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

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bentleys.org/
  • Phone: 02077344756
  • Hours of Operation:
    Oyster Bar
    Monday – Friday
    11.30am – Midnight
    Saturday
    12pm – Midnight
    Sunday
    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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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
305 reviews since 24 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambience4
    Value3.3
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (173)business meals (149)fit for foodies (122)romance (98)pre/post theatre (96)outdoor eating (68)sunday lunch (36)group bookings (22)brunch (21)outstanding value (14)good vegetarian options (6)disabled access (6)child friendly (5)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • A wonderful experiance
    DiningDeb
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was sublime. The staff were pleasant and knowledgably responded to questions about our meal. A special touch was a delicious plate of tiny sweetmeats as a birthday gift for my father. Well done. X
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    Liverpool
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    It really waws dreadful service . A table for 7 - they clearly cant cope with big groups. Food was average and Cold. In spite of being constantly reminded they needed our table back in 2 hours it took 3 and a half to serve us!
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  • golosa
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    First time I've been here. Loved the decor and the food was delicious. Native oysters were meaty and not at all salty and mussels sweet. The roast monkfish was apparently perfect and my market fish with a spicy sauce a lovely mix of flavours. The only thing that wasn't so good was the service. We had to ask several times for things - wine, dessert menu, bill. It felt as though there weren't enough people which seems odd when you consider the price.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Still excellent
    Chris
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I remember going to Bentleys in the 70s. It was excellent then and continues to be so. Food is fresh, well prepared and finely presented and service is personable and professional. The maître d' rules the roost with a rod of iron! Although prices are high there is value to be had. Our wine was one of the least expensive on the menu - a Picpoul de Pinet - which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    sMyleeVIP
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    I've been to a few Oyster bar & grill restaurants. I wasn't impressed with this venue as I found that the service was very slow. For our starter we chose the Fruits de Mer Royal, not a big choice but ok in my opinion. For mains we opted the specials (Sea bass and ceviche fish) and the salt pepper squid. Seabass was good, ceviche fish was not to my taste & the squid was nice & crunchy however not worth the £12.75 as it just looked like a side dish. Alot of the times I kept asking for a water refill as well as asking to have plates removed as they had sat on our table empty for too long. Asking for the bill & retrieving the bill was also very long and tbh I don't think it was that busy nor understaffed for the delays!
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    brunch, business meals, disabled access, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • RIII
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Outstanding fresh seafood in the heart of London. Set off on a side street with no motorcars, so dining outside is very pleasant. The waitstaff is excellent. Expensive. For special occasions.
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    outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Food Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Evening started off well but we were very disappointed by the service towards the end of the night. There seemed to have been a big issue in the kitchen and we were constantly left with empty plates waiting to be cleared. Otherwise all as expected and desired.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Fish Restaurant
    jason
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Went to bentley's Saturday just gone with the Mrs. Food and service cannot fault... well worth the price you pay. The only down side was the cheap orange juice I had.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Rodney
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    the food is excellent and its a very nice ambience
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    business meals, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold service, mediocre food
    ricknyc
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    When your wait staff can't bother to smile or be engaging then why does a restaurant stay in business. I have been before but this time the service was cold and nearly rude. The royal fish pie was mostly potato with a hint of fish and several prawns. I never saw a piece of lobster. The other guests fared better with their selections but we alll commented on the awful service. I will never come back and I used to like this place. There are too many other better restaurants, and I was sorry to have invited three others to be my guest in such a formula experience.
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  • perect pre theatre dinner venue
    naramama
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Had a fantastic seafood dinner before the theatre, great food, great venue!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cs128
    aa555
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out
    luvBmarket
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really wonderful!
    Billinuk
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best places in London
    BfromBelgium
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Very good place for food as well as services and nice dinner ;-)
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    business meals, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • lovely food, amazing service
    Sarah123
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE
    VVVV
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE, EVERYTHING TASTED LOVELY AND FRESH
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish is Foremost
    AICT56
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Sunny Saturdays
    DininADeuxVIP
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still The Best There Is
    lunchman
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bslike
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Oysters
    eatalot
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    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
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fantastic
    JimmyKP
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Perfect place for an al fresco lunch with one of my oldest friends. Charming service and the best dressed crab I have ever had.
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  • Special occasions only
    Schweizer
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    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.
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  • Great oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Service could have been a touch better, very good for business lunch or social lunch though, recommended for seafood.
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  • Great Seafood +
    MontyDiner
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Catch up
    Food4thought
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Staff really attentive and knowledgeable about menu, very friendly, an amazing environment to catch up with friends!!
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • delighted by the food & the service
    doudou
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    as delighted by the food and the service. Would definitely return and recommend to friends.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    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.
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  • Bentleys
    Saracen
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    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.
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  • Sunday lunch
    AndrewWW
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    Great, 3rd or 4th time there over several years and the oysters were great, as was the lobster spaghetti. Staff really attentive and knowledgeable.
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    brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Oysters Below Average Service
    Gruuven
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    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
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  • waiting for ......
    foodblogger
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Perfect diner
    Yandchhistelle
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Get a perfect diner, good service, fresh food and very fast. All differnts meals we took were well prepared.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Just superb
    BromleyBill
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    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
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    business meals, child friendly, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Great food. Good value!
    Peter
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food never let me down. Worth paying for it! Seafood is fresh. Cooking style is innovative.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Consistently excellent - again
    FordPrefect
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    business meals, outstanding value
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  • Perfect Birthday Experience
    Sally
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Saturday Lunch treat
    Claireabouttown
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Return from last visit 23 years ago
    LoveEngland
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was my fathers favorite restaurant so it was nice to revisit on our return to the uk
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    I would recommend this to a friend.