Where to Eat in St. Albans: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 28, 2017 Layne Dawes

St Albans /sənt ˈɔːlbənz/, /seɪn ... / is a city in Hertfordshire, England, and the major urban area in the City and District of St Albans. It lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 20 miles (32 km) north-northwest of central London, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Welwyn Garden City and 11 miles (18 km) south-southeast of Luton. St Albans was the first major town on the old Roman road of Watling Street for travellers heading north, and it became the Roman city of Verulamium. It is a historic market town and is now a dormitory town within the London commuter belt and the Greater London Built-up Area.
Things to do in St. Albans

1. Thompson St Albans

2 Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL1 3RP, England (Formerly Darcy's Restaurant) Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$220 - HK$1,099 +44 1727 730777
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 417 reviews

Thompson St Albans

THOMPSON St Albans offers a relaxed and affordable fine dining experience, without the pretence sometimes associated with formal dining. Here, you will find a classic and tranquil setting, ever-changing menus that are dictated by the seasons and a selection of fine wines, carefully chosen to expertly match dishes. Chef and owner Phil Thompson utilises his classic training, along with his natural skill and ability for creating delicious flavour combinations, that showcase his own modern style. <br><br>The restaurant is popular with large groups and can cater for parties and celebrations. Alternatively, the Terrace and conservatory are a great place for dining outside in the sunny months; the quaint Victorian-style courtyard, with trailing ivy, honeysuckle, shrubs and flowers, can host up to 20 guests and is offered exclusively when the conservatory is booked. Private parties can also be held in the 52-seater restaurant upstairs.

Reviewed By Ali M - London, United Kingdom

Lovely dinning experience for special occasions, business dinners, small groups.
The set menu options are a great choice. All the dishes we tried were delicious and the little extras served were a lovely surprise and made the meal that little more special. Nice wine selection available. We tried all the entrees on the set menu, the mains the duck and the gurnard fish and dessert the treacle tart and the rhubarb dish.

2. La Cosa Nostra

62 Lattimore Road, St. Albans AL1 3XR, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$385 +44 1727 832658
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

La Cosa Nostra

Reviewed By Andrew C

6 of us had our annual Christmas night out, this restaurant was packed as it generally is. We all had a good meal. As The staff were more than helpful and friendly and welcoming

3. Bar Espresso

159 Victoria Street, St. Albans AL1 3TA, England Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$165 - HK$659 +44 1727 857300
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 255 reviews

Bar Espresso

We are a family run restuarant serving traditional homecooked Italian food cooked from fresh with passion. We also have monthly specials including desserts.

Reviewed By Will F

Great service
And wonderful pizza, really thin with exquisite toppings just as we like
The dessert was scrumptious and so I’ve given it 5 stars as until recently I only had their tasty breakfasts
I would recommend going in for a quick drink before catching the train to London
Or if you don’t want go far it’s a relaxing place lovely decor and helpful staff
Will be seeing you again soon thank u!

4. Anastasias Greek Restaurant

97 St. Peters Street, St. Albans AL1 3EN, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Grill, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1727 834155
Excellent
78%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 799 reviews

Anastasias Greek Restaurant

Reviewed By Bob T - St. Albans, United Kingdom

We all had the Mixed Meze no 3 which was £22.90 I think or something around that figure. We only just managed to each it all, quality and flavour were excellent. One of our number is Greek and he was very impressed and said that...MoreThank you for your review, I'm glad to hear that your Greek guest appreciated our food. Please call to book on a Saturday and mention tables 1-33 so as we can seat you elsewhere. look forward to seeing you again.

5. L'Italiana

3 French Row, St. Albans AL3 5DU, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1727 860609
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 853 reviews

L'Italiana

Reviewed By alisan m - hertfordshire

We came here on a Wednesday lunch time around 1.30pm and it was busy, we just got sat down and ordered our drinks, then we got told what was for lunch menu at £5.95, so we ordered the same, ham,pineapple and instead of mushrooms, had onions. and they said that:s ok. Then my partner had ham,pepperoni and mushrooms . It was hot and very nice, the crust was crusty and light. The toilets in ladies was clean and tidy, and put it this way they won't run out on toilet roll, had a great crate box of them. Lovely Staff, very welcoming. Will visit again .

6. The Alban

145 Victoria Street | St Albans, St. Albans AL1 3TA, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$220 +44 1727 862111
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

The Alban

Established since 1984, we are a family run restaurant who continue to add to the British culinary landscape with traditional and home made Indian and Bengali food. We believe that whilst keeping to the old and traditional recipes, we will keep searching, evolving and perfecting innovative cooking techniques to bring you new and exciting mouth watering dishes. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Reviewed By rjs6Pint - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

The Alban Tandoori was the venue for the work's Christmas meal. The staff were friendly and attentive and noting was too much trouble. Everyone enjoyed their food, especially me - I had fish curry.

7. L'Olivo Ristorante Italiano

135 Marford Road, Wheathampstead, St. Albans AL4 8NH, England Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 1582 834145
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 517 reviews

L'Olivo Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By Loay E

After a couple of horrible dining experiences in St Albans, the previous restaurant (Anastasia Greek) and this one both are just amazing by all aspects.
Let’s quickly evaluate this one.
Owner (management) receiving you by himself at the entrance of the restaurant, and Seating you.
Smiling friendly professional welcoming stuff (of course they are since they have been hired by such owner/management).
Taking all care of every single detail, tables setup, ambiance, and the way of serving the drinks and the dishes.
Great wine list and menu.
Mouthwatering food, delicious and deep art and talent behind the cook.
Every 5 minutes, the owner/management passing by your table checking with a true smile on his face if all is fine and ok
Unforgettable experience that surely will be repeated again!

8. The Meating Room

22 Catherine Street | Herts, St. Albans AL3 5BX, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$110 - HK$165 +44 1727 833707
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

The Meating Room

Reviewed By Barberelly89 - St. Albans, United Kingdom

We went with friends, and found it a lovely little burger place. Was pleasantly surprised that all the burgers came with fries, and not as a costly extra like in some places.
I ordered the Batchwood burger and it was delicious. Everyone else ordered beef burgers and they looked superb. Empty plates all round!
My friend ordered a milkshake, which he said was “life-changing”. He wanted to order a second one, but was full after his main meal and side.
Will return and make use of their BYOB policy.

9. Prime Steak & Grill - St. Albans

83-85 London Road | St Albans, St. Albans AL1 1LN, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$275 - HK$494 +44 1727 840309
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 859 reviews

Prime Steak & Grill - St. Albans

Reviewed By paulcurley1 - Stotfold, United Kingdom

Great venue! Staff very friendly, efficient and helpful. We had our family outing for 18 people (plus a toddler) in the downstairs part of the restaurant which just added to the occasion.
This is the second time we have used this restaurant and we will definitely be using it again.

10. Veer Dhara One

9 Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL1 3RR, England Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$251 - HK$337 +44 1727 226226
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 394 reviews

Veer Dhara One

The Veer Dhara invites you to participate in an authentic translation of Indian Cuisine. Our menus are based on the highest quality produce and seasonal ingredients, from all corners of India, brought to you with traditional flavours, the origins of which can be traced back to the aristocratic houses of India. Our Chefs have endeavoured throughout, to remain faithful to the historic origin of each regional dish recreating flavours originally associated with traditional home-cooked food. We are fully equipped to serve St. Albans and the public at large, with our exciting and varied range of dishes, prepared with unrivalled supreme culinary excellence, and served in stylish, elegant and stunning surroundings.The concept of the Veer Dhara was the brainchild of an ambitious and visionary entrepreneur, named Surinder Singh who is based in Central India. His objective was to present a new, different and exciting way to appreciate Indian food, and to demonstrate that excellence, diversity, tradition and affordability can all go hand in hand, and combine to give you an experience different to anything you have known so far.

Reviewed By Emma B

Me and my boyfriend went to this fantastic restaurant on New Year’s Eve. We had heard many great things and we were very pleased our expectations were met. There was a set menu and the waiter was more than happy to change a few dishes as I am unable to eat fish. The dishes came out as sharing plates, plentiful and delicious. We loved each and every thing that we were served. I can’t recommend this place highly enough!! Another fine restaurant local to us.

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