Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

4.5
2999 reviews
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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.

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

A glass of champagne with fish and chips: £22.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 12 March 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00-14:30

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

What 2999 People Are Saying
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C
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is better than a grilled dover sole, spinach and a good bottle of white wine? And top that with excellent service.

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Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service highly recommended
Perfect sea food
Oysters to die for
The gentleman at the oyster bar was friendly and very informative

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CR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service, beautifully presented dishes that use fresh, high quality ingredients.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on a trip to London with our children. We had a great meal and terrific service. The food was excellent. We especially loved the baked seafood stew and of course the oysters! Would highly recommend it .

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PN
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, very nice seating, not loud. Good for groups, or couples.

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OT
London
29 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Enjoyable meal at Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill. The service staff were helpful and knowledgeable about the different oysters and other options on the menu. The food was all fresh and tasty, especially the starters of shellfish cocktail and octopus and chorizo. The fish mains are expensive as tends to be case in similar restaurants but were beautifully cooked. The one complaint is the very small spacing between tables. With only about a 12-18 inch gap the you feel on top of your neighbours, leading to a somewhat restrained atmosphere. Also, the waiting staff are having to squeeze past you to serve the tables next to you. Would go back when warmer and try one of the tables outside unless they are similarly squashed in!

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F
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and were welcomed and taken to our table. Very attentive staff from start to finish. Kath and Marco looked after us very well. The baked oysters and fresh mussels were perfect as were the baked cod and the Dover Sole. For me the mussels and the Dover Sole were the best I've had anywhere. Perfectly cooked and well presented. A great venue.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful place to go!!!! Everything is is just fantastic!

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Portions too small to justify the very high prices. Even worse than Sheekey's. E.g. a sharing starter seafood platter with one scallop: how do you share that? Extra charge for bread at ~£100/head.... Quality OK, although nothing very innovative.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Food is amazing, however absolutely no atmosphere in drinks bar or bar/restaurant. Service was very prompt, but sadly left thinking I won’t return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I requested a plate with Happy birthday for my wife’s birthday but was completely forgotten, not even a candle on the pudding.

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TE
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb fish dish and great service
Quiet - it was mid to late afternoon

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Bentleys with my family for mother’s Day lunch,service and food were faultless had a great table upstairs by the window loads of room for the four of us,although it is a bit pricey it does not disappoint,highly recommend for occasion but also ideal as a treat for no particular reason,best oysters ever,shall be returning soon

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R
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, Good service, reasonably expensive - Make sure you book a table in the main restaurant. We were originally offered a tight, small booth in the bar for 4x adults! On request, the maitre d' swiftly moved us to a table in the Oyster Bar that was a lot roomier but upstairs would have been even better.

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RT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for the second time in a week to celebrate Mothers Day. The food was outstanding. We had such a wonderful time.

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LP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening at Bentleys. We will most certainly be returning! Lucy & Stuart xx

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was poor

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience once again. Fantastic sea food, great service and the clementine sorbet was once again out of this world. Highly recommended xxx

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bester Fisch wie immer !

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F
Shropshire
14 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic greeting and lovely bar staff whilst we had a pre dinner drink, lovely buzzy ambience.

We were taken to our table upstairs and the dining room is beautiful - old school style but not old fashioned.

The food was amazing - everything was immaculately fresh and flavoursome - we had Oysters, dressed crab, shellfish cocktail - Dover sole and Dover sole special.

Our waitress was superb as was the sommelier.

Two points of note

- the tables are incredibly close together
- the dining room was unbearably hot

Otherwise absolutely fabulous !!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked as part of a Birthday celebration and by far exceeded my hopes for a special experience. Food was truly exceptional, staff were friendly and helpful, always available without being over bearing. Beautiful ambiance. Thank you so very much. Can not wait until we have something else to celebrate.

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w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place. Our favourite seafood place in London. Best soda bread ever.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good quality seafood. Well prepared and served. Wine was good but expensive.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sevice and Ambiente good but food isn't worth it. You can get better at a good Italian restaurant

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

our family gathering tradition in london

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AF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening back at bentleys brought our friends... great food , good ambience and amazing service ...
Looking forward to our next visit!

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YN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place as usual. Oysters were outstanding

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S
London
33 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can say no more than to advise that our lunch was enjoyed in the presence of a celebrity food critic, so the food was indeed excellent, waiter Alex was helpful and enthusiastic, enjoyed a seat outside after lunch for a brandy or two, a memorable lunch indeed.

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BB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food in a great central London location.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The lack of peas on the menu was a grave error of misjudgement.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food and staff but loo was dirty

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place to catch up with a good friend. Relaxed, knowledgeable staff, great bar and overall experience. Not cheap.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Poor service

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CB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Sat for over an hour and still didn’t get food. For a place that charges those prices service does not match. So disappointed.

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JB
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bentley's has become my default central London venue for reunion lunches with old school friends. We are all of a similar age and still appreciate a proper traditional restaurant with good straightforward food and a great atmosphere. We were not disappointed on this latest visit.

I will be there again next week to catch up with my wayward brother for our annual chat!

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love taking family members visiting from the states.
It's also a brilliant place to meet friends for cocktails.

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had Dover Soles for mains which were not very good. We had come specially for the Dover Sole and is a dish which we know well. Perhaps Monday is not the best day for fish.

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London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic it’s a bit pricey but worth every penny Our Waitress was fantastic very knowledgable about the food and her service was first class Would recommend highly

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ZC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Very high quality of food and service.

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