Jamavar

4.6
701 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
With a seating capacity of 107 covers split in two different floors, a private dining room that accommodate up to 8 guests plus al fresco tables will provide the perfect setting for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Taking inspiration from the Viceroy’s house of New Delhi, the restaurant will be a glamorous Indian dining room with rainforest emperador marbles, dark timber paneling, gilded walls, and Lutyens inspired furnishings. The space will reflect the vibrant colours and intricate patterns of rare Jamavar shawls, offset with brass accents, hand-cut marquetry, and a sculpted bar that will celebrate the great textile traditions of India.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Jamavar is an upmarket Indian restaurant in Mayfair with excellent food and a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 701 People Are Saying
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Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, will definitely be coming back.

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London
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I had scallops as a starter, which were wonderful. The lamb biryani had the potential to be wonderul too, but lacked a vital ingredient: the lamb! I think I had two small pieces in a huge bowl of rice. This was £26 for a bowl of rice which is very disappointing for a resturant of this apparent quality.

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ZA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely an excellent restaurant with excellent staff and service. Will definitely come back again.

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MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best butter chicken

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lekker, vriendelijk, top prijs kwaliteit.

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K
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have been there a few times Great food and service Definitely would return

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & great service. I would definitely return to Jamavar. Definitely go if you're looking for Halal Michelin star restaurants.

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb quality
One of the best restaurants in london

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n
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food. We liked the prawns, stone bass and lamb dishes in particular. Service was great. Not cheap but worth a try.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, felt the seating where i was sitting was abit squashy and too near other diners

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I booked for 2 instead of 5 by mistake. The staff were not cooperative in finding us a table and offered a table outside in the cold.
The tables inside were empty but were not offered to us.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

An underwhelming New Year’s Eve experience at Jamavar. Whilst the food was perfectly fine (although far from memorable), service was poor. With a delay to our table, we were directed to the "bar" (a small drinks hatch) where it took 5 minutes to be offered a menu and 10 minutes before an order was taken. Once seated, dishes were presented at a break-neck speed, seemingly desperate to have us vacate before midnight. Waiters were disinterested at best and showed no care or passion about what they were serving. For this price point (~£180 a head), there are several fantastic Indian restaurants in London, delivering a much higher and consistent quality of food, service and ambiance. Save your money. Avoid Jamavar.

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PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for New Years eve. All courses came out fresh and delicious. Dietary requirements were catered for too!

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1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our experience was very bad.we went with our children and a nanny on 31st dec2018.the Staff poor no smile and being with children we were not treated well.they just wanted us to leave I felt.specially my children’s nanny .lets talk about food .pathetic is also not the correct word to use .not at all a chic Resturant .i felt I am on a road side stall .i have tried all chic resturants, this one they have given michelin star , for me this has no stars . They must recheck for the star recommendations.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very delicious

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P
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the best Indian food I have ever had in a wonderful elegant setting. I am still dreaming of the meal and will for sure be back next time we are in London.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite spots in London. The food is amazing and the service is always impeccable. The menu is creative and there is something for every palette. Plan to take your time and spend at least two hours, and try to leave room for coffee and dessert if you can. It can get a bit noisy with the business lunch crowd, and during the holidays when folks bring along fussy children, but the food and staff will quickly take your mind off of that.

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HE
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant tout est ici parfait nourriture ambiance service

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P
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is excellent. Many guest talking on their cell phones during the meal, which is a real let down for me. Maybe a ban on using phones in the restaurant would be a good idea?

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made an error in date while making a reservation for our family Christmas Eve dinner and we found ourselves in a situation on a busy London Christmas Eve night without a place for dinner as my error unraveled at the Jamavar host bar. The hospitality was outstanding. They were gracious to accommodate for our family by going above and beyond our hopes of a dinner (of course, it was a quicker dinner given the number of reservations that day). We had a quiet, beautiful space to enjoy one of the best Indian meals we have had. Thank you Jamavar for saving our Christmas Eve. We can't wait to return!

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RK
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family love Jamavar. Food, service, decor to ambience...all excellent!!

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l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Not up to Michelin Standards

We arrived at Jamavar last evening on time for an 8:45p reservation. The reservation was made many weeks ago, yet there was no table available in the main dining room. We were escorted to the basement and the hostess tried to seat us there. We declined. We were told that there would be a wait for a table in the main dining room. We reminded the hostess that we had a reservation and that it was made some time ago.

After we had been waiting over 20 minutes, one of the head waiters came down to tell us that the kitchen would be closing at 9:45 and that we should look at menus so that we would be prepared to order when we were seated. We agreed, but reminded him that we had a reservation and told him that we had a reservation.

After we had been waiting over half an hour, we were seated. We were reminded again that the kitchen would be closing at 9:45. We requested menus so that we could order our started, which we did promptly. After doing so, another waiter came to our table, asking us to order our mains, telling us the kitchen would be closing at 9:45. When our mains were served, I asked for some bread. The waiter responded: "Are you sure that this is everything? The kitchen is closed." How many time could the staff repeat this? What should have been a relaxing Sunday night dinner was anything but. We were rushed and offended.

At the same time that this was going on, another party was seated at 9:45p and allowed to order at 10p.

Clearly, Jamavar does not have its act together. And by repeating, again and again and again and again, that its kitchen is about to close, all it does is offend customers, ruin their evenings and drive business away.

There are many wonderful, Michelin-starred Indian restaurants in London (e.g., Benares, Quilon, Gymkhana, Amaya, Tamarind--all of which we patronize). We will not be returning to Jamavar any time soon.

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h
London
157 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been knocked out by Jamavar last Christmas Eve, three of us returned last Sunday.
We once again had a wonderful time...;lovely food, lovely staff, beautiful room...extra bonus of terrific cocktails. Their amazing first Chef has moved on to open his own place in Chelsea..and perhaps it was our imagination but the cooking while excellent was perhaps just a notch less overwhelming than it had been on our first visit...but this is minor observation. Jamavar is a place to treasure, even with all the splendid Indian restaurants--from street food to haute Indian cuisine--with which London is blessed.

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H
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from ambience to food

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NO
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond incredible food.

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J
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and the food was excellent!

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RO
London
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Jamavar. It was even better than I remembered it. The dhal is the best I’ve had. Super service. Highly recommend to all

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was distinctly average - service was slow and unattentive.

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M
Dubai
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Been to Jamavar several times in the past. On this occasion however, the service was quite mediocre. At the reception stand we were met by a surly attendant who simply frowned at us making us feel quite uncomfortable. We also had to wait 40 minutes plus for our mains which for a restaurant of that level is unacceptable. The food was as always very good though and the ambience great

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DH
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Booked as a pre- Christmas meal with a good friend and we were both surprised by the quality of the food and friendliness of the waiter. He even allowed us to order from the set menu even though it had expired 10 minutes prior. The variety of the dishes, quality of the ingredients and amount of food that arrived was outstanding. Will definitely return.

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S
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating a twin birthday celebration. The evening was spectacular. The food, ambience and service was perfect. We loved the tasting menu with the wine pairings. There is also a curry course that is more than enough to satisfy any appetite.

My only slight down point was a bit of a draft from the front door but it was not enough to spoil the evening.

Thank you Jamavar for a memorable dinner.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice location and ambiance, interesting food very well curated, although quite pricey considering other similar location, guess the location has its influence.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my husbands birthday meal. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Would thoroughly recom this place.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, great service! combination of flavors in dishes was amazing, even if you are not use to spicy food or strong flavors, you will like this restaurant, dishes are very balance. Also you should try the cocktails!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is ok, personally I expected more...
Don’t order chai if you had it in India or you have been to Dishoom because it will be an utter disappointment...it’s really really week...desserts are not hearty but ghost of the originals...flavours are a letdown.
Main courses are ok

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CF
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere are second to none - I have been a few times now and always enjoyed a lovely meal and evening. Very cosy!

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FT
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Nice food but very noisy restaurant as well as dark.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Value for money wasn't there...
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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Issue with table

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