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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dispite the contrary on the internet and the booking app and despite being able to make a booking with no comeback, the restaurant was closed. Spent a great time and meal at Amazonico! Amazing food and great service!

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ChrisP
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a number of times and the food and service are always superb

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TimothyR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening, great food and attentive staff

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PaddyS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food and service was excellent
Unfortunately a noisy group at the bar took the ambiance off a little
However your staff reseated is a bit further away which helped a little with the noise level
See you again

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FrankieT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were welcomed on arrival and asked to sit outside. Although cold, the overhead heaters were very good at keeping us warm.
The food was excellent, Jersey Rock Oysters, soup and Sea bass and fish pie.
Getting a bill at the end took time and paying it entailed another wait!!
It is unfortunate that smoking is allowed outside as the smoke detracts from the enjoyment of the food.
We will certainly return!!

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Lizzie
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to London we eat at Bentleys. We would never miss it because it is the freshest seafood, the loveliest desserts, fabulous wine list, and the staff are all so friendly so knowledgeable. You cannot go wrong dining at Bentleys!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food!

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NickC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a characterful venue with lovely food and attentive staff.

We had some issues with the location of our table which was resolved quickly and without fuss.

It was our anniversary and we had a wonderful evening.

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Paicey
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant that lived up to its name and reputation. Both the food and the service were outstanding, with memories that will last beyond our visit.
I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant, the oysters are delightful.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good - efficient service, nice atmosphere, great food.

Our only criticism would be that we were coming pre-theatre - we'd researched beforehand and knew there was a pre-theatre set price menu available, but it wasn't automatically offered (even though our reservation was 5.30pm) and seemed to be provided a little reluctantly when asked for. Perhaps catering a bit for tourists?

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IanD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and the menu was perfect...... Bonus for us was meeting Richard Corrigan on the way in so as it was my wife's birthday it made the evening more memorable.

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Terry
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pre show dinner. Staff were attentive and friendly will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very disappointing experience. Chef himself was sitting with people and making a lot of noise. The food was overpriced and the quality pub standard.

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GemS
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service. Barman (originally from Sardinia) was particularly charming & friendly. Despite being busy, he found time to talk to us about the chsampagne & wine. We had a great evening.

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JustinM
Gloucestershire
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great staff. Just sometimes they can be a little vague. Sometimes very attentive, sometimes disappear?? But they are knowledgable and represent the restaurant very well.

Bentley’s is a great everyday fine dining experience. It’s not an in/out restaurant like many others in the area. You go to enjoy and take your time about the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish pie was superb

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EdwardS
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, with great service too.

Very much enjoyed the platter.

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Docrmb
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fish was rubbery and awfully expensive
First time we ate there It was superb shame the quality wasn’t there the second time

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HollyM
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Decor is slightly tired.

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susieq
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, never had a bad meal and the staff are really attentive without being intrusive. Can not fault this restaurant, our go to favourite.

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GillianG
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a really lovely dining experience here.The pre and post theatre menu were wonderful value for food that was exceptional in quality and flavour. The service was outstanding- discreet and very pleasing.
My husband also received a "HappyBirthday"plate of delicious little sweets.

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vipSamson
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London for lunch, I can’t fault it best dover sole ever

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HarryB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to Bentleys. Very good meal and lots to choose from on the menu. The staff were
excellent. We would have liked more space between the tables, but would go again.

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Dink
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Unfortunately after going to Bentleys for around 15 years it was the first occasion I left disappointed!
The charge of £15 for one very mediocre Luke warm prawn was shocking and the fish soup tasted nothing like it always had previously
The change in menu resulting in the hike in prices left a very bitter taste
The front of house and bar staff were all very professional and polite and provided a bit of craic at the bar

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BarryK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great fun at the counter of the oyster bar. Really looked after well by all of the staff. We've gone there before and definitely will go there again.

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StuartJ
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat with friend. Staff were wonderful and oysters perfection. Nice Chablis too

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OpenTable Diner
Wales
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food and ambience was very good but the service left a lot to be desired. It appeared that the staff were very focussed on other ya les maki g it very hard to get their attention for additional drinks . E en after catching g their eye they still didn’t attend us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a first class experiance at my fav restaurant!! 👍🙌

LD
LeDap
41 reviews