Permanently Closed - Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

4.4
1006 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Marylebone restaurant Galvin Bistrot de Luxe was the first in the hugely successful Galvin stable, and the first to win the Galvin brothers their reputation of outdoing the French at classic bistro cooking. Critics and customers consistently rate the top quality French cuisine and affordable prices - the prixe fixe menus represent particularly good value, especially for this chichi area of London. Chef patron Chris Galvin and head chef Tom Duffil have created an appealing seasonal menu with plenty of French bistro classics and, along with efficient and professional bow-tied staff, have created a very reliable dining destination you’ll be coming back to again and again. Décor at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is elegant and pared back – leather banquettes and mahogany panelling line the walls and the atmosphere is always bustling – perfect for enjoying full-flavoured French dishes like crab lasagne, garlicky snails, wonderfully soft braised pork cheeks.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Wednesday: 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 9:30pm Thursday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10:30pm Sunday - Monday: Closed
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Phone number
020 7935 4007
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef

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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
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AE
London
34 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So very very sad it’s closing down

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I
London
35 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This wonderful place is closing down on the 22nd I will miss it a lot! Food as good as ever. We had the wine choices with our meal which is always a good choice. Thankfully there are lots of other branches in London, time to try something new.

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FF
London
46 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food as always- do devastated this place is closing. Have come here for years and live the food. All of it tasted divine. Let’s hope the remaining Galvin establishments can keep me happy.

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say I really love the food here so amazing and they had a prosecco offer on as well was just so yummy and staff very attentive.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We selected the set lunch. The food and service were great, and overall the meal was really good value. Would definitely recommend for a nice lunch.

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NS
Buckinghamshire
8 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We loved it . All the food was delicious including my gluten free. Even though it was Burns night we didn't expect bagpipes in a French restaurant!!

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OT
London
27 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A very enjoyable meal at Galvin. Good and dependable French food, executed well enough but not more. A £9.00 supplement for a simple cassoulet on a £22.50 menu seemed disproportionate and wasn't worth the spend. (Could the chef not have offered an entree within budget?)
The restaurant was full and buzzing, and had a good ambience; a kilted piper for Burns' Night celebration only added to the occasion. Service was sound but our conversation was disrupted constantly by one waiter who repeatedly apologised for his interruptions. He obviously knew what he was doing but didn't seem to care about his bad and annoying manners. This habit should be trained out of him.
Galvin is a quality establishment and when this location closes it will be a loss for the neighbourhood.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

V good shame it’s closing—many excellent dinners and lunches over the years

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JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Such a pity it's closing down shortly.

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A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and lovely restaurant. It’s a shame it’s closing in February. Catch it while you can!

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RC
London
65 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

No attempt to pour wine after the first glass or remove aperitif glass for the duration (I've never seen the latter in a restaurant spending £20 on built in service). Consequently the focus is on the food, which was good enough, rather than spectacular. Found the signature crab lasagne / lobster bisque starter good in flavour though a bit spongy.

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M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New years resolution: eat at Galvin as often as possible. Amazing!

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always :) look forward to joining you in Piccadilly

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wish I could give this a solid 4.5 out of 5! This is an authentic French bistro with a well-deserved reputation. The 3 course set menu with amuse bouche & glass of prosecco was superb value at £25.00. The crab lasagne to start tasted fabulous, the layers of mouse with a bisque were out of this world, but sadly I had 2 big lumps of shell in the mousse. The pork belly with prunes was also delicious but the belly fat was not rendered down quite enough. The service was very friendly and relaxed as you would expect from a Galvin restaurant, and our waiter kindly ensured that my dining partner who was on a medically restricted diet could have a bowl of vanilla ice cream, which was not on the menu.

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JB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favourite restaurant, I just wish I had tried it years ago.

Everything I had was absolutely fantastic however the crab ravioli is just sensational. The steak was great and the Ile flotant fabulous.

Lovely service and atmosphere and the prices aren't bad either for this quality of cooking.

I get the train from Oxford just to eat here.

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h
London
44 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant and never have a bad meal there.
The portions are really good which makes a pleasant change nowadays. The bread is the best I have ever had and loved the endive starter. Well done Galvin
The only negative was the prices are too high.

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m
London
23 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favourites
Been to Galvin many times over the past 12 years since I moved to London. Big fan!
Service could not be better. Food was delicious as usual.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in all respects.We will be back soon. The food is absolutely delicious.

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I
London
35 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A great meal indeed. With a special colleague. The Resturant came up trumps as usual. Hopefully more visits In 2018

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant / fantastic food and lovely atmosphere

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T
London
48 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slow but helpful. We had booked for the four course menu with aperitif. When we didn't like the sound of the aperitif we were brought a glass of champagne instead with no problems. The food was delicious - we particularly liked the smoked salmon starter with lovely, typically french accompaniments like capers and soured cream. We had a nice bottle of wine and the overall bill was very reasonable. This restaurant is one of our locals so we will be back!

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s
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very good set menu with nice size portions. The only thing that let it down was the Tirimsu for desert which was indeed a strange addition to a French restaurant. Unfortunately it was very dry and heavy. If not for the desert the rest of the meal was great and good value

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R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute booking on a cold winter day. Lovely Parisian cafe style, very good value food and delightful service. Highly recommend

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friends Christmas meal

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Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant !

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed!
I love french cooking. After reading the reviews, booked the table on the same day.
We took the Menu Gourmand of 4 courses, my partner and I had invited a friend who enjoys a glass, went with wine pairing. All four courses were just average, the first course of salmon was really supermarket's standard, not even much presentation; 2nd course, venison was about Ok. 3rd course, the cheese with very dry & hard toast, not impressed at all (my friend didn't even touch it!); dessert was again pretty average.
Waitress was trying to give out good services, being seated at the middle row, waitress needed to push over my friend's chair a few times to squeeze across & reached the table on the side! I saw my friend's face wasn't too enjoyed about the pushes! According to my friend, the pairing wine were not great, the oldest was 2015/2016....so, overall, I'm not impressed and I feel rather embarrassed to invite a friend to join.

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OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch great service. Great food and great lunch offer. Not to be missed

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Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had previously enjoyed two other Galvin restaurants but were left underwhelmed by the Baker Street outlet. Upon arrival, we were shown to a downstairs bar that resembled a lounge on a cheap Channel Ferry. Undeterred, we ordered our drinks and then sat there for 15 minutes awaiting their arrival. We were then shown to a cramped table upstairs where the poor waitress was simply over worked and could not adequately cope with the frenetic trade. Yes, the restaurant was full but that it not my problem and in my view, no excuse. I shall keep to the other Galvin outlets in future

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M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality new prix fixe menu. Service on point as always! Always the first spot I think of when I want to take a friend for dinner.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great here , fantastic food and excellent service as always

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Been to all Galvin restaurants in London, multiple times & this was our favourite.
Booked for lunch, table in middle of the room & our guest had to get up twice during the meal to let the cheese trolley past (not good).
Sold out of our selected wine and I had to refill the glasses myself.
Got to the end of the meal & was told we had to leave as they needed to setup the table & was given the bill, no coffee for anyone.
Previous time we dined here I wrote to Galvin's to say how wonderful the staff were & what a great time we all had, very different to this time.
Starting to feel like a corporation & maybe getting too big?
We are visting another Galvin resturant in a couple of weeks, I hope we find service is back to normal & this was just an unlucky day.

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I
London
35 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again I met with a friend and we had the prix fix menu and went for the accompanying wine tasting menu, so we had a lovely selection of wines with each course. We were almost the last to leave the Resturant. The noise levels In the Resturant were low so good conversation was had. I will go back again and again.

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MC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service; speedy without feeling rush, great food, ambiance... really lovely.

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D
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is superb and an excellent service.One thing I would comment on to Opentable goers is to watch out for offers and check on the extra cost with an asterisk when selecting on an offer.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and friendly staff, have been here a couple of times now and absolute gem!

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E
London
21 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous authentic bistro style dining in Baker street. Top service and the set menu good value. A welcome relief in trendy, over priced, slate ridden, Marylebone.

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KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Exceptional value on the set menus. We really enjoyed it.

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JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another faultless meal at Bistro de luxe. Food is on a par with the Michelin starred Galvin restaurants, but a fraction of the price if you're prepared to eat slightly earlier and take advantage of the pre theatre set menu. Truly a hidden gem.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

superb food quality and value soup was excellent and the venison for main course was exceptional the Quince added to it and the small amount of roasted hazel nuts was great

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s
London
123 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal with accommodating staff and great ambience. really enjoyed our meal

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