Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

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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.

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What 3276 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dispite the contrary on the internet and the booking app and despite being able to make a booking with no comeback, the restaurant was closed. Spent a great time and meal at Amazonico! Amazing food and great service!

CP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a number of times and the food and service are always superb

TR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening, great food and attentive staff

PS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food and service was excellent
Unfortunately a noisy group at the bar took the ambiance off a little
However your staff reseated is a bit further away which helped a little with the noise level
See you again

FT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were welcomed on arrival and asked to sit outside. Although cold, the overhead heaters were very good at keeping us warm.
The food was excellent, Jersey Rock Oysters, soup and Sea bass and fish pie.
Getting a bill at the end took time and paying it entailed another wait!!
It is unfortunate that smoking is allowed outside as the smoke detracts from the enjoyment of the food.
We will certainly return!!

L
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to London we eat at Bentleys. We would never miss it because it is the freshest seafood, the loveliest desserts, fabulous wine list, and the staff are all so friendly so knowledgeable. You cannot go wrong dining at Bentleys!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food!

NC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a characterful venue with lovely food and attentive staff.

We had some issues with the location of our table which was resolved quickly and without fuss.

It was our anniversary and we had a wonderful evening.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant that lived up to its name and reputation. Both the food and the service were outstanding, with memories that will last beyond our visit.
I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant, the oysters are delightful.

A
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good - efficient service, nice atmosphere, great food.

Our only criticism would be that we were coming pre-theatre - we'd researched beforehand and knew there was a pre-theatre set price menu available, but it wasn't automatically offered (even though our reservation was 5.30pm) and seemed to be provided a little reluctantly when asked for. Perhaps catering a bit for tourists?

ID
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and the menu was perfect...... Bonus for us was meeting Richard Corrigan on the way in so as it was my wife's birthday it made the evening more memorable.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pre show dinner. Staff were attentive and friendly will definitely return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very disappointing experience. Chef himself was sitting with people and making a lot of noise. The food was overpriced and the quality pub standard.

GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service. Barman (originally from Sardinia) was particularly charming & friendly. Despite being busy, he found time to talk to us about the chsampagne & wine. We had a great evening.

JM
Gloucestershire
21 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great staff. Just sometimes they can be a little vague. Sometimes very attentive, sometimes disappear?? But they are knowledgable and represent the restaurant very well.

Bentley’s is a great everyday fine dining experience. It’s not an in/out restaurant like many others in the area. You go to enjoy and take your time about the whole experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish pie was superb

ES
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, with great service too.

Very much enjoyed the platter.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fish was rubbery and awfully expensive
First time we ate there It was superb shame the quality wasn’t there the second time

HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Decor is slightly tired.

s
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, never had a bad meal and the staff are really attentive without being intrusive. Can not fault this restaurant, our go to favourite.

GG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a really lovely dining experience here.The pre and post theatre menu were wonderful value for food that was exceptional in quality and flavour. The service was outstanding- discreet and very pleasing.
My husband also received a "HappyBirthday"plate of delicious little sweets.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London for lunch, I can’t fault it best dover sole ever

HB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to Bentleys. Very good meal and lots to choose from on the menu. The staff were
excellent. We would have liked more space between the tables, but would go again.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Unfortunately after going to Bentleys for around 15 years it was the first occasion I left disappointed!
The charge of £15 for one very mediocre Luke warm prawn was shocking and the fish soup tasted nothing like it always had previously
The change in menu resulting in the hike in prices left a very bitter taste
The front of house and bar staff were all very professional and polite and provided a bit of craic at the bar

BK
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great fun at the counter of the oyster bar. Really looked after well by all of the staff. We've gone there before and definitely will go there again.

SJ
London
22 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat with friend. Staff were wonderful and oysters perfection. Nice Chablis too

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food and ambience was very good but the service left a lot to be desired. It appeared that the staff were very focussed on other ya les maki g it very hard to get their attention for additional drinks . E en after catching g their eye they still didn’t attend us.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a first class experiance at my fav restaurant!! 👍🙌

LD
41 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My starter of lobster bisque was reasonably tasty but a bit watery whereas my main course of Dover sole fillets with crab butter was excellent - as was the side dish of skinny chips. Service, for a rate of 13.5%, should have been exceptional but sadly fell down on a number of fronts. Cheerful it was but efficient it was not. Especially annoying when customers are neglected as soon as the main course has been served. By no means unusual in restaurants generally but frustrating nonetheless. Very expensive.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Tables too close together. We experienced very slow service. Ambient music barely heard. Disappointed.

VW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We went for valentine’s celebration and the experience wasn’t great from the start: first, the glass and table mat at my seat was not clean from some sludge which luckily the waiter was happy to replace them with clean ones, then they broke my boyfriend’s wine glass when giving us the menus.

Food was ok but wasn’t good enough to match the expensive price. We ordered oysters, crispy squid, lobster bisque, beef tartare, lobster tempura and lobster thermidor. The oysters were on point. The lobster bisque doesn’t taste much of lobster, the lobster was overcooked and chewy in both lobster dishes and the beef tartare was better than all the seafood dishes except the oysters.

I had been to other seafood restaurants for oysters and seafood and this was the least satisfying experience I have had.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent flavours and attentive service in crisp decent surroundings...Richard was our waiter who an asset to the Bentleys.

MP
London
18 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have going to Bentleys for 40+ years ....not every year .....the service was very good to table and the Dover soles were excellent. Just wish for a little more' elbow room " !

LS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after a matinee. Sat at the bar and served by Frederico. Bentley’s is the perfect English upscale restaurant. Food is always excellent and consistent. Every person is treated with respect and a smile. Thank you for being there all these years.

KH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special celebration for us and Bentley's did not disappoint ! From the moment the door man opened the door I knew it was going to be a fabulous experience and it was. The piano player was superb the food delicious and the service just right and the ambiance in the downstairs restaurant was so relaxing. We were a little nervous of having our first oyster but we are now converts to the Galway ones. We shall be back !

DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant
Friendly and relaxed
Beautiful outside area under heaters
Attentive staff

SP
London
29 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great oysters both native and farmed, followed by nicely cooked fish and an interesting cheese plate. Excellent and reliable.

PC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of London’s oldest fish and seafood restaurants, tucked away in a quiet lane off Piccadilly. Seating at tables inside, outside on the heated terrace or inside at the bar (my preference).

Good selection of fresh oysters daily and excellent fish and seafood as well as a few grilled meat options for carnivores.

Highly professional service. Great ambience. Not cheap (£100+ per person), but value for money.

JF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully cooked and presented seafood in a gorgeous dining room with impeccable service, made for a really special celebratory meal!