Review Summary

7.8 based on 19 reviews
  • Food

  • Value

  • Ambiance

  • Service

    Disappointed with the menu, but the food was good.
    Poorly trained staff, but they did their best.
    Did not live up to its name.

    A grave disappointment compared to previous times we have eaten there. Such a shame but lack of interest by the owner is all apparent with main staff off and replacements not able to give a proper service in the dining room. Needs urgent attention if this establishment is not to lose its place as a reliable eating place.

    They had no menus, no drinks or not much choice. Really expensive and no ambiance at all. Will not go back or tell any friends about this place. Service was poor too.

    My husband and I had afternoon tea with Prosecco, the food was delicious and the service was very good. Would highly recommend.

    Fab meal & great service. Thank you!

    For a premier dining spot this was a little underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, the food was unusual with amazing taste sensations and presented beautifully, but the ambiance was very poor. The setting is very interesting but not at all intimate, and the service was okay but not outstanding. Fair value for money.

    I had booked the restaurant for myself, wife and another couple, to celebrate my wife's and my 30th wedding anniversary. The restaurant was far from busy, but it took 1 hour to deliver our cold starters of bread, olives and oils. I chose the soup of the day, only to be told 25 minutes later that there was no soup left. However they offered to make some tomato soup instead. I accepted the tomato soup offer, only to be served only a 1/2" deep luke warm portion (no bread) with the other cold starters 35 minutes after. The mains arrived an hour after that. Two of my party had belly pork, which they did enjoy. However my steak was well over done and my friends wife had fish, which was also overcooked. I had already complained to staff about the waiting time and poor starters. I complained again after the main course, as I asked for the sweet menu and had to ask again 20 minutes later before we received the menu. I asked for the bill. The starters and sweets were taken off without even having to ask. That in itself was an admission of the poor service and meal that we had been served. We paid for the main course and drinks before leaving. But not before I had spoken to the new restaurant manager and expressed my dissatisfaction. His reaction was to apologise saying they had been exceptionally busy with a function that evening. I told him maybe they should have not taken our booking if they were too busy! I certainly wont be rushing back here in a hurry!

    Really enjoyed eating at Opulence, the food was fantastic and the service was excellent. My only criticism would be of one gentlemen who was a senior member of the service team had a very unapproachable mannerism about him and he seemed to intimidate the younger waiters/waitresses. Overall would definitely recommend eating here and will be returning to Opulence myself. 4.5/5

    The food at Opulence in Derby was absolutely amazing and the service was second to none; I had a really good time. Two MAJOR flaws however. Firstly they did not offer the set menu that is advertised here on godine, this was annoying as two courses for two people should have been just over £30 and instead it cost £50. This really got to me. In fact, the menu we were given is not even featured or remotely similar to the ones on here. Secondly, there was only one rosé wine on the menu which was fine but it was £16 and poured from a screw top bottle. I don't think anyone should have to pay that much for something which is clearly marked up by a considerable amount.

    I booked Opulence restaurant in Derby for a birthday celebration and had a fantastic meal. The quality of all courses was very high and the building is beautiful. My only criticism is that it was quite an expensive meal - but you do have to pay for quality so overall I would definitely go back to Opulence again.

    A superb evening out without costing the earth. Beautiful historic surroundings, excellent food and friendly staff. Warm, relaxing, welcoming.

    The attention to detail is second to none, a good range of wine to choose from, excellent selection of fine dining food with a good description on the menu.

    Thouroughly enjoyed the meal. Staff were polite and attentive. A very sophisticated evening overall.

    Excellent food, perfect service, a beautifully maintained building and hotel, interesting surroundings.

    Good restaurant.

    A quality experience, well worth the money.

    The service was impeccable but I must say I was a little disappointed with the food having been to Merchants in Nottingham (sister restaurant to Opulence).

    Had a great evening, we shall return!

12:30pm - 3pm
12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 9pm
12:30pm - 3pm
  • Ranked #8 of 226
  • Avg. main course: £16
  • 0.26 miles from Derby
  • British

We say…

Award-winning Opulence restaurant in Derby lives up to its name with a beautiful and inspiring array of decadent British cuisine.

The Opulence menu focuses on classic British flavours with a modern twist, from options such as the pork 'head to toe' shoulder presse with confit belly, seared fillet, cider braised turnips and potato terrine to the pan-seared duck breast bolstered by confit leg beignet, golden dauphinoise potatoes and tender veg in a rich red wine jus.

The size of this venue makes it ideal for any occasion from special birthday celebrations to a romantic meal for two, accompanied by oak wall panelling and regal decor such as Italian glass chandeliers. Even better, go the extra mile by booking a meal at the chef's table for that gourmet taste.

It's easy to tell why Opulence is short-listed as one of the best restaurants in Derby with their selection of fantastically priced set menus, lunch menus and a pre-theatre menu that ensure an elegant evening out for every budget.

For your luxe dining, find Opulence in Derby's Cathedral Quarter Hotel on St Mary's Gate in the historical old council chambers.

last updated: 18 Sep 2019

last updated: 14 Mar 2019

last updated: 14 Mar 2019

last updated: 14 Mar 2019
Cathedral Quarter Hotel, 16 St Mary's Gate, Derby, DE1 3JR
01332 546 080