Bistrotheque

4.5
2284 reviews
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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
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L
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere, just great!

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RR
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nothing further to add but having been on many occasions I hold Bistroteque in high regard

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic, everyone very friendly and were great about us having a baby with us!
Portions looked a bit on the small side for the price but both myself and my husband felt sufficiently fed (we had pancakes and the English breakfast)
Quite a loud restaurant and you can't quite hear the pianist, which is a shame! But good atmosphere and would definitely go again!

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Great restaurant, service and food.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived until we left, a lovely evening- great food, attentive, friendly service, great atmosphere

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice place with industrial ambience, good food and tasty cocktails

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SF
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super trendy, and the food was delicious. A little wait for our starters but the servers noticed this before we did, and offered us a free round of drinks. Would definitely go back.

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N
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Bistroteqe. Impecable service and understated relaxed environment...we will be back.

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UR
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good. Been quite a few times and never dissapointed.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a firm favourite. It always delivers wonderful flavoursm food and the piano guy is brilliant! Brunch and dinner equally delicious.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great waitress. She spoke french, which made it easier to place our orders.
We tried the brunch menu, everything was good, except the orange juice ( it was ok but nothing special).
A little bit noisy but we had a great time

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EP
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Do not get the hype, and I hate having to write a bad review. Were bombarded by three different staff members within two minutes of sitting down asking us to order. Unhappy with portion size - two small pancakes. They were cold and the honeycomb topping just tasted like burnt pieces of food which infiltrated the taste of the rest of the dish. I don’t understand why people love this place so much! The piano playing for the brunch however was wonderful and the staff overall were kind.

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O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I really love this place, Great menu - non-stuffy quality with great atmosphere. Recommended!

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ham hock terrine and roasted cod were both very memorable dishes. Roasted cod was served with a green pepper emulsion which added a nice spice to a fish that was perfectly prepared for maximum moisture (rarity with fish preparation). Service was attendant (especially given it was NYE) and very well-informed on the menu, which was important as one of our party has a dairy restriction. Great place for a special occasion and a good meal.

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TL
Essex
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been coming for birthdays for many years.
Just a little disappointed with my French toast this year. Strangely huge, no jam inside.
No need to mess with French toast.

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DN
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Nothing to write home about for these prices, at least for Sunday brunch. The live piano unfortunately was more like an added noise to the already noisy environment. Very poor acoustics, and plates of food that left us all unimpressed. Cannot really understand what the fuss is all about this restaurant. If it is the warehouse 'novelty', I do not think this can count as novelty nowadays.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Saturday Piano Brunch and truly loved it.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and food excellent. A bit pricy for not an outstanding menu.

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! Great tasty food, friendly and attentive staff and wonderful ambience with the beautiful piano music in the background. Would very much recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful like always.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

After a bit of a false start (there is no obvious signage to the restaurant) up two flights of stairs there is no lift; if you have mobility needs then I’m afraid as far as I can see there was no easy means of access.

I’d booked a table for 18:30 as I had needed to eat relatively early.
The restaurant was empty. An old factory or warehouse now repurposed into a restaurant. With a semi ‘open’ kitchen towards the back of the room.
Simple crisp white linen coverings with comfortable black wooden benches and conventional chairs, the panache of the devour is in its simple understatement. Re-enforced by the waiters and waitresses all liveried in the same simple manner. White shirts, white linen aprons over black trousers.

We were seated promptly and I had reserved a table.
The service was excellent, attentive but not over bearing.

I normally don’t go for starters, but on this occasion I had to try the scallops. I was not disappointed cooked to perfection the scallops were melt in the mouth. The dressing garlic butter was the icing on top as it were.

For the main course I had the fish a chips.Advance warning the fish portion is huge! The batter was light and crispy without any hint of greasiness and the fish was done to perfection. It was accompanied by a generous side portion of chips(far too many for me) and served with mushy peas and tartar sauce. Simple cooked to perfection. Best fish and chips that I have had in a long while.

For dessert I had the sorbet (mango) which was a perfect end to a wonderful meal.

Final point the restaurant got very busy l, very quickly from about 7:00pm. It was a Saturday night. I would advise that you book. I suspect that dining early as I did at 6:30 would probably guarantee you a seat. By the time we left about two hours later the place was buzzing with a constant stream of new diners waiting to be seated.

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MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been here twice recently after rediscovering it after considerable time. Love the buzz and vibrancy of the place - it has great energy, great food and great staff.

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been visiting Bistrotheque for years and they always maintain a good lever of food, service and drinks overall.
Unfortunately ran out of a few items to the busiest and the sundae desert was a bit of a let down but everything else was delicious

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WG
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely quiet and wonderful food bu my date for meh! 😂

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s fun! And food is excellent.

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VR
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked Bistro. We went there for my birthday to celebrate with my friends for brunch. Good selection of dishes for brunch and also lunch for those who wanted something else. The food was delicious and the ambiance very nice with the piano on the background. I would just say that maybe they will need to improve some sound isolation as sometimes you couldn't heard the piano because of the general noise.

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FS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Need to step up taste and quality of food, been here three years in a row, this is below expectations !

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly perfect in every way. I have always loved this place and it just keeps getting better and better. Great food, fabulous staff and ideal ambience.

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Main courses were tasty and really nice, but disappointing of paying nearly £10 for a side salad.
Then, services can be improved, waitresses were not focus in what they were doing... taking starters plates before starter even arrived, or taking finished main course of one of the people before the other finishes, and leaving one person finishing his dish in a rush.

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IT
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancy place, perfect for speacial occasions and really tasty and good food.

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YD
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighbourhood gem run by a group of Frenchies that really know how to run a trendy-lunch joint that is uniquely Bethnal Green. Food was good but nothing extraordinary, and the blood mary I had could be slightly improved. However, staff were professional but warm, and music was upbeat and cheerful.

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ES
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love Bistrotheque however The French toast was not as good as I was expecting and unlike any French toast I’ve ever come across! However still tasty, but not as good as usual brunches I’ve had.

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PI
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bistrotheque is a fun dining spot, perfect for a quick bite or a long dinner. Just the venue and its atmosphere alone are worth the tube ride.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great place. The food was very good and our waitress were very kind. On my thing, the room is very noisy

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z
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tucked away you almost don't know it's there! Really great venue and interesting food. Loved it

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H
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 2nd time I have been to Bistrotheque and am a big fan of Hoi Polloi their sister property at Ace too.

The atmosphere is light and bright and friendly, the food is fab, I had the Bistrotheque breakfast and my boyfriend the French Toast and both were fab!

Service is really fun too, shout out to Mar!!!!

We have booked back in for hangover brunching on New Years Day and I can't think of a better way to kick start 2019! See you soon!

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good as always however BF was slightly disappoint that when paying that amount for eggs benedict you can’t get your eggs cooked the way you asked for them (he likes his eggs well poached so not runny)

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, lively welcoming ambience, well-chosen menu and quality cooking and preparation.

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ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bit hard to find but once indoors service is amazing, really lovely people and great fresh exciting food. Compliments to manager Julio and Valentino, our waiter.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for a group meal with housemates. Fantastic service as usual. All had starter and mains, great wine pairing and a few cocktails. Reasonably priced for the quality and service provided.

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