Galvin at the Athenaeum

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238 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Good Vegetarian Options
CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S CULINARY TAPESTRY


Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.
What 238 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.7
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EK12
London
20 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We have been to this establishment a number of times. although the service is very good , they had forgotten it was our Anniversary , although mentioned on the booking form.
The place was very quite and looking very tired. food was acceptable but not exciting.

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FionaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good value set lunch menu. Food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience2

Service was slow. Took around five minutes to be seen and seated. And it didn’t overly quick up afterwards I’m afraid.
That said, the service was polite and friendly.
The afternoon tea was good, I enjoyed it!
Overall, it was average.

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vipAudreyT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. The food was very nice but the menu was not hugely exciting

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AnthonyD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Fabulous food. Good looking restaurant in a central location. Very enjoyable and would definitely return again. Set menu price is excellent value when booked through Open Table.

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Henley
London
25 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another excellent lunch at the Athenaeum. Really good food and selection from the set menu. Service was as we expect from this restaurant, really good. We will return.

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VictoriaT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had set menu. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Service was good and staff charming. Will definitely go again.

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liucijad
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for amazing evening excellent food and service.

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Mozog
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The place is very old and overrated, not sure i’d do it again

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SaraG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From lovely and attentive but not intrusive staff to fantastic food. A wonderful dining experience.

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viprodnick
London
55 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We have been several times this year so expected the usual good quality food. Chose the special offer lunch menu which was a good option. Looking forward to our next meal there.

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ChristineF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We went for Sunday lunch and there was only one other table occupied in the area (adjacent to the lovby) where we ate. My food was very average, the tomatoes in the goats cheese and tomato salad were tasteless and my main of sea bass was under seasoned. My friend reported better luck with her veggie soup and risotto. Service was a bit off-hand and I'm afraid I wouldn't go back.

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vipHappyeater
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great dining experience. Wonderful food and impeccable service from every single staff member. We'll be back.

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vipBill
Charlotte
141 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner! The staff was super friendly and really engaged with the kids!

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vipClaireK
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Had a deal which made the value good. Restaurant empty other than us so not much ambience. Nice enough.

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GreatFriday
London
52 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service throughout the evening. The staff were friendly and unobtrusive. The portions were rather small and the wine list hardly cheap! A good atmosphere and a return visit will happen...

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viprodnick
London
55 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We booked for Easter Sunday lunch based on the special menu which was reasonably priced. The courses allowed for a good choice and the roast beef was very good. The lamb however should have been better, it may have been left on the plate too long and was tough to cut.

All in all good value for what we had and a good experience again.

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vipsandy
London
163 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

usually extremely good so as a few new servers were finding their feet there was a little hiatus which we would not usually experience so fingers crossed they will be back on form now

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vipStephanieM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Leonard was our waiter and he was excellent. We had fantastic service throughout and a lovely afternoon tea for mothers day. They did their absolute best to accommodate us and answer my questions beforehand as I wanted to make sure children were welcome. They went over and above, thank you for a special treat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice layout with comfortable seating. Relaxed atmosphere not pretentious at all. And great decor...Children friendly/ menu which is good..The food was amazing It was a Sunday on Mother’s Day so we were treated to the Mother’s Day menu which was a 3 course meal for the fantastic value of £35 pound each!.. considering the reputation that comes with Galvin I thought it was a bargain.. starters were great and mains fantastic. I had the roast beef which was absolutely wonderful.. however the cutlery was a bit blunt so maybe in future serve this with a steak knife.. the only downside food wise we’re that we waited quite a bit between courses especially desert which we waited almost 40 minutes for. None the less, the restaurant recognised the mistake without even a mention from myself or my Mrs and took a course off of the bill... staff were attentive and polite. My Mrs was treated to a Mother’s Day goody bag which featured a teddy bear and various spa products from the hotel. This was a lovely touch and put a smile on her face...we were relaxed and the food was nice so we will definitely come here again!

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vipFoodie
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Everything was good until it came to dessert and then it went downhill fast. Twice they came back to the table to tell us that they were out of the dessert we ordered so we finally just ordered ice cream. An hour went back and we asked twice and never received it so we finally left. Our entire meal was 2.5 hours which was far too long.

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vipScran
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service

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bubba
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Sunday dinner was very disappointing. Both vegetarian options were mushroom based, what if you don’t like mushrooms. The main option was a stodgy risotto, really Galvins? In this age of increasing vegetarianism one would expect a lot more from Galvins.

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viprodnick
London
55 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Sunday lunch was extremely good with a good menu choice and a nice wine to go with it. The restaurant was quiet with not many people around. Service was quick and it was a very pleasant experience. Will definitely be dining here again soon.

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vipsandy
London
163 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

we really enjoyed our dinner and the food beat our expectations. the service was excellent but they were so busy so the time between courses was longer than usual

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vipcitycharlie
London
53 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing meal here recently. Franco the Maître'd was exceptional and made us feel very welcome. The food was to die for too!

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gruppoindigo
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We were fortunate to be able to sit inside the main restaurant while many others were sitting outside in the front of house area. The ambiance and noise level was just right as we wanted the chance to talk quietly over dinner. The service was excellent - unobtrusive, thoughtful and professional. The food was good, but not as good as it has been on previous occasions - in particular my fish was not cooked through which was a shame as it was such a nice piece. All in all an enjoyable evening but not quite up to the level that I have experienced before. 5* for service!

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vipTomC
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Extremely good value 2-course lunch with a (soft) drink thrown in. Perfect for dry January. Portion sizes good and very high quality food. Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was ok. Great location

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vipValH
London
110 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Good afternoon tea selection with the usual set up. Two small negatives this time though. Scones weren't super fresh & service was lacking (had to ask for milk & tea top up twice). Perhaps it is because we were sitting in a semi-private area but customers shouldn't be forgotten about...

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vipKelvin
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Buffet is way over priced with only limited options. Did not find it good value for money. Food was decent enough.

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vipDCeats
London
21 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Excellent food let down by an odd combination of so-so service and a lack of atmosphere (not helped by major table shifting during our meal). I really like the Galvin restaurants but will stick to La Chapelle in future.

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RunSki
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A very lunch and expierence.
Great food, service and customers, it is discerning without being pretentious or snobbish.
Highly Recommended.

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MarkG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

The food was very good as you would expect, but the service was very poor from the start from reception to throughout the meal . We sat there for 15-20 minutes without a drink. Struggled throughout the meal with service. At the end of the meal they did try and rectify the situation but was too late.

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RichardK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Sunday lunch with lovely fresh vegetables & generous portions. The set menu with 2&3 course option is really good value. From the moment you enter the hotel you are met with a very warm welcome from helpful & friendly staff which extends through to the restaurant and bar. A thoroughly enjoyable experience & a great place to meet up with family & friends - we didn’t want to leave! I would most certainly recommend.

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vipmcclut
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The food was very salty. My son’s fish fingers were super oily and tasted of old oil.

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marks
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately the whole experience was bad from the moment we walked in to being placed by kitchen to the temperature being too hot .very slow service and kept forgetting everything.i know we where on deal but very bad and probably wouldn’t go there again .we did complain and got money off which isn’t the point was for birthday celebrations and they where ruined

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Yeshy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stylish restaurant with subtle decor, attentive staff and creative food menu. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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vipmushypeas
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delivered top quality as usual.
Service was exceptional.

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SueP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Quiet and calm atmosphere food portions small but delicious - good value for money

FAQs

Galvin at the Athenaeum offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7640 3333.

Galvin at the Athenaeum is rated 4.1 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

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