All reader reviews by Erica D

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

I cannot agree more with the previous review. Standards have declined at Galvin's so dramatically that my partner and I will not be returning. We had an hour's wait in the bar (no staff to serve drinks and no apology for the wait), and wine that we had not ordered appeared on the bill, which was amended (again, with no apology). The food was mediocre and we would not have eaten it if it had not been for the fact that we were ravenous after such a long wait. Staff looked rushed off their feet and it was hard to catch a waiter's eye to get any service. Shame, this used to be such a great restaurant.

Sunday, December 06, 2009
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 3


Without a doubt, the worst sevice I have ever had in a London restaurant, made all the more bizarre by the huge ratio of staff to customers. A board with 3 slices of ham arrived, then nothing . .. an hour later some dishes appeared which were cold and inedible, our bread never made it to the table and we had to ask several times for the wine that we'd ordered. Similar problems were being had by the tables either side of ours, one table having to ask for their wine 5 times. The manager took our aperetifs and some of the food off the bill without even being asked which I think shows just how bad things were! One to avoid.

Friday, April 04, 2008
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0


Reading the recently posted reviews, I find it hard to believe that this is the same restaurant that my boyfriend and I revisited last Saturday evening. We have been to Galvin several times before, but not often enough to think of ourselves as "regulars", and we received charming and attentive service on a busy night.

The food, as before, is some of the best in London - a notable lamb tagine, an incredible cod dish and a wonderful cheese board. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we took advantage of the little bar downstairs and sat sipping brandy until late into the evening. The final great thing to say about Galvin is that we asked a receptionist to call us a cab, and she was kind enough to flag one down for us on Baker Street - perfect service, perfect food and not wallet - bustingly expensive! Wonderful!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Wild Honey

A lovely wood panelled room, with a very corporate clientele at lunchtime - I would be interested to see how the restaurant works in the evening. The food was delicious, but lunch was somewhat marred by my view of the station in the middle of the room, where the uncovered display of cheese was covered in flies!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3


I have to disagree with the last couple of reviews of Galvin - I ate there last night with my boyfriend, and found the food excellent, and the service both warm and professional. We started with the steak tartare and jambon persille, and both had the roast veal brains as a main course, not a dish that is often on menus these days, and was utterly delicious. The wine list is very interesting, and offers great value for money. The selection of French cheeses was great, and the waiter very knowledgeable.about them. All in all, a great evening without breaking the bank.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

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