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Old Aug 12, 08, 9:19 am   #1
 
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Recommendations for Quiet Restaurants in London?

Does anyone have any recommendations for nice restaurants in London which are quiet? I have always despised loud restaurants, and would like to find some places with a reasonably quiet, romantic atmosphere. Money isn't really an issue as long as the food is good. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Aug 12, 08, 2:24 pm   #2
 
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Does anyone have any recommendations for nice restaurants in London which are quiet? I have always despised loud restaurants, and would like to find some places with a reasonably quiet, romantic atmosphere. Money isn't really an issue as long as the food is good. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Sure.

What kinds of food do you like?

What areas would you like to eat out in?
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The Dining Room at the Stafford Hotel is quiet and intimate. It was recently reviewed in John Mariani's column in Esquire. Chef Mark Budd is very creative. You can have a Pimm's or some champers first in the famous American Bar.
The Stafford Hotel website will have menus for consideration.
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Sure.

What kinds of food do you like?

What areas would you like to eat out in?
Not that familiar with the area, but I will be in central London and also in Richmond west of London. Any type of cuisine would be fine. Feel free to throw a lot of suggestions at me, as I will be spending quite a bit of time there. Thanks for the help.
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For small and intimate I would nominate The Gay Hussar at 2 Greek Street, Soho Tel: 020 7437 0973

www.gayhussar.co.uk

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Enter the Gay Hussar’s wood-panelled downstairs room and you feel teleported back to another time-zone. The place is jam-packed with political cartoons, both old and contemporary, many apparently sketched in situ. Service is old-school, but friendly and solicitous. Together with retro dishes, starched tablecloths and a soundtrack of wistful Hungarian violin music, it creates the feeling that all is well in a more certain world. We’ve worried before about the authenticity of the menu, but our Hungarian companion gave it a general thumbs-up. Lovers of scarily rich food should sample the velvety cold wild cherry soup with sour cream, or the crunchy breaded fried mushrooms with tartare sauce (quite Hungarian, apparently). Chicken pancakes were fine but scored low on the authenticity index, whereas serbian chicken in a hearty paprika and tomato sauce (lecso) with tarhonya (an own-made pasta resembling barley grains) set things right again. From the extensive Hungarian wine list, our fruity golden Bátaapáti Tramini was a real find. To finish, we were exhorted to indulge in that most Hungarian of gateaux, decadent chocolatey dobos torta, or poppy-seed strudel with ice-cream. How to refuse?

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Not that familiar with the area, but I will be in central London and also in Richmond west of London. Any type of cuisine would be fine. Feel free to throw a lot of suggestions at me, as I will be spending quite a bit of time there. Thanks for the help.
You're most welcome.

Do bear in mind that Central London is huge and there are literally thousands of restaurants.

Patara on Greek Street in Soho is a lovely Thai place with fantastic decor. It's very quiet.

If you google "quiet restaurants london" you should get a lot of good recommendations as well.
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I can recommend the following restaurants in Central London, mainly Mayfair area. They are all fairly top-end, so none of them are by any means cheap, but all of them offer excellent food, and are nice and sedate! (though they can be a little formal)

Bentleys (one of London's top fish restaurants): http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/venues/london/view/23906/Bentley's

Racine (great French restaurant/brasserie in Kensington/Knightsbridge area)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/81247/Racine

Alloro (upmarket Italian in Mayfair)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/80114/Alloro

Sartoria (Conran Italian just off Regent St)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...81175/Sartoria

Latium (excellent Italian just off Oxford St north of Soho)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/82579/Latium

Hibiscus (formal Michelin star dining):
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...84697/Hibiscus

The Square (formal Michelin star dining)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/81255/Square

Crazy Bear (upmarket Thai north of Soho as an alternative to Patara in Soho which is also very good as already recommended)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...958/Crazy_Bear

Orrery (Conran in Marylebone)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/80981/Orrery

and my absolute favourite, but exteremely expensive:

Petrus in Knightsbridge (2 Michelin stars)
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaura...w/81027/Petrus

Obviously there are a lot of cheaper places but I don't think you'll be disappointed with the food at any of the above (or the ambience), as long as you don't need to watch the bill too closely!
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Old Aug 15, 08, 3:53 am   #8
 
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Recommendations for some quiet restaurants in Richmond

The Bingham (very stylish and great food) Make sure you make time for a drink in the bar too
http://trustedplaces.com/review/uk/r...8w/the-bingham

The Petersham (old-school class)
http://www.petershamhotel.co.uk/restaurant.aspx

Tangawizi (excellent Indian)
http://www.tangawizi.co.uk/

Petersham Nurseries - (restaurant and tea rooms in a gorgeous setting)
http://www.petershamnurseries.com/cafeandteahouse.asp
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Thank you for all the recommendations.
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Try the Bleeding Heart for a romantic atmosphere, very high quality cooking and a top class wine list. My other recommendation, which is even better, but slightly further out on Wandsworth Common, is Chez Bruce. You will need to book ahead.
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My favourite place in London is Le Gavroche , small dining room, attentive service and exquisite food. I would say it is quiet, as in not boisterous, but obviously people are talking at the tables and having a good time. Excellent value lunch M-F (although I've never managed to go). Dinner is expensive (c. GBP100/ head and up).

However, I would agree with many of the recommendations above, although not all of them would be world-class cuisine, but perfectly tasty.

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My wife and I splurged last week with a meal at The Square. It was absolutely perfect in every way - pure theatre with the presentation and service - and relatively quiet to boot.

You're looking at well over £100 a head but as a one-off treat it was well worth every penny.
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My wife and I splurged last week with a meal at The Square. It was absolutely perfect in every way - pure theatre with the presentation and service - and relatively quiet to boot.

You're looking at well over £100 a head but as a one-off treat it was well worth every penny.
I've only been there for lunch. Whilst I agree that the food is v. good, decor is chic, and it is quiet, I'm not so sure about the romantic side...the table we had felt rather exposed. Having said all that, it was an excellent meal, and heartily recommended.

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I've only been there for lunch. Whilst I agree that the food is v. good, decor is chic, and it is quiet, I'm not so sure about the romantic side...the table we had felt rather exposed. Having said all that, it was an excellent meal, and heartily recommended.

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We were to one side at the back, so the table wasn't that exposed and given the tables are well spaced, that may ad to the exposed feel. I guess it's also relative to the individual, as now that we have two kids most meals out tend to revolve around kid-friendly venues with rather generic food. As such, a two star Michelin meal that that gave the two of us time alone is now seen as very romantic!
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I like the Landau at The Langham Hotel, just off Regent Street.

Food is great and atmosphere relaxed and peaceful.

http://london.langhamhotels.co.uk/di...nts.htm#landau
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