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Rules Restaurant

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#510 of 19,133 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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CUISINES
European, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution and the oldest restaurant in London. Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The whole-hearted menu of traditional British food specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings, featuring game birds, roe deer and Belted Galloway beef fresh from the establishment's own High Pennines estate. The wine list is a French-led affair, or there are native draught beers served in silver tankards.
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Perfect food, excellent wine list, excellent professional service and outstanding starters. One of the best menus in London.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank 2017Helen
Reviewed yesterday

We visited Rules as part of the celebrations for my Mum's 70th birthday. From start to finish everything was perfect. The décor is beautiful, all wood panelling with reds & golds on the carpet and curtains. Service was exactly what you would expect. Our waiter...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank mlk7776
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s no wonder the restaurant has been around for over 220 years (since 1798) - they know what they are doing. This is the oldest restaurant in London and they have served head of states, foreign dignitaries and royal families over the years. The decor...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank FredYin
Reviewed 6 days ago

It’s a very very focussed restaurant, the decor is all about their history and is unique. My waitress was very keen, even complimenting me on my tie! The menus has reasonable choices and quite a lot I would eat. Starter was a spiced grilled Quail,...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Hoppityskip
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant has a Victorian feel, even though it's older than the Victorian era. The food was good, but the service was outstanding. A little pricey but it had all the extras you expect from a fine restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank calvininSF
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you value service and an enthralling ambience, you can't miss Rules. London's oldest restaurant is absolutely charming, without being pompous or intimidating. The service is first rate, with minute attention to detail. I had the Steak and Kidney Pie and it was delicious. The...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Ian R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely evening at Rules last Saturday night. Fougth our way through the pride parade, which made us 45 mins late. We booked this restaurant in March and because of the lateness we thought that we might lose our reservation. The staff said to...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank alecbromley
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Rules for our last dinner in London. It was a perfect choice! The service and food were excellent.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Jtl2t
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very dependable good English food. Love the ambience and good old fashioned service. 6 of us had a lovely meal and nothing to disappoint.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Fay M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the oldest restaurant operating in London today. They squeezed our party of four in for a early dinner and it did not disappoint! The old time British tradition gamey dishes were extremely tasty, plus the beverages and service were outstanding. I highly recommend...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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a0603
July 11, 2019|
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Response from RichardS775 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I am not sure on that.
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Lake67
June 29, 2019|
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Response from Wilmslow-Traveller | Reviewed this property |
Define reasonably priced? Yes it is if you excluded alcohol. I would not consider it expensive for central London having been stung by excessive pricing in Kensington. That venue I would not revisit - this I would
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currymonster37
September 26, 2018|
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Response from tregarth01 | Reviewed this property |
sorry not to have replied earlier. Well they allowed me to do so on a previous visit, so It should be ok
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