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“No issues good quality” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Don Restaurant

The Don Restaurant
The Courtyard | 20 St Swithins Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England (Formerly The Don Restaurant & Bistro) (City of London)
020 7626 2606
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Ranked #2,359 of 17,879 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: City of London
Description: Tucked away in a tiny courtyard at the heart of the City of London, in the historic Sanderman Port Cellars, The Don is an elegant retreat with superb modern art throughout. Famous for its service and style, as well as its stunning wine list, The Don has won a Wine Spectator Award every year since 2000. Listed in the Hardens, Square Meal and Good Food Guides, The Don is recommended for its modern, quality Gallic cuisine accompanied by London's largest selection of ports and sherries. Bright and spacious, the restaurant's interior is highlighted by its stunning double height wine tower and seven large windows that open up on to the small courtyard. For a truly historic atmosphere, you can also wine and dine in the bistro, previously a wine cellar where Port and sherry were bottled for over 200 years. The cosy dining area has retained the authentic thick-vaulted brick walls and ceiling from this era, and along with its small bar, the bistro is an excellent destination for a relaxed lunch or supper with friends and colleagues.
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“No issues good quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We ate at the Don last evening in the restaurant using the a la carte menu and found the food to be of a good standard my fillet steak was perfectly medium rare as ordered and the wine was very acceptable. Our main focus was catching up with an overseas friend so the food was not the main event. Service seemed friendly and unfussy. We would consider going back again and would recommend to others.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Reliably good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Probably worth 4.5 because it is reliably good. The current lunch offer is 3 courses for £34.50 which, with a shared bottle of house wine, coffee and service runs out a little under £60 a head. So, not cheap but in the heart of the City with an attractive setting and good quality service. An enjoyable experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nothing to write home about”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

Ate in the bistro tonight, staff were friendly, decor reasonable, breads good, but food was bland. I had white bean soup to start & rib eye steak for main.

Visited May 2013
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London
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Lovely Monday night dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Visited on a Monday evening and was a wonderful experience. Really enjoyed starter of crab and avocado salad and venison main was cooked to perfection.

Out guests were impressed too and the chocolate at the end of the meal is a lovely touch.

Good history too! Would recommend as great value for the quality.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Steer to Port”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

One of my favourite restaurants in the City in the old Sandeman Port's London HQ. The bistro is actually down in the old cellars. Great atmosphere and accomplished Anglo-French cooking (the sister restaurant is the Bleeding Heart). An interesting wine list, reflecting the original New Zealand-born ownership.

Visited March 2013
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