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Summary

£221
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Alain Ducasse made headlines in May 2021 by parting company with Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, but he maintains his relationship with this, his UK flagship. Despite holding three Michelin Stars, our mixed survey feedback has always questioned the Tyre Men’s assessment here. On the plus-side, there are advocates who say Jean-Philippe Blondet’s cuisine is “always fabulous”, and is supported by “glorious wine” and staff “who really know what they are doing”. On the minus side, though, it’s hard to ignore the very large number of reporters for whom the experience is wildly “overpriced”, and the almost complete absence of support for Michelin’s notion that this is really one of London’s top five dining rooms.

Summary

£133
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Now a dozen years old: Alain Ducasse’s UK flagship is a “subtly decorated and beautiful” – some would say “spectacular” – looking chamber on Park Lane, which perennially divides opinion between those who say it “never lets you down” and opponents who say it “never fails to disappoint”. The latter camp have had the upper hand pretty much since the day it opened: they acknowledge a meal here is “a treat”, but focus their fire on the “ludicrous prices”, and the fact that its level of achievement is so “overhyped” by Michelin, who – seemingly on the grounds of Gallic cultural imperialism – insist on awarding this superstar Frenchman three stars, when one or two would be more than adequate!

Summary

£133
£££££
2
Average
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Now a dozen years old: Alain Ducasse’s UK flagship is a “subtly decorated and beautiful” – some would say “spectacular” – looking chamber on Park Lane, which perennially divides opinion between those who say it “never lets you down” and opponents who say it “never fails to disappoint”. The latter camp have had the upper hand pretty much since the day it opened: they acknowledge a meal here is “a treat”, but focus their fire on the “ludicrous prices”, and the fact that its level of achievement is so “overhyped” by Michelin, who – seemingly on the grounds of Gallic cultural imperialism – insist on awarding this superstar Frenchman three stars, when one or two would be more than adequate!

Summary

£134
£££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I still do not understand why this above other amazing restaurants is one of only three Michelin three-star establishments in London!” The world-famous Gallic chef’s luxurious Mayfair outpost is not without a significant number of advocates who hail it as “the best of the best!”, with “truly first-class cuisine”, “staff who seemingly glide around the floor” and “stunning surroundings”. Even they can find it “stupidly expensive” however, and for far too many critics the cooking here is terribly “overrated” and the overall experience “underwhelming compared to other offerings”. Top Tip: the best seats in the house are on the ‘Table Lumière’, surrounded by 4,500 fibre optic cables.

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

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7, 12, 30
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82
10
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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 210.00 Always available 11
Menu2 165.00 Always available 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £48.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1QA
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