Clarke's Restaurant

4.8
274 reviews
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Opened in 1983 by passionate chef Sally Clarke, this local legend on Kensington Church Street has become a firm favourite with professional critics and amateur gourmets alike. For 21 years, Sally served a four-course ‘no choice’ set dinner, but now there is a weekly changing menu that showcases her passion for high quality seasonal produce. Herbs and vegetables come from organic suppliers in South East England; buffalo mozzarella is flown in from Naples twice a week; and shellfish is sent overnight by rail from Scotland. Popular dishes include loin of Balmoral roe deer with apple and sage sauce; baked fillet of Cornish brill with herbed crumbs and thyme cream; and dark chocolate and chestnut tart. Clarke’s is quite simply an unforgettable experience.
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B
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our most favourite restaurants. It has everything. Style, ambience, fabulous food and wines. Top service. Yet homely with all of that... we LOVE it all. With thanks, Bongo and Steve Cooke

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BC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top in every way! A pleasure to see such a great classic restaurant in London which you can rely on overall and that hasn’t been spoilt by skimping on service and quality as many other “fashionable” restaurants have . Great value weekday lunch menu.

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K
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Clarke's is one of the biggest jewels Notting Hill/London has! They have a delicious breakfast that is both sophisticated and relaxed, a very nice lunch menu, and one of the best dinner experiences around. The food is amazing, the wine list is excellent, the service is sharp, friendly, and knowledgeable. The ambiance for lunch and breakfast is bright and cheerful while the dinner mode is romantic and feels like a very special treat. I love this place!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a somewhat chaotic table of 5 but all our requests were dealt with efficiently and with a smile. The food was outstanding; perhaps a tad too large servings but no one suffered for that. Baked artichoke and bottarga starters were well received and the veal fillet, duck, deer and John Dory were all superb. We found the ambience to be elegant with a few deft touches of humour and the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive throughout the meal.

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MW
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is always busy. The food reliably good. The menu perhaps not as varied and changing but I love the cuisine so perhaps I am happy that it doesn’t change very much as I keep coming back. The Fraud prints on the walls are fabulous.

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been to Clarke’s numerous times but this was the first time I was sat in the back room and I think one must insist on the front room or not go at all.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner as always, excellent service , relaxed and comfortable atmosphere

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so delicious - from the Perfectly mixed martinis and blood orange Bellinis to the indulgent caviar and homemade blinis to the out of this world chicken and veal chops and fish to the decadent and delightful desserts. Sally knocks it out of the park every time!

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A
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food simply done but lovely

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. One of the best meals I've had in a long long time.

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Denver
36 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal in all respects. Highly recommended.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to the restaurant for many years, and remember a set menu in a basement. We had a very good evening, with old friends, when the staff could not have been better, we could hear each other, and the set menu was excellent

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HE
London
26 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class in every respect

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P
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still Wonderful After All These Years

I can't remember exactly when we first ate dinner at Clarke's, but it must have been 25 years ago. Yet, somehow, the standard manages to remain consistently excellent. Every detail, from just the right gentle light to careful acoustical design to control the noise levels, to using really boiling water for making tea is thought through and correct. The food, always seasonal, bringing out the excellence of the ingredients, is simply a delight. The wine list is excellent and ranges wide, but this is where quite a lot of the money has to be made. This is the restaurant where you can savour food, wine and conversation without waiters interrupting to enquire "how's your food". Many of the staff have been with Clarke's for a long time and they do their job well. Service was just slightly slow on this visit, as there was a large party booking, downstairs. Our waiter apologised for the delay, but it was but slight. I can think of few better places for an excellent civilised dinner in London.

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SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic but not old fashioned restaurant with beautiful setting, fantastic fresh food and quality service.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely evening and the food and service was excellent. We I appreciated being in the quieter room at the back as we do find the restaurant quite noisy which is probably because of the acoustics.

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J
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

classy and classic. delicious food upscale vibe

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DA
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish : delicious food , presentation , service, atmosphere, attention of the team to details

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W
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

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H
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a delightful lunch with friends. The food, as always, was excellent and the service equally good. Very relaxing and wonderful experience!

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JG
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasteful, understated and delicious food. Quality ingredients, generous portions,understated luxury, what’s not to like!!

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clarke’s is consistently outstanding — Sally Clarke knocks it out of the park every time, whether it is a deceptively simple yet sublime mushroom salad or an exquisitely cooked to perfection fish to her unforgettable chocolate truffles.

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M
London
177 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual Clarkes had an excellent seasonal menu choice. Food was delicious as always. Highly recommend the restaurant. Nice and spacious so conversations are private. Very good service although wine pourer a little scarce. Would definitely return.

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RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite local restaurants. We return over and over again. This week's breakfast was as delicious as ever.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We made a last minute booking at 9:30pm, having been to an event next door which left part of our group hungry.
The food was very good as usual. But it was late and half the table were not hungry and ordered only starters. The waiter told me this was unacceptable as he was seating us, despite the other half ordering full meals.
I would have left, but I was with visitors I did not know well, who were new to London, and I did not want to ruin the evening for those who were hungry. Odd behaviour at the end of a week night, with several tables in the restaurant empty.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful find. This restaurant is a true representative of Farm to Table concept - delicious food with exceptionally tasty and fresh ingredients. Service was really nice and classy cozy setting. We will definitely come back again.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was perfect. Waiter explained each course we asked about and was excited about the dishes he made it hard to make a choice. The food was excellent and cooked just right. The wine list was full of treasures and the mark up was acceptable. A very enjoyable evening everything worked!!

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too exspensive. Food was OK. However, not value for money

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r
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fabulous food and great service - the food reflects the best of seasonal produce served up in a formal but easy going atmosphere

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JM
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a wonderful restaurant. I come whenever I am in London. It has great ambience, great food and a terrific staff.

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JS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sally Clarke was greating and actually clearing tables. The attention to detail and quality of ingredients really stand out.

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C
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our experience got off to a bad start when we (2 women friends) were seated at a table next to all the traffic between two rooms and a hallway. We had a reservation and there were at least 4 empty tables at the time. We should have asked for the adjacent table out of the fray that was vacant at the time. Not surprisingly a male/female couple was seated there a few minutes later. Enjoyed everything we ordered. A salad with roasted figs and shaved parmesan was delicious as was the roasted halibut. The breads were all very good. Would return to experience more of their offerings.

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YW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Lovely to visit again. Always stellar - solid fare and service.

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GD
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always brilliant with Sally keeping a close eye on evertything

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and exceptional service. We loved our evening at Clarke’s and would highly recommend it.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, food and service - as always

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LS
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was an exciting discovery for someone from the SF Bay area. We loved the creative matching of foods and flavors which mirrors what you would find at the Greens or Chez Panisse. In fact, the owner and lead chef has clearly been influenced by Alice Waters and has moved forward with new interpretations of English cuisine. You must not miss an opportunity to eat at this fabulous restaurant.

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MG
London
275 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good if not exceptional food, very pleasant and effective service. Not cheap, now about to be expected for better London restaurants

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food. They did keep pushing us when our friends were late saying lunch closed at 2pm which doesnt happen anywhere not even Paris. But the food was excellent. They need to catch up service to the quality of food.

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