food and the new decor, but it was a shame the place was empty and we had to knock on the door to get in as there was a wedding reception in the evening. The food was sublime, best id had in a long time, just lacking in atmosphere on that particular day. Shame they didnt call to let us know as I think we would have rescheduled.

SM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So pleased that after such a long time that
Julie’s is now open for business.
The Luncheon on Wednesday was superb.
The look of the restaurant has changed and I wanted my friends to experience the lovely private booths of the past. It seems they are only available in the evening, but as we had travelled so far the Manager allowed us to eat downstairs. The menu was excellent and the 3 courses we chose were A- M - Zing.
The best meal for many a day.
Thank you
Susie Jane Pauline and Lynn

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The newly renovated restaurant does not live up to it’s former self. This is definitely not a place for vegetarians or people trying to eat less meat .

NP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The negativity in this review is largely based on the unwelcoming impression gained from the booking website. The draconian cancellation policy, the requirement to commit credit card details, the ludicrous typos (lbs for £) strongly discouraged me from completing my booking. To say you have problems with no shows doesn't stack up when you are still in your soft opening phase. The nearby and v popular Ladbroke Arms seems to manage, and as most other restaurants of my experience.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family took me to this favorite old haunt from the 80's and 90's as a birthday treat (and a treat, it was). If you are wanting to reminisce and experience the old Julie's, keep walking. Although pieces of the original decor remain, along with a few of the downstairs caverns, its now brighter and fresher, with a modern British menu. Our experience was very good, service was attentive and sharp, but not over-bearing, the food well presented, tasty, but not what I'd call "filling" (these modern menus are like that), but we were all pleasantly satisfied following our three courses. The quail was beautifully presented, the kale risotto with crab voted best starter, but I loved my cured sea trout with tomatos. We all opted for the lamb main course which was a very good choice, but observing other tables,  the ox cheek, or the Cornish cod would be my next favourite. For desert we shared three between four, the fig leaf panna cotta, the musovado sponge, and the lemon curd, all were faultless, and moorish. The wine list suited our palates, the malbec was my favourite. I would happily return to Julie's and make new, happy memories. 

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Some of the good was great
Some wasn’t eg crab risotto
Cheese plate was v tiny,
And staff , though helpful in attitude, were somewhat lacking in knowledge of menu.

RJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience1

Second visit this year having eaten at Julies regularly in the past. Discovered evening menu is the same as our previous lunch menu. Could only book at 7.00pm but restaurant upstairs was virtually empty. As we left we encountered friends who had only been allowed to book at 8.30pm, their side was virtually empty too!
Raised the issue with manager, who along with staff, needs careful training in handling disappointed customers; hopeless and on the verge of rudeness. He said downstairs was full....diners outside contradicted him! Food was excellent but the atmosphere has lost the lovely old Julie's feel and it is extraordinarily expensive.
I am afraid that neither we, nor the friends we were with (also Old Julies regulars) would go back unless changes are made.

CA
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great to see Julies open again with many of the old features having been successfully refreshed. Everything was great but food was outstanding. I haven't stopped telling friends about it since.

OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad to have returned to one of our favourite restaurants after a lengthy closure to refurb.
The food was amazing and the service the new standard.
Will be returning soon.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance

R
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is great news that Julie’s has reopened and it does not disappoint.

HG
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a lovely ebening. The restaurant has retained its charm and the food and wien were great.