The Refinery

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£25 and under
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Located in the landmark Blue Fin Building on Southwark Street and a stone's throw from Tate Modern and the River Thames, The Refinery sees locals enjoying innovative cocktails, global wines and an impressive menu focusing on organic ingredients.

Whether it's a drinks party with work, a mixology class with friends or a hen party with all the gals, The Refinery has everything you need. Exuding industrial sophistication, softened with touches of colour and texture throughout, the buzz and culinary theatre of the open plan kitchen can be enjoyed from the comfort of the restaurant, while the luxury of space allows diners to enjoy quieter corners for business lunches or corporate meetings.

The place jazzes up in the evenings for drinks and parties, and the alfresco terrace is perfect to enjoy in the warmer weather. The Refinery is a perfect stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or evening drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends

The Refinery
Responded on February 19, 2020

Dear Customer, Thank you for your 5 star review. It means a lot to us here at The Refinery and we hope that you will come back to visit us again soon. Kindest, The Refinery Bankside

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice lively restaurant with a bar, good for after work dining and a light business meeting or super with friends.

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FeliciaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and Awesome food.
I love this place and find every reason to be here :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pan fried salmon was pretty tasty. The grain bowl however was pretty gross.

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vipDMTDMT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dreadful. Arrived to almost empty yet still somehow deafening restaurant. Maitre d was rude sending us to a table. Food all over the floor. We pointed this out and no offer to clean it up. Menus arrive. Staff have no idea about the London Food Festival offer which we’ve come for specifically. Walked out at this point. Shambles. Management needs to be sacked. Junior staff need to be trained

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vipmommyFoodies
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

It was fine food for our teenagers and fun for an after work drink. You cannot hold a conversation because it is too loud.

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FeliciaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since this is in my building..
I love to dine here

And I love the food too

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vipCochyn
London
283 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We've been to this place 6 or 7 times, and always found the food good, with quite an interesting menu. The wine list is decent. Staff have usually been efficient and pleasant.
This time, some favourites on the menu had been 'tweaked', so that the shredded beef and kimchi now comes in a cheap tasting taco rather than the usual flatbread. Pheasant sausage rolls tasted of very little but fennel seeds - or perhaps fennel!
Unfortunately, I waited for quite some time after my three guests, for the cocktail ordered, for the starter - and then for the main.
The worse part, though, which did spoil our evening, and made us leave earlier than planned, was the constant interruption from staff. Two guests had to hang onto their plates, as over-attentive staff decided to clear them whilst they were still eating. And why on earth would you clear away two plates, whilst the other two people are still eating? This happened during both starter and main.
Our conversations were interrupted constantly, by quite a number of staff. As one gave us the dessert menu, less than 10 seconds' later, another came to take the order. That's what finally made us leave. We won't be back.

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vipRunner76
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My family had a rough trip from the US to London and was glad to have reservations when we arrived to find a good meal and nightlife. Refinery is a great place for after dinner drinks, catching up with friends, but not a quiet family dinner. We didn’t care, we were hungry and our server was amazing. I don’t recall her name but she was from Romania and gave us some great recommendations for our stay.
The food really was fantastic. We had flatbread pizzas, fish & chips, my son had the “Naughty Gnocchi MAC & Cheese” and still talks about it a week later! While I don’t recommend Refinery for family, I highly recommend the restaurant if you’re in the bankside area

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Three of us dinned here while visiting London. Loved the rustic, comfy yet classy feel to the place. We enjoyed the charcuterie board and Scotch egg for starters, Mac and Cheese and Curry Chicken for dinner. I wish they’d served a basmati instead of wild rice with the curry but the curry itself was tasty. Apple Crumble and brownie for desert, both excellent. The service and bathrooms could have used some help. Overall, we would go back for a nice dinner out.

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Cristina
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meat from the burgers 🍔 weren’t well done... they were just very burnt 🥵😅🤐... apart from that, the ambience was lovely as always when I go to any D&M restaurant chain, beautiful decor & atmosphere, and super friendly & nice waiter from Venezuela served us tonight. Thank you to all the team at the refinery!! 🥰
Oh and the lamb dish was simply amazing!!

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vipCochyn
London
283 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a celebration lunch for a friend, so we started with cocktails. The best espresso martini. Two of us had roast chicken- exquisitely cooked. And one, the braised brisket, with slaw and kimchi - the tastiest meal I've had in many months. Staff are very good.

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vipmark
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was okay. Worst service. It was not busy, and felt neglected. I definitely would not go back

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Emma
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great carvery on a Sunday and speedy service even with a large group.

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OscarP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were a party of four. Two of them ordered hamburgers, "rare" and "medium-rare". To our surprise, they both got them "well done". We raised the issue to our waiter and he apologised and asked th