The Orpheus Restaurant and Wine Bar is in the Tower Hill area of the City of London, situated in the arches beneath Fenchurch Street Station. It offers over 70 seats in the restaurant, has a large wine bar serving bar food and there is a wide range of wines, beers and soft drinks. Families will be made welcome.
Our two chefs prepare a fairly wide range of English quisine, but specialising in the serving of fresh fish of all kinds. Be your choice Hake, Halibut, of Huss, we will delight you with our preparations.
A very friendly bar/restaurant. A great place to meet up with friends. Have used the restaurant ( great fish ) many times and the bar food is excellent too. In need of a refurb which I understand is soon to take place.
1970s retro decor is not for everyone but if you look beyond that, this is a solid restaurant. Fish in all its forms is the speciality and usually, not always, the chef or maitre d’ will bring round fillets of the fish available. Last visit was on a day when they had a block booking so we were tucked away as 1 of 4 tables in the private dining area. Service was good until after the main was served but slowed after that. In fairness, we got a call a week before to tell us about the block booking. If you’re in the City and fish does it for you, this will not disappoint.
I’ve been here several times, and have enjoyed introducing the restaurant to others.
However, on my most recent visit the restaurant didn’t offer its usual selling point – the waiter coming round with the plate of fish from which one could make a selection for cooking. On previous visits I’d been able to excuse, or even enjoy, the dated decor and tell my guests (particularly fish-lovers) to wait until they saw the fish selection. I don’t know if the selection was missing as a one-off or a more permanent change, but the waiter did mention they had a new menu.
That said, the cod I had was excellent and my colleague also enjoyed his food. Booking was straightforward (by both phone and e-mail – I got to try both because my colleague’s plans changed).
I’m happy to recommend the restaurant, but more for those who are looking for good food rather than a glamorous dining experience.