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Restaurants, French Soho
2 out of 5 stars
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Rob Wilkinson

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A Soho icon, now a French brasserie owned by the Soho House Group.

Once the champagne-quaffing ground of Oscar Wilde and his young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, Kettner’s Townhouse is now a chintzy hotel brasserie. It’s cosy, and has a handy £20 set menu – but overall, this feels like a pretty unglamorous transformation for a Soho icon originally opened by Napoleon’s chef.

Refurbished by the Soho House Group, who are usually A+ at interior design, the dining room looks a bit like someone’s aunt has been let loose with the brocade. There’s also a live piano player, who on my visit spontaneously performed a stuttering rendition of Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me’. It was a shameful low point.

Food-wise, there was a succulent vegan dish of hispi cabbage, served with lentils and tart sauce verte. Devon crab was delicate, if overwhelmed by strange blobs of apple jam, and they brought really nice brioche rolls at the beginning of the meal. But everything else was a disappointment. Steak tartare came, inexplicably, with literally hundreds of capers in it. And the signature Kettner’s Omelette was so over-salted it was actually inedible.

This is a historic townhouse in the best area in London – right now it’s being wasted. Here’s hoping someone turns it back into a hotbed of illicit desire.


Address: 29 Romilly Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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What a beautiful place! I loved the interior decor of the restaurant bit, as it felt so classy and calm. As for the food, I thought the presentation and taste was pretty average. The cutlery and plates, and the service made the overall aesthetics work. I liked how I was offered a newspaper while waiting for my friend and our waitress was incredibly nice. 

Before our mains arrived, we were served some Brioche with butter on the side. I liked how this came out warm and they were super fluffy and soft! Both my friend and I had the Eggs Royale, which was good but I thought the English muffins were over toasted, even burnt in some areas. There was a good amount of smoked salmon on top but the eggs seemed rather small. They were well poached though, with a runny yolk. I asked for the Hollandaise sauce on the side and I liked how light and fluffy it was! We also ordered a Side of Bacon, which we asked to be done crunchy and crunchy it was! Just the way I like it and such a good accompaniment to the eggs. Along with this, I went for a glass of Champagne, which was rather nice. It was light and bubbly without being too bitter nor sweet.

I'd come back for the service and atmosphere but I thought the brunch menu was very limited. 

Staff Writer

Recently discovered this place located in Soho which offers a nice Champagne bar in an early 1920'style atmosphere. Good place for drinks pre dinner. Have not tried the food there. Friendly service. Will definitely go back.


I've only been to the champagne bar and it's quite nice. Very comfortable, cosy atmosphere, with a good selection of champagnes.

The only let down is the service. The waiters haven't got a clue about the champagne they're serving and tend to make up stuff as they go along if they don't know the answer to a question. 

E.g. 'Would you have the xxx Grande Cuvée also in regular (non magnum?) bottle' 

Reply: ' think that's why it's called "grande" it only comes in magnum bottles'

Nope, I don't think so...

However, the guys behind the bar seem quite knowledgable.


I have been here a couple of times for dinner and most recently the after party of Derren Brown's new show. Can't fault the food or service and the place has a beautiful decor. The afternoon teas look rather fabulous too, though I haven't tried it myself yet. Also if you have a taste card they currently accepting these for 50% off your food bill!

Staff Writer

Write a review...Wonderful little bar/restaurant in Soho. Recently went for an after work drink with a few colleagues and it was great - nice and relaxed but upmarket, not the usual after work drinks of standing outside a pub! When we turned up it just so happened to be happy hour - the Dark & Stormy cocktail was delightful. 


Just in the heart of soho, this is an elegant little restaurant with an art deco décor and atmosphere to match. It all seems rather fancy, go for the champagne lobster lunch and you won’t be disappointed. Staff were great attentive and it was not too packed for a weekend lunch time. They also offer other alternative exciting events such as cabaret nights, burlesque afternoon teas and jazz nights.


I have never had a bad meal in this place or received bad service. The decor is beautiful and I love the white grand piano in the main dining area. The cocktails are great here as well. I have also used one of the private dining rooms for a birthday and it was wonderful, the room was beautiful and our waiter for the evening was impeccable. A great date place for dinner and drinks or for Sunday lunch.

This place is great for a treat with the girls or a lovely lunch when in town. I have had afternoon tea and lunch - both great value and quality. Kettners is timeless and I am sure I will find many more excuses to attend be it a quick lunch, a 40th or a lovelt treat.

I go just for the best creme brulee in town!  I've enjoyed it every time I've been.

moderatorStaff Writer

This typically English establishment is where I had my first glass of champagne. One of my mother’s haunts in the 60s, she introduced me to the Champagne Bar, as some sort of teenager’s rights of passage and well I’ve never looked back. Unfortunately it might not have retained the glamorous charm I recall on that first visit, ahem, some 20 years ago, but it’s characteristic brasserie fare in the dinning room is perfect for a quick fly by bite or a long evening with friends.


moderatorStaff Writer

Love this place! I could have happily eaten everything on the menu, and the location, decor and atmosphere were all fab. Food is affordable and really good value. A real London treasure and a must do for anyone who loves a bit of 20s glam!

Awful place. We hired a private dining room and received perhaps the worst service ever. The highlight was the serving of champagne: she poured too few glasses (easy done) but then proceeded to decant a bit from everyone's glass into mine! There was a number of similarly appalling episodes: which will form the memory of the evening after actually quite un-memorable food. I've been a number of times before, but never again.

Had a lovely afternoon tea last weekend. Service and food impeccable.

Great food, great service, great atmosphere!! Will definately be back, definately recommend!!

Had Sunday Lunch with my mother last weekend. She used to frequent Kettner's in the past, but has not been for about 10 years. We were both impressed with all aspects of the restaurant. We asked about the events rooms, just to be be nosey, and were given a tour of the private rooms upstairs, which also looked wonderful. Looks like we may be back, if not for sunday lunch, but for her next birthday in one of the private dining rooms.

A group of us went to Kettners yesterday for Sunday Lunch, and ate off the set menu, which one must say is fantastic value. The food was very good, as was the service. The brasserie had a great atmosphere helped by the fact it was almost full, perhaps a pianist may be good or some form of live entertainment. Will be back!!

Love this place. Delicious dishes, superb staff and fabulous furnishings! Would be happy to dine here every evening and can't wait for the next time!

Went with Daughter to Kettners for Pre- Theatre Meal. Very friendly and efficient Staff with excellent Food and reasonably priced. Thoroughly enjoyable start to the evening at the Theatre. Will definitely go there again. Excellent.!!!

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