The Vestry Restaurant & Bar

(149 Reviews)
61 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GG
Modern European

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 11:00 - 23:00
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 - 00:00.

Restaurant description

Serving modern Irish cuisine, The Vestry Restaurant and Bar is housed in a renovated church and retains its original beams and stunning stained glass windows. Spread over two floors, this unique venue is open for lunch, dinner and special events with live music, tribute nights and dinner and dance evenings. Enjoy dishes like lamb and mint terrine with roast cauliflower or pan fried sea bream with tapenade potato cake.

Customer reviews for The Vestry Restaurant & Bar
(based on 149 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (6)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (3)
  • business (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • dinner (103)
  • entertainment (11)
  • large parties (14)
  • lunch (45)
  • luxury (12)
  • private dining (19)
  • romantic (27)
  • trendy (25)
  • value (40)
  • views (4)
  • By Jane B from Southampton
    24 January 2020

    The restaurant is so lovely and I always enjoy going there. It’s lovely environment and everyone is very friendly. The service is excellent too. I had the tomato and white bean stew which I have had before. I don’t think it was as nice as I’ve had before and portion was really small. The chocolate mousse dessert was lovely though and my parents enjoyed their meals. I will be going back again

  • By Sue M from Southampton
    23 January 2020

    Service was very slow with one starter onset menu and two on the mains out of four choices on each.As we ate at 12:30 we expected to be able to order anything on the menu.Obvoiusly they didn’t order enough, the food we did have was lovely but we were told that four chefs had left and the new ones were learning the menu from each other so hopefully our next visit will be better.The staff were very friendly.

  • By Sylvia C from Camberley
    23 January 2020

    The food is always good and the staff are very friendly and accommodating.

  • By Lisa T from Southampton
    22 January 2020

    Atmospheric lighting

  • By Angela W from Basingstoke
    18 January 2020

    Very busy and because we were going to the theatre only had time for mains.

  • By Josephine B from Weymouth
    16 January 2020

    nice ambience, polite staff, good food and drink, swiftly served

  • By Robert C from verwood
    15 January 2020

    To be honest this was one of the worst meals I've ever had, I had the beetroot and goats cheese risotto To start it was sloppy and had no flavour, my companions had crab and prawns these were ok. All three of us had sea bass as the main course it was frankly inedible the fish was over cooked and was dry and to cap it all it was served on top of baked beans that were disgusting. I do not expect baked beans when I am paying £14.50 for a main course. when we complained to the waitress she was rude and begrudgingly gave a small discount. I would definitely not go there again, very disappointing indeed. having eaten at this restaurant on previous occasions, I was appalled. The restaurant only had a few diners when previously it has been packed and getting a table has been difficult, something has gone seriously wrong, it's location opposite the mayflower theatre makes it an ideal venue, unfortunately it it no longer meets expectations.

  • By Peter B from Portsmouth
    15 January 2020

    Our evening was really nice with good food and really efficient and friendly service from Claire a real real nice place to eat and drink.

  • By Oliver S from Southampton
    13 January 2020

    Food was delicious and service was efficient after calling there attention to take our order. Perfect pre theatre setting. Characteristics of the venue is fantastic - friendly staff.

  • By Elaine B from southampton
    12 January 2020

    Good experience and food excellent

Restaurant Location Map
The Vestry Restaurant & Bar
61 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GG