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The Painted Lady, Harlow, Essex

The Painted Lady

4.3
4.3
52 Reviews
£25 and under
Mediterranean
Painted Lady is the biggest, independently run restaurant in Essex. We specialise in Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. Our Head Chef has over 30 years’ experience, training and working in the heart of eastern Turkey, a region renowned for its excellent food. Combined, our chefs have over 180 years’ experience in hospitality and fine dining...
The ambience at Painted Lady is like no other – from our marble floors to the crystal chandeliers, nothing about Painted Lady is ordinary. We pay close attention to service, taste, décor, style and presentation.
Nothing brings people together like good food. We look forward to welcoming you to Painted Lady.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01279 410904

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 52 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. YJ

    YJB1

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mum and I visited for lunch, food was absolutely lovely and staff couldn't do enough for us . Will be back!
  2. JD

    JaneD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Turned up on time and ready to enjoy a meal with my family at The Painted Lady on Saturday 20th November 2021. After confirming we would be there two days before, we turned up to find the whole place in darkness, no staff or signs up to explain why and no one to pick up the phone when we called. Considering the restaurant charge you for failing to turn up or cancel, we were very disappointed that there was no warning from them about a possible closure. We had to go somewhere else for our meal, which we were lucky to get into, due to the busy nature of the night. We were very very upset by this experience.
  3. J

    Jamie

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed and we were not informed.
  4. C

    Chloe

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed for refurbishment and no one contacted me to let me know my booking was cancelled due to this. Won’t come back
  5. P

    Peters

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    It was quiet and the waiters were watching us eat. It made us feel uncomfortable and they were there the second we finished with food. The waiter was cleaning our table before we had even paid the bill which was quite rude and gave the impression of being unwanted. The food itself was ok I had the chicken donner burger and my Mrs had the chicken and mushroom pasta, both were bland and the chicken tasted a little rubbery. We had visited the painted lady during lockdown and the service and food was amazing it was our first date out and couldn't be happier. This time round though it wasn't the same the quality had dropped and with waiters staring at you eating made us want to leave pretty quickly.
  6. CM

    CarlM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening, fantastic service. The food & cocktails were great! Will definitely go back again.
  7. AA

    AlperA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went to the painted lady and one of our guests has a dairy and egg allergy. Although there’s things she can eat, the restaurant only has 1 fryer so could not cook anything separate. So everything this restaurant cooks is cooked in the same oil. So would not recommend if you have any intolerances. Staff were also not very helpful just telling us it would take 3 hours to clean the oil.
  8. H

    Hollie

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were amazing! Huge portions too!
  9. PS

    PhilipS

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely restaurant but it’s quite overpriced for the food and service
  10. TS

    TimS

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Food was ok, lamb was cooked perfectly. Not many people in for a Saturday night and shortly after we arrived they blared dance music out. We asked if they could turn it down, which they did a bit. Music definitely did not meet the setting.
  11. NR

    NickuR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff, food was brilliant. I was struggling to choose a wine to compliment my food, the staff in the bar was very helpful and choose a brilliant wine. Can’t wait to go back for my next meal.
  12. HC

    HazelC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the new menu - great choice of food which is reasonably priced. It’s wonderful to have such a good restaurant in the centre of Harlow. I particularly like the mixed mezze starter.
  13. RK

    RachelK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. Great for couples and families alike. We have been a few times and will continue to go back as it’s so nice and the staff are great
  14. C

    Chamo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service I was taken there by my family for Father’s Day 10 of us split into two tables, they accommodated us perfectly. The food and staff were great will definitely come back Regards
  15. NJ

    NeilJarvis

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely wonderful experience. The food is outstanding and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The only problem was that the portions are huge and we ordered way too much food so suffered for it. Very highly recommended
  16. CH

    ClaireH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, excellent service value for money and was not rushed
  17. KY

    KarenY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly staff with amazing food...definitely going back!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The food wasn’t very hot
  19. EG

    EddieG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Good value cocktails as well.
  20. AN

    ArjN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcomed when we walked in. Choice of table given. Ordered calamari and king peawns for starterd, then mixed grill and lamb. Good helpings and tasty. Waiters were most attentive. Pre paid and parked across the road at the Post office car park.
  21. JC

    JillC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Fantastic service Waiters were outstanding Great value for money
  22. VS

    VictoriaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive staff who asked how long after our starters we would like our mains and also opened the door for us when we left, lovely hot food with a great choice on the menu, brilliant drink selection (best stocked bar I've ever seen in a restaurant/pub).
  23. BH

    BooHooToo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The staff we're friendly and prompt with taking our order and drinks. We had quite a long wait between starter's and main and the restaurant wasn't at all busy with a max of 5 tables/15 people eating. The food was ok, not sure rice and stir fry veg goes with a kebab however when we did ask for a salad the staff we're accommodating. The chicken was slightly rubbery however the chips we're really nice and so was the afters.
  24. J

    Jade

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here before and was pleased that it still remained the same food and service wise, the staff are exceptional and fully attentive! The food is fantastic, it’s a great all round experience would recommend to anyone if your looking for good food and few drinks or cocktails!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food , brilliant service. Great value for money and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back
  26. RT

    RebeccaT

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was lovely atmosphere was great. Social distancing was really bad table's were not 2m apart, staff walking around without masks. Table service.. what table service no one came over to ask how the food was or if we wanted another drink. Then they charged you £11.17 for service charge which is disgusting. Will not be going back again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere,food was outstanding and were the cocktails,will recommend and visit again very soon.
  28. SH

    SamanthaH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place, staff, food, drinks, music etc all spot on
  29. LS

    LindaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed ou evening there enjoyed staff friendly service good music bit loud to be able to talk properly towards end of the night thank u def go sgain
  30. CB

    CerriB

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time at The Painted Lady, great singer, food was beautiful, really good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be going again. Thank you.
  31. EO

    EstherO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner with the family. Amazing service!
  32. DH

    DanH

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent staff! Would happily recommend.
  33. RB

    RichardB

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. As an avid meat eater the mixed grill was out of this world. Will be visiting again!
  34. SR

    SallyR

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was outstanding nice big portions absolutely delicious. The staff were efficient and helpful We will return
  35. K

    Keeley

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an absolutely amazing evening, only thing I would have changed is slightly more up beat music. Food, staff and service was fantastic!! Thank you x
  36. TP

    TurkPaul

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable meal in Nice and safe surrounding. Heaters made it nice and warm and felt very safe
  37. D

    Donzy

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic food Fantastic staff love nora she's the best waitress ever! But I think the cocktail prices are so expensive like London prices but that's the only downfall apart from that the food is amazing and the staff also 👍😁
  38. K

    Kelsey

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall the experience we had at The Painted Lady was friendly, relaxing and easy. The food was really nice, I had pasta and my date had lamb and both tasted good. The alcohol was a little steep in price but they were pretty good cocktails so it was worth it. I would recommend The Painted Lady 👍🏻
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit and just as good as the 1st!! Our new favourite place to eat!
  40. n

    natashab

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    quick friendly service nothing too much trouble portions good size price average

FAQs

The Painted Lady offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01279 410904.

The Painted Lady is rated 4.3 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Harlow

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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