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The Archduke

4.5
4.5
3417 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
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Set on the South Bank, moments from world-famous London attractions like the IMAX, London Eye, and Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke restaurant and wine bar is a local landmark in itself, set into the old railway arches surrounding Waterloo Station. The first London restaurant to open in this area, The Archduke has gone through several incarnations since 1979 but is still as fresh as ever with sleek, simple furniture set against the old bare brick walls and contemporary glass frontage. Jazz music gently floats through speakers, performed six nights a week live in the bar, as diners indulge in comforting modern European cuisine including excellent steaks (it’s owned by the steakhouse Black and Blue group) and simple roast chicken served with your choice of sides dishes. The view of the London Eye from the terrace is spectacular and worth lingering over.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7928 1931

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

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What 3,417 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • South West London

    Pre/post theatre

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  1. M

    Marquis

    London

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    We went for pre-theatre meal and took menu as it would be faster. Prawn starter was simple deep fried, the Steak was small and impossible to chew, fries were still bit raw inside. The cocktail was fine and so is the atmosphere but you are better off buying frozen food from Iceland if you want that kind of food.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Charming and efficient service from Helena - we asked for her name because she deserves to be rewarded. Other waiting staff were attentive too. Food served speedily and was fresh and hot.
  3. CJ

    ClaireJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Delightful service from all team members, thank you. Food just ok.
  4. T

    Tunapasta

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Jazz music wasn’t as good as expected. Prefer the old classics and the singer sat facing the guitarist so no interaction with the audience. Manager was lovely, chatting to me whisky I waited due my partner.
  5. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded expectations. I had been wanting to try this restaurant for ages, always passed it on way home to Waterloo but when I finally did, it was a fantastic experience. I tried it with 3 friends, I was a little nervous as it was my suggestion to eat there. First impression was a lovely ambience, friendly staff, our table was perfect. Staff were so friendly and helpful. We were all very pleased with our good and all said we would come back! Food was excellent value, we had the set menu 3 courses for £25, food was far better than we expected. Will be back soon!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great location; very good steak & very friendly helpful staff
  7. DM

    DuncanM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location a short walk (2 minutes) from Waterloo station. We reserved a table for two and had great seats in the conservatory area at the back. It’s under the railway arches so occasional train rumbling can be heard. Fixed price menu was excellent value. We had 3 courses plus a glass of wine and left with £40/ head. Steak was perfectly cooked
  8. JB

    JaneB

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Probably the worst dining experience I’ve had. The service was awful. Took forever for the server to acknowledge us. We never received our drink order. They messed up the food order. Very disappointing.
  9. DA

    DaveA

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really loved my visit here. Service was excellent throughout. Food was really well executed without any unnecessary frills and tasted great. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and will definitely return.
  10. V

    Vjgemini

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A lovely setting with subtle live piano music in the background. We had the fixed price menu and the food quality was great.
  11. CM

    ColeM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious and wait staff was attentive! I would recommend!
  12. S

    Susie

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful welcome, excellent food and very helpful waitress. We have eaten at Arch Duke before and would recommend to friends and visit again
  13. LM

    LouiseM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, ambience and setting. Service was generally fine
  14. FB

    FranciskaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, music and service! Only can recommend!
  15. SH

    StephanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm, lovely atmosphere, great cocktails and food. Really good quality for the price and wonderful music to boot!
  16. G

    Givemefood

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place, fantastic location and good food, we had the pre theatre set menu which is excellent value (unlike the English breakfast tea at £3.75!) The service was good, specially the front of house manager, and we didn’t feel like we were being hurried along to make room for the next divers which you can in some places. Overall it’s a great venue
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d definitely come again all fabulous!
  18. SA

    SandyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, the staff were amazing! Great location and live entertainment, we are planning our next visit!
  19. MC

    MandaC

    Norfolk

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    If you wish to experience the jazz properly ask for a table nearby as it gets lost in some of the dining areas
  20. A

    Alanl

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and the service from everyone we dealt with was exceptional - friendly and efficient. Lovey touch to get a free drink for my birthday, too!
  21. SM

    SMC1

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Archduke is back to its original great food, service and ambiance. Love this place.
  22. c

    corky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great atmosphere and perfect location. Service friendly and efficient and good quality food for reasonable prices.
  23. P

    Pebs

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Consistently offer great service, good menu and food.
  24. O

    Orange

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Generally good but oh! the noise level spoilt th evening for our group of four.
  25. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a nice meal but the noise levels were pretty high.. we were on the top floor. We were often shouting at each other to be heard.
  26. G

    Gilly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Prefer upstairs seats in the window, ??? Health & safety not using staircase???
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All good - friendly staff, good service, well presented and tasty food. Reasonable price, too.
  28. CD

    ChristianD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a neat place! There are a number of jazz clubs in London, but of the few I have had the privilege of visiting, not many - in my opinion - pull it off quite like The Archduke. The Archduke - labelled by Google as a “steak house” - I feel excels at being so much more. Just the right amount of light illuminates a number of cozy, modern dining rooms - including the beautiful main piano room - and its location beneath the rail arches, with Southeastern services rolling along the tracks above, make for a unique refuge from the hustle and bustle of commuters and tourists (the restaurant is deceptively close to the famous London Eye). Though it doesn’t seem to flaunt its nature as a jazz club, The Archduke presents an experience with a cohesion that I personally think rivals more outspoken venues. The dining aspect doesn’t clash with the music and vice versa - both contribute seamlessly to the overall experience. Seated near the stage and served by Pedro, Isabela and Jessica - all wonderfully accommodating - I enjoyed a great set by a great jazz duo. It can be disappointing when a jazz venue falls short, diminishing the performance of even great artists. The Archduke is a prime example of what a jazz venue should aspire to, and I highly recommend a visit. It is so much more than a “steak house."
  29. DM

    DawnM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food, and cocktails, great jazz playing! We will be back
  30. FB

    FredaB

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I have been going to The Archduke for decades and really enjoy it. However, I am disappointed that the restaurant is still not open and that we have to dine in the conservatory looking at a blank fence.
  31. JB

    JulianB

    Thailand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Excellent food and service. Good jazz.
  32. HS

    HowardS

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening meal - convenient location and really good service. Many thanks, we’ll be back again
  33. BW

    BeeWee

    London

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, the pix fixe menu ios simple but good. The service was v good. Would strongly recommend.
  34. JA

    JuanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The waiter, a Spanish woman was amazingly nice. Service fast and food pretty good
  35. s

    stephenw

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were absolutely brilliant and welcoming, compliments to the chef for a lovely bit of steak!
  36. KH

    KimH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    So lovely to be back after such a long period of closure. Our waitress Katerina was great and looked after us very well indeed. Thank you! We miss the duck on the menu and the sticky toffee pudding on the set menu, but otherwise the food was just as good as before. We've coming back in January. Thank you.
  37. LS

    LeslieS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music, lovely atmosphere, delicious food, pleasant service. Highly recommend!
  38. E

    Eatingouteveryday

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely choice for an early lunch before heading to the theatre for a birthday celebration. Service was excellent from the moment we arrived, our food arrived in a timing manner, the steaks were delicious! After our meal my son was surprised with a birthday brownie & ice cream complete with candle, this was also delicious (we all tucked in!) I thought this was a lovely touch, my son also revived birthday wishes from staff when he arrived at the restaurant. We definitely be back!
  39. p

    pauld

    London

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always excellent. Good food and service, fair prices, and a great ambience with the live jazz. Looking forward to the next time already.
  40. FV

    FrancescaV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good (even for an Italian guest: I am very choosy with food) and the overall experience was very positive! Appreciated!

FAQs

The Archduke is rated 4.5 stars by 3417 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Archduke

Concert Hall Approach, South Bank, London, SE1 8XU

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waterloo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Entertainment, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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