Coal Office

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668 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
The Coal Office restaurant is collaboration between British designer Tom Dixon and renowned Chef Assaf Granit of The Palomar and The Barbary.
Offering All Day Dining, with 360-degree views over Granary Square and newly regenerated parts of London; the 160 cover restaurant has a roof top terrace, outside dining area and an open kitchen layout throughout three floors. Going beyond a typical restaurant offering, Coal Office is a place where you can experience fresh, creative food in a variety of beautifully designed and atmospheric spaces, where the provenance is explained, the tableware is available to buy, and the recipes are shared.
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London
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, which is a shame as the food is delicious... we were loyal fans of Dock Kitchen and were excited to try this new venture. Sadly it has none of the charm of Dock - the focus is instead on £££ and getting customers in and out as fast as possible. Our special night out was expensive and disappointing.

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IL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite place in London. Love it!
This staff and service is great and the food is absolutely refreshing and innovative.

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HP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and service was top notch at the restaurant, however our table was situated directly across from the kitchen so it was quite rushed with servers passing by, and loud clashing of plates constantly. So felt the ambiance wasn’t great for a formal dinner evening. Still enjoyed the meal and service though.

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d
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, fabulous wine, lively atmosphere - loved the open kitchen

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was amazing - loved the octopus and the bone marrow.

The big problem was that we were sitting at a high table with a speaker aimed directly at us. The music was so loud we could not hear each other (when sitting less than a metre apart facing each other). We could also barely hear the waitress.

We both love music and fun places (especially when out on a Saturday night) but both the level of music and the choice of music was too much to be enjoyable. We found not even talk to each other throughout our meal. It was a relief when each song ended. We asked the servers to turn the music down twice but each time it quickly went back up. We were told that the restaurant knows that there is a problem with the sound at some tables but that music ‘is a thing’. This was even more frustrating to hear as if a problem is known about then do something, don’t just apologise...

We left without buying extra drinks / coffees as the sound was too intense and we wanted to have a conversation.

The food is lovely, the waiters friendly and the chef experience fun. The music is a mistake though. Either sort out the speakers so that they aren’t directed at tables, choose softer less intense music or make sure the volume is at a reasonable level. Especially until the speakers are fixed. It turned a lovely meal out into an intense and unpleasant experience where we couldn’t actually speak to each other. Despite receiving an apology no one actually did anything to sort the problem

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p
Italy
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice location and interesting food not overly priced. Excellent service

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food served to quickly. Required two requests to slow down the serving.

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GL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might have been the best dinner I ever had, and definitely Assaf Granit's finest institution up to date, and I've been to them all. Amazing food, lovely staff, stunning design and happy vibes. Can't recommend enough!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’d heard the shakshuka was amazing - I have to say it wasn’t really. Sauce was overreduced a little bitter, and under seasoned. Eggs were unfortunately cooked all the way through... had halloumi on toast as a side dish which was lovely but hard to get that wrong!
Cappuccino was excellent though, attentive service and in a beautiful setting. Didn’t order anything else so can’t comment on the rest of the menu.
Might go back and order something else as it did come recommended but I was a little disappointed

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RG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to The Coal Office - the first was a month ago, and although they gave us a high table, it wasn't really uncomfortable. The food is really good - unusual flavours, masses of attention to detail, and all served excellently - all the serving staff were attentive - we never had to wait for 'our' waiter to serve us. Our favourites are the polenta, mushroom, asparagus and truffle dish, and the brioche, although it's all excellent. If you like Palomar, you'll love this place. We shall be back!

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ER
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in London. Fantastic food in a super fun atmosphere with exceptional staff.

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

This is the third time dining at your restaurant but the first time for lunch.
We found the menue limited and the quantity of food supplied very small Overall very poor value for money.
The noise level was extremely high and our guests found it difficult to converse.

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GG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fabulous food. When we arrived we were given a high up bar table. I booked ages in advance. After discussion we were moved. When I booked on open table I should have been asked whether I wanted a high table or normal one. The moving took ages and with no huge apology.

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LW
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to the Coal Office. Once we'd got over the difficulty of finding the door to get in, the service and food were excellent. Delicious menu and I loved the Israeli wine. Will definitely be back!

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NA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, well presented and super good vibes
A bit expensive however the food is worth the price! The people there are really nice and welcoming, we got our table pretty fast. Amazing!

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NM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Ordered a place, were on time. Still needed to wait 10 minutes to be seated (no queue, just us)

The waiter was we awful, didn't do anything beyond writing what we ordered. No recommendation or explanation about the different dishes. He also smelled quite badly.

Most of the dishes were good, nothing spectacular for the priced paid (except the Polenta)

We returned two dishes - one untouched and one remained ~80%. Didn't get even a blink from the waiter taking them back, on why we didn't like them or ask to replace, or maybe get a manager to ask us. We were fully charged on both of them.

Bottom line - overpriced, awful servings and won't recommend to anyone.

*We loved AG's other restaurants in London - Barbary and Palomar

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Fantastic!! Music was just slightly too loud.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Rather rowdy and noisy for a Sunday evening. Great food and service.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This place is honestly awesome. Firstly, the vibe is great, and all the furnishings used in the restaurant are beautiful.

The food is outstanding. We ordered a number of starters and mains to share, and they were all delicious. The staff were fantastic as well, super friendly and up for a laugh.

Will definitely be going again.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

On arrival, the person greeting at the door was unfriendly and arrogant. As the first person you meet - this is a breathtaking start. It’s not necessary for five waiting staff to ask if we have allergies. They were sweet, but untrained. Smiling & pouring water is not enough. Food interesting, some very good ...but if you don’t understand how to recruit the right staff, the place (for me), is just part of the usual London circus. I guess these things don’t matter much - as the location and decor makes us all feel on trend - so these are just details...but maybe at some point it will matter...

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RH
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great vibe. We really enjoyed the experience. It's very loud and a party atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Music far far far too loud. It’s a restaurant not a nightclub. And I say this not as a grumpy 90 year old, but someone who loves to party! Almost ruined it. That said - the food was immense. Particularly the fennel salad

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FA
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing
Delicious food, beautifully presented with plenty of interesting middle eastern flavours
Great atmosphere and very professional and friendly waiters
Will go back often for guaranteed great evening

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g
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delicious and modern take on middle eastern dishes. I still can't get over the sour cream ice cream...

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great repurposing of an old building next to the canal (not seen from the table but enhances the journey to and from). Food was tasty and interesting (in a good way), I had Seabass and my dining companion had Kebab. It is perfectly located behind St. Pancras and Kingscross Stations. I will visit again.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food in this place is unreal. Our group ordered one portion of everything on the menu, and it turned out to be just the right amount for 7 people. Every course was so nuanced and carefully put together. The decor and ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for a lunch meeting, and the waiters are attentive and very knowledgable on their cuisine.

Would 100% recommend to anyone. Loved it!

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely brilliant experience. Lovely staff and delicious food. Only negative was we were seated in the bar despite an empty restaurant so it was a little loud and people we’re constantly walking past us. I’d still go again!

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent value. Sat outside on a sunny sunday, which was perfect, though music inside seemed quite loud.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food. Really interesting flavours. Knowledgeable and attentive staff. Lovely space and location. Not cheap but not a rip-off either. Music played at high volume throughout which made it really hard to have a conversation. Didn't completely spoil the meal but it was close!

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FB
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having eaten in your Jerusalem restaurant, expectations were high and we were not disappointed. We all enjoyed ourselves very much and will be back.

The food was superb, our waitress was very friendly and helpful - we particularly appreciated her turning the speaker near our table down, as otherwise conversation would have been challenging.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service and staff. Comfy seats, amazing lighting and design. Throughly enjoyable lunchtime experience.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was an experience, but unfortunately too loud music,the dishes are too small.the service is perfect,but overall it wasn't that special and quite expensive.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was so unusual and tasty, really enjoyed trying different flavours that set the palette alight. It’s a bit pricey and make sure you order veg with the main course but would definitely go again.

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NH
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service very good.
Noisy table of 4 next to us which was rather distracting.

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h
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t want to tell you how good this place is because it’s already hard enough to get a table!

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MA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch. Arrived late and they were very accommodating. Food was amazing, especially the polenta. We were not rushed out the door. The waiting staff were great fun. We would definitely go there again.

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TN
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the Coal Office impresses with great food and service. We love the interior by Tom Dixon and sharing plates is our perfect type of meal. This was our first brunch but we really enjoyed the dishes over a Bellini. The Shakshuka was excellent. We'd definitely recommend for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant is fantastic and food and service were excellent. Next time I would sit at the back as it was a bit too noisy by the bar and kitchen.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious, great atmosphere and brilliant service

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MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere staff very friendly and look like they are happy to be working which is a novelty and the food absolutely amazing

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