The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant information

The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant offers a wide selection of global vegetarian cuisine served within artistic surroundings. Gluten free and vegan dishes are available.

Ranked #773 of 5241 restaurants in London
"Adrian and Michael Daniel have been running London’s most successful vegetarian restaurant since 1989. "The food we serve is the food of our childhood, modulated by French and Italian influences. When we opened the Gate, we had had no formal training, we were just a couple of guys who knew what we liked to eat, but we knew that food was sacred and should be celebrated. At the restaurant, we try to do just that: celebrate the food. This means, amongst other things, that we source our ingredients with care; we intensify flavour by careful cooking and by combining ingredients in unexpected ways. We try to make our dishes as visually pleasing as possible; and we try and do this in a fun and relaxed way. We started with passion and creativity and we maintain that passion and creativity today." The Gate’s original restaurant in Hammersmith is located in what was once the studio of artist Sir Frank Brangwyn, next to the Hammersmith Apollo, and is looking great after a recent facelift! It is now widely recognised as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, both a much-loved institution with a loyal and devoted following and a restaurant which has been quietly and confidently promoting healthy eating for almost 3 decades."

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Opening Hours

12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 21:15

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By G.

This is how veggie food should be! The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant are bringing the vegetable into the 21st century with a bang! Yummy, scrummy, inventive dishes without a dead carcass in sight. The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant have just done a book too, so you can recreate their recipes at home.

By Ray L.

Literally just come home from the Gate. Been there once before and was fairly good but this time the price and reputation just does not match up. Having been a vegetarian for a fair chunk on my life the food here is bland. Came in a group and tried quite a few starters and mains and the only saving grace was the baileys cheesecake which was divine. Moreover the staff need to smile more and be more attentive. On a more positive note the vibe in the dining room is good. Great menu overall but needs better execution.

By Janka G.

Had the most fantastic meal there, the food, wine and vibes were terrific plus we were sitting next to Kiera Knightley

By David B.

One of the best meals i've ever had, it was so hard to choose as everything sounded so tasty, the service was incredibly friendly yet polite but professional and the place was buzzing, it has got un incredible atmosphere! by the way, dont know if he's vegetarian but there was Simon Callow sitting next to our table!

By Carlos A.

Went for the first time last week after reading a review, i must say even though the review was very good i was quite sceptical on what their menu could offer: i was truly amazed. Me and my partner had the mezze platter which was absolutely delicious, then i had the aubergine schnitzel to follow; which i was told it's one of the favourites: now i know why. My partner had the nut roast and she said it's been one of the best she's ever had. Finally we decided to share an apple crumble which was fantastic, it wasn't as i had expected i must say but it was more of a take on a crumble, the only thing i regret is actually having to share it!Will be definitely coming back soon!

By Maria P.

I visit the Gate every few months and it keeps surprising me with exciting new dishes on the menu.

Every time I pop in, the service is friendly, the atmosphere lively and unpretentious, finally the food hasn't ceased to amaze me.

I don't live close but it never stops me from venturing out to Hammersmith and discovering the Gate again and again... great vegetarian food, mouth watering experience!!!

By L.

Gate Vegetarian restaurant does great vegetarian food served in a lovely large airy dining room with first rate service on the occasion we visited. Gate Vegetarian restaurant is a real gem.

By Tracey D.

Load up credit on your five-a-day at one of the capital’s most esteemed vegetarian restaurants.

The Venue
Nestled behind the Hammersmith Apollo, this quiet and appropriately named eatery sits in a pretty gated courtyard next to a modern day church (i.e. one with a shop front). Despite the vague appeal of a small, inner London community centre (it shares its WCs with the church hall), the upstairs dining room is bright, airy and dominated by a large atrium-style window. With vast pale walls, one painted with a large, almost demonic tree, and simple but contemporary trappings, its design is very much in the refectory-style made popular in the Nineties.

The Atmosphere
Renowned amongst the vegetarian community, The Gate has been knocking out great meat-free food to Londoners since 1989. Even on this quiet Tuesday evening, every table is full although the atmosphere is more a low hum of smugness rather than buzzing and fun. The service is mildly efficient if not the friendliest in town.

The Food
While the menu at The Gate is not extensive, it is however imaginative and seemingly includes every vegetable known to man. Try the starter mezze platter (£15.50/£29 for 2/4 people) for an impressive showcase of the chef’s expertise. It includes a delicious warm beetroot and Jerusalem artichoke salad which contrasts well with crunchy green beans and palm hearts. Next up is a creamy and rich three onion tart filled with leeks, shallots and caramelised red onion. The home-made tortellini is filled with ricotta and mushroom and served on a velvety celeriac cream. And there’s more; the aubergine pakora is good, and nicely spiced, and the halloumi kibi, a tasty tikka-flavoured grilled cheese kebab served with a zesty buckwheat salad.

As for the mains, a trio of carciofini (£15.50) comes as a dauntingly large dish of braised and roasted globe artichokes filled with feta and mint, a mushroom duxelle (minced mushrooms) and a lively caponata and served with slightly unnecessary polenta chips. The aubergine teriyaki (£13.75) is again, one beast of a dish. Two huge slabs of aubergine are layered with fresh coriander pesto, ripe red peppers, shitake mushrooms and a zingy horseradish, then crumbed and fried and accompanied by a nest of noodles and some sweet mango salsa. Although tasty it does feel a little heavy for an Asian-inspired dish.

For dessert, if you can fit it in, try the very reasonable crème caramel with sweet, caramelised oranges (£5.50) or the delicious (and again very generous) pear and frangipane tart (£6).

The Drink
There’s a nice selection of wines, most of which are organic, biodynamic or vegan. The house wine is a surprisingly pricey (£17.66) but very drinkable French vin de pays. At the top end of the list, the organic and vegan Pouilly-Fuisse comes in at a smidgeon under £50. Beer-lovers can try a bottle of the organic Freedom beer (£3.55), but if you haven’t quite had enough vitamins (unlikely here) try one of the interesting freshly-squeezed juices, such as pear and raspberry (from £3.25).

The Last Word
The Gate offers hearty plates of good, imaginative vegetarian food at mid-range prices and is worth a visit. As long as you're not put off by the odd worthy diner.

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