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“the best”

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
Ranked #214 of 22,674 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $89 - $317
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Description: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers contemporary French cuisine in the sleek Jouin Manku designed dining-room along with a professional, bespoke and friendly service orchestrated by Restaurant Director Damien Pepin and his energetic team. Executive Chef, Jean-Philippe Blondet interprets Alain Ducasse's cuisine with a modern and refined approach, consistently championing and enhancing current seasonal produce, much of which is sourced from British and French suppliers. Signature dishes include "Saute gourmand" of lobster, truffled chicken quenelles and homemade pasta; Dry aged beef, artichokes and bone marrow, and the delicate Baba like in 'Monte-Carlo'. A perfect place for a savvy lunch, the restaurant offers a 3 course set menu including wine, water and coffee. Private dining is also a must-try experience with the stunning Table Lumiere where guests can create their bespoke dining experience by choosing from specially selected sets of china by Hermes; the spacious Salon Park Lane bathed in natural light and the cosy Salon Prive.
London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“the best”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Almost certainly the best meal I have ever had in London.
We celebrated a birthday there last year and it was a wonderful gastronomic experience with totally outstanding food and perfect service.
If you only go once make sure you do because its worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Beautiful food”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Now I cant fault any of the food. The Saute gourmand of Lobster is nothing short of amazing and is an absolute must!! Also the Halibut was amazing and all the dishes were beautifully presented. The only reason I cant give it a full 5 dots is that when you are at a 3 michelin starred restaurant you just except service to be better ( especially at these prices ). They were very friendly no doubt but at our table we had smorkers and when people left the table and their serviette in their chair or on table the waiters did nothing about it. At all the 3 stars and 2 stars I have been to they immediately replace or fold it again here they just leave it and its a bit messy and unnecessarily at this level.. Their wine list is huge and beautiful but their cheese selection could be so so much better..

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lovely ambiance for a romantic dinner”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

My husband and I dined here to celebrate our anniversary.

Firstly the walk towards the restaurant through the Dorchester lobby was an experience in itself with clientele from every corner of the globe starring at each other or at passers by.

On arrival to the restaurant, the courteous staff greeted us by our names and took our coats and escorted us to our table - which was ideally located for a quiet evening (just behind the Table Lumiere). We chose the 7 course tasting menu.

Upon ordering we received a bowl of choux pastry buns that were pretty uninspiring, as was the endless stream of bread and butter. The bread was served cold. Following that, we had our first course of irish sea urchin with gelee which I have to say is not my thing. It made us feel nauseous.

The lobster and halibut were wonderful, the raw vegetables so so, the duck was okay, cheeses were nice but too strong for my taste.

The macaroons and chocolates were pretty good as was the exotic dessert icecream.

Overall, it was a lovely experience because of the service and ambience but the food was not as amazing as we expected.

  • Visited March 2014
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointment to say the least...”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We arrived to the welcome of pretentious (almost condescending) hosts, and that was the whole theme of the evening -
we were a group of 6 and were sat at the same size table that accommodated 4 people right next to us, that was uncomfortable and inappropriate for such a highly rated restaurant that confirmed our reservation for 6 people.
That was not all - the Bread was served cold, under-cooked fish (that was replaced), and watery dressings.
Not at all like the Alain Ducasse in Monaco (that is also not always consistent)

  • Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“An excellent value lunch”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

We recently had lunch at Alain Ducasse as a delayed birthday celebration and found the thoughtful service really excellent and suitable for a special occasion meal. The staff were lovely. The décor is restful and stylish - we were interested that they now have private rooms for small parties. The £55 charge for the three course lunch which includes water, wine and coffee was excellent value and included a reasonable choice of three or four dishes for each course. The quality of the French wines included by the glass with the meal were very good. We were particularly impressed with the delicious selection of chocolates and petit fours served with the desserts which were so generous we asked for a doggy bag to take the remainder home! Herb teas are served from a trolley of growing herbs and are particularly delicious.

A very good value meal for a weekday lunch.

  • Visited February 2014
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