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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 good46%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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LOCATION
The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Typically on expenses I'd not select somewhere like the Don. whats on offer is invisible from the street. A look at the menu suggests fine dining menu. Prices at a level with most else of a similar standard in the area. Food was great, service...More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I have been a regular visitor to this restaurant for many years, and the food and staff have always been of high a quality. In the Summer the Chef changed and since then the level of cooking has dropped, the portions halved and price increased....More

Thank mjp1955
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I was recommended to come here by a friend and have visited three times. It is a good place to come with work colleagues, friends on on a date as it has a lovely atmosphere. The artwork on the walls is by late British Artist...More

Thank Slippydog
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful restaurant serving delicious seared tuna and wonderful decor by abstract painter John Hoyland. Sea bass highly recommended!

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is tucked away down St Swithin’s Lane between Bank and Cannon Street. It has the feel of being tucked away, and there is nothing overly grand or luxurious about the venue. It is, simply put, a solid and easy choice for a business...More

Thank Damney
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Took a client here - very good all round, service and food all very high quality. We both had fish with a good bottle of Mersault. Will certainly use again.

Thank jeddie44
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

The food at The Don puts a smile on your face. Rabbit Lasagne - Perfect Sucking Pig - Perfect Strawberry soufflé, clotted cream ice-cream- Scrummy! Charming staff and service with a very knowledgeable Sommelier Dinner cannot get much better

Thank ADHADH
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

It's an old city classic and frequently used as a higher end business restaurant. We visited as a couple having been before on a number of occasions. The menu is 50:50 meat and fish with good quality UK sourced foods. It is fine dining but...More

Thank David T
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 31 May 2017

Business Lunch proceeded to plan with nice ham hock terrine, followed by roast cornish cod on haricot beans in sauce ( good without being outstanding) and the excellent creme brulee. Service excellent although they can try to rush you and front desk can appear a...More

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

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

Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Really incredible meal with colleagues. The wines were exceptional. From the starters to the dessert all our meals were great. The service was spot on. This is one of those hidden gems you can't miss.

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

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$27 - US$71
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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
  • E-mail
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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