The Elysée

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174 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Greek
A London institution for around three quarters of a century, Fitzrovia’s Elysée Restaurant has provided an elite Greek dining experience since 1936. Still boasting all the classical elegance of the thirties, Elysée has nonetheless moved with the times, adding a sumptuous cocktail bar and glorious roof terrace with its own retractable roof to its already rather fabulous dining room and pretty garden area. Live jazz, Greek music, and contemporary pop until the wee hours takes Elysée beyond food, giving guests the opportunity to take their time over the kitchen’s superb traditional and modern Greek food before relaxing with a drink from the extensive list available in the chic, cool-toned bar space.

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Sep 24, 2020-Nov 30, 2020·Sun 18:00-21:00, Mon-Fri 12:00-21:00, Sat 18:00-21:00

50% off food. Valid on A La Carte and Set Meze Menus only (Lunch Menu excluded)

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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.8
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3.8
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3.3
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vipxxxx
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We sat cramped and forgotten about. I feel if you're a large table here you are well looked after. We couldn't get the attention of the service staff, so much so that we paid our bill at the bar. Food was average.

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AliceTs
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and service - NYE there was really good and fun. 5 course menu for NYE a bit overpriced, but tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The hookah is worth 50 pounds and the bill is 150 pounds

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vipLolly
London
44 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Okay, a Greek restaurant off Tottenham Court Road, where there used to be many and now there are few. I had been to Elysee on previous occasions for lunch, but never for dinner and found there to be a completely different atmosphere. no plate-smashing but a rather too loud bazouki player going at it throughout my dinner. I perhaps chose the wrong restaurant for a quiet, intimate supper, where I could talk and listen to my guest without straining. But that aside, the food was good, the service was rapid, and I was in and out inside an hour. I wouldn't recommend Elysee for a romantic night out, but would if it is exuberance and hot Greek music that was required. I would return to Elysee, but I think I would come at lunchtime when it is better value-for-money and a great deal quieter. But that isn't to say that others might find this to be a lively little taste of Greece right bang in the centre of our great city.
LM.

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vipGediV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great place to go or take guests to - I prefer the rooftop for casual dining/shisha. service is hit and miss

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Reviewer
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Not the same as it used to be. Run down and very expensive for what it is.

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LudovicaF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Franky overprice considering we have been forced to a set menu because our party (?!) was for more than 4 people. Also disappointing that after paying a bill of 100 quid each we have not been even offered a shot of Ouzo!

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vipLauraV
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Awful service awful food

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vipInaliscious
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic entertainment to keep you around until late hours. A bit too long if you come just for the plate throwing which only happens around 11pm.
Suggest booking for 9pm dinner when the entertainment starts.
Alternatively go for drink on the rooftop terrace first. Great Shisha menu up there.
Also, food is delicious but overpriced, so is the wine. Probably to make up for the extremely cheap cost of entertainment of only 5 quid!

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VivianG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just the music is superrrr loud. U can only have conversations between songs . it is an amazing place though

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vipTinaP
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amazing special night for my girlfriends birthday, they really spoilt her.

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JenniferC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Good fun and great night but the service on arrival and throughout the night didn't meet expectations or reflect the website's marketing.

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ChelseaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience3

This restaurant is extremely fun, we had an oversees Design Team in town and wanted to treat them to a special dinner. At the end of our meal we were all encouraged to dance and smash plates - which gave the evening an additional element of camaraderie. In this sense, everyone had a memorable evening.

There were 15 of us in total and we'd pre-ordered food in advance from a set menu.

The one let down about this evening was the service. When we arrived the restaurant was completely empty and yet nobody came to take our drink orders. The waiters were all just standing around having a chat, not a single bit of attention was given. I had to leave my seat and approach the waiters several times to get drink orders, food orders and our special request actioned (it was a coworkers birthday and I'd asked for a dessert to be given at the end). What was also bizarre about this, was that they brought a slice of cake out with a candle in it but then took it back, so the birthday guest couldn't even eat his cake. Weird!

The waiters also seemed agitated, they didn't smile - and every time I spoke to them it was as if I were causing inconvenience. The starters came out after our drink orders too, which was also pretty strange.

Not really a welcoming or attentive service, but once this improves I'm sure Elysee will receive the 5 star experience we were hoping for!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Good food, great show but definetly quite pricey!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What an unusual Xmas eve dinner for us. Highly recommend to all tourist.

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GailC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Overpriced average quality food, expensive drinks, loud music, we were seated at a narrow table which was uncomfortable. Don’t waste your money

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AnnaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A wonderful venue. It has great entertainment, a live band, singers, performers and traditional plate smashing. The atmosphere was lively and the food and wine and cocktails were all excellent. I had Stifado as a main and highly recommend this. It’s not a cheap night out but it’s an experience worth paying that bit more for.

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RA2013
London
28 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

We went to Elysee for the work Christmas dinner. We were seated at our table but it was so cramped that the waiters kept on bumping into our chairs. The food was mediocre. The quantity was good but the quality: not so good.
The music was good, especially if you like Mediterranean music. The plate smashing was fun but dangerous (I had a piece of shard go into my finger from the waiter who was smashing 10 plates at the same time!!)
After dinner, we went upstairs to the bar and Shisha lounge. But unless you have dined there, you need to pay to go up.

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vipkaty
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice place, very Noisey, Food is average, service was ok

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jk40000
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

My guests arrived for a business meeting. They arrived to a barely opened restaurant with unmade tables and a surprised looking manager and were promptly turned away!

They made their way up to The Ninth on Charlotte street and had a great lunch there instead!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Very disappointing.

We sat outside on a warm evening which was lovely and had a nice holiday feel, but unfortunately that was the only good aspect of my trip to Elysee.

The food was average & expensive.


The staff were inattentive, on the phone whilst serving us, slow & mainly just chatting to each other.

I had a starter meze & sparkling water (we had to ask for ice as the water was considerably warmer than room temperature, as were my friends beers!) and I paid £36 which I find ludicrous.

There are so many nice places that are reasonably priced in the area. Definitely won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

They asked to move me to another table because someone they know wants my table, and he also said that the table that i'll be moved to is reserved so i'll be there for a while then he'll move me to another table. So basically he'll be moving me around the restaurant. Disrespectful
If a person will pay ( tips or side money ) they get respected there, or if the person is known.

All though i had a booking on this table 2 days ago.
And been coming here for quite a while ( 3 years )

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place for friend gathering, staff was friendly, a little pricey,

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Surbsdiner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Booked on open table and received an email saying the booking would only be confirmed when a member of staff called me within 24 hours. Didn’t hear anything so called at the end of the following day and spoke to a gentleman who confirmed all was fine and we would be sat outside on the roof terrace. Received a called from a lady the following day (day of the reservation) who was very rude. She said she was calling because the reservation wasn’t confirmed, so I explained I had spoken to someone the day before who had confirmed everything and she replied ‘no’ in a very rude tone. Not sure what she meant by ‘no’ but I explained again that we had confirmed the table already and again in a very rude tone she said ‘you need to tell us where you want to sit, nothing is confirmed’. She should have been apologising for the confusion if anything. In the end she agreed to sit us outside and that was that. Not sure why it was such a big deal as we arrived at 7:45pm and the place was empty until 10:30/11pm. We weren’t given food menus for about half an hour/40 mins which was fine as we were chatting with our friends but would have been nice to have been provided with more than a drinks menu. Our order was taken about an hour after arrival. Food was nice, not amazing but tasty and we enjoyed it. Ambience was really nice on the terrace on a warm summers evening. Overall I would recommend for the lovely atmosphere in the summer but wouldn’t return myself.

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Yimmy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, friendly staff & tasty food.
Highly recommend.

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PolinaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was decent, but overpriced. The service was the real disappointment - not only we had to constantly ask to be served, twice the staff dropped a knife on my friend and then had the audacity to ask for a tip ON TOP of the service charge which was already included in the bill.
To be honest, we went to elysees for dinner to try it out and potentially book it as a venue for a hen party. After our experience, we will not be coming back.

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Xxxxxxxxxx
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We went as A group of 6 for a work colleague birthday during a working day it wasn't a weekend. The extra charge of the entertainment was not appropriate as 1- it was not busy (only 3 tables occupied) 2- we were the entertainment (we were asked to dance with the singer and we made the ambiance rather than a show was put for us). After that only one table was giving the plates to smash and that was not us even through that was the unique experience of this restaurant which was plate smashing. We weren't even asked if we would like to to have the plates to smash when we paid for the entertainment. The food was okay, really salty chicken. When I was asked why I hardly touched my plate I expressed that the food was too salty but nothing was done about it. Good service from the team. Over priced on a weekday especially the entertainment was 5£ each for not much entertainment.

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vipbobbiew
London
31 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2017
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Roof Garden very nice, food OK
We felt 2 separate menus used with different prices.
Not enough people in dining to create an atmosphere

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KalissaTM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2017
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Lovely roof top dining. The food was good, tasty with good portions. I booked ahead but can't say I was given a reserved table as I was seated outside of the main dining area which I wouldn't expect having pre booked and was later asked if my Paula which it isn't. Good value for money. Staff were generally nice.

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vipKetts
London
86 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

There was no cold white wine available and we were offered ice to put into our wine glass. There was pressure in order the set menu when I made it clear at the time of booking that we wanted the a la carte menu. I also made it clear that it was my birthday at the time of booking. They delivered a slice of birthday cake with a sparkler to all others who had birthdays and dismissed me. They were then alerted by a friend and still did nothing about it. There was no service other than taking our order and delivery of our food. The experience was not enjoyable at all despite we paid £5 per head for the music and the price of the food was much more expensive than any other restaurant you would go to and order the same dishes. It was clear they just wanted us out as soon as possible so that they could give the table to others. An extremely disappointing experience.

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Elliot12
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was good not sure if it was any better than most take away they also charged us for 3 course meze even though we just had 2 courses waiter was informed very disappointed.

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vipThirdCultureFoodie
London
31 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty Greek food. With the live music and vibrant atmosphere, this is definitely a good place for a celebratory meal. In fact, there were two Hen Do's and two birthday parties the night we dined. My only complaint is the tables are quite small and close together, making it slightly uncomfortable as my boyfriend had to readjust his seat every time someone wanted to walk by.

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SPandC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good evening overall . I will definitely recommend

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Linda
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

On arrival, we went upstairs to the bar that adjoins the dining room, for a pre dinner cocktail. We were dining at 7pm on a Thursday so the restaurant was quiet. The dining room is simply stunning. High ceilings, coving and panelling and all looked absolutely beautiful. The guy that served us was welcoming and friendly. I had hummus to start which was somewhat disappointing. Not much you can do wrong with hummus but I've had just as good from Tesco. I was expecting more from a Greek restaurant. Lamb kleftico was outstanding. Good portion size and absolutely melt in the mouth texture. The trio of Greek desserts was fairly average but the accompanying ice cream was delicious. The food is quite reasonable and based on what we ate we would go back. However, the wine list was not really suitable for us. I don't like dry rose wine and that was all they had. We ended up ordering lemonade to add to it, to take away the dryness. Personally, I found the wine expensive. On the whites and roses there was only one bottle that was under £30. I think that's enough to pay for a bottle of wine. The next level was around £36 and even that wasn't to my taste. Based on the price of the wine list I wouldn't return. The main restaurant is downstairs and that's where all the music and action is. We were dining early and for that reason booked our table in the upstairs dining room as we knew we'd have left by the time the music started. This was for a birthday celebration. We've done this in other restaurants and mentioned it in the remarks section on Open Table. Id also told the restaurant when they called me to confirm my reservation. We've always had this recognised by other restaurants. Usually they just pipe happy birthday in chocolate on the dessert plate so nothing that costs too much money but is a nice touch. This didn't happen in The Elysee. Not the end of the world but it might be worth thinking about in future as little things mean a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is absolutely top notch, the service is great and from roughly 10pm onwards (on a Saturday) you get live entertainment in the form of a live band and singer/dancer, which is great (despite you almost need to shout to the person next to you if you want to have a conversation).

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Overpriced and average food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best experience ever, I booked for my girlfriend's birthday and it was amazing and memorable

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HenryO
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My Wife and I went there on 13/01/17 not knowing what to expect. Well !! what a find. Food * Atmosphere * Entertainment *+. Fun Fun Fun all night. Look forward to returning soon.

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Annamariap90
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing atmosphear, cool traditional greek show and the chance to participate in the show, wonderful food

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DKMLondon
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch at The Elysee - we were served very quickly and the service was efficient, friendly yet discrete. Would highly recommend!

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