RestaurantsLondonSt John's WoodNW8

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Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“For a birthday there’s nowhere better to come, whether you’re 80, 90… or older!” – this “fun trip down memory lane” at the foot of a Regent’s Park apartment block just goes on and on. A perfectly preserved time capsule from the 1970s (“from the salmon tablecloths and napkins to the recently departed ruched curtains”), you “sit down to crudités with a garlic dip and Melba toast then move onto a three-course meal from an extensive Italian-biassed English menu”: “it’s the most comforting of comfort food” (“Steak Diane as a main… wonderful!”). Service-wise, it’s “a well-oiled machine”: “all ages are well looked after, especially the oldest and youngest” and it’s a “go-to venue for family celebrations” for a large slice of north London. “Portions are huge” (“even the teenagers in the party struggle with the quantities”), but you must leave space for pud, delivered by Neil “the fabulous dessert waiter, who always ‘saves his favourite just for you’!”

Summary

£73
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Let’s do the time warp again (…and again, and again, and again, and…)” – this happy relic at the foot of a Regent’s Park apartment block “hasn’t changed in 30 years, and why should it?” Stuck in perpetuity in the mid-1970s (complete with salmon-pink décor; long-serving waiters from that era; and a menu that’s not wittingly nostalgic, it just never changed) “it would take the hardest of hearts not to be moved to inexplicable joy by an occasional visit here”. The “amazing staff really look after you”, “you won’t leave hungry”, and the arrival of the dessert trolley provides a rapturous climax to the occasion. They are also terrific with kids, who often dine here as part of large family groups incorporating relatives at least 70 years their senior.

Summary

£71
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s always a joy to hear ‘Happy Birthday’ being sung again and again” at this buoyant family-run “relic”, “tucked away at the foot of a Regent’s Park apartment block”. “From the salmon pink tablecloths, ‘Kings’-style cutlery, candles, roses, toast melba and crudités with garlicky mayonnaise” to the resolutely dated, but “well executed” menu (“my potatoes were sautéed as they would have been c1972”), it’s a “unique, old skool dining experience” whose fundamentals “haven’t changed in over forty years”. For sure, “you won’t leave hungry” and you will eat “at very reasonable prices”. The very characterful service is “second to none” and ultimately what seals its appeal: “you cannot refer to this restaurant without mentioning the lovely Maria & Tony and never-to-be-forgotten Neil the dessert supremo”.

Summary

£66
  £££
3
Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Like going on a 1970s cruise without leaving the shore” – this “crazy-but-fun throwback” at the foot of a Regent’s Park apartment-block is certainly “one of a kind”, and always “leaves you smiling”. “Faultless and charming” staff of decades’ standing bantering with silver-haired regulars of a not-dissimilar vintage create an atmosphere that’s “half restaurant – half theatre”: “there are always generations of families celebrating a birthday” and “the hubbub can be deafening, with cakes arriving at regular intervals”. The “absurdly retro menu” (crudités, melba toast, steak Diane…) is seemingly unchanged from when the place opened, and delivers “overwhelming helpings of well-cooked classic dishes, washed down with very sensibly priced wine”. “The renowned dessert waiter with his trolley is still there, but of late, no longer always does the same performance at the end of the meal, whereby he tells you what you want without you asking, and says ‘mama saved the last piece for you!’”

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Charlbert Street, London, NW8 7EN

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Highchair,Portions
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Oslo Court Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Oslo Court Restaurant in NW8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Oslo Court restaurant.
Richard F
Pure theatre as always - such fun...
Reviewed 2 months, 3 days ago

"Pure theatre as always - such fun"

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Richard F
what a laugh ...
Reviewed 4 months, 10 days ago

"what a laugh "

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Richard F
good food and a laugh...
Reviewed 5 months, 10 days ago

"good food and a laugh"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £44.00
Dinner   £54.00

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.50
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Charlbert Street, London, NW8 7EN
Opening hours
Monday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 7 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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