Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

4.5
2830 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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Now in its tenth decade, Bentley’s first opened its doors in 1916 in the same beautiful old Victorian building it occupies today and has now become an iconic London restaurant.

Offered the chance to restore Bentley’s to its former glory when it came up for sale in 2005, Chef Richard Corrigan embraced the challenge. Once again opening its doors to great critical acclaim serving oysters, fish and seafood in much the same way it has since 1916. Linen-clad tables, a wooden floor and Richard’s art collection adorn the walls creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill also has two beautiful private dining rooms. The Crustacea seats up to 14 and the Swallow Street Rooms, with it's own private bar and street entrance, seats up to 60.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, British
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Hours of Operation
Oyster Bar
Monday – Friday
11.30am – 11.30pm
Saturday
12pm – 11.30pm
Sunday
12pm – 10pm


The Grill
Monday – Friday
Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm
Monday – Saturday
5.30pm – 10.30pm
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Phone number
020 7734 4756
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Richard Corrigan and Michael Lynch
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Parking Details
NCP public parking nearby in Berwick Street.
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Public Transit
Underground Piccadilly or Green Park stations.
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Entertainment
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, our resident pianist plays in the Oyster Bar with linked speakers to the outside terrace.
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Special Events & Promotions
CIGAR NIGHTS
Guests will be presented with an informative and fun tutorial on the cigar of the month, how to smoke it, the subtle nuances of the flavours and how it pairs with the spirit being showcased.

Welcome drinks and canapés, cigar master class and paired drinks £35 per person.

OYSTER MASTERCLASSES

Classes take place on a Saturday and start at 10:30am and cost £65 per person to include champagne on arrival, oyster master class and tasting, with sommelier matched wines. You will also get to take home a goody bag with apron, recipe cards and oyster knife.

To book any of the above please contact privatedining@bentleys.org or call 020 7758 4144.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

The iconic Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill has two private dining rooms. The Crustacea Room accommodates up to 14 guests on our reduced A La Carte menu, no room hire fees. The Swallow Street Room accommodates up to 60 sit-down and up to 100 standing. There are no room hire fees. Menus start from £40.

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Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 2830 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oysters were sensational. Nice music and lighting. Friendly staff, not particularly helpful with recommendations however. Whole lobster great value but slightly over cooked. All told its a hidden gem, we will certainly be back.

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TM
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered turbot at cost of 38.50. It came as 200 grams of which at least 150grams were bones. No attempt by restaurant to offer alternative.Just the opposite.Waiter followed by the manager said they could do nothing about it.Is there a bigger rip off in London?

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f
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here many times in the last 30 years but I’m sad to say it’s no longer what it was and I had to send my main course back as the monkfish wasn’t cooked. The staff were great and replaced the dish but even then I was disappointed given the cost of the dish.
There are so many restaurants to choose from in London that we won’t be returning!

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CS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The price of Hot Sharing Platter in open table is 65 pounds but it’s 82 pounds in the restaurant’s menu. But I still ordered that, unfortunately the taste was far away from the price. And I won’t visit this restaurant again.

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BA
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I've come to Bentley's for 40 years. This last time I found the menu unimaginative and lacking variety. The food I had was ok, but the standards seem to be slipping. Pity.

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JB
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Fish Pie is very tasty and well filled. Disappointingly our side order of Greens did not arrive.

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U
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good experience
Great food
Overall a great evening

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food and selection on the menu Oysters Fantastic

Service very slow waited a age to order wine and some oysters and had to catch the eye several times but a very pleasant waitress

The table next to me had to ask 4 times for the bill and could see that they were anxious which is not good if your last impression of a restaurant on leaving

I would always recommend bentleys as it’s my favourite

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been going to Bentley's for some 35 years now and it keeps getting better. Just a perfectly grilled Dover Sole with a bottle of Meursault. What an evening!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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CK
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I had to talk to 3 staff members to finally be seated, 1st staff member I approached disappeared to seat another group that arrived after myself. Waited 25 minutes to be able to make my order. When approachable staff was friendly though.
We came for oysters; 4 out of 6 kinds were not available (in an oysters bar). Ice cubes to cool oysters were melted to 2/3. Taste of oysters was great, though.
Another couple seated close to us engaged in a loud fight. Restaurant manager/ staff did make no attempt to calm that situation. We left after soup.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Full of tourists. Not special. Out of many oysters by 7pm on a Saturday. Few choices in oyster. Crappy service, 8 million waiters but none assigned to your table and none looking at you when you need them. Oh, and the whelks tasted old. Bleh, an oldie gone touristy and wrong.

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from the US and when we come to London, we always dine for lunch or dinner at Bentley's as my husband loves oysters and I love the fish we can't get where we live in the US such as Sea Bream and John Dory. Wish we could come more often.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Unfortunately the restaurant is not what it used to be. I have been coming to Bentley s for the past 15 years, but not be coming back again after the last time experience. We got charged £58 for a Prosecco bottle which was awfully sweet even though it stated extra dry on the bottle and was very unpleasant to drink - the best the manager could offer us to remove the service charge (service was good until the manager had appeared). Of course we have paid for proseco and ordered another £60 bottle of wine as well for the meal , however the manner of handling my complaint and managerial attitude was staggering to say the least. Will not be coming back again for any occasion, plus the restaurant was 2/3 empty on Friday night which was very surprising to me when I arrived( last time I visited Bentleys was just over a year ago, but by the end of the evening It became quite clear why it is empty.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible fish and chips. I have never had such quality before and it is well worth the money. The selection of wine made by the waiter for the meal was excellent. At no point were we rushed or made to hurry up and it was a lovely relaxing evening in great surroundings.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

感觉服务满分💯食材新鲜,生蚝比国内便宜,性价比不错的海鲜餐!

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m
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food especially the fish pie, service is on point. Love a place with crisp white table cloths

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TG
London
78 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Bentley's screams Posh. The decor, the staff, the food presentation screams opulence. Service couldn't have been better - Our waiter was incredible and made us feel right at home as did their entire team.

From start to finish, the cocktails, the wine suggested by the sommelier, the food and OMG, our desserts were incredible. The energy level in the restaurant was perfect and really kept the atmosphere lively.

In all, the perfect evening, we will be back for sure. Happy to recommend.

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

Had lunch here recently and the service was outstanding along with the food, 11/10

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

On arriving the staff were very attentive and asked us if we wanted to each outside which as it was a warm
evening we sat outside which had a really nice feel to it, heaters and blankets were on hand if a chill came over. there was a great ambience... The starters were great, I had the oysters which were really nice and then fish pie which was delicious... my hubby had the muscles to start with, which was more like a main course , more than enough really to share a starter. He went on to have the fish chips and peas and that supper good.... all went down well with a really nice bottle of wine... but too full for desert. which was a shame as they looked really good.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bentleys never disappoints. The food is outstanding, and the wines are top notch. The service is amazing, and the place itself is a bit like a gentlemans club. Its fairly expensive, but I would argue reasonably priced for the quality and service on offer. Highly recommended

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

service poor . ordered regent fish pie, something else came. Told a new pie would take 20 minutes , I said that I that I would wait however thankfully a new pie came after 10 minutes. Ordered coffee .Forgot to bring it. Had to remind the waiter. The wine waiter came up to me immediately after giving our order. I asked him for more time to select the wine. .He just walked away saying nothing. Eventually the waitress took my wine choice. Only saw the wine waiter again to top up our glasses. He clearly had a cob on which I do not like and reflex badly on the restaurant . I must say that the female waiters were very pleasant and somewhat remorseful. The wine waiter needs training

I must also express my thanks to the management for not charging me for my fish pie and coffee.

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OT
Mönchengladbach
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly waiters, good qulaity food.

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a joy! great food cooked to perfection. Jeeves-like service. excellent acoustics. Comfortable chairs. highly competent sommelier. what more cld one want?

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T
London
50 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another really good dining experience at Bentleys - a great place to unwind after a stressful day. Made especially nice by the lovely staff who seem to really care that every aspect of your evening is enjoyable. Apart from the excellent service, the food and drink was delicious with perfectly cooked fish and a lovely bottle of wine.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Underwhelmed. The food was average, expensive for what it was. Although the restaurant was largely empty, felt that we were constantly being rushed.

For a supposed London institution I wouldn't be recommending.

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AD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has very fresh seafood. Sole and oysters. The breads are fantastic They have great seasonal salads, entrees (grouse) . The fig and goat cheese salad was fantastic. Best Dover sole, beautifully prepared. Lovely traditional English food. What I want when dining in London. Also, great location! Just off Piccadilly Circus.

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PC
London
87 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We sat outside which was lovely. It was quiet and heaters were warm enough. We were able to chat without hearing other chatter which was nice. Service was good and friendly.
Food is very nice. I had the Royal fish pie which was not huge but tasty. My friend had turbot which was nicely cook but is not cheap and comes without any potatoes or veg.
Ambiance is very nice. I would come again.

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved their service and food definitely!
Though we went on rather budget friendly orders, the staff were very nice to us and we all loved the food, definitely the oysters and lobster pasta, cheese selection, home baked bread and butter. Bentley will be the venue for special occasion from now on.

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a
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best service we have experienced in the U.K.. the whole staff was ready to help. I requested help picking a wine and the staff was spot on with his suggestion. The food was outstanding. The fish stew was out of this world.

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JE
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food & excellent wine - a bit cramped & difficult to talk to your partner sitting opposite you without shouting!!!

Overall a great evening - been meaning to go for decades - now cant wait to go again!

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming staff- great service and good food but SO pricey!

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, good and timely customer service, fresh seafood, relaxing atmosphere.

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KP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

High quality reliable seafood expertly prepared - that is Bentleys. It is expensive but I doubt you will find better. Service is always quick and friendly. The tables in the bar area are just one too many - a little more space per customer would enhance the experience. If I want to impress an overseas visitor with the quality of London cuisine it is the place I book.

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TR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wer Austern und Fisch mag, sollte Bentley's nicht verpassen! Es ist alles frisch und kreativ zubereitet. Passende Weine sind vorhanden. Ein kleiner Wermutstropfen ist die relative Enge und dadurch auch relativ hohe Lautstärke. Je nach den anderen Gästen, kann man aber auch in schöne Gespräche verwickelt werden. Man beachte außerdem das Trinkgeld, das zwar leider wie fast überall in London schon auf der Rechnung ist, aber dennoch optional bleibt.

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DE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sea food in a great location in central London

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very good service, even an Italian speaking waiter as requested.
Only pity: no fresh fruit available, nothing at all. Is it so difficult to get fresh fruit in London ? I can’t believe it, this costed you my fifth star !

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CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Waited an. hour before the food arrived due to the waitress forgetting to put the order to the kitchen. However the maitre d complemented us with 2 glasses of wine and a cake for sweet on the house......... Rescued!

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HC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The best oysters in the UK. I stupidly ordered grouse ( it’s the season) and it was predictably bad, previously roasted and warmed up prior to serving, dry and nearly tasteless. My fault. This is a renowned FISH restaurant and I allowed myself to be disappointed by a stupid order of game. I have learned my lesson and hope this review will spare other clients. EAT SEAFOOD, you will be delighted.

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JS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came after theater. Despite the late hour, the service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Several varieties of local cultivated oysters were fresh and tasty. The Royal fish pie was delicious and perfectly seasoned. A very enjoyable way to end the evening.

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