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This elegant, contemporary restaurant was founded by Kate D'Arcy and Ruth Hurren.

Darcy's was voted Best Local Restaurant at the St Albans Food and Drink Awards 2011. They have been recommended by The Good Food Guide since 2010, being described as 'the coolest restaurant in St Albans', with 'hip vibes and racily eclectic food'.

The co-founder of Darcy's, Kate D'Arcy, sadly passed away on 15 June 2010, aged 37, after a courageous battle with cancer. Here's our tribute to her.

Closed Oct 2013, now [email protected]'s.


  • Hire information: Private rooms are available to hire for up to 50 diners.

Address and Contact info

  • Address: 2 Hatfield Road
  • Town: St Albans
  • County: Herts
  • Postcode: AL1 3RP

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Review Overview

Top Stuff - review by jo hill
A great place to eat in St Albans - lovely decor, fresh tasty food and a lovely dining experience. [23 Jan 13] 23 Jan 13
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St Albans is not short of good food places that’s for sure. However, we found Darcys simply Excellent from start to finish. I couldn't fault anything and I looked hard! A rare occurrence indeed. My wife and I had a great time and more than enjoyed our delicious journey of amazing food and flavour with lashings of Australia! A complete dining experience and worthy of an 11/10. 14 Jan 13
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OUTSTANDING - review by charlie

From the second we walked into Darcy's to the second we left the whole experience was oustanding. The food was of exceptional quality as was the service from all of the staff. A fine dining experience you would expect from a top notch London eatery but in the heart of St Albans..Highly reccommend. [Nov 11]

05 Dec 11
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Darcy's: a winning combination of class and charm - review by alvore7
Darcy's manages to pull off a very difficult balancing act - exuding quality and class without being intimidating or standoffish. How do they do this? With a winning combination of top class food and a friendly, warm and professional team of staff. While the menu could do with a couple more options, what there is is wonderful... some might balk at the kangaroo but I'd advise people to try it; it's delicious! The perfect intimate location for a special occasion. [Sep 11]
27 Sep 11
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resting on laurels - review by arden1000
Has a reputation for being st albans best. I've been twice and it hasn't really delivered for me. Feels a bit stuffy and formal for me. Was expecting food to be amazing but I find it quite hard to remember what I had. I can remember the person i was with's fish was dry and crumbly. They automatically add a 12.5% service charge which at £45+ a head is a bit steep. I politely asked them to take it off because of the dry fish, and there was an uncomfortable air of indignance. Haven't been back! [Sep 11]
14 Sep 11
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Great Restaurant! - review by plugus maximus

PROS:The food and wine was excellent. Really tasty, well presented food that was cooked to perfection. Service was good too. CONS: Not cheap and despite the food deserving such high praise the food portions are small. If you have a small appetite then this may not be a problem, but I had the simply delicious Kangeroo and I could easily of eaten the same meal 4 times over. A strip of rice with 4 mouth sized chunks of 'roo on it doesn't constitute a meal in my book and I was still hungry when I finished. Despite the disappointment of the portion sizes the taste was so good I still give it 4/5. [Sep 11]

03 Sep 11
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perfect celebration - review by roseb
I recently celebrated a special birthday there, with all my family and friends, and I cannot speak too highly of the excellent service, perfect food and ambiance we were given, nothing was too much trouble for them. I think Ruth and her team, are simply THE BEST!! and I look forward with pleasure to my next visit there. [Jul 11]
15 Jul 11
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Great Dining - review by tamjea

My husband and I had dinner last night at Darcys, and it was a great dining experience. From the moment we set foot in the restaurant the staff were warm and welcoming. The menu was a mix of Asian and European inspired dishes, in fact it was very hard to decide what to order, as they all sounded fabulous. Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations from the wine list, and the service was attentive, but not over the top. To round off our meal we had a cheese plate and the chocolate brownies, both of which were delicious. The fresh mint tea I had to finish my meal was fragrant and so much better that the mint tea made from a teabag. Darcy's restaurant is a wonderful place to go for a meal in St Albans, the atmosphere, and great food and wine made for a wonderful evening and the cost didn't made a huge dent in our wallet. So, I will be back to dine at Darcys very soon. [Jul 11]

30 Jun 11
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Fab Restaurant!!! - review by susanelsdon

Had a lovely lunch at Darcy's Restaurant with work colleagues. Wonderful polite services, great standard of food, really lovely atmosphere! Looking forward to going back. [Mar 11]

29 Mar 11
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Slighty Disappointing - review by hopeful
I tried here again recently after a few years break and was disappointed. The setting is still lovely and a good place to spend some time in, but there wasn't enough staff, so after asking for drinks and olives, which were not served until my starter was, I had to send them back. The food too is nice, but overpriced. I would expect the prices in London, but I don't feel the quality lives up to the cost. Its a shame as I really want to like this restaurant but the food could do better. [Mar 11]
13 Mar 11
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My favorite restaurant - review by gillsan
I have been here so many times and every time the food, drink and service is outstanding. Always something different on the menu. The desert cocktails are amazing! [Jan 11]
05 Jan 11
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Always fab - review by lacb
Everything about Darcy's restaurant is always fantastic. The food is always imaginative and cooked to perfection with a great varied menu and daily specials. The service is impeccable, a perfect mix of friendly and professional, nothing is too much trouble and there is always a nice buzz about the place. Every time we dine there it always feels like a treat.There is simply no other place to eat in St Albans. [Nov 10]
19 Nov 10
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What a treat! - review by smallone

I recently went to Darcys for lunch to celebrate a friends birthday. Even though we were the only diners we were treated impeccably by the waiting staff. They were friendly and efficient but gave us space to relax and enjoy our meal. And enjoy it we did. We were allowed to order a mix of the a la carte and the set menu which meant we could take advantage of an additional glass of wine! I had Prosciutto, mozzarella and fresh peach to start followed by herb crusted pork. Both were delicious and presented beautifully. The deserts were equally mouth watering. Everyone was impressed and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The meal was topped off with a beautiful 'birthday plate' for the birthday girl - she was thrilled. I love Darcys and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody wanting a special dining experience.

06 Sep 10
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class - review by rnk

Darcys is classy but not pretentious, high-end but not overpriced - and the food is delicious. For starters we had kangaroo, imam bialdi, goats cheese, and jerk chicken. For main course - swordfish, steak, lamb and kudu. Fantastically presented, and extremely tasty, with excellent service in beautifully decorated surroundings. The best restaurant in St Albans? Must be up there. [Nov 09]

14 Nov 09
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Impeccable - review by south-sider

Darcy's exemplifies the key qualities of a really good restaurant: creative flair, attention to detail, delicious food, excellent wine and impeccable service. Try the marinated kangaroo - beautifully tender, lean and full flavoured. Highly recommended. [Nov 09]

09 Nov 09
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A welcoming meal! - review by missmiaow

Having recently moved to St A, it was a stroke of luck to find Darcy's. Food is very well, thoughtfully prepared, set menu is reasonable value and service excellent. Apparently one of the owners is an Aussie - hence the Kangaroos in the window.. Just as good quality as my old locals in London! [Sep 09]

29 Sep 09
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St Albans - review by wingnut

This restaurant is the best in St Albans by far! the menu is a bit ecclectic but never fails to impress, the staff are very friendly and knowledgable and I can't get enough of their frozen daiquiris (however you spell it!) Highly reccomended! [Jun 09]

18 Jun 09
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Imaginative, stylish and consistent - review by localgirl

Is this the best restaurant in St Albans? Probably. Stylish interior, professional staff, and amazing food. The lunch is great value. [Mar 09]

08 Mar 09
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