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The Don Restaurant

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The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England (Formerly The Don Restaurant & Bistro)
+44 20 7626 2606
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful dinner for 10 of us in one of the private rooms at The Don (The Sandeman Vault) also with a show around of the restaurant and other dining facilities they have - something to suit most tastes and pockets. (They also have a Bistro next door for more casual drinks & dining). The food was divine... More 

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Fontwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was lucky enough to visit as a business dinner great food and service. Very reasonably priced and nice secluded location. Would high recommend a visit!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brought here for lunch. Quite a large dining room and full so plainly popular. The food was good but unremarkable.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with my brother and we had evening set menu of three courses and a glass of fizz. Each course had a choice of three courses. Food was good and tuna carpaccio starter was particularly good. Good value and good quality.

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Don is a great place to come if you are not in a rush to get back to the office (service is slow). The timing of the starters was very bad, with my client going for the steak tartare and me having to wait 10 extra minutes for my starter to come out, with his waiting on a side... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the restaurant on the recommendation of others. Although the food was excellent, the service was very very slow, even though not over busy, and I believe it's slightly over priced. When asked if all was ok, I did say that the food was great but we had waited quite a long time for food, but the staff seemed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Pleasant enough dining space. Service was good and the food satisfactory. Booking made online was not easily found by the reception staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Came here for a business lunch today, the penultimate working day before Christmas. I was nursing a heavy cough and cold so my palate wasn't at it's most discerning. Went straight to mains with a roast chicken & mushroom risotto which was OK but, if I'm honest, not amazing. I come to the Don a couple of times a year... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Nice venue at the heart of the city, with a number of different rooms; good at catering to large groups of people, good wine list.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

A very average and overpriced Christmas lunch. £38 gets you more stuffing than meat, one pig in blanket, no bread sauce or cranberry sauce. 2 potatoes and about a teaspoon of gravy. Cold custard with Christmas pudding and tiny shop bought mine pies. Try one of the local pubs for better value and better food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 66
Cuisine
European
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
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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