Bleeding Heart Bistro

4.4
458 reviews
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French
The busy buzzy Bistro, high ceiling and high windows, with its striking 19th Century French wine posters is the perfect place for an informal business lunch with a colleague or a jolly supper with a group of chums. Certainly, the bistro’s sunny terrace, shaded by a huge red awning, seems far away from the streets of Farringdon. With its professional, friendly service and warm ambience, the Bistro offers both traditional and modern French fare ranging from classic Omelettes, Coq au Vin and Steak Frites to Breast of Duck and Shank of Lamb, plus a great-value list of 450 wines by the bottle and a dozen by the glass.

Our popular terrace at our charming french Bistro situated in Bleeding Heart Yard is open from Spring to Autumn months and accommodates more than 30 people. Diners can enjoy traditional French dishes ranging from Lapin à la moutarde and Navarin of Organic Lamb.
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SB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice outside on a warm London summer's evening

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Already knew the place. Convenient for me and my colleague. Well prepared bistro dishes, and a good deal on lunch. Only slight niggle: service a bit insistent, but not a deal breaker. Will be back.

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Z
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the set meal which was very good value. The cod of the main dish was cooked to perfection. perhaps the menu for the set meal could be changed more often.

There is a good atmosphere, real sense of buzz.

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SF
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met an old friend for a mid-week meal in the Bistro - lovely balance of good food, wine and excellent service. Less formal than the Restaurant, which is just as it should be!

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S
London
57 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bistro, really tasty food and professional service. The Cote de boeuf wasn’t the most tender but tasty none the less. Interesting wine list but pricey on high side.

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m
London
71 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we all enjoyed our meal in the Bistro - only one person had to go a la carte due to limited choices on the fixed menu. staff were friendly and efficient, nice atmosphere and good wine list

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Un très bon bistrot authentique qui se démarque des chaînes de restaurants tant par la cuisine excellente et originale que par la décoration du lieu .Lerapport qualité prix est très bon et aussi le lieu n’est pas bruyant.
Je recommande sans hésiter.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food will definitely be back!

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CW
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

great bistro for a business lunch - good value set menus

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable - albeit dry - lunch at the Bleeding Heart Bistro. The fishcake was excellent as always and our guests enjoyed their cod.

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LF
London
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic Bistro atmosphere with a small menu but all the dishes were good - perfect for a mid-week supper with my daughter and boyfriend.

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KB
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure service fantastic, food great very nice lunch as always

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

This is the best French Restaurant in the City of London.

Excellent on every level.

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KN
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, and pretty good value. Service varied, some good and some not so good.

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

Lovely meal - food was lovely, well priced, and service was attentive but not intrusive. Will definitely be returning!

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YH
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, I would say a great value for money. Especially the wines from New Zealand were very good and enjoyable, and also great value for money. Good atmosphere, I would recommend this restaurant for a casual dining.

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ND
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much in the typical busy French bistro style in terms of atmosphere, menu and service. Friendly staff with the right size of menu for the venue and the right size of proportions of food. The lapin à la moutarde was meaty and tasty, and the cheeses to finish were super. Guests agreed the food was really good. Definite return on the books.

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HJ
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch time venue for friend and business colleague.
Great set menu and speedy service.

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch at the Bleeding Heart Bistro - fishcake excellent as usual and our guest particularly enjoyed the pork cutlet.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and pleasant service, a good venue for a quiet lunch.

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MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, very busy so good atmosphere and excellent staff cote de boeuf was outstanding

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W
London
46 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely dinner for college friends in the bistro. I had the set menu which was excellent value for money. Service was super and it was lovely and cosy. No background music thank goodness! We were able to talk and catch up without being deafened. I’ll be going back.

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable catch-up at the Bleeding Heart Bistro. Food and service very good as always.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Bistro of London. Great service and food.

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c
London
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s a lovely venue tucked away. The staff were all friendly. I dined on the set menu which had enough choice on it. The starter was a lovely leek and gruyere tart. The main coq au vin was tasty enough, but the chicken was slightly dry. The dessert however let the whole thing down.
Chocolate mousse... you can hardly go wrong. It clearly hadn’t set so it was served as a dollop on a plate with no garnish to even try to disguise the fact that it looked like a cow pat on a plate. It didn’t even taste good. The waiter got slightly defensive when we raised it and said sometimes it depends how it comes out the freezer so it could be more compact! Understatement!
He took it off the bill and we were offered an alternative, but it was as though they took the view they would serve it in the hope we knew nothing about food and would have a mess on a plate as an acceptable dessert. It’s good value however if the restaurant maintains consistent standards.

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable business lunch - prompt service and very good food. Fish cake recommended as usual.

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A
London
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the restaurant in the end, always a delight, great manager and team, delicious food, lovely atmosphere, what else!

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D
Jersey
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food but disappointed by the service we received. We were very much rushed through our meal.

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

Wow - superb food, delicious wine, polite and attentive staff. Highly recommend!

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G
London
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we arrived they had no record of my booking despite receiving a text confirmation from Opentable a couple of hours earlier. Fortunately they had plenty of room.
Two of us ordered spatchcock chicken as a main course. We were asked whether we wanted a whole chicken between us. It arrived but was more like a whole roast chicken that had been cut in two rather than a true flattened spatchcock. Curious!

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A
London
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bistro was a bit more disappointing than expected. Cote’d beuf was average however expensive.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fish was cooked to perfection - food cannon good time despite it being very busy

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect service

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SW
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Get-together with a friend, and we decided to try somewhere different. This was very good for a reasonably shady environment (in Bleeding Heart Yard) on a hot sunny day. Service was attentive and friendly, and food was pretty good, with a better selection of fish dishes than most similar bistros. We felt though that (despite it being central London), the food was a little overpriced.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Summer options. I had the gazpachi and then the lobster and avocado salad and they were just right for a hot evening. Sitting outside on the terrace you do not think you are in London, hearing no traffic noise.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The Maitre d' was off-hand in my opinion and had to be specifically asked to take our order after a long wait. Of the three of us, one was brought the incorrect starter so it would appear that our order was not taken down correctly. The remainder of us had to wait whilst our food got cold until the correct starter was brought for the other member of our party. The pork belly was referred to as crispy but the crackling was in fact soggy. On the plus side, the snails and mango dessert were good and it was very pleasant to sit outside. However, in view of the basic errors, I could not recommend the bistro and would be unlikely to go there again. I am prepared to give the restaurant a try. If it doesn't perform any better, it's adieu, Bleeding Heart!

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DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing value every time I visit , great food and choice in either Bistro , Pub or Fine restaurent

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable lunch at the Bleeding Heart Bistro. We both had the gravadlax starter, which was very good and the fish cake main, which was, as always, excellent.

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SL
London
140 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable business lunch at the Bleeding Heart Bistro. Good food as always and this time I got to the desserts !

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

Special offer not available! Embarrassing to have to negotiate with waiter. Had nice dinner from a la carte menu but spent more than we bargained on. Still, a nice experience.

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