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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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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good46%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the atmosphere and the service in this old City institution. This was my first visit for a number of years, and although it was a good experience overall the food did not fully match expectations. Our large party had a partly segregated table...More

Thank Alvar C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to The Don with some business colleagues and had high expectations. The location in St Swithins Lane in former port cellars is lovely, but the lunch was disappointing. The Scottish smoked salmon was simply some smoked salmon on a plate with a few...More

Thank Mascot1
Reviewed 7 December 2017

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

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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 28 - US$ 73
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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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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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