Rake's Cafe Bar

4.3
50 reviews
£25 and under
British
Rake’s, a place to escape the city, is a day to night eating and drinking destination located next to Liverpool Street station and on the cusp of East London.

Offers

  • Japanese brunch

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Rake's meets Miyako Every Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 3pm. Choose from Miyako special menu 1 main - 1 side - 2 Japanese cocktails and bottomless Genmaicha tea. Upgrade £15 and get a bottle of Shirakabegura mio sparkling sake Experience your brunch in Miyako restaurant or in our elegant Parlour in Rake's cafe bar Just let us know in advance. A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill VAT is included at the current rate.
  • Aperitivo

    £12.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Rake's aperitivo 1 cocktail between Negroni, White Negroni, Manhattan, Campari Spritz, Aperol Spritz and a snacks selection for £12 between 5pm and 7pm. Crodino alcohol free plus snack selection for £6 A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill VAT is included at the current rate.
  • Rake's sparkling Brunch

    £32.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Every Friday – Saturday - Sunday brunch from 12pm to 4pm £32 one dish from the menu + 3 sparkling cocktails Choose 3 drinks between: Mimosa -Kir Real -Bellini or glass of prosecco Upgrade for £17.5 for a bottle of prosecco A discretionary 12.5% service will be added to your bill. VAT is inclusive at the current rate. If you have any food allergies or intolerance please speak to our team before you order

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.3
Ambience
4.1
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vipJosephChiu
London
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience2

The waiter was great, even tho not the best food or venue in town, we’ll definitely be coming back for the supreme service….

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Misstedatious
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant evening. Waiter really made the night, she was excellent and attentive. Dinner was at 19:15 and we stayed until 23:50 as it was such a great atmosphere.

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Peter
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience5

The Parlour room was amazing! Fantastic customer Service. My dat and I had a relaxed and chilled time...

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LaurenceH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

My wife’s pasta dish was delicious but my full English was very disappointing. Crispy hash browns, crispy fried eggs and bacon that could break teeth made for a big disappointment.

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Christinee
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Had a nice lunch with friends - nice atmosphere and ambience.

Good food and the young waiter that looked after us was very attentive.

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KevinB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff. Great food and drinks in a relaxed and comfortable bar.

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Keets
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The service was slow, and it took around an hour for our brunch to arrive. Other than this, no complaints.

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ClaireR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Booked for the a la carte menu but on arrival discovered only the brunch menu was available so we didn’t stay to eat as we didn’t want any of the mainly breakfast related foods.
They also had no lager.
They need to sort out the booking system and not offer unavailable menus.

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jubi101
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot right by the station. Lovely food and very nice environment. If your after quick drinks and some snacks this is your place.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 24 September 2021

Dear Jubi101, Thank you for taking the time to write us a lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Rake's Cafe Bar, and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many Thanks, Rake's Team

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WitlessMkII
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

We booked for brunch at 10:30 (which OpenTable allowed me to do) only to arrive to find out they can’t serve ‘brunch’ until midday
The server was very polite & apologetic about it but shame the booking/confirmation process didn’t highlight this in any way

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 24 September 2021

Dear WitlessMkll, Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We always aim to deliver a great experience, and we gutted when we don't meet expectations. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this doesn't happen again. Many Thanks, Rake's Team.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Service was bad and I was contacted by two different Mobile numbers and was accused that I didn't pay the bill even though I go to this bar frequently. I won't be going there anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The room was amazing.
We had just enough attention but left alone enough to talk, laugh and have fun.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 24 September 2021

Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for sharing your valuable feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Many Thanks, Rake's Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I came here with a friend for a catch up and it was just awful. The service was so poor, waited for 45 mins for someone to take our order , staff didn’t pay any attention to us. When our food came it was cold so sent it back. Then when the new eggs arrived, the sauce (out of a sachet) wasn’t mixed so was all lumpy on top . At this time we were so hungry to eat, we eat it but asked them to remove it from the bill, which they did but put service charge on top which we didn’t pay. Certainly will not be coming back to this place, it was awful!

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Vina
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was very slow, manager compensated by a round of free drinks which was nice. However the food was not the greatest.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 27 August 2021

Dear Vina, Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback. We are sorry that our service did not meet your expectations. We'll strive to do better. Many Thanks, Rake's Team.

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Silverarrow
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Was there on Saturday for my birthday brunch. received excellent service from the booking made on the phone to when I walked in and so did the rest of my table. Food is lovely’s and not to pricey amazing decor is inside absolutely gorgeous!!! Great DJ playing shame he had to leave early . will happily return here again No complaints at all. Great place it’s central lively beautiful and good vibes

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 15 August 2021

Dear Silverarrow, We can't Thank you enough for taking the time to write us such a detailed positive review about the place and service. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Rake's and we look forward to seeing you soon again. Many Thanks, Rake's Team

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LauraG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, price and food! Lovely decor also.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 15 August 2021

Dear Laura G, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a nice feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Rake's Caffe Bar. Looking forward to seeing you soon again. Many Thanks, Rake's Team

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely decor and atmosphere. Staff were really attentive and the venue was clean and grand. Food was prompt and well presented. Worth a visit as so close to the station and has some interesting history and impressive rooms. Would recommend

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 1 August 2021

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to send us a lovely feedback, we are thrilled that you had a lovely time at Rake's. We hope to see you soon again. Many Thanks Rake's Team

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Jules
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went for drinks and loved the ambiance. Service was amazing and the staff did not pressure us to order food ( although other diners had delicious looking plates) so really comfortable place to meet friends.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 23 July 2021

Dear Jules, Thanking you for taking the time to leave us a nice feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your time at Rake's and hope to see you again soon to try are delicious food. Many thanks, Rake's team.

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The music was a bit too loud for brunch personally

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 21 July 2021

Dear Alex L, Thank you very much for your lovely review, we truly appreciate your comments and have discussed them with the team. Many thanks again, Rake's Team.

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Elle
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Booked bottomless brunch and after asking 2 separate servers were finally told it wasn’t running and was sparkling brunch instead (the first server we asked said he didn’t know, went to find out and never came back). Finally ordered a drink after about 15minutes then took am extra 20minutes to order food. There was really poor communication from staff and they barely paid us any attention. A table that came in after us were served their food before we’d even been able to call over a waiter to order ours. Had high hopes for this place but sadly it just didn’t deliver on service. Food and drinks were good but unfortunately the service just ruined the experience.

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 21 July 2021

Dear Elle, Thank you very much for sharing your valuable feedback. We're sorry your expectations didn't match your experience. We have discussed this in our team briefing and use the feedback to ensure it doesn't happen again in the future. It was an uncommon instance and we'll do better in the future.

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Icpv
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It wasn’t what my friend and I were expecting at all the brunch plates were VERY SMALL for the price and ambience of the place wasn’t great either and the service was pretty poor too

Rake's Cafe Bar
Responded on 21 July 2021

Dear Icpv Thank you very much for your valuable feedback. We're sorry your expectations didn't match your experience. We also apologize our service did not satisfy your expectations. We have discussed this with our chefs and looking into it. Many Thanks Rakes Team.

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JulieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Booked bottomless brunch and the menu had changed when we arrived, but they said they would honour the bottomless drinks we had booked. We didn't sit in the main area and service was very slow, so drinks were not forthcoming. I didn't expect endless drinks but I do not call two drinks in 1.5 hours bottomless. Eventually I went to ask for a drink in the main bar area

Food was nice and the atmosphere and surroundings are great. Staff were friendly but so slow to serve us, so for that reason I am not sure I would recommend or return

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ChrisK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Headed here for a client lunch and the service was SO bad - it was super quiet and the waitress was just uninterested, she also did this weird thing at the end when the bill came of just bringing the card machine over and not showing us the bill....then despite the bill being paid the empty plates were still there on the table. Not what you'd expect in a prime location eatery. The food however was fantastic and really reasonably priced, would come back again if they fixed the service.

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Lora
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place, fantastic service, a gem of a building and vibe, and good food. Attentive and fast service, really enjoyed it

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soniya
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great bottomless brunch option with a lively atmosphere and great music!!

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LydiaS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Overall, good value for money and their cauliflower wings are to die for. A good place to go with friends as it's lively and the host (manager?) is really friendly. Only thing I'd say is they are slow at topping up bottomless drinks and slow service in general. Weirdly there was a young child there (4-6pm was our booking) which I didn't expect would be allowed at a bottomless brunch venue and the kid was quite jumpy and running around and climbing. Put us off a little, but we still had a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered the grass lemon chicken,ketchup (love the brand and taste) and Lemonade .The ambience was calm and nice .
Rake always meet my expectations and the location is 1 minute from Liverpool Street station.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Was not enjoyable. Poor / non existent service. Waited 10 mins for a menu for drinks… ended up leaving because we were literally forgotten about.

Interior ans decor was very nice :)

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ThaliaP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the idea of the bottomless drinks for two hours, though it sure goes by fast. The vegetarian brunch was delicious, and they’re on hand with cute sauce jars and even brought me extra toast. Service was great and we were luckily in the quieter room off to the side, it was quite noisy in the main bit. Gorgeous room, felt spacey and unhassled, perfect for catching up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

A nice place / great atmosphere but not great service. After serving us drinks, the waiter didn’t come back to take a food order and after 20 minutes we had to ask for service ourselves. When the waiter did arrive, he was in such a rush to get away that he didn’t take my order down correctly and I had to call him back to add a side, and I ended up getting something different than I’d asked for.

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SuzannahM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Location & ambiance works for our girls brunch catch ups - food decent though not spectacular but nice elegant decor & atmosphere. However service is never that spot on - this time it was appalling, waited over 30min for drinks which were then incorrect, table wasn't cleared of dirty items until we did it ourselves, 2 items missed off food order, another item incorrect, even though we ran through the order twice. Luckily the manager realised half way through & very kindly addressed the issue, took accountability & removed items from the bill. I was impressed with his recovery but am still horrified at how the waitress got a job there considering it is part of a smart hotel chain. To be fair, none of the other waiting staff (aside from the manager) seemed particularly switched on - having spent decades in a hospitality industry myself I'd consider this venue in need of a serious customer service overall.

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SonjaM
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So lovely. The food was delicious and the staff are very friendly. They made a custom cocktail for us which was amazing. Highly recommend.

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KaylaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really calm ambience and the service was pretty fast. The food was really yummy too! Definitely would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place - great service, bottomless brunch was great, attentive waiters and great food!

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GregC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food is good, surroundings nice, waiter pleasant but, and this is our second time, Sooooo Slooooooow. It is difficult to catch their attention, they are often not in the room and food takes ages to be prepared. I could have walked home in the time it took to get the bill.

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RJohn
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The place looks great and there is a nice ambience. The cocktails are really good and are the selling point for this restaurant.
The chicken burger was nice but the quesadilla's were not good value for money. They charge extra for king prawns and chorizo and the charge is extortionate for what you get. Let them down.
Most of the service was good, but there were moments where it seemed some people were a bit lost and kept getting confused about tables. Ended up with us being charged for a bottle wine we didn't order and twice for the burger.
The cocktails and chips saved it and definitely a lovely setting, just a few things that let it down.

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ElizabethA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I met up with my bestie (first time since lockdown) for a bottomless brunch at Rake's. It did NOT disappoint! There are two areas in the restaurant, one with a more luxe lounge feel and the other a bit more laid back but lovely in decor and it's where the DJ is located. The staff were really friendly and attentive.

I wanted to sit in the more lively area and was kept informed if there was cancellation, I'd be moved. They did move myself and my bestie and gave a great table. The DJ vibe was fantastic! It felt like a great combo of food, drinks, dancing in our seats because the music was so good, and good service!

I had the French toast which was an interesting experience and I think some maple syrup (instead of the cream, which I didn't have) would have added to it. I then had avocado on toast with smoked salmon, which was dressed with some fresh diced tomato and chilli... not too hot, had a lovely kick to it and combined everything tasted very good. My friend had a butter chicken burger and devoured it!

The drinks for the bottomless brunch were a choice of bellinis, kir royale, aperol spritz, bloody marys or prosecco... the bellinis were the best tasting out of the selection we got to mix up (you can choose any of the options instead of just having one type of drink). I think the alcohol volume in each of the drinks we had were a little more generous, but we're not complaining about that at all!!

The venue was easy to find and very conveniently located within the Andaz hotel by Liverpool Street station. Everything we had was good value for money and I would definitely recommend it as a great brunch spot with a fantastic vibe (seriously the DJ was soooo on point!), good service and lovely decor.

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Katharine25
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really beautiful decor, bigger than you think as you walk through it opens out. We came for cocktails and the waiter was very informative and the service was quick. Cocktails were delicious and were the standard London price and it's right next to the station so perfect for getting home after!

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Gomez1
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely venue, very good service. Quite pricey for what you get but worth the premium

FAQs

Rake's Cafe Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.