The hotel has several eating and drinking options, all of them having a reputation for themselves quite apart from that of the hotel. The main restaurant, The Carlyle Restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and, on Sundays, brunch. The setting is that of an English manor with suede covered walls, beautifully laid tables with custom crockery (Eschenbach) and cutlery and, at the room's centre, a tall flower arrangement rising from the chintz-covered banquettes. The artwork adorning the walls is a mix of English hunting prints by Fore and Liliacae engravings by Redoute. The breakfast menu comprises fresh patisseries, cereals and cakes, a range of hot plates such as lobster omelette and poached eggs on smoked salmon, reduced calorie options, fruit, juices and a buffet with a little of everything. The lunch menu features choices from the raw bar, starters such as jumbo lump crab and terrine of Hudson Bay Valley foie gras and mains including a tuna burger and sumac rubbed Amish chicken. There is also a three-course prix fixe option with a free glass of wine thrown in. The dinner menu is slightly different with sunchoke velouté available as a starter and the restaurant's famous Dover sole.
Café Carlyle opened in 1955 and has been an institution ever since welcoming a host of stars for cabaret evenings most days of the week, including Woody Allen every Monday. The main feature of the room, aside from the entertainment of course, is the restored murals by Marcel Vertès, art director on the original Moulin Rouge film. The menu, served evenings only, features a selection of dishes from the hotel's main restaurant. The intimate venue is perfect for shows of this kind where one feels a part of the action?and history.
Famous for its afternoon teas which include Devonshire cream flown in especially, the two tiered Gallery was designed by Renzo Mongiardino and is based on the sultan's dining room at the Topkapi Palace in Turkey. Featuring hand-painted wallpaper and velvet chairs and representations of Venice and Istanbul, this cosy retreat also serves a continental breakfast and lunch.
Bemelmans Bar, named after the creator of the Madeline children's books who painted the murals in the bar, has been the meeting place for the rich and famous since the hotel opened. Restored by Despont in 2002, it features a gold leaf ceiling, black granite bar and brown leather banquettes. Light snacks are served from midday until late and there is live music every night of the week. On Saturdays, bring the kids along for a sing along where they can also enjoy their own Madeleine's menu or afternoon tea!