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The Refinery Bar

The Refinery Bar

Bar and Restaurant££££
South Bank, London
  • Dominic G.
    "Burgers here are lush, and the Cocktails are excellent."(5 Tips)
    Beauty S.
    "£15 steak, lobster, fries and prosecco a great deal."(2 Tips)
    Anargyros A.
    "The burgers are pretty average, but the entire atmosphere is good."(4 Tips)
    Will B.
    "the steak and lobster deal is great too!"(3 Tips)
69 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • burgers
  • prosecco
  • french fries
  • pancakes
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  • Ben F.
    You won't get served if the waiters don't think you're posh enough.
  • Guy C.
    Guy CorbetFebruary 19
    Good spot for a quick lunch. Usual fare done well
  • Louise O.
    Louise OrganDecember 30, 2016
    Bar snacks and Prosecco were lovely for a quick drink.
  • Giota P.
    Giota PapNovember 3, 2016
    Nice place with quite friendly service. It gets very busy on Thursday and Friday evening.
  • Banu Y
    Banu YSeptember 17, 2016
    Slow service. They overcharged us and the bill included food that we did not order. The food is delicious anyways and the atmosphere is nice.
  • Amra S.
    Amra SabySeptember 9, 2016
    Outdoor Lounge 👍
  • Rory C.
    Rory CampbellJune 19, 2016
    Meagre portion for the Eggs Royal and no truffle in the Roman Fries. Disappointing. Service and Virgin Mary was good though.
  • S R.
    S RavsJune 12, 2016
    The place is nice but can't recommend the brunch/food. Avo on sourdough toast was good. Blueberry pancakes and fries felt like they were heated up from frozen.
  • Anargyros A.
    Anargyros AkrivosApril 9, 2016
    The burgers are pretty average, but the entire atmosphere is good. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for tasty food.
  • Cyndie D.
    Cyndie Da RochaMarch 7, 2016
    A bit surprised by the comments, maybe I was lucky or they improved well. My food was good, and the service friendly. Nice decor inside. Really warm in it. Best for weekday over lunch.
  • Danai F.
    Danai FassouliFebruary 20, 2016
    Toooo Loud! !!!
  • Christine K.
    Christine KJanuary 19, 2016
    Food was great and the presentation was beautiful!
  • Mark M.
    Mark Mearing-SmithDecember 16, 2015
    Very loud, risotto was undercooked and salty, roast turkey was overcooked.
  • Ramon N.
    Ramon NavarroNovember 30, 2015
    If you are new to the southbank area, this is great first start, this place has character friendly staff, cool for pre-drinks and dates! 🍸🍹🍷🍺🍻
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PriemNovember 8, 2015
    Great place for a drink but expect to reserve a table on busy nights!
  • Vicky K.
    Vicky KontopoulouNovember 1, 2015
    Great! ! :)
  • Vasiliki K.
    Vasiliki KourgiozouNovember 1, 2015
    Blueburry pancakes and eggs royal are great!
  • T H.
    T HOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid. Full of desperados trying to turn it into an "it" place. The food is dreadful and the service is poor.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KeithOctober 8, 2015
    Distinctly mediocre.
  • Isha H.
    Isha HartonoOctober 3, 2015
    Slow service.. Disappointing
  • Scott I.
    Scott IvellSeptember 8, 2015
    Made us all ill 😤
  • James B.
    James BatesSeptember 6, 2015
    Typical city bar but inexpensive negroni's
  • Gus M.
    Gus MunroMay 10, 2015
    Came here for Sunday brunch. Very cool ambience. Menu was good and varied, food tasty but very small portions and very pricy for what you got. Decent coffee.
  • Aswin R.
    Aswin RamMarch 1, 2015
    I came here last century. My order was taken 50 years ago and I am still waiting at the table for the food.
  • Mela M.
    Mela MelNovember 26, 2014
    I went over 8 months ago. The food was a disaster. My pasta with ragù sauce was overcooked and gluey. The steak +"lobster" (more like a burnt prawn) was disgusting - we sent it back and got a refund
  • carolinec
    carolinecOctober 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimm's in the summer, Aperol spritz for the rest of the year :)
  • Robert J.
    Robert JensenSeptember 13, 2014
    Great place, very cozy hang out spot
  • carolinec
    carolinecAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jugs of Pimm's and hot barmen
  • Wagner S.
    Wagner Sartori juniorAugust 12, 2014
    Read so many bad reviews about the service but great food. Just go there and ask about Adam. We(2 couples) just had there and have a wonderful night with very nice food. I would recommend for everybod
  • Jon D.
    Jon DaviesAugust 7, 2014
    Average food and terrible service. Took forever to place an order. Half of which arrived. Food was like warm and chewy. Try The Table over the road instead.
  • Emma D.
    Emma Disney-CookJuly 3, 2014
    Not great food unfortunately. Nice place for a drink though.
  • Hakan E.
    Hakan ErkoyuncuJune 17, 2014
    Nice place with friendly but slow staff
  • Louise T.
    Louise ThomsonMay 7, 2014
    Walked out after nobody could be bothered serving us in the restaurant. Don't bother.
  • Beauty S.
    Beauty SoulApril 27, 2014
    Nice buzzing atmosphere, even during lunch times. £15 steak, lobster, fries and prosecco a great deal.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BorsboomApril 9, 2014
    Do not take the burger it is really tasteless
  • Sangeet L.
    Sangeet Lee-SarkarNovember 15, 2013
    Rubbish. 20 mins to get served. Just walked out. Don't bother.
  • Will B.
    Will BreteauSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    love the refinery, the friendly staff & lovely manager megan! great outside area and coffee for morning meetings in the sunshine! the steak and lobster deal is great too!
  • Becci M.
    Becci MarsdenJuly 14, 2013
    Don't come too thirsty- your wait for a drink, even on a quiet Sunday afternoon, will be a while
  • LDJ
    LDJMay 23, 2013
    Rules before customer, go next door to del Aziz, friendly and accommodating
  • Florent D.
    Florent DarraultMay 11, 2013
    Return to the 90's : Very noisy but food is ok
  • Volker B.
    Volker BalluederApril 24, 2013
    Wifi pwd is therefinery
  • Toby S.
    Toby SchusterApril 14, 2013
    Been here several times over the past few years and sadly the quality of the food has gone steadily downhill.
  • John-Henry B.
    John-Henry BaracApril 14, 2013
    My son said "best burger I've ever tasted"
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaynesFebruary 21, 2013
    Wine is good, staff are nice, but too many corporate tossers in the clientele
  • Kukkii K.
    Kukkii KoppeeFebruary 2, 2013
    Mango mojito didn't taste much of mango.
  • Hug C.
    Hug ChaJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very noisy, but as (here) I have diner alone I don't really mind. I'm a regular customer and never been desapointed by the food ; I wouldn't say the same for the service...
  • Iain B.
    Iain BlairDecember 18, 2012
    High hopes dashed. The service here is pretty slow and poor.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CoveyOctober 7, 2012
    Chilled on a Sunday
  • Jana
    JanaAugust 31, 2012
    Food was lovely but the service is pretty shocking - not a place to go if you're in any kind of a hurry
  • Chris H.
    You'll wait 20mins to get served even if there's noone at the bar. Nice enough place though
  • Jon R.
    Jon RuffellMay 18, 2012
    Nice layout but the service particularly at lunchtime is appalling. Need more staff behind the bar.
  • Stefanie H.
    Stefanie HoltMarch 2, 2012
    V cool restaurant & bar; try the self heal cocktail as its basically good for you!
  • Elisa A.
    Elisa AzoguiFebruary 25, 2012
    Take the sirloin !
  • Lex P.
    Lex PlexJanuary 6, 2012
    Avoid on a Friday evening/night. The DJ thinks he's in a nightclub in Ibiza, and consequently it's ear-splittingly loud, making conversation utterly impossible and killing any decent atmosphere.
  • Marcelo B.
    Marcelo BarrettoNovember 19, 2011
    The Stilton Fondue is incredible.
  • Anna G.
    Anna GawanOctober 17, 2011
    Oh dear. Refinery really let me down tonight. Bad food. Bad service. Part-refund helped but still tainted the evening.
  • Simon L.
    Simon LoxhamSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awful service!
  • Martin G.
    Martin GreavesSeptember 14, 2011
    Four staff behind the bar, only two "allowed to serve customers". WTF?
  • Shaun @ TheTableCafe
    Shaun @ TheTableCafeAugust 3, 2011
    Done drinking daiquiri's and necking beers? The Table Cafe's right across the road open till 10.30pm for truly inspiring cooking.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HirstJuly 26, 2011
    order at the bar when busy, you'll be waiting a long time for a waitress ...
  • Jo G.
    Jo GOctober 9, 2010
    Very noisy! You will go home with a sore throat if with friends because you havde been shouting all night trying to hear one another ;(
  • David W.
    David WarrenAugust 25, 2010
    Full of pricks in suits. Avoid.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CockinAugust 4, 2010
    Waitress lovely though.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CockinAugust 4, 2010
    Service shocking! Food nice enough.
  • Dominic G.
    Dominic GriffithsJuly 14, 2010
    Burgers here are lush, and the Cocktails are excellent. Nice to sit outside if its warm.
  • Andreas S.
    Andreas S.February 20, 2010
    Great atmosphere and friendly staff!
  • Jade M.
    Jade MoatFebruary 5, 2010
    One of my favourite places for after work drinks.
  • Dr.Luis P.
    El Robalo con Chorizo increíble.
  • Federico B.
    Federico BenettiJanuary 25, 2015
    Atmosfera fantastica, cibi buoni (ci sono alcuni piatti particolari e poi i soliti classici, dal fish and chips, alle insalatone, agli hamburger) e prezzi in linea con i pub del posto.Consigliatissimo
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