Bellanger

4.5
366 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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 366 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
10 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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g
London
265 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
91 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
16 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
3 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
45 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
37 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
58 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
265 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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OT
London
11 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
50 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
22 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
265 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
15 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
3 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
265 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
5 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
122 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
68 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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