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“Best bit of Paris in London”

Relais de Venise - City of London Branch
Ranked #2,537 of 23,025 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$40
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Neighbourhood: City of London
Restaurant details
Neighbourhood: City of London
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
454 reviews
411 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
“Best bit of Paris in London”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Everything about this restaurant was enjoyable. The Steak is really excellent, the service is very good and we all loved it here. We also came here last week...and it was a fantastic experience! Would recommend and we will certainly return!

Visited November 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
house
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Love it!”
Reviewed 25 December 2013

Love this place! Turn up, best at noon or 2 o clock as you cannot book, sit down and the rest is pretty much done for you.

Salad is served with walnuts and dressing followed by steak and frites cooked to your liking. Two thirds of the steak is presented first and the final third is brought later with a fresh supply of frites (all served with the special Relais herb sauce).

Bottle of house claret and cheese rounds off a great mealtime (in fact the cheese selection with port is the best).

Often have deals on including free bottle of house claret on a Monday lunchtime.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Poor service, average food”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

For a 'French' restaurant, to find a place which does poor steak and yet only offers rare or medium (medium-rare is not an option highlighting the boil-in-bag set up!) is in itself quite special, but the service surpasses even this poor performance. Highlighting the 'pre-pack' nature of the place, they refuse to serve butter (even when asked for at extra cost) as it "only comes with the cheese". Wine is over priced and service is sultry at best.
Don't waste your time or money - the city has so many better options on all counts.

  • Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Different to most chains”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

Quite a bit different, given that you can not choose any of your food. Just salad and steak, however the steak is very tasty

Visited November 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Maybe I'm a picky Texan . . .”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

but the beef seemed to be lower quality. Mine was also very gristly. I am used to dry aged, high quality Angus, so please take that into consideration! I thought that the meat was cooked properly (FYI: rare there = medium rare in the States) and the sauce was very good. The frites (french fries) were perfect and the desserts were excellent. If the beef quality had been better, it probably would have been 5 stars. Great service, nice wine, reasonable price.

Visited December 2013
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