RestaurantsLondonSt James'sW1J

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One of two new eateries that arrived in late Summer at the Royal Academy from the star Spaniard - see also Poster Bar by José. This one took over the Dorfman Senate Room and is a formal fine-dining affair.

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Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Talk about high ceilings and light” – this “really lovely addition to the RA” is “worth a trip just for the beautiful dining room”. According to supporters, “it’s a clear exception to the rule that restaurants in art galleries never live up to their surroundings, with imaginative tapas in good-sized portions and at very reasonable prices for the area”. That said, its ratings have slipped since it first opened and there are one or two critics who say “we’ve always been fans of José, but the RA offering isn’t as good as the other JPs”.

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I was expecting this to be a luke-warm franchise type of place, but the food was really exceptional!” – José P has confounded any sceptics with his takeover of this “relaxing oasis” within the famous Piccadilly art institution: “a fantastic addition to the dining scene in London” with “fabulous tapas”, “served impeccably” in a “stunning” dining room where you eat “surrounded by art”.

Summary

One of two new eateries arriving in late summer 2021 at the Royal Academy from the star Spaniard – see also Poster Bar by José. This one takes over the Dorfman Senate Room and is a formal fine-dining affair.

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Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

José Pizarro at the RA Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of José Pizarro at the RA Restaurant in W1J, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of José Pizarro at the RA restaurant.
George S
Delicious well executed tapas from a short ...
Reviewed 1 months, 12 days ago

"Delicious well executed tapas from a short well chosen menu. Comfortable, almost stately RA surroundings add to the pleasure."

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Victoria J
Although the menu does not change that much...
Reviewed 2 months, 15 days ago

"Although the menu does not change that much, it is a delightful end to a visit to the RA. Staff are lovely and interested in the food. Very good choice of wines by the glass, well described. "

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Steven B
Worth coming here even if you are not visit...
Reviewed 2 months, 15 days ago

"Worth coming here even if you are not visiting the RA! Lovely room with well spaced tables - book to avoid those in the corridor! Food has always impressed, menu changes are slow so cannot come to often. Good desserts too. Service is really friendly and nothing is too much trouble."

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Tim Y
Beautifully rendered tapas from a short men...
Reviewed 7 months,

"Beautifully rendered tapas from a short menu in gracious surroundings. A fine lunch stop"

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Steven B
Return for lunch in this lovely room; so co...
Reviewed 8 months, 21 days ago

"Return for lunch in this lovely room; so convenient when visiting the Royal Academy. Menu has something for anyone despite being only one page. The descriptions do not prepare you fully for the complexity of the dishes. Octopus for example was sliced with subtle ham etc. Cob Salad turned out to be cheese wrap etc. Deserts also excellent - Spanish Toast this time is a much lighter again subtle version of the ubiquitous French Toast. Good choice of wines Friendly Service this time was super fast but no pressure to leave. Overall, shows us how much good Spanish foos can offer. Its not cheap though"

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Carlos D
Limited choice of tapas, but every one a wi...
Reviewed 1 years,

"Limited choice of tapas, but every one a winner. Leave room for the classic desserts, with a difference. And such a beautiful space--talk about high ceilings and light. Perfect post-exhibition lunch. "

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Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£12.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £2.75
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11:30 am‑6 pm
Wednesday11:30 am‑6 pm
Thursday11:30 am‑6 pm
Friday11:30 am‑9 pm
Saturday11:30 am‑6 pm
Sunday11:30 am‑6 pm

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