Boisdale of Bishopsgate

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£25 and under
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Modern European
Delicious Food - Live Music - Charismatic Decor

The clubby atmosphere, the excellent range of whiskies and fine cigars, the high-achieving British cooking, and the bubbling idiosyncrasies of the proprietor all blend brilliantly to make Boisdale a unique establishment. An outpost of the original Boisdale in Belgravia, the Champagne and Oyster Bar and the lower-ground vaulted restaurant are replete with enough tartan to upholster Arthur's Seat, intriguing old prints, dark wood, and the strains of classic jazz from 7 o'clock every evening. The modern British menu heavily features fresh shellfish and oysters, and all ingredients are sourced wherever possible from Scotland. Try starter of venison terrine with spiced kumquat marmalade, main course of Angus ribeye with bearnaise, grilled tomato and chips, and pud of raspberry cranachan with 15 year old Dalwhinnie. And we can definitely recommend the haggis.

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 9:15PM

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Very quiet.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and staff. Very quiet for lunch times though!

MS
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good place , they didn’t had yhebcompelyle menu but offer me complimentary desert and extras for it. Was good. I like this place

b
London
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ate at Boisdale of Bishopsgate with a couple of business colleagues. Most of the food was very good (Salmon starters, fillet steaks and wine) apart from my ribeye steak that was the toughest I have experienced in a long time. Should have complained at the time but was involved in business discussion with colleagues. Whilst the rest of the meal was very good and vfm ok with the 50% discount I would have been very disappointed if having paid full menu price.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food is overpriced. Dessert was frozen. The food portion was incredibly small.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food could be improved but good value and live music

f
London
89 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was not amazing but good. The staff and ambience and live music however more than make up for all the shortcomings from its (vegetarian) cuisine. Note the arrival charges for live music on your bill.

s
London
66 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service too. First time in the Bishopsgate version but wasn’t disappointed at all - same standard as West End version! But quiet but there again it was a sunny lunchtime....

LH
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great restaurants for food and drinks and the staff are always lovely.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Disappointed by the tapa dish which was greatly reduced since my last visit. Annoyed by the attempt to add a charge for the live music to my bill sneaky and underhand and the6 have not done this before.

s
London
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overpriced and weird old fashioned scottish theme set in, what felt like, a vampire's den. £70 + for plainish stuck together ravioli, a burger and two cocktails. I don't mind spending money but the quality needs to reflect this. Another slight annoyance was that diners were given different treatment - we were told what table to sit at (not a particularly pleasant place right by the cash registry bit despite an empty restaurant), whereas another couple that came in were asked where they wanted to sit. A small point but neverthess unprofessional.

v
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

the scallop didn't taste good. The place was dead quiet, the service was not great

JB
London
44 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really very good food - traditional fare but high quality

WD
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really good something for everyone... one slight mistake stopped full marks

CS
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a nice evening overall, the food was good and the jazz music was enjoyable. We arrived early and a waitress was rude in telling us that the restaurant did not open until 6pm. The entrance to the restaurant also smells of drains which is a bit off putting. Also, I was a slightly amazed to see that £10.50 had been added to our bill for the live music! I did not see any mention of a charge for the live music on the Boisdale website. I would go to a different Boisdale but not this one at Bishopsgate again.

E
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the cheese trolley and wine flights! All excellent!

FF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had a working lunch here on a Friday with one other. Our welcome was lukewarm at best. We thought we had a good deal with the OpenTable offer of a burger, fries and drink for £15.50, but a service charge was added and the sparking water was £6.95, so this turned into a >£40 meal, which was not reflected in the quality. The burgers, whilst being made from good meat, were burnt, dry and bland and we had to ask for ketchup; then being served one portion initially and told to ask if we wanted more. The service was below average, with waiters interrupting us four times to ask if everything with our food was ok, whilst we were trying to have a conversation. They kept kicking/knocking my chair every time they served the people next to us (frequently) and at one point reached right in front of my face (I was leaning on the table, deep in conversation) to remove an empty water bottle that clearly should have been removed from the other side. It's a shame, I wanted to like the place, the decor is quaint and eclectic and I note they have Jazz music nights, but I won't be returning.

a
London
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything, food ambience, wine and service!

H
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food, great ambience and value for money

LH
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business meeting

HW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. I would definitely be back in a shot

VN
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location for lunch but want to come back to experience the jazz in the evening!

AR
London
71 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A mid-week dinner with a friend. Whilst we're not foodies, we do appreciate restaurants that offer a wide ranging menu and good quality. Boisdale's menu is superb and the quality of the cuisine is excellent; especially the cheeseboard. We enjoyed the opportunity to sample from their wide range of gins for a pre-dinner drink at the bar, where the service matched the quality of that in the restaurant. We also enjoyed some live music (mellow jazz). We intend to go again as we want to try some other dishes on the menu.

GA
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Simply Perfect, maybe not exactly beers.
Thanks Bye

RM
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was very good - always well presented and the finest quality. I'm always impressed with a visit to Boisdale.

M
London
57 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and well located, in the heart of the city. Great entertainment too and lovely bar upstairs.

MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an upmarket business lunch - very good offers

FF
London
32 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boisdale of Bishopsgate is a real find. It's a bit hidden away so get there a bit early to find it as it's at the end of a long alley next to Dirty Dicks! Feed was excellent as was the service. Burgers were amazing! I'd definitely go there again.

ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely staff, amazing food

AH
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a mid afternoon slot and found we were expected and shown to our table and staff were in place to welcome us and take our order. The restaurant is delightful, down stairs from ground floor, with a varied menu and excellent production of first class food, served hot on warmed plates. The atmosp[here was relaxing and we noted there are often musical events in the evening.

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our evening hear. Great food and service and the menu is quite varied. Loved the background jazz. Brilliant.

B
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect as always

CG
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great evening, staff were excellent & looked after us well throughout the evening.

Tasty food & extensive wine menu well worth a visit

JS
London
197 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My friend who was my guest had never been before and she loved the decor and ambience. We booked the 50% off the A La Carte offer which was good value in general. However my scallop starter was incredibly small (only one king scallop and a tiny cube of pork not much bigger than a sugar cube) . If I had paid the full price for that ( £14.75 ) I would have felt ripped off. At half price that starter was still pricey enough. The cheese trolley was great and all in all a lovely experience.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience2

I usually go to boisdale in Canary Wharf which is so much better on every account.


Very disappointing night

EH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was superb, the pianist and singer made the evening a lovely experience. Will definitely recommend this place to all I know.

KP
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service! Delicious steak and the tastiest bread and butter!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Our meal was of very high quality and fabulously prepared, but I think the message that we were taking advantage of the "50% off food" offer had been passed to the kitchen, and they went ahead and reduced the portion sizes accordingly. Half the price for half the food seems fair in some senses, but I'm not sure that's the point of the deal - and if we're spending £90 a head (post discount) on food and wine, then I think we deserve to leave full, rather than spending the journey home looking for places to grab a snack.

Delicious food, good service and great ambience, but if you're taking advantage of the 50% deal then you'll want to bring a sandwich.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, we were asked to wait to be seated and it was done so well and we were offered an extension of Happy Hour so we really didn't mind. All of the staff were so friendly and informative.

T
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hidden in an alley which is always difficult to find on a first visit. Unusual place on 2 floors with dark decor, would be better on a cold autumnal evening. We sat downstairs in a booth which was great for our girly catch-up. There was live entertainment which was away from us so not at all intrusive and suited our occasion. However, there were various dining options when I initially booked, but we were not asked if this was ok once we arrived so be sure to opt for the best one in advance or at least confirm. We could see that those that opted for the set meal including entertainment were sat in a different area as to those eating a la carte etc. Food typical fare, but tasty and we had to pay extra for the sides (chips) to go with the burger. The burnt toast ice-cream was very nice.