Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

4.5
3072 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

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

What 3072 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

freaking good

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IM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is a classic that I have known for many years, I was not disappointed, it is still a very pleasant place with an exceptional service and food as I remembered it. Excellent the sole of Dover and the smoked salmon, also the accompaniment of tomatoes. Very good desserts, especially the creme broule.
The white wine seemed expensive to me, and I lacked some reference to the Spanish wines that have a good quality-price ratio.
In general terms, a good experience that will be repeated in the future.

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TM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Oyster Bar & Grill for lunch with my colleague and had a lovely time. Having oysters seating at the terrace made us feel like we were on holiday. The staff was excellent, friendly and very attentive, and for once you can enjoy a nice lunch in peace: the noise level outside was perfect, no loud music. The food was fresh and delicious. I will definitely come back for more oysters!

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service
The opentable menu portions were a little small for the price paid

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An experience as much as a place to eat it is always a pleasure to return

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K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was not very good- over cooked Dover Sole is inexcusable!

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant, amazing service and amazing food. Would recommend every time!!

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e
Hampshire
9 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters in town. Both the Vietnam Mede style and Jersey Rock oysters excellent

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

Excellent cuisine, atmosphere, friendly Staff, highly recommend

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RB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was good; well cooked, tasty and fresh but I feel it lacked the finesse expected of a venue such as Bentley's. The wine was excellent and really complemented the fish that we had. The service was really good and the waiters knowledgeable. It was really disappointing that they only had half the oysters advertised on the menu - the waiters cited that it was due to it being a weekend where they're normally busier than usual meaning they had sold out. I booked ahead and our table was at 1430 - only 3 hours after opening, so it's not unreasonable to expect the full menu to be available. We sat outside and were waited on attentively, however, the atmosphere was ruined by the general public walking through the dining area unchallenged by the staff. Overall, the food was good but not really the standard I've experienced in other London fish restaurants holding a Michelin star or charging at a similar price point; this made me come away thinking that our meal was overpriced. I probably won't go back or recommend Bentley's to friends/family and when spending that kind of money I will be heading back to Cornerstone or one of Nathan Outlaw's restaurants.

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NY
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must when visiting London it is part of it ,, all it’s dishes are unique in all .

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HB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scrumptious, and all in a lovely light room. Not too bothered by the puddings.

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OT
London
39 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal at Bentleys. Gorgeous fresh ingredients, inventive recipes and stunning wines to accompany the food! We were celebrating our daughters graduation and I couldn't think of anywhere better to be. Highlights for us the John Dory and Lobster summer stew and the scallops ceviche, stunning.

One final point, the service was brilliant - Nelson was on point and subtly delivered excellent service.

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M
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience: environment, service and quality.

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MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good old-fashioned quality, developed over many years.

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good , particularly the smoked salmon and Dover Sole. Excellent wine list and very helpful sommelier. Service was excellent.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fabulous homemade soda bread, the freshest tuna sashimi, home smoked salmon, the best Dover sole ever, washed down with a glass of chilled Chablis. Just sublime.
Great attentive service.
Fantastic for business lunch or a romantic dinner for two.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The oysters were nice . Chips were cold

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LP
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service and average food

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome place for couples looking for a romantic evening

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a
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school fine fish dining. Impeccable service, not a flicker of disdain towards the scruffy, bearded and tattooed old man I resembled that evening. Somelier was bright and engaged and we sampled some desert wines before choosing one, waiting staff were there when we needed and not when we didn't and the upstairs room have a subtle buzz of attention to detail. Only downside is perhaps the hot shell platter could have been a tad larger for the price. Not our first dinner there, nor will it be our last.

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M
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This place is overrated and over priced and service was slow and poor. I had to ask twice about GF bread, which eventually we found out they did not have, and the waiter then pointed at the normal breed and told me this bread was very nice though - as if I had a choice in the matter! We ordered champagne and oysters and we had to chase the drinks, and then the oysters arrived before the champagne and we had to chase the champagne again. The food itself was tasty but nothing stunning. Will not be going back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good ambiance and food, however Very poor service, the worst I’ve experienced in London.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent fish and shellfish, especially oysters, in a relaxed unpretentious environment.

Highly recommend

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Responded on 24 June 2019

Thank you for your review we really appreciate you taking the time to rate us :)

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

They charged us still water when we had tap water. Service was slow and we waited long for them to take our order. Same thing happened to another table, the waitress disappeared on them.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

A little disappointed and mainly for 1 reason, the tables are much too close together. The food was good, chip average, but our table was literally 9 inches from the next, is that right when I pay £60 for a main course to have to listen ( you had no choice ) to the next table.

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RW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is ideally situated in the west end. The food is excellent and compared to other west end restaurant it is competitively priced. The wine list is well priced and a good but not extensive choice. This is not a critism as the selection is varied with an ample choices.
The tables are close together and the noise from other diners and the kitchen can be overpowering.

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Clean, simple, fresh food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service after a steak had to come out 3 times after not being Cooked correctly, to then be confronted by the server who took the order that it was cooked how our guest had requested.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We have been coming to Bentley's for over 30 years and have always loved the place. Whilst the food was very good it was not exceptional as is usually the case. As well as this we felt the service could have definitely been better, especially considering how quiet it was when we were there. We believe you get what you pay for and unfortunately on this occasion we felt that the bill definitely did not match the level of service and food we received.

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive for what it was.

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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!!!!!

Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
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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AM
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gorgeous food.
Oysters were simply superb.
Very enjoyable evening
Gottaget rid of smokers though. They get the great outside area on a balmy London summers night.

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J
London
5 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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