The Foyer and Reading Room

4.7
313 reviews
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For many visitors to Claridge’s, the Foyer is the first thing that captures their imagination. In the centre of the room a striking Chihuly sculpture hangs like a chandelier. The walls shimmer with original art deco mirrors. Music drifts from the grand piano. It is here that breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served, as well as our inventive twists on classic cocktails.

In the Reading Room, the banquettes create a more intimate dining experience. With intuitive service and a menu of classic and contemporary cuisine, you will soon see why the Foyer & Reading Room has delighted guests for over 150 years.
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SG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

On arrival the there was a warm greating. Our order was taken and the lovely food arrived quickly. After that it all went a little down hill. We wanted to order another coffee but could not get any of the staffs attention. We then were trying a good 15 minutes to ask someone to bring the bill. Maybe our table was out of sight. Overall the location is wonderful and the food excellent, however I was a little disappointed with the service.

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LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this place and we were not disappointed. Ambience, food, setting was all you might expect from Claridges. Service was outstanding, staff are friendly and knowledge . We’ll come again.

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MD
Chile
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, nice decoration and outstanding service. Never been in a place that make you feel special.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked due to other feedback and a special occasion- from entering the doors there was a very lovely subtle aroma - staff were lovely without being pompous- lovely timely service - we anticipated needing a Big Mac after as usually in these places the food is pretty but not much of it - however we were stuffed! And didn’t have pudding - generous with the bread - also had sweets on a fancy tray. I had a seafood cocktail and then the schnitzel with duck egg - it was huge with dauphinois potatoes- manynthanks for a lovely evening

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IN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing experience, beautiful setting, lovely decor, perfect service with a smile, we felt welcomed all along. The foie gras terrine I had as a starter was the best I ever had.

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WJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great dining experience. Relaxing and cosy.

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BA
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE HAVE DINED IN ALL THE TOP HOTELS (RITZ, SAVOY ETC) & MOST HIGH-END RESTAURANTS IN LONDON. WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE LOVELY ATTENTION IN ALL PARTS OF THE HOTEL (INCLUDING THE CLOAKROOM - THIS IS IMPORTANT). THE STAFF WERE EXCELLENT IN THE BAR AND THE RESTAURANT AND EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE FOOD WAS FAULTLESS. WE WILL BE BACK.

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NT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to celebrate my parent's anniversary, with a gluten free person in the party. The restaurant were informed of both before our arrival and whilst they remembered and marked the anniversary with some custom desserts at the end (which was nice) but I was a little frustrated about the gluten free element, primarily around the timing of the bread being brought to us. Since they give bread to all the tables, there's no reason to hold off ordering it when your guests sit down. Instead, they ordered it when we ordered our wine and the normal bread was brought to the table, which meant the gluten free bread arrived as we finished eating our starters. Hardly what I'd expect.

Beyond that, all the food was well presented, well cooked and tasty. Service was excellent throughout in terms of friendliness, efficiency and politeness. The Chicken Pie was highlight and the mash was simply perfect.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff resturants hotel just superb, booked for daughters 40th birthday, she is lactose intolerant, chef was informed 2wks before, WoW what a menu he created for her. THANKYOU sooooo much.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful dining experience from start to finish only disappointment was that we wanted afternoon tea and they dont serve this before three in the afternoon so best to check before booking if it is available

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SI
London
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I take my mother there when she comes into town. Usually it’s decent. But this time, they didn’t have my reservation, I had to ask for the menus and pretty much everything else. Food was incorrect, my bill came before my dessert and when I asked where the dessert was, the waitress barked at me. In general, service was extraordinarily rude. All in all, a great shame. I would expect much more consistent service from Claridge’s.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambience.
You really feel to be in a top class location.
Even the food is not up to the setting around you, you take the magic memories with you.
I do not mention the price of the dinner, cause measured to the high level of service.

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RJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and great food, very cosy and relaxed, a wonderful experience!

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JJ
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

While the service was outstanding, unfortunately there was nothing memorable about the food which was pretty average in terms of flavour. My expectation of the hotel, given its reputation, was that the dress code would be at least smart casual for semi-formal dining. I was therefore surprised to see that jogging pants, tee shirt and trainers were acceptable. Not worth dressing-up for a special night out as you could look out of place!

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ok Hotel dining

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal. Service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

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BB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic staff very friendly and helpful we had lunch but afternoon tea look very good so I will go back for the afternoon tea

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great selection of wines and beautifully presented dishes!! Would recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every aspect of our visit! I particularly enjoyed the salmon. The portions were very generous; especially the sides. The service was excellent. Staff were helpful and took time to help us with directions. The cocktails were beautiful. The setting was very tranquil. The hotel was easy to find.

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MO
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The meal was ruined by shouting and screaming children who used the Foyer as a playground. This should have been stopped by the restaurant manager. However, I expect the fabulously wealthy parents of the ill-disciplined children would only make a complaint against him so nothing was done.

The wine list mark-ups were ridiculous and I found them to be insulting. When the least expensive bottle of claret is £65 and is also pretty awful, it does not encourage one to return.

On the positive side, service was superb and first class, and the food was delicious.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, great service. Reasonably pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. Treated very well by all staff, they couldn't do enough for you.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, delicious food and outstanding service!!

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant, serving good quality, well prepared food, with attentive service.
It's not exactly grand, but certainly edging that way. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, with live piano music, which I found pleasant and unobtrusive. I had the their chicken pie, which I can thoroughly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Nice ambiance with live piano music very attentive and friendly staff

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Excellent service.

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OT
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the second time I've been lucky enough to dine here. It never fails to impress! The first time, our gentleman server was fabulous, this time we had a little tiny couple of misunderstandings with our lady, but these were just niggles. Chef made an appearance, which made it a superb occasion for us all. Next time, we're staying! Our new favourite place in London.

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KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was very good, Oysters were excellent. Music at dinner most pleasant. Somewhat pricy, worth every dhilling.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service with a great ambiance for special occasions with somebody special.

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J
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue great food and excellent service
Would highly recommend.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely lovely evening. Both the food and wine were excellent. The staff are amazing and made my girlfriend feel that she was special and the only one there.

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EW
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought I had booked afternoon tea at 1pm, however when I showed up they told me that afternoon tea is not served until 2:45. I wish this was clarified when I booked.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best meal of our three day first visit to London. Food, service and surroundings were excellent.

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LR
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance and decor. Service is sterling. Can easily carry on a conversation.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, service. Outstanding table presentation.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My over-riding impression of this restaurant is one of being a little rushed. When we arrived at 7:30PM on Saturday night we more or less had the restaurant to ourselves, I was very surprised at how many empty tables there were. So although this made the atmosphere a little flat, I assumed the consolation to this would be a very attentive service. Unfortunately the service was too attentive, the waitress was constantly hovering around us and hardly gave us any time to choose wines and food. When our starter had finished she was over almost immediately to take it away and the main course wasn't far behind.

When I go to a restaurant like this I want to enjoy the whole occasion and savour every moment, I don't want the staff to be rushing us and making the experience whizz by too quickly. We literally had to slow down our eating on purpose so that the staff would give us some space.

The staff themselves were very polite, though I had to request some bread rolls before the starter arrived, which was disappointing, a restaurant of this quality should provide bread rolls without having to be prompted.

One thing I will say to anyone planning on dining in the The Foyer and Reading Room is be prepared for an expensive evening. The cheapest bottle of wine on the menu was £54, when I asked for a glass of water I was given a small bottle of mineral water and charged £6.50 for it! There's also a 12.5% service charge on the bill, a practice I don't agree with, customers should be free to tip the staff directly and at an amount of their choosing.

Overall, The Foyer and Reading Room is a beautiful setting, fantastic for a romantic evening with your partner, and the food is also superb. I just wish our experience hadn't been so rushed and I also think some of the pricing is excessive.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and ambience. Presentation was great but Chateaubriand wasn't as exquisite as the restaurant.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Easter lunch was wonderful! The service and meal was fantastic.

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D
London
59 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As great as always!! Lovely room with a great feel to it. The food was of course spot on as usual and served by friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommended.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience for lunch in the foyer is excellent and the staff very good and attentive as they should be at Claridges. We had the set lunch menu the starter and dessert were excellent we both though our main Dish was a little less so

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opentable allows to book a tea at 12 noon but afternoon tea doesn't start until 3pm

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