Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

4.5
3026 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.

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

Pre & post theatre menu: £23.50/£28.50

From a set menu. Available in the Grill only (not the oyster bar or the terrace)

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 15 May 2019

Ends: 31 August 2019

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

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

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 3026 People Are Saying
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London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round as usual!

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had oyster, pasta and sushi salad bowl. The oysters and the pasta was really good but the sushi salad bowl was poor and shouldn’t be a main dish.

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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience and we look forward to seeing you again. - Jane, Public Relations Manager

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l
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice location - tables outside would be great in the summer. Restaurant is lovely, food absolutely amazing and service fabulous. Will definitely return

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Lab23, Thanks for leaving us such a lovely review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. Now the weather is heating up the terrace is fantastic, you will have to come back and visit us soon! - Jane, Public Relations Manager

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s
London
59 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice. Much nicer than that other fish place next door, great for business or social. I’m a big fan!

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Srah, Thank you for leaving us such a positive review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience and we love that you are now an official fan! We would love to welcome you back soon, the summer terrace is calling your name! - Jane, Public Relations Manager

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our only complaint to a recent lunch at Bentley’s (our fourth or fifth in last couple of months) wasn’t the food, ambience, service or value. No I t was the noise level. Not of guests’ conversation, but of the background music. A loud, intrusive mariachi band with a singer seemingly shouting the same lyrics for an hour and a half. Come on, Richard, you can do better.

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TD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service ... we had a fabulous table for 5 on Saturday night to celebrate joint birthdays , the waitress made our celebration a success.

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L
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambience is good, service is fine.
Food is good but not outstanding nor impressive.
I ordered sashimi/sushi bowl, which was expensive but terrible. Never recommend.

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We sat at a banquette in the bar, and I am afraid the piano was just too loud. Not sure what you could do about that, given the space, and I do like the idea of a piano. But we could barely hear one another.

Also, we ordered oysters as a starter, and had to ask for mignonette; surely this should come as standard with a platter of oysters? Only lemon was provided.

But I'll be back!

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SG
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good but seemed overpriced. Nice drinks. Service was great. Probably would try a different place if looking for this type of food.

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SL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled Dover Sole for an impromptu bank holiday lunch was excellent!

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F
Leicestershire
15 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is good but the tables are too closely packed together and that spoils the otherwise nice ambience

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

Great food, the upstairs was a bit crowded, high prices

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r
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for my husband's 60th. We enjoyed our meal. Fish was as requested. My only gripes are being the side veg being quite expensive for small amounts. Wine was good and service superb. It got busy and the noise level got high but that didn't disturb us but it might others looking for a quiet meal. Would go again for another special occasion.

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HB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere and great service. Good wine list.

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JC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I arrived for a 6 pm dinner reservation at the bar, where I was seated. One or two tables in the room were occupied, and there was one other patron seated at the bar who soon was engaged with the bartender in lengthy conversation. Three other servers were present - two standing in the wings observing the dining area, and one woman behind the bar standing next to the bartender.

After several minutes of waiting it began to dawn on me that something was amiss. I had not been spoken to, greeted, offered a cocktail or provide the menu or drink list. In short, I was ignored. After several more minutes I began trying to subtly get the attention of any of the four restaurant personnel in the nearly empty room. The three others not the bartender were clearly aware of my presence and my growing discontent. Yet they did nothing, as the bartender continued to drone on and on with the solitary fellow at the other end of the bar.

Finally, I got up in disgust, put my napkin on the bar, and turned to walk out of the restaurant. It was only then that I faintly heard someone say "Someone will be with you shortly!" I would have spoken to the seater/greeter upon my departure to express my displeasure, but she too was absent from her post. I left.

I found the fact that I was permitted to languish for ten minutes or so unattended, unacknowledged, and pointedly ignored shocking, especially in light of the fact that four Bentley's employees were otherwise doing nothing but standing around, and were clearly aware of the situation. The bartender's conduct was inexcusable. I have been to Bentley's previously, but will certainly never return, and will take advantage of every opportunity to warn other potential diners of the conduct of Bentley's staff.

My treatment was unacceptable

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful food

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LC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service is ok. But the food is below average and is overpriced. I had the Bentley's Royal Fish Pie for 35.5 pound. The menu stated that there are Loster, Scallop, Prawn and Haddock. But what I had was a small piece of lobster, two small slices of scallop, two small prawns, a few pieces of haddock and a lot of mashed potatoes. I had a whole lobster in another famous restaurant near London China Town with about 20 pounds only.

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d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great simply and class

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JH
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience and would definitely return. All the staff we very friendly and helpful, my first taste of oysters and would thoroughly recommend the Royale Sharing fish platter, need to return as so much on the menu I would like to try!

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DC
London
38 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service. Loved the lobster spaghetti. Been a couple of times and is reliably good.

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i
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants in London and certainly one of the best fish restaurants. Great for native oysters when they are in season - but alas expensive. There are plenty of other dishes less expensive, including a well made fish stew and that old standby, fish and chips.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great setting and food was divine! Would recommend and definetly go again.

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JJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Would definitely return.

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CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect restaurant. Highly recommended. Fantastic food - excellent service. Cosy.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was gorgeous except that the restaurant is located quite far from the road

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
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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s
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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OT
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
30 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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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood, great service as usual!

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. - Jane, Public Relations Manager

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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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OT
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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