Where to Eat in Gillingham: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 6, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best restaurant in Gillingham, United Kingdom (UK) including Elizabeth's Restaurant, Don Vincenzo, TOPES Restaurant, Simply Italian, Rowlands Bistro, Thai Four Two, The Tudor Rose, Gurkhas Brother, Confucius, Hollywood Bowl
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1. Elizabeth's Restaurant

154 High Street, Rochester ME1 1ER, England (Formerly Elizabeth's of Eastgate) Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$385 +44 1634 843472
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 352 reviews

Elizabeth's Restaurant

A warm welcome to Elizabeth's, our family run restaurant in Rochester, Kent. Manuel & Cristina opened this beautiful 16th century Tudor building as a restaurant in 1992. The restored beams, exposed brickwork and classic vintage design pieces create an elegant and comfortable space to enjoy a superb range of food. The menus reflect our signature European style with seasonal produce sourced from Kent producers where possible. Not forgetting our Spanish roots, there is a Tapas evening every last Thursday of the month so come and try some delicious, authentic Spanish dishes! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Reviewed By Borderer12 - UK

A wonderful restaurant. Service is attentive and efficient without being in your face. The complimentary amuse bouche offered was a nice touch.
The food is locally sourced, freshly prepared and attractively served. A three course lunch from the set menu option was simply delicious, not expensive compared to what you would pay for a comparable offer in London and the wine was very reasonably priced. I would definitely return and can whole heartedly recommend.

2. Don Vincenzo

108-110 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JT, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1634 408373
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 684 reviews

Don Vincenzo

Reviewed By Pat H - Rainham, United Kingdom

Always happy to see you and the welcome is genuinely Italian. We have eaten here on quite a few occasions not weekly but now and again when we are in Rochester. The food is always constantly good and presented with thought.
Even when they are very busy they always make you feel special.

3. TOPES Restaurant

60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$173 - HK$385 +44 1634 845270
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 695 reviews

TOPES Restaurant

TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in Rochester High Street in Kent and has been awarded two AA rosettes. Chris Small, head chef and co-owner, has created several different menus, including a special set price lunch (L16 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L25). In addition, there is an a la carte menu for Friday and Sunday evenings and traditional roasts on Sunday. All ingredients are bought in fresh on a daily basis from local suppliers and the menus reflect seasonal produce. The restaurant is set in a 15th, 16th and 17th Century building and many of the original features remain. However, the restaurant has a modern feel to it to reflect the modern style of dishes on offer.

Reviewed By cmg582015 - Rochester, United Kingdom

Went with a dear friend to celebrate our respective birthdays. We indulged in a three course lunch and it was simply beautiful. The mussels were delicate in a light broth, the salmon perfectly cooked and a excellent selection of cheese for dessert. Atmosphere warm, friendly and cosy. Very special indeed.

4. Simply Italian

55 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LN, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$110 - HK$165 +44 1634 408077
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 570 reviews

Simply Italian

Reviewed By gl8246 - Medway

Christmas being a favourite time for over-pricing and limited selection in restaurants I expected to be disappointed when dining with colleagues. I should have known better.
I haven't been to Simply Italian for some time, but the quality was high, the ability to cater for off the menu choices was met with equanimity and the service was as ever excellent.
No chance of faulting this restaurant.

5. Rowlands Bistro

66 Watling Street, Gillingham ME7 2YW, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1634 573954
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Rowlands Bistro

Reviewed By Paul H - Wokingham, United Kingdom

I was born in Gillingham and return for Xmas, Mothers Day, birthdays and any special occasion. I have done so for over 20 years and every celebration takes place at Rowlands. Nick and his family have always treated us like friends and provided an excellent service. We cannot fault the food and my wife would travel any distance for their hot fudge sundaes. 5 of us were there again on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. They also stock my 2 favourite wines, Chateauneuf du pap and Amarone. French and Italian and I have never found another restaurant that does this. See you Mothers Day Nick

6. Thai Four Two

164 High Street, Rochester ME1 1EX, England (Formerly Thai For Two) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$220 - HK$275 +44 1634 840451
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 489 reviews

Thai Four Two

Reviewed By anikab7

We had a lovely dinner on the Saturday before New Years Eve. We were early for our table but seated right away. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was great and portions a good size. We had been told that they would need the table back early for a later booking but we never felt rushed. The restaurant is bigger than expected and it was busy, but didn't feel crowded or too noisy.

7. The Tudor Rose

29/31 High Street | Upnor, Rochester ME2 4XG, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$55 - HK$220 +44 1634 714175
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 417 reviews

The Tudor Rose

Set in a old fishing village a hidden gem down a lovely cobbled street,a little bit of Cornwall in the Medway towns backing on to the historic Upnor castle. Now open all day and serving food from 12 to 3 and 6 to 9 Monday to Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4, please phone to book to avoid disappointment.

Reviewed By Kati N - Rochester, United Kingdom

We visited for lunch as a last minute decision so no problem in getting a table. The food was fantastic and the service very good. Good selection of food on the menu. I can recommend the butchers plate although couldn't finish it all!! Friend staff and friendly atmosphere.

8. Gurkhas Brother

1 Whiffens Avenue, Chatham ME4 4SF, England (Formerly Gurkha Cuisine) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Balti, Nepali, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1634 817686
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 305 reviews

Gurkhas Brother

Fine dine Indian & Nepalese cuisine with bar , A perfect venue for dining with quality food and friendly service.

Reviewed By Dave B - Rochester, United Kingdom

Great selection of authentic food on offer on the menu, great service and good value for money. Highly recommended for a great meal out.

9. Confucius

342 High Street, Chatham ME4 4NR, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Highchairs Available Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1634 817867
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Confucius

Postcode Me4 4nr

Reviewed By Kaylinaaa - London, United Kingdom

Reading the previous reviews I expected a lot from this restaurant. It turned out to be just your average chinese place. Staff appeared quite unfriendly and a bit arrogant, awful communication from their side. When I asked for plain noodles to accompany my lemon chicken the lady said that I can’t have that, and pointed me to the “noodles” section on the menu asking me to choose something. I wanted some advice because I’m not too familiar with chinese food but she wouldn’t advise me. Looking at the menu I didn’t see such thing as simple noodles so out of desperation I chose a “noodle chow mein” and asked what chow mein means, and what exactly that is, but the lady gave me a confused look and only said “these are noodles”.... ok.... when it arrived it ended up being a whole meal in itself, noodles with prawns, vegetables and sauce. She hasn’t mentioned that even though I specifically asked! Obviously this didn’t really go with my lemon chicken so it all tasted a bit awkward.. well, at least we got prawn crackers for free as a starter..

10. Hollywood Bowl

4 High Street, Gillingham ME7 1BB, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1634 574772
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 296 reviews

Hollywood Bowl

Reviewed By stewk - London, United Kingdom

BEWARE THE MANY QUALITY REVIEWS POSTED AGAINST THIS RESURANT REFERRING TO ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT IN THE US.
We chose this restaurant for the first time after checking out the rating on TA, and here is where the first problem starts. For some reason, TA are posting many 4 & 5 start ratings against this restaurant that are actually meant for Hollywood Bowl in the US, after taking these out you get an average score from which we would not have booked.
Here we go, turned up and was shown to a table downstairs, the restaurant is actually nicely decorated both inside and out, but is spoilt by the dreadful background music ( think of your worst lift experience listening to background music).
After ordering, our starters arrived. Garlic mushrooms were dreadful, these were the smallest button mushrooms deep fried, they were overcooked, when you tried to insert your fork they jumped off the plate, the batter was thick and tasteless and no garlic butter inside, instead you had a garlic mayonnaise dip in a small pot on the plate, again, awful taste and obviously squirted from a large catering bottle . The other starter was whitebait, instead of receiving lightly floured fried fish we received deep fried, in a thick batter blobs, which inside contained the fish which you could not taste due to the overpowering awful fat taste of the batter, which again was totally overcooked and served with a tasteless dip, again from a large catering bottle.
Persevering, due to customers rating ( which of course we know now to be incorrect), we waited, and waited for our mains. We gave some flexibility as there were two birthday parties in progress at large tables. however, after an hour, just as we were about to walk out, the mains arrived ( wish we had walked out 5 mins sooner!).
One special, which was a Portuguese sausage and pork strip hanging from what looked liked a banana hanger. Both were terribly overcooked, the sausage was greasy and the pork dried and tasteless, both the thickness of a small chipolata, the frozen then fried chips were lukewarm and tasteless, the rice cold and the 'Greek salad' poor, in quantity, quality and presentation.
The other main was a mixed grill - possibly the worst we have ever tasted anywhere in the world. The standard chips ,from the freezer bag, frozen peas, half cooked tasteless tomatoes, and the meat, all overcooked and poor quality. steak was chewy and dry, the sausage of such appalling quality it was beyond words, deep fried chicken in the house special thick gluey batter, which was all you could taste, and onion rings which were covered again in a thick greasy batter that made you want to retch when eating.
As there was no sight of any serving staff downstairs we just left half of our plates and waited for the bill, we informed the waitress of our complaint who was going to get the manager and owner to come down. When she brought our bill down we were told the owner/manager was busy but we had to pay upstairs so could ask for him then, which we duly did,he was sitting on a stool watching the bar and staff at the till like a hawk, must have a trust issue, and could not bothered to walk downstairs. When we discussed our complaints he stated that all food is freshly cooked to order, I corrected him stating that deep frying or grilling cheap quality meat does not take an hour, and as we had no staff downstairs to complain too, and we did not want to wait another hour for replacement poor quality food if we complained, so we just left it .He had no answer, and when I told him we would not return he just shrugged and look around his half empty domain.
This is by far the worst 'restaurant' we have eaten in since moving into Medway a year ago, cheap cuts of meat deep fried or grilled to hide the flavour. We spent the night constantly drinking water, from this we would suggest their meat is full of salt giving it extra shelf life.
Some of the actual reviews for this restaurant do rave about how big the portions are, which is true, but quality over quantity is our preference. If you like piles of cheap fried or grilled food to soak up copious amounts of alcohol this is the place, otherwise for this type of food Harvester and Frankie and Benny;s are better quality and cheaper.

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