Bibendum Oyster Bar

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The Bibendum Oyster Bar - a local stalwart - has been re-launched under the direction of Lyon born chef Claude Bosi. The large tiled foyer of the great Michelin building remains, it’s great for a glass of fizz and a few oysters (there are six varieties to choose from), a more leisurely lunch or dinner. Expect plenty of fresh seafood; oysters, langoustine and seafood platters, a brand new breakfast menu, and a comprehensive yet affordable wine list; with wine starting at £17 a bottle. In the evening you will find the same great seafood, and some of the Bibendum classics which made their debut on the original menu many years ago. Dishes such as Fillet steak au poivre, Calves liver and bacon, Fish and chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce. As well as some welcome new additions such as the lobster bun with string fries.

If the sun is shining there are seats outside in the patio area to enjoy a cocktail from a great list of classics, and even if it’s not there are blankets…
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LI
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Wonderful historical venue with friendly staff and good food.

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VB
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Very dark room, half empty, looking like it is not a permanent restaurant. No ambience.. Food was good but overall, I find it overpriced.

Won’t go back....

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JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was quite an experience in a wonderful surrouding.
Strange, our reservation was not on your list. We got the confirmation and now this mail, what was wrong?
The food was lovely, oysters very well.

We recommend it to friends.

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D
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bibendum Oyster Bar was ok. Just ok. I had eggs benedict which were passable but not exceptional.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It's expensive here, as you would expect given the location. The food was good, but not outstanding.
We were disappointed to find the front of house staff so obviously moving into cleanup mode at about 1540. Lunch service closes at 1600. I know they have things to do before Dinner service, but at the prices they're charging, it could have been a lot more discrete.

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B
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We’ve been to the oyster bar a few times before but surprised that there was live singing in the evening! Made our day.

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GF
London
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service dreadful,rude headwater / manager food tasteless shame used for year's not sure if we go back. Fabulous venue . Know one seamed to know what they were doing. It was a shambles. Gordon

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Beautiful spot, but the food was fair and the service was nonexistent. I would not go back or recommend.

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f
London
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great oysters with a lovely glass of Chablis !
Love the location
Bibendum building is an Icon
A little pricey but hey it’s south Ken !

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing time. My friend and I were so satisfied that we would surely come soon.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Get ignored by staff as you are waiting to be seated. This is despite the place being empty. In the end we seated ourselves. Service was pleasant and polite but slow. The head waiter seemed more interested in reverting apart from customers which there were unsurprisingly few. Food was not bad although a little cold and not up to previous standards. The place has no atmosphere is quiet and dead. Such a shame.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip with my wife and without kids

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Great venue have been going in there for years however the service was diabolical, and the place was only half full, no interest in the customers what so ever, won’t return.

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MN
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice relaxed atmosphere with plenty of room between table settings.

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NA
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is more of a cafe but I love it- proper meal in historic setting and unpretentious environment. My turbot was exceptional! And I am spoiled. Our waiter was both great in service and wonderful in creating a bit of French charm. I have been there before but 8 years ago and was longing to come back. Was not disappointed!

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IA
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere in central room (live music) and nice and warm. A better arrangement now that side room is used as a bar/holding area. Food was tasty if a tad expensive, as was the wine, but overall a good experience.

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MM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love bringing people for the first time especially on Sunday night for live jazz.

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PP
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There were not enough light.
More choices for week end brunch.
Service slow and a “don’t care” mood

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JT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice Oyster Bar serving Top Quality Seafood. Very good service>

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Soho stalwart ... all the classic French dishes and reliable as ever ... great prix fixe ... never fails !

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent. Mourice provided very good service, he was attentive, pleasant and efficient without going over the top. His explanation of the 'crab' alternative was most acceptable and the pace of the meal was as would be expected from such an excellent restaurant.

The only issue was with a dog owner who had no control over repeated barking yet other dog owners had their pets under full control.

My daughter & granddaughter 'stole' the pencils but admitted to Mourice that they were about to 'steal' them - a nice touch!

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A beautiful place with great service but the main course was hugely disappointing especially for the price! I don't mind paying for good food but I have had much better food at much lower prices. I wouldn't go again.

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LI
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the Bibendum Oyster bar. Very friendly and fun atmosphere. You can't find a more beautiful building in London.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took a friend visiting London for a meal in a historic building. She enjoyed her fish soup and chilli crab linguini. I had the fish pie. The place was not busy for a Saturday night but ok for conversation.

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AL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved it, however, one thing they seem to have failed to do over the yearsis sort out the temperature. The draught from the large doors on a cold day makes it a restaurant not to visit in winter. People come in and out constantly. This really does spoil what could have been an otherwise regular haunt for me.

Our waiter Maurice was lovely though. Very kind, helpful and friendly. Give that man a raise!

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I had wanted to eat here since I first passed the building some decades ago but either could not afford
to visit or found it too far to go from the West End. As I wanted to visit a nearby shop, I took the opportunity to have lunch there and was not disappointed. We were, I think, the first to arrive for lunch
so the ambience was understandably a little cold but the friendly staff and the well presented food made
up for this. Wine possibly a little on the expensive side but not unduly so - a careful look at what is not
offer produces good quality reasonably priced

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LS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, however the service was quite rude. Besides that, it’s an interesting option, specially if you love oysters!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great, building is amazing, but, for me, the oyster bar lacks any ambiance as it feels like sitting in the entrance to a shopping centre, which it is to be honest as it does lead into the conran Shop( well worth a look)
On the day we were there it was very cold and my wife wore her coat whilst eating as the waiters kept going out through the door to fetch food from the kitchen which is actually outside
But the food served, we had the beef cheeks, was very well cooked and tasted fantastic

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Although the food was very good, it wasn’t great and I wouldn’t consider it a good value. We each had a 3 course tasting menu, a small seafood platter and a bottle of wine. While everything was cooked nicely, the service was very slow and waitstaff attention regularly needed to be fetched rather than someone routinely checking in. This is despite there being many servers available with not all tables filled. It seemed the waitstaff was generally lazy or not very proactive. I was also strongly recommend to order a side order of chips to accompany the steak that same with the 3 course meal. It wasn’t explained this was an add on of £4, which in isolation isn’t a big deal at all from a cost perspective but it seems it should have been part of the meal (what’s the point of a price fixe if there are no accompaniments to the steak, eg mashed potatoes, fries, etc.?). Of course, the waiter must have forgot to put in the order of chips as I had to remind him after our mains had been delivered. I should have told him to forget it because I’d already finished the steak by the time the waiter delivered the chips to the table. Anyways, it was a nice evening and I want about to let the poor service and costs ruin the evening, but after pouring my own wine all evening and having to routinely fetch the waitstaff for help, I’m 100% confident I won’t be visiting this restaurant again, particularly considering it came at an expense of £300+

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GG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

L'ambiente è molto bello nella sua essenzialità. Abbiamo mangiato ostriche ed erano tutte ottime, anche se le Gilardeau (a 7£ l'una) spiccavano nettamente sulle altre (a partire da 3£). Indubbiamente la qualità si paga. In ogni caso le ostriche erano perfette e freschissime e sono state servite in modo ineccepibile. Sul servizio ho un feedback un po' contrastante: quando siamo arrivati, il manager a cui ho chiesto il tavolo non ha nemmeno risposto al nostro saluto e stava guardando nervosamente il cellulare, limitandosi a chiedere "Name?"; più tardi è stato molto più cordiale. Successivamente, una delle cameriere è stata deliziosa e ha offerto un ottimo servizio; un altro cameriere, invece, per quanto a modo, si è avvicinato a controllare se avessimo finito o meno il piatto con fare da ispettore, senza chiedere nulla (poteva almeno fingere). Conto finale per un cocktayl, 18 ostriche (6 Gilardeau e un piatto Chef da 12), una bottiglia d'acqua e il vino meno costoso (31£ credo), circa 190£ servizio incluso, in due.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were charming, the building is gorgeous and the food was superb. We had a lovely afternoon there.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible service

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D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un lugar donde comer pescado de calidad a buen precio en Londres repetiremos y recomendamos ostras y Fisher and chips

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CL
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exzellent and a wonderful experience of taste and wine

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Bloody freezing and low on ambience. Could easily have been a cafe in an airport.

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JL
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bibendum has been on my foodie list for awhile as I've walked by it many times. If you want some oysters, a foie gras starter and a good meal of moules frites, I would recommend coming here. It's perfect for those French classic dishes.

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IB
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

the restaurant is in a tiled and glass room with an outside door often left open. we were freezing which doesn't help to enjoy what is expensive shellfish. visit in the summer when being cool is fine

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RA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Although I had informed the restaurant that we would be there to celebrate my mother's 91st birthday, we sat for nearly 25 minutes before being offered menus or water. It was a further half hour before the soup arrived. I wouldn't go there in the winter, it's like being outdoors. Freezing, and very noisy. Food ok, but everything was too rich for me. I couldn't finish my soup nor my taramasalata. The building is glorious, pity the service and food let it down so badly.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Fantastic oysters and very good langoustines. The staff were attentive and friendly and the Martinis were second to none. My only two gripes - 1. It was freezing cold; the amount of glass and lack of heating meant that I had to keep my winter coat on throughout the meal (I imagine that there isn’t much to be done about this due to the listed status of the building). 2. The lemon sole was basted in too much butter which detracted from the flavour of the fish- it would have been nice if the melted butter had been served on the side.

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and stylish oyster bar in trendy Chelsea / S. Kensington area.
Good fresh food and warm pleasant service. The fish soup was exceptionally delectable. It had a good ambience.
Thoroughly recommended.

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