Bistrotheque

4.5
2225 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Bistrotheque is housed in a converted clothing factory in the East End. The ground floor houses our Private Dining Room (PDR) which seats 80 for lunch or dinner. On the first floor is the Manchichi Bar, a place to meet, eat and drink, and the Main Dining Room, which seats 80 for dinner and weekend brunch & dinner.

The menu is an exercise in simplicity, common sense and good taste under the watchful eye of Head Chef Blaine Duffy
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, English
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Hours of operation
KITCHEN
Monday to Friday 18:00 – 22:30 (23:00 Friday)
Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00
Sunday 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:00



MANCHICHI
Monday to Friday 17:30 – 00:00
Saturday 11:00 – 00:00
Sunday 11:00 – 23:00
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Phone number
020 8983 7900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Blaine Duffy
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Catering
We offer off-site catering on a bespoke basis. Contact lucie@bistrotheque.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridge Heath Road
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Parking details
Parking is available outside with no restrictions after 6:30PM Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday.
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Public transit
Bethnal Green tube/Cambridge Heath rail
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Entertainment
Whilst we are no longer running our regular weekly shows, we can organise specific entertainment for your private event in our Private Dining Room.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact pdr@bistrotheque.com if you have an event in mind.

Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2225 People Are Saying
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EC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on Sunday dinner at around 7pm for a birthday celebration. The food was great and the staff serving our table (with an Italian accent!) is very polite and patient. We ordered Steak Tartare and Roast Cod as mains and both taste delicious. Would try their cocktails next time.

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the warehouse space and cocktails were quite good. However, unfortunately, the food was disappointing. The fries were soft and cold, grilled cod fish amd beef tartare was over seasoned and salty and the miso corn had a sour tang. We wanted to thank the staff for taking the feedback well and explained that for dinner service they had 3 new cooks. We had the cost of mains deducted from out overall bill which was appreciated. However, cold soft fries was almost unforgivable.

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S
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the £25 prix fix menu before 7pm and I was truly stuffed by the end of it. Quality of the food was great, staff were really friendly and attentive, and overall it was a great evening.

Entrance is a little bit hard to find - follow the outdoor lights, turn left and then right to get to some stairs. Up the stairs and you'll see the bar through the window in the door.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced!

Food was really below standard - no seasoning to speak of on my meal.

Staff were not helpful. Would definitely not recommend this to anyone.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food and service, a tad overpriced but you pay for the atmosphere.

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KS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

you wouldn’t come across this restaurant by chance. Don’t be put off by the exterior. Once we wandered in (no signs) and went upstairs we found a wonderful welcoming friendly restaurant with amazing food and fantastic service. Busy even on a Wednesday at 6pm with a good atmosphere. We explained we were in a hurry and this was no problem at all. Highly recommended

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been visiting this restaurant for quite a few years. This visit I thought was rather expensive as we didn't eat that much or drink that much. A couple of burgers with chips and a few drinks ended up at nearly £80.00... will be wary of visiting again only because of price..

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great quirky place, but brunch a bit over priced. Loved the atmosphere and staff were great. There needs to be more better options for brunch.

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LT
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s a great space and always feels quite special.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience, food & friendly assertive service. It was iur wedding anniversary and they very kindly gave us 2 glasses of champagne

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EB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super evening with all our friends
Thanks to all of you

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere, a bit hard to find.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

At brunch with large groups and the piano playing the restaurant was very noisy and therefore it was difficult to maintain a conversation. However the food was so delicious it was easy to overlook the noise!

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JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem of East London unpretentious style. Lovely brunch in the light filled room with wonderfully genuine service. Delicious food and wine in the ambience of live piano and totally surprised by the value of the bill. Will definitely be back. Thanks guys!

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FC
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bit noisy live pianist and overall diners talking over each other.
Breakfast average and on the cold side. Odd Baked Beans. Coffee and waiter (beardy guy) v good.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for Saturday Brunch at Bistrotheque - had a very lively atmosphere, food was prompt and service great, very happy waitress who served us was very good indeed. Food was very tasty and met our expectations. The piano playing was nice, although some may find it a little obtrusive if they want to have a talk as it can be very loud sitting near to it.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is very good but the service is not at the expected level. The waiter was rushing us to finish and wasn’t really nice with us

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Not a very good experience this time, very surprised. My roasted leek gratin was cold, not sure if it was meant to be (would have been better hot), another meal was lukewarm and the cod fillet was completely uncooked and stone cold raw in the middle even after returning the chef. Very disappointing. We were given the a reduced bill and the option to return for a free meal but I now would be wary of booking again. Is there new inexperience chef? Was the oven not working properly? Can’t think of a reason for the very unusual poor quality.

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SW
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The service was incredibly slow on our visit - sat down at 19:30 and didn’t receive a main course until after 9pm. The food itself was nice, but there was no ambience to speak of - no music or background sound.

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N
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant! Not an obvious entrance but just follow the sounds of chatter and piano notes

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R
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, and the piano music in the background really is a lovely touch.

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AP
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place- this was our second time there. Food was amazing, staff were super attentive and the pianist in the background was a nice touch!

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VL
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great places and really good food, we had a good time in Bistrotheque. The service is also really attentive.

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EH
London
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic, laid-back and yet vibrant setting with live piano and great food. Every member of staff was polite, friendly and would go above and beyond.

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DD
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here, really nice environment and I love the guy playing piano. Especially when he did Boys Don’t Cry. Always have the bistroteque breakfast- total winner- bacon is really crispy and the layered potatoes are great.

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UN
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service combined with great food. Amazing ambience too. Just go for it.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! The set menu for £25 was fab. Food definitely made with love.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and venue were great, though the piano player seemed at odds with the atmosphere/vibe of the place.

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N
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant - cannot fault it

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k
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to bistrotheque, the restaurant has a nice feel to it, staff very kind and caring (remembers dietary requirements), food was brilliant and entire party enjoyed it

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding in every respect as ever. The service was swift, attentive but not overbearing, and very accommodating. The food was superb, from portion size to preparation to waiting time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Way too warm. Food was too slow (more than an hour)

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RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Served us a rancid panacotta! Otherwise food variable but good decor and space
Some staff friendly but others not very personable

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PD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was suboptimal and the quality of the dishes served did not match up to our expectations (or the high price point!)

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KR
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff and service. Fish and chips 🍟 were awesome. Oysters were excellent 👍

2nd visit and just as good as first one, so will no doubt be back again

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d
London
30 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great brunch menu and cocktails. Buzzy yet relaxed vibe but bit noisy.. acoustics of a converted warehouse! Couldn't really have a conversation without shouting! Was VERY hot sat next to kitchen.. Air-con not working. Staff very polite and helpful. Would recommend..

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always 💪

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EW
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food, not mega cheap but really worth it for a special occasion.

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was good, atmosphere nice though not buzzing (lot of empty tables even though it was Friday night). Starters were great, main was hugely disappointing for what we were expecting to be a great dining experience - over cooked, bland chicken and bland fish and chips. Would not go again or recommend

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AP
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely waitress attended us and the casual option we went for (beef burger) was delicious. However the starter and dessert although good didn't live up to the foodie standards the restaurant seems to be striving for. A little more authenticity, a little less pretentiousness and a little better value for money would boost the profile in my view.

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