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Ambience is a chic restaurant and cocktail bar in Wimbledon. The food menu offers authentic Turkish cuisine which is served in a Mediterranean styled venue.
The cocktail bar boasts an extensive array of drinks including Ambience specials. The venue also has a shisha lounge.

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Opening Hours
Sun-Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-01:30

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By Mark M.

Terriffic Venue!! absolutely amazed at how hard these guys work to arrange my wifes 30th Birthday. we hired out the middle part of the restaurant between the bar and the main dinning area for snacks and drinks for around 35people and it was absolutely fantastic. They arranged balloons banners sparklers for our cake and they really went that extra mile. smiles all around and very flexible. They dont force anything on you dont require a fee. check Ambience Restaurant out!!

By Env R.

We visited on a Friday night with 10 friends all mixed in gender and age. We all had a variety of dishes but most popular among the group seemed to be the mixed grill which I remember because those who had it couldn't move after. Once we ate we headed to the bar for a few drinks. The girls all enjoyed a few cocktails. Then we moved onto the shisha area where the environment was cosy and enjoyable. The restaurant really does cater for people who want to socialise with the use of dining area, bar & shisha area. All in all a very pleasant night and definitely would recommend to everyone. Being a Turkish Cypriot myself and regularly visiting areas in North London full of Turkish restaurants. It was nice to visit somewhere South of the river offering just as good food.

By Env R.

Had my birthday at Ambience the other night and what a night it was! The belly dancer was great the atmosphere was just right and the food was the best Turkish food you could eat this side of town. You will not find Turkish food as nice as you get at ambience. They have a big cocktail bar, which is great and the staff are so attentive and never say no to anything! You got to try the lamb shish, it really is the best you will eat!

By Kevin M.

We also spent the evening there for my girlfriends birthday with the staff arranging a Happy Birthday cake coming out with a rocket sparkler including the Happy Birthday song! Delicious Food and Cocktails!! Brilliant Entertainment and Service! Defiantly going back there again for the mixed set menu and strawberry margaritas !!

By Ajda I.

I have just come back from visiting this restaurant. For a Friday night it was extremely quite, however I do not think this is due to the place being new. I believe this is because of the poor service and over priced menu. I am Turkish and eat at many Turkish places within London, however this one I will not be going back to. I ordered a mixed mezze for two, however the food on this place had to be halved. When you have a mixed starter stating for two, it should contain at least two of everything not one, can't imagine what the starter for one would have, it even contained one halloumi slice which had to be cut in half. Having said that the main meal was beautifully cooked, however you can get the same main elsewhere, for a cheaper price. After one starter to share, 3 mains and 3 cocktails we were ready to leave. Our bill came to £70, £7 of that was service charge, complete rip off!! Last week four of us went else where, where we paid the same amount, but that included puddings, teas and extra drinks (no service charge at all). This restaurant claims a new dining experience, the staff were not friendly, they didn't ask if we wanted anything else. Many people know visiting a turkish restaurant would include complimentary tea and even a few turkish delights. The only highlight of this night was the belly dancer who tried to keep two tables entertained. I will not be recommending this place to anyone.

By Ayse M.

About 20 of us descended upon Ambience to celebrate my birthday. We started off with drinks (Strawberry Daiquiri's to die for!) in the bar area and moved over to the restaurant. The staff were so overly efficient and extremely patient with those of us struggling to choose from so many tasty sounding dishes, offering help and translations where appropriate! Our food arrived quickly, hot and was seriously tasty. Staff were very accommodating considering some of our party wanted set menu and others wanted bits and bobs from the menu. We were offered the opportunity to keep our individual drinks tabs separate from the main bill which helped avoid any confusion at the end of the night. As it was a Friday night, there was also a belly dancer who proved to be very popular with the women in our group, as well as the men! After the meal, we were able to retire to the shisha garden and enjoy each others company in what is a lovely atmosphere to meet with friends. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

By Sera H.

had a lovely night with great authentic turkish food and a modern enviroment with traditional belly dancing and a cocktail bar!!!! what more can i ask for, all round good night out!!

By Vivienne E.

Billed as a ‘Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar’, Ambience aims to bring a taste of the exotic to the heart of the south west suburbs.

The Venue
Ambience obviously started out with the intention of creating the feel of a sleek and authentically Turkish dining and drinking environment. However, there seems to be a distinct lack of effort to maintain this appearance, with the seating area of the bar section particularly suffering from wear and tear and a general lack of effort.

There are attractive touches, such as a selection of ornate colourful lamps hanging from the ceiling, bunches of flowers, and the exposed brick work pillars in the restaurant. However, it is let down by the scruffier elements, which include the takeaway menus tacked to the windows.

One of Ambience's selling points is its shisha lounge in the back garden, where a variety of tobacco flavours are served for £7-£10 a go.

The Atmosphere
Ambience attracts a fair-sized crowd, considering its quiet location, and its restaurant is by far the busiest area. Service is warm and attentive, showcasing classic Middle Eastern hospitality. The venue strives to put the fun into dining, and on some nights there is live music and belly-dancing.

The Food
Standard Turkish fare is the order of the day, with starters including a mixed cold meze taster (£6.95) of hummus, cacik (like tzatziki), ‘aubergine with special sauce’, tabbouleh, spinach tarator (a garlicky yoghurt with sautéed spinach), fava (a yellow dahl-style dish made with yellow split-peas) and taramasalata. There is also a charcoal grill, producing classic dishes such as lamb shish (£13.95) and chicken and lamb kofte (£11.95) to a high standard.

The Drink
The bar serves a large array of uncomplicated cocktails such as tequila sunrise, mai tai and mojito at £5.95 for a glass and £18.95 for a pitcher. Don’t expect any fancy fruit straining or complicated garnishes, as this is more of an umbrella and luminous straw affair - still, there is definitely enjoyment to be had.

A decent selection of bottled beer is present, including Corona, Desperado and Peroni (all £3.30) and Stella Artois, San Miguel and Carlsberg are on tap for £3.65 a pint. A succinct and uninspiring selection of spirits is available for £3.75-£4.10 for a single measure.

The Last Word
Ambience is a good option for a fun and relaxed evening out in the Wimbledon area, even if the execution is a little slapdash, and the prices a tad high for what is on offer.

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