Ognisko

4.5
1142 reviews
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Polish
Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in the heart of South Kensington, is just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall and London Imperial College. Housed in the beautiful Victorian home of Ognisko Polskie club the restaurant is focusing on the cuisines eastern and Central Europe. The bar is open all day serving light dishes as well as mouthwatering desserts. Ognisko’s bar serves a wide range of fruit and spice -infused vodkas, classic cocktails and a small range boutique beers from regional Polish breweries. The restaurant can sit up to 80 guests together with a terrace overlooking communal gardens seating up to 40. There is also a large events space on the first floor available for daytime conferences, weddings and corporate events.
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AN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Kopytka are not dumplings but more like Italian gnocchi - naming was confusing.
Service could have been better, more love, attention and care for clients please. Service was very slow. This however allowed for all individual courses to settle and plenty of time for catch up with my friend.
Sledz, kopytka, ogorkowa and Kiev were great. Cheesecake little disappointment but was rescued by the forest fruit compote. Drinks were nice too.
Visit to a toilet wad definitely a little disappointment, I had higher expectations considering the place and what you 're striving for.
Overall good, I think I'll be back and recommend you. I have constructive feedback to allow you for improvement and with little toucheshete and there you can be really classy place.

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable meal. Ognisko are very well geared up for pre-Proms dining, the menu has plenty of choice and the food is delivered quickly. They were also able to accommodate a third person in our party (we originally booked for two) without fuss.
I can highly recommend the chocolate mousse with raspberry but you might want to share, it’s huge!

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T
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Polish food at reasonable prices for Central London. Delightful setting in lovely Regency style elegance. Highly recommended.

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NM
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect - we were looked after from start to finish; terrace a delight.

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ML
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good but not up to usual standard. Maybe it was because we arrived for late lunch shortly before they were closing the kitchen. Most of the staff were lovely but one waitress (she seemed to be the senior one) was quite grumpy and unhelpful which spoiled the atmosphere. People like that should not work in hospitality!

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P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Place with a great history, good food and appalling service. The waitress made a number of mistakes including a missing dish in our order. No one asked us if everything was okay once food was served. When we finally managed to communicate the issues to a member of staff we’ve received no sympathy.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely vibrant dining room, full of buzz. Usually excellent food but this time a little off the mark, but not by much. Keep requesting cheese or apple pancakes for puddings but without success! Please! Always friendly service.

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WK
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on the terrace on a warm July evening inside a giant gazebo. The waitresses were lovely. The food exquisite. It was the perfect dining experience for my wife's birthday. Thank you very much Ognisko.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice time. The staff are polite and attentive but discreet. The terrace is indeed lovely on a warm summer evening overlooking the park. The chestnut dumplings were delicious and all our mains were of a good size. Would recommend the chicken Kiev and the lamb. We tried the house red and it was very tasty. Overall good value for money.

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GF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy restaurant with a beautiful terrace and very good food !

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AC
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ognisko never fails to impress! Cozy and chic indoors in winter and magical and balmy on the outdoor terrace on beautiful summer night, this place always hits the spot. Service is impeccable and our waitress Ieva was such a joy. Wonderful wine list, phenomenal cocktails and why not end with a little home-made vodka. The summer menu keeps it's impressive classics but incorporates delicious seasonal dishes. I highly recommend Ognisko all year round!

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NM
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ognisko is one of my go to places whether it’s everyday dining or business; when business my guests love the ambiance, service and quality of the food...and the vodka selection!

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DF
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sitting overlooking the gardens at the back of the restaurant at lunchtime on a sunny day is one of the city's great summerpleasures

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, attentive and pleasant service, wonderful food. A relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always fantastic food and service. Rear outside area wonderful on summer evenings.

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j
London
266 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lunch on the terrace overlooking the square on a warm and sunny days makes for a good start to the meal. The good food and service at very reasonable prices makes it a pleasure to dine.

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JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lately Ognisko has become one of my top five London restaurants.
The food is both hearty and comforting, yet always delicious with many delicate flavours.
Best of all, though, are the staff who are elegant, delightful, helpful, calm and make one feel as though one was being hosted in a private house.

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s
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, delicious food and fabulous staff. I will come back, for sure! Well done, Ognisko Restaurant team ☺️

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service in a lovely venue. Good was outstanding and well priced to. Will definitely visit again

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, friendly staff and good quality food. I will definitely be coming back soon.

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DY
London
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside in the garden. Excellent place, great food and incredible cocktails.

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TL
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect for pre-concert dinner: terrace idyllic for a summer evening.

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t
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely to sit out in the terrace. Ognisko us a gem.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We would definitely recommend this restaurant. However booking through opentable there was a little confusion as the restaurant stopped serving at 3 yet we were booked for 3.15! Suggest calling restaurant direct

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S
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. One of the best dining experience surprises I had in a while across the service, the food and the atmosphere. Would and have already recommended highly.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well prepared Polish dishes in a stunning alfresco setting. Perfect for a summer evening.
Great value as well!

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were lucky to get a table on the terrace. A lovely meal before a concert. Great cocktail and delicious dessert!

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r
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine in consistently reliable restaurant. When weather permits, dining on the terrace is a bonus

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SN
London
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and so close to the Albert hall if seeing a concert

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F
London
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant restaurant with perfect outlook over the park, we sat inside on the night but the view from the terrace is wonderful. Likewise the inside of the main restaurant is a pleasure.

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MC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

friendly staff, very attentive and helpful. A good varied menu. Very good value for money with terrific surroundings.

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A
London
27 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always a lovely place for a leisurely lunch - happy to recommend

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming and elegant. We ate outside on the terrace which was wonderful. Sat at a spotless white linen clad table. Excellent food, and very helpful and polite service. And the prices are reasonable too. Highly recommended.

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HL
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not quite as good this time as previous. The 17.30 earliest booking makes attending the Royal Albert Hall too much of a fraught rush. 17.00 would give a more relaxed meal.

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SW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Ognisko delivers a unique Polish experience. Vodka, food, friendly service. Definitely highly recommended.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always! The duck was beautifully succulent and the cold summer soup was wonderful and refreshing. I can’t wait to return.

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JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Other than the fact that Bigos should be on the menu permanently, Ognisko is generally faultless.
Part of its joy is that all the staff are beautifully dressed, elegant and stylish, and act more like a hostess welcoming you onto their home than waiting staff just there to do a job. They help make the whole experience special and rather wonderful. Thank you.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! I’ve been to this place many times and they never let me down!

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

Big portions. Very professional staff. Amazing food. Great value for money in a historical venue. Highly recommended.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent lunch. Authentic Polish food and good service.

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