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The Don Restaurant

The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
+44 20 7626 2606
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good46%
  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a client here - very good all round, service and food all very high quality. We both had fish with a good bottle of Mersault. Will certainly use again.

Thank jeddie44
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

The food at The Don puts a smile on your face. Rabbit Lasagne - Perfect Sucking Pig - Perfect Strawberry soufflé, clotted cream ice-cream- Scrummy! Charming staff and service with a very knowledgeable Sommelier Dinner cannot get much better

Thank ADHADH
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

It's an old city classic and frequently used as a higher end business restaurant. We visited as a couple having been before on a number of occasions. The menu is 50:50 meat and fish with good quality UK sourced foods. It is fine dining but...More

Thank David T
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Reviewed 31 May 2017

Business Lunch proceeded to plan with nice ham hock terrine, followed by roast cornish cod on haricot beans in sauce ( good without being outstanding) and the excellent creme brulee. Service excellent although they can try to rush you and front desk can appear a...More

Thank RGNLONDON
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Really incredible meal with colleagues. The wines were exceptional. From the starters to the dessert all our meals were great. The service was spot on. This is one of those hidden gems you can't miss.

Thank Rob W
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 15 May 2017

food was very good, service good, wine list is excellent and the sommelier knows his stuff. I took important clients there and the food was very good, especially the fish. the restaurant has one cover so we could take our time with our clients. decor...More

Thank Bob B
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 13 April 2017

Looking for place to have lunch after meeting and stumbled on The Don Restaurant walking down St. Swinthin's Lane. Entrance is nondescript but once inside nicely arranged with wine bottles emphasising the buildings Port (as in fortified wine) history. Shown to table immediately and chose...More

Thank RGNLONDON
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 9 April 2017

A lovely restaurant set back from the quiet street.. The welcome was warm and friendly and the service was faultless. We had the set lunch menu. The food was very well presented and tasty.

Thank jholden6678
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Had a great set menu menu dinner with the boss and my daughter. Service was slick, we firstly visited the wine tasting venue across the road in same group. When we arrive out table was ready and we shown our table which was reserved for...More

Thank Greg195
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2017

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Reviewed 5 March 2017

We had dinner here for my friends birthday and we were very happy with the service and the food. The chateaubriand was stunning as it was the last time we had dinner there, it was carved by the table as before and it was so...More

Thank Colt S
GroupeBleedingHeart, Guest Relations Manager at The Don Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2017

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$27 - US$72
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Courtyard | 20 St Swithin's Lane, London EC4N 8AD, England (Formerly The Don Restaurant & Bistro)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7626 2606
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Description
Tucked away in a tiny courtyard at the heart of the City of London, in the historic Sanderman Port Cellars, The Don is an elegant retreat with superb modern art throughout. Famous for its service and style, as well as its stunning wine list, The Don has won a Wine Spectator Award every year since 2000. Listed in the Hardens, Square Meal and Good Food Guides, The Don is recommended for its modern, quality Gallic cuisine accompanied by London's largest selection of ports and sherries. Bright and spacious, the restaurant's interior is highlighted by its stunning double height wine tower and seven large windows that open up on to the small courtyard. For a truly historic atmosphere, you can also wine and dine in the bistro, previously a wine cellar where Port and sherry were bottled for over 200 years. The cosy dining area has retained the authentic thick-vaulted brick walls and ceiling from this era, and along with its small bar, the bistro is an excellent destination for a relaxed lunch or supper with friends and colleagues.
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