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Follow a narrow passageway near the cathedral to arrive at this cosy, intimate bistro with a laid-back vibe and a loyal local following. Dishes are vib...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
US$22 - US$62
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 29 December 2020

We had a meal here before Christmas. It was so good we booked again post Christmas but tier 3 put paid to that. We had scallops to start and ham and lamb for mains. Easily the best meal I've had in December. And the white...port and tonic aperitif was refreshing. What I like about chefs table is the decent size portions. My daughter is vegan and I'm amazed how some places give her an artfully arranged vegetable. Staff are very cheerful and helpful with wine choices. Roll on tier 2.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2020 via mobile

Difficult decision to write a critical review when restaurants and the hospitality industry is trying to keep their heads above water. We booked the Chefs Table as a Christmas treat and have many times in the past been unable book on Friday or Saturday night...due to lack of availability. We have read reviews and had many people recommend this restaurant, so we really looked forward to our evening out. When making the booking there is lots of small print and information about ensuring you are on time and the period of time when you should vacate a table. I fully appreciate no shows and being unable to turn a table in time has massive financial implications for restaurants. However this needs to work for the customer, the evening started badly when I receive a telephone call at 19:25pm to say that my table would no be ready until 19:45pm. This would normally not be a problem, we could have a drink in a local bar, however due to COVID restrictions, we could not simply have a drink without ordering food. So we instead stood outside in the rain until we entered the restaurant 19:40pm. The place is small and cosy, but the quality of the chairs and the sticky small table did not match what appeared to be delicious looking menu. The wine list was small, and did not provide a wide enough variety - maybe not a wine list for our taste. I considered the £82 Champagne (Organic), but selected a Rose wine which was okay. The best part of the evening was the appetiser, frogs legs - tasty and venison haggis hot with a great spicy ketchup. The starters were just okay beetroot/walnut/goat cheese - the pesto over powered the flavours of the dish. The other starter of surf and turf, had a tasty well cooked scallop, but under that was jelly like pork belly and lumpy dry mash potatoes. Main course again poor, for a restaurant that is well regarded and appears in the Michelin Guide. Cod - great ingredients but no seasoning, bland, surely the chefs should be tasting their food. Beef fillet - well cook beef good quality meat, however the rest was very poor. Served with a suet pie, the pastry was thick and raw, the meat inside dry and tasteless. The £26.95 course served with lumpy potato. We were asked 2 minutes into our main if the food was okay, before I had cut into my raw pie or tasted my lumpy potatoes. When the waitress cleared the plates I advised that I was disappointed with the raw pastry, she did not apologise or mention this to the chef. If the staff are not letting the kitchen know about issues the same poor food will keep coming. Maybe we just had a bad experience that night tables either side seem to enjoy their food. I refrained from dessert, which is a first for me. My wife order cheese, safe option maybe? Nope the cheese had been pre cut and plated hours before being served, the cheese was dry and hard on the edges (not the rind) We love eating out, and too be honest going forward I will provide more reviews that support good local restaurants. I felt incredibly frustrated that one of Chester’s premium restaurants fell very short of its reputation and reviews. Hopefully the owners or chef will read this maybe taste the mash potato or check a sauce in future. I do wonder if the head chef has moved on??More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful meal under covid conditions they food and especially the price were excellent. Staff attentive enough. Would highly recommend and will return. One small point tables could be bigger but it’s probably to allow social distancing. If and when we get back to normal...it will be fantastic. On a final point it’s a small restaurant please don’t book and not turn up.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 18 December 2020 via mobile

This little restaurant did not disappoint yet again. Family of 4, 2 had Roast duck, 2 had glazed ham. All had empty plates. £20 each for 2 phenomenal courses, is a absolute bargain. All covid safety measures in place. Well worth a visit, if you...can.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 13 December 2020 via mobile

Been looking forward to our visit here for a while and we weren't disappointed. The food here is good, very good! Staff are great. Had partridge to start which was delicious, followed by an amazing lamb rump. My wife had two appetisers instead of a...starter, frogs legs and venison haggis. Both very nice although the sauces were very sweet. Her cod main was delicious. Now I do have one gripe about chefs table. The drinks are very expensive. £6.50 for a beer and £27 for the cheapest wine! No wonder they don't put them on the website.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 10 December 2020 via mobile

Beautiful food Lovely atmosphere and extremely attentive staff. I would highly recommend a trip to this beautiful restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 8 December 2020 via mobile

What an amazing surprise meal and first experience (for me) at the Chef’s Table. I must say I am a person with a very basic palate, vegetarian and picky so I was filled with trepidation as I entered the restaurant. Firstly I must say, the...service was spot on. Despite the blockage of facial expression due to face masks the staff’s friendliness and warmth came through. Excellent! The food was DELICIOUS. I had the beetroot to start and the nut roast, roast dinner. My boyfriend had the surf and turf followed by the lamb. We both had the fondant for pudding. Both of us cleared our plates in record time. I would love to provide a more descriptive flurry of words to explain how good the food was but I would not be able to do it justice. If you get the opportunity book, book, book. I’m very much looking forward to going again and am very keen to try to grab a slice of that nut roast for my Christmas dinner!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 3 December 2020

Well folks I’m afraid in my opinion it’s the end of an era for the chefs table in Chester. I visited on The first day of trading after lockdown as I am such a loyal customer 312/2020 and ordered a three course meal. The starter...turned up with a huge black hair how the server did not see this is beyond me, I promptly pointed out the hair to which the hair was removed then the same food was returned. Obviously I then struggled to eat. Then the fantastic main-course arrived. I ordered the ham roast, unfortunately the ham was so salty it was completely in edible I couldn’t even finish one piece, I wanted to check it wasn’t just me as I felt it certainly wasn’t and asked my friend to test who agreed it was way way too salty there was some kind of cabbage which was so sour did not go with the dish whatsoever...I basically left my meal not eaten. When the server arrived I explained I could not eat the meal as the ham was way too salty and the cabbage was in edible. Deserts arrived to be fair the cheesecake was really good. However when I receive my bill I was told by the server that they had removed my desert due to the issues I had experienced with my starter and main meal. My reply was I ate the desert so I’m not quite sure why it’s been removed if anything should be removed it should be the main as I did not eat it? I was basically told the chef felt the food was fine, so would only be removing the desert. I cannot believe I went to a restaurant had a black hair on my food...my food was not replaced, the hair was just removed. I was then served my maincourse and the ham was way way too salty plus the cabbage was like vinegar not nice at all. I was charged for the two items I did not eat...BUT the only course I did eat was removed from the bill, was this because it was the cheapest item??? Absolutely disgusted with the service and the food!!! To be honest the service wasn’t that prompt either not quite sure what was happening but did not appreciate the way they made us feel nor did I appreciate the food. Will never return here again and I was one of your very loyal customers. Also cancelled my booking that I had previously made for 8 dec!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 1 December 2020

This menu includes a lot of courses...like 12 or more...and is indeed very expensive... $395/person, excluding service. More hit tan misses, but a very satisfying and impressive experience. The food ingredients and portions are luxurious. My favorites included the heaping tablespoon of Kaluga caviar in...light pastry, the amazing Uni on brioche (probably the single best dish), the jumbo Norwegian langoustine with King crab, and the final dish: yummy Waygu...although the deserts were pretty amazing too! I just wish there were more "wow" food experiences. Three stars go to Chef Carlos Garcia, who works tirelessness at each course, his constant attention and effort is very impressive to watch; the staff from kitchen to service who flawlessly deliver items within seconds from kitchen to plate; and, sommelier Philippe Sauriat from Burgundy France who is an integral part of the whole of the experience and is an essential enhancement, just like his wines. This COVID-19 period is a perfect time to try this hard to get into restaurant which is operating at 25% of capacity...for most of the meal during our 7:30 seating, we were among only 4 other guests at the 20 person dining counter, looking directly into the kitchen. What a spot! What an opportunity!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 7 November 2020 via mobile

I have been here a few times & never had food that was anything other than exceptional. Partridge, guinea fowl, venison & lamb all cooked to perfection. All the dishes were beautifully proportioned & stunningly presented. Service was fab, and we were really impressed with...the safety measures they’ve put in place for COVID. Definitely a local business to support the hell out of 💕More

Date of visit: November 2020
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19 October 2019|
Response from jeanr451 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t of thought so but check with the restaurant.
Charlie O
30 October 2018|
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Response from throbbingdonkey | Reviewed this property |
A good 10-15 min walk I would guess
22 June 2018|
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Yes, there are disabled spaces opposite the cathedral, within 10-20 metres or so of the restaurant. We parked with our badge outside the entrance to Superdrug alongside as the spaces were occupied. You can also park a little... More
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  • Food: 5
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