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The Engine Rooms, London,

The Engine Rooms

4.4
4.4
131 Reviews
£26 to £40
Mediterranean
The Engine Rooms at Hexagon Classics feature a design-led restaurant, together with a specialty wine cellar and bar, and a versatile meeting and private event space.
The talented kitchen team take their inspiration from the cultures surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Our menu blends both longstanding favourites you would expect from the region with our own unique creations translating diverse flavours into genuine north London taste experiences.
Our lunch time menu available from Wednesday - Friday.

All our ingredients are at the peak of freshness, and responsibly sourced from eco-friendly farms and growers.
Every dish is complemented by a selection of wines sourced from small and sustainable vineyards.
The décor at The Engine Rooms is bold yet beautiful, with a nod to contemporary industrial.
Between the outdoor courtyard and indoor restaurant, there are six spacious seating areas to relax and enjoy our hospitality.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fish, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3404 2490

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Engine Rooms Event Space, is a series of stylish event spaces designed to an exceptionally high standard and situated in North London with easy access to local transport. Our distinctive rooms can cater for groups of 10 up to 300 people, and are ideal for meetings, private dining, launches and more.

  • Neighborhood

    East Finchley

  • Cross street

    82-92 Great North Road N2 0NL

  • Parking details

    Parking is on a first come first serve basis. Parking facilities are available for up to 40 cars. On side parking available after 6.30pm.

  • Public transit

    Northern Line, East Finchley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. m

    markc

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The engine room had closed on 21/7 and no one had contacted us …. In fact opentable asked us to confirm our attendance on 27/7 …. Despite the restaurant already having shut down
  2. DB

    DianeB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous environment with indoor and outdoor seating and lots of attention to detail in the decor. Food was excellent in presentation and taste. Pizza was enormous and delicious. Plenty of choice for meat, fish and vegetarian eaters - no vegans in our party so not sure how it stacked up here, but there were vegan choices. Not a large menu but plenty to choose from and all 6 in our group (mixed vegetarian and meat eaters) enjoyed the meal. Service was excellent and restaurant appeared to be well staffed. We will return :)
  3. D

    Diamonddiner

    Miami

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Had a delicious birthday lunch with my son. Must say service was slow - waited 20 minutes before we could even get a drink or nibbles. Rest of the meal and service was fine. Lovely building - no expense spared - nice patio dining area that has a reclining cover if too hot. Price was ok, but we went on a Friday so there was a set price lunch menu. My son gave his cocktail top marks, can't remember the name, tequila/chile vibe. The restaurant was quite busy and there was a good atmosphere.
  4. ND

    NehalD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for lunch with an incredible car collection. Great food and great service in a really summery atmosphere, I will definitely be back!
  5. h

    hungry

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great venue and we enjoyed our food. Service was a little slow and we had to ask where the food wa. Staff all very helpful.
  6. C

    Chrissy

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place definitely would recommend. It’s about quality not quantity and the quality is excellent.
  7. MF

    MFisher

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food....risotto was really excellent, as was the chocolate foudant. Service was very good too. WIll be returning soon!
  8. R

    Robin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service with very pleasant staff. Why not 5* then? Because the noise-level was occasionally high but mainly because the decor was frankly depressing. No attempt has been made to soften the surroundings which are bare and basic even for an "Engine Room". A few plants? Some colourful murals? It's a pity and lets down both the excellent food and the pleasant staff. Is there another restaurant of this calibre with such grotty decor, I wonder?
  9. E

    Elena

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food Great Service nice place, amazing cocktails
  10. LD

    LouisaD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The food was good the service excellent but we were not informed it was card payment only at the start and it was not on the website,you should be able to have the option anyway now.
  11. f

    finchleyfoodie

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a fabulous addition to Finchley! Wonderful ambience, welcoming staff and very tasty food - well done! Will be back soon…
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and foos was amazing. Didnt have the cheeseboard for dessert which I was looking forward to but nevertheless amazing experience
  13. A

    Alan

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It is always a delight. The menu is short, which is a positive, but creates some issues when a number of dishes are struck off!
  14. TD

    TobyD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I would definitely recommend The Engine Rooms. We were two families, a table of 10 people and there was something on the menu for everyone. The service was impeccable and the ambience was unique and interesting.
  15. CE

    CraigE

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Second visit in a week. Really good atmosphere and enough variety on the menu to satisfy veggies, vegans and gluten free!
  16. L

    Lizzie

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is outstanding - young people delivering plates delightful. Does not appear though that anyone is organising/maitre d’ /wine waiter.
  17. T

    Tree

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I chose the orriette pasta (spelling is probably incorrect) for my main course at lunch. It was too 'al dente' and totally uninteresting. I passed on my comments at the time.
  18. CE

    CraigE

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    An interesting place. Get there early to stare at the cars! Service and general vibe was excellent. Sat outside for lunch as it was sunny and we stayed for four hours without feeling under any pressure to leave. Food was very tasty. Would definitely return.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good food. Portions were small Staff great but weak manager

    The Engine RoomsResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you so much for your comments. Please may I ask if you could contact me when you have a moment? Best wishes, Zak Jones 07887955597

  20. 0

    007db5

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food as always. This was my 4th visit - good to see a lunch time set menu introduced! I would love to see more choices in the main menu, rather than a big list of pizzas, because I know what's amazing about The Engine Rooms is that the creativity of flavours and presentations are something I cherish very much - a rare find in Finchley!
  21. D

    Duffy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, excellent food and service. Would recommend anytime. A little on the pricey side but worth it especially if for a special occasion.
  22. L

    Local

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Found the menus very limited and if there are any allergy sufferers ( garlic gluten dairy free ) only a choice of one dish . No gluten free pizza on menu.
  23. N

    Nikosan

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food in an interesting setting. Very laid back Sunday lunch. We will definitely go again. Pasta Very Good Fish and Chicken dishes excellent Good Vegan Options
  24. CG

    CGMum

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I would have given The Engine Rooms 5* but for two things. The restaurant has a unique USP combining, as it does, its original purpose (a car showroom) with the owner’s love of art. It is a funky space with plenty of outdoor seating options - cool decor, even if the dimming system controlling the lights is less than subtle (hubby works in home technology and was mildly irritated). We were served by the Operations Manager, new to the job and finding his feet - wearing a very cool pair of Oliver Goldsmith glasses (sorry, ex-dispensing optician). He knew little about the wine list but was happy for hubby to try a mouthful of a rather lovely Bulgarian Pinot noir, before ordering a bottle. The food was all delicious. Highlights included the Avocado and crab gazpacho (ikr), the burrito and a rather wonderful Pappardelle with chilli, crab and squid. So why only 4*? The restaurant isn’t cheap, it wouldn’t be out of place in the west end and so, if you’re serving a cheese plate you really need to know the cheese you’re serving. The chef was dragged over but couldn’t help (something about a run of cheese at lunchtime and a need to get more but they weren’t all the same 🤷🏼‍♀️). Really? One of our party has an aversion to goats cheese. We had to taste test them to give a thumbs up on the ones she could eat. Hubby was unhappy with the amount of cheese for two - the Ops director overheard and brought a complimentary plate. That was a lovely gesture and so I might have given 4.5* if I could. Will definitely be going back but might not order the cheese again. On the other hand the chocolate fondant was to die for!
  25. JC

    JulianC

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A hidden gem in Finchley. Excellent food from a short lunchtime set menu but there's also a la carte. Good value at £20 for two (big) courses or £25 for three, available Wednesday to Friday. Fresh, tasty and satisfying. Large airy restaurant with larger outdoor terrace, weather permitting. Then afterwards you can drool over an amazing selection of classic cars in the same building. Elton John's old Ferrari is up for sale a mere snip at £495,000. There also an excellent delicatessen/wine shop.
  26. HN

    HelenN

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated my daughter to the lovely sourdough pizzas, such a nice treat to go there. At last a special restaurant in North London. All the waiting staff were really friendly & accommodating. Highly recommend. Looking forward to returning in the sunshine to sit in the courtyard.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on May 5, 2022Dear Helen, We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to welcome you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Receptionist

  27. W

    Wards

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, everything! Treated like royalty on our wedding anniversary. Will definitely be going back again soon
  28. S

    Susib

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly service from a young and eager staff. Menu is interesting but could do with a couple more mains.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on May 5, 2022Dear Susi, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and will take it on board. Best wishes, Emily - Receptionist

  29. HW

    HelenW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food in a great setting. The staff made our anniversary lunch one to remember and the joy on my car-loving husband's face was priceless. Thank you!

    The Engine RoomsResponded on May 5, 2022Dear Helen, Thank you ever so much for your kind words - we are so pleased to hear that you had a great experience. We are honoured that you chose The Engine Rooms to celebrate your special occasion and hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes Emily - Receptionist

  30. LI

    LIfesgood

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quiet only due to everyone away for spring break. Excellent & service standard as usual.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 20, 2022Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, your kind words are much appreciate. Hope to welcome you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Reception and reservations

  31. V

    Vee4u

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique venue. Quiet, classy and the food was amazing. The staff were great too.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 20, 2022Dear Vee, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and your kind words are much appreciate. Hope to welcome you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Reception and reservations

  32. SE

    SarahE

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good wine list, splendid service in interesting surroundings.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 9, 2022Dear Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind words which are much appreciate. Hope to welcome you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Reception and reservations

  33. RM

    RizwanM

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    had high quite a nice meal - its local which is great. The food is good but I do feel it is a little overpriced with many mains around £30 the lamb rack is strangely not available medium rare, either rare or well done, which is a bit odd, but it was fine things like chips and pizza are great but more local brasserie than west end high end restaurant which is where the pricing point is. That said it was full so perhaps people just cant face the trip in to town! Overall good to see something on this location but menu and pricing needs some repositioning
  34. LC

    LinniC

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We were not informed that the car section is closed on a Sunday, so place was VERY QUIET so no atmosphere. Apparently Saturday is the best day. We would not have gone all that way from Maida Vale if we had known Food was ok, if expensive…. Very disappointing

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 6, 2022Dear Linni, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our sincerest apologies that you were not satisfied with your experience, we strive to continue to improve all standards. Although The Engine Rooms is located within Hexagon Classics - we have different operating hours; from Mon-Sat the showroom is open and Weds-Sun The Engine Rooms opens. Opening times are displayed on the Hexagon website and on the entrance as we run as two separate companies. Best wishes, Emily - FOH

  35. S

    Steven

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Not enjoyed
  36. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was fantastic. The staff were amazing and friendly. My only comments are the fondant - which was delicious but tiny, shouldn't be £9 when the other desserts were double or triple the size for the same price. Also it would be nice if there were a few more fish and veggie options. Will definitely come back and had a lovely birthday dinner last night and delicious cocktails.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 6, 2022Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Your words and feedback are valued - we strive to continue to make improvements and deliver the best service possible. We are honoured that you celebrated your special occasion with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Front of house

  37. CA

    CarlyA

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great place, great setting, decent food. Very good service

    The Engine RoomsResponded on March 29, 2022Thank you very much indeed for your kind words Carly. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon I hope? Warm regards, Zak Jones Operations Director.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic evening out for a special occasion at the Engine Rooms. The food is delicious, service is fantastic and has a really nice vibe. Would highly recommend.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on March 29, 2022Thank you for taking the time to review The Engine Rooms. I am delighted you all enjoyed your time with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Warm regards, Zak Jones Operations Director.

  39. LS

    LandSGLondon

    London

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Overpriced and underwhelming. Don’t often write reviews but after the social media hype I decided to book to celebrate a 75th birthday. There were no fries available as a side or with kids’ meal. Weird. Surely if you have potatoes you can make fries. Hugely expensive West End prices for small portions. Lamb was £32 and there were 3 small fatty chops, some veg and kids were hungry afterwards. Food was mediocre sadly. Left feeling flat and disappointed. It’s a great spot so has the potential to be great. Bill came to almost £250 for one course for 7 plus 2 cocktails. Spoke to a friend today who also went recently who had the same experience. Waiting staff were nice as was the lady who saw us to our table. I did rely my concerns when we left.

    The Engine RoomsResponded on March 29, 2022My name is Zak Jones and I have just taken over as Operations Director, following your visit. I have noted your comments and can only apologise for the fact we failed to deliver. Rest assured I am doing all I can to improve standards which also includes pricing. Perhaps you could reach out to me when the time is right and we could look at offering you something suitable as a gesture of good will? Please feel free to contact me direct to make the necessary arrangements. Warm regards, Zak Jones

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special place, unique in the area

    The Engine RoomsResponded on April 6, 2022Dear guest, Thank you so much for your kind words - we hope to welcome you back to The Engine Rooms soon. Best wishes, Emily - Front of house

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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The Engine Rooms is rated 4.4 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    82-92 Great North Road N2 0NL

  • Neighborhood

    East Finchley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fish, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is on a first come first serve basis. Parking facilities are available for up to 40 cars. On side parking available after 6.30pm.

  • Public transit

    Northern Line, East Finchley

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 3404 2490

  • Private party facilities

    The Engine Rooms Event Space, is a series of stylish event spaces designed to an exceptionally high standard and situated in North London with easy access to local transport. Our distinctive rooms can cater for groups of 10 up to 300 people, and are ideal for meetings, private dining, launches and more.

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