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Water Margin

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96 Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HB, England
+44 20 8458 6140
12:00 - 23:30
Closed now
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Mon - Tue 17:00 - 22:30
Wed 17:15 - 22:30
Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Fri 17:00 - 23:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:30
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

My family has been going to this restaurant for over 30 years and absolutely love it - the staff are so friendly and bend over backwards to please - their food is of the highest quality - my favourite is their roast duck and their won ton soup, their house soup is fab and their spring rolls amazing I could... More 

Thank Susie B
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My long time favourite restaurant in NW London. Without going to Soho, you can enjoy authentic Chinese taste!!

Thank 利信 谷
West Yorkshire
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I found the staff friendly and very quick to serve. Food came very quickly, almost not enough time to update my facebook status! The food was great and price was reasonable. I would gladly return.

Thank Mopofbog
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Returned after long absence to find food delicious but worst service ever. Food was hot and appetising, but service was so indifferent that it put you off your meal. Restaurant was half-empty, with no atmosphere. Would find it hard to return, which is a shame, as food was good.

Thank adrianwayne
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Have been going to the Water Margin for some 30 years. Popped in, after a long break, for a snack and was most disappointed. We started with prawn cracker which didn't taste fresh. Had two soups which tasted watery. The kids had egg fried rice which was grey - reheated I guess, not nice. At this point we gave up.... More 

Thank MBWZ
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Always authentic Chinese, I do get tired of reviews where people complain, I personally have eaten many different dishes here over the years, quite a few not my choice, and I must say that the basics are on par with every good Chinese, and the real Chinese food is always excellent. Fresh food, reasonable prices. Definitely worth going to.

Thank Sophie B
Harrow, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I remember this place from the days when Golders Green Road had proper shops and a few decent eating places in between literally; Water Margin being one of them. Ok, so it's well-established but without doubt it's one of the better restaurants around and if you 'fancy a chinese' , then go for it. I've not going to enthuse; a... More 

Thank Bill H
London, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

was headed for Korean near by which was closed for lunch. Ended up her instead and was not disappointed with the food. The place was quiet at 4pm so we had the full attention of the staff. Ordered deep fried eel, pe pa toufu and roast duck. Very tasty. £48, bit pricey though.

Thank Michael W
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Looks like time has stood still here and this place is still going strong after all these years. The waiters barely speak English so do not ask for anything complicated. Duck with pancakes was very good the rest south of average.

Thank Rafi A
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Like others, been going there for 30 plus years. Used to have to book for any night of the week and the queue ran to the door. They controlled the queue by increasing their prices, significantly. Recently there was us and three other tables. That was it, so no atmosphere. We no longer recognised any of the staff and their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:15 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8458 6140

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?