Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX +44 2077686249
- Main course: £17
- Food spend: £34
- Opening hours
- Monday to Friday: 11:30 - 23:00 Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30
Fantastic in every way
29 November 2016
Skylon Grill London boasts incredible views of the London skyline from its location on the 3rd floor of the Royal Festival Hall. The Skylon Grill’s chic interior, with plush seating and cocktail bar, exudes sophistication and retro-style design.
Bringing a wealth of experience to the kitchen, executive head chef Tom Cook crafts regularly changing menus which focus on seasonal ingredients. The informal cooking and relaxed atmosphere of the Grill is separated from the main restaurant by a stunning centrepiece raised bar.
A sleek brasserie restaurant found on Southbank, the bar at Skylon Grill has a superb reputation for producing outstanding cocktails. There is also an exquisite selection of wine from around the world.
Close to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, Skylon is just a 4-minute walk from The National Theatre. Skylon Grill in Waterloo draws in a cultured celebrity crowd with breathtaking views from Westminster to St Pauls through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
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Customer reviews for Skylon Grill
(((** 23 December 2016 by Alexander Anson from London Borough of Ealing
This was a pre-Christmas treat for myself and my two sons as we approached the first anniversary of my wife's passing away. One son works in a Corbin & King restaurant, the other did a spell at The Savoy and my late wife worked in sports hospitality, so we know about the industry and how to pitch our expectations. The venue was excellent for our purpose. Our table was not by the window (they cannot be pre-booked) but we still had a great view of the river at night. We had booked for 8.30 and were seated by 8.35.
Two of the three cocktails were very good, which in my experience is not a bad ratio when choosing from ones one has not tried before - Muddle Waters from the current specials list was the best. All the food (from the very limited menu) was good, exceeding our expectations, with the partial exception of the cheese which lacked something a bit out of the ordinary. We had shared the smoked fish platter and squid as starters and then had duck, game pie and steak, followed by the chocolate marquise, crème Catalan and cheese.
I followed the sommelier's advice on the choice of white and red wines. The advice was correct in terms of matching a low to mid-priced wine with our choice of food but the quality was only just acceptable, i.e. I suspect you need to venture into the top half of the price range to find wines which match the quality of the food.
But at the end we all felt a bit down – the whole had not matched up to the sum of the parts. We put that down to the service, which – the sommelier apart – was very poor. There was no engagement, no empathy, poor delivery, no sense that someone was keeping an eye to judge the timing, or available for you to catch their eye if needed.
I recommend entering via the RFH not via the dedicated terrace-level entrance at the corner nearest the bridge. The latter is tatty and takes you to a landing which seems a cul-de-sac until you push on the unmarked blacked out door which looks as though the place is closed.
((((( 29 November 2016 by Marion Rybnikar from Belfast
Fantastic in every way
((((( 26 October 2016 by Jane Johnston from POOLE
We all really enjoyed our lunch...the game pie was gorgeous
((((* 26 September 2016 by Lyn Mann from South London
From the warm, smiling welcome from your reception staff to the relaxed atmosphere the entire lunch was really lovely. Good choice of dishes on the set menu. We had the Game Pie was succulent and the Chicken which was beautifully cooked with a lovely sauce. The deserts were generous and decadent. The grill is light and airy and we will certainly return and all the staff worked hard to make our lunch a lovely experience all round.
(**** 27 August 2016 by Temi Ilori from London
It was the absolute worst. The bar manager made me pay for a meal that I had not touched as I ordered beef from the menu only for it to turn out to be raw beef which I couldn't eat. He was very unfriendly and unempathetical throughout the process and even worse was the fact that I actually brought two additional people(American tourists) there for afternoon tea and they were there to witness the whole thing...like me they were beyond disappointed!
((((* 15 August 2016 by Sue Cullen from Haverhill
Great food had a lovely day with my daughter and very dear friend service first class
((((( 2 August 2016 by Sue Severn from Aylesbury Vale District
The view from our window table was great. The restaurant wasn't terribly busy but a large party was in a separate section and did not disturb. The service was friendly and unobtrusive from highly professional waiters and wine waiter. Food was superb, innovative and beautifully presented. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We haven't been to Skylon for years and will definitely be returning soon.
((((* 26 July 2016 by Ankita Park from London
The food was delightfully wonderful.
((((* 16 July 2016 by Sarah Mcaleer from London
Our table for 5 was not quite ready for us at 8.30 so we were shown to the bar ... Dizzying selection of Skylon cocktails and lots of gin-based options, though slightly slow to take our order given that we had been relocated. The bar managed to produce "ordinary" versions of gin & tonic and Negroni,as well as their own recipes. We can't blame people for lingering over their meal - it was the first beautiful evening in London for a while - but we didn't sit down till after 9.00 pm. However, the staff had squeezed us around a table right by the window so we had a great view of the river and the sunset. Food was FAB (sirloin, sea bass and Lancashire hotpot all sampled) and the cheeseboards were very generous. Would be more than happy to go again.
((((( 29 June 2016 by Yvonne Kemp from London Borough of Camden
The service was excellent - from taking the coats to the waiter service. I have dined here before during the week and I found the weekend menu more limited. Having said that, the food was well presented tasty.
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