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Raison D'etre

#18 of 17,680 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
South Kensington
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 7584 5008
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyable panini at lunchtime. Very friendly staff. Fresh ingredients, made to order. Very pleasant experience. Nice to Support an independent business.

1 Thank Donnee
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We read good reviews and headed to this place for lunch....very convenient after visiting the museums. The welcome and the atmosphere were great. The difficult choice between exciting fillings was the only tricky thing about our lunch. The staff were efficient and fun....do try this place.

1 Thank jojan999
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small French cafe style that's usually packed with student from the French school next door during lunch time. The sandwiches and simple and fresh and the staff are friendly.

Thank Hussam B
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the first weekend in December and it lived up to expectations set on trip advisor. We had the tasting menu and matching wines and the food was excellent and there was nothing to find fault in. The service was very attentive and the staff worked very hard to keep all customers happy.

1 Thank Eduard M
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I saw the great reviews, so I decided to give it a try and it exceeded any expectations I could have had. One of the employees (seemed to be the owner) sat us down, introduced himself, and explained nearly every item on the menu. It seemed to be a spot for many French locals. Even though we were clearly the... More 

1 Thank Mitch N
Palo Alto, California
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love a crunchy panini with melty cheese and fresh flavors. This place delivers. Funny enough, the lawyer turned cashier spontaneously informed us that he didn't understand what the hype was about in regards to their high TA ratings and to lower our expectations. No need. I wanted a satisfying sandwich for lunch and I got exactly that. It's a... More 

1 Thank KindaAF
Savannah, Georgia
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading the other Trip Advisor comments, my wife and I decided to stop in for lunch. I think we were the only English speaking patrons, as the staff and most of the other guests were speaking French - a good sign. While we were expecting more of a bistro atmosphere, the sandwiches we had more than made up for... More 

2 Thank MOSSAV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Quietly placed on Bute Street, Raison D'etre is a fantastic spot for great food and even better service. Matt, the owner, gets to know everyone who comes in his shop and truly makes you feel welcome. As a university student, this place is perfect because of the cheap pricing. Highly recommended! Also, best chocolate chip cookies in London.

1 Thank Thomas G
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

This place does their paninis really well. The fillings are fresh, well balanced and adequately proportioned. You cannot really go wrong with sandwiches in London but they team here manage to elevate them. We also had their sourdough bread with avocado open sandwich, it was a simple but satisfying option. Cappuccino is done well, hot chocolate with whipped cream is... More 

2 Thank Pablon
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

The 6th biggest French city in the world could not escape having such a small bar. Staff and management show off a resolutely cool and Francophone attitude, with no pom-pom girls or much of a pretense. The familiar 'tu' was de rigueur among the French, and prefered to the more protocolar 'vous'. The decoration shows a will to escape the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighborhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7584 5008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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