This Covent Garden fixture reopened in spring 2013 after a major refurbishment of its grand, imposing premises (Grade II-listed and formerly a casino). Everything we ate during our weekday lunch was excellent: two starters from the carte and a couple of dishes from the set lunch. Two clichés of London’s American restaurant scene, caesar salad and crab cakes, were flawlessly executed. From the set lunch, beef carpaccio was top-notch yet almost overshadowed by a main of blackened salmon with ‘jambalaya risotto’. The flavourful rice showed real understanding of cajun seasoning – rare in London – and the flavourful fish was properly blackened while remaining juicy within. You can pay serious money for steak or Maine lobster, but the Martini Bar serves relatively inexpensive meals. The pre- and post-theatre set menu is a bargain, and brunch offers everything from granola to ribeye steak. Service is confident and competent, and the wine list is a welcome rarity for places of this kind: ignoring expensive trophy bottles, sharply focused on offering quality at every price range, starting from around £20. Many American-style restaurants have popped up since this venue opened in 1991. They still have much to learn from Christopher’s.
18 Wellington Street
|Opening hours:||Bar Open/meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Wed; 11.30am-1.30am Sat; 11.30am-10.30pm Sun.Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 11.30am-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 5-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden tube|
|Price:||Both Main courses £17.95-£68 Set meal (5-6.15pm Mon-Sat) £16 2 courses, £22 3 courses|
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Oh wow. This is a real winner. The cocktail bar at street levels looks awesome - the service is slick and the drinks delicious. Attractive wait staff then collect us from the bar to take us upstairs to a dining table that has one of the best views in London - straight across Waterloo bridge towards the Southbank. Its dark , its wet and the whole street scene is like a movie. So far so good, but oh how it gets better. The menu is not cheap but when the food arrives its cooked to perfection and served with a smile. We were celebrating so went for a top end bottle of wine ( Brunello De Montelchino ) The sommelier decanted the bottle for us , waiting just the right time before pouring. I went for the three steak tasting plate - with fries and peppercorn sauce. My friend had a lobster dish that looked awesome and apparently matched my steaks. The bill came to just over £200 with service , but since we arrived at 7 and left at 11, I reckon the hourly rate was pretty good . I don't know if the place is as good every night, but I could not fault it.
Nice place, tasty food but terribly small portions. Limited choice for vegetarians. Not very 'American Style' at all! Wouldn't or couldn't recommend this place.
The best eggs benedict i've had in London. Probably worth 5 stars but would need to visit for dinner to confirm!
Christopher's has very recently opened for breakfast so I was itching to see what they had on offer. It's such a lovely venue in the mornings with loads of light pouring into it's super stylish martini bar. Breakfast was a delight with a wide selection of choices from lighter, healthier options through to a MASSIVE full English. I opted for wild mushrooms with spinach and a hollandaise sauce on toast, which was delicious (and a really good sized portion) The service was excellent and quick, with warm and friendly staff - we all felt very welcomed. I could have lingered all morning sipping Americanos (or maybe a martini or two!!) Christopher's is definitely worth a visit for a relaxed, yummy breakfast and I'll definitely be going back!!
I organised a corporate lunch at Christopher's for 15 people and each and every one of us loved it! From the moment we sat down in the 'small dining room' we were taken care of. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that our waiters remembered everyones order and placed them down on the table without hesitation. Our wine was also constantly topped up which wasn't so handy going back to work at 2:30pm! The food was delicious, couldn't fault it. I would definitely go back there and would recommend it to anyone wanting a decent steak with fine service.
I have organised a corporate Christmas Dinner for our team at Christopher's last week. We booked the 1st floor small dining room; it has a great view on the bridge and the "city by night", which adds charm to any late evening meal. The food was excellent, the service was very attentive and extremely quick in helping our guests feel taken care of and comfortable. It's an excellent place to dine! Strongly recommended must-go in London.
I have been to Christopher's quite a few times over the years and always found it to be a great central venue in a great setting with very attentive staff. The food is amazing, always well presented and good portion sizes. Christopher's is the perfect place to catch up with friends at the Martini Bar and to dining out in style.
Since coming under new management, this restaurant never fails to impress. I absolutely love their weekend brunches so much so that I held a brunch in their private dining area for 15 people - executed by the Christopher's team brilliantly. Both the restaurant and the bar are individually characteristic, and there's something on offer for client entertaining, an after-drink work with colleagues or a catch up with friends and family. A must go-to in London!