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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
  • "Excellent service. Excellent food. The pre starter was tongue explosion. Every move was catered for without being intrusive. Somehow you knew it was our anniversary and the signed card from Jason and the cake was so kind. Thank you we will never forget our anniversary experience and will try to make it a special treat every year."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Pared back ambience, great service and food with finesse. A bit too formal/cold for personaly occasions but faultless nonetheless. The bar area is lovely for summertime drinks and the cocktail menu is really ingenuous"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We were served the initial pre-starter appitizer and while we were immediately given the butter we had to ask for bread which had not arrived after 10-15 min. The wine (ordered when we sat down) was too warm, so I asked for it to be cooled - this only came back when I asked for it after we were given our appetizers. Starter and main course arrived with no further fuzz. We liked the food and decided to have dessert, the waiter (the 4th or 5th that day) asked if we wanted coffee with the dessert and we said yes. The coffee arrived straight away, but the dessert only arrived 15 min after we were done drinking our coffee. The finishing dessert given to other tables did not even make it to ours. Dissapointing experience, despite the good food."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Extraordinary flavours, lovely staff. Do try a non-alcoholic coctail as an aperitif. Pricey certainly, but worth it on a special occasion."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Second time at Pollen Street Social which enters as my personal number one london restaurant for great food and service without the "fuss" of some top end restaurants. Service is first class - attentive and knowledgeable about the food and always available without "hovering". The wine sommelier was great - my wife and I both had fish starters and meat mains and wanted white and red to match - she chose excellent wines and gave a great description of why they would match the food (which they certainly did!). Only issue with our evening was a somewhat loud table behind us (it had been a warm day and I suspect a little too much alcohol consumed), which was fine but for one lady whose constant laughter was high pitched ear piercing stuff."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Changed Tasting Menu, increased the price from 79 to 89 but they cut the food quality and quantity! Had a Testing Menu as I highly recommended but it was lack of WOW factor when it compared to the old Tasting Menu! 8 courses but all came to very very small potion. Welcoming Snack was very impressive and creative, and then; Chilled pea soup was ok , English Breakfast same as old Menu but the Sea Scallop was too sour and extremely tiny potion, Turbot was too hard; 2 choices of Main course - pork and lamb. dont try the lamb, you can cook better at home, pork belly was very standard, no surprise of dessert! Little Social is doing much better and less experience! Try L Autre Pied, is much better - full of surprises and reasonable price!"
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "A brilliant restaurant where the social theme is fantastic. The idea of no nonsense, high quality food in a sociable atmosphere was great fun They surprised us with the extra 3 'courses' between the rest of the set menu. They even have our friend a birthday treat. The open kitchen was fantastic to look into and the service was second to none No real complaints about the food, the cod was perfectly cooked and the peanut and chocolate dessert was beautiful"
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "We'd had mixed reports, from friends, about this place, so we went to see for ourselves. It was modern, attractive to the eye, very noisy, cool (32'C outside) "social" a pool table, dart board, blackjack table and slot machines would have fitted in nicely. The service was pushy - the amuse bouche were delivered and before we had chance to start eating them, the starters arrived! We had the fixed price lunch at £30/40 a head but with just a glass of wine each and the usual extras,the bill still came to £100 each. The food was good but in my opinion not fit for a Michelin Star. Do not go here if you're looking for an intimate dining experience, come here for a boisterous, noisy "get together". We're pleased that we went but wouldn't go again."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Wonderful service, canapés and petit fours even though we were only having a couple of courses from the lunch menu. First time and can't wait to come back with more friends for a full meal - not often I think that given the choice of new restaurants to try."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Beautiful evening, in a very pleasant, cool and elegant restaurant, very friendly staff and good food with nice presentation of the dishes. The only bad thing was the waiting time for the courses for drinks and the bill."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "The food was really Amazing and also presentation. I arrived one day later of my reservation date, but they received me withiut problem and find me palce on the counter."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Another great meal at Pollen Street Social, from the first Hendricks Gin and Tonic all the way through the A la Carte menu, additional cheese selection, pre dinner delights that resembled afternoon tea, to the petit fours with the coffee. So, a few delights of our meal were the crab full of flavour and perfect texture, perfectly pink lamb with a shepherds pie high on taste, perfect seasoning, John Dory cooked to perfection and then desserts of Granny Smith and English Strawberries, both well balanced with intense summer flavours. We pushed the boat out, shared some delightful cheeses and pickles with some extra dessert wines and couldn't have asked for me. Great service, friendly and helpful staff, a hefty bill but worth it, I will be back."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "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
  • "the food was excellent and the service very good. However - do not ask this restaurant to order you a taxi - we had to get out of ours 1 minute after getting in. The guy was unlicensed and tried to charge us £15 for a trip that only cost £5 in a black cab - very disappointing practice by Pollen Street. Also the wines are overpriced."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "Great food, many amuse-bouches, We had to wait for the main and the chef offered us the cheese platter to apologize, very friendly staff, affordable wine available! Definitely on the way to the 2nd Michelin Star!"
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "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
  • "Had an amazing time. took the set lunch menu, outstanding quality product The pre dessert was like a real proper dessert. never seen this before in other same type of restaurant. Would recommend to chick pea soup, chicken and the yuzu sorbet/chocolate cream dessert I could come back just to eat desserts Very good experience"
    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