Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

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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

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

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JB
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very friendly restaurant with really good food. The lobster was amazing! Staff were very knowledgeable and service was excellent

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CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The last couple of times the food was not up to expectations. Sorry.

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WM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a wet, Saturday afternoon in London’s West End after quite an exhausting few hours at an Art Exhibition, walking into Bentleys and being greeted warmly was very comforting.
Our table upstairs was spacious as well as being perfectly set and we settled down in anticipation of an enjoyable lunch.
We were not to be disappointed and all 3 of us were thoroughly pleased with our choices from the menu. Delicious Gazpacho soup to begin with for me, and the best Fish and Chips in London for all of us followed.
Because we were eating lunch a bit on the late side, the room was fairly quiet but because it is such a bright and spacious dining room the atmosphere was still all there.
I look forward to my next visit.

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A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We visit London rarely, but when we do we like to splash out a little. We picked Bentleys as it was reviewed by Jay Rayner as one of his favourite places. Can honestly say that the whole experience was underwhelming. The food from the bread basket - not the freshest to a Cornish fish soup which although adequate did not have the depth of flavor expected - together with a measly 2 croutons both stale and a portion of aioli which was lost at the bottom of the bowl. Mains again were Ok but the Cod used was not of the best quality. Desserts were both fine but after the disappointment of the first 2 courses everything felt a little flat.
Would not return.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear Andann,Thank you for sharing your feedback. We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met on this occasion. We only use the freshest and highest quality ingredients at Bentley's, our fish is delivered daily and our bread is baked in-house fresh every morning. So we are disappointed you were left feeling this way. We would like the opportunity to investigate your feedback further if you could get in touch with me on 02077584141 at your convenience. Jane

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CW
Bristol
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, absolutely fantastic meal, love the Turbot so much!!!!!

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Responded on 3 June 2019

Hi CainWFoodie, So glad you love it as much as we do! Thank you for the 5 star review and kind words about the food, we really appreciate you taking the time to rate us :) Kind Regards. - Jane, PR Manager

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KT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our 4th visit to Bentley’s, previous two where business and one social, we make a visit to London once a year and we make this one of our must visit restaurants.

Great service and food, wine selection and sommelier is second to none. Oysters and shell fish where perfect and fresh as the day they where caught.

Dover sole was my main course and tasted amazing and perfectly paired with the amazing sides.

Finished with a cheese selection and a form glass of port.

Worth a visit for excellent seafood and a great locations.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear Kevin, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our chef's will definitely be happy to read what you wrote! So thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again the next time your in London. Kind Regards, - Jane, PR Manager

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Dover sole was the best, most meaty and succulent I have ever tasted, the tuna starter albeit small was delicious and fresh with the mango. As for the Chablis to accompany the food, all felt right in the world.
We ended with the tiny segments of orange cake with a fresh lively sorbet - just delightful!
Small portions for the prices, but sitting at the bar with mellow music via the pianist in the background was just perfect.

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SY
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was the second visit to Bentelys, the service was much better on my last visit. Just not very friendly.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 3 June 2019

Hi Samantha, We are sad to hear that you didn’t have the best experience and service at Bentley's on your last visit. I’m so sorry. We’re normally known for our exceptional attention to detail, and we regret that we missed the mark on this occasion! Please reach out to me at your leisure on 02077584141 so we can make it right. Kind Regards, Jane - PR Manager

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LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little late but this made no difference to the excellent service, fabulous food and friendly ambience we experienced at Bentleys.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 3 June 2019

Dear Linda, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards, Jane - PR Manager

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food, great outdoor terrace

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JR
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Best waiter ever. Outstanding service and knowledge. Guided us in making wonderful selections.

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 29 May 2019

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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F
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round as usual!

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s
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Excellent food. Great central location. Properly laid tables with white table cloths!

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 29 May 2019

Hi Sulian, Thank you for reviewing us and the great feedback, we'll let our staff know! We are thrilled that you loved your experience and we look forward to seeing you again. - Jane, Public Relations Manager

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
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 on 22 May 2019

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 on 22 May 2019

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
60 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 on 22 May 2019

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
5 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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