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Breaking news

September 2021:  The restaurant is soon to close (on the 24th) as Chantelle Nicholson looks for a new, less "masculine" site in the 'burbs (the original having been designed by Marcus Wareing).

July 2020: The business is now owned solely by Chantelle Nicholson with no further involvement by Marcus Wareing. It re-opens after a period of Covid-19-related closure on August 6.

survey result

Summary

£66
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “dark” decor, there’s an “NYC-diner feel” to Marcus Wareing’s quirky, Theatreland venue, whose “lively and buzzy” (if sometimes “noisy”) style and “friendly and welcoming” staff helped improve its ratings this year. For somewhere in the beating heart of the touristy West End, there’s a dizzying range of culinary options created by Kiwi chef Chantelle Nicholson (an offbeat mix of ambitious tasting menus and more down-to-earth dishes, like steaks or roasts); and although there are disappointments, a majority this year do extol its “fantastic culinary creations”.

Summary

£66
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “dark” decor, there’s an “NYC-diner feel” to Marcus Wareing’s quirky, Theatreland venue, whose “lively and buzzy” (if sometimes “noisy”) style and “friendly and welcoming” staff helped improve its ratings this year. For somewhere in the beating heart of the touristy West End, there’s a dizzying range of culinary options created by Kiwi chef Chantelle Nicholson (an offbeat mix of ambitious tasting menus and more down-to-earth dishes, like steaks or roasts); and although there are disappointments, a majority this year do extol its “fantastic culinary creations”.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Marcus Wareing’s multi-level Theatreland diner doesn’t sit within any easily defined niche and continues to split opinions. At its best, this is a versatile, “buzzy and fun” destination (“especially if you can grab a booth”), suited to many occasions; and fans of its “interesting, varied menu, with amazing flavours” just “can’t wait to go back”. Sceptics, though, feel the food is “less inspired than expected from a Marcus Wareing venue”, with “a total bill that’s too much for an ultimately unsatisfying experience”. Top Tip – often nominated as a kid-friendly choice.

Summary

£60
  £££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Views divide sharply on Marcus Wareing’s Theatreland diner, which has yet to fully find its mojo. It does have a growing profile, and fans for whom its “clever-but-not-too-clever (fairly robust and rich) cooking” makes for “a very enjoyable night out”. Even those who like its “nice buzzy feel” can feel the food is only “decent enough”, however, especially as it ain’t cheap, and there are still too many reports of some plain “dismal” meals.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Pretheatre £25.00 £30.00
SundayLunch   £30.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 39.00 Always available 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £25.00 £4.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
4 Upper St Martin's Ln, London, WC2H 9NY
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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