Chez Bruce

4.8
3454 reviews
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Modern European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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PJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably superb! Food was excellent, the service impeccable and the wine list as good as ever.

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AT
London
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic place and wonderful food but expensive. One for special occasions but it is special.

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AI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, a real treat.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious... it was worth every penny. Thank you

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

Excellent food & service. Exceptional as always

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EK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in London! Food and service are amazing.

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t
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, one issue with my starter - disappointing for a Michelin star restaurant but the staff more than made up for it!

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M
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at Chez Bruce and wont be the last.
Very nice place to be, everything was really good.
Would highly recommend trying this place.

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, impeccable service. Had the best time and the little touches make a dinner here just that bit more special

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First night out after having baby

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HR
London
68 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my fiancé said that he just wanted to go 'somewhere special' for his 30th birthday lunch, Chez Bruce immediately sprang to mind; even though I'd never been myself before, it's somewhere I've only ever heard incredibly good things about, and handily it's local to us too.

All those incredibly good things were true; from the welcome on arrival, to the ambience, the choices on the lunch menu (although it is a set price, it's not what you could call a set menu as there are about eight choices for each course), the quality of the food itself - more of that in a second - and the overall value for money for a three-course, Michelin-starred meal with great wine.

We had: starters - deep fried calf brains, sauce gribiche mains - grilled Loch Duart salmon with asparagus and gnochettti dessert - honey bavarois with rhubarb, and cheese. Everything was outstanding, both technically in terms of preparation, visually in terms of presentation and most importantly, taste. Also worth noting is how generous the portions were for a restaurant like this; in many Michelin-starred restaurants they would have been half the size!

The cheese deserves extra-special mention; the cheeseboard at Chez Bruce is famous and deservedly so, offering about 25 cheeses from across Europe and I was invited to choose as many as I wanted, including a Belgian hard cheese I'd never tried before, a wonderful Perl Las blue, an oozing Epoisses and a wonderfully nutty, rich 21-month-aged Comte.

The wine list is very fairly priced with prices starting affordably low (low £20s) and not going too intimidatingly high even at the top end. I was also impressed how many were available by the glass, carafe and half bottle.

Service was superb, professional and precise but not at all formal or stuffy; all in all I couldn't think of a single thing to fault about Chez Bruce and can't wait to return.

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfectly pleasant evening at Chez B celebrating a birthday. We haven't been here for many a moon but the cooking was on point and service attentive. I would mention however that when you order wine by the glass to accompany the main course it arrives with the main and not shortly after the food order is taken. Only a small thing but something to watch. Thanks

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply beautiful food and ambience

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DP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, superb service, fantastic cheese board, good wine and a visit to our table from Bruce to finish off a great experience! Just go.......

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

great local restaurant. Tables however were rather close together so it felt a bit cramped and service was a little overwhelmed at times.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took some friends as a thank you. We had such a lovely day. The staff are all lovely and Bruce was around

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IN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round great evening

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d
London
34 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As ever a delicious dinner served with style and assurance

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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, fantastic meal Chez Bruce, and well worth the (considerable) outlay. Very much a "special occasion" restaurant if you're not loaded.
If you've balked at trying offal such as sweetbreads (or on this occasion brains) this is the place to give them a try, they can be a revelation, as was tonight's pigeon. There are always classics (roast cod, cote de boeuf) for the less adventurous and these are consistently fantastic too. The cheeseboard is deservedly legendary though the desserts are not to be missed - even if you're not usually a dessert person.
Tonight there was obviously a hiccup in the service, with a long wait after main courses. These things happen. Importantly, it was noticed and dealt with quickly - profuse apologies, explanation, two glasses of exceptional and unusual wine offered for free with the cheese, and the service charge removed without us asking. For this reason I'm giving 5 stars as ever.
My only slight issue at Chez Bruce is that it can be quite noisy - if you're going with someone hard of hearing ask for a quiet table (? near the front).
Deservedly one of Londoners' favourite restaurants, year on year. Bruce Poole is to be thanked for concentrating on the kitchen rather than the television

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RM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding, from the food to the service - Chez Bruce never disappoints. We’ll be coming back soon, it’s one of my favourite restaurants in London.

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F
London
135 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce offers a delicious choice of food. The menu caters for all tastes and I have yet to be disappointed with the numerous times I have paid a visit. Five stars from me.

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LA
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for close to 24 years and it is excellent . The food is stunning and it is incredible value. A week earlier we went to Hedone - it cost almost 3 times as much and was not half as good. One of my favourite restaurants in the world

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A trusted favourite, never lets you down, beautiful food, great wine list and lovely staff.

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AC
London
44 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in London

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came for Sunday lunch.

The food was exquisite. I had a wonderful foie grad and chicken liver parfait which had an incredible jelly made from moscatel - a fabulous foil to the richness of the parfait. The veal chop was a joy: served on the bone, very thick cut - I’ve never had veal like it before - just off-pink. The cheese board is renowned in south London; I now know why: an excellent selection of 16 cheeses from all over the UK and the EU.

I’ll be bringing my family here for my birthday celebrations later on this year, as a result!

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SB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Bruce is a really good restaurant which reminded me of other great restaurants back in Italy. Excellent.

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ER
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful evening yet again, went for a friends birthday. I’ve frequented this restaurant several times now over the past few years and it really is a wonderful experience every time.

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RC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely laid back lunch. Great food, wine and atmosphere. We sat there much of the afternoon and no one was rushing us. Amazing cheese board. Epic fois gras. Great local special occasion place

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was delicious and the waiting staff were wonderful. Front of house were surly and unhelpful though -we had a six month old baby with us and they could barely disguise their disgust, despite him being well behaved and entertaining most people in the restaurant

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Wales
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent wine!

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful special little touches that made it a great experience

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always! Favourite of course is the hot chocolate pudding!

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AI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We’re spoiled in SW18 with Chez Bruce,

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HH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Chez Bruce staff were professional, but we both thought the food was somewhat lacklustre.

It just felt like a restaurant, and menu, designed by committee to be inoffensive and the whole experience was a bit corporate and dare I say it, staid.

Locally, it has a great (and probably hard-earned) reputation; just can't help but wonder if Chez Bruce might be resting on its laurels.

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j
London
63 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have dined at Chez Bruce a few times and the food never disappoints, the flavour combinations they use are always delicious and interesting. The cheese selection at your table is always a real treat. Drink selections are also very good - we had the house special cocktail and it was excellent.

The service was overall very good, but some of the staff could smile a bit more, a few seemed very disinterested, which is not what you pay for in this kind of restaurant.

Food is great, so we will definitely be back.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son’s birthday with family and friends. We were very well looked after and the food was excellent.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely astonishing, was quite loud and difficult to hear each other or the waiters as it's a smaller restaurant, but the food and service makes up for it

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f
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely exemplary restaurant this is! We have been half a dozen times over several years and its standards of cuisine and service never falter. Wonderful food (and wine) served in a smart but unstuffy ambience. Never disappointed!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service. Lamb Pot-au-feu was delicious!

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