American Bar Restaurant

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An intimate Edwardian, oak panelled dining room at the London Coliseum, in the heart of London's West End. Join us for dinner pre-performance and make your way back to the table for the interval when drinks and dessert will be awaiting you. Head chef Mathieu Archipoff serves a locally sourced and seasonal menu, this winter highlights include "Duck tortelloni with butternut velouté, spring onion and nasturtium leaves" and "Roasted miso salmon fillet with citrus & white wine sauce, bok choy and lotus crisps".
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London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch in the American bar is an essential part of any visit to the ENO.

NB
Kent
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal.Good service. Consistent

RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's such a treat to visit the American Bar. Amazing food, elegant surroundings and great service. Best of all, pudding at your table during interval! It all makes for a magical visit. Thank you.

BG
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, warm welcome, excellent service with good food and wine.

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The American Bar is the ideal place for a pre theatre meal. I highly recommend it.

PL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The attention paid by the staff to presenting and delivering the meal was excellent given that it had to fit in with theatre timing. A menu that is changed more frequently would be an added benefit

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food and excellent prompt service without being rushed. Lovely room.

EF
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant located just under the ENO
Perfect to accommodate a musical evening at the ENO

AT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit and enjoyed an excellent meal and service. Have just booked a table again.

J
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with our main courses before the performance and our puddings and a drink in the interval. The staff were absolutely charming, helpful and courteous.

E
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, relaxing and not noisy. Main courses very good. Dessert disappointing.

J
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very attentive. Would recommend t
Her for a pre-concert meal

AN
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to enjoy the opera even more! It makes the whole experience better

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food as always in the American Bar at English National Opera

AW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thought the steak was a bit tough and gristly but the rest of the meal was very good and very good value for money

U
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely, welcoming staff; very good food (grilled aubergine dish was best ever); good atmosphere. We will definitely come back soon.

M
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was fine, if not outstanding and good value, but the wine by the glass (I had the chardonnay) was very poor.

BS
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another cracking pre-opera dinner in the American Bar Restaurant! And another taste from Head Chef Mathieu Archipoff's new Autumn Menu: stuffed pancakes, truffle bechamel, wild mushrooms and toasted hazelnut (scrumptious!); followed by 8oz Sirloin steak , Cafe de Paris butter (brilliant mustard infused butter) with grilled winter vegetables with a side of buttered sugar snaps. Had it not been for the diet, I would have certainly dived into the Pecan pie with rum caramel and vanilla ice cream –– maybe next visit! As always, Mary and the staff secured the experience by their warm welcome and friendly and attentive service. We couldn't have had a more delightful prelude to our journey with Orpheus into Offenbach's Underworld! A great evening!

DF
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat when attending the opera. Small restaurant in the basement of the theatre. Good food and wine, attentive service, and you get to come back in the interval for coffee!

OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan option was delicious. Service friendly and efficient.

BS
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new Menu is very exciting and our first taste of what's on offer this season was sensational. Mary and her waiting staff are superb: welcoming and attentive, they are a vital part of what makes the ambience of the American Bar Restaurant so relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable. The ability of everyone – in the kitchen and the restaurant – to turn round a lot of meals in the comparatively short period before curtain-up is nothing short of miraculous. Pre-theatre dinner at the American Bar Restaurant is, for us, a key element in the pleasure we take from coming to the ENO.

GL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We like this place, but one of us ordered a medium rare Serloin steak that was very chewy. When we complained we were told it would have been fine if we had ordered it cooked medium! The rest of the meal was good, but we were disappointed by the response to our complaint.

b
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was particularly good, professional and friendly. A soothing preparation for the rehearsal that we we were attending.

TG
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from all of the waiting staff at the Bar. The food was excellent in comfortable surroundings and with an intimate feel due to the small size of the restaurant. I would highly recommend a meal here before the opera. The only small improvement to be made would be to have all dishes included in the 3 courses for £27 as this meant that vegetarians couldn't have this deal as only meat options were included.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were encouraged to 'try' the American bar at ENO, having never been before. Very pleasant experience. Food very good, service excellent and a quiet discreet venue.

RT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tried the restaurant after a dress rehearsal at ENO. Very pleasant experience with good service and general ambiance. Food marked down slightly as herb crust on hake was rather tasteless, I noticed other diners scraping theirs off. Otherwise the food was excellent and we would certainly book again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food quality poor. Very disappointed.

American Bar Restaurant
Responded on September 3, 2019

Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with us. We very rarely have complaint on our food and a constructive feedback would be welcome. You can contact me at aharnisch@eno.org. Alexandre Harnisch, General Manager

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LO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful start to our evening, the staff were outstanding, service was friendly and efficient.
Menu was real value for money.
Loved the fact that you could return for dessert in the interval as this gave a chance to digest the starter and main meal.
Once again thank you to the lovely smiling, friendly staff.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service very good. Great location for a meal before a show starts in the theatre. Dessert and coffee was ready for us at the same table during the interval.

UE
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we had was lovely and the staff very friendly and professional.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the restaurant as it was in the theatre where we were seeing a show, mainly for the convenience, but it was a delight, the staff were friendly and attentive, the menu choice was excellent and the food delicious, would certainly go again, well worth the trip and the prices cheaper than normal London prices, more like you would pay outside of London, this place is a hidden gem

AS
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate at the American Bar as we were seeing a show there. The food was very well presented and tasty and the service was excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending the American Bar.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the American Bar last minute as a surprise for my husband's birthday and emailed ahead to let them know. The staff were amazing, a young Italian gentleman, and a Spanish lady, both of whom were polite, interesting, attentive and a pleasure to be served by!
My husband received a glass of champagne and a birthday card and the food was lovely.

We will be going again!

NB
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual everything was excellent

SH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is relaxed in this small underground restaurant. My reservation said I needed to show my ticket for the performance to have access to the restaurant but the staff said it was open to anyone. You just have to eat between 5 and 7.30. If you have a ticket for the show you can have your dessert at the interval or just a drink ready for you at your table. This is a much nicer way to have an interval drink than being in the busy foyer.
The food was fantastic: menu inspired by the show. I went to see on your feet the story of Gloria Estefan sk I had Cuban sandwich which was delicious. I also had a Tian of tuna with guacamole but there was a choice of steak and chimichurri sauce as well. Dessert was exotic, remembering Cuba and Florida together. What a fantastic idea and what amazing food. Chefs are brilliant and the waiting staff give you all their attention. The set menu is very reasonably priced and you can choose to have just one dish if you want. The place is quiet and relaxing.

CJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I liked that I could eat at the same place as the theatre and had the Tian of crab with guacamole as starter which was really good. I chose the Tomato carpaccio as main. Not quite what I expected, as I thought I was ordering the cold soup, but it was ok. I would definitely come back

WF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first experience of the national coliseum and we thoroughly enjoyed it.The menu choices were okay but good value for money even when drinks were added. We loved being able to come back and have our desert in the interval. Would definitely recommend to friends.

K
London
48 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal. Service was great and very friendly. Perfect to have the dessert during the interval!

EP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

My friend and I had the same meal (pork sandwich), however, her's was made fresh because she does not eat cheese. My sandwich arrived with the pork lukewarm and the following day I became very unwell. I question the preparation of the food here. The service was wonderful and otherwise I had a lovely time.

American Bar Restaurant
Responded on August 22, 2019

We are sorry to hear that you were unwell this week end. Our food is fresh and made to order. The Cuban sandwich meat is kept in the fridge then warmed with the sandwich when melting the cheese with no further cooking required. Nevertheless, we are taking allegation on our food very seriously and I would appreciate if you could get in touch with me at aharnisch@eno.org in order to start an investigation. Alexandre Harnisch, General Manager

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great presentation of food and vegan choice for small menu.
The staff were very attentive and friendly.