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The Only on King
The Only on King

The Only on King Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theonlyonking.ca/
  • Email: dinner@theonlyonking.ca
  • Phone: (519) 936-2064
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Harding
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richmond and King
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking available after 6:00. Two pay parking lots available a minute walk away
A word from The Only on King
The Only On King opened its doors in the heart of historic downtown London, a stone’s throw from Budweiser Gardens and the Covent Garden Market where the casual dining restaurant sources most of its fresh ingredients.

Chef Paul Harding is serving sophisticated but approachable French and Italian cuisine.

The menu, which also features ingredients purchased from local southwestern Ontario farmers, boasts several dishes that are priced $29 or less.

Located in a historic building and former dairy on King Street, the restaurant is a relaxing, warm and inviting space to enjoy an inspired meal and the company of family and friends.

The intimate dining room, which features photographs of historic London, is a true gem for the city’s restaurant-goers.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was an annual visit for me and friend from Halifax. The menu was great as usual. The staff tolerated our laughing for 2 hours. We'll be there again next year. We need that seat by the window next time though. Hahahaha. Thanks everybody."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service... A true dining experience for foodies"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went there with a small group of people to enjoy dine out London and had a really great time. Our server was absolutely wonderful, really attentive and helpful, very sweet and charming. Food is among the very best in London, couldn't help but try a little from everyone's plates. Cocktails were fun and a creative spin on the classics. Would go back again!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Every single time we eat at The Only on King we leave even more impressed than the last. Chef Harding put together some tremendously delicious items on their Dine Out London price fixe menu. We started with a beet salad and ravioli doppi ( mushroom and goat cheese); followed by chicken schnitzel and duck confit; finalized with sticky toffee and semi freddo. Scott and the front of house team did a superb job with service -- second to none. And fun cocktails! I recommend The Only on King for any occasion - a romantic dinner or a celebration for 20 (which we have done in the past 2 months). Service is excellent, food is delicious, price is just right and you will only leave asking yourself when is too soon to come back for more. Enjoy!!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful evening at The Only which featured the Dine Out London menu. The butternut squash lamb belly soup was excellent, balancing sweet and savory wonderfully. My main was duck confit which was perfectly cooked and very delicious. My wife had the beet salad and beef pot pie which she was very happy with. The Only never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "some of the best food in the city. local & seasonal. unique prep. server is attentive but not annoying."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Impressive. We were in London for a short visit this weekend. When I saw The Only had been recognized by EnRoute magazine, I was eager to try it. It did not disappoint - great atmosphere, excellent service from a recent transplant from NYC and lovely food and cocktails. Full marks. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "First time there, waitress was not anything, no personality seemed she was trying to say as little as possible, not helpful. Food, lacking in taste. Very uneventful."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I recently visited for a Mother/Daughters girls night out. The food was exceptional from the bread basket to the delicious desserts. The three of us all ordered a different appetizer, entree and dessert and sampled each others food. Everything except the potato wedges served with the duck was delicious. The potatoes were underecooked, but we overlooked that because everything else was sooo tasty. We will come back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Only on King. The service was outstanding and attentive. The wine list is over priced. The food was delicious and well prepared. The portions were moderate. They were very accommodating to my friend's special requests to sub out leeks in a dish as she abhors them, so she was still able to enjoy the halibut, but with an alternate side. My steak was well prepared. The sticky toffee pudding was disappointingly pedestrian--nothing to rave about. Not a place to eat if you are on a budget. Save for that special occasion."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "As always the service and food was excellent. I recommend this restaurant for anyone who would like a nice romantic dinner or a fun night out with friends."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "In town for a concert downtown. The Only was the only place we wanted to go. Menu was incredible and the service is always good. Spacing between courses was perfect and the food was spectacular."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who has a love of food. You will savour every bite!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Usually a better dinner than this, must say we were a little disappointed this time. Food was very average. Crab cakes too spicy. Desserts underwhelming, $8 for half a pear? We'll come back but probably won't rush back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Was a little surprised there wasn't a red meat entree for one person. My wife's a vegetarian so I couldn't order the porterhouse for two which was disappointing. No steak or lamb option available for one. My wife enjoyed her halibut and the sticky toffee desert was amazing We would go back and recommend to friends"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Just the right amount of attention from the staff. Food was brought in a timely fashion. Presentation and flavours were excellent"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food and service were awesome, I recommend this restaurant - one of the best in London"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I had dinner several times and the quality of food has always been good. Not this time. I had a porterhouse and I was the only time in my life where I had a medium rare steak that was extremely hard and difficult to eat."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great little restaruant, great for a romantic dinner, special occasions, quiet. Food was great highly recomend"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Excellent food service and ambience - dedicated to local foods - great experience!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I heard only 4 to 5 star things about this restaurant so was dissappointed After a romantic dinner for two with my wife. I will not be going back.First off I think we had a training waiter which is OK as long as he is supervised. Unfortunately he was not. I ordered a glass of red wine (which was overpriced for a glass) and received a half glass of wine that was undrinkable as it had oxidized and tasted like vinegar. I did have to send it back. The food was average!! Just plain average which was dissappointing after the reviews of this place. I had the venicine steak which was good. The potatoes that came with the meal were not edible. Ambience is hum drum and plain. It wasn`t bad. It just didnt live up to the expectations."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I've been to The Only several times and have always had a great experience. The food is fresh and delicious, the staff are friendly and attentive, the ambiance is comfortable...it always exceeds my expectations!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Fabulous meal - interesting flavours - can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Myself and 3 others had reservations for the early seating on New Years Eve. The server was very knowledgable and gave us plenty of time to visit without hovering, but was attentive at the same time. The appetizer (artichoke soup) was a little bland but the bacon and poached quail egg made up for it. The beet and blood orange salad was phenomenal and the other starter (foie gras parfait) was generous (although I did not try it). The mains were very well done, although it lacked a bit of inspiration. My dining partner wished there were more sides (veg) with his steak. The chocolate dessert (had by all) was extremely well done. All in all it was a great dining experience - I'd say a 8.5/10! Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have been to The Only over 10 times for different occasions and everytime I experience the upmost in service, knowledge and of course amazingly prepared food! Love the feature cocktails. The duck is always great no matter the preparation. Love the focus on quality organic and local sourcing of ingredients and that you can always find out exactly where your food came from. A true gem in London!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great dinner with my gf, was helpful to make a reservation."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Very good. We had the porterhouse steak. It was cooked perfectly and served with potato flan. Would have liked more veggies and less potato as steak was very filling. Wine was lovely, appetizer was very nice, we had the meat plate...would have liked some cheese on it. Very enjoyable evening overall."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "My husband & I dined here for the first time this past Friday evening. We had been told by everyone that it's a great spot and we were so pleased to find that to be true. It's a terrific spot and we will definitely go again. We thoroughly enjoyed the Porterhouse for 2 and took home enough for lunch today. This makes that meal quite a bargain. Our server was perfect and answered every question we asked without delay. The Only presented us with the best meal we've had in a restaurant in years."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Went for a birthday dinner, had an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "My husband and I were both very impressed with this restaurant. While there is not a huge selection on the menu, we were both able to find starters and main courses to our liking. The dishes were creatively presented, healthy, fresh and delicious and it was a nice change from most restaurants in London which we have found, while okay, have fairly standard fare. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The lake trout was spectacular - so many flavours on the plate - presentation was wonderful. The pumpkin ice cream sundae was over the top - one of the most notable desserts I have ever had."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I have been to The Only several times and it always delivers. Sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, a unique menu, and delicious food. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in London. The intimate atmosphere mixed with the ever changing menu give foodies a lasting experience. I enjoy the story behind the food and the serving staff helps to explain the choices the chef has made for the day."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The restaurant is small - maybe 20 seats but very cozy setting with wood floors, bar. Empasis on local foods and their suppliers. Some good craft beers. Wine list OK. The menu changes regularly and they identify the supplier with the dishes. The charcuterie was excellent, and plenty for sharing. Also a good salad with poached pear filled with goat cheese. Halibut on a risotto was very tasty. The service was just right; the noise level increased as the place filled up, but it was still easy to have a good conversation."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and the food was great! We had the pizza fritta, flank steak, and a side of brussel sprouts. We also had wine and muskoka beer. All very delicious. From a customer service perspective, we were offered a drink while we waited for our table and the server took our coats to hang which was nice. However, the servers needed to be prompted to offer us drinks, take our coats, and then to say goodbye as we were leaving. Our server for dinner could have provided a recommended dish or two, as well as some great drinks to try. We had never been there before so that would have been nice. I also didn't enjoy how incredibly loud it was in the restaurant. Very difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Our waiter was great - he was happy to answer any questions we had about the menu and make recommendations. We followed a few of his recommendations and he was right every time! Great experience. If you like it a bit quieter, I recommend going earlier. We had a reservation at 6:30 and it wasn't really noisy. By about 8pm, it started getting a bit louder. It still wasn't bad, just louder than it had been."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The ambiance and staff are excellent. The attention to detail in all areas is apparent in how you are treated from the moment you enter the door, until you leave. The staff know their menu and offer some of their own favourites. The kitchen staff were very accommodating to our special requests. Our meal was prepared and presented very nicely and was very good. This is a restaurant I would recommend to enjoy a quiet evening with friends, good food and great service."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "For the price of the entrees, the food was really sub par. No wow factor."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Service was excellent and food was very unique. Chefs take pride in creating unique tastes and flavours. This is very interesting but may not suit everyones tastes. If you are open to this type of creativity this is definitely a place not to miss."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Excellent food; attentive service including chefs as we ordered the "tasting plates". Excellent soup, starters and mains."
    Dined on 10/19/2013