Harden's survey result
“Outstanding in every way”, say fans of Marcus Wareing’s calm Belgravia temple of gastronomy: “a big room, where the setting of each table feels very private”, and where the “expertly crafted and seasonal” cuisine (under chef patrons, Mark and Shauna Froydenlund) is, they feel, “expensive, but oh-so-worth it”. For a large minority, though, its “daft” prices defy comprehension, and those who remember the era when Marcus himself was more regularly at the stoves feel that “compared with ten years ago, it’s not a patch on what it was”.
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.
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?
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!”
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.
|Wine per bottle||£38.00|
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’.
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.
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
"Refused to bring the cheese trolley to the table - “insufficient space”. Cheese served without biscuits, bread, chutney or any accompaniments. Commented on this to the waiter who said he would mention it to the chef - no response except the bill. Very poor."
"The restaurant was a bit quiet, but the food as great and service was superb."
"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. "
"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"
Wilton Pl, London, SW1X 7RL
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|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-9:45pm|
|Friday||12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-9:45pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-9:45pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-6 pm|