Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

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A word from Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Marylebone restaurant Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first in the hugely successful Galvin stable, and the first to win the Galvin brothers their reputation of outdoing the French at classic bistro cooking. Critics and customers consistently rate the top quality French cuisine and affordable prices - the prixe fixe menus represent particularly good value, especially for this chichi area of London. Chef patron Chris Galvin and head chef Luigi Vespero have created an appealing seasonal menu with plenty of French bistro classics and, along with efficient and professional bow-tied staff, have created a very reliable dining destination you’ll be coming back to again and again. Décor at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is elegant and pared back – leather banquettes and mahogany panelling line the walls and the atmosphere is always bustling – perfect for enjoying full-flavoured French dishes like crab lasagne, garlicky snails, wonderfully soft braised pork cheeks.
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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe reviews from OpenTable diners
314 reviews since 23 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambience4.1
    Value3.8
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (163)special occasions (128)fit for foodies (122)romance (93)pre/post theatre (72)outstanding value (49)sunday lunch (45)group bookings (29)brunch (16)outdoor eating (14)good vegetarian options (12)disabled access (9)afternoon tea (9)child friendly (6)Show More
  • DTFL
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant, excellent food, service and value.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Funtimes
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Had the fixed price menu for lunch, which I thought was good value for money. The food was good and enjoyable, service was fine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had to ask for the wine list/menu 4 times before our dinner before we finally got it. Later realized that we never received the complimentary champagne that we booked through open table offer. The worst of all, my friend who did not eat pork and got the duck dish with pork even though she specifically asked what's in it before we ordered. Very sad experience overall.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Just ok
    AJB07
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Nice looking brasserie-esque place with a limited French menu. Good set menu options and price and the food was very nice. Service a little hit and miss.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    good service nice welcome and food good but bit too expensive
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  • Amazing Food and Service
    Jonet
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I love this place. Its a good way of getting an introduction to the Galvin brothers cooking approach and it is very good indeed. We tried the game menu where I had the grouse and my wife had the mallard. Both were full of flavour and suprisingly delicate for game dishes. The sommelier was outstanding with his recommendations and we had a truly enjoyable evening. I cannot help but recommend this place, as the food portions are larger and just as well cooked as other Galvin establishments.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
    icky
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    An excellent evening from arrival and service and care for detail without intrusion, through to the 3-course menu with great taste and appearance, and of course the value of £23.50.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals I've had
    FionajmacVIP
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    What can I say? Tick tick tick. The food was sublime, the service was great (especially the maître'd) & the whole thing was casual & enjoyable. It was well-priced for what you get & portions were just right. We will be back! I hope sooner rather than later.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal as always
    LizleVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    One of my favourite restaurants in London. Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, excellent food, the best value set menu around. Didn't disappoint as usual. Superb.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance
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  • Nice evening at Galvins, Baker St
    Bill
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'd say that this is a good place to eat, though my chicken was a bit on the bland side to be honest. I understand the risotto which one of the party had was very good indeed. Its all a bit pricey for what it is, but friendly, service was good and a pretty OK sort of place.
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    business meals, group bookings
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  • Great food and service
    sslonnw3
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We availed of the TopTable prix fixe menu. I rated our experience "outstanding" - for quality, service and value. But be warned their la carte menu is quite pricey
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Consistently superb
    sreadie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I have eaten here since it opened and it's consistently excellent: superbly cooked food, unfussy, great flavours, friendly staff and good value.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Treat
    Tasty
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    My wife and i decided to treat ourselves to lunch as a first visit to Galvins when on a heavy shopping trip to Town. We expected it to be quite expensive but it was not excessive. the food was superb - we had two sources and wine by the glass. All first class as was the service. We will almost certainly go there for our pre-Christmas lunch with friends.
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  • Excellent service, great experience
    Magicparky
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    We had a relatively quick turnaround time as we were eating pre-theatre. We were on a 'prix fixe' menu, which was very good value. The service was excellent, as was the meal, and the timing was perfect. My girlfriend was very impressed!
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine French food
    Londondiner
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Beautifully presented food that tastes just as good. Service is elegant without being pretentious. Lovely evening had by all.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BucksVIP
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    First time at this restaurant. It an easy ride from Marylebone which is good. A very good meal, good service and lovely place. So many good restaurants that we patronise have closed down and looking for replacements. This is definitely on the list, JW
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Favourite in London
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Love the escargot, steak tartare and specials. Favourite restaurant in London. Excellent wine list too
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food, amazing value
    docd
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    I really really enjoyed dinner here. Prix fixe 3 courses and cocktail for £23 is remarkable value. The 475ml carafe of wine is a sensible size and good value. Service couldn't be faulted. I was hugely impressed - and that doesn't happen often!
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  • Perfect Professionalism
    delicieuxVIP
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Our first visit to Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was for pre-theatre dinner but it certainly won't be the last as we were all very impressed by the ambience, the friendly, helpful and efficient staff and above all the delicious food. We had opted for the fixed price menu deal (3 courses and a Champagne cocktail for £25) and although it wasn't and extensive list (3 dishes for each course), what we had was very well presented, all guests were served simultaneously and it tasted fantastic. This establishment has a very good wine list and we chose a delightful white Cote du Rhone which complemented our food perfectly. All my friends agreed we would definitely return next time we're off to the Regents Park Theatre. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent friday lunch
    Shelton
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Great food, wonderful atmosphere and exceptional service for Friday lunch menu. Great value and included a champagne cocktail. Would definitely go again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Great food, service and location
    Susan
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this Galvin restaurant and the open table deal was excellent value . One criticism - the chicken breast in the coq au vin was dry (the chicken on the bone was perfect). Everything else was absolutely great Will be going back
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt so good
    Nenette
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    We had a very good time at Galvin. The food is simple but very good. The bread and butter are exceptional. The service is incredibly friendly and professional. We will definitely come back.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing
    WELLFEDJLH
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    We had the set menu which represented fantastic value. We had a choice of 3 things at each course and each was delicious - especially the coq au vin! Great service and lovely French environment. A really great evening with friends - already booked to go back with another set of friends before the offer ends on 31st!.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was an bit uncertain when I booked this place as Baker St didn't seem like a very exciting location. I'm so glad we went. It was truly delightful. The food, the ambience the service was really good. My husband and one of our friends, who ordered the Hake found it too salty and told the waiter. It wasn't a complaint but feedback as it really was too much salt. To the credit of the restaurant, the waiter returned to say he had passed on the comments to the chef which was good.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Galvin
    Delicissimo1
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    THis is my second visit. food well executed, waiters attentive to details.well worth another visit. Good value for money with opentable deal
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Reliably enjoyable
    PitchPerfectPaul
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great restaurant for reliably enjoyable food and wine, and attentive good quality service. This was my third time there, and it's lived up to my expectations each time. Friendly ambience - perfect for meeting friends for lunch, a romantic dinner, or entertaining a few clients.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Good with the TT deal
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Based on the previous reviews, I tried Galvin Bistrot de Luxe for dinner with the TT deal. The food was nice but I hadn't been blown away. In my opinion, some ambiance is lacking.
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  • Very enjoyably al-fresco
    Bombancier
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    I went there for supper with 2 friends and decided to sample some supper al fresco. The bistrot has 2 outdoor seating areas; 1 at the front on Baker St and another on Dorset St. If you can, I recommend the Dorset St terrace, much quieter and nicer too. My friends and I opted for the set price menu which offers an honourable combination of meat and fish. The dishes were dexterously executed, without any frills of most establishments that are bistrot in name only. The portions were sensible enough to allow diners to enjoy their 3 courses and coffees. (No cries for mercy from these 3 men at a table.) The service was attentive and friendly, with a hint of a French accent. The interior decor is also very apt and suit a tete-a-tete too.
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An "ok" experience
    TLCP
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    The set menu is good value but my main (pollock) was a bit disappointing. The waiting staff was attentive when I first arrived but service was slow later as they didn't seem to notice us.
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  • Great deal
    PKTE
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    Used TT fixed price deal on a Tuesday night. Restaurant lovely & airy & cool on a hot London evening! Service was attentive not pushy, good space between tables and we all had a lovely evening. The food though was delicious, simple combinations but such flavours, done so well. Wine list a little pricey but would recommend, a gem of a bistro
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Rhev
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    Came on a Monday evening and there was a great atmosphere, really busy. The service was welcoming and attentive and the food was delicious. We did dine on the offer with a champagne cocktail which was great value and a good selection of dishes. Would return in a flash.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special treat
    Kipper
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Lovely fresh food,attentive but not over the top waiting staff..bit pricey considering most London restaurants have offers,but worth it..
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in London
    Paul1VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Fabulous, atmospheric taste of France set in a Parisienne brasserie.
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Galvin - a lovely place for a chat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Very much enjoyed our visit to to Galvin Bistrot de Luxe. Was meeting a friend who I hadn't seen for a while and the staff seemed quie good at judging when to leave us alone to chat. The food was excellent as expected and although we had booked a deal (3 courses and a glass of champagne for £25-ish), the deal menu was uninspiring (Satursday 5 July) so we went a la carte. Glad we did as the food was superb. Will be returning soon.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Really good for the set menu
    NB2898VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The A la Carte seems quite pricey but the 3-course set menu offers outstanding value. The food was very god even though the choice was limited.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutoften
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    With the opentable special menu our lunch at Galvin Bistrot was excellent value. Staff were very attentive without being intrusive and we both found food we enjoyed and which tasted delicious. Would definitely return
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Good value meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Overall a nice experience. We went for the £23 set menu. The food was good value and generally tasty (specially the salmon starter). My girlfriend asked to have a starter from the main menu instead of the set menu which they were happy to do. We were prepared to pay extra for this but when the bill came there was no extra charge which was a very nice gesture If we were to go again we'd probably go for the A la Carte as we got the feeling the food was probably of a slightly lower standard than what they would usually serve but then it was £23 for three courses and a champagne cocktail so we have no complaints! We have tried Cafe a Vin in the past and enjoyed that as well so we are now working our way up to La Chappelle and Windows!
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Very good food but the service can be more attentive.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Food excellent, service very good.....but tables too close together therefore not a relaxing evening as couples arguing on adjacent tables....!
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  • Galvin, and old favorite
    2profs
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    My wife and I always go to Galvin, at least once often twice, when we are in London. It is consistently excellent in every respect.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.