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The Don Restaurant

The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
+44 20 7626 2606
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good45%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“dover sole” (9 reviews)
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Open Now
6:00 PM - 11:30 PMAll hours
CUISINES
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
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11 - 20 of 235 reviews

Reviewed April 13, 2017

Looking for place to have lunch after meeting and stumbled on The Don Restaurant walking down St. Swinthin's Lane. Entrance is nondescript but once inside nicely arranged with wine bottles emphasising the buildings Port (as in fortified wine) history. Shown to table immediately and chose...More

Thank RGNLONDON
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed April 8, 2017

A lovely restaurant set back from the quiet street.. The welcome was warm and friendly and the service was faultless. We had the set lunch menu. The food was very well presented and tasty.

Thank jholden6678
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Had a great set menu menu dinner with the boss and my daughter. Service was slick, we firstly visited the wine tasting venue across the road in same group. When we arrive out table was ready and we shown our table which was reserved for...More

Thank Greg195
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed March 5, 2017

We had dinner here for my friends birthday and we were very happy with the service and the food. The chateaubriand was stunning as it was the last time we had dinner there, it was carved by the table as before and it was so...More

Thank Colt S
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed February 23, 2017 via mobile

Visited tonight and was totally "wow'ed" by the place. The service was amazing and the attention to detail was remarkable. The food was sensational and possibly the best meal I have had this year. I loved this place and the history - have a look...More

Thank Lisa P
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed February 17, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner for 10 of us in one of the private rooms at The Don (The Sandeman Vault) also with a show around of the restaurant and other dining facilities they have - something to suit most tastes and pockets. (They also...More

Thank jan_adventurer
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Was lucky enough to visit as a business dinner great food and service. Very reasonably priced and nice secluded location. Would high recommend a visit!

Thank IRSstreets
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Brought here for lunch. Quite a large dining room and full so plainly popular. The food was good but unremarkable.

Thank FliesM20P
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Came here with my brother and we had evening set menu of three courses and a glass of fizz. Each course had a choice of three courses. Food was good and tuna carpaccio starter was particularly good. Good value and good quality.

Thank visitor049
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed January 18, 2017

The Don is a great place to come if you are not in a rush to get back to the office (service is slow). The timing of the starters was very bad, with my client going for the steak tartare and me having to wait...More

Thank Greg T
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$27 - $70
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England (Formerly The Don Restaurant & Bistro)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7626 2606
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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.
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