Quo Vadis information

Formerly owned by Marco Pierre White, Quo Vadis is now run by the owners of Fino and Barrafina. Diners get a great choice of dishes inspired by the bygone grill rooms of the Great Hotels.

Ranked #411 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Quo Vadis originally opened in 1926 and is now operated by restaurateur brothers Sam & Eddie Hart. Today Quo Vadis comprises a modern British restaurant, two handsome private dining rooms, a private members’ club and the QV Bar. It is open throughout the day serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, and serves modern British, seasonal and well-sourced food under the watchful eye of Chef Proprietor Jeremy Lee."

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Opening Hours

08:00 - 23:00


08:00 - 23:30


08:00 - 23:00


08:00 - 23:30


08:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00



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By Andrew M.

I went to Quo Vadis as part of a private party last weekend. The staff were extremely accomodating and very helpful to the couple hosting the evening, and very liberal with the Champagne.

The food at Quo Vadis was very creative and imaginatively put together - but a little on the small side. I very much enjoyed the Red Snapper and the White Chocolate Mousse.

The peculiar Damien Hirsts on the wall are most unusual for a restaurant - quirky and a little creepy - but I liked them and the Ladies which is hidden behind a magic mirrored door!

By Andrew M.

Went to Quo Vadis for a working lunch. It was really busy but the service was still pretty quick and the food divine!

Will definitely go back to Quo Vadis soon!

By Stephanie W.

Visited this charming club on Saturday 7th April. It was a musical night hosted by the talented pianist, Clifford Slapper. The atmosphere was relaxing and welcoming and we saw some entertaining and talented acts including;ZEETEAH MASSIAH, 2 TONE RED RAW, GEORGIE LEAHY – SNAKE DANCER! SHIRANI,DOMINGO CANDELARIO, ANNA KUCHINSKY and FUNMIWe will definitely be visiting again, SUPERB!

By Emma G.

I had really high hopes for this place after everything I had heard and seen on the internet. The bar area was suitably comfortable, with brown leather chairs and a well stocked bar. When it came to ordering our drinks, there was no cocktail menu, which combined with a surly bartender made choosing one difficult. When our drinks arrived, a raspberry daiquiri, bramble and a normal daiquiri they were somewhat disappointing. The daiquiri's were both the wrong consistency and served in the wrong glasses; the raspberry flavour was synthetic and tasted, frankly, quite disgusting. Now, for starters, we chose red mullet, squid and prawns which were deep fried. The only positive thing about this dish was the squid, which was lovely and tender but the rest, mainly the red mullet, was terrible. For £10.50, I would have expected far more, but in a nutshell it was a load of tasteless greasy rubbish. One of our party ordered the crab on toast, which was a load of crab (with some shell left in it) thrown on to a piece of burnt toast. There was also a huge amount of garlic in the crab; totally overpowering and unneccesary. We all ordered steak which was served with a cold cloggy sauce, tasting of butter and not much more. Mine was undercooked, I ordered rare and got raw. The sides we ordered were cold and also full of garlic. For £25 each, you can eat a far better, far larger and jucier steak elsewhere. Pudding - cheese cake ice cream which was lovely; served in a daiquiri glass. I had sticky toffee which was synthetic and very possibly - not homemade. The creme brulee that one of our party ordered seemed to go down a treat as there were no offers to try any of it. So, with two bottles of wine, three courses, a cocktail each and undeserved service charge, our bill came to a whopping £270. We ate at the Wolseley for less and had fantastic food. Quo Vadis was over priced and pretentious and we left feeling somewhat robbed - I would not recommend.

By Arthur N.

Just a few steps away from the zoo-like atmosphere of bustling Oxford Street, Quo Vadis serves up modern British cuisine in sophisticated yet exceedingly comfortable surroundings. Some restaurants put you at ease the moment you cross the threshold, and Quo Vadis is certainly one of them. Originally founded in 1926, the building was restored to its former glory by Sam and Eddie Hart, also proprietors of Spanish restaurants Fino and Barrafina, and reopened in June 2008. My wife began with an extraordinarily beautiful endive salad with Strathdon Blue (an intensely flavorful blue cheese hailing from northern Scotland) and candied walnuts. The leaves of endive were arranged in rather casual tiers, with each end of greenery containing a crumble of the blue and the entire affair topped with grilled crostini. My beetroot tart resided on a thin, perfectly textured crust and was topped with a dollop of St. Tola, a soft, moist, unpasteurized goat cheese produced in Ireland. When it came to entrées, matters piscatorial took center stage. My wife couldn’t wait to try the fish and chips… and she wasn’t at all disappointed. The breading was perfectly crisp, the white-fleshed cod marvelously moist and bursting with its own unique flavor. The chips were golden brown on the outside, light and puffy at the core. This is a relatively simple dish, but one that – we’ve learned from bitter experience – is all too easily mucked up. The rendition here was benchmark. My John Dory consisted of two pan roasted filets set on a seabed of baby lettuces and sprinkled with English peas. The finishing touch was a seductive white wine and butter sauce. Superb in every respect. A side of mashed potatoes – my ultimate comfort food – was rich and buttery. See complete review at http://www. Artfuldiner. Com/london. Html

By Emma R.

Fresh from the Blueprint Cafe, Jeremy Lee’s punchy and unfussy cooking breathes life back into this iconic Soho dining room.

The Venue
Located in a building that was once home to Karl Marx (with the blue plaque to prove it), ‘classy’ may seem an inappropriate adjective for this historic Soho dining room. However, the recent refurbishment has reinvented the space, providing it with a genteel and stylish elegance. The muted palette and pale parquet flooring are given colour by bounteous baskets of lemons and herbs at the entrance, vibrant vases of tulips and the wonderful stained glass windows that face Dean Street. Caramel leather banquettes and a low ceiling remind you that this is also a members' club and the mirrored wall, beautifully bevelled and crackled, reflects soft light in to the room. The menus have been thoughtfully presented and are decorated with quirky, humorous lino prints.

The Atmosphere
The pre-theatre set, who recognise what great value for money their part of the menu represents (£17.50 for two courses or £20 for three), make way for young professionals and American tourists. As the evening draws on, the tables fill up and although it feels cosy, a very English sense of polite restraint prevails.

The Food
The atmosphere in which he serves it may be polite, but Jeremy Lee’s food is anything but. Bold and classic pairings of ingredients are masterfully managed with confident use of acidity. Smoked eel, sandwiched between slices of toasted sour dough bread, is given added punch by a generous helping of horseradish and the accompanying slivers of pickled onion. Superbly fresh, sweet white crab meat is contrasted with a mustard-rich mayonnaise, which has a great consistency. Asparagus spears come as parcels - wrapped in super-fine sheets of feuille de brick pastry (similar to filo) and covered with an abundance of grated Parmesan.

Outside of the a la carte choices, the daily-changing menu offers other, comforting options, under categories such as ‘today’s pie,’ ‘shellfish’ and ‘the grill’. The Middlewhite breed of pig is best in show; moist slices come with baby artichokes, chopped parsley and are given texture by fried breadcrumbs. Braised veal is so soft and tender it doesn’t need the sharp Laguiole knife provided. The Jersey Royals that surround the meat are slightly over-seasoned but the chips (ordered to go with the pork) are perfectly appointed, with a glass-like crunchy exterior and fluffy middle.

The St Emilion au Chocolat is a highlight of the well executed pudding list; the dense texture of the delightfully rich chocolate and macaroon mix is given a subtle fruitiness though careful use of brandy. Coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce come with three triangular wafer-like biscuits, dramatically pointing out from the dish. Monmouth coffee is used to make an excellent espresso, and a wonderfully fragrant infusion of lemon verbena leaves, supplied by the Rare Tea Company, is a refreshing way to finish.

The Drink
France, Spain and Italy dominate the wine list at Quo Vadis. The English are represented in the sparkling department, though, and a glass of Gusbourne Estate 2007 blancs de blancs, available for a reasonable £8.50 a glass, is a real Kentish treat. There is an excellent selection of wines by the glass, plus a few half bottles and, as you might expect given the restaurant’s Spanish owners, sherry has been afforded considerable attention, with the eponymous amontillado ‘quo vadis’ muy viejo b. rodriguez la-cave on the list for £7.50 a glass.

The Last Word
A happy meeting of minds between the Hart Brothers (Fino, Barrafina) and Jeremy Lee has taken Quo Vadis in the right direction, and put it back on the culinary map.

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