“ 2 Sevenairs Road, Beighton, Sheffield, S20 1NZ. Tel: 01142 511821 „
Damon's is an American restaurant famous for their ribs in the South of Sheffield near Crystal Peaks. If you have grown up in the south of Sheffield you will know Damon's and likely have been there for a number of birthdays, if you don't live in the South of Sheffield and have never celebrated a birthday with someone who does you may never have heard of it!
Damon's is a large restaurant which can hold a vast number of people in fairly close proximity, there is also an enormous car park so parking is not a problem, and its only a short walk from the tram stop at Crystal Peaks if you're not driving. Inside the decor is very dated, garish carpets, fake plants (which do provide some privacy between tables) and its a bit dark. The staff are very helpful and friendly and its very baby / child friendly which is good if you have them, maybe not so great if you don't and you're out for a romantic meal.
We always go there for birthdays as the birthday boy or girl gets a free main course on production of a passport, birth certificate or driving licence. We usually go at lunchtime to take advantage of the free coffee until 12 and the cheaper price on Combo meals at that time, although today for the first time we were told that we could only use one promotion so had to pay full price for the combo meal.
Damon's is famous for its ribs in barbecue sauce and this is what I would recommend having. My other half always has the full rack of ribs for about £15 (which is enormous) and I have a combo of ribs and chicken tenders for about £11 (like nuggets). All main meals come with bread and salad or coleslaw which are both brought almost immediately and then chips or jacket potato and peas or beans which come on the plate with your meal. The meals are huge so its not really necessary to have a starter but we do sometimes go for the onion loaf, which is a stack of onion rings which aren't ring shaped with a very tasty 'special' sauce. This is quite greasy and the smallest portion is the quarter loaf which is more than enough for 2 and probably enough for 4 giving the size of the meal which follows. Puddings are along the ice cream / frozen and defrosted lines so we don't bother with them. If it is your birthday you can also have a free chocolate cake (about 4-6 portions) with a sparkler and staff singing if you so desire. The cake is horrible, very dry and sweet and not at all chocolatey so we don't bother with that anymore.
My other half, toddler and myself went today (Happy Birthday to me!) and it cost £13, we had the two main meals above and a coke each, my son had bits off our plate, they do a kids meal for £4.95 or free at lunchtime, except not if its your birthday because of the one promotion at once thing, but the meals are so big that even though he's an 18 month old with a big appetite it was not necessary for us to get him his own meal. They have plenty of highchairs, and give out crayons and colouring sheets to keep little ones amused, they're also very helpful at making space for pushchairs or car seats.
It might not be haute cuisine and its not cheap unless there's 2 of you and its someone's birthday but the ribs are great, very meaty and a lovely sauce and its consistent so its worth giving it a try.
Damons Restaurant in Sheffield is a contender for the worst restaurant I've ever visited.
Damons is in the Beighton area of Sheffield, thats in the south of the city and is almost in Derbyshire. Damons is situated just behind the crystal peak shopping centre on its own plot with ample parking.
We went prior to going to a gig at the leadmill nightclub and well the experience was well terrible, so terrible in fact its become a night which we remember with fondness, how British!!!
So whats its like? Well we'd heard about Damons from friends and neighbours who really rate the place so we decided to go after so many people had recommended the onion loaf. So we went and after entering we encountered a restaurant time forgot, it was like setting foot into a 70's period piece.
Everything was very very strange, the inside is all red and black, very heavy little natural light and rather garish lighting. Entering is a little strange, there is kind of cubicle which has the front of house it sort of reminded me of the little cubicle you could buy ice creams at the cinema. After being made to wait for too long, our presence was finally acknowledged and after finding out that we hadn't reserved was treated with contempt. Hmm how could we not pre-book I mean don't you know how fab this place.
So we were ushered to our seats, and then ignored for half an hour, we were now a bit worried about getting to the leadmill. We had our orders taken and well the fun began.
This is a list of the things which went wrong.
1. We were offered one chance to order a drink and never asked again.
2. We'd ordered starters and a main, the main came with coleslaw which came before the starters.
3. The coleslaw was splt, when it was pointed out we were asked if it was essential for the meal!
4. The starters were ok, but one of us had ordered a kind of lemon chicken which when you ate it made you cough.
5. We ordered more drinks which never came
6. The waiter took our plates from the starters and proceeded to knock the used cutlery off to use again for the main course.
7. Asked for drinks again, still waiting
8. The mains was a steak which was ordered rare but came well very over done, when pointed out we were asked if the steak couldn't be eaten anyway.
9. The accompanying onion bread was a loaf of bread with a whole onion in it then fried, it was so oily it was inedible.
10. Still waiting for drinks
11. Surly waitresses and waiters, second steak finally came approximately 15 minutes after everyone else had finished.
12. We were given the bill complete with never received drinks, this was pointed out and well lets say an argument started. Head of restaurant came over and said we'd received the drinks, we had not and I challenged the waiter to spot the empty drinks glasses. They finally did another survey and found out that we'd never received the drinks, as a good will gesture they agreed we didn't have to pay for them, how generous.
13. It wasn't cheap, three of us had 2 courses and three drinks, it came to nearly £60.
So in conclusion, terrible service, aweful food and dreadful decor. I've been waiting to stick the knife in and now I've finally got a chance. So of in doubt avoid Damons, there is a superb fish and chip shop just around the corner, go there and save yourself 50 pounds.
Me family and I have been going to Damons restaurant for years. Generally we go on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Damons is a large restuarant on the outskirts of Sheffield that specialises in American Style food. There are a 2 other restuarants in the UK, one in Liverpool and another in Lincoln. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I have only visited and eaten from the dinner menu. They also provide a takeaway service which I have also used.
The restuarant decor is about as far away from modern as is humanly possible in my opinion. There is a bar and lounge area as you walk in where you can order drinks and wait to be called for your table. The colour theme is lots of deep reds (the carpet, the walls, the bar, the seats). It is everywhere. There are also lots of pictures on the walls of American icons from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
It is definately a 'themed' restuarant and I really like this. You go there more for the experience than for the cuisine. Although it's outdated I think it just adds to the charm of the place.
The bar is well stocked with draught and bottled beers, spirits, sort drinks and a variety of cocktails which I like to sample on my visits. They offer ice cream cocktails (Grasshoper and Baileys Alaska are lovely), classic cocktails (The Strawberry Daquari is delish) and a slightly smaller collection of Virgin cocktails.
I think the alcohol content in all the cocktails is relatively small so there's no danger of getting your head blown off but I think that when you're paying £5.70 you do expect there to be a decent amount of the hard stuff in there. They do have a Happy Hour on cocktails between 4 and 7pm Monday to Friday where cocktails are half price though so plenty of opportunity to get your moneys worth then.
As I mentioned above I have only eaten from the evening menu so my review will only be covering this.
If you ask anyone who has been to Damons they will tell you that their signature dish is the ribs. They are the only reason I go there to be honest as they are lovely. They are available in BBQ or Char Sui and come in 3 sizes - Petite (3/4 rack), Regular (1 rack) and Full ( 1 1/2 racks) priced respectively at £9.95, £13.45 and £16.75.
The meat is lovely and melts off the bone. It is full of flavour and the BBQ sauce it is smothered in amazing. I suggest you get involved and use your fingers.
I would say that if there is one problem with the food here it is that there is generally too much of it.
All mains are accompanied with:
"Fresh Baked Bread,
Side, Garden or Caesar Salad or Coleslaw,
with Fries, Baked or Mashed Potato or Pilaf Rice,
with Garden or Mushy Peas or Baked Beans"
Quite a lot to contend with really.
If you have a large appetite I would recommend trying the onion loaf. This is battered onion rings in the shape of a bread loaf and are brought out with Damons special sauce.
As the main courses are so filling I tend not to bother with a starter but there are some available if you fancy it. I have tried the clam chowder before which was lovely but, again, very filling.
Same with desserts really, I never seem to have room for them but a small range are available.
I was told recently that Damons also offer a coeliac lunch menu so perfect for people who are on a gluten free diet.
I have always been pleased with the service at Damons. The staff are all very efficient, friendly and pleasant. Food is always brought out promptly even when the restaurant is heaving, which is pretty much always.
The only slight issues I have had with Damons is ordering drinks. If you order from your table they seem to take forever to be brought to the table so I generally go to the bar myself, it's generally quicker.
I have also noticed that the staff will ask you to move from your table to the lounge area pretty much as soon as you have paid the bill rather than let you stay at the table. I had heard that the waiting staff only allocate one and a half hours per table before they book it out again, whether this is true or not I don't know but I would suggest that you don't expect to be able to stay at your table and socialise after you are done eating.
Damons is an excellent restaurant for a night out with friends and family. I wouldn't say that the food is top quality or a gastonomical sensation but it is tasty and reasonably priced.
I find the average price per head to be somewhere between £35 - £45 including drinks so maybe not somewhere to go regularly.
Damons restaurant is almost always busy in the evenings, so I would recommend booking (I wasn't aware of the 'no bookings on saturdays' rule mentioned in the last review - so maybe avoid saturdays!). The food is always fantastic - it's a American style food restaurant. I would recommend the famous ribs in BBQ sauce (they are always gorgeous) and the Damon's 'onion ring loaf' is a favourite sharing starter. There is a large bar that serves an amazing selection of delicious cocktails and just about anything else you can think of. I wouldn't bother with a pudding - you'll be too full from the ribs! The puddings are bought in frozen portions I believe, and although they are ok - I'd rather save the room for a creamy cocktail!
The staff are always excellent and polite, even when it's busy the service is excellent!
If you book in advance to go on your birthday (and provide proof of date of birth) you'll get your meal free, a chocolate birthday cake to take home, and the staff will perform 'Happy Birthday' for you at your table (unless you protest against it).
Always clean, always lovely food, certainly worth a visit!
I visted this restaurant a couple of weeks ago and had a mixed experience. We went on a Saturday night and Damon's policy is that you cannot book a table on a Saturday, you just have to turn up and wait in line for your table. We were quite happy to do this even though when we got there we wre told it would be about 45 minutes wait.
We didn't think it would be too bad because they have a bar area there where you can sit down and have a drink. However, when we began to notice after a while that people who had arrived after us and were therefore further down the list, were being called to their table before us even though there were only 2 of us!
When we were called to our table the service was very quick and efficient and our meals came in good time. We both had the chicken and ribs, which was delicious. The prices are also reasonable - I think it was about £12 for the main meal and there were quite substantial portions. You also get bread with your meals at no extra cost.