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30 Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1AD +44 2077686200

(((() French
Main course: £16
Food spend: £28
Opening hours
Monday: 17:30 - 22:15, Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:15 17:30 - 22:15, Sunday: 12:00 - 15:15

The food was delicious, the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Overall very happy.

Tanja Huerlimann 28 October 2014
from London

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A charming restaurant in the heart of Islington, Almeida showcases an ingredient-led menu, offering modern British food with French influences. The floor-to-ceiling French doors allow light to flood into the light and airy dining room, while the semi-open kitchen lets you see what’s going on behind the scenes.

Listed in the Top 10 Best Restaurants for theatre dining in London by The Evening Standard as well as being listed in the top 150 restaurants in The Daily Telegraph’s Good Food Guide, Almeida in Islington is a traditional neighbourhood eatery, oozing finesse but with a relaxed atmosphere.

Michelin-trained head chef Tommy Boland brings with him a wealth of experience to the Almeida kitchen. Starter dishes include tarte fine of onion with morels, new season onions and wild garlic, loin and cheek of pork with caramelised endive, turnips and roasting juices, and lemon posset with raspberry & doughnuts.

Tucked away just off Islington’s vibrant Upper Street and located directly opposite the iconic Almeida Theatre, this sophisticated dining hotspot offers classy pre and post-theatre menus alongside a daily changing a la carte and impressive Sunday roast menu.

A charming hidden gem, Almeida in London is found 10 minutes' walk from Highbury & Islington and Angel Tube stations.


30 Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1AD

Contact +44 2073544777
Reservations +44 2077686200

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Customer reviews for Almeida

4.3 (((() (based on 43 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • luxury (20)
  • business (17)
  • lunch (15)
  • large parties (14)
  • private dining (5)
  • value (5)
  • al fresco (4)
  • child friendly (4)
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  • ((((* by from London

    Lovely meal, beautiful fresh ingredients and good value with the pre-theatre set menu.

  • ((*** by from Walthamstow

    Total disappointment wanted to go here for sometime. Initially very attentive but courses were rushed and we had to chase for refills. There were 7 other diners in there and the staff spent their time cleaning cutlery on empty tables. Perhaps because we had the two course/prosecco deal?
    The meals were tiny, as expected, but unlike a flavoursome gastro meal we had to fill up with bread.
    To top it we were supposed to pay £8 service charge
    Do not recommend

  • ((((* by from Stevenage

    It was fast and efficient

  • ((((( by from London

    The food was delicious, the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Overall very happy.

  • ((((* by from London

    Excellent as always.

  • (((** by from london

    Wonderful food but definitely spoilt by small portions. Menu site was actually better than at restaurant. We booked for 3 courses and glass of prosecco but told since first of July it was a glass of wine instead. To be fair the manager did give us a glass of prosecco but and there is no change on the bookable site!

  • ((((* by from London Borough of Islington

    Went for the set menu, two courses and a glass of wine for £20. Exceptional food, elegantly presented in a very handsome room. Very good value for money without feeling as though you are missing out on something.

  • ((((* by from London

    Fantastic service from the minute we arrived. Delicious and inventive food in beautiful surroundings. The only thing that was slightly disappointing was that they weren't able to make a couple of cocktails we asked for but the 3 courses for £25 offer was really good value. We were there until quite late but weren't made to feel like we needed to leave. We would definitely go back!

  • ((((* by from London

    I arrived early but was seated at a smaller drinks table before my main table. The waiter offered me a drink and I told him about my non alcoholic drink request that was part of my 3 course for £25 deal. I chose a virgin apple mojito. Another waiter eventually seated me at a dining table although he seemed to be in a world of his own when I told him where I wanted to sit. Wi-Fi was excellent. A waitress then bought me my cocktail. It was very refreshing with a prominent hint of mint. When the waitress bought me my menu, I told her I booked for the set menu but she didn't seem to understand a word I was saying when I explained but when I showed her my booking e-mail, her attention improved. I was brought some warm bread and soft butter before my soup was served quickly. The waitress said I could drink the soup if I liked since it was served chilled but I preferred to eat it with the spoon to begin with although I drank the remainder. It had a rich savoury flavour and came with some Melba toast with some sort of green purée, cold peas (which I liked) and thin radish slices (which I disliked). My main also came quickly. The cooked lettuce was a bit unusual, the broccoli was a bit burnt and the gnocchi was lacking but delicious. I was given some decent space for my dessert. The strawberries were sweet but there was less creme brûlée and yoghurt sorbet than expected. Shortly after finishing the dessert, I asked for the bill. It came promptly as did the collection of payment and arrival of change.

    Overall the service seemed a bit slow for a start and the staff seemed inattentive at first but the service improved when I was given my food and the staff were friendly. The food was tasty but the main and dessert were somewhat lacklustre, the restaurant was easy to find and the atmosphere was peaceful with relaxing music and only six other laid back customers dining at the same time as me. 4/5.

  • ((*** by from Acton London

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