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Pollen Street Social
Pollen Street Social

Pollen Street Social Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pollenstreetsocial.com
  • Phone: 0207 290 7600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 6pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Jason Atherton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering:
    Off-site catering and private hire are available upon request. Please contact our reservations team for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Pollen Street Social has one private dining room located on the lower ground floor of the restaurant. The room seats between eight and fourteen guests and offers a variety of reduced a la carte and tasting menu options.
  • Private Party Contact: Georgia 0207 290 7600

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Pollen Street is located just off Regent street, a short five minute walk from Oxford Circus underground station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pollen Street Social
A contemporary bistro offering deformalised fine dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the truly terrific tasting menu at Pollen Street. The food was wonderful, the service was perfect, and the dessert bar was the best cap to the meal. Best meal we had in London by far!"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Pollen St Social. Relaxed atmosphere yet very attentive service. Food very good and set lunch good value. Overpriced wines though."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "The food is very good but not the best in London. The wait staff can be a bit full of themselves. they need retraining to remember the client is king"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Based on recommendations and Atherton's fame, I looked forward to dinner at Social for quite a while. Service was pretty excellent, however the food was a huge disappointment. If you are going to spend the amount charged at Social, there are truly exceptional places to go to in London. If you are after so-so British food, you can certainly find places that charge a quarter of Social. I hope my experience was an unlucky one time thing (which should not be the case for a Michelin star restaurant), otherwise standards have definitely crashed through the floor."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We ordered from the set lunch menu and I have to say that ordering this way was incredibly good value. As well as the standard three courses, we enjoyed some delicious snacks, plenty of bread (there was a wide variety of bread to choose from), a pre-dessert before our chosen dessert, and then a range of additional treats to accompany our coffees. Everything looked stunning and some things were very creative and different. The service was fantastic. Overall a very enjoyable experience which was so much more special than I had expected."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "This was our first michelin star experience and it lived up to all expectations. The atmosphere of the restaurant was relaxed and lively with service being nothing short of exemplary. The accompanying tasters to the set menu allowed Atherton to showcase his culinary thought processes, with each one bein simply sublime. Overall a memorable experience and guarenteed to return in the future. Thank you."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We eat out a lot and this ranks as possibly the best eating out experiences we've ever had. Simply outstanding! Chatted on the sofa with Marco Pierre White at one of his restaurants a few months back and he recommended we get to Pollen Street and told us how highly he thought of Jason."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Loved Jason Atherton at The Maze and his Pollen Street Social is even better. Great food and service and will be back to enjoy again soon!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Jason Atherton was in the kitchen. Same menu as City social which was a little disappointing"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Best meal i have had so far, worthy of more than one michelin star, definitely go for the tasting menu! Staff are second to none. Such an amazing dining experience, worth every penny!"
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "My wife and I recently had the eight (really nine or ten) course tasting menu at Pollen and it was superb--on a par with the finest restaurants we have encountered anywhere in the world. Each course was excellent, a snack brought at the opening could have been a full course or more, and desserts at the bar with the pastry chef were excellent. Service was spot on and not pretentious, and the restaurant has a clean, modern ambiance that is comfortable and somewhat formal. While I never particularly enjoy a tab for a dinner for two that approached 300 pounds with just one drink and one glass of wine each, no real complaint about that here--just be prepared. In all, one of the best meals we have had for some time and highly recommended."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the restaurant and it didn't disappoint. The whole experience was lovely. We were greeted when we walked in and shown to our table. The staff were all attentive (but not overly) and knowledgeable about the wine and food on offer. The food was excellent and beautifully presented on the plate and the attention to detail was great in the service as the plates were put down/sauce poured at the same time. The extras between each course were delicious and made us feel totally spoilt. One of our group had a fresh mint tea and the plants were brought to the table and leaves cut and put in the pot! A lovely novelty! The whole experience was fabulous. We'll be going back again!"
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "This was certainly the best meal I have ever had. The food was amazing; beautifully presented and exquisite flavours. The staff were very attentive but not overly so. I could not recommend the whole experience highly enough."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Pollen Street Social had been highly recommended to me by a colleague so I had high expectations. I came for my boyfriend's birthday and we were looking forward to an enjoyable dinner unfortnately we were both incredibly disappointed by the food. We ordered the taster menu. Some of the courses were reasonable (the pork belly), however, some combinations just didn't really work (strawberries and caper gnocchi), the chilled pea soup also had so many different temperatures/textures that it was actually quite unpleasant to eat. Overall, given how much we were paying, the food was not up to par."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We were a bit disappointed that our favourite dessert wasn't on the menu but the staff gave us and our guests a nice surprise which was fantastic. Food was great and service even better. We love eating here and sharing it with our friends who come to London. We will be back again."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • " This is the second time we have visit the Pollen Street Social. On both occassions the food has been great, fantastic flavours, real taste sensations and very artistically presented, the ambience of the restaurant is relaxed. It is quite expensive but not for the quality of the food. The set menu is good value. Service was also good. We cant wait to go back."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Great relaxed atmosphere. Service and kitchen were not in sync. Our soup contents were brought to us without the soup element. Enough time passed for us to wonder if we should try the contents which we did - this was unfortunate, as once this dish was complete it was amazing - so we felt a bit cheated ! Generally the food was good - but feel the overall service (which was very friendly) should have been much smoother and flowing at this level."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "We went for the £30 set menu 3 course lunch and it was lovely! We both had different items from the menu so we could try each others! My main course of cod was a tad on the small side but still delicious. Plus, with the added extras you get included for free you can't go wrong! I then mentioned it was my sisters birthday and our waiter bought her a little box (while she was away from the table) which had a happy birthday card on top and a lychee cheesecake inside, again only small but it's the gesture that counts!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "I have been to my fair share of Michelin starred restaurants. This has to be among the most friendly and least stuffy I've been to. Felt completely at ease and taken care of throughout the meal. The food was well-presented, delicious and good value. The cheese selection was amazing!"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "This was my first time visiting one of Jason Atherton's restaurants and we were not disappointed. We went for the 3 course lunch menu, and turned out to be great value at only £33 per person. I think the thing that really stood out about the whole experience was the special treats and palate cleansers in between each course. The mushroom tea at the start was totally unexpected, and the mini icecreams after dessert were a pleasant surprise. The service was well-timed, polite and not snobby at all. Overall we had a fantastic leisurely lunch and being able to book a table and not have to wait outside was another bonus."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "fantastic value lunch - food was amazing. service was very friendly, but some long gaps in service - think we were forgotten about for a while between main and dessert."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Amazing set lunch menu which was really good value even without the extra three mini courses they threw in. Beautifully presented food and amazing flavours. Only slight downside was how noisy the restaurant was which made it difficult to hear my boyfriend sitting opposite."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "We had a fantastic late lunch. The service was fabulous, attentive ad friendly without being overbearing. The food was delicious and the little additions were creative and fun. For dessert we had the opportunity to sit at the pastry counter and watch the desserts being made and look into the main kitchen which added to the whole experience. The lunch menu was very good value although £6.50 for an espresso was a little steep."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "First time to this restaurant and we had a great evening, super food and good service. Very buzzy restaurant."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Lives up to it de-formalised fine dining mantra very well. Tasting menu excellent, although I've never seen such rare lamb - too rare. The chilled pea soup was out of this world. The staff are polished and friendly and highly attentive. The place buzzes. Once you get past the surly, overly officious hostesses you're in for a good time."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "We had the most amazing lunch here, the service the food and the experience was well worth the money. Would go back in a heart beat"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Plain and clean decor, but the food speaks for itself."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "I went for lunch today and was seated at the table right next to the kitchen, and because it was an open-concept kitchen, I could see the prep going on in the kitchen.The good food was marred by Chef Jason Atherton shouting all sorts of vulgarities at his sous chefs, one young chef in particular. Now I understand that people need to "pay their dues" if they want to learn from and work with someone who is good at what they do, but no one should be treated like that. I have never written a review before, but I felt I needed to speak up for people who can't fight back. I don't believe bullies deserve success at what they do. "...you can't shove, push or humiliate people who aren't allowed to defend themselves." - George Clooney"
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Booked for dinner with another couple, was initially worried as had a late table - but even tho last to leave, the service was wonderful & we never felt rushed.. I have some dietary requirements (gluten free) & they accommodated them without any trouble.. We went for the tasting menu - awesome!! Especially the pea soup & crab.. Love the open kitchen & dessert bar design.. We will definitely be going back x"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Had a great experience at Pollen Street. The food was amazing and matched by the service."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Delicious dining experience - amazing combinations, colours and flavours served by staff who know their stuff and are attentive without being pushy. Relaxed environment - we chatted with the tables on either side as we just had to compare our lovely dishes! As it was lunch we appreciated being able to see out into the daylight - even though the room was spacious and well lit - as some other restaurants can hide you down in the basement."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Overall our family dining experience was fantastic with excellent food, service and ambience. The only issue was on arrival when the hostess was insistent that either we didn't have a booking or we were at the wrong venue. This was not a good start to the evening as I had recently confirmed the booking by phone and of course I had forgotten my booking reference. As we appeared to have reached an impass along came a more senior person who found the booking immediately and we were taken to our table. On a further note there would have been a fee charged had we not turned up! Once seated the experience was faultless and we would of course return."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "It was my husbands 30th birthday and we wanted to go out for a celebratory lunch with our six month baby. PSS couldn't have been more accommodating and made this special occasion so perfect! The food was delicious and the added extras were a real treat. Exceptional value given the level of service and food we received. Highly recommend."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Pollen street social certainly lived up to the hype! We went for the tasting menu, which gave us a great excuse to indulge and try lots of the best dishes. The snacks to start were something special and beautifully presented. The fish course (turbot) was the best I have ever eaten, and the English breakfast served in an egg shell a highlight. The service was subtle but attentive. The wine list was huge but luckily the sommelier was on hand to recommend a great but well priced white. The atmosphere is relaxed and buzzy. It is on the pricey side so for us it was a treat, and something a little different, would highly recommend."
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "We loved dining at Pollen Street Social. Every single bit, bite & sip was perfection. Professional, friendly staff coupled with delicious fare made for a perfect birthday dinner along with the mysterious birthday card that was on the table. They knew it was my birthday without anyone telling them - they somehow found out in their own. One of the many nice touches which was only second to the amazing, best ever Amuse Bouche course!"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding (the turbot I ordered for main course is possibly the best fish dish I've ever eaten!) until we decided to order dessert. At that point we were moved from our lovely table to the "dessert bar" without really being told how it worked - we were then ignored by the many waiting staff for half an hour and eventually spoke to one of the chefs behind the bar and he said we could order with them. The desserts were slightly disappointing compared to the starters and main courses. I wouldn't say it ruined our evening but it certainly would havewe been much much better if we'd been allowed to stay at our table. I would definitely go back but I'd skip dessert!"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Delicious meal from start to finish with wonderful amuse bouche etc in between courses. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant and at"
    dined on 24/06/2014
  • "Exelent food with lot of different tastes on every dish. Some extra dishes adding to the experience. The somelier very knowledable and explained with interest about the wine. The service was very proffesional. The music a bit to loud."
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "A menu of perfectly prepared food accompanied by an excellent choice of wines presented by a welcoming and knowledgeable team make dining at Pollen Street a very satisfying end to any day, simply one of London's best."
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal and this was accompanied by several little extras. I would definitely return and reccomend to a friend. With three courses and a bottle of wine shared between 4 worked out at £75 each (minus the 12.5%service charge )"
    dined on 21/06/2014