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Bibendum Oyster Bar, London,

Bibendum Oyster Bar

4.4
4.4
703 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Bibendum Oyster Bar - a local stalwart - is steered masterfully under the direction of Lyon born 2 Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi. The large tiled foyer of the great Michelin building remains, and it’s great for a glass of fizz and a few oysters (there are always many varieties to choose from), and also perfect to stay a bit longer for a more leisurely lunch or dinner.
Expect plenty of fresh seafood; oysters, langoustine and the signature seafood platters - alongside a comprehensive yet affordable wine list.

As well as dining inside the main "house", there are seats outside in the semi-open courtyard, and also in the prime spot of streetside on Fulham Road. If it does turn a little chilly, there are also some luxury blankets…

Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks at Bibendum.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, British, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 7590 1199

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Claude Bosi

  • Private party contact

    enquiries@bibendum.co.uk: 020 7581 5817 x1

  • Neighborhood

    South Kensington

  • Cross street

    Fulham Road

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Closest tube: South Kensington

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 703 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. S

    Suzyna

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful plateau de fruits de mer. Excellent service.
  2. IG

    IanG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Although a local, I had not been to the restaurant for several years. Generally I like the open ambience and the menu but find it on the expensive side. On arrival (a little after 8pm on Sunday and after waiting till 8.20 for our guests) we ere told that the kitchen was closing imminently, but this was then quickly overridden and we were then told it would be no problem to serve us. Apart from this glitch, the service was good and very courteous and the food good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner at the Oyster Bar Bibendum. We had oysters to start and then I had the cod with curry sauce (which I found particularly good), and my girlfriend had a large portion of mussels for the main course. The chocolate Merveilleux was very nice to share over a coffee for dessert. I see many reviews have criticised the service. Actually I didn’t find it at all bad. The service was very friendly and I could see all the staff making a real effort. Possibly problems may arise as the staff are task assigned rather than responsible for individual tables so there was sometimes a slight lack of coordination, and possibly a small lack of sure-footedness. The ambience may also have been slightly better if the full restaurant was open. Overall though we had a great meal here on a Sunday evening and would definitely return.
  4. SW

    SarahW

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful building. Have going there for years.
  5. m

    michaelb

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Fresh oysters. Slightly expensive but if you want somewhere for a special occasion would recommend.
  6. AB

    AlisonB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A very enjoyable location, and delicious food. My second visit to this restaurant and I will be back. When I was a ceramics student at RCA in the 1970s I wrote an essay about the tiling and tiled racing car pictures, which I still love.
  7. a

    alexb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bibendum Oyster Bar is a fantastic and beautiful setting. Possibly one of the most beautiful dining rooms in London. I cant think a lovelier one. The food and service were very good. If I was going to be picky, I had crab linguine which was delicious. But the linguine was not quite al dente enough for my taste -but then Bibendum isn't an Italian restaurant, so perhaps I shouldn't complain. It is quite expensive but its a real treat.
  8. LE

    LeighE

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hadn’t been here for lunch for a while but we were not disappointed. Went at Sunday lunch on Father’s Day, lovely table, great food/wine and excellent service. We are definitely going back again!
  9. Y

    800Years

    London

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful ambiance - shellfish platter is excellent Service was very friendly and efficient It is expensive but worth it for a treat Only grip - we were given something to put our empty shellfish in
  10. B

    Billyd

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Erratic service. We had several staff serving us. We were asked three times what kind of water we wanted. One server didn’t know where to put my oysters. My martini was not correctly made. All in all a disaster.
  11. L

    Lou75

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early dinner before a concert. The told the lovely waitress and she made sure we were out in good time. Food as always was delicious and the restaurant itself is such a lovely venue.
  12. MM

    MMlon

    London

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing I think the wine was overpriced. What a wonderful place though.
  13. SH

    SarahH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful surprise to be seated next to a full flower stand bursting with peonies, hydrangea, roses, orchids! In such a specific setting- the Michelin tire building from maybe early 1900’s (?)
  14. m

    mand

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    the wait staff was confused from the start. We were a group of 6 and some ordered starters and some not. We had main's come before the starter. The most expensive cut of meat dish - came out cold and alone; the accompanying veggies (rocket salad) didn't show up. We had to remind the team for it. Disappointing experience and I was embarrassed that we brought our friends here.
  15. F

    Fussydiner

    London

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Bibendum Oyster bar is the perfect place for lunch on a summer day. Great food in a wonderful setting.
  16. LC

    LordC

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I was a frequent diner here before the pandemic. Sadly, because this was a favourite of mine, the standard of the food especially has suffered considerably. I have also noticed the service is patchy and some staff are rather disinterested. The food here used to be very good but it is now not so. A great pity because a great location with considerable ambiance.
  17. TH

    TaisaH

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    the cooking of 2 dishes ordered for the table did not come as we requested.
  18. EB

    ElizabethB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Two of are the crab linguine which was totally over salted. Disappointing
  19. BV

    BelindaV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and food! Loved the seafood platter and staffs were very attentive.
  20. AS

    AvrahamS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good,enjoyable champagne & wine very good food fulfilled our expectations overall that was good
  21. s

    simonh

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, the building is unique and stunning. Service was quick nut not rushed. Well cooked food, delicious skate in mustard sauce for main with a side of samfire and green beans was outstanding.
  22. IA

    IanA

    London

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food in lovely atmosphere. One of our regular haunts. Always enjoyable.
  23. I

    Immy

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    We were a little disappointed with the Scottish mussels which tasted over cooked and the sauce lacked flavour. We also had 4 different staff waiting our table which was confusing. In addition the denial waitress was unable to specify which cheeses they had available.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous seafood
  25. C

    C1914

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening and food! Fruit de mer was well worth it!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I dont know where to start right from the beginning i was made to feel uncomfortable told i was early.i had just arrived from Birmingham This was to be a special day for me as its my 60th year my job thirty years ago ..well the icing on the cake was my almost weekly lunch at Bibendum with my boss it made up for everything Well thank you for shattering my memories what do they say “never go back “ they also say how bad can it be i choose the bar …well all im going to say is they now serve butter in the ashtray ! I felt cold and rejected on probably the hottest day so far in our capital…food ….i bearly got through the posh pork pie ..i paid and left …. I literally left for home Warwickshire
  27. JR

    JaneR

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable evening. Good food and very nice waiters.
  28. h

    hearty

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. The best tastiest oysters in my memory. Fish soup. The real thing! Crisp viognier. A perfect lunch or dinner. Wish it were pen tonight!!
  29. G

    Goldy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely staff as always and the atmosphere was buzzing.!
  30. j

    johnc

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the plateau and the tables are too small to eat comfortably
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I’m local and I know the place well. I have to give it the credit - it is a chic place with great classy crowd but this is where we stop with the compliments. Service is below the average expected in a take away restaurant let alone high end one! You feel as if they are paying you to be there not the other way around, the waiter is talking to us as if I’m his best friend ! Super inattentive!! In terms of food - God it could not be more basic than that seriously like 3 boiled asparagus from the very thin one - M&S has a better quality one! Smocked salmon was inedible as if bought 10 days ago on sale the cheapest on the shelf…I wish I took a picture of the presentation it was incredibly bad… One thing about me - to write a review is very unusual, I just don’t bother but last night at the Oyster Bar was an absolute disgrace!!!!
  32. j

    janyt

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    OUR EXPERIENCE AT THE RESTAURANT WAS BETTER DURING THE WEEK THAN ON SUNDAY. WE WERE WELCOMED BY A YAWNING WAITRESS, FULL OPEN MOUTH, WHO KEPT ON YAWNING ALL THE TIME WE WERE THERE. THE WAITER WAS NICE. THE FOOD WAS OK BUT THE DOVER SOLES DISAPPOINTING FOR THE PRICE. WE FELT THAT FOR THE £210 WE SPENT THERE FOR 2, IT WAS NOT WORTH THE MONEY.
  33. KB

    KemB

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming here for 30 years and never disappoints. Such a lovely, stunning atmosphere, excellent food, attentive service. Lots of great memories.
  34. Y

    Yummy

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always friendly, efficient staff and amazingly delicious food!
  35. DM

    DominikaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with delicious food, nice service, unusual location. I totally recommends!
  36. LC

    LauraC

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, great food and atmosphere. Excellent value for money
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The foos was good but not a good service. We were forgotten on few occasions and to ask for the bill we had to waive several times just to be noticed. I used to go there often but I am not sure I will go back.
  38. EG

    EmmanuelleG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The seafood is great and the decor (original tiled walls) is iconic. That in itself makes for a good evening. Not sure the table arrangements creates the best atmosphere though and service is a bit chaotic. Wines are very good but pricey. But a good experience overall.
  39. KF

    KevinF

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Non existent service. Waited 40 minutes for oysters. 25 minutes for wine and had to track them down. Too expensive for such poor service. No idea who was even meant to look after us.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Bibendum Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7590 1199.

Bibendum Oyster Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 703 OpenTable diners.

Bibendum Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Bibendum Oyster Bar

Michelin House 81 Fulham Road London, SW3 6RD

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fulham Road

  • Neighborhood

    South Kensington

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:45 pm Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, British, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Closest tube: South Kensington

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Claude Bosi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7590 1199

  • Private party contact

    enquiries@bibendum.co.uk: 020 7581 5817 x1

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