Bellanger

4.5
346 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.
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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

An acceptable brasserie without however being able to reach the level of authenticity and quality that you find in similar establishments in the other side of the channel.

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H
London
49 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bellanger like it's sister restaurants The Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel and Fischers is impeccably well run. The service is very professional, the ambience grown up and the food is a mix of classic french dishes and more contemporary ones superbly done every single time. A great addition to Islington and somewhere to go if you really want to talk to friends in a cosy, peaceful and civilised place.

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M
London
21 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our only problem was that the main course took 45 minutes to arrive. Not good when you are going to the theatre!

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g
London
257 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Bellanger never fails to deliver, they do a great brunch too. Possibly the best on/off Upper Street

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MA
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We love Bellanger and visit often. On this occasion however the service was really slow. Our Sunday lunch took two hours having had to wait from 2pm when we sat down till 3 when we got our starters. Not ideal when you are having a family meal and have three hungry kids at the table!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal

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A
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food as good as always but service was slow, which is unusual; and they weren’t full

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CL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant, attractive brasserie with good, traditional menu and reasonable prices.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family Xmas brunch. Can't wait to visit again on New Year's Eve

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g
London
257 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bellanger for weekend brunch is the place to take it... Great menu and friendly helpful staff

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I had expected much more from the team behind The Wolseley.

The food was average; the wines by the glass, uninspiring.

The service, however, was the low point. ‘Inattentive’ would be kind; ‘uncaring’ is probably closer to reality. If they had been overrun with diners, I might be able to understand but I ate there at a time of day when they were not busy and had a surfeit of staff. They were frequently to be found huddled together around the check-in point, laughing and joking. While it is great to have positivity in the team, they could do with focusing this towards serving their clientele. We would have stayed for two courses but left after the first due to the service.

Un vrai dommage.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good value. Food is always great. Sat by the piano, which is way too loud.

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N
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The place is spacious and nicely decorated ,it reminds you very much of the braseries in Paris or the bigger Kaffes in Vienna. The food is definitely q mixture of French and Austrian, belonging to the time that was. Portions are generous and tasty, the best veal Vienna schnitzel. and the atmosphere is gemuetlich (the closest English words would be cosy and friendly). I sat with my friend for more that 2.5 hour.s We were not rushed and were not subjected to the baleful eyes you often get from waiters s who feel you have overstayed your visit, unless you spend more money with them. Very centrally located in Islington.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Usually everything is wonderful here. But on this occasion they had overbooked and there was a long wait for our table and the food.

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AD
Kent
115 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, excellent food and wine, prompt and polite service, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for Saturday lunch!

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L
London
67 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and food. Probably the best pommes aligot (cheesy whipped mash) I've had (in the UK, at least)!

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EB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely classic atmosphere - not the sort of restaurant you find often these days, and much more ambiance than many! The staff were polite but with several great one liners. All the food we had was lovely, but the menu is a little safe and flavours quite simple (it’s classic French mixed with regional fare, but could do with a little more variety). Prices are also a bit on the high side, but worth it for a special occasion of if you have someone particularly old school to satisfy! Standouts were a perfect steak tartare and a chocolate pot to die for.

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate at lunchtime mainly from the French brasserie day time menu ( up to late afternoon). Food was good and generously portioned. A glass of Pommery champagne got us in the mood. Service was charming and attentive when needed and was only a bit slow when we ordered the bill. We were old friends meeting up for conversation and the widely spaced tables and absence of music made it ideal .

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JB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Cozy and heartwarming.

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are out of towners now so finding a restaurant with that city buzz is very important when we do return to London - nowhere does a big buzzy restaurant quite like London and Bellanger was just the business on a recent Friday night. There are 3 big spaces, one is the restaurant area with views out of the window to Islington Green, then a long cocktail bar with small booths alongside and finally an enclosed dining room with lovely banquets around the sides of the room and tables in the middle - all perfect for people watching.
Food is on the hearty side as they cook a lot of Austrian food - schnitzels, Choucroute etc - and portions are sizable- but there are dishes for those with smaller appetites. Its solidly reliable food rather than a gastronomic treat. We enjoyed it - particularly the chicken riesling dish.
The staff were lovely and we had excellent service. One to return to again.

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f
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my younger cousin who's recently moved to London for brunch at Bellanger. The restaurant was very busy but we didn't have to wait long to be seated and served. The food was good French brasserie style, it wasn't that cheap but nice for a treat.

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ME
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance for a large restaurant. Efficient service and good food. Tables well spaced apart.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good meal in lovely surroundings. Very accommodating of children and dogs.

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S
London
89 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really good time at Bellanger last night.

We were seated in a large room towards the back but up some stairs to the left. I was initially concerned on the way to our table but it turned out fine.

Two of us started with a crab salad which was tasty but a bit mushy. My wife had the super food salad. She has many food allergies & they were dealt with very well. Our other friend had a mixed salad.

I had the ham hock, pork belly & frankfurter mix with sauerkraut which was delicious. My chum has chicken in reisling & cream which looked really nice & the ladies had two big fish dishes both excellent.

We had a Fitou to drink which I haven’t had for ages & was great.

I finished off with some ice cream ( chocolate pistachio & hazelnut) which wasn’t very exciting & my chum has the cheesecake which he raved about.

A really good time was had by all & the service was excellent.

We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner on a Sunday evening.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Ignored whilst I waited service

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Angel. Good food, relaxed atmosphere, great service.

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JJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The current maitre’d and waiters are very welcoming and courteous. This has been the case most recently as my 1st visit I found a frosty reception which almost put me off retuning. I am glad you have changed the maitre’d as it has uplifted the ambience of the restaurant enormously.

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N
London
77 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was really impressed by the service, presentation and style of this restaurant. It is right next to the value busting Cote and can't compete on that level, but it is a beautiful space with really well executed food. The service is old school, attentive and detailed even on a busy Saturday afternoon. I would definitely visit again...

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g
London
257 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

You can't go wrong at Bellanger, always delivers great food and great wine and the odd good cocktail to kick things off

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were lovely! Went there with my baby and and the staff were very thoughtful and welcoming! The food was delicious!

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MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

dogs everywhere. Annoying and unhygenic to have dogs running around a restaurant

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MM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Bellanger measures up well as a French brasserie. The interior has a good feel about it and the atmosphere is vibrant although not overpowering. It was slightly annoying to be sat near some dog owners who seemed to want their animals to be the centre of attention, not really to our liking in a restaurant! The service was excellent and we were made to feel very welcome. The evening menu is limited in choice but there is enough to choose from and concentrates on quality over quantity. A dozen snails to start and then one pot meals of chicken and lamb. All were of a good standard and enough to satisfy the appetite. The cost was not exceptionally high and the wine menu had some reasonably priced bottles.
We have been here a number of times and would recommend it as an all round decent dining experience.

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DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel from Cheam to eat here, worth the journey!

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d
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as usual! Thanks!

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SE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I came here with two other friends for a brunch and overall we were all quite happy and satisfied with the day! I ordered the eggs with smoked salmon. Initially when it came to the table I was a little disappointed with what looked to be a small sized egg, muffin and salmon. I was quite mistaken, it ended up being so tightly and compactly made and I was most certainly full by the end of the meal. Their pancakes were disappointing, however their eclairs and cheesecakes more than made up for it. Service was weak, I wonder if they had a few last minute drop outs since it was painfully obviously that their waiters were running around full steam. Overall I enjoyed myself, its a casual, big and great spot for everyday brunching with a loud and talkative atmosphere. The menu is also very extensive. Thank you to Bellanger for having us three.

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n
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I don't understand all the hype. The menu is limited. Nothing jumps out and says yummy!! Shame. Also staff a bit robotic. The room itself is spectacular so worth a visit for that alone.

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JW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Grand bistrot deluxe style in the heart of Islington. Good food, good wines, and pretty good cocktails. Oysters were great. Beef Tartare was properly done. Shame the calves liever wasnt onthe menu but the piece of seabass i had was very nice.

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CC
London
38 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been to Bellanger a couple of times and enjoyed each visit. The food is delicious, if a tad rich (be prepared to need a nap afterwards!) and the service is excellent, making this a great spot to meet a friend for an indulgent dinner.

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V
London
29 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Since it first opened in Islington, we have been to Bellanger many times for social and business occasions. This was the first occasion when any of us four had found it disastrous. From being unable to be seated five minutes ahead of the reservation, to being placed at a very small and cramped table that was not a serious proposal for four, to unremittingly laggardly and casual service, to middling food, to total loss of any waiter contact, and to eventual lack of apology for our very downmarket experience. The staff neither explained nor sincerely communicated regret for our negative experience - although it was acknowledged pre-emptively by not including a service charge on our bill. The very young duty manager showed a very lackadaisical response to our complaint; he clearly had never been trained as to how to handle clients when a complaint was forthcoming. Two days later we were phoned by another manager who wanted our perceptions of the evening, which he was given. He offered no real acknowledgement of the disastrous experience and the impact it would have on our realistic dining prospects ever again at Bellanger (four of us, living locally, who separately have a wide range of social and business dining bookings to plan and make in the future!) He said he would get back to us after he had spoken to his duty team (which he had not done in advance of his call to determine why everything was so inadequate that evening). We await his promised callback report..........

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