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Baltic
Baltic

Baltic Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.balticrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0207 928 1111
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 5:30pm - 11:15pm Tue - Sat: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, 5:30pm - 11:15pm Sun 12:00pm - 4:30pm. 5:30pm -10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater everything from cocktail and canape parties through to dinners, weddings and large corporate events all with a distinctive Eastern European style.please contact Jan Woroniecki on 020 7928 1111 to discuss your event.
  • Entertainment: Live jazz every Sunday evening featuring some of the best young musicians currently playing London.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Directly opposite Southwark station - Jubilee line. 5 Minutes from Waterloo station - mainline and tube.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking readily available in the vicinity and yellow line parking after 6pm.
A word from Baltic
Based in a converted carriage works, the interior of Southwark’s Baltic restaurant is achingly hip. Warm neutral colours, pale wooden beams and natural light from the glass atrium give the place a natural, organic feel. Right by Southwark tube, Baltic is an ideal place to kick back and indulge in some inspired Eastern European delicacies pre- or post- a trip to The Globe Theatre or The Tate Modern, and it just wouldn’t be right to leave without sampling some of the many varieties of Polish and Russian vodka that, along with the hearty food, are Baltic’s calling card. Polish food devotees will know owner Jan Woroniecki’s name from the uber successful Wodka in Kensington, and Chef Kristov in Hammersmith; Baltic too offers a selection of traditional and not-so-traditional Eastern European dishes like pierogi, chilled Hungarian sour cherry soup or caviar blinis served with (you guessed it!) vodka. The other great draw is the jazz, on Sunday nights.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "An excellent ambience for dinner on a hot day with effective air-conditioning and a spacious dining area. The food was of a high standard both in terms of qualirt and presentation, The range of dishes was well conceived and many Eastern European, specifically Polish items. featured. The wine list was comprehensive but somewhat expensive for the vintages on offer. The service was efficient rather than friendly and enthusiastic and somewhat fragmented inasmuch we were served by many members of staff. But overall a pleasant dining experience."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "We were visiting the London Aquarium and wanted somewhere different to eat other than the usually chains. After a bit of research we chose the Baltic. We arrived as they opened at noon, the bar area is dark and narrow but the room opens up into a light bright restaurant. We were well looked after by the staff and the food was superb. Our 11 year old son said it was one of the best meals that he has ever had - high praise indeed! I used my Times+ card so got 2-for-1 on mains and desserts. The food was good value but this made it great value."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Baltic was a really good evening. I went there for food and a couple of drinks; the food was excellent, both in quality and value. Couldn't fault it; excellent portion sizes so I wasn't too full afterwards. The drinks made the night for me; the Baltic cocktails were all really tasty and the warm shots were a treat. I'd recommend the warm honey vodka as something to have just before, with or instead of a desert. Delicious. The service was also excellent. Throughout the night with the staff always on hand and extremely friendly. Definitely going back again!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "This was my first visit and I was not disappointed. The cocktail list is really impressive and great fun to try out all the Baltic cocktails! The service was quick and the food we ordered was excellent although they could add more traditional East European dishes."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "I've enjoyed a number of really good dinners at the Baltic and I love the restaurant space, which is normally very cool. For the first time on Sunday I experienced the 'live music' at the Baltic - some folkloric violin and accordion playing that was anything but cool and made us feel as if we were in an old-fashioned Greek restaurant. The restaurant was nearly empty, in contrast to the usual buzz. To cap it all, having praised the food to my guests, it was exactly what I'd said it wouldn't be: stodgy! Sadly, it was not a treat at all for my guests and I felt embarrassed by my choice of restaurant. I hope this was a one-off, - maybe the usual chefs were away? But I'd certainly never go again on a music night."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "It's a very spacious restaurant but at the same time it's not noisy. The food is special."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "We had really good time out there. Food was delicious and well presented. Restaurant staff were kind and explained everything without rushing you to order. Prices?? well.. starters/mains/deserts plus drinks for two of us were around £100. I would recommend this place!!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "We booked a table for 5 people but 3 of our party got lost en route. Althought the kitchen had technically closed by the time they arrived the waiters were lovely and put up with us ordering late. The food is realy good, portion size is large and the range of vodkas cannot be matched. The restaurant has a clean open feel with a glass ceiling and exposed beams whilst there are plenty of intimate areas around the bar for the romantically inclined. The cocktails we had before lunch were all expertly made."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Every time I've been to Baltic I've found the food to be excellent, the staff to be friendly and welcoming and the general feel of the place is excellent. Will visit again!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Service was great, the food was different but really tasty. I recommend the dumplings for starters and the rabbit is unbelievable! The setting was light and the wood beans that run throughout the dinner area really are impressive. Will definitely bring both social friends and work colleagues back to this place! P.S. thanks for the polish vodka birthday shot!"
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I went for a business lunch and there was a good selection for meat eaters and vegetarians. I had the steak tartare...but I wish I'd ordered something else as it was a bit dull and the others all ordered the scallops which looked much tastier. The service was very good, I'd definitely go back."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Food was ok, but the staff seemed a unprofessional and there were a few mix ups. A good idea, but the execution wasn't great. It was a shame as the space is quite nice."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "We celebrated a family birthday here and the food and service were great. It was so good to go to a restaurant with a different menu and the staff were lovely."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Went on Sunday for an evening meal with friends. The food was great - and very different (for those who don't know Polish / Ukrainian food). Service good. Very nice space, lots of natural light. Shall definitely go back."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "I came having read really good reviews about this place. But it was disappointing. The food was average and expensive. It seemed as though they needed our table because gaps between the courses were non existent. The atmosphere was great - clearly they have a policy of employing only good looking waiting staff who were pleasant but cool. The wait for cocktails was incredibly long. Have been to much better places where the food is decent and not trying to be so trendy."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Having dined at the Baltic several times previously, we chose it for a birthday party of 8. The staff were very helpful in the planning stage, and had no problem with our home-provided birthday cake. The food was, as usual, good but the quality of service was outstanding - professional but friendly, with no pressure on the party to move from the bar to the table while waiting for latecomers, and no pressure to leave after the meal."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "I had the set lunch and loved the food - it was really well done and there was plenty of it, and the assistance was great. You actually made me like beetroot, something I would have thought impossible."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Baltic is a hidden gem on the streets of Southwark. I was very impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and the varied and delicious selection on the menu. They also provide a wide selection of fabulous cocktails. What's not to love?!"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Great food, beautifully presented, great service. I invited a couple of colleagues for a business discussion in the evening. I thought I had messed up because the place didn't look like much from the outside. The bar area was OK though very casual - which is fine but not what I had in mind. Then the restaurant area was great. Big open space, painted white, high ceilings. So you go from slightly downmarket on the street via OK & casual into a stylish and more formal area."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Great food and cocktails - Baltic has been a constant favourite over the years and is still going strong!"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Great restaurant!! Staff friendly and attentive. Good range of food options - we all really enjoyed our meals. Good location, set up & ambience. Great for groups (we had six - and there were a few bigger groups) but still nice for couples/small groups. I will definitely be returning."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant prior to seeing a show. My Husband is Polish so we were looking forward to trying the menu and we weren't disappointed. I had Pierogi to start, which were deliciously crispy, the best I've ever tasted, followed by whole baked Sea Bass which was cooked to perfection. My Husband had Kapusniak to start followed by Placki with goulash. All of the meat was full of flavour and melt in the mouth. For dessert we shared apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream which was to die for! All in all it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be returning, next time I think we'll take friends!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "The high ceiling exposed beams are a surprise from the outside. The food was lovely and very promptly served by professional staff."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Some reviews suggested we should stick to fish and seafood but, not knowing the cuisine of the area we went for dishes we did not know and were not disappointed. Great black pudding on potato pancake starter, for example. Interesting breads on offer when we arrived and excellent cocktail selection including a lot of vodka-based ones that we found delicious. Decent Hungarian red wine which would have benefitted from being opened an hour earlier or being decanted."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Baltic is light and airy, although the air conditioning was a little fierce the night we went. The food is different - varied and interesting - just wish the caviar was a little cheaper! Wonderful choice of chilled vodkas. Bread could have been a little fresher. Delicious blinis and all the food served was hot on arrival. Desserts were a little sweet, but overall our guests really enjoyed Baltic."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Fantastic food and just the right amount of attentive service. Not a place for a 'quick bite' as the main courses are cooked fresh to order, so can take 25 mins or so to come, but the staff do warn you about this and off you as much of their gorgeous bread as you can eat!"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "For me Polish food, even when I have been in Poland, does not mix with the word gastronomy. In this case Baltic and gastronomy mixed very well indeed along with their great cocktails. Every dish we tried form scallops to blinis to an Ox tongue, sausage and sauerkraut stew was delicious."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "We had a great meal in the beautiful white, high-ceilinged and daylit dining room. If you don't like fish and/or dumplings you may not like the menu, but we loved it! We were not sure what to choose to drink with our food, however the suggested spiced beetroot cocktail went perfectly with my partner's rabbit, and the waiter also managed to find the perfect white wine to go with my mackerel. Also, the staff were very understanding of our need to leave on time for a theatre booking. The bar is great too - many different home made vodka infusions to choose from, and the bartender will use any of them in your choice of long or short drink if you so wish. Dinner was not cheap, but that was mainly due to the drinks - and delicious they were"
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "I dined at this fantastic restaurant recently to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had been to see Kevin Spacey in his Clarance Darrow performance at the Old VIc, and arrived at 9.15 to find the staff very friendly and welcoming. They offer a pre/ post theatre menus at very reasonable prices, and the venue itself is fantastic. We ordered their flavoured vodka's with our first course of fish, and both were delicious. We followed with a steak tartare and rabbit stew, and once again both were excellent. Then I mentioned about the birthday, and we ordered one dessert for both of us,(2 spoons), and to our surprise, it arrived with a sparkling candle, and the waitress sang Happy Birthday. They also gave us a complimentary brandy each. 5 stars"
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "Been there twice, amazing atmosphere. Looks a bit of a dump on the outside, different story inside though. Food is good, a bit pricey."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "Hearty east european food in a pleasant restaurant pre-theatre"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "I've been here before and it's always delicious food. Fab cocktails as well. Great atmosphere on Fridays and Saturday nights."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Very generous portions served for pre-theatre supper. The only complaint was limited choice for a glass of wine - not a bottle."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "This was my first time at Baltic. I had selected it because of the good reviews on OpenTable and was not disappointed. We took advantage of the pre-theatre menu which was excellent value and the food was delicious, the service was excellent too. The restaurant is a lovely light and bright space. I shall be going here again"
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "The Baltic will certainly be on the top of my list when it comes to recommendations. The menu offers a great selection of interesting goodies to try & the food was very tasty & perfectly cooked and seasoned. The waiters move around soundlessly while prepping and serving other tables, adding to the calm and elegant ambience. We had a surprise birthday cake-slice delivered to our table at the end of our meal, which was a really lovely touch. The only negative note is on the few unprofessional moves by the waitresses: they kept texting behind the till & they never smiled, not even as a return to my smiles. They seemed like they don't really want to be there. The male waiter was to the only one keeping the conventions of pro service. "
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great meal a mix of starters shared between us - the platki with black pudding and blinis being a highlight. The service was attentive - though a malfunctioning printer resulted in our first round of cocktails being very delayed - but not overwhelming. I can't recommend the cocktail menu and food enough."
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Baltic is a really great place for a meal, the portions are enormous and the food excellent. Thoroughly recommended."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Always reliable for lunch and pre- theatre meals. An interesting venue"
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "I think the food is generally good, esp seafood. This restaurant has been opened for a long time. I came here quite a few time. Big space, good for group of friend dinner. "
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "I took my friend here as she is not a meat eater. There are fish dishes and vegetarian dishes which are different from the normal fare. There is of course lots of meat dishes too and they are also very inventive. The desserts are a little 'normal' but our starters and mains were lovely and very typical of the region (as were the vodkas)!"
    dined on 22/05/2014