Vardo

4.5
454 Reviews
£26 to £40
International
Sitting in the heart of Duke of York Square in Chelsea, Vardo is all about 'no boundaries'. Inspired by the travelling wagon spanning the globe collecting produce, spices and influence along the way, we're taking things back to basics with the menu. There's plenty of low and slow cooking techniques, with carefully sourced ingredients from across the UK with a global influence and to compliment, there will be lots of tasty drinks on offer, all influenced by the sensory journey of the silk-road, with spices sourced from East to West.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • 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
What 454 people are saying
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MikeM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great attentive staff

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks MikeM - we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

30th birthday

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Jules
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really enjoyed the evening at Vardo sitting outside as the heater was fantastic. I loved the food too but the staff seemed a little overworked which caused delays.
We will definitely be going back!

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AliceS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good, not so busy during the week. Shame roof top was not open.

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eeaagg
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the playlist! we came for a birthday and had a great time.

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Nina
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - highly recommend

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Sasha
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I came for lunch on Sunday with my daughter. First issue was when we ordered and I asked for my coffee to come with my meal. It arrived pretty quickly and of course I had finished it before the meal arrived. I didn't say anything at this point as not such a big deal. Then when our meals arrived, we both had poached eggs, they were cold. My daughter who hates any kind of 'fuss' said she didn't mind but I think eggs are one thing that are really unpleasant to eat cold so I sent mine back. When the plate came back the eggs were still cold again. This time I ate half an egg and left the rest. To be fair, the server did notice and she took the price of my meal off the bill. I do appreciate that it's not easy to serve hot food outside but when the plates weren't even hot it makes me think that they aren't even trying very hard. It's an expensive place and I know you are paying the for location which is great but I won't be going back unless it's for a salad.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for drinks or a meal!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Light food & drinks after shopping with friend. Very enjoyable indeed. Lovely food, great service .. can’t wait to return..

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Peter
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

All excellent except service was badly off. No one keeping an eye on the table, main course ( ribeye and sea bass ) arrived before we had finished the starter, main course plates were not cleared for 45 minutes and then only after I told management . On payment service charge was waived.

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vipRobyn
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic day out with the girls.
It was a sunny but cold day so we were outside but the team were incredible. They made sure we had everything we needed with regards to heaters blankets, the food recommendations were spot on and our waiter was lovely 10/10 Vardo!!

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks for the lovely review Robyn! We hope to see you and your pals on our terrace again soon!

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LoriS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice food, fast service.
Nice place.
However it was hard to get the attention of a waiter whenever we needed sauces or to order more drinks.

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Kaiweller
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, excellent atmosphere

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks Kaiweller! See you again soon!

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vippatricia63
Berkshire
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Casual supper. Had pizza which was great. Lovely staff and great service.

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks Patricia63 - look forward to seeing you again soon!

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DaveP
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great customer service and good food, will be back again soon.

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

We look forward to it DaveP! Catch you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, cool spot

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks for the great review - we hope to see you again soon!

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labrigitte
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Such great-spirited staff, such fab mix of flavours.

(Covid crinkles of waiting time on arrival and at the table - BUT these will disappear - as will flippin’ weather-related pain!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you 💫

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

labrigitte it was a pleasure hosting you here! We hope to see you again soon! (hopefully in some sunnier warmer times fingers crossed!)

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vipAlex
London
33 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We we’re running late but phoned and confirmed we would be there and arrived within 15 minutes of the booking time. We were taken to the worst table round the back next to the service station looking over the playing field. I was looking forward to watching the world go by on Kings Road but sadly wasn’t to be.
The problem was when it started to rain the two other tables, one of six and one of five, moved their tables under the umbrella and then the waitress moved the service station round 90 degrees so we were both literally hemmed in on three sides and couldn’t move in any direction. I was ducking under the serving trays when they came round.
We placed our food order which were 2 dishes with slight alterations. Mine arrived which was fine but the other order for a Veggie breakfast with fried egg came as a different dish and obviously wrong. They went to replace it but meant I was the only one eating and having to listen to the conversation of the other groups right next to us. When the right order arrived they said they’d take half off the bill which sounded fair recompence.
Also I was very surprised to see a number of groups of people sat inside Vardo eating. Even with the windows down this didn’t look like the definition of ‘outdoors’.

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Foodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was cold, and we were asked if we wanted our pancakes to come out at the same time which we thought was a very odd question as we were only two people and hadn't ordered any other food.
Coffee never arrived, asked for it 3 times. Eventually cancelled it and asked for the bill.

EJ
vipEllieJ
London
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening at Vardo. Our concierge was amazing and relocated our table on request which made the whole evening! Great location and seating!

Vardo
Responded 2 hours ago

Thanks EllieJ for the review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Lara
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very cool set up and really vibey. Food was really good although service a little slow.

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Sara
London
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My partner and I came for our anniversary just for a chill evening it was great the wine was fab he really enjoyed his food I do wish I got a different dish but the blankets given were a lovely touch and the atmosphere was lovely

Vardo
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Sara, thanks for taking the time to review us. Glad to hear you enjoyed your evening - we'd love to welcome you back again soon. Next time if your dish isn't to your liking we would be happy to swap it to something else for you, just ask your waiter and we'll be happy to find something more up your street!

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cleo
London
42 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place - can’t fault it on anything

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experince as always!

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SaskiaP
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely service, great food and drink. Was great having the sheepskin rugs and blankets as we weren't under a heater so was quite cold. Loved the music playing too

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LilyH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Slow service

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fernandaz
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place. a lovevly open air place to visit in London

Vardo
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Fernandaz - great to hear you enjoyed our terrace! See you again soon!

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carolyn
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

All rather chaotic and lack of communication but grateful for “on the house”.

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JadeM
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, great service and good vibes. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Not the warmest day but great food and Sebastien our server was fantastic! But needs thermals !!

Vardo
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi - thanks for the lovely review! Great to hear you were well looked after by the fabulous Seb. We are definitely looking forward to some upcoming hot summer days on the terrace so we can ditch those thermals soon!

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baharS
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very bad service and food. Duck confit was super dry, my friends had one of the sharing dish which was rib eye steak, first they didn’t bring any sharing plate for them and after 15 min they brought iced cold small plate for them which was so disappointing. Food cold and plates also cold 🤦🏽‍♀️
One of the waiter gave a complementary glass of processo as it was my bday but at then I saw they charged me for that which is not nice.
It wasn’t his fault probebly it was more lack of communication between staff.
It’s very nice spot but it needs a lot of improvement on its service and food.

JS
JulietteS
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting and menu choice. The asparagus starter was especially delicious. It was very busy so understandably it took a little while to place our order. The chairs with the rugs was a lovely idea. Thank you.

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Sabi
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

No seating on the top terrace yet unlike the online pictures. Also very close to busy road. Sadly despite asking for a table in the sun we got a very shaded table. Blankets helped. Food was tasty but small portions and slow with serving drinks. Overall it was okay but prefer other caravan sites. It might be wonderful if you got a rooftop terrace table in the sun..

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KEC5055
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was so nice to be back at Vardo. Just went for a breakfast coffee and green juice but great service as always and fantastic outside seating. I will be back very soon!

Vardo
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi KEC5055, Thanks for the lovely review! We look forward to your next visit on our lovely terrace!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always

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IzabelaB
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vardo never disappoints. It’s a fantastic place in beautiful area!

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NataliaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place, excellent service
We will come back.

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SaKiLo
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food - service was patchy at times, with so many people running around it was never clear who was responsible for what. Our server disappeared before we could get a drinks order in (he never asked). We took to flagging down whoever was passing and that worked quite well thanks to very quick turnaround - my side dish was initially forgotten but after flagging appeared within 5 minutes. Food was absolutely delicious, every order from the Sunday brunch menu was spot-on and good value. We were close to the speaker where music was a bit too loud but otherwise good atmosphere outside, blankets and heaters provided. We will return - hopefully the service routine will settle in!

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Sukhy
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Late night Outdoor seating without heaters, although blankets were provided. Service was really slow with some items unavailable from menu provided. Food was lukewarm and would get cold really quickly outside.

Vardo
Responded on April 29, 2021

Hi Sukhy, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it sounds as though your experience was not enjoyable which I am very concerned about. This is not the service or experience that we usually deliver and for that I apologise. I would like the opportunity to get more feedback about your recent dining experience at Vardo. At your earliest convenience, can you please contact me at chris@vardorestaurant.co.uk I hope to hear from you soon and restore your faith in Vardo restaurant Your sincerely, Chris Hatton General manager

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jejeje
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I made a reservation hoping their rooftop being opened but it's currently not open. however, it was overall decent experience, recommend to people :)

FAQs

Vardo does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Vardo is rated 4.5 stars by 454 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.