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“Disappointing”
Review of Patio

Patio
Ranked #2,835 of 22,516 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Hammersmith / Fulham
Description: Patio Restaurant was opened in June 1986. Presently, it is one of the most successful Polish restaurants in London, receiving rapturous reviews from well known food critics of The Independent, The Guardian, Telegraph and Evening Standard. The Patio Restaurant, run by Kazimierz and Ewa, has been serving home-made Polish food for more than 22 years. During that period, this family business has developed true excellency in preparing the most distinctive and traditional dishes of Polish cuisine. Patio received numerous reviews from various critics representing some of the biggest advisory newspapers in the UK. All of them agreed that this unpretentious place, stylised like a retro middle-class drawing room, is a must for any Eastern European food amateur. Apart from impressive meals and superb vodka selection, Patio will offer you calm and friendly service as well as live piano perfomances on occasions. Thanks to it's great location in Shepperd's Bush, this Polish restaurant is often visited by Westfield Shopping Centre customers. Patio is situated nearby famous London venues, such as Lyric Theatre or Shepperd's Bush Empire which makes it a perfect place to dine before or after different cultural events. If you are lucky, you may even meet celebrities and performers who often choose to visit Patio. What better recommendation can you get? Our function room is available for free of charge. This lively place has two dining rooms offering seats for about 100 people in total. The function room, located at the lower ground, is often booked for birthdays, weddings and other family gatherings free of charge which makes it really attractive.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We went for dinner after seeing a movie. The place was welcoming and warm.

It turned out a hugely disappointing experience. The bread and butter served were from leftovers, I had to ask for butter portions that weren't used before. The vodka shots were watered down: I'd rather pay more and get full strength vodka.

We had dumplings and beef stroganof. The food was less than average.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Good food, quick service”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

I want to start by saying that my 3 out of 5 should be reflected as "good", not "average". But unfortunately I can't score it a 4 out of 5 to be very good.

We came here pre-show at the O2 Shepherds Bush and the reviews were good. Hadn't made a reservation but luckily a table for 2 was available. Food was mixed - my borscht and smoked haddock was great, but the steak wasn't that remarkable and they had slightly misunderstood our order and had missed out the fries with the steak. Never mind. The borscht genuinely was great with the pierogi in tasting homemade, it was very lovely indeed.

All in all it perfectly served its purpose as a quick meal pre-show that was much better than a chain, and I would certainly happily eat there again and give another item a go.

  • Visited April 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“You wont go away hungry”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Another Empire gig so another visit to Patio. It has such a nice feel about it with welcoming staff in quaint surroundings. The food is more nourishing than epicurean, well cooked, tasty, varied and plenty of it. Good value at £16.50 for 3 course and a glass of vodka.

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely delisious”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

I loved this place , my first time in there, even though I have visited loads of polish places in capital,
took my english colleagues with me and they all loved it! Atmosphere is really nice, ambience and quiet so you can enjoy nice chat,
Food is brilliant and service really friendly,
the only thing i would change was speed between courses, straight after starter our mains were served so it was hard to finish being soo full alreay! I would recommend to everyone and will definitely be back!

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A taste of Poland in Shepherds Bush”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

I've been going to the Patio for nearly 30 years. Still the same owners, still the same real Polish food cooked from fresh ingredients in a traditional way. Still the same warm Polish welcome.

The restaurant feels like the parlour in a Polish house before WWII. There's even a piano.

Polish cuisine is hearty, so it's a good place to go if you're hungry. But there are lighter dishes too and always lots of inventively cooked fresh vegetables, so you can eat very healthily if you wish. My own favourite is the red barszcz, which they usually spell the Russian way (borscht), and which is quite delicious.

One review mentions a long wait to be served. This is unusual, and I suspect it followed a review in a national paper - there was one in the Telegraph recently. What then happens is that the place gets swamped for week or two. However, as I said, it's not a common occurrence, and no small restaurant can cope when this happens.

  • Visited February 2014
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