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Randall & Aubin

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312 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Launched in 1996 on Brewer Street in Soho, Randall & Aubin has been delighting foodies, fans and celebrities for the past twenty years - all of whom come looking for an outstanding meal and a fabulous time beneath the glittering disco ball. Serving some of the best seafood in London alongside classic brasserie dishes, this is a place where lobster and steak are served with a side of good humour and a wink as sparkling as the champagne. Menus are created and overseen by Head Chef Ed Baines, who is passionate about serving delicious food created from authentic and superb quality ingredients, beautifully presented, all in a warm, inviting setting. Keep an eye out for the daily changing specials, which make the most of the fresh fish we get delivered direct from Brixham and Peterhead!

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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London Restaurant Festival : Half a Lobster & Glass of Champagne £35

Oct 1-31, 2020·Sun 12:00-16:00, Tue-Wed 12:00-21:30, Thu-Sat 12:00-18:00

Half a Lobster & Glass of Champagne £35

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Sep 1-30, 2020·Sun 12:00-16:00, Tue-Wed 12:00-21:30, Thu-Sat 12:00-18:00

Half a Lobster and a Glass of Champagne for £35

What 312 People Are Saying
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KATE
London
16 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ordered crab cakes to start with which we had to return because they were far too salty. The waiter said that he couldn't change the crab cakes as the chefs hadn't put any extra salt in the dish. The crabs must have been very salty. Our main course was linguine vongole which was very tasty but a bit too salty also. The service was polite and attentive. I hope they reduce the amount of salt in the dishes and we are happy to return.

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KATE
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had deep fried calamari to start with which was tasty and perfectly cooked.

I ate tuna salad for main course which was delicious but the waitress didn't brink us any dressing and the potato from the salad was missing. My friend had crab salad which she really enjoyed.

The servers need to pay attention to each plate of food the deliver. However the meal was a good experience.

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EmmaT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really gorgeous food and wonderful staff!

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noon
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food/shellfish etc. never as good as I would like considering it is the staple menu.

Always lovely ambience.

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Angybaby
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant - the food is always good and the staff are exceptional. There is a great atmosphere and the music is well chosen. It does get noisy but somehow it doesn't matter.

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vipDinerSF
San Francisco
154 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are few places I go to repeatedly when I travel, but R&A is a staple for me and I got as often as I can when in London. My first time here was 20 years ago and they just keep giving reason after reason to go here. The food is excellent, the location is excellent, the drinks are excellent...and the staff, well, nothing to say except they are what really makes this place work so dang well. Go eat, drink, and have a great experience in this awesome place!!

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FKB70
Bath
16 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant, always fabulous in everyway :)

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CP31
London
21 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It’s a really nice restaurant and irritants sound petty - however when you arrive to find that regardless of the reconfirmation processes you’ve gone through - the only explanation offered for them not finding the booking was ‘some people book Manchester by mistake’. Oddly at 58 and a frequent diner outer I’ve kind of got the hang of how to use online booking systems - but hey why not infer the customer is a numpty rather than apologise.
Lunch was up to the usual standard when we did eventually get served and the first delivery of the wrong starter was quickly rectified. As one of my friends fave places - I’ve lunched here a few times and whilst the food is consistently great - the service has slipped a wee bit

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JulieP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great find! Randall & Aubin meeted all my expectations and was just perfect. The food choices are wide, the wine was tasty the staff are excellent and the venue fabulous. Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place will not disappoint. The food was amazing from appetizers all the way to dessert. Highly recommend checking them out.

SH
StuartH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday meal. We loved this restaurant. Food was fantastic, staff were very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was great with lovely music that was loud enough to hear and create a buzz but not so loud that you’d shout. So a perfect ambience. Highly recommend this place and can’t wait to return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant. We weren’t rushed, service was just as you would want it and good was so tasty.

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TinaS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A lunch on Sun to celebrate a birthday. Upon arrival, despite having booked a table a few days in advance, we were given a choice of a tiny table by the counter at the back or a counter by the entrance. The place is tiny inside and looks like a cross between a Spanish tapas bar and a French bistro. The interior is pleasant but the seating is awkward - high stools, high counters all tucked very close together, so if you don't mind elbowing your neighbours and strangers - it's the place for you. The menus were brought promptly and we chose halibut as a main with calamari as a starter to share. Both dishes arrived quickly enough and looked appetizing. The calamari portion was huge, with large chunks generously breaded and fried just right but the salsa it comes with - whole green peppercorns in tomato sauce - just didn't go well with the dish, so had to ask for some garlic mayo. The fish dish was rather disappointing - instead of a chunky fillet of halibut both of us envisaged, we both got tail ends of the fish, totally bland, bones in and served atop of a slice of what could have been a Spanish potato omelette or else a badly executed gratin dauphinnoise. There were some green peas and beans thrown in as well and the whole plate was doused with an orange shrimp sauce. My friend did well enough but I struggled. People next to us had seafood platters and oysters which looked like a much better choice, so perhaps will give them a second chance. Service was mixed - the French lady was lovely, very helpful, warm and attentive. Another waitress was just meh. Overall not a bad experience but not a great one either.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meal for one before work. Staff were fantastic and the ambience was wonderful.

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Lucias
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cosy and full of character, this small restaurant has a great selection of sea food and great wines. We especially love it for lunch in the weekends. A great spot for people watching if you seat at the window

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

When we got to the restaurant the extremely rude host informed us that our reservation was “not there”, maybe we booked a seat at the Manchester branch (?) and that if we wanted we could sit in a corner, where our party clearly didn’t fit, otherwise we could go back out into the raining street and try someplace else willing to serve us.

Clearly our money was not good enough for them, and from the looks of the host, probably because I’m Asian.

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JayW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Girlfriend ordered a special, monkfish, which was "very nice but very small". I had deep fried haddock and chips - very average.

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vippauln99
London
19 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There's not a visit to this restaurant that does not leave you feeling a warm glow afterwards. It is outstanding on every dimension. Easily one of the best restaurants in London for a fun, counter-style, informal, lunch or dinner with terrific food but, perhaps more impressive and important, absolute spot-on service. It could not be more highly recommended.

MK
vipMohamedK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful always - miss the old staff!!

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Gooner89
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely welcoming and well trained people especially after entering from a huge downpour. A really enjoyable experience.

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vipibblybibbly
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, great food - if you like fish there is nowhere better.

MG
vipMarinaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great for a relaxed Sunday lunch in Soho
First time at R&A and thoroughly enjoyed it. Casual setting and friendly vibe. Service was both friendly and professional. After the initial panic of the "high" seating only offered, quickly realised the stools were confortable and plenty of space for the two of us on the ledge for food and wine. We chose the crab cakes as starter to share which were perfectly tasty but nothing to particularly write home about. My friend ordered the dressed crab as her main which to me looked a tinsy bit small but totally suited her smaller apetite and she said was delicious. I ordered the grilled Halibut. The dish was perfectly presented and the fish well cooked. Potatoes slightly on the firm side but all was thoroughly enjoyable. didn't order additional sides. We chose the Vinho Verde on the wine list for a change and it was a great choice - refreshing with a very slight fizz on the tongue, 2 bottles later... Finished off by sharing the Sticky toffee pudding and custard which came presented as a wedge onthe plate. Was expecting something heavy but it was the best I have tasted! light and fluffy but with a good dark depth of flavour of treacle and I suspect molasses. We were there for a good 3 hours chatting and at no point were we hurried along or made to feel we had outstayed our welcome even though the venue got quite busy. Would definitely recommend and will return.

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SteveC
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A restaurant with ambiance, great seafood, friendly and professional service.

BP
vipBePe
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nothing beats a large seafood platter for two with a bottle or two of Muscadet. Had a brilliant lunch on a gray and rainy Sunday. Bliss

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viprosiek28
Hertfordshire
45 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Booked and seated by window. Busy lunch service, we had a starter and main, both were nice but nothing blew me away however, I don’t eat a lot of things so I think I ordered wrong. Saw other dishes going out and they all looked great. Stick with French and full on fish/seafood dishes to get the best. Gavi wine was delicious. An overall positive experience for a lively lunchtime experience. Service was very impressive.

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Vonster
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

As ever, Randall & Aubin was a great success. Service was excellent as was the food. My first 2 wine choices were not in stock which was the only disappointment.
I will definitely be back

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vipyummy
London
370 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great meal with a friend enhanced by excellent cheerful service. Lovely fish soup and crab

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Peacock
London
51 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I dont want to say this but R & A is one of the best kept institutions remaining in Soho.
It has the charm of an older European restaurant amidst the soul less retail shops that are replacing the vintage establishments.
The service and food is par non to anything else in the area. You can tell this by the guest who eat there. They all seem to have their favourite fish dish or place to sit while observing the circus outside.
I was given a seat I the window which I had not asked for but was considerately given knowing it was my birthday.
The scallops were the best ever and when the slightly breaded fish arrived for my Main, they were light and full of the sweetness of the sea.
Please keep this place for what it stands for and don't let the secrets out as to how you are able to let us back in so soon.

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ignaciop
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

there was a problem with the booking and the staff, especially the french coordinator, was extraordinarily helpful.

RB
RichardB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and ambience were just fantastic. Really fresh and well prepared fish and seafood

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had oysters and they were all fresh!! Had hot dishes, my Halibut dish and the seafood combo were extremely tasty!! I can’t skip mentioning my lovely server, she was extremely helpful and friendly!! Loved her service :)

JK
JKCM
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

There is a certain pleasure in going into a restaurant at 6 pm pre-theatre time and finding it is probably the most crowded in the area. It must be good! Others we passed on the way to R&A in Brewer street hadn't really opened their doors, yet here was this buzzy, close-packed brasserie alive with 'fishy' foodies. For instance, the couple next to us were devouring some 36 oysters as if it was everyday fare for them. Wow - we couldn't afford that, but our moules, seafood spaghetti & calamari dishes were most appetising. Well fed and boosted by the upbeat atmosphere, we went on to enjoy Les Miserables in the Queens Theatre just around the corner. Final comment: a thoroughly good evening all round!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The restaurant had a nice ambience and there were clearly lots of happy guests eating, drinking and chatting away.

I booked a table for 2 for my girlfriend and I, and I must say, that I was less than pleased when we were given 2 seats facing the wall in a tight corner of the restaurant.

The service was good, albeit with a slight delay in food delivery.

My food reviews are mixed.

The calamari frites that I ordered were simply divine. They were rich and gold in colour, crisp and tasty. Perfect salt level, appropriately sized, and served with worthy accompaniments. A squeeze of lime to add a decent tang, pepper corns for some heat, and a lovely little salsa for a slightly sweet sensation. It was perhaps the best calamari I’ve had. It’s dishes like that that I go restaurants for. It was a joyful eating ‘experience’ to be savoured.

The scallop dish was ok. Personally I felt they should’ve been cooked slightly longer for a bit more bite. They were nicely seared but quite soft. The cauliflower purée was slightly underwhelming; perhaps a touch of salt to liven it up. The pancetta croutons were nice, salty and crunchy, but were, in my opinion, not enough to compensate for the general lack of seasoning of the dish. The lemon spinach also didn’t deliver on the much-needed acidity.

The lamb dish was average. Tasty lamb with nice and creamy mash potatoes. Nice sauce, although it lacked a deep lamb flavour that I expected from such a rich-looking sauce. Perhaps the key element to lift the dish was the mint sauce, which was very little and similarly under delivered. Quite disappointing really, as my girlfriend and I ordered that separately just to taste it.

My girlfriend’s tuna dish, however, was excellent. Her account of the dish was remarkable, and the little piece of tuna I had from her was equally memorable.

The starter of the day, the octopus casserole, was very nice but had little octopus in it.

The fries were very nice but were quite heavily salted.

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TonyAnthony
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

There is only bar seating at this speciality seafood restaurant - not a problem, so long as you're aware in advance.

Seafood very fresh; the seafood platter is quite as good as anything you might find on the Atlantic coast of France - outstanding.

Bit surprised to find some mussels in the bottom of my fish soup but not unwelcome

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Gizmo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Firstly we found the service really slow. It took ages for our drinks to arrive. It wasn’t as if they were really busy either.
Notwithstanding my crab burger was absolutely delicious my husband really enjoyed his burger too, at the time. We ordered the coffee pavlova to share. Despite having a spoon each it was so tough we couldn’t even break off one mouthful. We ended up smashing it so we could at least have a taste. To give credit where it’s due they immediately took it off the bill.
But back to the burger - it made it’s presence felt much later in the form of an upset tummy. He hadn’t had anything else to eat that day .....

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Ranger
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

We travel to London regularly (from USA) and always visit Randall & Aubin - almost a ritual. Normally I would rate 5 stars but perhaps we caught them on shift change (5.00 Sunday). We were given a long list of items not available and ordered 12 oysters while we made our choice. These took 30 minutes to arrive. Service was variable - original server seemed uninterested. Second server was up to usual standard.
We will visit again on our next visit - hopefully they will be back to normal.

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OPguest
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Interesting quirky place, good food. The biggest downside is the ambiance. Why blast music as if the venue is a late night bar when people come to dine and talk during a meal? Good music choice though, love Crazy P! We left as soon as we finished our meal (at 19h00) as the music was getting louder and louder

RM
vipRichardM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, a fantasy experience here. We had Manx queenie scallops and oysters followed by dressed crab and lobster. What’s not to like? The also have an excellent wine list.

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vipNikkil
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovley staff food amazing, tried different things each time i have been. Its my new fave restaurant

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Fernando
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Justina's attention was excellent and the crab Burger superior

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Randall & Aubin does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Randall & Aubin also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7287 4447.

Randall & Aubin is rated 4.5 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.

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