Bogayo Restaurant & Bar
Bogayo Restaurant & Bar

Bogayo Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bogayo.com/
  • Phone: 02070121226
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 11pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Bogayo Restaurant & Bar
Hungry for Africa? Craving an exotic culinary experience? Bogayo restaurant in the City of London on Old Street is waiting to fulfil your desires. It may not quite be an African holiday, but Bogayo’s Moroccan/European menu, chill out lounge with a Moroccan vibe and dining room with North African flair will get you partway there without your having to board a plane. Bogayo channels the sunshine even when it’s three below. The comfortable dining room combines traditional Moroccan lanterns and soft furnishings with contemporary touches while the plush surroundings of the draped Moroccan tent will turn your cocktail hour into a royal experience. The menu features fusion Mediterranean, North African and European cuisine in dishes like kofta tagine, or you may choose to enjoy a tapas meal with friends. Bogayo’s fans love to finish any meal with a pot of tea served in glasses and a go at the shisha pipe.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood Vegetarian Options
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Bogayo Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since 30 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.8
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romance (33)special occasions (26)good vegetarian options (23)outstanding value (23)group bookings (22)fit for foodies (16)pre/post theatre (13)brunch (7)business meals (6)sunday lunch (5)child friendly (4)disabled access (1)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Always great food and service
    Dawn
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    This was a return visit to Bogayo and, as always, the food and service were excellent. We both had tagines (one meatball and one squid), both of which were delicious, folowed by our usuall dessert of mini-patstries - yum! There was a slight problem regarding moving tables, which was slightly annoying. However, we were given a sincere apology and a free glass of wine, which more than made up for any inconvenience caused. Would most definitely recommend, particularly with the 50% off food offer.
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  • Delicious Food
    Luvfood
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Went for an evening meal with 3 other friends. Although the food portion was small, it was delicious! Desserts were excellent and the sticky chocolate is highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday evening
    Mastobeam
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We booked prime time Sat evening. Place was completely full, mainly with groups - one of them large (20ish people). We were slightly ahead of the groups in ordering. We had 3 courses all of which were ordered smoothly and delivered quite quickly despite the number of people in the place. Starter was good quality and quantity, main good quality and average quantity, desert good and good. We also had a bottle of wine. £48 for 2 of us (50% off food deal) was very good value for money. The overall amount of food was good and so was the quality. I felt if the main had been a little more tasty I would have rated this resto as very good overall. Having said that I would say to anyone reading this to give the place a try
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  • Not bad, not excellent
    Makka
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    We had a "chicken bastilla" and a lamb cous cous. Bastilla is a kind of sweet and sour mix of almonds, vegetables and meat and the one eaten in Bogayo was quite good but nothing outstanding. The cous cous with a large lambshank was in the average even if the lamb was tender, soft and cooked in the right way. I know the real Moroccan food and recipes and I can tell the you will not disappointed going to Bogayo but you have not to hope for the excellence in Moroccan dishes The proprietor is very polite and give a warm welcoming: ask for him if you want explanation of the dishes in French, Arabic or Italian
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  • Great place!
    Evaa
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    We really enjoyed the place, food was lovely. Great service and great price
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    brunch, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service.
    MissBoansi
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I am my girls came here to celebrate my best friends birthday. Upon arrival we were greeted with a smile, asked for the name in which he had booked under and shown to our table. Bogayo has a lovely; dim intimate setting, surrounded with many lit candles. We ate from the offer which includes two courses + a glass of wine/juice for 16.50. I however decided to go for a steak meal, which wasn’t included as part of the offer, but only cost £3 more. Our waiter was smiling throughout serving us. He even offered to put and light a candle on a slice of cake we had purchased from elsewhere, so that we could sing happy birthday to our friend. Upon leaving, he poured us a free set of “birthday shots”. I’d definitely recommend you to come here!
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    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • A Joy
    Grafter
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We ate at the restaurant late last week, my first visit. The venue is small but not overly noisy so good for any type of meeting. The first table we were given was a little uncomfortable (Table leg seemed to be in the way no matter how you sat) but the waiter seemed to notice and insisted we move to what was a much more comfortable table. Small menu. a good thing in my view and an interesting wine list (try the Morrocan red) not expensive and certainly good value for money.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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  • Decent food
    LondonDiner
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Food was decent; however, service was not the best eventhough the restaurant was not even half-full - we waited for a long time to order dessert after they dropped off the menus and almost skipped dessert and walked up to the front to request the check as the wait was so long. However, this was a mid-week meal so maybe they weren't expecting to be so 'busy' as they only had one server.
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  • Bogayo Restaurant & Bar
    Mark
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We visited Bogayo on the evening of 20 August. Service was warm, friendly & efficient. Overall the food was tasty & well cooked, with agreed highlights being the tagines & creme brulee. The only small comments (& they are small) would be that the pigeon breast was slightly overcooked & the fig tart could have been larger. We will definitely visit again to try the steaks & venison (which are not included in the 50% off food deal)
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  • Great food
    David
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    This is a small restaurant when busy it can get a little loud but you can't fault the service and food.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • A great experience
    Laurie
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    We were a group booking of 8. Excellent value with the 50% off food deal. Very attentive service. Food was to a high standard and menu not too long. We had a lovely square table, perfect for a group booking. Relaxed ambience with Moroccan vibe. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bogayo Moroccan Restaurant & Bar
    Reviewer1VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Bogayo Moroccan Restaurant & Bar, good service, food was ok, cocktails pretty good
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Authentic restaurant for Shoreditch
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Service was slightly slow/ lacking but they seem a small team. Good for small groups of friends or a date as the service is slow enough to have decent conversation. However, the tables are squashed together so not great for privacy. Lovely decor and ambience, I found my eyes exploring the room much of the time. Starter of scallops was quite a bizarre flavour combination with smoky meat overpowering the delicacy of the seafood. But the seafood tagine with couscous made up for this - great colour, textures and flavour. Dined with a friend. We took advantage of the 50% off food offer, but there are certain dishes (lamb-based) that are excepted. Would return if using offer again.
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  • Worth a Visit
    4ThePalateVIP
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Had a very good evening at Bogayo Restaurant. Was met with a warm, friendly greeting and given time to relax and soak in the place. The decor is impressive and you really do feel like you have been transported to Morocco. Used the 50% off deal which made a lot of difference as the menu prices were rather high. Starters was a gorgeously flavoursome Aubergine Caviar and a squid dish which was slightly plain. Chicken Couscous main was enjoyable but needed wetting a lot with the sauce that accompanied the seasonal vegetables. The Charmoula Seabass was more flavoursome with well chosen accompaniments. The service charge was quite high and they seemed to charge twice for the soft drinks I noticed afterwards. Be observant. Otherwise, very good!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Very good tagine
    TableForOnePleaseVIP
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Very good tagine served with a little bit of theatre!
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  • Great food and excellent service.
    KRSMouse
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We visitted Bogayo on a Thursday evening. The restaurant is small and intimate, and beautifully decorated. The staff are friendly and attentive. The menu had a good selection, and the portion sizes were very generous. We took advantage of the 50% off food voucher, which made it excellent value for money.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • MrsWeasley
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Excellent value. We had the deal of two courses for £16.50 which included large glass of wine. For this we were able to choose pretty well from the whole, extensive menu. Both of us enjoyed lovely lamb tagine, followed by fig tart or pistachio creme brulee. I would defintitely go again.
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    child friendly, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Nice place, average food
    Zanzulli
    Dined on 16/6/2014
    We have been there with 50% discount on food. Small and nice place, music a bit too loud, friendly welcome. Moroccan food well presented, and well cooked especially lamb tagine. Poor fish cous cous, more vegetable than fish! However a good approach to Moroccan kitchen
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bogayo in Hoxton
    Mopats
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    Lovely little haven. Good food. Well presented. Service with a smile. 50% off food makes it good value for money. Chicken Tagine is worth trying. Also the maze to share. Would visit again with friends.
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    brunch, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Monday night moroccan meal
    docksdiners
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Great Monday evening spent at Bogayo. We went to take advantage of the 50% off food offer, as a party of ten colleagues. Food was great. All dishes, starters, mains and puds were enjoyed. Welcome was warm. Service was attentive. Overall, a very enjoyable dining experience. Would definitely recommend.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moo73
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    didn't really enjoy this restaurant, the food was very tasteless and looked/tasted like really cheap meat. didn't really enjoy it.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/4/2014
    Took friends on the 50% off food offer and had a lovely evening. The restaurant was authentic and food delicious. Would definitely return and recommend to friends.
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    outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic!
    JoJo
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    A small but authentic restaurant with excellent staff and good food
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  • Mouldy olives
    foobar
    Dined on 17/4/2014
    The olives we got served were moldy. The waiter didn't believe us at first and asked the chef who confirmed that they were moldy. To their credit they brought us some fresh unspoilt ones and didn't charge us for it. The rest of the food was very mediocre. I won't be going back.
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  • Delightful little place
    Lucifer
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    I had previously visited Bogayo a few years ago and was not hugely impressed but this visit was excellent. Good variety of dishes, especially for my vegetarian companion. I had the scallops, which were on the small size but were delicious. The mixed grill was delightful and my companion enjoyed her cheese topped baked aubergine immensly. The additional chilli sauce was firey but a fab accompaniment. Would've been nice to have something cooler as well. Only drawback was the beer on tap. Not great. Service was attentive and we got everything quickly, including the bill. With the top table offer, it was a bargain. Highly recommend and I will be returning.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    The food was absolutely incredible and such good value for money! The menu was varied as was the cocktail list! Our waiter was very friendly and talkative with us, answering all our questions. We had a great time!
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    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Offer means excellent value!
    reviewbot1234
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    This is a perfectly good Moroccan restaurant, and with the half price offer it becomes excellent value. The starters were delicious, particularly the Halloumi, and the Sea Bass was great as well. The Tajine was fine, and there really wasn't anything to fault. If you can still get half price food then it's definitely worth popping in.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cgd1
    Dined on 14/3/2014
    This restaurant was a real find. Very close to lots of excellent bars (Jubjub etc), this restaurant is perfect for a meal before or after drinks. The staff are exceptionally friendly and very quick to respond. The food was delicious - and very large portions!! Very good value for money. We went on a Friday night, and it was very busy, with a chatty, friendly atmosphere. There were lots of groups dining, and the staff were well able to cope with these larger bookings without forgetting the smaller tables.
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  • Banging Boyago
    MiaMya
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Brought a date here on a Saturday night - and was really impressed. The restaurant was a little quieter than I would have expected on a Saturday, but our waitress was really attentive and massively friendly - so I wasn't complaining. I had the Squid to start and the Chicken Cous Cous for main - both were exceptional. My date had Scallops to start and one of the Tagines for main, and he said they were great. Over all, had a great time, it's a lovely little restaurant which great ambience, fantastic service and delicious food. I'd definitely go again!
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    romance, fit for foodies, child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    Veggieoptionplease
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    I've eaten here twice, food has been good both times, not many veggie options though. Great service and good value for money.
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    romance, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a change in Hoxton
    Monk3y
    Dined on 13/2/2014
    I normally get a burger from Hoxton Square and it was really nice to get something different. Good food and friendly service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely pre valentine's meal we had
    MaMe
    Dined on 13/2/2014
    My partner was pleasantly surprised and really liked the place. Great cocktails too!
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    romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very welcoming
    foodqueen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Initial impressions are always at the forefront when rating my dining experiences and I was very pleased with the welcoming we received by this restaurant. We were running late (past the last reservation time) and although they weren't taking anymore bookings they accommodated us and allowed us to take our time even once the restaurant was empty. The food was very tasty and the waiter even allowed us to customize our dishes. I highly recommend the seafood hotpot, although it did need a little more sauce and perhaps a side dish to accompany it. Overall a lovely ambiance, great 40% off deal and I will definitely be returning.
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  • This was our first time to
    Thai1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time to Bogayo. We were very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is small and cosy with a lovely atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and the food very good. With the Top Table 50% discount was very good value. We will definitely return.
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    romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Decent
    fabfoodie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Had I not have eaten at a similar restaurant I would have thought the food was good however I had the same dish at another Moroccan restaurent and it was outstanding. The lamb tagine was no where near the standard as souk medina in Covent garden. This was because the apricots and prunes did not taste as fresh and the lamb came on the shank but was tough in some places, great staff and nice interior just ok food in comparison.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value with 50% off food
    Connery23
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    Great value with 50% off food and small but varied menu - casual ambience and nice staff
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming and Friendly
    Midatlanticmama
    Dined on 23/1/2014
    We went on a cold night and the welcome was friendly and the atmosphere is warm and cosy. The food was good with generous portions and very good value on the deal. Being interested in Morrocan food, I was disappointed that the ingrediants and spices in the food weren't that interesting. A good place to fill up with hardy stews!
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The "Special" made it Special
    Paul
    Dined on 21/1/2014
    On the whole this was not a bad place to celebrate my nephew's 21st. There was a bit of a mix up over the special offer a they said it was not for tables over 6, we were7. It was advertised as 10 so the manager eventually decided to honour it. Downside- Margarita's were too much like syrup and with no kick!
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  • Excellent evening.
    AnnieP
    Dined on 16/1/2014
    We went to Bogayo for a small treat. The restaurant was lively but we were able to talk easily which was perfect. The food was very good, starters were outstanding, and we all really enjoyed our main choices -vegetarian, meat and fish though the desserts were rather disappointing. Service was just right The whole meal for three, with wine and 3 courses came to about £70 with the top table 50% offer. Fantastic.
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • “Rather Disappointing”
    simanwc1
    Dined on 14/1/2014
    After reading the reviews both good and bad decided to give this place a go as we fancied something different for a midweek meal. Don't be mislead by the website photos as its actually a pretty small tired looking venue we went mid week and found there to be little atmospher and only a handful of other diners we went for lamb and chicken tagine although my partners chicken tagine was ok my lamb was dry and chewy just like one of the reviews I'd read had described! I ate around it without making a fuss and mentioned it as positive criticism to our server when plates were collected he in turn mentioned to the chef who apparently tasted it and said it was fine. Ultimately the food was poor and the restaurant lacked atmosphere!
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