Brasserie Joel

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1461 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary French

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Pre/post Theatre
This South Bank French Brasserie Restaurant is ideally located at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, near the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.


Brasserie Joël holds 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence
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4.1
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3.8
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ShannonK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great chicken stew like meal with the leek soup with crusty french bread.

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JayneF
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A excellent meal with superb service. Food was very good and nicely presented. Would definitely visit again when in the area.

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LindaN
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pleasant bistro inside The Park Plaza. Nice lighting and low level music. Good menu choice. Reasonable prices for food and wine and friendly staff providing excellent service. Food was very tasty and we appreciated the
‘ birthday’ dessert. I’ve deducted one star because it was uncomfortably hot in there. Also, if on a table for two, one of you sits on a long bench. It’s too low for the table and therefore wasn’t comfortable

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EmmaJ
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink and excellent service from Konrad. Would recommend especially to anyone staying in the hotel.

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GGDH
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brasserie Joël, inside the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, is the ideal place for a pre-theatre meal. We booked our table on line for 6 pm as we were going to see Witness for the Prosecution at the County Hall Theatre nearby at 7:30 pm. The set menu was good value and the food excellent. The staff were profesional and very friendly. The room was very pleasant and we did not have to wait a long time for our food which made for a relaxing pre-theatre dinner. We would recommend this restaurant.

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KayG
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Very disappointed compared to excellent visit fortnight ago, spoilt by poor service. Despite choosing pre-theatre menu and ordering deserts before ending main course, unexplained ten minute wait obliged us to cancel deserts. Starter course of tasteless pumpkin soup and soggy still refrigerated vegetable terrine much inferior to quality and preparation of ingredients previously enjoyed.

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vipAlan
Fargo
92 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservation. The staff understood we had theatre tickets and took our order quickly. They served each course in an efficient, but manner that didn’t make us feel rushed. The food was the best we had while visiting London over the entire week. Great menu and service. We’ll be back
And you should not hesitate making a reservation.

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SimonT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My recommendation is based purely on the valentines day experience and is no reflection on any other day. The staff were overwhelmed with the numbers as was the kitchen. I complained after 90mins as the only thing I had to eat was a bread basket and a bowl of soup. The main arrived at 105mins. I decided against waiting for desert. I booked an overnight stay at park plaza for valentines, so really the night was spoiled

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve ever eaten great mood great service and also good wine

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XXXX
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, reasonable price and friendly staff. Would go again.

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groupbooker414
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We like this place for a quiet pre-theatre meal. It was good but not excellent.

The tuna tartare as a starter was excellent. The main was good but we thought that the carbs that went with either dish didn't quite work. I've just checked the menu and the duck says that its served with a pressed creamed potato but I was served a gratin - maybe someone messed up in the kitchen when plating up?

I'd also say that I called to say that I was running late and nobody picked up the phone - not what I'd expect. The service inside was fine though.

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MatthewC
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only had mains and desserts, but the whole experience was genuinely phenomenal. Not 'underpriced' but far from too expensive, and the Mont-Blanc dessert was absolutely incredible. 100% recommend.

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KayG
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent pre-theatre meal, with well-cooked sea bream and guinea fowl with generous serving of chips. Very pleasant and well-informed waitress.

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VickiA
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service by Conrad, food was delicious and great ambience.

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WilliamP
Italy
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the quality of the pre-theatre menu. Well priced also, and staff were excellent.

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ChristopherS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

For the price the food wasn’t the best. Expected better

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VStanley
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service; we were well looked after and enjoyed our visit

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PeregrineB
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We knew nothing of Brasserie Joel and therefore came with few expectations - but the food was really excellent and the pre-theatre menu very good value. The room itself could have been anywahere in the world and to our ears the piped music irritatingly loud. However the overall experience was good and I have no doubt we will be back.

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TomSmith
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great service from a fantastic waiter (Konrad) throughout the night. He was polite and accommodating. The French food and selection of wines were amazing which made for a fantastic dinner. Please send my regards to the Chefs

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OpenTable Diner
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Music was too loud, waiter kept on rushing us to order. Amuse bouche, starters and intermediates were ok, main: venison was cold in the middle and guinea fowl was dry. Desserts were great, but We werent impressed at all. Not good value for our money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

A 4 course New Years Eve dinner: Was charged approximately $200 per person for dinner and no alcohol included. Food was so average and the service was non-existent. Wine list was elementary and entire evening lasted less than 2 hours. The band/performer was very nice and that was the highlight of the evening.

Required to pre-pay for the event; when we ordered a few drinks, and the check arrived, they tried to double charge to gratuity on the entire meal on our drink bill. It was a mess, and there was nothing special about the evening...never again.

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EDUARDOB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, very nice waiters but charged wrongly with table service.
Menu offer should have advertised that drinks were not included.

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Mark
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The meals for four of us varied from good to excellent. The French onion soup was excellent as was the salmon tartar, but the vichyssoise soup was just good. We had a similar experience with main courses, with the tournedos being excellent and the cod just good. The waters were all very attentive but not intrusive, and the atmosphere was calm and relaxing. I would return and recommend friends try it.

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DarrylH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great service. The Argentinian steak was incredible.

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goldenone
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Organised a departmental Christmas lunch at the last minute and had a great time. The food was fantastic and good portion size. S being lunch in the middle of a working day and Christmas still to get through , majority of us opted out to 1 or 2 course meal. Steak cooked to perfection for rare and well done requests. Baked camembert was scrumptious and shared by 4! Plenty of vegetarian options, i had roasted ratatouille with garlic bread - just perfect for a light lunch. A gem of a place for nice lunch within walking distance of St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster and Waterloo.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing service! Food was a bit hit and miss though. We all ordered differently in a party of four, some plates were lovely and worth the money, others a bit of a disappointment. Lovely calm atmosphere.

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MicheleJ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food, staff and atmosphere was wonderful. It was my son's birthday and they made it very special.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a first time visit and we really enjoyed our visit. The food was excellent, and the service really great - polite, friendly and attentive. They even produced a small birthday dessert for my partner, whose birthday it was. And the prices for a London restaurant were very reasonable. Recommended!

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vipAilishD
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and incredibly good value but the best part by far was the service. Florin was so accommodating and looked after us so well, we couldn't thank him enough!

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Bessie
Essex
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the attentive service. Very good value for money and we would definately go again. It was a friend’s birthday and they kindly prepared a little treat for her which was a lovely touch.

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Irishflojo
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked pre-theatre meal for 2 and both decided on the steak with sweet potato fries. Steak was perfect with wonderful flavours and fries were crispy and yummy. Added a portion of broccoli separately. It was a 2 course meal for £20 and we both chose creme brûlée, really good. Staff were extremely polite, friendly and professional and made us feel very welcome. Would definitely recommend to anyone and would go again.

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BarryS
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

They try hard but nothing special.
Plenty of better options for French food.

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Lolipop
East Sussex
48 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

A bit of a disappointment for a restaurant in classy 4 stars hotel which takes bookings for 9:30pm but then closes kitchen without warning at 10:30ish so that when given cards for desserts, we are then being told that in fact it is too late to order them even though one of of us was paying for the 3 course menu without being given the possibility of a dessert !!! I also had the unfortunate experience to have a taste of bleach or disinfectant in my “wild mushroom and truffle salad” which they tried to pass me for being the strong taste of truffle oil. They were kind enough to make me taste the individual oils and dressing they had used which tasted fine to me as I know and appreciate the nice woody taste of truffle oil so unfortunately, it was probably dishes or utensils badly rinsed. We appreciated the manager’s gesture of compensating the lack of desserts by offering us complementary tea and limoncellos and my salad was initially changed.

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Tbag
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pre theatre fixed menu very tasty and adequate portions for a good price. Very polite staff. In a hotel but that made a nice change. Just a short walk from National Theatre.

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SamanthaI
County Durham
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Ordered soup and salad and both were of poor quality which made it very expensive and poor value for money which is a shame as the service is excellent

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AxelS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The price is absolutely much too high in view of the quality of the food. The food in a fast food Restaurant is even better. No more. And friends of us eat there some time ago and when we spoke about the Restaurant their comment was as well: no more.

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EmmaB
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service. Menu has plenty of variety.

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vipDavid
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent menu and service. Friendly, busy atmosphere - people staying in the hotel bringing their young children. Delicious food. Needs more choice on the wine list below£40.

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vipDavidB
Mobile
78 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've dined at Brasserie Joel many times but not for some time. The menu has altered and with it the standard of food - which has improved. Wine List was excellent too. Service was good and not intrusive. Atmosphere perfect.

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SavannahH
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent (i believe his name was Robert). Food and cocktails were good. It was my birthday and nice that they made a fuss by writing happy birthday on my dessert in chocolate. My only complaint is that the booths by the kitchen were too low (I was eating almost at chest height) and you can’t lean back because the seat slopes forward instead of backwards so your chin ends up pointed towards your chest if you lean back. But otherwise it was a good dinner.

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Brasserie Joel is rated 4 stars by 1461 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.