Set on the South Bank, moments from world-famous London attractions like the IMAX, London Eye and Royal Festival Hall, The Archduke restaurant and wine bar is a local landmark in itself, set in to the old railway arches surrounding Waterloo Station. The first London restaurant to open in this area, The Archduke has gone through several incarnations since 1979 but is still as fresh as ever with sleek, simple furniture set against the old bare brick walls and contemporary glass frontage. Jazz music gently floats through speakers, performed six nights a week live in the bar, as diners indulge in comforting modern European cuisine including excellent steaks (it’s owned by the steakhouse Black and Blue group) and simple roast chicken served with your choice of sides dishes. The view of the London Eye from the terrace is spectacular and worth lingering over.
|Venue name:||The Archduke||Contact:|
Concert Hall Approach South Bank
|Price:||£26 to £40|
Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
Always happy to eat here. Cocktails very good, atmosphere always buzzing and food more than acceptable. Never cost a fortune either . Steaks always good .
Ate here with a friend before going to see a show at the National Theatre. We didn't have a reservation but we were seated straight away. We went for the set dinner three courses for £20. Amazing food. I had the beetroot/ goats cheese starter, fish cakes and choc brownie washed down with a glass of Viognier. Very good value for money with a good view of Big Ben and the Eye. We came back later in the evening to sit in the bar and listen to the live jazz. I have given it 4 and not 5 as we had to wait a long time for our drinks when we came back a second time but they were extremely busy.
I knew the Archduke in the early 1980s when it was a wonderful and affordable place which offered galettes and cidre bouché as well as more standard wine-bar fare, so I was sorry to find that its current incarnation has not only vastly expanded space - although the glassed-in ground floor is welcome - but lost its originality, due no doubt to having been taken over by a chain steakhouse. We only came in for an early evening drink but they were good about letting us sit for ages over a couple of glasses of pleasant, if unremarkable and rather pricey rosé. No view worth contemplating on that side of the ground floor but we weren't there for that anyway.
This is a really pleasant restaurant, service is good and quick, food is very nice and there's a band playing live jazz music which makes the whole thing even more enjoyable. Definitely worth trying!