Soho, Fitztrovia, Covent Garden



There are some who'll be of the opinion that if it ain't broke, don't fix it and any attempt to update this golden oldie would have failed in their eyes. But it's true that Kettners was looking more than a little shabby around the edges so the decision to revamp was understandable. Unfortunately the results are not to everyone's taste.

Restaurant details

Address: 29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP

Telephone number: 020 7734 6112

Contact restaurant

Nearest station: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 8am - 1am, Sunday 9am - midnight

  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Music/ Entertainment

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Critic reviews - total score 5.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Farah Shafiq View London
Reviewed on October 09, 2009
"Perfect for those wanting a good meal in special surroundings." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Mark Bolland ES Magazine Estimated score
Reviewed on March 16, 2009
"I liked it. Yes, it's changed - but then, so have I. We all have. Maybe the restaurant's detractors are not mourning the lost menu so much as their lost youth." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 3
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on February 10, 2009
"I wouldn’t say I was actively insulted by the place, but it in no way measures up to its location, history, the promise of its plushness..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on February 10, 2009
"If you've never been before, you would wonder what the fuss was about. And then, oh dear, the food starts coming. " READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Liz Hoggard Evening Standard
Reviewed on January 07, 2009
"Personally I rather like Crawford’s French-Scandawegian interior but you would never get me sitting at the long marble counter that runs down the centre of the restaurant." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by January 08, 2009
"At the moment, it’s only for a quick daytime bite – rather than for enjoying the pricier and more ambitious main dishes (which we didn’t sample) – that the ambience of the place seems to any extent suited." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 0.5
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on December 13, 2008
"[Kettner's once] offered a bargain slice of good living by serving pizza in a chandelier-laden room of an opulence that ridiculed the cost of dinner. In its new manifestation, it cunningly turns that formula upside down by serving faux-peasanty stuff at absurd prices." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Charmaine Mok Time Out
Reviewed on December 11, 2008
"In short, Kettner’s has taken the simplest of ideas, and unlike many other places, has executed it (almost) flawlessly." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Anon thelondonpaper Estimated score
Reviewed on December 03, 2008
"The revamp won’t be to every taste (eyes to the floor, boys!) but at least Kettner’s has an identity once again." READ REVIEW

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