Chez Bruce

4.7
3335 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995. From the outset, it was their intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment.
At Chez Bruce we are not particularly into gadgets and tricks in the kitchen. Home-made charcuterie, slow cooked braises, offal, warm and cold salads, classical desserts and bread-making could be listed as specialities. We also take the cheese board very seriously indeed and it forms an integral part of the restaurant's day-to-day life.
The Directors of the restaurant are fanatical wine-lovers and are very proud of the restaurant's wine list which truly is one of the very best in the UK.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European, French
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Hours of Operation

Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Friday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 8672 0114
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Bruce Poole, Matt Christmas
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Parking Details

Limited paid parking is available at Wandsworth Common station as well as on Bellevue Road and St James's Drive.
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Public Transit

We are 200 yards from Wandsworth Common British Rail station, not to be confused with Wandsworth Town station. By train, Clapham Junction is 3 minutes away and Victoria station 12 minutes. The nearest tube stations are Clapham South and Balham, both about 15 minutes walk.
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Special Events & Promotions
We have staged many highly successful parties and events where guests hire the entire restaurant for very special occasions; anything from a birthday, wedding or anniversary celebration to a Burgundy Wine Grower’s dinner.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3335 People Are Saying
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S
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and lovely service. Great seasonal menu.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the set menu and usually love the food here. However, the fig starter was incredibly sweet and the almond biscuits which came with the buttermilk pudding were so sickly sweet I couldn’t eat more than 2 small bites. I loves puddings and have a sweet tooth but even I couldn’t eat it!
A lovely dinner out just a shame the chef went so sugar mad. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a sweet meal before or complained about anything being too sweet. A shame as everything wasn’t overly seasoned when I last went in June. A disappointment.

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JL
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational quality food in a relaxed setting. I tried the tasting menu with wine flight but there were so many amazing choices I will be returning

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go for a treat. Outstanding food, wine and service

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AC
London
37 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in London. Food and Staff are superb. Worth travelling if you’re not lucky enough to live within walking distance. Always raising their standards and never disappointing.

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KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Our first lunch visit and we were not disappointed, just as fabulous as dinner service. A thoroughly fabulous afternoon for a very special anniversary lunch.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, would highly recommend this restaurant. We had the foie gras and steak tartare, followed by the cod and grouse. Everything was cooked to perfection and was so tasty. We arrived early but our table wasn’t ready - there were tables available but I think they must stagger the service. When we went back, our table was next to an open door so it was a bit cold. The waiter moved us quickly but we then ended up underneath the air conditioning. A lovely waiter moved us again to a
bigger table with no draughts, and it was just perfect. Thank you for a lovely evening, we’ll be back.

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go to Chez Bruce - lovely atmosphere, delicious food and wines. Lunch is also good value at £42 for three courses.

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was our first time trying Chez Bruce. We really enjoyed our meals; the food was of a very high standard and the staff were attentive and welcoming.
The restaurant was filling up and noise levels were slightly too high - but a sign that the restaurant is doing well.
Overall it was a lovely meal to celebrate a birthday.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food and great service. Would come again to try their ever changing menu.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great value for lunch. Not too loud so a good place to go to catch up with friends or as a couple.

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, perfect service - and given the quality of the food and experience, pretty good value!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always ...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food & wine, and great service!

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VA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce never disappoints. It is a very special neighbourhood restaurant. The food is amazing and the service outstanding. My kids were equally impressed.
One of my favourite restaurants.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and a great venue. Intimate without feeling too cramped.

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

Excellent all round, can’t fault it. Exceptional food and service, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Great for an intimate special occasion.

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ME
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, great staff and beautiful desert. Excellent for special occasions!

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DH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant on the planet is Union Square, Café in New York City. My daughter went there for the first time when she was five weeks. She probably went over 50 times before we left New York City. They always treated her like she was the regular guest that she actually was, despite being in a stroller for the first 20 times or so she was there. To me, it is the ultimate experience in the hospitality. The first time I ever went to Chez Bruce was in 2007. I immediately felt like I was at Union Square, Café on the other side of the Atlantic. Michelin star food that makes you feel like you are in your local neighborhood café. And I have felt that way each time I have been since then. It should not be missed.

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D
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce remains London's best restaurant. We have visited the restaurant for over 15 years and it never disappoints. Exquisite food and wine, perfect service in a relaxed setting. It's understandable why this is the restaurant London's favourite for chefs and foodies!

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I generally don't like writing reviews, but on this occasion I am compelled to do so. A kind of standing ovation to Chez Bruce!
It was my husband's birthday yesterday and I had chosen lunch at Chez Bruce as a surprise. As we had not been there in a couple of years, it was important to me that he had a good experience.

The cuisine was absolutely fabulous, faultless to the last delicious morsel. The wine list was excellent, very extensive and well selected.
The fish dishes we chose (cod and hake) were cooked to perfection, and the puddings were to die for. In fact we had three between us and were even presented with a small birthday cake and candle (which we took home in a little box) to savour later... with some truffles... and some wafer thin shortbread. Such a thoughtful touch. Who wouldn't want to return, if you are looked after so well?!

We felt completely spoilt by the friendly and impeccably trained staff, all headed by Alex the manager who made us feel so welcome.
A big thank you to you all for making our visit so special on so many levels.

We will definitely be back again soon.

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

We visited Chez Bruce last night. I had been given a gift voucher and when I arrived gave this to our waitress. We had the tasting menu and the food was excellent. The way we were treated by Alex The restaurant manager was appalling. He came to us during the second course to advise us that the voucher could not be used, as this was an email confirmation only and not the original. He telephoned the friend who had given us the voucher at 10.30pm insisting that I spoke to her. Even then he refused to accept the voucher. He hassled us throughout our meal. Although the food was good, the entire evening was spoilt by this member of staff, who had no customer skills and who seemed completely disinterested in us ar any one else. It’s so disappointing as we have been visiting Chez Bruce for years, for 50th birthdays , New Year’s Eve celebrations and special treats but sadly this will be our our last visit.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was noisy and hot and both the fish and meat dishes were undercooked and sent back. We were both very ill after the meal.

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GW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, Chez Bruce hits all the top notes. Tasting menu, fig and goats cheese starter, fine balance and wonderful light red (sicillian?)to accompany, haddock was unusual in all the right intriguing ways (cucumbers!!), shellfish ravioli was superbly rich, sweet unctuous and wine well matched. Grouse was beautifully presented, so tender.

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AI
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce is always a great choice. Fantastic food and great service that’s always on the right side of attentive,

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AM
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous starter, fois grais and chicken liver. Really lovely pork roast main then yummy dessert of raspberry and almond tart. Definitely recommend, best restaurant in south London.

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NB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a tasting menu. All the food was fantastic and the matching wines were very well picked out. Sommelier and the rest of the staff were knowledgeable and very helpful.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Côte de beouf mmmmm
Always a treat
Elegant And relaxed dining

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JH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Great place to go for a special occasion. Flavours exceptional, wine good too.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every way. The food was delicious and the service just spot on. Don’t live close by and don’t get much chance to get out but the next opportunity we have, we will definitely be back! Thanks for a great lunch 👍🏻

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JA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quite good for a neighbourhood restaurant. Interesting menu options. Service was very good. Food was good but not exceptional and overall our experience didn’t live up to the hype.

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Well executed food.
Ambience a little too noisy.
Service good but should have been better for the satnadard of food and restaurant. Waited a while to receive water, menu & for someone to take the order. Wine for the main course did not arrive and we had to ask for it.
Their sister restaurant The Glasshouse is my preference of the two.

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MD
London
34 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really lovely birthday lunch here - the staff were really friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. I did the taster menu with paired wines and it was fantastic. Highly recommended!

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RG
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here on a Sunday evening for a wedding anniversary. Had the tasting menu with wine.
Enjoyed delicious food, a lovely selection of wines, and spot on service. Perfect!

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GF
London
151 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have had mixed experiences here over the years which is a shame as it is so local to me. I used to come a lot but not been much in last 2-3 years due to unpredictability but I have to say it was back to its top notch standards on Saturday night.

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JT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely evening. The food was exquisite, the wine waiter even let us taste some extra wines. It was perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre arrival the confirmation service was outstanding and we were advised to change our booking to eat in the main dining room. Our starters were good, and main courses were classic and well prepared but unexciting. The cheese board was good and above average, puddings were ok. Expensive wine list. Total £100 per head seemed poor value, I expect a bit of culinary magic for this amount.

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

Always excellent and didn’t disappoint this time

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CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service always. My go-to restaurant.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, the food was exceptional. The service was attentive without being intrusive and the staff knowledgeable & happy to suggest wine etc. within budget. Although it is not somewhere to go for a cheap meal, it is great value, given the extremely high standards they have set and maintained. I will continue to recommend everyone visits.

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