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Summary

Marcus Wareing’s “quietly luxurious” Belgravia dining room is one of London’s best-known temples of gastronomy and for its very many fans it fully lives up to that reputation with its “balanced, precise and beautifully presented cuisine”, “discreet and attentive service”, and its “spacious and elegant” quarters (“if you want to seal a business deal, then just wow them with dinner in this place, which strikes that delicate balance between formal and relaxed!”). Not absolutely everyone is wowed though – in particular, the prices can seem plain “silly”. STOP PRESS: Those not wowed now includes the Michelin Man who demoted Marcus from two stars to one in October 2018.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Marcus Wareing’s “spacious” and “peaceful” Belgravia chamber is “the epitome of what a special restaurant should be” for its very many admirers, not least when it comes to the “incredible” cooking with “maximum flavours to the fore”, be it from the à la carte, or 5- and 8-course tasting options. However, its ratings are dragged down by a vociferous minority who diss the “disengaged” service and an experience where “everything is fine but nothing is great”: is that second Michelin star just boosting expectations too high?

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Reports of “stunning” cuisine, and heightened approval for the “elegant”, revamped interior helped restore ratings this year for Marcus Wareing’s famous Knightsbridge flagship. Not all is rosy though – the approach can still feel “over-formal”, service in particular can “fall way short of expectations”, and many of the worst reviews are from long-term fans who feel by comparison with its glory years, the cooking is “vastly expensive” and “not worth the bother”: “Marcus, you can do better than this!”

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Since its March 2014 refit, Marcus Wareing’s celebrated Knightsbridge chamber has lost its momentum. Fans do still extol a “completely fabulous” experience with “cracking” cuisine, but even they often note how “expensive” it is. And there are now far too many critics – citing a “pompous” approach and cooking “lacking wow factor” – who say its prices are plain “outrageous”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH FOOD TO EVOKE AND CREATE MEMORIES


One of London's most acclaimed restaurants, Marcus combines two Michelin starred cooking with a relaxed, contemporary space. 


Dining options include a la carte, classic and seasonal tasting menus, a spectacular Chef's Table for up to 10 guests and The Salon, a private dining room for groups of up to 16.


 


 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £90.00
Lunch   £55.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 135.00 Always Available 8
Menu2 115.00 Always Available 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
10, 16
No trainers
80
8
Yes

The chef

In March 2017, Marcus Wareing appointed husband and wife, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund, as Chef Patrons of Marcus.


Mark and Shauna have worked for Marcus Wareing Restaurants for over ten years and have been instrumental to its growth and ongoing success. Having both started with Marcus at what was then Pétrus, they have been part of the team which saw the restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel go through two large scale changes, adding resolute support and valuable assistance at each turn. The first being the change from Pétrus to Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley in 2008, followed by the 2014 renovation where the restaurant was relaunched and renamed simply as ‘Marcus’.

Private dining

Chef's Table
Front row seats at the best food theatre in London.


An immersive, memorable dining experience in a private entertaining space overlooking the restaurant's two Michelin starred kitchen. The focussed intensity of the kitchen creates a fantastic atmosphere, as dishes are created and presented in front of your party.


5 or 8 course lunch menu, and 8 course dinner menu available. 


Seats up to 10.


Private Dining Room
One of London's most elegant private dining room, The Salon, has soft daylight from floor-to-floor ceiling windows and is separated from the dining room with raised flooring and doors which can be closed or left open depending on the occassion. 


A range of seasonal menus are available, including 3-course set or choice menus, a 4-course choice menu, and 5 or 8-course taste menus. Our team can also create a bespoke menu tailored to your preferences. 


Seats up to 16.


Our Head Sommelier can create wine pairings for your meal, either working to a budget or through a recommended selection for both private dining areas.


Exclusive hire
For the most exclusive experience, hire the restaurant. 


Our team can create bespoke experiences, from food and drink, to an appearance from Marcus Wareing, floristry and AV.

Seats up to 80. 


 

Marcus, The Berkeley Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Marcus, The Berkeley Restaurant in SW1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Marcus, The Berkeley restaurant.
Neal C
The restaurant was a bit quiet, but the foo...
Reviewed 4 months, 14 days ago

"The restaurant was a bit quiet, but the food as great and service was superb."

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Chris H
Old school opulence, and one of the origina...
Reviewed 5 months, 2 days ago

"Old school opulence, and one of the original pioneers of Modern British Cuisine. Strong cooking but it’s fair to say, nothing trailblazing. Heavy wine mark ups make the experience a pricy one, but then this is the Berkeley. "

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Tim Y
two out of three courses outstanding, servi...
Reviewed 6 months, 13 days ago

"two out of three courses outstanding, service formal/upselling/hard to understand at times, only by exerting iron control could one keep it at £160 a head"

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Ant G
Great fun submerging in glutony but I was a...
Reviewed 11 months, 15 days ago

"Great fun submerging in glutony but I was a little disappointed. One scallop dish on the taster menu blew me away but the rest was not exceptional. Luckily I wasn't paying!"

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Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-9:45pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-9:45pm
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