Buddies Kitchen
Buddies Kitchen

Buddies Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buddieskitchen.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02086583210
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Sunday 12pm to 11pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Robert Adams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Buddies Kitchen
Situated in the heart of Beckenham, our restaurant has an inviting vintage New Orleans Warehouse look and feel. Buddies Kitchen offers a seasonal menu as well as daily specials using the best fresh ingredients available. Our house specialities are steaks simply cooked on a charcoal grill. The meat used for our steaks is naturally raised and dry aged for 28 days and served with a choice of sauces, sauted mushroom, tomatoes and rocket.
If you're not in a big steak kind of a mood, try our home made Buddies Burger and choose a topping of mature cheddar, Monterey jack or blue cheese. We also serve chicken, fish along with our delicious desserts. Our extensive list of wines are sourced with a great deal of care and attention to provide the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
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Buddies Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambience3.5
    Value3.2
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (3)group bookings (3)brunch (3)fit for foodies (2)romance (2)child friendly (2)sunday lunch (1)pre/post theatre (1)business meals (1)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • nice venue but a little cramped!
    acgreviews
    Dined on 23/2/2014
    We arranged a seating for 9 people and I have to say we felt a little cramped with the layout they provided. Simply put 2 tables together and pushed them up to meet a corner sofa! So you had the sofa on one side with chairs around the edges!! Not ideal and very uncomfortable as the sofa was lower than the table! Food was ok and drinks are a little expensive but not overly! Kids meal seems to take ages and the quality was nothing to shout about. Overall I'd say it was just about ok but the staff are very friendly. Wouldn't hurry back there!
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    business meals, child friendly, brunch, afternoon tea
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  • Solid for steak in Beckenham
    BecksEats
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    Went with my husband on Valentine's night and had a pleasant evening. The staff were very attentive as always (we have been a few times previously). I was given a single red rose which was a nice touch. I asked for my steak to be more well cooked which they were very understanding about. The food was delicious, save for a small issue with some calamary and it was all presented well.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant was closed!
    Thesecretagent
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    I booked a table for 8pm for my wife and I through your website. On arrival the restaurant was closed. Why did you confirm the table when the restaurant was not open for business? It appeared to be undergoing renovations. We tried to book a table elsewhere but it was too late. As parents of three children we don't get many opportunities to done out. Evening ruined! How can I recommend your service to anyone in the future?
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  • Great Steak
    Rich
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Have not been here for a while, reading others comments thought that maybe the restaurant may have slipped a little. This is not the case, food and service both very good.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Good Burgers!
    finediner
    Dined on 24/11/2013
    Had a good meal. The ambience was good. The service was good initially but towards the end of the meal it became obvious that the staff were wanting to finish for the evening. We were the last people in on a Sunday evening but did not stay late. We really enjoyed the food and would go there again.
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    romance, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem
    Jules
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    This was my third visit & buddies doesn't disappoint. Now that the heady opening period is over the service remains very good. The winter menu is full of hearty goodies. Pity the ribs are currently off menu! Will be back
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better
    Beckdiner
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    I used to recommend Buddies to all my friends, but the quality of the food there seems to have changed and it is no longer nearly as good as it used to be. The sauce on my steak was tasting really funny, so I asked for a different sauce. This tasted a lot better, but was cold. The starter (cheese) was boring and not as tasty as I remember it from when I last went a year ago. Friendly service, though way too many of them, so many just stood there, but the quality was not good enough. Annoying, as I quite like the selection of food they have there.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since 4 June 2014
    • Average Rating3.5
    • Food4
    • Ambience3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Value3.3
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Buddies Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Very nice meal
    Joaozinho
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    2 of us had dinner, had the tune and fish and the foood was well presented, nicely cooked and the service very good. Wine list has very extensive menu with very good prices. the place was not noisy. couple of things were that the food was too salty and we thought slightly overpriced but would not hesitate to come back
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Great Steak
    stupot
    Dined on 23/9/2013
    Perfectly cooked ribeye steak, one of the best around.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slowly going down hill
    SarahClaire
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Sadly since we have been going things are slowly going down hill with the food - in particular the steak which is what we had thought they were good at. We have taken friends there and been back since - the steak is incredibly poor quality with mostly fat running through it; it's a shame but the food is what it's about and it's no good anymore! The people are nice enough, but not good enough for us to spend money on food that is simply not worth the money.
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  • Buddies is a must :)
    Andy1
    Dined on 27/7/2013
    love the food and will always return but it can be quiet noisey at times when full and a tad expensive but well worth it.
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    special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, a little over priced
    Godilikefood
    Dined on 27/7/2013
    The quality of the food was excellent, which would explain why the restaurant was full. Service and general ambience was good, but we thought the food was a little overpriced. Especially the Steak where at £20 you still had to pay extra for fries or potatoes, this seemed daft as for something so small it affected our overall view of the restaurant.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you Buddies
    Mark
    Dined on 20/7/2013
    My wife and I took our son and his girlfriend to Buddies on 20/7 to celebrate his birthday. Great starter, beautifully cooked stake and excellent service. We got a surprise to end the evening; free drinks and a rendition of Happy Birthday. You needn't have bothered Buddies, we'd already decided we'll definitely be back. Thank you for a splendid evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Sammi
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    My boyfriend and I ate here on a Thursday evening for our anniversary meal. It was very busy for a Thursday and they seemed under staffed. There was a long wait for food, however when it arrived it was very tasty and there was lots of it! Not the cheapest of places I have eaten in, but it was not over priced either. I would recommend if you are not in a hurry.
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    group bookings
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  • How very disappointing; they
    SarahClaire
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    How very disappointing; they pride themselves on their steak, but three of the four of us ordered the 650g steak ... chewy and full of gristle ... poor quality meat. The tuna was not available due to a 'problem with the supplier' ... overall pretty bad show I am afraid. Looks like contentment has got the better of this place!
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  • Second Time at buddies
    Q7MAN
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    Excellent, lots of happy staff ,good food, service is Excellent this restaurant has the best waiting staff in Beckenham
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    fit for foodies, brunch, outstanding value
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  • Great for a special meal!
    Simpsonite
    Dined on 27/6/2013
    Great first trip to Buddies on Thursday night! The staff were friendly, the atmosphere great, the cocktails more-ish and the food was delicious. The steaks tasted amazing and were great quality. My cousin "mmmm'd" with every bite of her risotto and my meal of lobster tail (from the Surf & Turf upgrade), tomato & mozzarella salad & fries hit it. The Lobster was dressed and didn't have the claw (I think the meat was used though) which we didn't expect but the taste was so good they were forgiven. The only teeny hiccup was that we didn't know to order chips separately to the steak but when we did ask about it they brought us some so quickly it really wasn't an issue. I think our waitress was new so I'm sure it's not a regular issue.
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    romance, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak in Beckenham
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 17/6/2013
    I had a steak which was perfectly cooked. Menu favours meat dishes and some fish. Atmosphere was buzzy and busy at 7.00pm on a monday, so book! Service was friendly and efficient. Not cheap but good quality and generous so worth the price. I will definitely be returning.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, a bit crowded
    New2London
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    Had a really lovely meal here last Saturday evening. Upon arrival our table wasn't ready and we were given a complimentary drink at the bar, which was very nice. The food was fantastic, the only thing would be to say that it was a little crowded as it is quite a small restaurant. It was very noisy, which added to the ambience but not a great idea if you want a romantic night for two - great for a fun night out.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Massaged steak?
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    This was our first visit to this restaurant having been recommended by friends. The atmosphere was good and the service friendly. attentive and unobtrusive. The specials were clearly and enthusiastically explained and we chose the american organic massaged steak. This was beautifully presented on a wooden board but although tasty did not warrant the extra charge over and above the other steaks which looked equally good. Lovely restaurant but maybe should have not been swayed by the vision of the pampered animal being massaged!!?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food , shabby service
    Zara
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    First time here ,on arrival .. We was greeted by a rude waiter" your late, was just gonna give yr table away????" why there r six other free ones We was approx ten mins late and 5 of us as a birthday and having pre drinks Service too slow , not offered continus drinks , Had to keep getting up to get waitress ! No chips with steaks , was not offered them either You feel like yr doing them a favour by being there Will not go back
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  • A lovely restaurant
    DebsVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    I have eaten at Buddies several times, for Sunday lunch and also pre-cinema dinners. What ever we choose from the menu, is always delicious and the selection of wines is wonderful. Our favourite is the chateaubriand - which serves two - absolutely lovely and presented beautifully. Definitely worth a visit!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Buddies beckeham
    mesu
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Have been as a couple but better with a group as tables can be quite close together and the lively atmosphere is fun but not romantic. Have been at lunchtime with our toddler and they were great with her - she ate bits of our meal and bread, no kids menu. Cocktails are great, most of the food has been good but some dishes can be a bit hit or miss. Lobster linguine is great. Wine list is helpfully arranged with hints about matching to different foods. After dinner you are usually offered a free drink which is a brilliant touch. Our booking has been 'lost' once and I know the same happened to a friend but staff are usually good at re-arranging tables and helping to find a way round the issue. God neighbourhood restaurant.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and different
    Likemyfood
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    I went on a Saturday night (strongly recommend booking in advance) with five friends. Great atmosphere and fantastic food. All starters looked amazing. Great variety of main courses: venison is excellent, buddies burgers massive, and the sesame tuna to die for. Staff were very friendly without being intrusive. I shall be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Great - would definitely recommend
    coleen
    Dined on 29/5/2013
    We celebrated my sons 40th Birthday here - the first time we'd been to Buddies. The food was excellent, the service extremely professional, great atmosphere and value for money. The waitresses were very kind, allowing me to bring my own cake and bringing it out with candles and great ceremony. Made his day. Thank you.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Excellent venue
    Twilightsiren85VIP
    Dined on 28/5/2013
    I had a catch up dinner with a friend of mine here recently. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating - even joining together to sing me an operatic version of happy birthday....! For the quality of the food, the price was very reasonable and I would definitely go there again. The ambience is very nice, relaxing and the restaurant has a slightly “moody” personality which makes it a comfortable place to relax with friends but would also make a nice romantic night for a couple.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Great as usual
    RandomDining
    Dined on 24/5/2013
    I've been to Buddies many times now and every time it's exactly what I wanted and expected. Great food and great service. The best restaurant in Beckenham by far and some of the best steak I've had outside of Argentina. Holds it's own against more expensive restaurants in London.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Too cramped
    3into2
    Dined on 18/5/2013
    We visited Buddies early on a Saturday evening after it being recommended to us. There were 3 of us put on a table for 2 people. Although the food was delicious we felt very cramped and had to put several items on the empty table next to us. A bit on the pricey side especially the wine selection, but the house white was palatable. We will go there again when we've saved enough money.
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  • still up to par
    bas1
    Dined on 18/5/2013
    this was a return visit to Buddies Kitchen with 2 friends for lunch on Saturday...am pleased to say its still as good as ever, the steaks especially are really good quality and a good size for the price, .starters , sides , desserts were excellent, especially the thick cut chips and courgettes and wine is good and priced very well. priced .its a great place to eat in Beckenham, and everyone I have taken there really like it..
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    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Buddies Kitchen - Monday 6th May
    Garyp5
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Booked Buddies Kitchen for the bank holiday monday for 6. We were seated without daily which was appreciated. The food was well presented and tasteful. The menu was varied and was there something for everyone. We would reccommend it and would visit again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Beckenham has a restaurant at last!
    lettersandnumbers
    Dined on 31/3/2013
    I had low expectation as all they really had to do was not treat and serve up food like the last Beckenham restaurant I went to. The service was great, efficient and friendly. The food was good too and we all enjoyed our meals. The wine suggested was a lovely and smooth Rioja that went perfectly with their best steak. One son had the T-bone, which impressed him which is no small feat, the other son had his elbows in the air and was digging in until everything had gone. Well done Buddies! We'll be back.
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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small restaurant with a personal
    Relpek
    Dined on 31/3/2013
    Small restaurant with a personal service and excellent choice of sides to go with those tender steaks. Good range of quality of food and a good range of prices. Burgers through to steaks.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • Buddies Kitchen, Beckenham
    Garyp5
    Dined on 29/3/2013
    Visited Buddies Kitchen on Friday 29th March. We arrived around 7;30PM. Between 8-9PM the restaurant filled up which was a good sign. The service we received was good as was the food. We will visit again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buddies is very good, would
    nanoo
    Dined on 22/3/2013
    buddies is very good, would go there again, only problem they need bigger premises bit squashy but still enjoyed the night staff are lovely
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    special occasions, child friendly, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely food and attentive
    ausgirl
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    lovely food and attentive service. price is not super expensive but you do pay a bit for the really good steak (and its worth it). they helped make my partners b'day special by singing him happy birthday, with candles on the desert and everything. very nice.
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    romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as we would expect
    goodfood
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Not as good as we would expect it to be. My rib-eye and my partner's tuna steak were both served over-cooked, we got an exchange but the manager did not even acknowledge it. We got charged for 2 bottles of wine when we only ordered 1 bottles.
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  • Girls nite out
    SIPS
    Dined on 27/2/2013
    We sometimes get together at Biddies for our girls nite out after the gym, the menu has a good range to choose from and you can ask for any preferences or combinations chosen from the menu to suit all tastes. Food and service was good we had a good evening.
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  • Did not actually get a table
    unhappy
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    Not actually reviewing on the restaurant as i never actually attended. I booked the table through toptable 2 days before and got my confirmation email. on the day of the booking i received a phone call at around 2pm from buddies to say that there was a problem with toptable and there was not actually a table for me. Very disappointing.
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  • Great place is buddies it
    MrswifeyT
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    Great place is buddies it is small and crammed full of tables so it's not very quite. However the food was top class the cocktails were amazing. This place always seems busy and now we know why, will def be going back again soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry, it couldn't be 5 stars!
    london26
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    Visited Buddies last Sat with my boyfriend for a romantic dinner. Really nice restaurant and our waitress was lovely. Good selection of food, and everything we had was lovely and really tasty. The only issue I have was the wait. Completely an oversight on the chefs part, and as others were being served around us it was clear we had been forgotten, but it wasn't a problem for everyone. When the mistake was noticed, all staff bent over backwards to look after us and apologise, and I'm sure we were the only ones affected.My main was taken off the bill (which arrived about 20 mins after my boyfriend's). Again the food was fantastic, and we would go again, but we'd maybe sit somewhere near the front, so they can see us!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.