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6-10 Bruton St. (Mayfair)
(44) 020-7495-7100 | www.squarerestaurant.org
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:00pm; Sat.: 6:30pm-10:30pm; Sun.: 6:30-9:30pm
BEST FORBusiness dining; lunch; dinner
PRICESet lunch: GBP 30; Set dinner: GBP 75; Tasting menu: GBP 100
FAMOUS PLATESLeg of Pyrenean lamb; veal tartare; foie gras; mocha souffle
DRINKS AND WINEEncyclopedic wine list includes rare and insider picks
# OF SEATS50-75
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - seats 18
TUBEBond Street; Green Park
Though unquestionably swish, The Square suavely steers clear of cliched haute cuisine snobbery, putting diners at ease with a charming, relaxed ambiance. Even the sparkling crystal and crisp linens in the dining room are softened with thick carpets and a warm crimson and gold color scheme. The French-accented service is attentive and friendly, and the food is simply lovely, both visually and gastronomically. Such subdued, polished elegance comes at a (steep) price, but for a special occasion or need-to-impress business lunch, it’s worth splashing the cash.
Sharp-suited City boys mingle with ladies-who-lunch by day and romantic daters by night. American expats are a common sight here.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s business casual and upwards–to keep up with the tailored Saville Row suit set, we’d wear a sophisticated day dress or skirt at lunch and a little black dress, pearls, and stylish heels at dinner.
GO HERE WITH
A formal date; friends; family; colleagues or clients
WHY WE LIKE IT
First of all, the food: definitely not over-hyped, The Square’s cuisine is just as mouthwatering when it arrives at your table as it sounds on the menu. Second, the elegantly relaxed ambiance: fine dining without stiff service or any hint of pretentious priggishness.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The steep prices.
GOOD TO KNOW
The GBP 30 set lunch is a great deal, but the main menu is better. So even with the best money-saving intentions, you may be tempted by more expensive offerings. Vegetarians at ease: veggie options are available all day, including a bespoke tasting menu. Also, there’s tons of great designer shopping nearby (at Burton Street, Berkeley Square, Regent Square, etc.), making The Square a nice spot for a sophisticated lunch with girlfriends before hitting the shops.
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Read more about The Square in The Diary
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