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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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12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great set menu menu dinner with the boss and my daughter. Service was slick, we firstly visited the wine tasting venue across the road in same group. When we arrive out table was ready and we shown our table which was reserved for us in the corner. The food arrived as ordered and very nice and simple set... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here for my friends birthday and we were very happy with the service and the food. The chateaubriand was stunning as it was the last time we had dinner there, it was carved by the table as before and it was so soft and tender. This dish is for two to share and it is a big... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited tonight and was totally "wow'ed" by the place. The service was amazing and the attention to detail was remarkable. The food was sensational and possibly the best meal I have had this year. I loved this place and the history - have a look - definitely worth considering for a corporate event but for an intimate meal for two... More 

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London
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

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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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 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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UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?