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Dabbous Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dabbous.co.uk
  • Email: info@dabbous.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 323 1544
  • Hours of Operation: Tues-Sat :
    lunch 12-2pm
    dinner 6-10pm
    Sunday/Monday: closed!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Executive Chef: Ollie Dabbous
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Catering: Please contact info@dabbous.co.uk or call direct on 0207 323 1544 to discuss your requirements.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Nearest tube: Goodge Street (Northern line) Tottenham Court Road (Central line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dabbous
Stripped-down, relaxed fine-dining in the heart of Fitzrovia. Spread over two floors, Dabbous comprises a dining room and basement bar, both with an industrial but organic feel: exposed brickwork, sheet metal and copper pipes offset by candlelight and natural woods. The menu offers elegant yet restrained food, characterised by clean flavours and simple presentation. Dishes include: salad of fennel, lemon balm and pickled rose petals; barbecued Iberico pork with savoury acorn praline, turnip tops and homemade apple vinegar; and fig leaf icecream. In the basement bar you will find both classic and signature cocktails, such as the Dillusion: cucumber, elderflower and dill mixed with Bloom gin, ice and lemon. A limited selection of bar snacks is offered alongside the full restaurant menu. Tailored music playlists and table service also feature. All in all, a more modern and informal alternative to many of London"s fine dining restaurants.Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerModern European
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Why does a restaurant have American Diner music. I suggest Brahms or well chosen early Smokey Robinson (solo). The food was excellent as usual - the bread, butter, nuts, mayonaise and all the ' little' things were superb. The champagne was reasonably priced. In all a great lunch. Consider adding a 12 course taster menu."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "After all the hype over this restaurant perhaps my expectations were too high. We went for lunch and had the set menu, I loved my starter and dessert but hated the courses in the middle, I still feel a bit queazy thinking about the chicken. The service and presentation was excellent, but my taste buds were left disappointed. "
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Lively, relaxed atmosphere, great service, brilliant food at a very competitive price, and completely bonkers cocktails. Loved it."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "Amazing food and attentive friendly service. Good value set lunch menu"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Dabbous serves seasonal products prepared with imagination and creativity. The plates look beautiful and each plate held its promise from a tasting and texture perspective. Best lunch in a very long time. We went for lunch and took the 4 courses menu at £28 (+£5 extra for the desert we picked) and our only regret was to miss the other courses from the tasting menu. This is absolutely great value for money."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Brilliant bar that does amazing cocktails. We had the tasting menu and loved every course (although difficult to eat it all as we had about 7 courses). The service was really good and informal. Buzzing atmosphere. Really good fun."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Excellent food and drink...stylish and friendly service all in a cool setting."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to this, the food was good, but not as good as Gauthier in Soho. The tasting menu was cheap though, worth a try if you're not too picky..."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "From the dull exterior, frosted windows and heavy entrance door you cant see what lies inside. When you open the door the dining room is not what you expect. A simple concrete floor, almost bare walls, plain wooden tables and chart music. And its very loud, even at 2.00pm on a Friday. I'd struggle to say that this food was some of the most memorable I've had, and there was no stand out dish, but most of the food was interesting and tasty and there was more than enough to eat. At this price you shouldn't go home hungry. Service was more or less flawless and the whole meal was done at just the right pace. Overall the experience was great, but I'm not sure it would suit everyone."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Light,fresh and contemporary. Maintains a very high standard even if portions are small."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Booking a table in Dabbous was a challenge for me. I've tried to make a booking since 2013 and finally managed a slot for lunch. We were both looking forward to this lunch very much and even asked for a day off as it's a weekend lunch.Unfortunately the experience was not as good as we were expecting. We had the tasting menu( their 'Sample' menu doesn't change much for a long time). Mash and Gravy was similar as Story's but not as good as theirs. Goose was so rubbery. Desserts are so flat and makes you feel they were brought from Tesco right away. All in all, this is another 'not happy' dinning experience after what we had in 'Hand and Flowers' which is also very disappointing."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Superb food, combining classical, comfort, innovative, fun. Excellent quality, excellent service, relaxed and knowledgeable. The set lunch is one of the best in London, super value and there is a buzzy atmosphere with the high and fulfilled expectation of very good cooking very well executed."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "We had a lovely lunch here. Some of the most 'cheffy' food I've ever eaten, and the set lunch is something of a bargain. Service friendly. Only thing I didn't really like was the urban industrial chic decor. That's definitely a bit dated!"
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Since 2012, Dabbous has never failed to delight, and 2 years later the team remains just as inventive, challenging with repeated culinary inventions. The industrial urban interior stands of the time; service remains slick and professional but it's the meal that still delights. Highlights from the set menu included a braised cod with chestnuts&bitterleaves in smoked butter. The comfort of cod contrast with soft chestnuts in an inventive smoked butter sauce-the dish of 2014 to date without doubt ! The desserts at Dabbous remain at the cutting edge of cuisine, yet retain a delightful British wit. The caramel&cinnamon brioche with fresh apple juice at first appears a cheeky finger food rendition, but by the second mouthful, one gets it !"
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "We dined at Dabbous to celebrate our anniversary and it had been an experience on our wishlist since it opened. The experience that we had did not disappoint. The menu options are fantastic value for money. The atmosphere is totally relaxed, not at all stuffy. The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, even when I asked a silly question about one of the elements of a dish, it was answered in a professional way. The flavours are clean, extremely well balanced and the combinations are exciting and bold. Without doubt, my goose main course was a favourite. We had the tasting menu and I would recommend it - the price isn't scary at all. Fantastic lunch which me and my husband will return for again in the future."
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "We went to Dabbous on the recommendation of a pupil. It did not disappoint: each course was a delight."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Given the fuss about this restaurant in the media, the bar had been set unfeasibly high from my perspective. In the circumstances, Dabbous didn't disappoint me, nor did it rock my world. The food is fantastic, though oddly as I write this review a week later, it's the mash and gravy and the cheese on toast that stick in my mind more than the traditional / signature dishes. I don't agree with the media; this is nowhere near the best food in London. It does however deserve a spot on any foodie's agenda. The service was excellent and the ambience is delightful in spite of (some might say because of) the industrial interior."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "We were really curious and excited to try Dabbous and we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing food, particularly the halibut.. Yummy! Good value for the tasting menu and the set lunch, did not disappoint at all.. A lovely lunch overall, would love to come back!"
    dined on 04/02/2014
  • "I went to Dabbous with my wife. After trying for a long time to book a table, an opportunity suddenly appeared through Toptable app. The opted for the tasting menu which was outstanding. No regrets whatsoever and for an amazing price for what we get. The egg is spectacular and the beef is cooked to perfection, definitely the best piece of meat I've ever had. Deserts are not behind as well. As my wife doesn't eat red meat, she got the octopus which was also perfect! The staff is extremely careful and attentive and the ambiance is pleasant, although the music could put a little bit down. Great experience for a special occasion."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "Small plates of interesting yet very palatable morsels keep coming on the tasting menu, yet while well satiated, you don't feel overfed. A perfect balance is achieved here at Dabbous. Chapeau to the chef for creativity without going to extremes!"
    dined on 14/11/2013
  • "The cooking is very creative. Some of the dishes were outstanding, some did not work for us (but might for others). I would happily return. Bring back the corn on the cob!"
    dined on 09/11/2013
  • "First impressions that welcomes you into Dabbous is the industrial design. I am fond of such designs, but felt that unfortunately the staff also seems to bare the cold type of service to go with it. The fresh bread with churned butter was delicious. The whole table took the tasting menu. Having high hopes for Dabbous, we were excited to start our meal. Unfortunately, tastes was repetitive, not very innovative, and did make an impression. Service was ok, but could be so much better. Definitely room for improvement. In comparison to Viajante, Story and Kitchen Table,"
    dined on 19/10/2013
  • "The food is good, but I was expecting something even more special after reading all the raving reviews. The bar downstairs has a wonderful atmosphere and a pretty good live band."
    dined on 15/10/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time at Dabbous. All the buzz is well merited and we were impressed by almost everything we eat. the food feels fresh, light, yet creative, technical and perfectly well executed! As a side note: the bread was a delight. one of the best bread I have eaten in years! the only downside... it's hard to get a seat given the 40 seats or so available!"
    dined on 04/10/2013
  • "We really enjoyed out meal at Dabbous. Everything was perfect. Loved the Basil Fawlty cocktail and the corn on the cob spectacular. Never thought corn could taste so good! Thank you for making a special day so memorable. Hope to visit again soon."
    dined on 14/09/2013
  • "Food was really great & interesting, service really needs a sharp looking over to smooth out the edges, some very inexperienced staff working the lunch time shift."
    dined on 18/09/2013
  • "Our second visit to Dabbous - the first was Olympic fortnight 2012; when we were lucky to get in. We were amazed and delighted with our lunch that Saturday last August as we were for my husband's surprise birthday lunch on Friday last. Oliver's food is innovative, fresh, beautiful to look at and wonderful to taste. Having just returned from 3 weeks in France and eaten in two 1 star, one 2 star and one 3 star restaurant, none of them touch Dabbous for it fresh approach. Graham and his front of house team are welcoming and make this experience divine."
    dined on 20/09/2013
  • "I'd been wanting to go to Dabbous for ages and kept checking toptable for cancellations. The night started well with cocktails from the bar's pleasant staff - service was excellent throughout. We were then taken upstairs. I don't mind the ambience - tables are a bit close together so if people are loud it's somewhat annoying but that's the case in a lot of places. We went for the tasting menu - some dishes such as "a tomato" - which was steeped in its own juice with unseasoned oil seemed somewhat underwhelming, but there was one that was genuinely disgusting - veal in a strong cheese sauce. The cheese must have been something like camembert and totally overpowered the meat. The main pudding was a burnt donut"
    dined on 06/09/2013
  • "The restaurant offers two menus, but definitely opt for the tasting menu for a full experience. The ingredients are simple, but the execution impeccable. Service was very thoughtful. The only thing to be improved would be the atmosphere, which feels cold at the moment. Highly recommend the bar and the birch-infused old fashioned."
    dined on 30/08/2013
  • "I could go on and on into the detail to justify my review, but........I feel it appropriate that I just can't be bothered!! So, in short: Food nice ish, a little wishy washy. Seemed to eat green peas for 6 courses with a really terrible corn on the cob chucked in half way through..............Corn on the cob...............are they Fxxxxxg serious....a truly sxxt one at that! Left starving hungry after the BLOODY TASTING MENU.........250 notes later........(for 2 people). Would not go back.......plus the bar downstairs is the pits........real dive. 5 out of 10 max. For a really good place, check out Pettit Masson."
    dined on 02/08/2013
  • "Didn't expect Michelin restaurant served corn-on-the-cob in the Tasting Menu, I thought I went to KFC. It was so mess! Other dishes looked good but taste mediocre. 59 Pounds for Tasting Menu sounds cheap but I would prefer to pay 20 to 40 pounds more to go to L'Autre Pied, Medlar, Arbutus, Pied a Terre or Pollen Street Social to enjoy more. But the service was outstanding."
    dined on 18/07/2013
  • "The hen egg dish was oversalted and had too much yolk, all other were very good."
    dined on 29/05/2013
  • "Accolades for this place are deserved. Very informal and relaxed setting, spartan without being barren. Stereotypes let you categorise, sometimes effectively, sometimes unjustifiably. Confusing customer with waiting staff was an inauspicious start. But that was the only misstep (from us, likely). Avocado, pistachio and lemon balm in chilled osmanthus etc was less forbidding than its name and more zesty gazpacho. Petit four was a delight as well."
    dined on 17/04/2013
  • "We were lucky enough to snaffle a last minute booking so hadn't waited like many for 6 months. We were so excited & were not disappointed. The food, service and matched wines were brilliant. Absolutely delicious, well put together and well paced tasting menu. I loved it all but the avocado dish and coddled egg (which we added to the tasting menu) were memorable. They don't turn tables here which means you & everyone else can take your time to enjoy the food - its noticeably different. The front of house team totally get the balance right between great service, friendliness & making it feel like a special event. One downside, the restaurant toilets are unisex & shared with the busy bar downstairs; by the end of the evening it was not nice."
    dined on 12/04/2013
  • "After my first visit a couple of days of opening, this is my second one after a while. Still as good and some dishes have proven to stand the test of time like the coddled eggs! Amazing value too."
    dined on 05/04/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant, good ambience, decent service however the choice of ingredients on the menu is a bit hit and miss. In other words for the price you pay there are few of what I would refer to as 'choice' cuts. Definitely worth a visit though."
    dined on 03/05/2012