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“Cafe by name only as the food and service are 5 star.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sotheby's Cafe
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Ranked #5,034 of 22,202 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Mayfair
London NW6
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116 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Cafe by name only as the food and service are 5 star.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

This is probably London's best kept secret. Sotheby's is world famous for being an auction house frequented by the rich and famous. Who would have thought that they would have a 'cafe' tucked away in the corner of the marbled and very grand entrance hall? I had no idea that Sotheby's had a restaurant and what a wonderful place it is! This is 5 star cafe with superb food and impeccable, friendly service. The cafe is small and cosy. If you sit inside, even more cosy because space is at a premium. However, my friend and I had the £15 lunch menu. This is nouvelle cuisine and the portions looked small but in reality, it was enough to fill you up. Presentation is beautiful so don't expect a large portion of food to be splodged on a plate and put in front of you. I started with Chicken Liver pate. This was unlike any pate I have had. Instead it was whole chicken livers blended with a fusion of herbs, spices and accompanied by an almond and fig slice. Utterly sublime! It was the kind of starter that had you desperately trying not be a pleb and to pick up and lick the ramekin dish clean! I wanted to scrape it clean. We both had an unusual dish of Semolina Gnocchi. Im not a great lover of Gnocchi but this was to die for. Handmade balls of gnocchi nestling in a bed of interesting vegetables and a green salsa. Both of us are picky eaters but we polished off our food with gusto. Oh! it made such a change from the typical "ladies-who-lunch-fodder" of salads consisting of rabbit food and chopped nuts!
The service was friendly, sweet, very fast and solicitous. My friend asked for and got, a doggy bag of Semolina Gnocchi to take home to her husband. It was even placed in one of those expensive Sotheby's classy carrier bags! Its these little touches that matter, you know!
The dessert menu had some interesting things on it but since we had both eaten more than enough, we gave it a miss and vowed to try something from it on our next visit.
The clientele range from "ladies-who-lunch" to business folk and the place was packed so its a good idea to book a table and make your preference known to be seated either inside or outside.
This is a wonderful place to pose, pretending to be rich, as you can sit on the big squashy sofas in the hall, soak up the atmosphere, have a full afternoon tea and watch the world go by. The prices are the same for Afternoon teas as at any of the big hotels in this area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea with a difference..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

I have writeten a review of the saleroom...Take in afternoon tea too...It is just a bit pricey but if there is a viewing too it is well worth the visit.
Jjust one tip if you are desperate for a toilet ...This offers one of the best....

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank filmex
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not the place for the hungry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

This is a very good restaurant in a marvelous location. On occasion there are some fine works of art to be seen in the saleroom. The downside is that the lunchtime portions are ridiculously small- not a place for the very hungry to eat. Breakfast and afternoon tea are enjoyable.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Carl G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Contemporary Tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

Fantastic afternoon spent seeing the masterpieces of the Contemporary art sales and having a lovely tea. Impeccable service, exquisite tea, fun people watching, charming atmosphere....and super contemporary art themed cupcakes! I hope they do this again!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mfmvb
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London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A delicious tea in Bond Street”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

We visited the Cafe after viewing the Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Art Exhibition in the Sotheby's Galleries. While the Cafe has a good range of tea treats for any visit we were particularly lucky that for a short spell to coincide with the major Surrealist sale they were serving a special "Surrealist" Tea.

This was amazing and included a speacial blend of surrealist tea, Magritte inspired biscuits, Dali inspired melting clock cup cakes and tubes of beetroot and orange "paint". Not only was the tea witty but it was also delicious!

The service was charming and we were even encoraged to have a refill of hot water in our tea pot. The room was elegant with some attractive balck and white photographs and crisp white linen.

The cafe closes promptly at 5 pm and booking is recommended as the space is relatively small and it would be a pity to be disappointed. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Imogen B
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