Rotunda Bar and Restaurant

4.1
302 reviews
£26 to £40
British

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Casual
Rotunda is a hidden gem with beautiful views situated in the heart of Kings Cross. A British bar, restaurant and private dining room with a large waterside terrace.

If you would like a table on the covered and heated part of the terrace, please request this when booking.

Beef and lamb is reared on our very own Northumberland farm and hung and butchered onsite. There is also an impressive selection of craft beers, wines and delicious cocktails served in the lively bar. Over the weekend, we offer a brunch menu and also a range of roast dinners on a Sunday. You can add 1.5hrs hours of bottomless prosecco to either for just £20.

Experiences

  • Lunchtime set menu

    £25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy either two or three courses from our lunchtime set menu which showcases the best of Rotunda. Sample Menu SET MENU - 2 COURSES, 25, 3 COURSES, 30 Available Mon - Fri 12 - 3pm STARTERS Corneyside Farm mini salt beef Reuben, Swiss cheese, sourdough Grilled broccoli, chickpea purée, seeds MAINS Tandoori chicken fillet, spiced red rice, yoghurt Hand cut pasta, rainbow chard, herb sauce Corneyside Farm grilled rump steak, land cress +5 DESSERTS Blood orange fool, pink peppercorn biscuit Tart of the day, soft whipped cream

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 302 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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4.0
Value
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SatyaP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Monk fish was dry then expected .
Tiger prawns were small and well done .
Burger was also week done

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Shelby
London
19 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely dining room with views over the canal.
Staff were very attentive and clearly proud of the menu.
Excellent service and delicious food. We will definitely be back.

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matthew
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great visit, and wonderful staff. Enjoyed the pre concert meal.

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ElizH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Très bonne viande par contre service très très lent alors que nous étions en semaine avec pas grand monde dans le restaurant
Vue sur le canal et belle terrasse ++

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KentishGirl
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Cannot fault the food, the ambience or the staff. My only niggle was how long it took to get served initially, about 15 minutes. Once served though, the staff couldn't have been more welcoming. The score of 4 merely reflects how long we had to wait initially otherwise the score would have been a 5.

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Zlani
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I booked Rotunda for my husband’s birthday and it was to be our first outside dining experience in April. We were shown to our table which had a prime position right at the front of the terrace overlooking Regents Canal. All very civilised, except unfortunately the entire terrace was in the shade and the wind coming off the canal made our dinner cold in approximately 3 minutes! Obviously, this has nothing to do with the restaurant and we had a delicious burger - possibly one of the finest we’ve ever had - washed down with a delightful bottle of Argentina Malbec. The service was discrete but efficient and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant for outside dining in late Spring or Summer when the sun has moved round to cover the terrace.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Outside Freezing cold on the wind on a sunny day
Always in the shade not enough heaters

Not prepared for coming out of lockdown, a shame as I feel it could have been far more organised they had long enough
Will I go back ? I work too hard for my money to have another disappointing experience, will see.

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vipSaraV
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very Friendly service

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vipMikejp
London
30 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have had many great meals at Rotunda, but it has gone up a notch. The layout and a lot of the staff have changed and the place has a much cooler and friendlier atmosphere. The food is still excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved it. Thanks to Jason’s team for making the 4 birthday girls day really awesome 👏🏼

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IanP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Sorry, I don't do this and I find it annoying to be forced to type so much to say so.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chocka onora was spot on, couldn’t ask for more. Thank you

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TokyoMama
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated next to the canal and ordered the roast + salted caramel puds. Everything was delicious!
Friendly service and relaxed atmosphere.

Perfect Sunday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for Sunday roast and excellent outdoor seating

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Poshie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful location, delicious food, friendly waiters. Will definitely be back.

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RGee
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had lunch as lockdown was easing. It was wonderful to be getting out and Rotunda is such a scenic location. Our reception was fine – neither overly welcoming, nor cold. We were seated at a rather wobbly booth, facing the kitchen. the menu is currently available via a QR code, which we used. Later on I saw other patrons were handed paper menus – I'm not sure why we weren't offered the option, it would have been a thoughtful touch as we only had one phone between 2 of us. We had the ceviche starter which was tasty and fresh, and the buttermilk chicken wings which were a bit too "batter-ey" for us. My son had the brunch option, which was quite good - it's a large plate of food for anyone who's hungry. It arrived without its eggs, but the server was responsive in sorting that out. I had the catch of the day, which was lovely and fresh but not unique or special. I enjoyed a lovely coffee at the end of the meal, while my son tucked into the Eton Mess. Overall I would rate the location and design highly, but the food was a little lacklustre for the price (remember you're eating on a bare table, with your utensils wrapped in a linen napkin) and staff could have been a little warmer in their interactions. We're all finding our way in this "new" normal – it just needs a spark of warmth or humour.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

キングスクロスのカナルの景色を楽しみながら食事ができてとても良い。夏にはテラスで食事をしたりドリンクを楽しんだりするととても気持ち良さそうなレストラン。お食事も美味しく満足で、値段も2コースで19ポンドちょっとと普段から利用できそうなお値段。私達が注文したデザートはバナナがのったベーガンチョコレートのデザートだったが、これは正直おすすめできない。キングスクロス駅から徒歩10分ほどの場所で景色が良いのでまたリピートしたいレストラン。

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Food was disappointing and overpriced. The chicken liver parfait didn’t taste good at all and was slightly green in colour. The main course of fish was ok. The lunch was spoiled by some very loud diners and the overall vibe was ‘bottomless brunch’. It really didn’t live up to the reviews on here on any level. The staff were friendly and polite.

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JenniferL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Overall an OK experience - I wouldn’t go back here but food was fine. I ordered the artichoke veggie roast dinner and not until my food came out did the manager come over and apologize that they had forgotten to tell me they were out of artichokes but had substituted with zucchini rolls wrapped in quinoa. I would have been ok with this but they had no taste. My family ordered the burger, chicken roast and pork roast — we all agreed it was just fine but wouldn’t come back.

The ambience was interesting - definitely a restaurant meant for those working in the Kings Place building - a weird dining experience otherwise when there are many other better restaurants along the canal.

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PaulN
Edinburgh
58 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable early dinner at Rotunda. Food fresh and delicious. Warm welcome from front of house which continued with our waiter. Quite a find. Looking forward to returning soon.

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OliverS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was superb and friendly. It was very quiet though on a Monday lunchtime, I think it's probably busier in the evenings as there's a theatre in the building.

I had the Steak and Ale pie which was nice, but certainly didn't have enough steak in it for the price (£16 I think).

The sides of Spiced Sweet Potato Mash, and glazed carrots were delicious.

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LondonNurse
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good Sunday lunch. One dodgy starter but taken off bill by attentive M d'

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

We have been here a few times. The first time was our best....but over time the quality of the food has fallen. This time was shocking....our last.

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DrGin
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent evening in every way lovely venue, great food and friendly professional staff. We will definitely be returning!

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darrenR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good location and good food made this venue a great place for an informal meeting over lunch

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PCPV
London
39 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice Evening

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Sandra
London
56 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent unpretentious food and good service. Great atmosphere both outside and inside. Nice music.

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Nick
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Fabulous location by the canal, very peaceful with great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience4

Oh dear. So much promise with beautiful views of canal and good nibbles. Slow service with drinks made up for by very earnest and polite Waitress. But then the prawns were undercooked. We were offered free dessert but it never arrived! Final nail in the coffin was the truly horrific live music that kicked in - couldn’t get out of there quick enough. A real shame because rest of food was good and had so much potential.

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PaulD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice restaurant. Service staff was fun and knowledgable

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vipLiveWorkKX
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

It is a shame that this restaurant fails to deliver an enjoyable dinner experience. The service is friendly and efficient enough and clearly they care about the food's quality and provenance. It's a disappointment, therefore, that they fail to make those ingredients sing. The excellent St John's sourdough was stale, probably fresh on Friday, but not great for £2.50 on a Saturday night. The rib-eye steak was juicy and tender, but for £28, we could have done with not being charged another £2.00 for a small pot of sauce and £4.00 for a portion of under-cooked fries. Folk would say I should have called them out at the time but the problem with that is that life is too short and it spoils the flow of the evening. Not good enough.

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Navster
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are very few restaurants which have exceptional quality of food as good as Rotunda. The service is exceptional and you feel like a prince eating here. We have been attending for 6 years and have always left feeling like we have been fed and treated like royalty.

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Sum8869
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The restaurant was pretty empty and the service was really poor. We had to ask to place our order.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We have often eaten at the Rotunda before a concert. On this latest occasion the waitress was pleasant and did her best but was handicapped with limited English which led to confusion over the menu. Two of us were served with a lamb dish which was not on the menu we had been provided with and which we would have thought the supervisor or the kitchen might have realised was an issue. When we raised the problem we were given extra vegetables and an extra glass wine and not charged for a beer. We appreciated this gesture but were disappointed with the dish we were served with and did not get the one we had wanted.

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vipSuzanneO
London
55 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

it seemed they were short staffed. Despite their best efforts we waiting long to place orders. They messed up a few of our drinks order (where by they would bring two of the same drinks order) and then promised to take it off the bill which they did not. it was my friends birthday and were sweet to bring a cake out for her on the house. The food was okay. I had eggs royal. The salmon was the cheap stuff - which was hugely disapointing. the Birthday girl had a steak and egg which was fine.

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Alez
London
22 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice location and the food is nice, but too expensive for what it is.

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vipgourmette
London
198 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Rotunda Restaurant is a great location for a long, lazy late midweek lunch. Wonderful setting, good table d’hôte menu as well as the a la carte. Service was very good.

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EmmaC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Sat out by the canal on a summery evening celebrating my engagement - Rotunda was ideal. Food delicious (we had mains and desserts.) It was super busy and as we had to wait for mains the waiter kindly gave us a drink on the house. Love this venue.

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MickP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

Loud bar music made conversation in the restaurant uncomfortable. Service very slow. The waitress serving the wine clearly knew nothing about wine; could hardly open a bottle. Overcharged by 66% for the wine. Food, however, excellent, as always.

FAQs

Rotunda Bar and Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7014 2840.

Rotunda Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 302 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.