RestaurantsLondonSt John's WoodNW8

survey result

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!’”

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!’”

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.

“An excellent throwback, which shows that the 1970’s can’t have been all bad!” – this “golden oldie” (“hard to find under an apartment block” north of Regent’s Park) is “unashamedly trapped in a bygone era” and everyone adores it (especially its devoted following of silver- and white-haired north Londoners). The “large menu” of retro fare is “always well-cooked”, comes in “very ample portions” and is served by “the friendliest and most efficient, caring waiters on the planet” (with a special shout out to Neil, the “entertaining man in charge of the sweet trolley”; reason to visit in itself for its magnificent selection of “ridiculously indulgent desserts”). “This is not dinner, but a night out!”“go before it disappears!”

Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“How restaurants used to be” – this “fun throwback to the 1970s”, “quirkily located at the foot of a Regent’s Park apartment block” perfectly preserves the plush pink style of the era; while its “wonderful happy atmosphere” is buoyed along by celebratory parties of septuagenarian north Londoners bantering with long-serving staff for whom “nothing is too much trouble”. The generous dishes are “old-fashioned, but superb if you like the style” (“where else can you find a proper veal Holstein?”) and “there’s always a full house because it’s such good value” (“it’s booked well ahead by those who know it”). Be sure to leave space for Neil’s dessert trolley.

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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
Even with social distancing it is still suc...
Reviewed 7 days ago

"Even with social distancing it is still such great theatre and felt very safe"

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Anthony P
We enjoyed the classic dishes on the length...
Reviewed 10 days ago

"We enjoyed the classic dishes on the lengthy menu. Service had the peculiar charm described in earlier reviews but with the oddity of being asked to choose wine before we’d seen a menu. As for ambience, the pink napkins and the ‘Kings’ cutlery added to the period style of the building. One felt slightly underdressed eating in shirt-sleeves."

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Richard F
The service and food were great as always b...
Reviewed 1 months, 5 days ago

"The service and food were great as always but sadlywithout the desrt trolly. The attenion to safety was absolutly superbly delivered. Everyone should visit it to see what good safety looks like compared to other restaurant's"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £36.00
Dinner   £47.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
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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