Babel House London

4.7
26 reviews
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Babel House offers you a modern take on the traditions of the Black Sea cuisine in the heart of Mayfair.

Step into this beautiful 19th century townhouse restaurant named after the modernist Odessan novelist Isaac Babel and see where the journey will take you.
Using only the highest quality seafood bought over from Pryvoz market in Odessa. Meats & fresh produce, with a contemporary twist on recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation infusing the rich cultural heritage of the area and its six bordering countries. This is complimented with a vast selection of wines and bespoke cocktails to recreate a gastronomically enhanced Black Sea culinary experience where time does not exist and dinners drift off into the late evening.

We welcome you in to join us on a journey of the Black Sea at Babel House.
What 26 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding
Quality outstanding
very moderate pricing in comparison with similar quality.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food with excellent service and fantastic atmosphere

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the arrival at the Babel house the front of house was very welcoming. The food was as delicious as it looks on pictures and the waiters made sure you were well looked after and the food was done in good time and gaps between courses were perfect as you had time to let the previous dish settle also the cocktails were tasty. Will definitely go back again and will recommend to anyone who likes fine dining. 10/10 with everything. Well done guys 😊

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience for Valentine's day! The food was amazing!

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MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great for the special day. I had a late lunch with my friend on Christmas day which was all satisfied. Service and food was also nice. We especially liked duck. Dessert we had was unexpectedly beautiful(picture attached).

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TG
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit to the Babel House and all the family were pleasantly impressed.Food was great and
the interior is very tasteful.pricing is reasonable, so I am sure we will come again.

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M
London
62 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Magnificent, authentic food, this place is a real gem. Granted, it's not cheap, but for food this good you really can't argue. Recommended.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice cosy restaurant with some excellent food from a very comprehensive menu. The staff where very friendly too.
Do try one of their signature cocktails, absolutely fantastic.

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

Good food and great service. However my
Partner had the oysters and they made her quite sick

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I
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tasty Black Sea cuisine
Pelmeni, Vareniki and Olivier salad are highly recommended

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S
London
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i really enjoyed dining at Babel house with my good friend. the staff was very friendly, food was really tasty and authentic. great ambience. will visit again soon !

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DG
London
188 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely new establishment that I was keen to try as I'm constantly searching for new places to eat Russian food. The service was great: very attentive and willing to recommend things to try. The food was OK: the aubergine caviar starter was slightly underseasoned, and the portions are quite small (except for the dessert, which was massive). The ambience is great.

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P
London
53 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Were recommened to visit Babel House by a friend and were not disapointed - food is interesting even for people who come from the region (like us), served very elegantly by attentive staff. To my taste a la carte menu is 20% overpriced by a) welcome to Mayfair and b) you actually leave the place not feeling like an overfed pig ))). Had a very nice chat with a somelier who did not push any particilar wines and was very knowledgable. Will surely come back with friends.

Funnily enough speaking to somelier we realised that the mothership restaurant is only 300 metres away from where we live in Moscow so will visit them as well to compare)).

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AN
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an expensive place but i really enjoyed it! Olivier with salmon and their Chicken borsch are really good

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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Giles Coren’s review in the Times not withstanding, this was a great meal. He must have been here on an off nite. Service, food and wine were all A+++. The lovely hostess took the time and encouraged me to discover a new limited production vodka with my pike caviar (a must have). Ribeye and duck were great. It’s a chic and beautiful room in Mayfair. I would not hesitate to recommend.

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JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasted authentic and good variety. Possibly a little longer menu

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Very Expensive wine list - regional wines disappointing. Impeccable service.

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Was looking forward to trying this Black Sea cuisine concept in one of my favourite foodie corners in Mayfair. The place is pretty and well designed, however I cannot say the same about either food or wine/cocktail list.

Very confusing mix of dishes, more like Sushi Samba with all the ceviches and tuna tartars, however the key dishes were not tasty at all - Salmon olivier salad too dry and with no salt at all, golubtsy (cabbage meat rolls) as a main came as the tiniest parcels smaller than the squid starter (not crispy and bland).

Overall a disappointment and not a good value for money.

Mari Vanna for instance does the staple dishes of the Russian and CIS cuisines much much better.

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

A super place for good quality food, drink and ambience. It takes Russian cuisine to new levels, and it is accessible to all - classics along with well cooked meat and fish.

Their house smoked fish are a particular highlight.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and service was great. Couldn’t ask for more!

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

Everything was amazing. Just the music could be less club-type and more relaxed (jazz, etc).

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first genuinely good Russian/Ukranian food place I have eaten at in London. A modern take on many dishes but keep the essence. Their interpretation of Olivie was amazing, closer to the original rather than the Soviet version, but true to itself, despite the fact that it is made with salmon and scallops. Divine.

Only complaint on authenticity would be the tea selection being rather British. The world has moved on, people who know the cuisine will not be impressed.

Otherwise just outstanding.

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

If you want to try traditional food presented nicely this is the place. We loved every meal, it was delicious!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food was really good. Hope there will be more people recognising this restaurant!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent new restaurant in the area. Interesting twist
on the Russian cuisine and luxurious ingredients. Will definitely be back

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Y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and healthy food! Everything from loacl starters and to main courses.

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