It was a childhood dream to actually dine into the Rainforest cafe but sadly the high prices prevented that dream to ever come true then. But because of my boyfriend, he helped me recover that lost dream and took me there. At first it was just a place I wanted to eat for fun and my food expectation were actually very low knowing it was tourist place.
When it came to decor and atmosphere I was completely wowed. The whole place was recreated into a tropical forest with great attention to detail too. There was even a dome with a view of the starry night sky, a fish tank with tropical fishes, moving gorillas making sounds every now and then and elephants that flapped their ears. Although I understand it is not for everyone I really enjoyed the sound effects such as the sound of thunder. It brought our meal to life and opened up our other senses.
As romantic the place looked with dangling plants and flowers, dim lighting it is not a place for a first date or a very romantic dinner due to the amount of lively excited children running round. It didn't bother us though and we felt part of something bigger when all the staff stood up to sing happy birthday with a volcanic cake for their birthdays.
The menu had most of the classic American dishes and we decided to start our meal off with buffalo chicken wings. I was very surprised at the quality of these wings. As synthetic the sauce was they tasted fine and kind of how we expected them to be, they were also very well fried, plump and meaty with a lovely crispy skin on top. They were very mild and tasted even better dipped into the creamy light blue cheese sauce that came with it.
For mains I gambled with the pork baby back ribs. The reason I said so is because I've had many where it is just drenched in a sickly sauce and cooked so much it loses all its natural flavours and texture but I actually really enjoyed these. Although there wasn't much heat the cajun spices flavoured the meat really well, giving different notes of flavour by the paprika, garlic and pepper. The BBQ sauce was nice and light and only to cover the meat and added a good gentle sweetness to it. It was tender and packed full of its juices and yet still had a good meaty texture to it.
For the side I chose a baked potato with sour cream and chive and it came in generous size. The flesh was fluffy and soft and creamed well with the sour cream. It also came with a corn on the cob and slices of watermelon which felt out of place. They were both pretty bland but probably because they were not in season.
My boyfriend went for the Primal Steak and that is where we felt the quality go down. The steak was tough and chewy even when it came medium rare as requested. For the price it was a huge disappointment. Chips were very average but it wasn't like ketchup couldn't save them. I was happy I chose the ribs.
Overall it was a great experience and I still agree it's a place you go more for the decor and than the food as for the same price there are many places that does it better. However it is also a place I wish everyone could go at least once if you're into themed restaurant as it is worth experiencing just once. It definitely brings out the child inside of you.
Service was great, greeted at the door with a 'passport' with your name where you hand over to the staff downstairs to get your entry. It's like you're really leaving London...haha! Food came relatively quick and all done with a smile. Definitely a place I plan to return to.
I remember this place being good. It has been several years since I visited, but it was interesting to see a Rainforest Cafe in London.
I live near Nashville, TN (USA) and we have a RC on the east side of town. To this date, I have still never visited it. However, it was nice to dine with a familiar name while visiting England.
The inside is a fun theme and it is geared toward kids. However, the food was very good and I enjoyed my time there.
I have fond memories of going to The Rainforest Cafe during my teenage years whenever I visited the UK, so I was desperate to take my man along. I'd been telling him about this magical restaurant for years. You can imagine his disappointment when he saw the reality. It's full of screaming children for one - that's not a big deal. I can handle that. I can also handle the plastic moving animals and noises that make the restaurant so charming to kids. These aspects I used to love. What I can't handle is the prices. The food is incredibly overpriced, and it's terrible. I know you're paying for the experience, and if that lights up a 5 year olds face, that's great, but they could at least make decent food to go with it rather than what tasted like reheated microwave food that's been slapped on a plate. The food comes out fast. Too fast. That's how you know they're literally just reheating stuff back there. The service was fine and the smoothies were good.... I just feel this place is far too overpriced for such awful food. For what we paid here we could have had a decent meal in a really nice restaurant. A shame really.
Very good food, no complaints with the food at all, drinks were nice loved the smoothies. Kids loved the adventure pack for an extra £2 worth it for sure. The animals and atmosphere was great for the kids. Bad points took a long time to get food service was slightly slow and they did not shout volcano as they did in america Orlando rainforest cafe. They should look into that was amazing and gets everyone involved as they do with the birthday wishes.
Ughhhhh I really hate myself for going here, but I wanted to do something special for my daughter since it was too cold for the Diana Memorial Playground. This was my back up.
First, the service was weird. The hostess seemed to not understand that we were there to eat. At a restaurant. Crazy, right? Then when my server came around I said I would like to start with a juice--still ordering at this point, then he walked away. Okay. I finished the juice, and we're sitting there, and I finally stopped him and said I was ready. It was like I was speaking a different language, because he didn't understand that I wanted to order lunch. Again. In a restaurant. I got the quesadilla Mexicana and the mac and cheese for my daughter. Yes, dude who didn't wait for me to finish my order twice, she eats people food. That's why. we. are. here. I'm not in the g-damn Rainforest Café in Piccadilly Circus for MYSELF.
So looking around, the other thing that struck me as bizarre was that this is definitely a place to bring kids, but there is a full bar...writing this I guess it makes sense in a way because you would have to be drunk to deal with this mess.
My food was...good. I will give it that. I didn't hate it and like that they used the melty Mexican cheese I can never seem to find anywhere. My toddler was all about her mac and cheese. They serve a pretty good portion and it easily can feed an adult.
So our waiter finally stops by our table and tries to upsell me on dessert for my child. No. Just the check that I asked for already.
Child is getting fussy in her high chair at this point, which wouldn't have been a problem if dude would have hurried up a little.
What was good? My daughter's face when she saw her favorite animal, the elephant, come to life. She made a trumpeting sound and they trumpeted and snorted back and she was awed. We also had a grand time checking out the real tropical fish, all the heaps of toys in the gift shop, and coloring on her mat. That made it worth it. Just that. .....I'm pretty sure, looking back, you can get the experience without buying anything if you ask to look around.
I stumbled on this place as a happy accident. It's really cool inside, decorated as a wet, rainy, animal infested rainforest with lots of soft toys around (On the top floor) for the kids. Everyone is friendly, although some people were standing around on their phones.
There is a restaurant downstairs with a little bar on the side, which you can order from and have it delivered to your table. I can understand how the provided Sound Effects could get maybe a tad annoying, but overall it's a cool themed little place.
But I do agree with people above, this place is mainly meant for kids. Or if you are like me, big kids.
I got convinced into coming to this restaurant by my husband (what a surprise) I was not to thrilled with the idea but I gave it a shot.
I knew it! I should stuck to my guns! A few things save this place from having a lower rating. Namely, I can see why children would really enjoy coming here, the inside is all decorated as a forest it even has a great big gorilla which is quite cool for photographs. Every once in a while a rain/ thunder storm commences and so does my irritation as I cannot hear what my significant other is saying (maybe is not such a bad idea...eh?). Seriously, I recommend this place only if you have children if not you will find yourself paying lots of money for food that is not that great and annoyed that you missed half of your companion's conversation.
Another thing that saves this place from the well, is the shop on the ground floor. It was fun having a look at all their stuffed animals and all the rainforest themed knicks and knacks they sell. Try on all the different stuffed animal heads it is quite funny and will make you forget you just left £50 downstairs.
Rainforest Cafe is located just off Piccadilly Circus. It is part of a chain with a couple of restaurants around the world, but mainly in the US. I went there with some family, including two little children, as it was recommended in some London guide as a place to go with kids.
To cut it short: I didn't like it. You pay a lot for average food and you have to suffer an annoying soundscape throughout your visit. Some might like the sound and visual effects, animals, rain, thunder, all that. I found it mainly too loud. Some children were also slightly scared by the blatant sound effects.
If you're not happy to pay a lot for a noisy environment, I would not recommend going there. You could get much better food for the same price without irritating noises around you.
This place is the same as any other Rainforest Cafe. The environment is pretty cool, but the food is marginal.
I ordered the fish and ended up with some digestion problems. Actually, they were more like post-digestion problems.
I recommend coming here if you've never been to one of these restaurants before. You get to see animatronic animals move around and experience "thunderstorms" every now and again.
Das Rainforest Cafe in London besticht durch seine fantasievolle Einrichtung. Hier kann man wirklich die Liebe zum Detail erkennen. Das Personal ist freundlich und bedient einen zügig. Anzug gibt es in London jedoch für die meiner Ansicht nach überhöhten Preise und das vergleichsweise (hier habe ich den direkten Vergleich zum Pendant in San Francisco) mäßige Essen. Wer das Rainforest Café mit Kindern besucht, sollte sich auf eine ordentliche Rechnung gefasst machen. Ein Becks in extra kleiner Flasche (0,275 L) kostet beispielsweise umgerechnet knapp sechs Euro. Selbst wenn man die exponierte Lage in der Nähe des Picadilly Circus bedenkt, erscheint dies deutlich zu hoch.
I have a rubber frog from this place. I love it. I collect rubber animals and I was happy to be given a Rainforest Cafe tree frog. I had the green one with the red "hands" and I also want the black and white one. This place has loads of exotic stuffed animals and best of all rubber snakes.
My favourite toy as a child was a rubber snake named Snakey. Rain Forest cafe is a bit expensive for rubbery and stuffed friends but it's a cool shop nonetheless. Too bad kids like it too.
Even though I find the rainforest shop with all of its stuffed animals very cute, especially for children, I was once dragged to the underground club by some friends and left very disappointed and a little disgusted.
The club is well decorated, with some rainforest plants climbing all over the walls, huge lizards, gorillas, snakes, and other jungle paraphernalia. I did kind of enjoy the setting and the cheesy themes but the drinks were outrageously overpiced, the music was a mixture of jungle, R&B, and pop tunes which isn't really my type of thing, and the crowd was not great. Me and my friend were out on the dancefloor when we got felt up and hit on by men which we couldn't shake off.
I don't think I was expecting anything else to be honest, since all of the clubs in that area tend to be either covered in tourists or people looking for easy prey, but I was disappointed that my prejudices were justified.
Oh wow this is the sort of place that makes you wish you were an animal loving kid again.
The cafe is so tacky and the food is stodgy and over priced but you just can't get over the theme of the place! And the decor! and the hilarious shop attendants who like they could murder.
It is fun to play around in there for a while but then you start to feel sick because the plight of the rainforests is actually a serious one and there you are gawping at the toys and trying on animal masks and shark hats (my friend actually ended up buying one, to my embarrasment). Maybe take you kid sibling here but don't go in yourself because you will feel empty afterwards.
Very fun place :)
Good food and great ambiance :)
Great bar! Original, fun and not too expensive. You should have experienced this once! While having dinner it actually starts raining, animals start to move and make noises and youll be in the middle of a real rainforest storm!
At night you can dance, mostly Hiphop/ R&B music. Lightend up only by huge, bright aquaria with tropical fishes.
It's not just for kids, adults will enjoy the themed décor here too.
I've eaten lunch here and it's not that cheap as other people have already pointed out, but it's still cheaper than the likes of the Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood with a similar menu - albeit jungle themed. My waiting staff have always been really attentive and the food is pretty yummy.
Last night I hosted an event with a couple of other bloggers on the Rainforest floor. It's a great space and the staff were on hand the whole evening to bring cocktails (zingy orange ones), grub and sort the music. Food was good with a selection of tasty prawns and chicken on skewers.
Only thing that let them down was having the music stopped and lights turned on half an hour before the party was due to end. It was a week night, but even so the space had been paid for so it was a little disappointing to be kicked out early.
Went here last month on a short family stay in London. As it was kids week in London and we were going to some shows we also got a special offer for the children to eat free.
You enter through a store full of animal cuddly toys and head to the back and downstairs to get to the restaurant. We booked but although that does mean you will get a table you still have to wait around 15 mins (please note that this was in August so was very busy)
We waited at the bar for our table and when we were taken to our table we sat just over from a massive aquarium and underneath a cheetah and opposite a gorilla!! Amidst the rain, thunder and lightening! It is a wonderful family setting and for this alone I am giving it 5 stars!
The food was OK - good, it was not wonderful but we were all pleased with out meals and the price was good. They did have lots to choose from and prices were around £15 for adults. As I said kids were free so did not really notice how much they were!
Our waiter was lovely and friendly but as it was so very busy we waited longer than we would have liked for drinks, food and the bill.
It was a wonderful family place and one I will go to again on my next family visit to London, the only advise I would give is book and that younger children/toddlers might find the noise a bit frightening as we did see 3 toddlers getting very upset in there!
Last time I went to Rainforest Cafe it was in Paris at EuroDisney and I came away with this flashing cocktail glass which could make you sick just from looking at it (its pretty cool really.) For something a little different we thought we'd check out the London version.
Honestly I was expecting to walk in and find the place filled with kids but strangely enough it was pretty balanced between the kids and the adults (and not in the same party either!) The Rainforest Cafes are pretty similar it seems across the chain - animatronic animals which are fairly realistic and come to life every 15 minutes or so, giant wicked lightening and thunder which also crackles every now and then, rain effects (sound only) and the waterfall type display thing. The only drawback to this atmospheric restaurant is that where we were sitting it was a little noisy and difficult to hear each other.
There is a wide range of options on the menu from pasta to grilled dishes to barbecue dishes to salads and sandwiches and burgers. Prices are a little on the expensive side. I think where the restaurant shines is in their cocktails and desserts (actually, the mojo bones are pretty darn good too!) For something a little different check out Rainforest Café and apparently the R&B club run on Friday and Saturday evenings.
I agree with a lot of the comments here. The food and drinks are very pricey and average quality, but the service is excellent and the atmosphere great.
Had to pay a visit here as went to the one in Downtown Disney, LA. Much preferred that one as the quality of food was superior.
Birthday treat so it was a lovely lunch.
Can't say I've been to many themed restaurants during my time here in London. The Rainforest Cafe always came across as a bit of a tourist trap or a place for kids, and so it was my baby cousin's 1st birthday party which brought me here.
The decor was impressive. Lots of butterflies, water features, a couple of animated gorilla's which would go off from time to time and a tank full of exotic fish which acted as a nice disturbance for babies when the "thunder storm" effect went off (every 30 mins) which had all the babies in our group bawling their eyes out of fear each time this went off! A bit too loud I think...
The food was very average for the prices they were asking, but what was most disappointing was my £15 Caesar salad with breaded shrimp. The dish was essentially a whole head of Cos lettuce chopped into quarters, with the leaves all still in tact to the bulb! Crutons sprinkled on top were blocks of bread which were as tough as rocks.
Definitely wouldn't recommend eating here, nor bringing kids for 1st birthday parties...If you want a real jungle or animal experience, you're probably better off going to London Zoo. It would be much cheaper too!
Good chocolate cake thrown in for birthday parties though!
Greeted by friendly staff and a giant crocodile, followed by a journey downstairs through thick flora and fauna, across a wooden bridge among sounds of a dense rainforest, and finally you have arrived at your exotic destination-into the restaurant. Midway through our meal, a tropcal thunderstorm was created, which was fantastic with the sounds and the light effects - children stopped and stared at the ceiling and watched in amazement..
The rainforest cafe is a unique experience, and although the food is not exceptional (think hard rock cafe) it is a destination not to miss.
Hmmm, this is a fantastic place to entertain the kids. Mine were fascinated by the animals coming to life and the thunderstorm which took place during their dinner.
However, I was distinctly underwhelmed by our food, which was average at best and terribly expensive. My husband and I had burgers and were expecting something truly stupendous for nearly £13. We were appalled when they arrived and the burgers were actually smaller than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder, and wasn't as nice as the McD's version. Accompanying the burgers, we had a handful of chips each - my husband felt so robbed that he counted the chips on his plate and found he had a grand total of 15. The kids menu included a main course and dessert for £10.90 each. Again, the portions were tiny and their meals didn't even look appetizing.
In my opinion they should skip the food, add some activities and just call themselves a theme park.
The cafe is set in the west ne and is under a animal toy shop. Have only been once for a kids party and it's was a different experience from most restaurants in London. The place is very distinctive as has been said already, so yeas jungle noises and the odd thunder storm do make it a very different atmosphere.
The food it ok and but not cheap, but for this part of London; the going rate. It did seem to be full of tourists so it first I thought it might be a real tourist trap. On reflection I just now think it's a good place to go for a celebration of house a party. One for the kids , big or small.
My kids begged us to take their Dad their for fathers day, we really should of saved our money. Rubbish over priced food, there are so many better places around for a fraction of the cost.
I felt the place looks dated, ladies toilet was blocked so the whole toilets stank. Reason I gave two stars is the animals kept my kids occupied.
AMAZING! i love it! i went when i was alot younger, but even now i have gone back several times. its such a fun atmosphere, you really feel a kid again.
absolutely love it
the food is great, drinks are great, everythings great
I had been to the rainforest cafe to take a few nieces and nephews on a London day out. So it was me and 4 children under the age of 12, it was around 4.30pm and I had promised to take them if they were all good (they were all great!). We walked in without making a booking, which was a BIG mistake as the waiting time was about 25 mins. After 20 odd minutes of buying loads of impulsive teddy bears (monkeys, crocs and lots of snakes) we were invited down to the bar area to wait for our table (with 4 kids!!). The service seemed to feel sluggish but the kids were really excited as they thought they were in the depths of the amazon rainforest (great lighting, sounds and mechanical animals).. We were seated near a gorilla which made interesting noises to the amusement of the kids..
After pricey cheeseburgers and milkshakes and lots of photos which weren't that great - I can conclude that the rainforest cafe is something to do once in a lifetime with lots of kids and a big budget!!
Oh and make sure you get there early enough to beat the queues (no bookings are made)
The food is pricey and not amazingbut that's not really the point of the placeyou go to look at the decor!
Rainforest themed, complete with thunder and lighting show, it's sure to delight kids (of all ages!)
A funny thing to do in London is to once eat in Rainforest Cafe above all if you have kids. There is a rainforest jungle atmosphere with wild animal noises and screams. The vegetables cheese wraps and creamed potatoes with chili pepper were tasty. It's to mention it's noisy to talk and that should be in this case logical^^ The service was friendly and the prices are on average.
This is more of a one off experience for the kids rather than somewhere to eat regularly. The food is good enough. You get the standard American diner thing much like Planet Hollywood and TGIs. However the prices are extortionate and I have had better meals in terms of food quality than what they were offering. So very poor value for money but nevertheless an interesting theme. Try it once perhaps with the family but check the prices before you go is my advice.
The service and waiting times for the food weren't too bad considering what a big restauant it is. And the staff try hard to be cheerful.
If you have a small child take them, if you don't have a small child borrow one. In fact I think they should have some sort of rent-a-kid concession in the outrageously placed souvenir shop. Seeing it through the eyes of a child is the only way to obtain any enjoyment from the place.
Having to walk kids through the souvenir shop without buying any of the plastic tat is also nearly impossible. Basically you walk slowly through the souvenir shop on the ground floor to a queue where you give your name to someone from another country where they miss-spell it on a piece of paper. Then you follow the queue a very long way down a perilously narrow staircase while carrying your kid as it is too steep and dangerous for them. When you get to the bottom of the stairs which is a very long way down, so far down that technically you are actually in Australia although it actually looks like a jungle. As it looks like a jungle really it must be somewhere like China as all the animals are made of rubber and polyester. There you give your piece of paper to a girl in a safari outfit and go queue at the bar to buy very expensive jungle themed drinks. You can also sit on stools designed to look like tigers' bottoms with tails made from wool that have been soiled and stained by thousands of kindergarten hands. After a little while the girl in the safari suit mispronounces your name and you are lead to your table by someone else in a safari suit.
The animatronic animals are a source of great wonder to anyone under the age of five. We sat near the elephants which my daughter found a little scarey but this is more of a theme park than a restaurant.
The kids menu is predictably short but you can get it with an activity pack that has snap cards, a mask a little wallet, pencils and some things to colour in. The grown-up food is bland and unoriginal.... and I have lived in latin America where food is bland by law so that chili farmers will never be out business.
It's all rather kitsch but the little ones love it as do teenage girls as it allows them to feel rather adult for not liking the whole childishness of the place.
Two stars as my daughter found it a pleasant memorable experience.
Adults should only go here if accompanied by a child, otherwise it is cheesey in the extreme, not to mention very expensive for what it is and a dull eating experience. I believe that after working at the Rainforest Cafe, for a few years their chefs are fully qualified to make sandwiches the fridges you find at motorway service stations. Or at least the good ones are.
Avoid! Expensive food, expensive drinks, and just average food quality and service. You're likely to find loads of tourists, especially with children, at this place. There are alot better places around in the area if you're looking for food, drinks, or both.
I went to the Rainforest Café with some friends of the family and their kids, the place is packed and decorated with stuffed animals and fish tanks, so it is a brilliant place for kids to play about.
It was just fine to let the kids run around, but they use a decent tactic in luring the kids back to their seats by putting crayons and paper on the table, what a genius idea. I loved it in here. It is full of colours, has sounds of the jungle and just has a pleasant atmosphere. It reminds me so much of Disney land, everything is done very well. If I was taken to the Rainforest Café as a kid, I would have had to be dragged out from there.
We sat and ate, the food got to the table nice and quick, which I never like, but it was warm and tasted good, I had a massive juicy burger, the kids portions are massive, and would have done me ok.
There is also a shop upstairs where the kids can play about in, and buy some teddy animals, but it was packed and chose to carry on eating, but ended up leaving the place with a £5 key ring which I didn't put on my keys and have no idea where it is.
One other thing, this is actually a club too, and thinking about it now, I cant believe that I haven't been here yet, its been around for years and my mates have always spoken about going but never have... may do soon.
Great fun. Spare the cost of a whole meal and just have a drink at the bar instead. Loads of 'jungle juices' and you get to sit on barstools with animal legs while watching the rainforest go by. What more could you want, really?
Although delightfully decorated in the theme of a rainforest, the novelty soon wears off and is replaced with exasperation for the poor service and the average food. The bill does not help matters and it seems the surroundings don't come cheap. A great outing for the kids as it will keep them entertained, but if you feel like something nice, it is to be avoided!
I was in England for a friend's wedding back in the spring of 2000. On our last night in London, we decided to try the Rainforest Cafe in an attempt to find a good meal. The food was decent, but nothing to write home about. The atmosphere was what made the restaurant a cool place to visit. Various mechanical animals would come to life every few minutes and be accompanied by lively music. This is a real treat to younger children I'm sure (and somewhat to us older folks as well). I remember that several of us shared a couple of pitchers of Sangria which was pretty darn good. The rather large gift shop was filled with various t-shirts, caps, stuffed toys, and the like. It was a fun and upbeat place, with the actual meal being a secondary experience.
another themed restaurant which has paid more attention to the experience than the food. It is exactly what you would expect.. it is in the same league a TGI Fridays or an Old Orleans. And expensive for what you are getting
You can tell that a lot of the food is from forzen and it really isnt for me . I imagine that young kids would like it.. however, this is typically a tourist attraction and what you would expect of this area. Not for the londoner who enjoys good food
this is very touristy long queues, expensive prices and not much else really. the food was ok but a bit 'defrosted' and plasticy.
the staff take good care of the kids with lots of colouring activities which they definately needed because the meals tok agesss to arrive. its very tacky but i guess its good if you like that style of 'planet hollywood' eatery.
unless your after a 5* meal this will be a good place to go if the kids want to but i wouldnt really make a special jouney to go because theres not much behind the smoke and mirrors!
Good service, but overpriced food. £12.50 for a salad, burger or sausages of average quality. No, thank you! The kids liked it though - being in the jungle with the animals. Unfortunaltly all fake and plastic. So, we have tried it and doubt I will go back. Rather go to Blue Elephant, where the plants are real.
This is such a fun restaurant to visit, especially if you have kids, or are going with the family. It can be enjoyed at all ages, there is so much to see, so many animals coming out of the walls, and every five minutes will come to life! The decoration and rainforest interior is very realistic and well presented. The food is delicious if you like burgers, chips, hot dogs, nuggets etc. It is a downsized version of the restaurant in Florida, Disneyland, but does the job.
LOVE IT!!! Upstairs toyshop focused on rainforest cuddly toys and downstairs a restaurant and a bar with rainforest features and special effects. Every hour or so the rain falls, elephants and monkeys start a tantrumalso a big aquarium with real fisheven though it is mainly full of kids, obviously, it is very cool and unusual place for a dateconveniently central as wellfood is not bad but neither exceptional. I recommend a Monkfish
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