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Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Unashamedly classical French haute cuisine

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Alain Ducasse has two-dozen restaurants around the world in such glitzy locations as Monaco and Las Vegas, varying from simply stylish bistros to luxurious bastions of contemporary French cuisine. The Dorchester is firmly in the latter category. The dining room positively shimmers, which his mostly down to the 4,500 fibre optic lights that create the Table Lumière, a glamorous cocoon in the centre of the room in which sits a private table. The view over park Lane is through one-way glass to ensure a sense of privacy and exclusivity, while the service is world class - impeccably dressed, knowledgeable and smooth. The attention to detail is evident from the get-go, with perfect bread and an amuse-bouche that combines tender coco beans and confit chicken leg in a light broth with black truffle. Next up, soft-baked egg with chicken liver and lobster is another show stopper: an ingenious combination of first-class ingredients and technical virtuosity, dressed with a rich, decadent and velvety chicken jus. Roasted fillet of brill is a more traditional dish in its concept and execution, but no less thrilling, with textbook boulangère potatoes, and confit lemon and anchovy to elevate the plate to exalted status. Rib and saddle of venison is a meaty main course of refinement and earthy richness (keeping company with a glossy grand veneur sauce), and, to finish, 'Apple delight' is a harmonious textural and visual experience. The French-focused wine list covers a lot of ground and offers succour to the most ardent grape fan, and when it comes to the spend, the sky is the limit.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st week in January, Easter weekend, 3 weeks in August, 26–30 December
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday, 31 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Jean Philippe Blondet, Angelo Ercolano, Alberto Gobbo

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Contemporary, Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 1
  • Wines over £30: 1015
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

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Nearest train station

Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch
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