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Dalston

This spot on Arcola Street used to be home to the theatre of the same name until they had to leave in 2011. Two years on, a not-for-profit arts promotion organisation (called Cell Project Spaces) have taken the building on, and the theatre area is open to the public again as this 50-cover restaurant.

A lot of thought has gone into the look. It’s undoubtedly on trend – as are the well-coiffed staff and diners – but it’s also understated.

Set back where the stage used to be, the open-plan, bright white kitchen is built into what looks like a house-shaped theatre set. Industrial ship lamps hang from the ceiling, brickwork is exposed, and mismatched chairs have Scandinavian charm.

The Modern European menu is well-considered and well-priced. Beef carpaccio was subtly perfumed with white truffle; seared scallops are dressed with samphire and light lemon zest purée; steaks are char-grilled. Each dish was attractively presented, but much of what we ate was under-seasoned.

We’ve no complaints about the drinks list though. Craft beers from London breweries – including Kernel and Meantime – are on offer, the coffee’s from Monmouth, the wines reasonably priced, and they can mix a mean dirty martini.

It wouldn’t take much for this Dalston brasserie to go from decent to a real destination. Supplying salt shakers would be a good place to start.

Venue name: Jones & Sons
Contact:
Address: 23-27 Arcola Street
London
E8 2DJ
Opening hours: Open 9am-11pm Mon-Thur; 9am-11.30pm Fri-Sat; 9am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Hannah M

Amazing restaurant! They completely looked after the 25 of us who went in for dinner, everyone was really impressed! The steak was exceptional, and reasonably priced. Fab staff, great atmosphere, Highly recommend.

Holly

The food was excellent! Unlike the Time Out review above, I didn't have to reach for the salt (I usually do). The minimal and mishmash danish decor is a well considered addition and works really well with the industrial space. It's calm atmosphere is a nice break amongst the chaos of Dalston. We went in after an intense work meeting and came out feeling relaxed and well fed. I would highly recommend Jones & Sons and I'm glad I only live round the corner!

Lucie

Excellent meal, great service. The steak was amazing and very good wine list. I definitely recommend Jones and Sons. A great addition to the local Dalston area.

Laura

They catered for our party of 10 very well. The portions were generous, the food was tasty and the cocktails were strong, which is exactly how I like it. I highly recommend a visit.

Steven

I great night, with very good modern food and exceptional service. The only thing I can fault was the Dyson Airblade 5 was too high!

Nais

Great pre-dinner cocktails, especially the Rosemary's baby. Menu is great mix of classics and a few twists. The sea bream and allumi (5 types of onions) was one of the best fish dishes I've had in a long time. Well priced, feels like good value. Great service so friendly and helpful and relaxed all evening. Highly recommend.

jon

great atmosphere, friendly staff with good service, delicious food ... this was good value for money, I will be returning!

RC

Great food, great atmosphere, great Service. Will definitely visit again

John

Great food, great service and a fantastic atmosphere, what more could you want?

Sarah

Discovered this little gem in the heart of Dalston. Clean, perfectly understated d├ęcor and a good modern European menu.

JR

Enjoyed a lovely dining experience on the weekend. We had beef carpaccio, which had a beautiful truffle flavour, and sea bream, which was perfectly seasoned and well presented. Ambience and decor was cool (with some good background music). Staff were friendly. Highly recommended!

Rachael

I have dinner here at the weekend. The food was amazing, perfect portion size and delicious flavours. Staff went above and beyond too. Made it a really special night. Planning to head back there soon.

Shara Tochia

Dined here last night in a large group for a friends birthday. Food was fantastic. Service also great and not a pretentious vibe around... which is unusual given the area! The burger was fantastic. I would highly recommend this place for another group experience.

Reana

My first impression was like, it should have been located somewhere snobbish like Clerkenwell or the City, not in Dalston. It was literally empty during the lunch hours, the waiters were not very attentive, give you the feeling they do not really care who the customers are. With many cool places in Dalston, like Viva, Superstore and Mouse & de Lotz etc... nearby, I think jones&sons won't be surviving long.

James Cunningham

Fantastic addition to Hackney. The beef carpaccio, scallops and rib eye steak were all fantastic. Perfectly cooked and presented. Wine list is very reasonable and the service friendly and efficient. I'd recommend to anyone looking to eat well in Dalston