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“Fantastic Sunday lunch”

St. Villa Bar & Restaurant
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Ranked #30 of 356 Restaurants in St Albans
Certificate of Excellence
Description: St. Villa offers a unique dining experience. Opened in October 2016 we aim to bring the best that British and European cuisine has to offer, all under one roof. We hope you like it as much as we do. Whether you have more time or just want a quick bite, we have something for everyone. Pop in for our two course set menu and selection of wines by the glass or explore the options of our a la carte if you don't have to rush off. Enjoy some downtime in between work and home and join us at the bar for fresh cocktails and a light snack. If the weather's nice take advantage and dine al fresco on our fabulous terrace. Finish off you work day or toast your weekend with our changing a la carte menu. We strive to keep our menu as seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced as possible. Supporting local farmers and suppliers is vital to what we do. Good food deserves great wine We work with vineyards and winemakers from all over the world, large or small, to bring you a fantastic choice of wines, that hit all the right notes without breaking the bank. From classic cocktails to seasonal specials alcoholic or non, craft beers or fine wines, we have something to suit any mood. And if you can't decide, why not ask one of our team for a recommendation. Celebrate in style with a private party Whether you're celebrating a special birthday, wedding reception or business meeting we can take care of your event for you. We can accommodate both large and small groups from canapes to full menu.
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Description: St. Villa offers a unique dining experience. Opened in October 2016 we aim to bring the best that British and European cuisine has to offer, all under one roof. We hope you like it as much as we do. Whether you have more time or just want a quick bite, we have something for everyone. Pop in for our two course set menu and selection of wines by the glass or explore the options of our a la carte if you don't have to rush off. Enjoy some downtime in between work and home and join us at the bar for fresh cocktails and a light snack. If the weather's nice take advantage and dine al fresco on our fabulous terrace. Finish off you work day or toast your weekend with our changing a la carte menu. We strive to keep our menu as seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced as possible. Supporting local farmers and suppliers is vital to what we do. Good food deserves great wine We work with vineyards and winemakers from all over the world, large or small, to bring you a fantastic choice of wines, that hit all the right notes without breaking the bank. From classic cocktails to seasonal specials alcoholic or non, craft beers or fine wines, we have something to suit any mood. And if you can't decide, why not ask one of our team for a recommendation. Celebrate in style with a private party Whether you're celebrating a special birthday, wedding reception or business meeting we can take care of your event for you. We can accommodate both large and small groups from canapes to full menu.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always love coming here for Sunday lunch, great food and atmosphere, one of the few places that has a chicken choice on a Sunday menu, brilliant! :)

Thank NTOdedra
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General M, General Manager at St. Villa Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are really pleased you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Yes every week we offer chicken, pork or roast beef so, diners like you have plenty of choice.
We do hope to see you soon. Once again, many thanks.

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

We dropped in on a Saturday evening at 1900 and they found us a table in the early evening sunshine. Ordered the burger and a medium rare steak plus the house IPA. The IPA was quite bitter but good for a change. Unfortunately the steak came cooked medium-well. This was immediately changed without any quibble. It was a little awkward to eat separately as the new steak understandably took some time to cook on a busy Saturday night. What redeemed this restaurant was the manager immediately adjusted the bill. An over cooked steak can easily happen but the way the issue was managed was excellent and we will definitely come back again though I’m guessing we will need to book next time.

Thank SBLavin
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General M, General Manager at St. Villa Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Appreciate your review, we do always recommend people book at the weekend, but where we can, we always will accommodate walk ins. In the summer it is a little easier for us as we have the luxury of using our beautiful terrace which means we can increase capacity.
Thank you for taking the time to review St.Villa, we are sorry we made a mistake with your order, but we are pleased you recognised that it was all handled professionally and we do really hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

This restaurant has a beautiful setting...felt a bit like being on a film set. We really enjoyed the food, especially the ham-hock terrine and the amazing chips!!
The staff were all very friendly and helpful - a special mention to Fahida who looked after us very well. A bit puzzled about the comments here concerning slow service, we visited on a Saturday night and found timings just about right - we weren’t rushed but were never left with dirty plates or with too long a wait between courses. We hope to return soon.

Thank brick04
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General M, General Manager at St. Villa Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Such a lovely review, thank you for taking the time to post this. We are so pleased you enjoyed your St.Villa experience and we will of course pass on your compliments to Fahida.
We pride ourselves on having a unique setting with a real Mediterranean/holiday vibe. Having the terrace is a real luxury and when the sun shines there really is nowhere nicer to be.
We do hope to welcome you back in the not to distant future, our menus changes regularly and we do offer a set lunch and early bird dinner menu too, should you fancy a spur of the moment treat

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely meal. Can recommend the king prawns and the merlot rose. The waitress was great, when we could get her. Seriously under-staffed. Which meant the service was slow. And the staff were overvatretched.

Thank Villagebird
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General M, General Manager at St. Villa Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us, our new Sumer menu is proving to be a great success we can only apologise that our service perhaps didn't quite match this. We take on board all feedback and we will look into our service.
We do hope to welcome you back soon, our menus do change seasonally and we do offer a set lunch menu and early bird dinner menu which are great value.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We went here for my girlfriends birthday. Situated at the London Road side of the city centre, it was a perfect venue. The sun was shining and we were all peckish.
We arrived early and wanted to sit outside for a drink before we ate inside. Maybe this was a sign of things to come?
We sat on some comfy settees, but asked for some shade as 2 of our party were previous skin cancer sufferers. It took 20 minutes to get a shade and almost the instant they erected it, they said our table was ready!! Drinks had still not arrived anyway, so we went in.
In total, we were there for three hours and waited over an hour for our main courses. So long in fact, we got offered gratis bread and olives, twice.
The food was not amazing. Satisfactory in fact and not hot either.
We had to chase desserts as we were kept waiting yet again for those!
To be fair, 20% was deducted from the bill, but an optional gratuity was still added. Personally, I would have asked for it to be deducted.
Where we sat, we could see the bar and the kitchen. The serving staff worked tirelessly running in and out on an extremely hot day. The kitchen staff seemed less interested in any speed and in all honesty, the food was satisfactory, no better than that. The portions are modest and if you go there, add some sides.
All in all, this place has so much potential, but we won’t be going back. They had their chance and blew it.

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General M, General Manager at St. Villa Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We can only apologise that we did not meet your expectations. Our service is a little slower as all our dishes and our cocktails are freshly prepared.
We do take onboard all feedback and listen carefully to our customers reviews.

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