Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

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£26 to £40
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Seafood
Now in its tenth decade, Bentley’s first opened its doors in 1916 in the same beautiful old Victorian building it occupies today and has now become an iconic London restaurant.

Offered the chance to restore Bentley’s to its former glory when it came up for sale in 2005, Chef Richard Corrigan embraced the challenge. Once again opening its doors to great critical acclaim serving oysters, fish and seafood in much the same way it has since 1916. Linen-clad tables, a wooden floor and Richard’s art collection adorn the walls creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill also has two beautiful private dining rooms. The Crustacea seats up to 14 and the Swallow Street Rooms, with it's own private bar and street entrance, seats up to 60.

Specials

Mother's Day Lunch: £45

Celebrate Mothering Sunday with a beautiful lunch at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Enjoy a 3-course reduced a la carte with Chef’s canapes for £45 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: March 22, 2020

Ends: March 22, 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-2:30PM

Valentine's dinner: 3 courses £95

Spoil your Valentine this year with a romantic and delicious 3-course menu with Chef’s canapes at the intimate & romantic Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Dine from a reduced a la carte with all your favourites for £95 per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: February 14, 2020

Ends: February 14, 2020

Availability: Fri 6:00PM-10:00PM

Pre & post theatre menu: £23.50/£28.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: September 11, 2019

Ends: March 11, 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 5:30PM-6:45PM 9:30PM-10:30PM

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 3230 People Are Saying
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AS
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Like going back in time. Intimate venue. Nice food Quite expensive.

P
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food - great ambiance

Let down a little by a young Chineese man in training shoes and a baseball cap on the next table. “Smart casual”?

I tipped £80 - enough said...

CR
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting menu and wine with great service. Will return.

JJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine, staff were lovely, welcoming and accommodating. Told them we had to go to the Theatre, however, preferred the a la carte menu, so the staff ensured that we got our food on time, without compromising the taste. Would definitely recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely servers. Very happy. Thank you.

RF
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with attentive staff. The food and wine was fantastic. Well worth the visit.

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is superb, the food has a modern touch, which makes it better than (for example) J Sheekey.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal and fantastic service - would highly recommend

U
London
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant surprise, a wonderful atmosphere and very attentive staff. The food is also top quality

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced, and not good enough for tjis level of price

DN
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Small tight seating an the price was the only downfall. The service was amazing and the food was also on point. The lobster bisque is to die for. If your not worried about price this is the restaurant for you. Dover sole and the lobster spaghetti were both great choices. Honestly, can’t say enough about our server. She was fantastic and I’m sorry I forgot her name.

OT
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were assigned a table on ground floor even we have booked the restaurant weeks ago. The seat is not spacious enough and I think it should not be happened in such a gourmet restaurant.

Food is averaging good but the oysters are not top fresh. Bread and soup are soso too.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited for dinner before seeing a show and the food was wonderful!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish pie ever

BO
London
116 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent and the service impeccable. Only problem was OpenTable insisting that we could only have a table if we arrived at 11.30. We were sent away to shop some more and returned at 1230 to a comfortable table. Phone and adjust your dinner time!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was the main reason why the restaurant has such a low overall waiting. The servers were not friendly and was mildly condescending. Their speed was at their own leisure. We waited 30 minutes before they brought the menus to us, and another 30 minutes for them to bring us the three bottles of wine we ordered. Very disappointing.

c
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Would definitely return!

JB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food I had was outstanding
Beautiful monk fish curry
Beautiful fish and chips
Good fish pie.
We lived it and will come back

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service. We sat downstairs, by the oyster bar, which is our favourite part of the restaurant. Amazing, as always.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pleasant staff when they were waved at so we could order. Food disappointing and so seemed expensive. . Seems like Bentleys is trading on its past glory. First and last visit.

H
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London and did not disappoint. The food was absolutely superb as always and we were very well looked after by the staff. Excellent wine list with plenty of choice.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great location. Service wasn’t as good as previous visits. Got one order wrong.
Good wine.
Would go back

TB
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and super knowledgeable staff. Consistent and unpretentious. A lovely treat just before Christmas.

SJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Sorry to write a poor review but the big disappointment was to be seated in a long line of tables for 2 about 6 inches apart. Conversations can be heard and overheard. When shown to the restrooms, there was a section of booths completely empty by the bar, that would have been perfect. So please, position tables a respectful distance apart and if going, ask for a booth. The oysters were delicious but we bailed ASAP and went next door to Gauchos I’m afraid. Hope this is useful feedback.

JD
Houston
170 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb variety of seafood. Good range of wines to complement the offerings. Service is very attentive and friendly. Only nick is they put us at a subpar table near the service when there were many tables available.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Completely overpriced with service that makes you feel like western with prices from Mayfair.
First impressions didn’t help: three people in charge of coats and getting people sitting and two of them speaking in Russian obviously commenting on some clients. Shocking...
The waiter that helped has had very good recommendations and was very attentive; I’d highly recommend him. All his helpers and people around were particularly useless, from pouring warm liquid over the table to the barman even sneezing like my grandfather used to when no one was looking. Quite disgusting.
I will make sure not to go back again.

c
London
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was very disappointed that my prawns had not been properly cleaned and I had to remove the black veins myself.

JO
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously this place is so lovely!
The food was exquisite and cooked to perfection
Would be a really great date spot

RN
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I have visited this restaurant twice. On this occasion it was for a business lunch with a colleague. I had a drink at the bar whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. The bar man did not know what a Fino sherry was and had to ask a colleague who told him that it was a Manzanilla (which is different). I did not want a fuss so said the Manzanilla was fine. The sherry when it eventually came was very good and served at a chilled temperature as it should be. The bar staff seems to be at odds with each other discussing staff rotas which I thought I was inappropriate in front of customers. The other bar man I noticed also failed to serve a lady who was sat at the bar and then served a gentleman who arrived after her. Overall whilst the drink I had was good I was unimpressed by the bar staff.

When I was ready for lunch I had to find someone to take me and my guest upstairs for lunch. Lunch was excellent. I had the smoked eel which I would recommend along with the turbot. I also chose a white Burgundy which was also excellent and served at the correct temperature. My friend asked the waitress about whether the sea food pie was available as the Royal sea food pie. She was a little dismissive towards him in my opinion telling him that it had not been on the menu for many years. The sea food pie that arrived was very good.

We did not have time for dessert and had coffees which took a long while to arrive and then arrived twice. Overall I think the cooking in this restaurant is very good. The upstairs restaurant is a very pleasant place. There is quite a mix of customers which might not suit a business lunch e.g. Chinese tourists sat on their mobile telephones but I accept the restaurant cannot do much about this. My criticism is really about the indifferent service both at the bar and during lunch. I expected a higher level of service. I do like this restaurant but I do not think I would return preferring Scott's to here.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, upstairs area is very cosy yet spacious, delicious food, the fish pie is my favorite, and all of this comes with great service!

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere. Reasonably priced wine, very good food quality

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round dining experience as always.

DL
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic historic restaurant with the best seafood in London, friendly and attentive staff and a wonderful atmosphere.

GR
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Welcoming from the front door and throughout the meal.
Alex was knowledgable and helpful while allowing us our privacy.
The food was extremely well presented and cooked to perfection.
Alex was very helpful with wine selection and the meal was perfectly balanced.
We both felt well fed but that we had eaten lightly

M
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service y great product. A place to go if you want to have the best oysters in town

BR
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint is that on arrival nobody asked for my name nor whether I had a reservation. I was later accused of being a no show.
Other than that, the food and service were excellent, the wine list is extensive and good , would definitely come back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and wine, would highly recommend

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Despite booking weeks in advance got a poor and draughty table., which was also embarrassing for me with a good client Otherwise good

CY
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time, service was good and food was great. I ordered the seafood platter, just to note, they did change the menu every once in a while, so if you are going back for your favorite dish, just call and check

CP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall, would definitely return again.
Staff were very good.