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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentleys.org
  • Phone: 0207 734 4756
  • Hours of Operation: Oyster Bar
    Monday – Friday
    11.30am – Midnight
    12pm – Midnight
    12pm – 10pm

    The Grill
    Monday – Friday
    Lunch 12pm – 3pm
    Monday – Saturday
    5.30pm – 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British
  • Executive Chef: Richard Corrigan and Michael Lynch
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Entertainment: On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, our resident pianist plays in the Oyster Bar with linked speakers to the outside terrace.
    We can arrange a pianist in the private Jameson Room any day of the week.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Underground Piccadilly or Green Park stations.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: NCP public parking nearby in Berwick Street.
A word from Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Now in its tenth decade, Bentley’s first opened its doors in 1916 in the same beautiful old Victorian building it occupies today and has now become an iconic London restaurant. From the outset this famous oyster bar and grill, with its arts and crafts movement-inspired interior and Italian-gothic façade, captured the vibrant mood of a metropolis about to embrace the roaring twenties.
Offered the chance to restore Bentley’s to its former glory when it came up for sale in 2005, Chef Richard Corrigan embraced the challenge. In November of that year, following a sensitive refurbishment that kept much of the original arts and craft flavour, Bentley’s once again opened its doors to great critical acclaim serving oysters, fish and seafood in much the same way it has since 1916.
Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill also has two beautiful private dining rooms. The Crustacea seats up to 14 and the Jameson Room, with it's own private bar and street entrance, seats up to 60.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "We love Bentley's and have lunch/dinner there quite a number of times when we were in London. The food never failed us, so was the attentive service. We observe that Swallow Street is more lively than before; maybe credit should go to the efforts of Bentley's. Must mention that spicy crab broth is exceptionally good, totally filled my desire for the fish soup. Our comfort food in London."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "Service was notable as being of a very good the night we came for dinner. Fish dishes were of very good standard as well - however the menu in general is on the somewhat pricey side. I've been coming here since it opened and haven't ever been disappointed with the quality of food, but I think we pay a bit more for where it is hence the value rating of 'fair'. All in all, Bentleys provides a pretty setting for a special occasion."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Clever, inventive seafod cooking. The chili cheesesticks packed a surprise. The roof-smoked salmon was simply glorious, like no cold salmon I've ever tasted. The staff was attentive ( sometimes too attentive), my scallops were sublime and my dining companions meals were all first rate. So why only 4 stars instead of 5? Because the one thing that was missing from the staff was warmth. They were all extremely efficient ( and the wine that was reccomended was superb.) but they all seemed just a but stuffy - as if they were doing us a favor by serving us. It's not that I want a wait staff to be my best friend, I just want to feel that they are as happy to be there as I am to eat there. That's the difference between 4 and 5 stars for me."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Very good place for food as well as services and nice dinner ;-)"
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "We took my mum to Bentley's for a special birthday; I had marked this on the booking. The food was, as always, excellent - and staff really treated Mum like a princess! Cant thank you all enough for making her special day really special. x"
    dined on 02/08/2014
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "I booked Bentley's for a friend's birthday. We were greeted charmingly, and the head waiter led us to a great table by the window. Beautiful bread (probably the best in London for flavour and texture).We ordered wild smoked salmon and a beetroot and goat's cheese salad as starters, which were delicious. The sea bass and roasted vegetables were marvellous, and scallops with chorizo and melon oustanding. The Picpoul was served at just the right temperature. They brought a plate of petits fours and happy birthday written in chocolate. I love this restaurant - the food is consistently good and inventive, the service attentive without being overpowering, the wine list comprehensive. It is well worth saving up for."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Eaten at Bentleys on many special occasions and this most recent time was true to form: fab food, sprightly service and a generally pleasant time had by all"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Sympathy for our wretched train journey hence a late arrival, a fuss made of my wife to calm her, our guest already seated with a glass of champagne, wonderful attention and service, all topped of by yet another glorious meal. Why on earth am I recommending this restaurant and running the risk of not being able to get a table because it's fully booked?"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Excellent food Excellent service and very concerned skilful service Nothing to worry about in the quality of the wines and the dishes contained imaginative flavour combinations. I have never failed to enjoy a meal at Bentley's and will continue to dine there on my occasional visits to London. Atmosphere of competent and cheerful service"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "If your a sea food lover then this is the place. Best Oysters in town however you like them prepared. Ah fell dish and fish of the day with a nice wine eaten outside , simple but it doesn't get any better"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Perfect place for an al fresco lunch with one of my oldest friends. Charming service and the best dressed crab I have ever had."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "A very warm welcome in a pleasant environment. Very good food indeed. I would expect the central London location and good standard of cuisine to be reflected in the price, but I think £250 for two at lunch is somewhat high. Having a cover charge as a separately listed item on the bill does not create a good impression. A succession of e-mail reminders, stating that only two hours table time was allowed, did little to make me feel a valued customer."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Service could have been a touch better, very good for business lunch or social lunch though, recommended for seafood."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "The upstairs dining is more upscale than the ground floor. The service was very good and the waitress explained everything to us. The oysters on the half shell were some of the best I have ever had. My date ordered the seared foie gras and was very pleased with it as a starter. For the main course the sole meunière proved to be excellent. We were so full that we had to forego the dessert. When the bill arrived there was an error and the restaurant staff were so embarrassed that they made amends by removing the substantial charge for champagne from our bill; a very nice touch to a perfect dinner."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Staff really attentive and knowledgeable about menu, very friendly, an amazing environment to catch up with friends!!"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "as delighted by the food and the service. Would definitely return and recommend to friends."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Booked table for two at the Grille and arrived with third member of our party. Took a table in the Oyster Bar instead. Was delighted by the food and the service. Would definitely return and recommend to friends."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Had a superb visit at Christmas but this one was not so good. Lobster spaghetti frankly dull , overall food was very dull. Expensive and not up to scratch. Service was very good."
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Great, 3rd or 4th time there over several years and the oysters were great, as was the lobster spaghetti. Staff really attentive and knowledgeable."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "Have been to Bentley's a few times in previous years and realized on Saturday why I'm never eager to re-book. I go for the oysters... reliable and tasty (this time they were out of 2 kinds) but service varies. Had to repeat my food order 3 times because the server's first language was not English. I ordered a cocktail which was made incorrectly TWICE and by the third time, I just drank it. Was charged for bread even though I/we didn't order or even eat it. Shows up on bill as a 'service charge'. Tacky. Mentioned this when the bill came however it was a hassle to remove the £8 charge (there were 4 of us, £2 each) despite bread being untouched. We eat out 4x week and expect service to match the quality of food. Go to J Sheekys instead"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Although the staff were keen to sit us at our table earlier than our booking we found the service very poor. First they asked what our choice of water was and then made us wait for 10 minutes before they enquired again before it finally arrived. When my main course arrived it was the wrong one and I had to watch others while I waited for my dish. When we wanted wine we had to cast around for our bottle and check with others that we were not pinching theirs. When the desserts came one of the accompanying wines was missing and only arrived when we had actually finished. So not a splendid show of service. The food was fine but everything was very expensive and for that level of service not value for money."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Get a perfect diner, good service, fresh food and very fast. All differnts meals we took were well prepared."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Bentley's continues to deliver an excellent experience with apparently simple dishes with a depth and complexity of flavour which shows that the guys backstage are really on top of their game. Couple this with friendly attentive service by staff who also know their stuff and a very pleasant ambience and you've got my favourite for eats in this area of London"
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "The food never let me down. Worth paying for it! Seafood is fresh. Cooking style is innovative."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "A quiet business lunch on a hot summer's day. A wonderful menu, friendly and professional staff and rock solid performance with lovely food and wine. This is just an excellent place to have a private or business meal and is so well positioned near Piccadilly Circus."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "Went here on a Monday evening for a birthday dinner. We reserved a table on the day due to another reservation elsewhere falling through and the team were incredibly accommodating, asking if we wanted champagne on arrival (we did!) and a birthday plate. The food and service were both incredible. They did forget the ordered champagne but a quick word in the waitress' ear and it was soon on the table. We ate Oysters (you can't go to Bentley's and not!), the shellfish cocktail (incredible!!) the Lobster Macaroni (lovely but very filling and the sauce was delicious but very rich) and the Royal Fish Pie (I'd eat this every day if I could!). The whole evening was perfect, will definitely go back again."
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "We booked a late lunch on Saturday 7/6, planning a slow leisurely affair in elegant relaxed surroundings. When I booked lunch in the restaurant, there was no warning that the actual dining room was closed and all tables were in the downstairs bar. I often prefer that atmosphere but it wasn't the plan for Saturday, and I was really cross that it wasnt clear on booking. However, we had a fabulous meal, and the staff were great. The scallop ceviche, fried zucchini flower stuffed with salt cod, and the turbot were particular highlights. The other irritation was that I was called the day before to say they would definitely need the table back after 2 hours - well, after 2 hours the place was practically empty so that was nonsense too. "
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "This was my fathers favorite restaurant so it was nice to revisit on our return to the uk"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "The dishes we had were jersey cost and dorset oysters, which were really fresh and good. In addition, we tried the fish pie, which had a variety of seafood in it. However, it was a tad too salty and this overwhelm the sweetness of the seafood. Lastly, we had a mussel pot, which was well-prepared and the pan seared cod, which was amazing. "
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "Went for 50th birthday lunch had oysters to start and specials from menu recommend by waitress had a bottle of torrents at 26£ great value. Great setting lovely building. Bill came to 180£ good value for Mayfair . Recommend for special occasion"
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Disappointing service after initial flurry. Fish of the day good but took a long time to be served at the table causing other dishes to be cold. Very attentive service just disappeared. Wine left on table and water glasses left empty. Poor deserts. Not worth the hype, wouldn't consider returning."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Our dinners at Bentley's included dover sole and fish and chips as well as starters and salad. The food and service was very good but the atmosphere and ambience takes away from the dining experience. Dining is at a long row of tables across from the bar with very little space between the tables. Diners are subjected to the banter of inconsiderate individuals drinking and talking at the bar. During our visit three individuals were very loud and obnoxious such that you could hear every word said. After complaining the manager finally asked them to move their conversation to the outside area. Considering the price of the meals you should really expect a better dining experience. "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Ate here on a Sunday evening and expected it to be very busy but was surprisingly quiet which affected the atmosphere. Service was a little confused,with one waitress apparently removed after making a number of mistakes with other tables food orders.Outdoor eating area was not an option on a rainy evening but looked inviting anyway. Food was not up to my expectations in both quantity and quality at the price so I would not rush back when visiting London again.Sorry Richard."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Romantic place with delicious see food is the nicest gift offered on the wanderful night to your love."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Hubby's birthday lunch - Bentleys is superb you couldn't be disappointed - fabulous food and the staff were amazing - 4 of us had an amazing lunch."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "I found the food very spotty on this night... the oysters were excellent but served at differing temperatures with some of the too warm, the asparagus dish was quite good but it did not make up for the main course ... the "Hot Platter" was very over cooked and VERY dried out and the lobster being the only flavourful part of the dish.. very disappointing.. given the number of good seafood options in London I will not return"
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "Our party enjoyed the food - good lemon sole & fish pie. On the downside, the service was very slow (but very courteous) and we had to ask for bread at least 3 or 4 times. High end costs, but the kitchen couldn't even supply decaffeinated coffee which for an establishment of this calibre is not acceptable. Quality food at premium prices in a restaurant that just needs to brush up on its service."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "We have had a dinner and we eated The Dover Sole and The oyster . Everythings were fantastic. "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "I had heard great things about Bentley's and wasn't disappointed. This is a very traditional restaurant, where everything that was served was as good as it could be. No frills or fuss, just beautiful fish, with perfectly seasoned sides. The shellfish béarnaise was a particular highlight. All in all, if you are looking for a classic fish restaurant in London, this should be the choice. "
    dined on 09/05/2014