RestaurantsLondonPrimrose HillNW1

survey result

Summary

£52
   ££
1
Poor
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The miracle is that it doesn’t change”, say fans of this veteran Primrose Hill taverna: a “big, bustling, cheerful, noisy, Greek family-style restaurant that’s been around forever”, with particularly “warm” staff of decades’ standing, who “don’t just tolerate children, they positively welcome them.” Never exactly a foodie hotspot, “it’s time to revamp the menu…”, according to one fan, who then goes on to admit “…but I’ve been saying that since 1978!” In truth, though, the experience here is finally starting to show its age: there have always been one or two sceptics who “wonder why everyone makes such a fuss about the place”, but their number grows more numerous with each passing year.

Summary

£52
   ££
1
Poor
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The miracle is that it doesn’t change”, say fans of this veteran Primrose Hill taverna: a “big, bustling, cheerful, noisy, Greek family-style restaurant that’s been around forever”, with particularly “warm” staff of decades’ standing, who “don’t just tolerate children, they positively welcome them.” Never exactly a foodie hotspot, “it’s time to revamp the menu…”, according to one fan, who then goes on to admit “…but I’ve been saying that since 1978!” In truth, though, the experience here is finally starting to show its age: there have always been one or two sceptics who “wonder why everyone makes such a fuss about the place”, but their number grows more numerous with each passing year.

Summary

£49
   ££
1
Poor
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always packed to the rafters” and “buzzing, buzzing, buzzing” – this “busy cheerful hub of Primrose Hill” – a sprawling mega-taverna – has been a “warm and comforting” north London phenomenon for about as long as most folks remember. Even many fans accept the food is “tired and boring” yet “still we all love it and come back every chance we get!” The secret to its enduring (to a few sceptics “mysterious”) success is that “Tony and the staff have been here for decades and a genuinely warm welcome is assured”. “Our newborn son had his first restaurant experience here, followed thirty four years later by our newborn grandson’s. The whole restaurant recently joined in with Happy Birthday to a 104 year old! This is a family run restaurant with a loyal family clientele.”

Summary

£49
   ££
1
Poor
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “vast Greek taverna” has become a landmark after 40 years on Primrose Hill, and is “extraordinarily busy” due to the “unique experience and family atmosphere” it offers. But the cooking “is average at best, and less-than-average of late”; “I’ve been coming here for 25 years and the food is nothing like it used to be, which is very sad because it’s a fun place”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
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No dress code
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Lemonia Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Lemonia Restaurant in NW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Lemonia restaurant.
Sally M
Very average food but still v popular - not...
Reviewed 2 months, 28 days ago

"Very average food but still v popular - not sure why."

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Neill A
Completely chaotic local restaurant that ha...
Reviewed 3 months, 13 days ago

"Completely chaotic local restaurant that hasn’t changed anything (menu, decor, waiters) in 20 years. Can’t understand why it’s popular with locals, unless it’s a love of chaos. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £15.75

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£3.80 £22.50 £3.75 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £2.25
Extras  
Bread £0.60
Service 12.50%
89 Regent’s Park Rd, London, NW1 8UY
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4:30 pm

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