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About Villandry - St. James's
Located on Waterloo Place in St. James"s, Lower Regent Street, Villandry Grand Cafe is an all day restaurant, café and bar. Offering a light flexible menu at reasonable prices. Food is predominantly local and seasonal and the style of food is French Mediterranean.
London, SW1Y 4AU
Mediterranean, French, Afternoon Tea
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 11.30pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 6pm
£26 to £40
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
020 7930 3305
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Villandry - St. James's Ratings and Reviews
A tasty pre-theatre meal that was well presented and offered a good choice of options. Our table was in the window and had plenty of room. The service was quick but there was no pressure to hurry our meal and we were able to linger over coffee until the right moment to leave for our theatre which was just round the corner. A warm and pleasant venue for a cold winter's evening.
The £25 Sunday menu was terrible value for money. A stake almond croissant, a tiny fish cake and a small desserts. The main course which didn’t come with with anything else was too small given there was no starter.
The worst part was the service. The waiter simply placed a giant plate of 4 croissants on my place setting meaning we had to serve ourselves, the incorrect knives were given, and overall everything was very rushed.
This is even more inexcusable given the restaurant was mostly empty at the time.
We arrived early and our table wasn’t ready. Walked around the block for a bit. Returned to find a table ready although not what I requested (corner table as I was with a toddler and needed to be away from busy people as much as possible) another one was fortunately available however my initial thoughts from the first entry was it was super noisy. We enjoyed our meal, (cold blt) but the prosecco was flowing easily, though when the waiters changed I had to ask for a top up as the guy before had always topped our glasses before they reached the half mark. Pleasant afternoon catching up with friends and great service.
As soon as we walk through the front door, we were greeted with a strong smell of fish. After sitting down, we ordered drinks and food. To start I ordered Salt and pepper squid, and a main of fillet steak ‘Medium rare’ with chips.
Upon receiving my squid to start, I ate the first piece and thought, where’s the squid? The whole course was over cooked in the deep fat fryer, the squid had almost disappeared and was replaced with a crispy bland batter. It was sent back with no replacement.
For main, the fillet steak arrived and once I cut it in half, the fillet was ‘well done’. As a medium rare fan, eating a well done steak does not go well, and so I again sent it back to get a fresh medium rare steak. The chip also were lovingly treated in the deep fat fryer and were extra crispy with more crisp inside, no potato.
The atmosphere for a Saturday night was disappointing, with no background music or piano playing, and very little other customers. Restaurant was also freezing cold with no heating on, and a very blustery draft at the windows.
Overall a very disappointing visit and would not return.
OK food, although not quite the standard I'm accustomed to having been a regular customer at Villandry Great Portland St. Service was slow even with a half empty restaurant. It seemed they might not have had enough staff for Saturday brunch. We weren't given sugar with our coffee (had to ask the manager for that), a fruit juice was only brought to the table towards the end of the main course after staff were reminded of the order, and it took ages to pay (we had to ask the manager). Individually these aren't a huge deal, but collectively they made the occasion a bit frustrating.
Went here for dinner; good location with a lovely ambience and attentive staff however we felt the quality of food didn't match the prices that were being charged and portion sizes were on the tight side. Will perhaps try for breakfast/lunch to see if better.
Fitted the bill for a fairly informal business lunch. Gazpacho and sea bream were both decent, my colleague enjoyed the fishcake. Over £80 for a dry 2-course lunch seems quite steep (with side dishes/fries, without coffee) but I'll go again - pretty quiet (less than 1/3 full) on a Friday in mid July.
This is the sort of the place you could relax and enjoy the occasion. Because you know
everything is going to be not just OK but more than average.
I would particulary recommend this restaurant for good quiet conversation to grownups.
And moreover food is always good and reasonally priced.
Excellent location and easy access to the public transportation as well.
Meeting some friends for supper before the theatre. The pre-theatre menu was good value and the food was fine - the sea trout especially. Service could have been a bit more attentive given they knew we had a deadline. Consequently dessert was a bit of a rush and not as enjoyable as it might have been. Nonetheless we had an agreeable meal and got to the theatre in time.
Eating prior to the theatre we had the pre-theatre menu which was quite small. We both started with an endive salad which was excellent - fresh and clean tasting. Then we had confit of duck which was properly crisp on the outside on a bed of vegetables. A very good meal for the purpose.
Great café/restaurant. Atmosphere is nice and not too casual which is what we wanted. The fillet steak is delicious. We all asked for Medium cooking and they came Medium-rare which was fine as the meat was very nice. If you don't like your meat rare, you might want to specify it to the waiter.
Service was very good and the wine decent.
Very happy with the experience.
I had a terrible dining experience at Villandry – St James’s on the 25th of March – and made a formal complaint on the evening. The Assistant Manager, Joe Olding, confirmed that a full refund of the £75 Open Table voucher would be made and I would appreciate it if this could be followed up with him.
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