Bellanger

4.5
386 reviews
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French
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Bellanger is a traditional French brassiere and grand café in the heart of Islington, from the Corbin & King team behind The Wolseley and Brasserie Zédel. A relaxed, informal dining space and bar pays homage to the golden era of the grand café with its polished wood panelling, smoky mirrors and soft lighting. Live music plays every evening and there is an outdoor terrace overlooking the green.
The food is inspired by classics from Alsace with French and German influences and menu highlights include Tarte Flambées and Coq au Riesling. Bellanger also hosts a series of events throughout the year, such as wine pairing evenings and beer tastings, as well as offering a number of packages with nearby exhibitions and local theatres.

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The Infatuation
7.5

Bellanger is a spot in Islington that looks looks and feels very grown-up, but it’s not stuffy. And it’s good at all times of the day.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 386 People Are Saying
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M
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

A restaurant with lovely food and ambience. Very comfortable for having a nice conversation without need to raise one's voice; however, the big let down was service which was very slow at first and one had to keep flagging down waiters to repeat instructions.

If they were to improve this I would gladly give this a 5* rating as the oysters and steak I had were first class.

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JW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

My partner’s steak was good but my chicken paillard was over cooked and v tough. Not what I’d expect from a respected place like Bellanger. Service was professional as ever and it was not busy so we were able to have a relaxing meal. But, I’m a foody so I’m not sure I’d go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely brasserie in Islington, won’t be disappointed. Love the fact it’s family friendly. Loyal customer

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LF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Bellanger was great this evening! We had a dog with us and he was treated with such care and friendliness from the staff. Food was lovely and enjoyed the wine a lot too! Will definitely be coming back

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L
London
54 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food - much better than we expected from having looked at the menu online which just looks like a normal all day dining brasserie. Means it’s excellent value for money and the service was very good too.

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A
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service is ok,
The only downside,the menù is the same food since 2/3 years.
What else to said.... 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

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PS
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is quite beautiful - it feels like a film set. And although one wouldn’t go there due ‘fine dining’ (it’s a brasserie after all) it does what it does very well indeed because of the chic and retro ambience, and because of the unusually good service. Even at some of the best restaurants one doesn’t expect good service, be we got AMAZING service. Our (very French) waiter wasn’t fawning or invasive or overly familiar; he was classy, kind, helpful, entertaining and maintained just the right level of discreet distance. Good service makes all the difference. ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dogs sitting at the table next to you eating food off the table is a bit of a turn off

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK. Large portions and tasty. Restaurant was noisy but expected this. However, too many dogs including a couple barking. Don't mind dogs but quite off putting.

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If I keep returning to a restaurant then it has to have something worth returning for. For me Bellanger ticks all the boxes, hard to fault. It’s not AMAZING, but it’s definitely good and value for money - so I keep returning.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience like always! We had a "Coq au Riesling" and it was so delicious again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and location, would definitely recommend and will visit again.

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M
London
46 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great everyday dining restaurant with something for everyone. Great that you can eat small bites while your company can have a full meal if required. Enjoyed my tarte flambee very much and my guest enjoyed his schnitzel though at the price (about £20) you would hope it would come with a side salad. Service was excellent and attentive, they seem to have stopped the complementary bread though which is a shame as I loved those little baguettes. Would definitely go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely decor and warm service.

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CA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food, decor, and value for money too!

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g
London
275 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Bellanger is our go to restaurant in Islington so we always have an enjoyable experience

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T
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an excellent Easter Sunday lunch with the family at this wonderful Parisian style brasserie. We were placed on a friendly round table by the open window near the terrace - glorious weather and a variety of local characters of all ages helped the ambience and our well behaved dog was made very welcome along with many others (not quite so well behaved!). It was all very Islington or in fact Parisian in feel! We all enjoyed our varied French fayre very much and will return for sure. Brilliant service too.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , great food

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c
London
119 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bellanger is a family friendly place for a Sunday brunch. The staff are helpful and the loos are amazing

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been to Bellanger many times, the service can be a bit hit and miss.
The last few times we've been they've missed certain items from our order and we've had to wait a long time for the order to be corrected.

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k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have dined with you a few times but had no idea you had a prix fixe brunch. I was pleased to see that - such a value! Marina (our hostess) was also unbelievably kind. I was celebrating my friend's birthday and she made it so special. Thank you!

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Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for lunch.
Lovely food and not bad for value considering the location and the reputation.

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EO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We have been multiple times but it’s just not as good as it was.
The breakfast food has become like buffet food, not loving made.
The presentation is like it’s slapped on the plate.

The service is poor. Slow, incorrect orders, not able to find your assigned waiter. Previously it had been very good and a reason why we often returned.

Maybe the worst is all the dogs! There were at least 10 dogs there this day. The owners of some were allowed to be very irresponsible. Two dogs on leads almost tripped over the staff on several occasions.
Dogs are allowed to sit on the seats. So there is fur on the seats. They have dog rugs but not always used. I have seen many dogs out there heads in the tables. Dogs whimpering and begging for good is not pleasant.
And not just little dogs, labradors and large dogs (non service dogs) the staff let the owners get away with this. It’s gone too far!

Staff are often heard complaining about management and each other. I don’t want to hear that kind of talk.

We loved Bellanger but I am not ok to pay the higher price for canteen quality food surroundings by so many dogs.

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g
London
275 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bellanger is a great place for brunch, lunch and dinner. Our dinner was perfect with a cocktail and schnitzel!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever - it’s great.

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S
London
93 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I do like Bellanger but it always surprises me how small their menu is.
Three of us were there and two of us ordered their steak frittes and wine deal. Another of us ordered chips with their fish. It all came cold which was really terribly poor. Replacements were quickly arranged
The restaurant took money off the bill but its very unsatisfactory as its not the cheapest place to go.
I will return but it took the edge off the evening.

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C
London
44 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a good meal but not a great one.
The waiters etc made an effort but food lacked its usual high quality. Chicken was a bit dry and the liver pate came without any bread/biscuits etc
Overall good but could have been better.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing. Have been going to Bellanger for a long time and sadly this may be our last visit.

New menu is a backward step, but the main reason for not returning was the service. Server was slow, and not briefed on the new menu. Couldn't tell us which dishes had dairy (the person I was with had a serious allergy) and seemed reluctant to find out from the kitchen. On more than one occasion her response was "probably ok". When it comes to allergies I thought every restaurant would know that "probably and maybe" are not good enough.

We also had to ask to order drinks and they only arrived with our bill.

Overall very poor service and the best of the old menu gone.

Not likely to repeat.

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n
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice French food, very tasty, service was slow we drank a whole bottle of wine before we got our mains

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I want a lovely posh, cosy night out with my best friends, Bellanger is our favourite place to meet. The space is sumptuous, the service is kind and attentive, and the French food is delicious. We will be back!

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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

By far my favourite breakfast spot in London - and possibly the best quiche I’ve ever had anywhere. With a casual but grand aesthetic, the attention to detail in the design is incredible. The menu is simple (and french), but everything is good.

Many people don’t realise that this is a dog friendly restaurant; and even more people don’t realise that the pastry chef makes “Bellanger” dog biscuits (that our dog will do just about anything to obtain).

On our most recent visit we noticed that it’s looking a little worn; cushions are frayed, and a tv has made an unwelcome appearance in the bar. Time for a bit of a refresh!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very friendly service and a comfortable experience

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and setting

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere but disappointing and overpriced food and variable service.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here because they allow dogs and really enjoyed the atmosphere and food. A lovely place, will go back.

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OL
London
47 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of character in the decor of the dinning room, food offering was good, service very attentive on a saturday night. We unfortunately had to rush out because of our cinema booking but it felt like a place you want dinner to continue for longer. The 3 courses set menu was excellent value for money. Very much looking forward to be back at Bellanger

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V
London
38 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All aspects excellent. Quality food and superb service. Very impressive compared to our last visit last year. They’ve certainly got their act together.

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R
London
62 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable time as always.. good good and service good

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VI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Midweek dinner. Excellent food, but dinner menu could be expanded a bit. Good selection of wines by the glass

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g
London
275 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Bellanger - just missed the point this time - still great food, but the service was a bit sketchy and our table wasn't ready for nearly 30 minutes! Disappointing as we love this place. No doubt we'll give them a second chance

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