Time Out says
A swanky restaurant on St James’s, serving Asian-inspired food.
Originally serving British, then American food to well-heeled clientele, this large D&D restaurant on super-posh St James’s Street now does more waistline-friendly, Asian-inspired fare. Some of it is excellent. Gochujang marinated rack of lamb came succulent and drizzled in a fabulous – though admittedly very English – jus. Another highlight was something that was described as ceviche, but was actually just delicious cured sea bass (just call it cured sea bass!): there was none of the requisite zing, but this was delicate, quality fish. Other dishes disappointed: a tomato and kumquat salad arrived with tasteless, fridge-cold tomatoes, and the half lobster was bland.
On the plus side, Avenue has the kind of truly excellent service you would expect on this street, right next door to John Lobb Ltd – where a pair of handmade shoes starts at £4,280. There’s also a rather spectacular chandelier made entirely out of perfectly polished wine glasses. But scruffy bits stand out: the tables look cheap; the playlist is drab muzak; most disconcertingly, the doorknob at the entrance is a fist-sized, silver ‘@’ sign. It’s a painfully naff way to push your way into such a top-dollar establishment. These aspects, and the fact that Avenue was massively over-airconditioned, made the space feel a little stiff. Still, it’s a reliable enough spot for a smart business lunch.
7-9 St James's Street
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £150.|
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm Sat. Dinner served 5.30-10pm Mon-Sat.|
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Set Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses for £18 or £22
Enjoy 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22 Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 11 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 11 People Mon-Fri 12:00PM-5:00PMOffer valid until May 27 2020
New breakfast menu available Monday - Friday, 8am-11am Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Mon-Fri 8:00AM-11:00AMOffer valid until Feb 10 2020
Friday & Saturday Dinner Set Menu
Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £23.50 with a glass of fizz only on Fridays and Saturdays Please note that only this menu is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 11 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 11 People Fri 5:30PM-9:45PM,Sat 5:30PM-9:30PMOffer valid until Jan 30 2020
Weekend Brunch, from £25.50
From a set menu, 2 courses for £25.50 or 3 courses £28.50. Add unlimited Bubbles or Bloody Mary's for £18 per person. From 11am-4pm Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Sun 12:00PM-4:00PM,Sat 11:00AM-5:00PMOffer valid until Jan 30 2020
Set Dinner Menu: 2/3 courses for £19.50 or £23.50
Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £23.50 Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 11 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 11 People Mon-Thu 5:30PM-9:45PMOffer valid until Jan 5 2020
Users say (10)
Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
I left very disappointed. Starters were expensive and small to the point where you check behind the waitress to see if she dropped anything. My foie gras had little flavour – apparently it was accompanied by gingerbread which I guess was the dust on the edge along with a couple of flavourless cherries. The main course of Jacobs Ladder I was assured would not be fatty. It was 75% fat and inedible. Puddings were fine. Service was impeccable. There's a reason it was empty at lunchtime.
Had a fab night at the Avenue. My 2nd visit here and wanted to impress a friend. I was not let down again! Fantastic service from the moment we arrived, place was a little quiet to start off but perfect for a good catch up with my friend.
We had the chefs beef special to share, a monster portion that we could not finish. Meat was cooked to perfection with a good selection of sides.
Think they've refreshed the wine list which is well priced for the area.
A big thank you to the manageress who couldn't of been more helpful if she tried.
Not impressed with this place at all. Starters were ok but the main dishes were an absolute disaster.I've ordered a simple burger and chips ( very hard to mess it up) and I got an over cooked patty and stale bread. My wife ordered plaice which was pretty poor as well.Service on the other hand was very good.They probably knew how rubbish the food was so they had to make up for it.
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