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“Overpriced and overhyped”

Le Relais De Venise - Marylebone
Ranked #1,120 of 22,675 Restaurants in London
Price range: $0 - $38
Cuisines: French, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner
Neighborhood: Marylebone
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Overpriced and overhyped”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The steak 'n' chips incarnation of McDonald's. Appalling service from a waitress who looked as though she'd be happier having her teeth pulled while drowning kittens - we had to request water which, when it arrived, was in a carafe that was dirty; having ordered a bottle of the house red, we were given an unsolicited and quite charmless hard sell on a bottle that was 10 quid more; and, once arrived, the wine was then sloshed into only one glass (we were a party of three) - and the food was tremendously unremarkable. Limp lettuce with a couple of walnuts that wouldn't have passed for a Waldorf in any proper restaurant (although one in the party thought the dressing not bad), and tasteless, watery meat served on a plate so heated it was still cooking and daubed in the oily and separating 'secret sauce' presumably to conceal the fact that the meat is so poor (you can get much better flat iron steak for half the price at pubs in east London). The secret to the sauce appears to be that it's green curry sauce. Frites were passable but served by our delightful waitress (see above) with zealous abandon, hence many ended up not on a plate. Puddings were over chilled and also tasteless. All for over 40 quid a head. And the place is cramped. And there's only one gents, so you'll queue to get in to a table and then queue to relieve yourself once there.

The eatery epitome of what branding and hype can achieve. More of a steak 'n' chips theme park than a serious restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great for a quick, tasty, well cooked lunch”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

But probably not for a relaxing dinner.

The other reviews describe the formula and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

I went with my wife on my birthday after doing something in the morning. No trouble with getting a table but we were quite late. Service was brisk but polite and the price was reasonable considering where we were.

If you want to sit down and peruse a menu and take your time this is probably not the place for you but if you want a quick, tasty steak frites it's great.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank AndySW18
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“this place is a favourite, I just keep going back. worth the queue ..”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

.. and yes, you probably will have to queue .. perhaps for 30 mins, even longer.

I love the consistent high quality. the tender steak is always cooked to perfection, the green sauce is divine, the fries are fantastic. even the complimentary bread is great in its simplicity but always very fresh. the house red is superb.

don't go there for great service, go there for an utterly satisfying meal of delectable steak and chips!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank mish6974
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Unique steak only restaurant.Worth a visit.”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Have eaten here several times and always enjoy it.There are no reservations so be prepared to queue - can be a long queue at weekends.There is no menu you are served bread and salad to start. The salad is basicly pre packed salad leaves with a very strong dressing and walnuts.There is only one type of steak served blue, rare, medium or well done.This is served in thick slices with fantastic fries and covered in their secret sauce - which is very rich but delicious.Plates seem rather small but that doesn't matter because they bring you the second serving of steak and chips as soon as they see your plate empty. There is a reasonable choice of wines and deserts. These are the only choices! The service is brisk and maybe a bit sloppy - this is a fast turn round diner. It's a unique eating experience in London and I have enjoyed the food every time I visit. Always lots of French diners visiting when I go - and they know about food!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank owl1Uk
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Le Relais de Venise
I was recommended to this restaurant by a friend and now I am recommending it.
It is worth the wait.
Perfect to go with friends it has a very original concept (no menu) and good ambiance.
Food is great: First you choose how you want your stake: blue, rare, med or well. Only negative the salad was overdressed. Good choices of dessert and wine.
Looking forward to going back

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank MHC8
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