Clarke's Restaurant

4.8
317 Reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
Opened in 1984 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 daily-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 datterini tomatoes and flowering thyme; dark chocolate and chestnut tart. Clarke’s is quite simply an unforgettable experience.
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vipHoward53
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch at Clarke’s. Food, wine and service were all terrific.

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vipSuzanS
London
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been there several times. Excellent wine list.

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vipRobertP
London
40 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner , very tasteful and what an outstanding service.
Loved the setting as well.
The foie gras was perfect, the chicken excellent and the scallops delicious.

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vipRJH111
Buckinghamshire
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An interesting menu , and a great wine list

Food standard is very high, similar pricing to the River Cafe in a more personal atmosphere

Sally Clarke is a wonderful lady who’s done much for the London Food Scene

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vipJadedW11
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As lovely now as it was when it opened >30 years ago

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vipPaul1
London
58 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really superb in every way. Thank you very much for a lovely lunch.

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vipFoodieATL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Kensington’s if not London’s finest restaurants. Reliably delicious every time, innovative farm to table cuisine, great staff and terrific wine list including some very good British wines...who knew? *

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Innocente
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall was very good (as usual); service could have been a bit more attentive.

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Simon
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Warm welcome. Tables well spaced. Comfortable. Charming service. Great food. And bliss, no music. Our only issue was, what with all the hard surfaces, when a really noisy lot turned up at the next table there was nothing to absorb the braying.

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Professor
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you want to eat excellent food and enjoy conversation over it, Clarke's is hard to beat.
Every detail is polished, from the delicious, freshly baked bread to the teas and coffee after the meal. Emphasis is on the natural flavours of carefully sourced ingredients, with the aim of bringing these out to the full. Excellent wine list, albeit quite an expensive one. Staff are excellent, friendly and helpful, without being intrusive. Being consistently excellent over so many years is something that very few restauranteurs have achieved. Sally Clarke deserves every praise for her unwavering commitment to excellence.

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vipKevinW
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last time I went to Sally Clarke's must have been over 20 years ago. Decided to go for a valentines dinner. What was exceptional cooking then is no different now if not even better.

Go and enjoy the experience and if you are a meat eater try the veal chop. Excellent.

Enough said.

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jonathanpc
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little restaurant in Notting Hill. Welcoming staff combined with a very well executed menu. We spent £100 a head for three courses and drinks, which for food at this standard is reasonable. Would definitely recommend and we will come back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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HK88
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends from Paris visiting and we were all impressed by the food and also the service

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vipDPsoutings
London
104 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A mid week lunch outing. A well supported local’s restaurant. From the first greeting to us leaving the restaurant we felt as though we had been invited into a friends home. The staff were spot on. Michail was on the ball, had an eye on all of the tables, not in an intrusive way, making sure there was sufficient water and wine in our glasses. On the day we visited the clientele was how do you say it ? ‘mature’. We opted for the a’la carte menu and were impressed with the quality and presentation. Modern European, with a leaning towards traditional British fare. The delicious bread offered whilst waiting for the 1st course was wonderful. I could have stayed with that, a bit of cheese and the excellent bottle of Burgundy that Michail helped me choose. Starters: Taglioline, other pate. Mains: Deer and Scallops. Deserts: Mine; cheese to help the last of the wine go down and a clever pastry with a Turkish delight on the side (which looked delicious but I never got to try !!) The wine list is good and very sensibly priced.

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Foodiemom
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always flawless — and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening

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Bonviveur
London
31 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never visited this restaurant before but our appreciation of its qualities grew steadily from the moment of arrival to settling the bill. Food, ambiance and service were all first class. An excellent menu choice was accompanied by equally good and varied wines. Especially notable was the level of service: not only knowledgeable and professional but surprisingly speedy despite a very busy full house. Every member of staff had an eye to customers needs and the whole team worked together to achieve excellent results.

We are looking forward to the opportunity of another visit and have no hesitation of recommending Clarke’s to any discerning diner.

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Lizzie
London
37 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, local and wonderful environment. The people and the food were absolutely fabulous and every time i go i remember how incredibly wonderful it is.

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vipJack
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent.

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vipPeterB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Enjoyed our meal, nice ambience.
Staff could do with smiling more

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RebeccaK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! The staff was very attentive.

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cleverly
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic, stylish restaurant. The food is top notch and the service is the epitome of the best. The room is lovely and not crowded; so the noise level is low. The best.

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vipDabbajay
Hawaii
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clarke’s is one of our favorite restaurant in the world. A small unpretentious gem on Kensington Church St, we walked passed for months before we stepped in. Sally Clarke is a master chef, baker and restauranteur. If you’re in the Notting Hill area, it’s an absolute must.

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vipLynneS
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Elegant and special place to go. Great service and very reliably good food executed perfectly.

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kiyokos
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Food is very nice! Service is very bad! Because we can’t relaxing that hall staff is very bad !men’s no smiling!

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vipDANIEL
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual . The food is great , the service is very professional, the main dining room is nice and the lunch menu was very good value for money. Hope Sally recovers soon!

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vipLIllyD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in London: great atmosphere, consistently superb food and service, and the entire staff makes you feel welcome and appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of London’s top five restaurants. Loved drinking out of

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vipExiledwarrior
London
57 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class cooking and top class service from this old school restaurant in Kensington. Always packed with a well-healed Kensington crowd. Prices are high. No mineral water so take your own if you don't want filtered tap.

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MATTW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect birthday experience for my guest. We wanted a quiet corner table, which is what we got, and our charming Australian waiter looked after us beautifully. The food was delicious, on every level and at every course. I shall be back.

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vipXP40
London
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I booked and went with friends who are vegetarian and didn't realise there are no real vegetarian options. The kitchen are happy to adjust meals, but I felt awkward that my friends felt more like they had awkward requirements. So many people are vegetarian these days I would have expected the restaurant to move with the times. It was good food and I would return but never with someone vegetarian unless the menu is made more accessible.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific experience at Clarke’s. Truly one of the best restaurants in London. Sally and her staff are the finest. Cannot give higher praise! Michelin needs to take note.

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nicolaB
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Clarke's for a while and went with some dear friends from Chile. The food was delicious, using local ingredients imaginatively and the staff were great; helping us all though our choices. I will be back soon.

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vipHoward53
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner with friends last Friday night. The menu was excellent--only difficulty is choosing from so many great possibilities. Service, headed by Captain Theo, was excellent as well--warm but efficient. I would highly recommend for a great experience.

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NickB
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. Warm welcome, great service bread amazing. Did not have to wait for the food which was very good. Did not feel rushed at anytime. Will definitely book again

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vipbrookso
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Clark’s and would never visit London without a visit. The ingredients are so beautifully sourced and so lovingly cooked. We were the table from hell. Changed numbers and times too frequently and two vegans and two gluten free and they dealt with it beautifully. Always have a good time there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience

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AnneH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent and friendly service, calm and relaxing ambience - a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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LivetoEat
London
87 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful calm restaurant with delicious food and excellent service.

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Clarke's Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 317 OpenTable diners.

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