The Gate Islington

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Vegetarian / Vegan

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The Gate focuses on creative and healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes that are full of flavours and visually pleasing. We source our ingredients with care and intensify flavour by careful cooking and by combining ingredients in unexpected ways. The Gate Islington is located across the road from Sadler’s Wells Theatre, a few minutes from Angel station.
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HM
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, as always. The beetroot burger is phenomenal (this is coming from a non-vegetarian). We went with some family, all of whom eat meat and they were all really surprised at how tasty everything is. We also had some organic Montepulciano wine which was very good.

A
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

As usual: outstanding, delicious vegan food with lots of creativity... and terrible service from start to finish. I'll always go but it's seemingly an exercise in patience and shouldn't be for the price.

SB
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan meals. The people I was with did not mind the absence of meat, this is not a hair-shirt vegan restaurant. Good food, well prepared. I had to give the service two stars as it was the waitresses first day, perhaps this is unfair. However, her training was not complete and did not include how to open a bottle of wine with a waiter's friend. Fortunately I have opened one or two bottles of wine myself in the past and we struggled through. I will go back :)

SG
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent vegetarian food, full of flavour. Friendly and quick service

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Foods as always was tasty & well-presented. The waitress was a little surly she needs to smile and be a bit more friendly!

HM
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food at reasonable prices, every wine I have had her has also been excellent. I highly recommend the beetroot burger. Service has always been a bit sketchy. Last time I was there we had to keep asking for food/water/bill and there was a mixup because one of our main courses was not ordered. This time everything was fine except that we waited 45 mins after finishing our main course for someone to come (we were going to get a dessert) but in the end we went to the bar to pay and just left. Not too bad, but a little disappointing.

c
London
96 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Such a welcome change to go to a proper veggie restaurant. The pre theatre menu is good value and served up quickly. Only complaint is the 330m bottle of Becks cost a fiver. We have just bought a case of 24 for £24 so a pound a bottle. In that the Gate must buy bulk for cheaper that is a big mark up!

s
London
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Gate and what a nice surprise. The food was fresh and delicious with lots of options to chose from. We were not sure about the food as vegetarian restaurant can be sometimes quite limited in choices and quality but The Gate exceeded our expectations. We will go back.

CR
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb food pre theatre. So it was extremely busy, staff working really hard but very helpful. Very impressed, we will be back

BJ
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful experience shared with friends. Great menu, lovely service and friendly atmosphere. Very close to Sadler's Wells and a wonderful start to our evening.

SC
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent as were the drinks. As the restaurant filled it did become rather noisy which made conversation a little difficult. But I suppose it was no worse than most places. We have been before and will certainly be going again!

JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

A mistake on billing was not handled well but this would not put me off from returning

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Post ballet. Very prompt service. Good very tasty but I had asked for no guacamole with my tortillas and had to send back as had. Was a bit stodgy. But overall v good. Would def go again.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lunch with an old friend. We went for the anniversary 3 course menu. Delicious food and good price.

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

my Fried Tofu entree and Lavender pannacotta were delicious, 5 star. The Tagine, potato stack, burger and mag cheesecake average, 3 stars. We went for the set menu but after leaving the restaurant we realised they charged us more! I don't even have the bill with me to rectify. hope this helps someone else by being more careful. The ambience was lovely and quiet. The staff attentive.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Quality & Original. Will definitely come back.

AN
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Didn’t expect vegetarian to be a zero compromise taste experience. Aubergine starter and tortilla main divine. Rest of group concurred on their choices. Will return!

GS
London
38 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Inventive and interesting menu - lovely friendly service - did not stay for pudding as thought them overpriced. The fixed price lunch menu was good value and they allowed us to swap a soft drink for coffee which was excellent.

JT
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really wonderful options for vegan dining. The perfect place to celebrate with your friends and family. The food was delicious.

C
London
74 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This has fast become a favourite for birthday celebrations with friends. The food is both interesting and very good. After quite a few visits we haven't had a disappointing dish, let alone a disappointing meal! Looking forward to my next visit, later this week!

ML
London
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Chose this for my vegetarian mums birthday. Not veggie myself was ready to manage my expectations, but didnt need to the food was fantastic, fresh, tasty, good portions and decent variety. Decor of the restaurant itself was bright and airy, buzzing atmosphere. Would definitely come back again. Totally recommend it

c
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

High expectations but poor quality food. Good Service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and the food is delicious.

FV
London
40 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vegetarian restaurant with great choices for us vegans. Very pleasant ambiance; a real fire was lit, very nice. Great food and drinks. Chilli margarita was top notch. Wish I lived nearer to this great restaurant; I’d be here every week

Y
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our second outing to a vegetarian restaurant so slightly dubious. There was no need. Great food at a reasonable price service great, staff attentive without being intrusive, hubby loved it and he is hard to please. I have already recommended to a friend.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Great food. Fabulous staff. Have just completed my 20th trip.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best for vegans in the UK and my meat eating partner gave the thumbs up too

c
London
96 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A firm favourite vegetarian restaurant a few mins from Sadlers Wells theatre and Angel tube station. They need a change of menu as I have had the same meal 3 times now! Pity they don’t take opentable d8ning cheques.

PC
London
93 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was OK. Could have offered more bread with the terrine.
Food is good as usual.

c
London
96 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great to have a real veggie restaurant very near to Sadlers Wells theatre and Angel tube station. Allow an hour for 2 courses if you are going to the theatre and always book first as it gets busy. The aubergine schnitzels are always yummy! Portions are generous. It does get noisy when it is full. Looks are downstairs so could be a problem for disabled folk?

L
London
67 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Greater with a smile , very buzzy as it was Mother’s Day. Lovely cocktails, food was so tasty and presented so beautifully.

PA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Exquisite food, good menu. Service was good. Ambience was great but not amazing but overall the food is amazing which is the main thing.

AJ
Birmingham
31 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we had in London. I’m a vegan and my daughter is not, and we both had an amazing meal! My favorite was the mushroom Wellington! Oh my goodness! I recommend to go a few times to try it all. Unfortunately, I live across the sea or I’d be back as much as possible! Highly recommend this adorable and delicious place!

DP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with flavours that melded well with one another (the chaat and the plantain starters and the red Thai curry are particular favourites). The only trouble was the non alcoholic drinks options seemed to run out early on so please stack up on them! The food would have gone down well with elderflower :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, Food was great, staff professional.
We had good time.
Thank you.

The Gate Islington
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hi, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your food and service. We hope you are able to join us in the near future :)

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RR
London
50 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met my vegan friend here for a midweek dinner. We thought it was a vegetarian restaurant so were pleasantly surprised when we discovered The Gate was doing ‘Veganuary’ and every dish on the menu was vegan. The food was absolutely delicious and we wanted to try everything! The atmosphere and service were also both excellent. I have already booked to go back here and have been recommending it to all my friends!

The Gate Islington
Responded on February 3, 2019

Thank you so much! We're delighted to hear you had a great experience at The Gate Islington and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CG
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I love to eat at this restaurant. On this occasion the food was great but quite a few dishes were no longer available on the menu. Arrived late so not much time before the restaurant stopped serving.

The Gate Islington
Responded on January 30, 2019

Hi Chris, Thank you for your review. Glad to know that you love to eat at our restaurant. It will be great if you can visit us a bit earlier next time to really have time to enjoy your meal :)

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DR
London
67 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately after I had made this booking through the OpenTable app and received an email confirmation, I was called by The Gate Islington and told that in fact no table was available, which was disappointing and meant I had to find another restaurant with availability.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Sadlers Wells and wouldn’t eat anywhere else.

P
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fabulous vegan menu. Our party of four, none of us vegan, but aspire to be, was delighted with the choice and found all the food delicious. The aubergine parmigiana a triumph.
Service was a little slow, not very welcoming and seemed rather chaotic on our arrival at 12:00 Sunday. Fortunately the standard of the food made up for this.

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