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Raison D'etre

#30 of 17,849 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
South Kensington
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18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
+44 20 7584 5008
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Palm Springs, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Can't miss, a London must! Fresh, creative dishes. Warm and friendly staff in a great neighborhood. Recommend highly

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2 Thank Beth H
Seoul, South Korea
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is better than I expected! The atmosphere is nice, food is good and staff are kind! It was busy lunch but they always asked i was ok, about the food etc.

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1 Thank anixmana
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great recommendation, lovely food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere, only downside is the early close, but it is a cafe rather than a restaurant

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Thank csjohnstone
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there for lunch. Excellent service and friendly staff. Great foccaccia sandwiches as well as their fresh juice and hot chocolate! Highly recommended.

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1 Thank Silja J
Bristol, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a gem of a restaurant which serves great food in w relaxed atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Great place to refuel at lunchtime.

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1 Thank chrisso_moore
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on other Trip Advisor reviews I decided to try Raison D'etre and I was not disappointed. Delicious baguette, fresh ingredients, pleasant staff. Had a flat white to add extra pip for the afternoon and that was great also. Somewhat small and hidden off a side road, it is definitely worth finding and experiencing it for yourself!

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1 Thank Wilmar S
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we were staying in a hotel quite close by and fancied a nice little place to grab a coffee and breakfast. But it was about 11am so decided to grab a light lunch. My partner and I chose their chicken pesto toasted focaccia and wow my mouth is still watering. This was so tasty and a great size portion... More 

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2 Thank Sarah20a
County Cork, Ireland
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133 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in the area skip the usual Costa-type places and come for something excellent. French customers galore accounts for the authenticity and quality. Good food and good value. Tasty choices, very friendly team.

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Thank Gavin W
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice selection of sandwich and panini. Freshly prepared in front of you with tasty ingredients. Good wine too! Highly recommended!!

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Thank zrdd
Sydney Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for breakfast one morning after reading all the positive trip advisor reviews. I thought it was ok. Nothing to rave about. Had scrambled eggs with avocado and a coffee. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here, but if you're in the area and want a simple breakfast it's fine.

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Thank TMSydneyAustralia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Bute Street | South Kensington, London SW7 3EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7584 5008

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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