The Goring Dining Room

4.7
293 reviews
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With a bright interior designed by David Linley, The Dining Room at The Goring provides an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu of refined British food using the finest quality produce has attracted great interest on the London restaurant scene.

Bathed in natural light by day, or sumptuously aglow with custom Swarowski chandeliers at night, this restaurant has a special ambiance to accompany the fine cuisine. Alongside an extensive wine and Champagne menu carefully selected by the Head Sommelier, the Bar & Lounge offers an irresistible cocktail list.

With a menu that boasts Romney Marsh lamb, glazed lobster omelette, Scottish halibut and Beef Wellington, The Dining Room offers inspiring, delectable British cuisine and an indulgent dessert menu to suitably round off lunch or dinner.

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Close to Victoria station, the Goring Dining Room is an upmarket British restaurant that’s a good bet for afternoon tea or a very posh lunch.

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KI
London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our experience at The Goring was strange in as much the first two courses were superb. Excellently prepared and served, and tasted lovely. However, the dessert course was a totally different experience. We had lunch and our booking extended into the afternoon tea session and the waiting staff concentrated on this. Consequently we waited a good time to order our dessert and after three reminders we eventually received our dessert. Our order for coffee never did arrive. It was a shame that the service on the last course and coffee marred which would have been a great lunch. Furthermore, when we raised the issue with the maitre de, his only comment was that the afternoon tea was a "celebration".

A very poor excuse!

W
London
64 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the set lunch menu which is relatively expensive but the food is of the highest quality using expensive ingredients. We had lovely truffle risotto as starter, John Dory with a champagne clam sauce for our mains followed by a wonderful Black Forest gateaux and Eton Mess. There were no canapés or pre desserts. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. We had a French Sauvignon Blanc with our meal which was reasonably priced. The service was acceptable although we did wait too long for our desserts. However, the restaurant itself was rather bland and half empty which was disappointing. We had to sit and have our desserts and coffees whilst setting up for the afternoon teas. We were not offered a cheese course either and felt as if we had to hurry to leave.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

Good experience
In london as english breakfast.

Z
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem in the heart of London.
A very special place rarely seen these days.
They deserve a second Michelin without hesitation!

j
Essex
45 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My first visit to the Goring, the food was superb. Service very good, in beautiful surroundings. The staff were very attentive to detail which made dining that even more special. i shall definitely go back there.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but limited menu Second time we were there and had a lovely dinner

CT
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In three weeks of traveling in Madrid, Porto and Lisbon, Portugal, and London, this was the best dinner my wife and I had.

We ordered new lamb in different types and preparations. Both were beautifully cooked, the garnishments spare to let the lamb carry the day. I splurged on foie gras; it disappeared on the tongue.

Our staff was nearby but never present; welcoming, knowledgeable, professional.

M
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a quiet, un-rushed, business breakfast meeting.

j
London
250 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were staying in London for our wedding anniversary and decided to try The Goring Dining Room as it came recommended. I have to say that I've never sent food back to the kitchen twice but I had to do this at The Goring when they served poorly cooked lamb which was so tough that you couldn't get a knife to cut through it - obviously no-one was checking the quality of the cooking that evening. The waiter seemed bemused about the situation and had to refer to the maitre'd. Eventually it was rectified but the whole experience spoilt our evening and we declined further courses and we were just glad that we han't chosen to eat there on our actual anniversary. It was very disappointing.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food,
Wine choices also perfect.
Great last night in London

R
London
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Open and bright dinning room. Service impeccable. Great offer from Open Table. Would recommend for a special occasion.

LS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Goring never disappoints, great food with wonderful service and ambience

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First visit, was probably expecting something more, not sure what was missing, cant really put a finger on it. Service was fine, food was good ( waiter called gravy 'sauce' and needed much much more than the egg cup size we were given.) but overall ok. Cost as expected. Maybe dining room lacking in atmosphere, likewise the bar, had no background music which would have lifted the mood.

S
London
32 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite formal and old school, but I like that. Also great for people watching

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday lunch! Faultless service and excellent seasonal food. Highly recommend

V
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambience. Our family party had a wonderful time and I’d definitely return.

ST
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most perfect evening ! One to always remember !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been wanting to go for months and now I wonder why I’ve left it so long.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Thanks for the birthday complimentary cake.

m
London
110 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner here made my birthday special. Delicious food and attentive staff in a beautiful setting. A memorable evening!

FU
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch menu.

Dress smart.

JU
New York Area
198 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How things change over time. Not so long ago one would avoid eating in a London hotel restaurant - over priced, under-serviced and no taste. This past trip we ate only in hotel restaurants and while they were superb the clear standout was at The Goring. Everything about it was superb and we cannot wait to return. The highlight were the eggs Dumbkilbo!

AS
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was imaginative and delicious, if a little too rich for me. Decor was very elegant. Service was polite but slow. The wine was expensive and there is no flexibility around the set lunch menu: there is no ‘two-course’ option, which seems crazy to me for a lunchtime menu. Not everyone has the time required to eat three courses (plus coffee) at lunchtime, but they make you pay for it regardless

s
London
126 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a special occasion with work colleagues . It was excellent and worth 5 stars

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, they really looked after us. Food was also lovely as always - had a wonderful evening

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner we have ever had in London. This place is very posh and old school. The service was impeccable and every bite of our meals was scrumptious. I can’t wait to go back.

EM
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dinning experience. The food was amazing and the service was over the top fantastic. The Goring is a true British Gem!!!

MR
London
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience start to finish.

SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An enjoyable simple classic menu of British flavors delivered to a high standard. Excellent service, reasonable ala carte price, we did three courses, wine, coffee and petit fours, and a pre-dinner drink for £250. I had the lobster omelet which apparently was the Queen Mothers favorite. Dining room is intimate and beautiful. If your a fan of old English heritage and the royals you will love this place. My ONLY criticism, which I doubt they can do much about is the bright blue one way sign that you can see through the window at night! Other than that, a solid meal worthy of its star.

KS
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Great food poor service. I was telephoned twice to confirm my booking pity they didn’t let the service staff know there were customers coming

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second to none service. Incredible food and atmosphere. I cannot fault anything. I will be back very soon

WK
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The dining room at the Goring is a British classic. Quietly elegant ambiance, fresh ingredients, and traditional British cuisine at its finest. The wine list is comprehensive though astronomical at the high end. Allow two hours for dinner and linger. The cheese cart and Beef Wellington from the trolley compete with ambrosial smoked salmon as the best offerings. After dinner, adjourn to the even more elegant bar area for some tawny Port by the fireplace. Service is highly professional yet pleasant and welcoming. They also put on a wonderful afternoon tea service.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both very much enjoyed our lunch - it was a wonderful experience as before

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Lounge is very cosy, staff were attentive but not overbearing, food was lovely. Best way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon in London.

Its reputation is richly deserved

F
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch. excellent service. The dining room is beautiful, very light and airy, tables are not close together.
The egg drumkilbo was wonderful, very tasty. The lobster omelette was served in a copper pan, very rich. My husband had the roast beef and he said it was the best he had ever had.
pricey but worth every penny.

R
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good find for local food, elegant setting. Only one menu available, fixed price, with 5 different choice available for starters, main dish and desert. Great service, worth trying. A bit expensive.,

RP
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely pre dinner drink in the varander overlooking a lovely garden. The staff were lovely not rushed with getting to our table. Nice vegetarian menu the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back had a lovely evening. Thank you

M
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality professional hotel restaurant with great service ideally suited to business breakfasts or lunches.

g
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place to take someone for a special occasion. The food is excellent and is only surpassed by the outstanding service. You are truly made to feel that nothing is too much trouble.

SL
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had our dinner there to celebrate the birthday of my twins and also my sister. It was such a memorable night. ALL staff are greatly helpful and friendly. To be honest with two toddlers we were a bit worried that we would disturb the other customers/diners. But the staff made us feel so welcome and comfortable and luckily the kids are pretty co-operative :)
Before the dinner we were told the restaurant needs another 15 minutes for preparation. So we headed to the bar for a drink first. We took a seat at the balcony area and you would not feel like you are in the heart of London! One of the lady staff members at the bar learnt that it was the kids' birthday and she then prepared two Goring sheeps as gift!
The restaurant also prepared for the kids with two pieces of chocolate cake with candles and birthday message on the plate.
Thank you The Goring. I am sure I will be visiting again.

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