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: 020 7734 4756
  • 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, 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.
  • Special Events: CIGAR NIGHTS
    Guests will be presented with an informative and fun tutorial on the cigar of the month, how to smoke it, the subtle nuances of the flavours and how it pairs with the spirit being showcased.

    Welcome drinks and canapés, cigar master class and paired drinks £35 per person.

    OYSTER MASTERCLASSES

    Classes take place on a Saturday and start at 10:30am and cost £120 per person to include champagne on arrival, oyster master class and tasting, three course lunch with sommelier matched wines. You will also get to take home a goody bag with apron, recipe cards and oyster knife.

    BEEF & OYSTER CLUB
    Some might call it Sunday lunch, but Bentley’s Beef and Oyster Club is rather more of a celebration. Guests will receive a welcome cocktail, 4 course lunch and coffee for £45 per person.

    To book any of the above please contact tara@corriganrestaurants.com or call 020 7758 4144.

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.

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. Once again opening its doors to great critical acclaim serving oysters, fish and seafood in much the same way it has since 1916. Linen-clad tables, a wooden floor and Richard’s art collection adorn the walls creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill also has two beautiful private dining rooms. The Crustacea seats up to 14 and the Swallow Street Rooms, 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
309 reviews since 26 November 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.4
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (172)business meals (144)fit for foodies (130)romance (109)pre/post theatre (101)outdoor eating (76)sunday lunch (38)group bookings (28)brunch (22)outstanding value (17)disabled access (7)child friendly (6)good vegetarian options (5)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • Good fish although expensive.
    InspMonkfish
    Dined on 24/11/2014
    Can't complain about quality of fish any of our party of 3 ate, all excellent. However, ambience a bit lacking, perhaps because Monday evening, and disappointed to see a hefty service charge that apparently does not go to the server.
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  • Gone down hill
    Nelly
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    It's been a few years since I last went to Bentleys and it is now awful! It started with them giving our table away, and being completely confused about how to solve the problem while we stood awkwardly for at least 5-10 minutes waiting. The waitress was not adequately versed in the menu, the service too forever, and the food was atrocious. I had the scallops which were bland and uneventful. My husband's monk fish had a giant bone in it which took up about 1/3 of the portion size, and my children's steaks came out rare when we ordered them medium. Seems Bentley's is now living off its reputation and catering to tourists. I will not go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    Excellent food. Attentive service. Great atmosphere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is sublime. The staff very attentive.
    Tilence
    Dined on 22/11/2014
    I've eaten here before and whenever in London will try to eat in this restaurant. It's always busy but the food is always very good served with style. The wines list is good also.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    jtvioVIP
    Dined on 20/11/2014
    You can always count on Bentley's for some great seafood. Never have anything to complain about in their food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb food... Excellent service...
    Peter
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    food quality is great! Flexibility is great! Service is very accommodating! Well as long as you can afford it!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Promises unfulfilled!
    Jolen64
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was looking for a seafood restaurant in London and found Bentlry's highly recommended. We booked well in advance because it was a Friday evening and a peak time. We were greated by very courteous staff and the ambiance upstairs in the Grill was excellent and really built anticipation. When our food arrived, we felt somewhat let down by the lack of creativity. My wife had the dressed crab, which was 'just what it said on the packet', a dressed crab. No flair or twist or signiture. It came served with mayonaise. I had a selection of Oysters which, were very good. The mains really lacked creativity. I had cod and my wife the fish pie, both of which were at best average in terms of quaility, and not deserving of the price tag. Try Boisdale!!
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  • At last
    Penfold
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Been wanting to visit for months and kept putting it off and was so glad went today as it lived up to what people had said food was great and not too pricey will be back soon
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    Chef7
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Garlic baked oyster the best ever !!!! the apple tart, calvados ice cream was great ...
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    brunch, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Danishregulars
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    We have been at Bentley's Oyster Bar several times, every time has been a pleasure. This time I had oysters, and they were superb. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. We shall come again.
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    business meals, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gorgeous!
    Annouchka
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Wonderful food : exquisite oysters, delicious lobster bisque, the best fish and chips in UK with perfect home made tartare sauce, lobster pasta and bread and butter pudding : just Heaven!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic
    Trolleydolly21
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Took my father here as a birthday treat. Amazing choice of fresh seafood and service was exceptional. Would recomend the fruit de mer. It was beautifully presented and plenty for 2 people to share.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food worth 4 stars but...
    BFBUSA
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    Booked for 9:15 but it was 9:45 before we got to our table. When you book, it says that they expect the table back after 2 hrs but they aren't able to enforce that as the reason we had to wait was that the people at our table wouldn't leave. The somelière initially poured our wine but then disappeared -- and we had to ask someone else to pour. We learned she had left for the evening. Overall, the service was slow. It was so cold at our table, we had to ask to have the AC turned down or off. Watch out for the portion size -- you might do well to split some dishes. My dressed crab was enough for two people; the fish for two was enough for three or four people. All of that said, the food quality is very good..
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent birthday treat
    Amywamy78
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    My husband and I visited Bentley's for the first time as treat for his birthday. We were running a little late, so I had to call ahead to let the restaurant know. They were very understanding and did not make us feel like we had inconvenienced them in any way. We were seated in the upstairs part of the restaurant which had a lovely, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. My only - extremely minor - complaint, is that the service felt a little hurried at times, but we had booked a late dinner (9pm - and we were 15 minutes late!) so I guess the restaurant were getting to the end of their dinner service. The food was absolutely delicious - my baked cod fillet was cooked to absolute perfection. My husband ate the same and was equally pleased.
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  • CK
    SiqiQin
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Service is poor, waiters were mostly fine, but one of the manager's attitude is poorly served. We customers go eat in a restaurant expects the same services as everyone else, if the manager judges its customers by their clothing, age and most importantly their by race, then it's serious discrimination. Bently's Oysters and Grills is not my first time visit, we went for more than 10 times now in less than half a years's time. A restaurant must have its service standard equivalent to its food standard and the title of the restaurant in order to deserve the name and price. I dont see how busy it is to take 10 min time to bring us a bottle of still water?asking for wine suggestion in return of manager walked away before I get to ask.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    Jetboy
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Had been to Bentley's once before but had to rush off to see a rather disappointing show. With hind sight would have savored the meal and not bothered with the theater. Fortunately on this occasion there was no rush and had a wonderful meal starting with Jersey oysters followed by a wonderful hot platter which consisted of half a lobster, scallop, mussels, prawns and much more. This was washed down with a lovely bottle of Bollinger Grande Annee 94. The lobster was cooked to perfection as was whole meal. The service was excellent, everyone was very attentive and helpful without being over the top. This was the best dining experience I have had in a long time and definitely will be back.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent Seafood
    oxfordfox
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Food was fantastic - really delicious oysters and the scallops and special brill for main were both excellent. We ate early (6.30pm) and the service began very well, as we'd expect of a restaurant of this quality. However, as we approached the second sitting, it became increasingly difficult to get attention from the waiting staff, who were laying tables that sat empty for 30 minutes rather than clear plates/serve drinks/take dessert orders. The first time I've ever refused a service charge. Overall the experience was a positive one, but it could have been much better for the sake of a little more attention from the service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Bentley's Experience
    squiglet333
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I sadly know that I don't have the vocabulary to really do the whole Bentley's experience justice. From the friendliness and attentiveness of everyone working there to the total joy of experiencing the best food my friend and I have ever been served in a restaurant, there was absolutely nothing to fault. Yes it was a very special treat for us and no I've never spent that amount of money on a meal before but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for and the whole Bentley's experience was worth every penny in my book. I need to save up now as all I want to do is return as soon as possible!
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Food4thought
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I've never had a bad meal here and this was no exception. Service was very good although one waiter was unfamiliar with the dishes but did have a colleague assist us. Also, when confirming our table, the restaurant said we could have the booth requested but would need the table back in 2 hours and asked if that was acceptable. We brought forward the booking by 30 minutes to allow more time or could have switched table but it was refreshing to be forewarned and given choices.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly, comfortable
    Abcd
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Welcomed by friendly staff. Lovely round table with plenty of room for four. Staff attentive and looked after us start to finish.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as ever ..with reservations
    Fuzzyone
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    In the dim distant past .... I knew & recommended Bentley's. It was sad to learn that the current management had never heard of Bentley's Fish Crumble ..... a relation of course of the currently available fish pie .... but not quite the same. qv ..... Jane Grigson
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  • Nice experience
    mezzosangue80
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    The personnel is very kind, the food was good and the ambience it's really romantic. Perfect place to celebrate something special.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul and Jayne's weekend out
    Kentfoodcritiques2014
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    We are always looking for good quality food when out and about in London, this restaurant didn't disappoint. The service was good and our waitress was exceptional; thank you Lidia. We particularly liked the recommended choice of wines with the dessert, these complemented the choices. However, we would have liked to received more advice about the choice of wine for the starter and main course. One member of our party chose pork which, being in mind this is a fish restaurant, was excellent. A good choice of menu, but would have liked to have had the choice off sauces with our mains.
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  • Bentleys
    diner
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    late lunch was alright but nothing too special despite expectations and pricey indeed as stated in the menu, good environment and atmosphere but service a bit clumsy and noisy. Good to have visited as I had heard a lot about this place but nothing outstanding and not the best value for money.
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  • Great food
    Fishfood
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    The food was fantastic, although the last time I came, the lobster bisque actually had bits of lobster in it, this time it seemed a bit more watery. Still had a lovely flavour though. The service was fantastic, we were served by a very attentive and lovely French woman (I don't know her name!). Overall I'd say the only fault was the fact that they had pretty much everyone there squeezed into one room, it was similar to a wagamama experience in that sense, so not the best place to go if you're wanting a somewhat romantic meal, which me and my boyfriend were looking for.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geoffrey seaforth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    A great way of spending a Friday afternoon in a great location , this was a business dinner of which 5 people attended , we dined on the 1st floor of restaurant and received great service and great food , 3 of us had the fish pie and it was amazing . This will not be my only visit to bentleys for sure and can't wait to return .
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  • Overated food
    garyco1VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The server, Ola and the somnelier, Risto, were very helpful and attentive. However, the Bentley's fish soup was actually just a broth with very little seafood. Much worse, the Dover Sole Meuniere ( at 48 GBP) was totally smothered with capers and lemon juice which made it very very bitter and by no means worth the hefty price of 48 GBP.
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  • Good food though a little pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were greeted at the door to find our name wasn't on the system ! Strange though as I had received phone calls , emails etc.. Confirming the booking . Considering we only had the table for 2 hours we didn't go up to the grill for at least 20 minutes !! Food was very good , though very expensive .
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    brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favourite
    Bacchus
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    I do a lot of business lunches and have never been disappointed at Bentleys. Service is exceptional without an air of sycophancy. Food is a delight and if you're inclined to sea food at lunch as I am, then there are few better restaurants in Central London. I would recommend it to friends so why not to the internet?
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  • so worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    pricey but definitely worth what you pay for. great wine selection (especially the sweet wines) and great for a date or just dinner with friends!
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  • Stay classy
    jamesdaws
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Bentley's is a wonderful seafood restaurant in the heart of Piccadilly catering for those amongst us that don't mind paying for quality dining experiences. The ambience was relaxed and sophisticated and staff were very polite and courteous. The food was exceptional. The oysters were delicious and the wood pigeon risotto to start followed by the fish pie, served with green beans, were treats to my palette. The soft lobster found in the pie under perfectly cooked mashed potato topping made me eyes widen with a "this is mind-meltingly good" kind of look. A Malbec, reasonably priced at £28.00 per bottle, topped the night off. As a meal for my girlfriend's birthday, it ticked all the boxes. I'd willingly go back again for a special occasion.
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  • So good
    Tomashorse
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Amazing service as always. Food exemplary. No it's not cheap - but it's gorgeous sustainable, ethical seafood. Worth splashing out for. Lovely to sit outside under the heaters on a quiet side street. Only issue rude Russians smoking like chimneys on the next table - not the restaurant's fault though - roll on a ban on smoking in public!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bentley's for dinner
    GastroGnome
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Took my eldest son here the other night to feed him up before he starts University and also give him an idea of what a proper seafood & grill restaurant can be like. Overall a great night but the service was not as good as it could have been. Food excellent though, so we were happy bunnies.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not waste your time going here
    FoodieQueen
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    I don't ever write reviews however, as this is probably one of the worst restaurants I have been to I felt compelled to write something. Unbelievably slow service. Food was overpriced. The only dish that was worth having was the scallops but one would have thought it was a starter. 3 scallops for the price of £27 was actually a main! Towards the end, we waited around 30mins just to get a waiter's attention to ask for the bill. When it came we were double charged on a bottle of water. So, we sit patiently and expect to waiter to come over to collect the bill and nothing. Another 15mins later, I decided to walk up to the till and ask to remove that double charge and pay. I now regret not asking to have the service charge removed.
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  • 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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    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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  • 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.
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    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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  • Good food but a bit pricey
    atreat
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We's to went to Bentley's for a special occasion. The welcome, ambience and service were very good as was the selection of seafood. The food could not be faulted but overall the lunch was very expensive - a small glass of wine costing £9 min and sides also overpriced.
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