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

Kids Eat Free This Half Term

...children must order off the kids’ menu, be accompanied by a main-meal-eating adult ordering 2 courses or more.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: February 20, 2020

Ends: February 21, 2020

Availability: Thu-Fri 12:00PM-11:30PM

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

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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What 3245 People Are Saying
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JJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Tables too close together. We experienced very slow service. Ambient music barely heard. Disappointed.

VW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We went for valentine’s celebration and the experience wasn’t great from the start: first, the glass and table mat at my seat was not clean from some sludge which luckily the waiter was happy to replace them with clean ones, then they broke my boyfriend’s wine glass when giving us the menus.

Food was ok but wasn’t good enough to match the expensive price. We ordered oysters, crispy squid, lobster bisque, beef tartare, lobster tempura and lobster thermidor. The oysters were on point. The lobster bisque doesn’t taste much of lobster, the lobster was overcooked and chewy in both lobster dishes and the beef tartare was better than all the seafood dishes except the oysters.

I had been to other seafood restaurants for oysters and seafood and this was the least satisfying experience I have had.

MP
London
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have going to Bentleys for 40+ years ....not every year .....the service was very good to table and the Dover soles were excellent. Just wish for a little more' elbow room " !

LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after a matinee. Sat at the bar and served by Frederico. Bentley’s is the perfect English upscale restaurant. Food is always excellent and consistent. Every person is treated with respect and a smile. Thank you for being there all these years.

KH
Kent
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special celebration for us and Bentley's did not disappoint ! From the moment the door man opened the door I knew it was going to be a fabulous experience and it was. The piano player was superb the food delicious and the service just right and the ambiance in the downstairs restaurant was so relaxing. We were a little nervous of having our first oyster but we are now converts to the Galway ones. We shall be back !

DJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant
Friendly and relaxed
Beautiful outside area under heaters
Attentive staff

SP
London
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great oysters both native and farmed, followed by nicely cooked fish and an interesting cheese plate. Excellent and reliable.

PC
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of London’s oldest fish and seafood restaurants, tucked away in a quiet lane off Piccadilly. Seating at tables inside, outside on the heated terrace or inside at the bar (my preference).

Good selection of fresh oysters daily and excellent fish and seafood as well as a few grilled meat options for carnivores.

Highly professional service. Great ambience. Not cheap (£100+ per person), but value for money.

JF
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully cooked and presented seafood in a gorgeous dining room with impeccable service, made for a really special celebratory meal!

S
London
47 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's a good solid place to enjoy fish, I thoroughly enjoyed my crispy squid and smoked haddock, my partner ordered the veal cheeks, we considered them under-cooked, the chef considered them fine, what do we know...? the fish stew was good however. Can't recall the name of our excellent waitress but it begins with 'A' and has five letters.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made to feel very welcome, great ambience and lovely food/drinks for a date night.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was lovely but the service was absolutely shocking.

AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
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
6 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
17 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
117 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.

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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
172 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.