Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

4.5
2916 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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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

3 courses & a cocktail: £35

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 31 January 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-19:00 20:45-21:45
Fri 12:00-14:30 18:00-19:00 21:45-22:45
Sat 18:00-19:00 21:45-22:45

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

What 2916 People Are Saying
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OT
London
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The raw and baked oysters are worth the trip in itself. The mains weren't as good as the starters unfortunately. The sea bass was good but pass on the vongole. For the prices I had higher expectations for the mains. Good special occasion place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For 6 of us was a little bit expensive £940

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

Delicious food served efficiently and courteously in a traditional environment

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food; exceptional service!

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Oysters. Fresh and clean.
Dressed crab. I found few bits of crab shell in it.
Lobster bisque. Lovely.
Smoked haddock. Very soft. Cooked well.
Linguine vongole. Lovely linguine noodles but should have cooked with right clams, like telina rather than tiny baby clams. Should have done silt clearly, I had quite a lots of slime.
Creme brulee. Very nice. Well burnt on the sugar cover
Affogato. Lovely. Right portion.
Service was very good.

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a
London
52 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not hard to believe that Bentleys has over 100 years under its belt. The service. The style. The decor. The food. All top quality. Fish pie and lobster linguine were heavenly. A dozen oysters as a starter - deliciously fresh and full of flavour. A Sancerre wine to accompany the meal. Now that is a meal made for kings and queens. A special occasion to be remembered!

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AJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous from the service to the food. A truly amazing place

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l
London
31 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent fish really professional and courteous staff

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MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Time flyes -but not a Bentelys!
After some 103 years, Bentleys still serves the best Oysters and Sea food in London. First class, no rush, outstanding food, fantastic atmosphere, very competent waiters.

We were four persons from Sweden visisiting Bentleys on the 4th January 2019, we will come back soon.

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CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Fish and chips excellent but not sure what the cold grey mushy peas were all about. Superb side salad however.

Weird ambience. Staff Uber formal with guests but able to chat and laugh amongst themselves. A bit more of that with guests would be welcomed!

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NV
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing New Year!!!
Fantastic People
Magical Moments
Wonderful Oysters

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is amazing, amazing food, and wine was great too.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bentley’s is by far the best restaurant I have ever been too will always go back staff are amazing and so attentive the food is out of this world! 5* all the way

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PH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Have visited many times. Always a nice atmosphere but feel that the prices are just getting out of hand

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AA
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with family during Christmas break for lunch. We had the Oysters, which for Oyster loving husband, were outstanding. We then all had the fish & chips. The fish was so succulent and chips & mushy peas delicious. We were way too full for dessert so can’t comment on them, I couldn’t even look at the menu I was that full. The staff were lovely and welcoming and always on hand when needed. Would recommend for a treat.

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F
London
19 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Well it's Christmas Eve, Santa is on his way, but he may be avoiding Virginia in county Cavan as Richard has been a naughty boy.
The once packed, unsurpassed Bentleys falls from grace. Pared back to the bone of my Lemon sole, sink into the sloppy premium fish pie.
It's a difficult market, Mr Corrigan. This execution won't cut the mustard, change or move on. Happy Christmas.

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GM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful bar men and great oysters. Entree portions are generous. Always a go to place when I’m in London

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster is a must try item, lobster bisque seared scallops are all unbelievably delicious

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutes excellent evening- wonderful food, atmosphere and service
Would not miss going to Bentleys when in London

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C
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in London, a must for anyone who likes food.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table which meant we were upstairs seated on tables with pristine white tablecloths. The food was exceptional must try’s are the oysters and the stuffed Dover sole. Would recommend although was quite expensive but worth it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive, but not intrusive, from the moment we stepped in. The ambiance stately, and the food lovely. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but to my mind the service, atmosphere, and certainly food quality make up for it. Top tip: the 'small plates' are huge, and a good place to start!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant

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MF
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food in fabulous surroundings a perfect evening and a lovely finale to our pre Christmas break, thank you

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just excellent. Service was a little slow at times, they had some large tables in which were quite noisy but hey its Christmas and thats what happens

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M
London
124 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

To pay £150 for a fish pie, sea bass and Ice cream with 2 glasses of wine was in my mind rather steep!

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D
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good classic seafood finely cooked and flavoured. Good service but not too fussy.

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HF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best, if not the best seafood restaurant. No waiting time, you are taken care of not just by one person but a team of waiters who we believe equally contribute to a great service. Food is amazing.

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SV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"Fantastic" Food..Service..Location, a true Timeless Classic

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DC
London
36 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not surprisingly, great oysters! Lovely ambience, quality food, friendly and attentive service.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now my favourite place in the whole of London, to eat, taste and chat. I love it so much! I feel like adding the cost of a monthly visit to my budget. It is so worth it and is so very special.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

After 1h 40 mins they say they want the table back! I’m half way through a £150 bottle of wine! They want to seat a table of 10. Well you won’t be seating me again.

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CD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very noisy restaurant and poor service. Extremely expensive for an unremarkable seafood restaurant.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought.our meal wash fabulous, it was busy and specialises in sea food which is a favourite. Lovely spicy crab and muscle soulless, my husbands Scottish oysters were big and hearty. Main course of scallops quite small but that is what I wanted, beautifully looked and my husbands lemon sole beautifully buttery. Excellent service and attention to detail, downstairs a little noisy but then it was the weekend and extremely busy. Special occasion for us but did not feel out of place or made to feel that we were any different to others although expensive so attracting those with money to spare. A beautifully made and tasting meal.

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TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Had to move table due to a very noisy group having a university reunion. Food as good as ever but the service at table has definitely slipped a bit.

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B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best seafood meals of my life. Impeccable service! Looking forward to visiting again.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas celebration

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I am astonished that other reviewers think this is good service. The waiting staff were amateurs, and had no idea what they were doing, and at easily over £100 per head you would expect them to have been trained. The food was OK, but suspect that they have been acquired by a large chain and the quality is not monitored. Fish Works next door are very much on their game, and what Bentleys used to be like years ago. These people are trading on their name and reputation, and that will not last long.

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OC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Appalling service, waited 10 mins for a reserved table.

Head chef, said about us, “who are these people?”

Ridiculously arrogant people, with sub-standard food.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a lovely restaurant. The tables are very close together and its only a small room however the ambiance was lovely and the sea food was wonderful. We went to anther sea food restaurant the following evening and it didn't even come close to caparison to Bentleys. Service was perfect. The gentleman was very friendly, funny and engaging. Would happily go back.

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