Ognisko

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£26 to £40
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Polish

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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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BJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place has so much character than every time I visit it I feel like stepping back in time.
Our lunch was really tasty and well presented, the only reservation we had, we had found our soups too salty. The service is friendly, first class! I will be back again very soon!

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

Great location for pre/post RAH performance meal. Service was polite and we were served on a timely manner; we had told them what time we needed to leave when we made our order. However service was not over friendly and no-one checked whilst we were eating that everything was ok. My husband doesn't eat dairy and there were a number of menu items that were unavailable to him. The waiter was good at checking which dishes contained dairy, but he was very restricted no-one suggested they could make him his first choice (a smoked salmon dish) fresh without dairy. We didn't have time to push back on this. The food that we did have was all tasty and the set menu was value for money; the rest just ok on this front. The room and building are pleasant and it was certainly busy for Sunday lunch

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

Food was simply delicious. It was a cross between traditional Polish food and cousine nouveau with charming additions like flower petals or fancy arranged herbs. Service polite and swift and the whole ambiance of a Victorian huge dining hall added to a very special atmosphere. To be recommended to friends and to be returned soon.

c
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

returned visit and now our go to place for pre-theatre diner. good value, good food and friendly attentive staff.

AH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food and very cheerful efficient service

AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Sauerkraut was way too salty! Chicken Kiev was good. One meal out of two was good.

EM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in South Kensington to eat and or meet your friends for drinks.

LP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience - good vibe - good food.
Great bar to sit at before dinner.
Friendly staff -

S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service. This was my second time and I'll be back again!

IH
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, really loved the food and the atmosphere. I will definitely be back

B
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I brought a friend for his first experience of Polish cuisine. He and I were both impressed with the herrings starter but it required gentle reminder for the waitress to bring our vodka. Unusually for a CofE chaplain he encouraged me to try some of his Golonka, which I did but I was not prepared to share my seared salmon which was just too good to share, sorry. I finished up with the delicious crumble for pudding but my companion was too full already, his loss. We finished up with coffee. And pleasantly surprised I was to receive my bill promptly after asking. I just hate hanging around waiting to pay when the next appointment is imminent.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Although the terrace was closed on the night, it was a great experience.

d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The liver is FANTASTIC! Apple pie very good. Nice staff.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. My fourth visit to the restaurant and I love it!

JG
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and ambience, excellent service. Really recommend. We had a lovely time celebrating my mum's birthday here.

W
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Highly recommend to everyone! Delicious food and really nice atmosphere

T
London
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden treasure, sitting out on the terrace on a fine day eating the good value lunch menu

NM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Brilliant service and fantastic food. Thanks very much

MD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at Ognisko and it did not disappoint. This is a truly authentic Polish cuisine and absolutely delicious.

v
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time we went to ognisko and the food was once again amazing. Very tasteful and good portion sizes, staff was very friendly and informative. The pavlova is definitely amazing, highly recommend it.

H
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at Ognisko after an early evening Prom, and luckily got a table on the terrace. The food and the ambiance were as excellent as ever. With the restaurant and terrace nearly full that evening and a private party upstairs the kitchen was struggling, but we didn’t mind the wait and we were given cherry schnapps as a consolation! This is now one of our favourite places in London.

f
London
44 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Proms. Always good. Lovely for a more special occasion too

EW
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant location (we sat outside). Very polite and helpful staff. Food very tasty and good value.

BB
London
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful experience, dining before the BBC Proms which is just across the road. Pre-Proms menu is very good value. Relaxing spot outside, overlooking parkland (Imperial College campus grounds) under marquee. Interesting decor inside. We should have booked an earlier time to make the most of the restaurant before the Proms started at 7:30pm

JS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ognisko is one of my favourite restaurants in London. The food is always excellent - traditional Polish food and modern dishes - including vegetarian options. The staff are very good - always very efficient and smiling. But I must admit its the building that I love most of all. The entrance hall with its comfortable seats and swirling staircase is very welcoming. The bar with its historic paintings has a wonderful selection of vodkas and snacks. The terrace looking out onto the park at the back is beautiful.

One warning though - book early. Although Ognisko is very discrete, the word is out there and it is really popular.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ognisko is steeped in Polish tradition; the food is delicious and the atmosphere old world and unique.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lightning quick service from a well-thought out pre-Prom menu: just what was needed!

P
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. Even though I'm in my sixties, I felt young here. The restaurant has an elegant, convivial, lively feel. Everyone was smiling - guests and service staff alike - and the food was very very good. I'm coming back soon.

CW
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable pre-prom dinner with excellent service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service is outstanding. Love it here !

SG
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic main courses (chicken Kiev and salmon) and sides were tasty and fresh. We both had pate for a stater although it was a little bland and “heavy” - serving size was large. Drinks verging on the upper end of price - but the service provided by staff was excellent.

SL
London
64 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lucky to sit on the terrace again, food and ambiance good.
However we did wait a long time for our main course and then to get service for desert.
On the other hand the booking process / hostess service in choosing table was very good so all equalled out

s
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined on the terrace and enjoyed a well-paced, very pleasant meal. The staff were exemplary. They took very good care of our group of ladies who were celebrating a reunion.

l
London
70 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely terrace overlooking the park

SS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ognisko’s is remarkable. Convenient to Hyde Park, the Albert Hall and major Museums, a lovely historic building offers the warmth of a club, linen table settings, and a dining room opening into an open air pavilion. Excellent Polish staff, an authentic and very tasty Polish menu and a range of wines to suit most pockets at a price that does the same. What not to like?

AR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrace tables on a sunny day are always fab. Top dish - chicken livers with potato pancake and sour cherries, but it’s all good here. Original selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic cocktails plus wine by the glass. Staff are friendly and efficient but it does get busy Sunday lunchtime so allow enough time, relax and enjoy it.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and lots of vodka! We met for Sunday lunch after a Prom and spent almost five hours there. The food is good and extremely generous so it easy to over order. The choice of both vodkas and wines is wide and very well thought out.
A good afternoon with pleasant service.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very charming restaurant with great Polish food. Somehow simple but perfecly balanced taste of the Kopytka with mushrooms.
As a beer lover the variety of Polish beers is excellent but not overblown.
The cheesecake is really Polish, slightly different as probably made with more salty cheese (twaróg). Great interpretation.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s was great

PB
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was recommended to us a few years ago and we have recommended to many others

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