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The Urbanist, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Council

The Urbanist

4.1
4.1
101 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Urbanist is a brand new bar, kitchen, garden + venue in Kilmarnock.
Nestled on a leafy corner of London Rd — The Urbanist is lying in wait. A pint with the dog or dinner with family. Drinks with friends or Sunday Brunch. We’ve got you covered. Fresh local produce from local suppliers, straight from our kitchen to your table.

We’ve got two large gardens providing stunning outdoor dining and drinking, as well as a whole floor dedicated to functions and events — so whether you’re looking to host a meeting, a private dinner or a wedding, the team at The Urbanist are here for you.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Cocktail Bar, Barbecue

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–1:30 am Sat 10:00 am–1:30 am Sun 10:00 am–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01563 657100

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Cowan

  • Neighborhood

    Kilmarnock

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

What 101 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ayrshire

    Most Booked

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  1. l

    lindsayh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely and service from staff was excellent i will definitely be returning.
  2. LC

    LouiseC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We are frequent customers at the Urbanist and usually have excellent service, however on this occasion the service was pretty poor which did put a damper on the birthday celebrations. There were a lot of very young staff carrying out the service and feel that more training from Management is required. Hopefully this will be a one off.
  3. C

    Caza24

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Staff very friendly and attentive. Food just ok. Mussels said cream sauce but was more butter sauce. Asked for more drinks but the staff member must have forgotten. Take more care with descriptions of food. Overall staff made or experience of the Urbanist.
  4. LS

    LindaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Food was tasty and delicious service very poor had to ask for drinks 3 times and staff very un attentive as if they didn’t want to be there not rude but unresponsive
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Stock of drinks was low, no rose wine or popular whites, fajitas lovely, sirloin ok but steak pie very dry, not enough gravy and meat very chewy
  6. SM

    SusanM

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    business meeting - lovely - sat out back to be quieter which worked
  7. A

    Amanda

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting The Urbanist and it definitely won’t be the last! We were so warmly greeted and the food was not only outstanding but ridiculously good value for money! There were three of us who each ate and had a juice and our bill was only £40! Some live music played which added to the beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. We can’t wait to go back!! Our new favourite place!!
  8. AS

    AndrewS

    Ayrshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was lovely. The staff were nice and friendly but seemed a bit all over the place, someone took our order for drinks then pretty much less than a minute later someone else came to take a drinks order, The same thing happened when we ordered desserts. Then we had empty glasses no one was looking to get us drinks. It just seemed very unorganised. Not to mention dead flies in the condiments that in itself is very poor
  9. YR

    YvonneR

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great day eating and drinking, staff very efficient and helpful
  10. LG

    LinziG

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    The ambience and staff cannot be faulted. The staff were all very lovely and attentive even though alot of them were new. However, the fajitas were awful. They weren't very warm and the wraps were clearly days old as they crumbled as you tried to fold it. They were the worst fajitas I have ever had in a restaurant. The Eton mess was slightly disappointing too compared to other restaurants. The drinks were lovely and value for money was ok. Again, the staff and restaurant setting was lovely and would return for the drinks and atmosphere . Just a Shame about the food. Definitely needs improving before l would return
  11. JB

    JulieB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My husband had to send his pasta back as it was cold. Servers were a tad enthusiastic in clearing plates and glasses while we were still using them
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first visit and we will be back. Very nice all round. Room to elevate to the fifth star in a number of areas (in my opinion). Happy to detail if management would like. But a very pleasant meal all told and no disappointment at all.
  13. KE

    KENNETHT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Just in gor drinks but lovely place in killie just to chill. Would definitely go back there
  14. EA

    EAWe

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with friends as a party of 6. Service was excellent, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. All of us enjoyed our meals.
  15. j

    jamesm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time we have tried the urbanist, and must say the food and service was excellent. The mexican chicken and macaroni was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient.
  16. K

    Kazza

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    A few new staff members, bit of a guddle getting our drinks order. They looked pretty harassed. I’m sure they’ll get better as time goes on. Food was quick but chips were cold.
  17. CB

    ChristineB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Service of taking drinks order was slow. The Sunday Roast was over cooked, roast potatoes were so hard that my Mum couldn’t even cut her, she sent the full plate back as it was unedible. Mine wasn’t good either but I ate what I could. Standard of food has definitely dropped, I’m unsure if I will ate there again. Unless there is a change.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    First class, some little issues but nothing serious We’ll definitely return
  19. C

    Customer1234

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service was incredibly slow. There seemed to be a lot of staff working but a lot of them were incredibly young and no one seemed to know what was going on. Our starters took ages to arrive and then we sat with the empty plates on our table for at least half an hour, eventually caught someone’s attention who asked if we had ordered! (We had finished our starters so obviously had). They cleared the plates then another long wait. Eventually someone noticed and we were offered more drinks on the house. When the food eventually turned up it was average, the coleslaw was congealed and chips undercooked (definitely not home made). Overall a poor experience.
  20. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice decor & immaculate setting. Lovely food, friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely return.
  21. FW

    FrederickW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice clean and tidy. Welcomed when entering and seated straight away. The venue at the time of our visit was having staff shortage problems so service afterwards became slower. Food was to an average standard. Prices were average. Overall experience was acceptable.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! Manger was so lovely and welcoming, will defo be back !!
  23. NW

    NeilW

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    1st time at this venue & went with high expectations as the social media content was impressive. It was our wedding anniversary & two of us were offered a prosecco on the house, which was a nice touch however, it would have been better had our 2 friends also been offered this! Unfortunately our overall experience was not great: the venue was extremely quiet ( not their fault), a very restricted menu because of sourcing issues & kitchen absence. Three of our group’s food was acceptable but one order was wrong & when the replacement arrived it was still wrong & luke warm. In fairness, we were not charged for this dish without any hesitation. The cocktails were acceptable although lacked a bit of sophistication e.g gin & tonic without any lemon/lime or fruit. The staff were pleasant enough although the service was basic. I think we probably got it on a bad day as clearly it is a popular place. However we won’t be back in a hurry.
  24. L

    Lynz

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Too expensive for what you get - pub grub level. Wont be back
  25. CA

    CarolAnnMcC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Friendly waiting staff that tried hard but we waited an hour and 45 mins for our meals and when it arrived it was not good! Waitress took mine away as I couldn't eat it and the rest of my party left most of theirs. It was for a special occasion and it was disappointing. As I say though waiting Staff were nice and the decor is pleasant also. I think they were short staffed in the kitchen and we just hit it unlucky.
  26. MM

    MMack

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff extremely helpful, friendly and efficient. Limited menu for supply reasons apparently but what we had was lovely although would have liked a larger menu.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was very poor.
  28. AA

    AmyA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Booked a table for half 7, waited 40 minutes to be seated and just left to order our own drinks at the bar. Staff seemed like they didn't know what was going on and frustrated so much so I heard one swearing. Noise level was very loud (rowdy) which can't be helped. We were finally seated but not asked if we would like more drinks so we had to take ourselves back to the bar. The menus were photocopies of an original with print lines blocking some of the words. Took a further 20 minutes for our order to be taken. Food arrived at 9.10pm (table was booked for 7.30pm). Sides arrived 5 minutes before mains. A waitor come with sachets of sauces, didn't ask if we wanted anything else. No one came to check our meal was okay. No one came to clear plates away, nor to bring the bill so back to the bar we went. Bar staff were very harassed. Food was okay, but didn't come as described on the menu ('extra bits' missing like the crackling on my pork belly.) Seasonal veg was some boil in the bag carrots and overcooked brocoli. Entertainment for the night was the fire alarm going off which resulted in the fire brigade turning up for some burnt food in the kitchen! The staff who knew what they were doing made the experience 'bearable' if that what you can call it. Will not be back.
  29. KJ

    KillieJ

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Food is nice , service too slow and waited 40 minutes for drinks plus 1 30 mins for food.
  30. KJ

    KarenJ

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service was not great. It was slow and we had around 7 different servers. Some of the servers were great but 2 didn't seem like they 100% knew what they were doing. Twice we placed a drink order that never came and we had to ask someone else for it.
  31. JH

    JanH

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Food and Service - would definitely Reccommend
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice welcome from staff seated quickly staff were pretty quick with the drinks always very curtious food was lovely
  33. KC

    KarenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I booked a table for 9pm, which I thought was late enough. We were then delayed, but when I phoned it was no problem and I wasn't made to feel like an inconvenience. Our food was first class, and the service was friendly and efficient. Even when we finished there was no rush to leave. The only disappointment was that it wasn't busy. It's a great venue so it should be more popular. I've visited several times and will definitely be back!
  34. JB

    JamesB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal husband had the steak and ale pie and thought it was lovely great portions. I had the belly pork and scallops which again was really lovely couldn’t eat it all as huge portion size. Nice waiting staff too, good atmosphere in the restaurant and place spotless as well Enjoyed a lovely meal in a local restaurant would definitely highly recommend to all.
  35. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was prompt and friendly. Dinners were good and came out in an acceptable amount of time!
  36. LM

    LinziMac999

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special birthday tea got seated at the window table. Enjoyed food and drink followed by a gin and tonic as dessert.
  37. CD

    CharlesD

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The food is served in hearty portions, but there is refinement in the preparation with flavour at the core. I shared the (mains-sized) portion of mixed tempura with dips that was well done and tasty with a light batter and a reasonable variety. The mains dishes were Three Cheese Macaroni with Haggis - accompanied by fresh dry chips and a wedge of Garlic Bread - I have seen this elsewhere , but I would question the wisdom of three different sources of carbohydrates 🤔 Delicious, but excessive… Good coffee + a good short wine list + very good cider on draft.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, good service but just a bit slow. Waites a good half an hour or more for order but apart from that it was really gods and I’ll definitely be back and would definitely recommend.
  39. JP

    JaneP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Nice venue and good choice on the menu. The portions were quite big so the food was good value for money. Unfortunately the service was a bit slow and there was a mix up with our order, the waiting staff weren't very helpful in sorting out the mix up and had a slightly rude attitude.
  40. O

    Oldpals

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good menu choice, food very good, we enjoyed our meal and will return

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Urbanist is rated 4.1 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Urbanist

14 London Rd, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Council KA3 7AA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kilmarnock

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–1:30 am Sat 10:00 am–1:30 am Sun 10:00 am–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Cocktail Bar, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Cowan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

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