74 Blackfriars Road
London, SE1 8HANeighbourhood:
Eastern EuropeanPrice: £26 to £40
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.balticrestaurant.co.uk/
- Phone: 020 7928 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.
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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Baltic reviews from OpenTable diners
465 reviews since 23 November 2013
special occasions (218)fit for foodies (211)pre/post theatre (201)business meals (167)group bookings (145)romance (144)sunday lunch (52)outstanding value (41)good vegetarian options (31)disabled access (30)brunch (25)child friendly (10)afternoon tea (10)outdoor eating (3)Show More
- DrSophDined on 15/11/2014I love the decor and ambience here - it is lively and friendly. The drinks were a little slow in arriving (the starters arrived beforehand) but the food was excellent. I would highly recommend the venison.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious Eastern European cuisineOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 15/11/2014My husband and I ate here recently as we were celebrating an anniversary. We found the restaurant by chance through an e mail from the Old Vic (we had booked tickets to see a production there). We both had really wonderful, flavoursome meals accompanied by a delicious bottle of red wine and a small carafe of plum and chilli vodka. We sat in the bar later and sampled some of the many speciality vodkas and cocktails on offer, which were all wonderful. I will definitely be visiting this restaurant regularly now and would recommend giving this place a try if you love good food (and the odd drop of vodka)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'd come againFRO4Dined on 15/11/2014Good attempt at 'Baltic' themed menu with decent service and nice ambience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poor kitchen bad value crowded seatingtheatregoer2Dined on 13/11/2014We have visited Baltic several times and the food has always been dissappointing . We are often in Poland and the kitchen falls below an average standard for a similar restaurant in Warsaw or gdansk. The menu is unimaginative with for example limited choice of Pierogi. Presentation of the food is quite poor with little effort taken . This is all quite surprising because Polish food can be very good. Something needs to be done to fix the kitchen. Service is slow with an innappropriate 12.5% service charge. Seating is very cramped - how many tables can you fit in this space? There are better places to go pre theatre.
- Unusual cuisine definitely worth a visitEaterDined on 12/11/2014The food at Baltic is an eastern European, Polish style that I have not been impressed by in the past but Baltic really elevate to a level of artistry. I ate a potato pancake (fantastic, and so far beyond a hashbrown) topped with apple and black pudding. Followed by a partridge which was less inspiring but still competently cooked. If I went again I would probably have a selection of the blinis and other small dishes, which seemed better handled, rather than the starter, main, pudding arrangement. All in all though a great meal I would recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It Never DisappointsFrankieDined on 10/11/2014I've been to the Baltic several times and it never disappoints. I ordered the chicken kiev and it wasn't what I was expecting. It was a huge piece of chicken but there was no garlic butter in the middle. The pre-theatre deal is very good value and the desserts are scrumptious. The staff are all very efficient and friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Smooth BalticWebdinersVIPDined on 8/11/2014It was a relief to get into the smart surroundings of the Baltic on a wet Saturday. The welcome was pleasant and service continued to be effective and personable through our visit. I enjoyed the pre-theatre menu and my wife tucked into the tasty vegetarian pilaf off the a la carte, all very good. We washed it down with a couple of very tasty Polish wheat beers. Nice buzz in the high ceiling dining area, but not too noisy. Recommended.Special Features:
- JulaDined on 8/11/2014Very nice early pre-theatre dinner; amazing vodka menu and great chicken KievSpecial Features:
- Fantastic food and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/11/2014Baltic is fantastic restaurant, serving authentic Eastern European food. The bar and restaurant are both fabulous and good value. I would highly recommend for a group function, or romantic dinner for two. Service is also a strong point and the staff are very friendly.Special Features:
- very nice indeedmistermuzDined on 6/11/2014swanky, business, not child-friendly type of place... very tasty food and good cocktail listSpecial Features:
- surprisingly good veggie optionskedi14Dined on 6/11/2014This was my second visit at the Baltic, after a work xmas lunch there a couple of years ago. As we got there at 18.30, we went for the pre-theatre menu which was good value. There wasn't a veggie main course on there but they offered my any veggie option from the a la carte menu. Had a very tasty dish with potato pancakes and mushrooms. The chocolate and hazelnut tart for dessert was delicious. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only downside is the acoustics - it gets very noisy, so probably not the place for a romantic dinner for 2!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BalticOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/11/2014This was my first experience of eat European cooking and I was very impressed by the range and quality of the cooking. Service was prompt but not intrusive and the setting much more open, light and airy than the entrance promises.nthere were three of us in our party and we enjoyed selecting (and eating!) dishes tapas style rather than standard starter, mains, pudding. The potato pancake with black pudding and the dumplings were amazing. And the apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream was to die for!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Baltic steamingdinebomberDined on 5/11/20144 for pre-theatre; all returnees, all still delighted with the experience and the outstanding value. One minor cavil; a greater variety of white wines would not go amiss.Special Features:
- Superb for a special occasionOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 1/11/2014I booked the Baltic for a family gathering to celebrate my son's birthday. Although it appears relatively unassuming from the street, once in the bar and restaurant it was clear that we were somewhere quite special. The dining area has a wonderful ambience and had a real buzz about it. From the outset the service was absolutely first class, attentive without being intrusive. As for food and drinks, we kicked off with a combination of two cocktails - Beluga Pasja and Negroni Sbagliato, which were outstanding. The main menu is very easy to follow and contains an interesting and wide range of well presented and delicious Polish food. As for wine, the Georgian 2010 Saperavi was a rare treat. This was a great experience and we will returnSpecial Features:
- goodlife2m2a2dDined on 1/11/2014Surprisingly quiet for a large airy room. Space between tables fine. Service timely & good but there was room for waiter to serve without stretching across clients. We enjoyed the scallops and fish mains. Pudds a bit over facing. Wine good value. Altogether a good experienceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wouldn't go againLondonliving1Dined on 31/10/2014Beautiful modern space let down by the staff, from the barman to waitress you were treated as an amnoyance. The waitress did let us taste a few wines which was kind (I did not like any of the wines and found them over priced for their quality). Main course of lamb was lovely but would not go again as the whole experience was not relaxing and we couldn't wait to leave.
- Birthday at BalticBA20Dined on 29/10/2014A great restaurant, tasty hearty food, and a lovely surprise of cheesecake with a candle in the middle...much to my guests embarrassment!Special Features:
- First ClassgirlabouttownDined on 29/10/2014I have been to the Baltic many times and it never fails to impress!. From the welcome when you arrive until you leave, it dining here is always a great experience. Excellent service, not rushed at all, attentive but not intrusive. Food gorgeous, great choice of wine and as you would expect, an amazing range of vodkas.. Some restaurants decline over time but not the Baltic, it just gets better and better, the fact it was full on a Wednesday night speaks volumes!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pretty good food but forgottenLKLKDined on 28/10/2014We dined with friends on a Thursday night in October, and though the food was good, the service was appalling - the waiter didn't mention that the dishes didn't come with any vegetables (which became apparent when the food arrived) but even worse was that we were completely forgotten and had to chase our food which still hadn't arrived over an hour and 15 minutes after ordering. The staff and management made no efforts to make up for this and didn't comp anything off our meal or drink. Very disappointed. Mistakes happen, but the sign of a good establishment is their customer service in making up for their mistakes, which the Baltic didn't show us.Special Features:
- What a Gem of a find!!!Welshgirl52Dined on 26/10/2014This restaurant was found when I researched the area we were staying in and was 5 minutes walk from our hotel in Waterloo. we used two tastecards as two couples. From the minute we entered it was a stunning experience. the staff were fabulous especially chatting to us about Budapest and Poland which we visit often. the food was stunning, the house wine stunning, the vodkas after stunning. we met the owner and her partner the chef and they were fabulous as well. I highly recommend, we went on a Sunday night (October 26th 2014) and booked in advance. Would absolutely go again!! Would also try their other establishment in the citySpecial Features:
- Sunday dinnerDzizolek86Dined on 26/10/2014We started out evening in the bar to have some small drink before our dinner. Cocktail was really good. Dinner was good. Food tasty, good wine list. We had bruilly which was very good. Service wise was up and down. Male waiters were nice, ladies on the other hand were cold, looking unhappy that they have to work on Sunday. Well:) Also it was lack of communication between the staff. We asked for the menu again one person and in a second other waiter asked us if we would like a desserts. They should more watching each other or at least split the sections to avoid things like that in the future. Overall was ok.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Did not disappointJenn99Dined on 25/10/2014The Baltic came highly recommended from some foodie friends and so we were excited to check it out. We were not disappointed. The food, all three courses, was amazing! The duck was some of the best I have ever had. We also really enjoyed the cocktails. The service was good, though fairly formal when we were hoping for something a bit more relaxed, but they paced our dinner well. Already planning to go back and would definitely recommend!Special Features:
- Beautiful decor and excellent foodDonataVIPDined on 24/10/2014The restaurant boasts a really beatiful decor, the food was excellent and so was the wine. The only two downsides were: the level of noise which made the conversation difficult and relatively slow service (both probably due to the fact the restaurant was packed). The menu is more likely to satisfy non-vegetarian tastes, but there were a few vegetarian options as well. The choice of flavoured vodkas was amazing!Special Features:
- Always enjoyableLS818Dined on 24/10/2014I believe food quality has dropped slightly, but I aways enjoy the Baltic especially in a small group.
- Impressive BalticCrevette24VIPDined on 23/10/2014Our first visit yielded a most impressive pre-theatre dining experience, with wonderfully efficient and welcoming staff. The menu is seasonal and colourful, catering for all dietary dispositions. We enjoyed a hearty mackerel and beetroot salads, followed by grilled salmon - light though filling. Everything was fresh, hot and beautifully presented. We decided to try a cocktail as part of our treat evening out and the Baltic choice is excellent, especially the cucumber margaritas, if that's your tipple. An excellent venue and one we will most definitely be returning to, especially on an Old Vic night.Special Features:
- My birthdayPiacDined on 22/10/2014Been before and if you let them know it's your birthday- they do a treat. THEY FORGOT :-((((((Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MinnieDined on 21/10/2014I'm always pleased to return to Baltic and it didn't fail to impress. The staff are gracious, attentive and knowledgable and choice of wine by the glass is very good. We only had a main course each but it was delicious! The restaurant is always busy but never too noisy and the ambiance is perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CarrieCarrieDined on 19/10/2014I am never let down by Baltic, one of my favourite London restaurants. Whether its for a special occasion with a group or a small cosy dinner or lunch, the service and attention you get from the professional and friendly staff is always excellent. The menu is modern Polish and manages to cater well for all tastes with interesting meat dishes using plums, red cabbage or fish for the health conscious. As a coeliac, there has never been a problem for me in gettijng gluten free. Lunch is never rushed and I recently enjoyed a 4 hour lunch with 15 friends for a big birthday celebration.Special Features:
- Great placeAce005Dined on 18/10/2014Wonderful restaurant to introduce you to the under-appreciated and fantastic world of Russia/Easter European cuisine. The chicken kiev and siberian pelmeni are particular highlights. Wash it all down with their homemade vodka infused with cucumber and you have a winning combination. And to wrap it up, go for the Eastern European version of cheesecake (sirnik) and wash it down with warm honey infused vodka. A winning combination!Special Features:
- GoodJR1982Dined on 15/10/2014Good as always. Nice atmosphere and lovely food, staff very attentive and recommended a great wine to go with dinner.Special Features:
- BobbyDined on 13/10/2014Have eaten here a few times now and have never been disappointed. Good location and a bit quirky on the food choices which i love.Special Features:
- SkandieDined on 11/10/2014Great food and service with reasonable prices. We visited Baltic for a birthday dinner and the staff were very helpful and accommodating despite being very busy all evening. Roasted beetroot starter followed by a herring dish was delicious. Prices are reasonable but drinks do add up to the bill quite a bit. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Baltic bountyPickyDined on 11/10/2014High ceiling with white walls but rustic beams and feature lights make this a minimalist setting yet still welcoming. Service was attentive and made sure we were able teat without being rushed even though we had little time before the theatre. Pre theatre menu was tasty and I would definitely return and try the extensive alla carte menu.Special Features:
- excellent value for moneyK2dinerDined on 10/10/2014I had a dinner with a friend Friday evening. I made a booking on Wednesday and most other highly rated restaurants did not have any vacancy at 7-8pm time zone. This one seemed to have a lot of capacity yet. So I was a bit skeptical how it would turn out. But it turned out to be very decent. I had salt beef for main. The beef was well-desalted and very tender and moist. The vegetable which were underneath very fresh delicately cooked. It was very buzzing. The bill came to £85 for two of us. If we drank more it would top £100 but I thought was very good value for moneySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and venueAnonymousDined on 7/10/2014We had a lovely meal at the Baltic. The food and service were excellent without any hint of pretentiousness. The restaurant is in a beautiful, spacious hall that makes you feel like you are outside of London for the evening. We will go back.Special Features:
- Mostly GreatgourmandiseVIPDined on 5/10/2014Most of the food was outstanding, but my potato pancakes were very overcooked and difficult to chew. The other guests felt their food was very good for the most part. The ambience is great, amazing design work in a space you wouldn't expect it. Great entryway bar, and the jazz was a nice addition. Although, when we walked in we mistook the saxophonist's warm-up for the music to come, and were very worried about a night full of noise. Once the other musician got there, it was really great music.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good night outDanielDzikowskiDined on 4/10/2014It was my second time here. The food is definitely outstanding and present slightly modern variation of eastern cuisine. The service is attentive but changes of waiters during the service few times led to unnecessary confusions. The prices are on top of the average range - three people dinner with a pint of beer £155.00Special Features:
- ReneDined on 4/10/2014Excellent food and wine, good value, lovely place, buzzy brasserie atmosphere and very kind staffSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent findBibendum1Dined on 4/10/2014Visited Baltic for a Saturday lunch. The set menu was excellent- good choice and great value - it included a Bellini or Bloody Mary. The Al a carte also had some interesting and well priced choices. The staff were very professional and friendly and we didn't feel hurried, in spite of being the last to leave. There's also a huge vodka menu- which we did sample and a good, well priced house wine. We all said we'd recommend the restaurant and all hope to return!Special Features:
- Weekday lunchAnonymousVIPDined on 3/10/2014Unpretentious and unpromising outside leading to a wonderful indoor space with plenty of light. It was Friday lunchtime but was not too busy. I liked the fact that there was plenty of space between the tables. Set menu was good value but fairly limited choice. Food was delicious and the service was very attentive. I would definitely go back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.