The Greenhouse

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French
Enter an oasis of calm in the heart of Mayfair, where contemporary French cuisine emerges from a classic background.

The Greenhouse is one of only four restaurants in the world to win the Wine Spectator Grand Award, the highest award given for exceptional quality in a wine list.

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M
London
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Obviously a great restaurant, but has recently become very poor value for money.

So, let's start with the food. Obviously, this is true Michelin star food, but not as many stand-out dishes as you'd think - only a couple in a meal. Used to be very good for vegetarians, but the vegetarian offering is now significantly behind the omnivore offering - from small things like there's one less amuse bouche for the veggies to the more serious that the main course for omnivores was duck, but for veggies, it was essentially two chips (very good and very clever, but at the end of the day fried potatoes).

Now, the service. Absolutely spot on. Some might say slightly over the top, but if you want perfect service, this is pretty much it. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

The wine was equally great with a massive wine list including wines that you don't normally see in London - we had a wine from Crete which was OK, but we loved it for the rarity of it. Our Malbec was good but for the thick end of seventy quid, you'd expect more.

The cheese trolley was a bit disappointing. The cheese was served a little cold, so it wasn't as punch as it should have been. A couple of our cheeses were distinctly dull.

Overall, this is a top ten London restaurant for omnivores, but from a value perspective, is it worth it? Not sure. For veggies, just avoid - it's not top ten and yet it's still top five price.

T
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A London favourite. Great food and fantastic wine list.

T
London
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the set lunch menu and really enjoyed the food and service and thought what good value it was. The canapés were amazing and so nice they were included. The freshly baked bread was a real treat.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lovely experience

MC
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had since Hedone closed. Excellent service. Will be back soon.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do not normally write reviews but my return trip to the Greenhouse was so good I feel I must. Exciting cooking beautifully presented and served with flair and pride by a cast who are spirited , knowledgeable and offer really helpful guidance and eager to make the experience truly magnificent. In short a wonderful treat . A fantastic experience!

OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Anniversary

JG
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we really had one of our best fine dining experience ever ! thanks to the chef and the whole greenhouse team !!!

TO
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Great food but evening was spoiled by other customers being loud, rude and generally inappropriate. Shame.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! I will come again to try another course.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! Best food I had in a long time in Mayfair

PJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual, definitely still worthy of 2 stars

OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super! Toller Service, sehr gute Weinbegleitung, fantastisches Essen

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable evening. World class food especially "Oyster" "Caviar" and the Landes chicken. Well paced, service just right and left feeling satiated but not stuffed. Will return

SR
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

There were a large group of young men who were violently abusive.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice food, service was a bit "amateur" but very nice people

p
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to the restaurant since Alex Dilling became chef and we were very pleased that the standards had not dropped and if anything were even better.
6 of us has the set lunch menu at it was simply without fault.
The service as always was excellent and this is a real jewel of a restaurant tucked away in Mayfair.
I think that we will visit again soon.

FL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is very good and the value amazing for a set lunch. The canapés are just stunning!
Service need a bit more attention to details.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

LA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would certainly recommend The Greenhouse to friends - its our second time.
Superb food, very professionally presented but courses are small - expensive.

F
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food excellent, an improvement on the already high previous standards. Wine mist remains very extensive, with mark up to match, hard to find anything you want below £250. Sommelier very good though.

One major disappointment- we are regular visitors and were shown to a poor table, asked to move to our usual table which was empty and were told it had been specifically picked out and reserved earlier that day, head chap insisted we could not sit there. Shown to another table instead, directly affected by the in and out from the kitchen. Miraculously our chosen table later became free, we moved and the people who had booked it, history does not reveal. Maitre d’ didn’t have the courage to come and ask if everything was ok.

Also, we were given a tasting menu only and had to ask for a la carte. Overall very good but at £600 for two for dinner, the above should not happen.

Also, they shouldn’t allow tables for 8 in the main room. It’s just too noisy and disruptive for others.

TF
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It has really gone downhill since we last went half a year ago. Then, it was a wonderful restaurant and it used to be our favourite in London. We ordered the set lunch menu. Everything was bland, especially the three amuse-bouche. The pigeon was so rare we almost returned it. No deep or exciting flavour anywhere. There are only two choice for the main - either pigeon for two, or halibut. So for two people eating, either both eat halibut or both eat pigeon ! For the cheese course - extra £18 ? I am pretty sure it used to be included for no extra. The set used to include coffee and tea, but no longer. For the ‘incl wine’ option, it used to be half a bottle, now two glasses.

t
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis in the heart of Mayfair. Enter through an amazing garden to be greeted by very attentive staff. The food was stunning in its presentation and taste. Lovely wines to accompany. Couldn’t fault it

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Disappointing meal. I was revisiting this restaurant after previously dining here 13 years ago and had very good memories.

* Veal sweetbreads and the sauce was far too rich after it followed a course of foie gras
* Bread in a two Michelin starred restaurant should be stellar but was dry and even slightly burnt
* The crowd seemed to be mostly tourists rather than discerning Londoners
* Decor could be more vibrant but front garden is pretty

Dishes are presented nicely just didn’t wow on flavours

PC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely restaurant and great staff. We chose the set lunch menu, but were surprised when we were given a lot of extra little dishes. Highly recommended for a special lunch.

DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding at every level. Amazing dining and service experience.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from start to finish, highly recommended. I can’t recall all the names but special thanks to the crew Melanie, Tyler, Dargan and of course chef Alex. ‘We’ll be back’

e
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for a glass of champagne, the 9 course menu and wine pairing (for 2 people). Food was good but not extraordinary, same for wine (sommelier not really helpful though). The bill came ... almost £700. Definitely not worth it.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative, wow-factor food. Lovely atmosphere, impeccable service and great wines. Highly recommended

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice food and environment

I
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden away from prying eyes, you walk through a lovely courtyard to reach reception. From the outside the restaurant is understated, inside it is wonderfully calming.
The staff were outstanding, getting the balance of service and allowing us to enjoy ourselves perfectly.
We took the 9 course tasting menu, which was just right, and the sommelier worked with us to get our wines selection perfectly suited to our food
Nothing was too much trouble, it was calm, relaxing and high class
Do expect to pay for the experience - we knew that going into it, and were happy to do so
Highly recommended, we will be there again

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious dishes

v
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for a special occasion, fantastic wine list.

BC
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brand new team. Attentive service but very little interaction

c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary with a lunch at the Greenhouse, and we loved everything about our time there. The service was amazing, as was the food. The chef was incredibly inventive with all of the courses and we had a lovely time overall.

d
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful presentation and very creative dishes. In my opinion, it is on its way to three star.

LD
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, staff very attentive and a very relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. Only minor is that it was a little too quiet. Could have don't with some discreet, relaxing music or something in the background. Over all, an excellent place.

m
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is beautifully presented but I wasn't surprised or challenged by the flavours.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Cuisine bien 2 etoiles recherche et tres moderne, dommage pour l’oeuf et blanquette qui etaitent tres salés.

Par contre service pas 2 etoiles, ils se pressent de vider les bouteilles et demandent pas avant d’en ouvrir une troisieme pendant le dessert avec le verre moitie plein encore et sans demander

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J
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Absolutely disgraceful. I regularly do fine dining and I am outraged that this place has two Michelin stars. They wouldn't get one star from me if I could award none with this review.

I came here for a lunch meeting today and this is what I have to say:

1. I was happy to be greeted by a welcoming receptionist and initially welcoming floor staff.

2. I was sat by the window in direct sunlight. No curtains or blinds and no way to move. By the end of the appetisers I was already hot enough to take off my jacket and roll up my sleeves. By the main course, I was visibly sweating and uncomfortable.

3. The wall behind my guest was heavily damaged from where the chair has been rubbing against it over time.

4. The floor staff were absolutely miserable and disrespectful.

5. I was offered tea and coffee at the end. I asked for a mocha and was rudely told that the restaurant was too good for this kind of drink. This is a very basic standard coffee with a lot of room for creativity... it contains coffee and it contains chocolate, many top end restaurants do fantastic mochas...

6. The bread was basically stale and served from a gigantic basket of cold bread buns. Furthermore, when I was asked if I liked the entremet, I pointed out that I was not a fan of the palate cleanser... to which I was rudely told "it's just meant to be a palate cleanser".

I'm afraid the floor staff ruined the better dishes and I'm really angry. It's not what I wanted and certainly not worth what I paid. There are far better restaurants with far better service - even without Michelin stars.