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The Ritz Restaurant

150 Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 9BR

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Tailcoated waiters serving cloche-covered plates of luxurious food to the privileged elite: dining at The Ritz is a timewarp experience akin to winding back the clock to the dawn of the 20th century. It's a special place, so why not go for broke and start with a glass of bubbly in the art deco Rivoli Bar to steady the nerves for the extravagant opulence of the dining room - a space to rival Versailles Palace, with its rich Louis XVI-inspired decor of murals, painted ceilings, statues and glittering chandeliers reflecting from mirrored walls. An army of waiting staff (four sommeliers, no less) pulls off a correctly polite performance with theatrical classic tableside service that avoids any hint of stuffiness. Auguste Escoffier would find no fault with the whole show, including the classically-inspired menu, although the odd Gallic eyebrow might be raised at executive chef John Williams' own distinctively contemporary reworkings, such as the celeriac, walnut and salted grapes that accompany grouse. Given the surroundings and the prices, luxury ingredients abound. But it's not all about lobster and caviar (although the crustacean stars in a main course with carrot fondant, ginger and lime): one starter matches soft and creamy veal sweetbreads with truffles and puréed parsnip, and Dover sole is pointed up with wild mushrooms and champagne sauce, while posh beef tournedos might slum it with ox cheek and celeriac. At dessert stage, a light and perfectly risen exotic fruit soufflé comes with banana and rum ice cream, or you could invoke the spirit of Escoffier and bow out with crèpes Suzette for two, flambéed theatrically at the table.

Further information

Tel: 020 7300 2370
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British, French
Chef: John T Williams MBE
Number of seats: 90
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £37.00
Sunday lunch: £49.00-£79.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

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