Bellanger

4.6
437 reviews
£25 and under
French
A relaxed, all day Café, Bar and Brasserie on Islington Green from restaurateurs Corbin & King, the team behind The Wolseley. With refreshed interiors and an informal, more casual style, Bellanger has returned to North London.

Our all-day menu features French brasserie classics such as Coq au Riesling, Moules Marinères and Steak Frites et Salade. Sandwiches, salads, Croques, eggs and Tarte Flambées are offered along with a choice of fromage, desserts and glaces to finish.

A ‘Prix Fixe’ menu with two courses at £11.95 and a ‘Menu Formule’ with three courses and a glass of wine at £19.75 are also available all day.

The menu is served continuously throughout the day from 11:30am – 9:30pm Tuesday to Sundays.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 437 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good portion sizes.

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richardb
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time. One of the nicest restaurants we have ever been in. Need to come more often to get a view on the food quality but we found the overall experience wonderful and it has made us want to come again as soon as we can.

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vipwtims
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Bellanger 3 times over the course of a week in London and had good food and excellent service every time. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very appealing, and the breakfast and all-day offerings that include breakfast items is hard to find during the week and is perfect for mid-week in Islington. One of our favorite spots and if you like the Wolsely at Green Park then you’ll love Bellanger.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food. Tables quite well spaced out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food is served so plainly - literally 2 unseasoned poached eggs on one slice of burnt sourdough. Ordered a side of avocado which wasn’t ripe. Plain omellette with no garnishing…just not worth the pomp & ceremony

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londonguy
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always reliably good food, and decent service too. A really nice atmosphere is the main attraction.

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vipgwc333
London
334 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place, always pleases. You know what you are getting and the service is always on point.

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DavidM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, food and ambience.

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JudithBB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husbands first visit he was most impressed. We will definitely return. The staff in particular were very helpful so pleasant.

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VictorE
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would have loved a more elaborate menu.
I alao would have appreciated the meal to be complete and not to have to add the sides to have a full plate

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vipNewtouk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of that last remaining restaurants that still believe in the experience of service. Incredible food and ambience. Best of all my dog is always welcomed. This is a staple for us and it never disappoints

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely French experience

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the French ambiance and the food and we found the waiters very attentive.

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LisaR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner night out! Excellent service and great atmosphere

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richntony
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty French cuisine. Excellent service from a young team. Visually appealing restaurant, luxurious feel.

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vipgwc333
London
334 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value set menu and great cocktails to accompany it. Spot on!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurante. Muy lindo lugar ! La comida de primera . Recomiendo el Duck Confit. Servicio fantástico. Nos atendieron súper bien.

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vipMarkR
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As good as ever. Will be back again soon

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verrierRoberts
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always good food, appreciative service, prime view on the green

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VladP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French food, amazing vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always great. Great atmosphere, classic food and rally thoughtful service

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HaitchBee
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great ambiance, good food, and fantastic value for money. Also tables are well spread out so felt secure in covid times. Warmly recommend!

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Chatter
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

WONDERFUL TO BE IN A FULLY OCCUPIED BELLANGER NOW THAT IT IS ESTABLISHED AS OPEN AGAIN - WITH A RATHER MORE VARIED CLIENTELE THAN BEFORE THE 2019/20 CLOSURE. IT HAS A REALLY SOCIABLE ATMOSPHERE

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ElleGee
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good all round experience. Not an extensive menu but very tasty.

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DanielA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and staff are great. Food bill was a little higher than it use to be with a slightly smaller menu but it’s expected especially during this COVID period. Hopefully things will go back to normal this time next year.

Great worth the time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch with the family. An absolute pleasure - all the food of a high standard and flexible to dietary needs. We hope to be back to our regular visits post lockdown.

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islingtongal
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Excellent service and ambience for a business meal. Food is reliable, if unimaginative. Lovely staff.

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vipMarkR
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fine restaurant with ample seating in these odd times

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vipJulieT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very elegant restaurant! Beautiful, lots of 'cachet' and excellent measures regarding Covid, the best we've seen. The service was great, friendly, efficient. The food was delicious, the mains especially, I had fish which tasted very fresh and was perfectly cooked while my boyfriend delighted himself with a 'Coq au vin'. I chose the formula and was disappointed with the starter (onion soup) it was not warm enough; and the same with the dessert, the latter was very good but could have been a bit warmer. Two ladies on the table behind ours were maybe drunk, they were so loud so it spoilt a bit the pleasantness of our experience; but nothing the restaurant can do about it! We will come back : )

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MeganW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious traditional food, generous portion size in a sophisticated atmosphere. Have visited many times and enjoyed it every time. So glad it's still open as it's one of my favourites!

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bronaghg
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best restaurants in Islington. Lovely atmosphere, lovely food.

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vipgwc333
London
334 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bellager is the perfect venue for a Friday night dinner. We just love it here.

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KAYP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Booked for a birthday date with my hubby. Was shown to the bar upon arrival so as told have to wait for a table despite reservation which was fine as we wanted to order drinks at the bar. Ordered a glass of Bollinger and before it arrived we were told our table is ready. Champagne was served at the table and was disappointing as served in a petrol station style flute which was wet on the outside! Champagne was not chilled. At £17.95 a glass we expected more.

Starters ordered were chicken liver parfait (good) and a cheese soufflé (extremely disappointing as was not fluffy, not soft but was tepid). The accompanying cheese sauce in a small jug was so cold that it was simply congealed cheese.

For mains, I ordered the steak with pomme purée which was very good. The pomme purée was basic mash potatoes. My hubby ordered the coq au risling was was awful as the chicken was cold, hard and the white wine sauce was very runny. My husband didn’t eat much of his meal and the waiter didn’t ask why it was barely touched when he removed the plates.

Dessert was ice cream (great) and creme brûlée which was cold and disappointing in taste.

Overall we left feeling disappointed and treated as just part of the herd as it was very busy (Thursday night) and they were not really interested in providing a memorable / pleasant experience rather just interested in numbers.

Noteworthy to note that no offer to refill our empty glasses was made. Quite a loss to the owners as we would have happily ordered more champagne. However, we didn’t bother asking as by then we were already looking forward to getting out of there.

We visited another French bistro nearby (Sacre Coeur) three days prior to this visit and we found that, at 50% of the price of Belanger, to be far more authentic & tasty as well as attentive. We hear that the French bistro adjacent to Bellanger is also very good so I’m afraid we’ll be giving Bellanger a wide berth from hereon.

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RituK
London
32 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively restaurant. Fab atmosphere
Lovely food & wine.
Pleasant and friendly staff.
Will definitely be going back.

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Chatter
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

perfect for a catch up conversation with a friend, service attentive but relaxed

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MireiaG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much! Hope it stays open beyond December.

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vipgwc333
London
334 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank god this place is back in business. The most reasonably priced menu in the neighbourhood. Great menu, food and drinks.

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Etti
London
67 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A nice lunch with excellent service in a pleasant venue. The soufflé Swiss was just OK. The rest of the mains were good. The chocolate delice was not our cup of tea. The service however was more than perfect. The waitress was efficient, friendly and kept Covid 19 rules more than perfectly. We will be coming again, Covid permitting.

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AlisonB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Chose the 3 courses for under £20 deal and it was really good. The duck was especially good. Will definitely go again.

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KevinA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Friendly service and food was on point.

FAQs

Bellanger is rated 4.6 stars by 437 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.