Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

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3168 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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.

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

New Year’s Eve Menu 5 courses £108pp

For bookings of 6 and above credit card details required. For all parties, you will be contacted by the restaurant to secure a deposit. This will be taken prior to the evening, which will be fully refundable up until Friday 20th December 2019. For reservations before 20:00 please note that Bentleys will require the use of your table again after 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 15 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill with our mouth-watering 5 course dinner menu at £108 per person and enjoy a live band and the fireworks at midnight in the screening room with late night bar.

Valid For: 2 - 15 people

Starts: 31 December 2019

Ends: 31 December 2019

Availability: Tue 17:30-22:45

Pre & post theatre menu: £23.50/£28.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 11 September 2019

Ends: 11 March 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:30-18:45 21:30-22:30

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 3168 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, nice mea

ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing seafood dinners we’ve had!

G
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at Bentley’s for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a delicious pre- or post theater menu for £23.50 for 2 courses and £28.50 for 3 courses. The pre-theater menu is available 17:30-18:45 and post-theater after 21:30.

We had the mackerel starter and burrata starter, then both had the lamb (with one chop and also a small serving of braised lamb shoulder), and the spice cake with citrus, lemon curd and dates. All were delicious. Dinner with one glass of wine each was approximately £45 a person.

The restaurant is conveniently located a few blocks from Piccadilly Circus, and has a heated outdoor seating area. The restaurant itself is nicely appointed and quiet in the upstairs area. Service was friendly and efficient.

Recommended....

HH
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t believe I haven’t been here before. The best fish, chips and oysters ever. Staff, chef brilliant. Well done.

M
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I’ve been going to Bentleys for years and it is one of my favourite restaurants; for its ambience, it’s simplicity and of course it’s oysters. The only reason I don’t give it absolutely top marks is the turnover of staff means they don’t know how familiar I am with their restaurant and treat me as if it’s my first time, which is mildly annoying but they are always sweet and the place remains one of my favourites.

T
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food was outstanding, preparation was perfect. The service was a bit slow and inattentive at times. All in all, a very positive experience.

JC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant place and enjoyable. Staff were well mannered and patient with us.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely lunch. One of my favorite places in London. The bread and butter pudding is just the best - salivating at the thought of it. Thanks Bentley’s for making a special day even better

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was very good- but pricey.

PJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tables are quite close together and the noise level is high.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious food and friendly, attentive staff

p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Bentley's! Great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend it!!

AD
Kent
130 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Came here for a pre theatre meal. Overall the food was ok, but when the bill exceeds £290 for the two of us ok isn’t quite enough. I had the dover sole which was very nice but at £67 I was expecting something slightly larger. We were squeezed onto a tiny table in the bar area. I didn’t realise until I visited the rest rooms that the restaurant is vast and there are far nicer tables that were available. A bit of a disappointment.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best seafood restaurant in london.oysters to die for.

OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and good service , plus a nice plate of dessert for the Birthday girl.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Molto positiva. Cibo di ottima qualità e personale gentilissimo

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Miami
27 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The oysters were great! Tasty, fresh, and from diverse local areas. The fish & chips were a very solid execution of a traditional London meal, but done very well! The location is in a touristy part of London, but locals were dining there which I find comforting. The space is also great - some indoor as well as some outdoor. Very fun place, too. Enjoy.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real treat, in wonderful surroundings. This was a retirement celebration - it’s almost worth going back to work again!

c
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful food, decor, ambience and staff. We all agreed that the Menai oysters were the best we had ever eaten.

PL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Old fashioned feel, elegance and service, but very limited table space. Food is very good but some items are exceptionally pricey.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Don't sit near the bar after 9.30 pm as there are no one to serve you. Apart from that the good was amazing.

SE
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a very nice lunch at Bentleys although my wife had to send back her fish pie as it wasn’t warm all the way through. This was rectified but took about 20 minutes meaning I had finished my meal before my wife was served. I am disappointed that this wasn’t acknowledged by the staff however the quality of seafood here is outstanding and I still recommend it.

l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As usual very good food , had a problem with first wait staff understanding my order but was taken care of with 2nd female wait staff very well.

NS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, very friendly and professional service, wonderful food. The variety of seafood platters was, however, lacking, and upon ordering our own selection of seafood, it was served to us on separate plates. Not a problem per se but it could’ve have been arranged more nicely. Welks were far too big, but the rest of the food was fantastic, both in terms of quality and preparation.

DA
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was a disappointing end to what started as a very good birthday celebration with friends.

My first contact with the barman was great - Thanks Irish! ;-)

The food was good although the afternoon ended with an unnecessary and embarrassing exchange at the end.

I had paid a sum up front which on reflection, the restaurant should have taken off the final bill. This would have prevented any confusion.
When the final bill came, I explained that I had paid £100 up front and presented the receipt to the waitress.
less than 5 minutes later, the restaurant manager appeared at our table and politely enough asked me to explain myself again (re the up front payment).
He lingered at our table behind one of my guests until I produced the receipt.
I was totally embarrassed by the situation and the our of our lunch was spoiled.
I spoke to the manager again at the end to tell him how I felt and to better understand what had happened.
The question need not have come to my table at all. The manger should have checked with his team to see who had taken payment, what was logged against my booking etc.
This incident on top of an earlier incident where the same waitress emptied an already empty bottle of water into the glass of one of my guests. The bottle should have been removed and another bottle offered.

This was a really disappointing experience and apart from the apology and excuses, the manager could have done more to rescue the situation.

If the 'error' was down to language or process or both in my opinion, the issue with the bill was totally unnecessary and clearly staff need to be retrained. For the calibre of restaurant and the price tag, this was a disappointing and offensive first visit.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 14 October 2019

Dear DeAnn D, I would very much like to thank you for taking the time to leave a review. However it does sadden me to hear of your experiences post meal. It seems on this occasion we did not meet the standards that Bentley's always strive to achieve. I would like to rectify this situation. Please, if you would like to discuss further, email ionut.blaga@bentleys.org Kind regards, Ionut Blaga Assistant General Manager

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HT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Old school place for wonderful oysters and excellent seafood. Downstairs oyster bar is the more fun environment. Upstairs dining room looked a bit stuffy. I had a magnificent selection of oysters, great Lobster Bisque and perfect grilled Dover Sole. My wife had a nice Haddock dish. Our server was helpful and friendly. She helped my wife with an off the menu option with her main. Pricey but worth it.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh seafood. Yummy

PC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We both ordered sirloin steaks one medium rare one medium. They were both totally over cooked. The peppercorn sauce was a disgrace- it was so watery and had no flavour. The head waiter agreed and offered us complimentary deserts. The sommelier failed to top up our wine glasses.
We have been to Bentleys several times over the years and it has always been great, but this time it was very poor.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The pre theatre menu was good value for money, however we weren’t as wowed by the quality of the food as at Corrigans. Toilets need to be improved also.

LI
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the wine menu. A full lost of a variety of choices.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was really rather fine but a little overpriced for what it was . Luckily it was a business lunch with an excellent outcome so all was good in the end .

NF
London
28 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, fresh and original.
Staff great
A little over priced

G
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Been coming here for years but something has changed with the service. Felt ignored the whole evening and had to wait ages for everything. Food great as ever though.

D
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

A disappointing experience. Our server was not able to answer any questions about the menu and had to ask a different server to step in. They were out of many of the advertised oysters. The oysters Rockefeller were too dry (as if they had been reheated). They did not have the wine that we ordered from the menu. The manager was polite and apologised for the experience and offered to comp our drinks and appetisers. We left and finished our evening next door at the fabulous Fishworks.

l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bentley's retains an atmosphere which makes it my go-to favourite amongst west-end lunch-time restaurants. Used it a lot in the past, went abroad and temporarily forgot how good it is until reminded as a result of disappointments elsewhere. Lovely friendly welcome. Bar quiet and intimate, ask for a particular table and get it. Will return whenever I can.

EA
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We liked it very much. Very good oysters, very good fish and chips!

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food is excellent, but one would expect that here. What was surprising (given past visits) was how much the service has deteriorated. The wine didn’t arrive; we had to ask for water glasses to be refilled; the main was brought out incomplete. Odd. And very disappointing.

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the smoked haddock and beetroot for starter. It was Devine. As was the mixed sea food starter my wife had (cannot remember what it was called) For main I had fish and chips which was beautiful again. My wife’s dish was gorgeous for her too.
My crime brûlée for dessert was lovely too.
Service was very good and the staff were very attentive.
We went on a Tuesday lunchtime. 25th wedding anniversary. It was a treat that didn’t disappoint.
It’s not cheap to eat here but the quality of the food is very very good. I’ll definitely be coming back again.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always!

AV
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here for a birthday dinner and were very impressed overall. We enjoyed a delicious bottle of champagne and the food was outstanding! Will definitely be coming back again. The service was fantastic as well!