Julies Restaurant

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British
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.
What 168 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.5
Value
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MonicaW
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We just arrived home after an exceptionally disappointing lunch at what used to be a gem of a restaurant. On reading through the Google reviews I read the following review from Alexa P which could have been written by me. I ordered exactly the same courses and felt exactly the same way! My husband and I shared the cheese at the end of our meal and the biscuits had obviously been left out for days and were soft and chewy - the cheese was tasteless. After months in lockdown there are so many restaurants to try, and return to. Despite the restaurant only having three other tables of two outside, they seated us all on top of each other but made a huge issue of not taking our menus away or pouring our wine because of COVID-19 legislation! This will not be one we will give a second chance which is such a shame. Staff were untrained, unhelpful and the sommelier was arrogant.....

Alexa P
1 review
2 hours ago-
The service is appalling, the food sounds super special on the menu but it’s very disappointing and mediocre.
We booked outside but were seated inside, the hostess was actually super rude about it.
Liver parfait comes with a full on sugary oat biscuit that tastes like the ones you consume with your afternoon tea. Hardly any parfait that was sprinkled with granola so with the dry biscuits it felt like I’m eating gravel. For main I ordered a risotto with girolle and hazelnuts. Sounded and looked insanely good but was drenched in some overpowering lemon zest oil. The dish smelled like a cheap lemon candle. It was so bad that I couldn’t even eat any of it. To be honest I wasn’t even bothered about the food first, but the fact that the Waiters walked around, completely ignoring that I haven’t touched my food and waited circa 50 mins until my husband finished his meal to ask whether everything was alright really didn’t impress me at all.
We had a very bad experience and definitely won’t be returning.

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ReturnVisitor
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

It’s a number of years since I’ve eaten here but this was a very disappointing return visit.

My steak was poor quality meat and overcooked (not that any waiter enquired) despite me making clear my preference on ordering. They charged £34 for the steak alone and I’ve had better quality in chain restaurants for £10.

Sides were small. I left feeling hungry.

The cheeses were good but no bread just a couple of crackers. Again overpriced.

Overall a great disappointment!

To top it all they are charging vat at 20% on the whole meal despite the recent reduction for food to 5%.

I really couldn’t recommend it. Go to a gastropub and have better food and wine for half the price!

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Abbie
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went to Julie's to celebrate a friend's birthday earlier this week. We had a lovely table outside, perfect for the sunny London evening. As always, the service and food were impeccable. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions (temperature checks, sanitizer, social distancing) we had a lovely evening and were made to feel very welcome. The wait staff also presented a 'Happy Birthday' dessert, which was divine. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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RenskeM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Julie’s is unique, and as near neighbours, we are delighted to have them back. TheIt food is definitely several classes better than it was before, pricey but excellent quality, beautifully served in a lovely environment. It’s the place to go for a nice lunch, happy breakfast or slightly more expensive posh dinner. Enjoy!

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ChrisM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having opened their doors post COVID it I was so pleased to visit, the food is brilliant, the decor is very stylish and their service is very friendly.

Certainly a spot to recommend!

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Fran
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely lovely! In every way. Didn’t give 5 stars for value because the portions are slightly on the small side. But delicious!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious dinner in beautiful surroundings being looked after by charming and efficient staff.

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Chamois1
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Two successive visits confirmed opinion that the new Julie's is even better than it was before.

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W4foodlover
Buckinghamshire
38 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great place. It was my wife's birthday so the maitre D gave is both a free glass of champagne, which was a lovely touch. Food was excellent.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

Food was quite good but the ambiance and service are nowhere near like it used to be. This was once a buzzy neighbourhood restaurant. Service is now clinical and cold. Bring back Ronaldo!! Please!!

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit in Julie's new incarnation -- and best yet. Delightful welcome and attentive, personal service throughout our meal, and delicious, well-seasoned food -- creatively prepared. Sat in an intimate lower ground floor alcove, perfect for an evening meal.

We love the tucked-away location in Holland Park.

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AntoniaM
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning venue just the right balance between cosy and sophisticated. The food was delicious and perfect portion sizes.

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EJAB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely renovation, kind of miss the quirkiness of the old but still seems true to Julies, service was impeccable. Starters delicious, Mains good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
35 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Lindsay lunch ever...enough said and all ready planing our return.
Thank you.

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charlesb
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From arrival to departure highly attentive service. Great atmosphere and delicious food. Highly recommend and will definitely revisit.

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Luv2eat
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The menu was short and unusual so not easy to find something to order. When it arrived the food itself was OK but not as good as one would expect from the prices or atmosphere. Service was attentive but did not encourage sharing which would have been one way out of the ordering dilemma. Comfort marred by the low banquettes. Having been newly refurbished to a high standard with prices to match I expected more. I think it will struggle in its current format.

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Bibulous
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience3

Friendly if inexpert staff and tasty if trendy food nicely presented, though odd to run out of roast beef at 1.30 on a Sunday when the only menu was a three course one including roast beef at £38 with no discount for no roast beef.
Tables are too small, uncomfortable squashing onto them whether two or four or more people.
Julies Bordeaux was perfectly acceptable at £34 the bottle.

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vipMichaelS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food excellent, service needs a bit of polishing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Julies is a great venue (in terms of layout) in a fab location but the new decor seemed a bit dated (bits of it look like they are from a church!). We weren’t that impressed with the menu either and certainly not with the prices at almost £30 for a main course. We won’t be rushing back.

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JuKin
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. The portion sizes were just right and the presentation was beautiful. The restaurant’s charm has not been lost in the refurbishment although the prices do reflect the 5 year closure! The atmosphere inside was warm and the staff were kind and attentive. Highly recommended and will certainly return.

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Russboy2
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had been here for lunch but this time I came for dinner. The first thing you notice is the service. Even as you approach the front entrance a member of staff rushes to open it for you. The barman spends a considerable amount of time making sure your G & T is perfect. And then to the food. My terrain was a thing of very great beauty. Then came white Cotswold chicken and a chocolate dessert which made the taste buds tingle. It was 3 star Michelin cooking. But the service throughout was immaculate and why I will be returning.

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Callas2
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

julies remains a delightful place for lunch with friends. our food was delicious and nicely presented. the wine was good too. the refreshed decor is very attractive. the staff were friendly and helpful, but a little overattentive and given to grabbing upselling opportunities a little to keenly. this is a staff training issue so don't be put off. also, the spacious new loos are downstairs but there is an equally elegant disabled loo on the ground floor which the staff needed reminding about. we will be going back again soon.

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JackieK
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't been for many years and it did not disappoint. We had Sunday lunch which at £39 was excellent value for 3 courses. The food is of a very high standard and portion sizes just right. Will be back!!

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sallyr
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

I have been coming to Julies since the 80s. Had had quite a few parties in the private room, and spent many an evening in the wine bar section. Was very excited to come to the new refurbishment and was so sad that the decor has now become rather bland. The food was lovely and the service OK but would I rush back .... probably not.

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Springbok
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and nice food made for a delightful lunch

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Michele
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch ... ambience super .. everyone friendly and welcoming ...loved the food and would highly recommend it

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SilviaW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was lovely to return to this old favourite which has been improved, but managed to retain its local vibe.

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Welltravelleddiner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

First time back since the makeover. Good decor but has lost the quirkiness that made Julies special. Now just another well furnished restaurant. Food was very well cooked and presented but I felt overpriced. A small strip of chicken, certainly well cooked but with no vegetables was £29 excluding service. And the wines seem to have around a 300% markup rather than the usual 200%. So, yes, a good meal but at I felt overly high prices and without the novelty factor that made Julies different.

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RossC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great to see Julie’s back on the map!
Excellent service and the quality of the food was second to none

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Olley
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

After 5 long years Julies has finally opened but it is nothing like the old Julies, gone is the garden and the private room, gone are the garlic rolls and the rustic fare and in its place a very grand beautifully designed fine dinning room. We found the menu limited and the portions small and expensive. Sadly the service was disappointing.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

“Does not compare to the old Julies. We went for New Year’s Eve dinner, the evening started in an entertaining way when having ordered two breakfast martinis we were brought a pot of tea. The apéritifs when they arrived were delicious and the barman very charming. The 5 course menu at £95 p/h plus service (no wine pairing) was a curates egg. Four delicious canapés, followed by ok carpaccio of aged beef and lobster risotto, then soggy grey venison Wellington which went straight back to the kitchen and was rapidly replaced by something similar but just not quite so awful, I lacked the appetite to send it back twice. The final course was a delicious chocolate ganache. They sat us in the “champagne bar“ which was a bit like an executive lounge at Heathrow Airport. Despite friendly and efficient service it was all a bit tragic given what a gorgeous restaurant this used to be. With a bottle of modest white wine, a glass of red and a double espresso it all came to over £300. I hope that if we returned and it wasn’t New Year’s Eve we would have a better experience at more palatable prices. In truth I could not recommend this restaurant on this showing, we were expecting far more and left disappointed.

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MickH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year’s Eve menu was delicious - we booked the restaurant a week before - the revamp is fab and the chef produced a wonderful dining experience. Music and ambience was perfect and the staff attentive and charming - we will be back!

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PaulS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely food and good service. Imaginative veggie menu. Some of the local “privileged” clientele can be annoying though.

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ITCHY
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious. Duck was so tender, it just melted in the mouth. Wine and champagne lovely. Will definitely return.

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HelenK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

Our server was a little brusk and felt like we were being rushed from the moment we sat down, also delivered an open bottle of still water to our table after I requested a jug of tap water. He told us we had to order our meal immediately as our booking of 2:15PM coincided with the kitchen closing. When I pointed out this was not flagged to me when I booked the table he insisted 'it's all over our website' I booked via open table and it was not flagged here. I just felt that the experience was sullied by his attitude to us which was not the case with the other staff in Julie's at all, they were all very welcoming.

I felt this should be brought to your attention.

Best, Helen

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lunchinglady
London
43 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We ate downstairs in refurbed Julie's. Many memories of the old Julie's and they have retained a hallmark of it in decor.
Food nice but our dishes not exceptional.
Wonderful friendly waiter from Ecuador, sadly I can't remember his name!

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lovefood
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely to be back but do miss the conservatory area as it was so light. Food and service were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just absolutely amazing.

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FranNS
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
JeremyB
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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