The Don Restaurant

4.3
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207 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Elegant fine-dining in the heart of the City. Enjoy British, French and Modern European dishes in historic surroundings.

Special Offers

London Restaurant Festival: 3 courses and a glass of Champagne £29

From a set menu. With a glass of Taittinger Champagne.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

2 Courses for £22.50, 3 Courses for £26.50

...enjoy this superb set menu courtesy of The Don.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 11 July 2019

Ends: 22 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00 17:30-21:30

What 207 People Are Saying
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E
London
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Good food and a lovely waiter from Puglia in Italy provided great service, got a bit noisy when a large party of men came in, bit of a shame really.

CJ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great meal and atmosphere. Good selection and reasonably priced when using the set meal

LM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely evening at The Don on 4th October. Food was excellent and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dined on the £29 menu with a glass of Tattinger - delicious and would recommend.
Thanks for a lovely evening.

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Great food poor service

R
London
172 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time at The Don and extremely impressed - great food on the very affordable set menu. Excellent service and a nice atmosphere. It is a bit of a City bloke place downstairs and the toilets are not great but generally speaking we really liked it and will be back.

E
Essex
28 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We loved the courtyard entrance and the history of the building given its connection with Sandeman's. The set menu had a good choice of dishes and everyone was pleased with the quality and taste of every dish ordered. Good wine list. Great strong coffee.

DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always reliable and great prices for the City. Highly recommended.

LA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had the special offer 3 courses and a glass of champagne for £29 and it was great value. But better options than one often finds for special offers.

I have been going to the Don for many years and it never fails to please.

The service was really excellent and we had a great evening. Many thanks to the staff for being so considerate to a bunch of rather loud- we were only laughing- women celebrating my retirement.

F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food here is good and the setting nice however it is a tad annoying to have 5 different waiting staff serve you, with the same person incapable of doing more than their one thing, ie bringing you to the table, bringing you wine, taking your food order, bringing you food etc. It is also annoying that our wine was kept 10ft from us and we were not trusted to pour it ourselves (and it was assumed we wanted the same amount from the bottle). Would it kill to ask people where they would like the bottle to be left? Other than that it was good.

C
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant set back from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Good food and excellent wine
Will be back

CJ
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good choice, great price with set menu, enjoyable meal

IK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Overall the food was very good. The only tiny bug was the profiteroles were a little dry and hard. The wine was excellent. The dining room is spacious and tables are not packed together so you don't feel that you are listening to other diners conversations. Staff were attentive and when asked to slow service as we were in no particular hurry they did so. They were charming. Would recommend the Don highly.

R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely food and a good atmosphere. The set menu was very good value.

P
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food as well as kind and friendly staff. Highly recommended for quiet and intimate Friday evening dinner

KN
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another great lunch at The Don, the staff are delightful, professional but friendly. The dishes are always beautifully prepared and presented, you can even get decent wine at a very reasonable price at this City gem.

KN
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Don is a great high quality restaurant tucked away in the City, going on expenses would be great but for those of us now paying from our own pocket there's a good selection of reasonably priced dishes and wine. The staff are charming and the service excellent. The dishes are confidently prepared and presented; I am careful about recommending somewhere but this place is a very good bet.

MA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location. Great food. Lovely art.

IB
London
191 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

excellent lunch. Really good food; well spaced tables; pricing is sensible.
Service is welcoming.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service, great location
What more can I say

DK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We had the Christmas meal which at £47 was not cheap but the food was good without be exceptional. Lamb was really good though. What annoyed me was that the restaurant was 60% full during the meal and yet we were rushed - food came way too quickly and they even took away my wine glass before I had finished it. When you end up paying £90+ per head, this level of service is not acceptable.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

The food here was really good, the portions are small but it is of a high standard. The wine selection is great and has many affordable options as well as specialty wines.

The restaurant was empty when we arrived and no other customers appeared for about an hour. This caused the staff to be rather over-attentive, filling water glasses after every sip, watching for us to finish our dishes and flying out the next courses. There was also no music playing so we could be heard quite clearly across the room. It was just a bit awkward.

By the end of our meal, when the restaurant had become busier, the atmosphere improved immensely and the staff's manner was a lot more comfortable.

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was great. Perfect execution. The chef should be proud. However her or she should know that up front people are frustrated. The Service was non existent. Took 40 min to serve drinks. We poured our own wine. Waitress did not speak english and could not even put the bread on the plate.

Great place to have quiet conversation.

JB
London
40 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good for a “City” venue. Good food & wine, polite & professional service. Importantly one can hear oneself speak!!

RB
London
194 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The Don is a classic spot for a smart business meal and if you haven’t been, you should try it.

B
London
71 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Inconsistent food spiked by strange service. Salmon tartar and chicken were excellent. Scallops and monkfish both over cooked and dry. Service was simply strange!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very, very good brunch. The food really is delicious and the atmosphere and service are also excellent. The hostess happily moved us to a better table. Couldn’t recommend enough.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were very welcoming. The food good value and tasty.

g
London
286 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The Don Restaurant is good for business catch up - good food and private enough to have a conversation

G
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and fabulous food. The wine waiter was very knowledgeable and we took his advice and tried the Austrian white wine. Perfect for our meal. Definitely visiting The Don again. Particularly if they continue to offer the two/three courses for £21/24 menu option.

RB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had been recommended The Don and it did not disappoint. The highlight was the service. The waiting staff were very experienced and had in depth knowledge of both food and drink. Our Gluten free friend was really well accommodated, the chef even made a creme brûlée just for her. Tucked away it was a nice quiet option for a Friday evening in the city

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Frederick Forster's food has always been amazing, I have been to The Don twice and can't complain. Unfortunately on the second visit which was in the evening the waiters seemed to be distracted despite there only being four bookings and the bathroom facilities were not up to scratch. I waited 10 minutes to retrieve my coat from the make shift cloak room and then had to go behind and get it myself.

I would go again but not for an evening meal as the service was not up to standard

H
London
160 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Good food and service - nothing overly special but it works. starters are overpriced.

JB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We enjoyed Good service , great food and and lovely wine during our business lunch at the Don. .

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Quite quiet. Small portions. Had been my favourite place for a long time, but needs to be a bit snappier in my opinion.

d
London
22 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, friendly and efficient service, nice rooms, well spaced tables. Special August 50% grouse deal excellent value ! Very well cooked and presented and succulent. We enjoyed the grouse earlier in the month and 'foodie' guests from out of town were suitably impressed. Not what they they expected in the City.

c
London
120 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Location of venue is good and so as the food value. Very suitable for business meal and value for money.

DM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as ever - never disappoints. Food was seasonal and very good

ND
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent value lunch - main course, mineral water and coffee for less than £20 a head, thanks to the "50% off food" offer. Dining room was full but not noisy, and the halibut was excellent.

a
London
46 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Another business dinner at the Don and another excellent meal.Service as attaentive as ever and the food was excellent. Fish is always extremely good here and I enjoyed the Halibut as did my guests.

JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious food, meat cooked to perfection. Professional yet friendly service. Will definitely return.

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