The Seashell of Lisson Grove
The Seashell of Lisson Grove

The Seashell of Lisson Grove

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.seashellrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02072249000
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Marylebone restaurant The Seashell of Lisson Grove promises to fulfill the fish and chips dreams of any discerning London diner. This fabulous kitchen, according to food critic Alain Ducasse serves up ‘the best fish and chips in London’, which really is saying quite something in this old chip-happy town. The differences between The Seashell of Lisson Grove and your usual neighbourhood F&C peddler are too many and varied to list here but let’s begin with the décor; a superb combination of comfort and style, the space appropriately relaxed but still quite refined enough for special dinners or business lunching. Then of course there’s the location, in chichi Marylebone, close to the West End and London’s many sights and shops but still with the feel of a local restaurant.
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The Seashell of Lisson Grove reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambience3.4
    Value3.4
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
group bookings (21)fit for foodies (17)business meals (16)pre/post theatre (15)child friendly (13)outstanding value (12)special occasions (11)sunday lunch (11)brunch (9)romance (7)disabled access (5)outdoor eating (3)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • pinorescigno
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    When you are in London, and a place that you can not miss excellent, fresh fish, to recommend to the next !!!!!!!!!!! hello London.
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  • Looks pretty but disappointing food
    honestdiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    As usual, a disappointing London fish & chip experience. I had high hopes because of the ratings.Undercooked chips, tasteless fish batter, no seasoning whatsoever. . Rather disappointing- we had better chips a few night ago from a kebob shop in Leicester Square. Food was not hot. Service was only ok Not good value for money. We have decided to leave our fish & chip nights for outside London.
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    pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • The Mussels are really impressive!
    SIMaMa
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The mussels are surprisingly good in taste & very good for sharing as the portion is quite big. But the fish & chips were not as good as expected because the fish not crispy enough while the chips were too salty.
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  • sixiron
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I used this chippy when I was at school some 65 years ago when it was in Lisson Grove. It is much more up market these days and there is nowhere better for quality fish & chips in London.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Too Long
    Holepunch
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Waited an hour for our starter and didn't want to stay long due to very loud conversations around.
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  • Very good!
    kst77
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    The food was gorgeous, the restaurant had a nice atmosphere and the service was excellent, we were even treated to complimentary home cooked crisps. The only downside was that they didn’t have all the dishes listed on the menu – we ordered mussels as a starter but unfortunately they had run out – although they did offer us another dish at a discount. The fish & chips was very nice indeed!
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank cod I found it!
    Reviewer123
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    A very busy restaurant for a Monday night. Had to wait for quite a while for the food to arrive, but when it came we were treated with some delicious fish. There's bottomless chips but we were full just finishing what was served. Chips could be seasoned more but fish one of the best I've had. We tried both fried and grilled cod and could see the chunky flaky flesh. Recommended!
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    pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legendary takeaway
    MarinaVIP
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Th Seashell of Lisson Grove is my local venue. I used to dine there quite often when it opened after a big fire years ago. TBO their food is far from been impressive and I prefer other places now. However, the Seashell fish and chips takeaway is great. They offer a nice selection of fried fish with chips to have in or to go. Same quality as the restaurant does but cheaper. Whitebait is my personal fave.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic. We went back the next day, because the popcorn cod was that good! The only thing I'd say is that the take-away side of the restaurant is a bit hectic. We ate in the restaurant part the first time, which was excellent. The second time we got take-away, and it wasn't such a great experience. The food was still excellent, but they ran out of coleslaw, and the server was very scatterbrained. Still, absolutely excellent fish and chips!
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    child friendly, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50/50 at best
    EsseMVIP
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    6 diners - 3 enjoyed their meal. My skate was wildly overcooked with brown flesh under a dark brown batter. Yes, it was replaced without argument but why serve it in the first place? 2 people ordered 'popcorn cod'. Mostly hard batter containing minute amounts of fish. Not good at all. And it all took 45 minutes to arrive although there were only 5 customers present when we took up our reservation at 5.30. Not a happy experience, I'm afraid.
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  • Excellent fish & chips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Seashell deserves its positive reputation for serving traditional fish and chips that are delicious and fresh. The staff also was accommodating and pleasant, even though it was a busy Saturday evening and they had many demands on their time.
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  • No cold beer
    Fishchipper
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Not up to it's usual standard. No cold draught beer on one of the hottest days of the year. The wine was cold but not very pleasant. Overall after using the Sea Shell for many years were rather disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Shoerain
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Great fish and chips, good choice of fish and side orders on the menu. The service let it down unfortunately. They had only two waitresses to cover the restaurant on a Friday night. The food took over 40 minutes to arrive - one dish was a grilled fish - which apparently takes 25 mins... Chips were great, good cripsy batter, not greasy, mushy peas were ace, onions rings were big and crunchy.
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  • The best fish and chips in London
    ShelleyS
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    We used to go to the Sea Shell many years ago, and it was always good, but when we visited recently, we were knocked out with the breadth of the menu, and the quality of everything we ate. Staff were really delightful too. We enjoyed it so much we went again three days later!
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  • Delicious Fish & Chips...
    Martin
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    We wanted to eat good fich & chips and had a delicious dinner as well as friendly service :-)
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good night, good food
    admiral
    Dined on 17/6/2014
    Went for dinner on Tuesday night with a mate..food tasty and fresh.. tried the Haddock, and got the table I asked for by the window, service was not rushed or pushy but very pleasant ..excellent food as always!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Very sorry to say that this experience fell short of previous meals at this restaurant. Terribly disappointed with the quality drop as it has always been a favorite place to go when in town.
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  • biglou
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    Good food but slow service, when we complained we were told it was because the restaurant was so busy, shouldn't be a reason for complaint!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our food
    patw27
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    We enjoyed our food at The Seashell and would recommend it. However may be they could consider doing a lighter portion for scampi and chips, as I had the scampi and chips and there must have been about 20 pieces of scampi which I found just too much to finish.
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  • Fresh fish
    Traditionalfare
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    The meal was exactly what we thought it would be. Fresh fish, tasty chips and mushy peas. The bread was particularly good with a selection of brown and white crusty bread. Wine was prohibitively expensive so we stuck to soft drinks.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of staff?
    Craig
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    We arrived to no greating and had to wait some time to be seated. The restaurant was only reasonably busy but no waiters could be seen. We were eventually seated and given menus, but then took some time for our order to be taken. It's was then plain sailing after that.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good traditional fish and chips
    DandG
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    For anyone seeking good, fresh "British" fish and chips, the Seashell is the place. Freshly cooked and quickly served ensures they are perfect. There are other good dishes on the menu - the mussels are especially good if available. Twice I've missed them - the last serving having just been made!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YumYum
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have now eaten twice at the Seahell Lisson Grove and both times have not been disappointed. the food is so fresh and beautifully prepared.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty fish cakes and expensive
    NotImpressed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was the second time we had been to Seashell. Obviously the first time was ok or we would not have gone back again. However, we will not be returning. One of our group ordered fish cakes that were so salty she was up until 3 am, needing to drink water to counteract the saltiness. My husband requested 2 entrees, instead of an entree and main. The waitress said an entree of scallops was small - only 3 or 4. He said that was fine- he would have 4. When the dish arrived, it was 4 skewers each with 3 scallops - not quite what he was expecting! Nor was he expecting the bill of £34 for this dish (4.x the price of an entree!) We complained and were given a slight reduction in price and no apology. We will not be back.
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  • Fran
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Delicious fish and chips, perfect for tasting a very good dish if you're looking for the best one.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So wrong it''s right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/4/2014
    Battered salmon. Quite simply the best fish and chip option out there. Add to that from a range of accompaniments, from curry sauce to mushy peas, pickled onions to chilli broccolli.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Very enjoyable
    Mike
    Dined on 23/4/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday as she enjoys fish whereas our 6 year old son does not. A child's meal with chicken nuggets catered for him while we went for the many fish options. My whitebait starter was very fresh and extremely tasty and I enjoyed the rock salmon. My wife's calamari was decent and she enjoyed the cod main course. My wife finished off her meal with a good Irish coffee and I had the traditional spotted dick and custard which was well presented and very nice. Service was good without being overdone and all in all I would recommend the restaurant to those who enjoy dining on good food without being in a over stuffy setting.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • GREAT place to eat!
    UKVacation
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    We ate at the Sea Shell while on Vacation in London from the U.S. we absolutely loved the food and the ambiance was great. We would highly recommend it.
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down on several points
    CRHH
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    I booked the Seashell for a pre-dinner with my adult daughter. On arrival my initial thoughts were that the restaurant was not warming and clinical. There were uncleared tables despite being nearly empty. The waitresses service was freindly and efficient. The fish & chips arrived in a short time and the fish, cod, was excellent, if a little on the small side. The chips were served in a small side bowl. Being such a small portion I ordered a further portion. Within the chips was somehow a uncooked chip. I felt dissappointed with the restaurant that has got such a good reputation, The prices are high but that was to be expected with the reputation but I did not feel that it delivered any where near value for money in all aspects.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Great fish and great service
    mk22
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food is always good here . The service is done with a smile and nothing is a problem. We go here every month.
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    business meals, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All At Sea
    Stage
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    The fish was cooked very well, the chips less so, they were undercooked. The staff were very attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant. Value for money? No, a tad over priced. The ambiance was possibily too bright although lights were dimmed later into the evening.
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  • Needed to find a posh fish
    MrsB
    Dined on 13/3/2014
    Needed to find a posh fish & chip eatery for a work colleague who was leaving office to go on maternity leave and as she ws currently having a chip craving, we suggested a nice chip establishment would be to her satisfication. Service a little slow even though our office party of 8 were the only guests on arrival. Food, really couldn't fault it, very fresh fish and chips nice a cruchy just like we all enjoy it. Overall service was good although slow, but very pleasant and amiable staff on hand for top ups...
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    group bookings, brunch, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish and Chip heaven
    elroycanard
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    To get a really fresh piece of fish, cooked to a turn, there's few places more dependable than the Sea Shell. I've been coming since it was a little place down the road. I was worried when it moved up the road and into a bigger place that standards might drop, but it hasn't and I look forward to coming again and again. This last time was with some Koreans who had had 'some fish and chips' before. Their verdict was that it was simply delicious.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proper chips. Nuff said
    Faxyhorse
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    old school fish and chips done properly, the best mushy peas and curry sauce you could hope for. And the chips are 'bottomless' too, not that we had room to take full advantage of this offer.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for lunch on Friday was
    Clare9463
    Dined on 28/2/2014
    Went for lunch on Friday was moderately busy. Service was appallingly slow would not go there again for this reason. Food was OK but expensive
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  • The tables were a bit tight
    Jhana
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    The tables were a bit tight in places and hence loud and no ambiance
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  • Perfect fish-n-chips
    HungryAndrew
    Dined on 17/1/2014
    Fantastic fish and chips served in a clean environment with the benefit of a decent wine and beer menu. Service was very good. Mix of clientele at the time (Friday evening): families, couples, business party. Parking was easy. More pricey than usual for fish and chips but this is a fish and chip restaurant in its own (premiere) league!
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    outstanding value, disabled access, child friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice food
    admiral
    Dined on 14/1/2014
    booked for business dinner was given nice quiet corner as requested excellent service and food!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Tarifaman
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Having been here many times in the passed although always in the takeaway side, this time I ate in the Restsurant. The service was attentive, and helpful and enjoyed the evening. Thanks guys. Michael
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VG fish & ships
    Andy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    At the time of our visit the restaurant was deserted and the service was average with little attention paid to our table. Overall though we were pleased with the experience.
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    business meals, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.