Permanently Closed - Hibiscus - London

4.4
1134 reviews
£41 and over
French
This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Claude Bosi originally opened Hibiscus in Ludlow, Shropshire, in May 2000, and relocated it to Mayfair, London, in October
2007. His distinctive style of cooking, which marries his French heritage and classic foundation with modern techniques and the
finest British ingredients, has earned Hibiscus a loyal customer following and countless culinary accolades. Hibiscus has held
two Michelin stars since 2003; it is ranked 5th in the UK in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016 with a 9/10 rating; has five
rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2016 (since 2003); is rated #32 in The Sunday Times’ “Top 100 Restaurants 2015” in
association with Harden’s; and is #39 in the Top 100 UK Restaurants in the National Restaurant Awards 2015.
Hibiscus is a member of the Relais &
Châteaux and Les Grandes Tables du Monde Qualité & Tradition.

~Main restaurant~
~Private Dining Room~
~Workshop Experience~
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RWJK
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a lovely tasty meal...very sad to see it closes its door

DG
DrGee
32 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great meal with faultless service and a fine selection of wine

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Unique combinations of tastes and textures

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2016
Overall1food1service4ambience1

This was the highlight of our trip 2 London being in the same business ourselves we were really look forward to this experience and I gave to say I was disappointed from start to finish
Never be back

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vipMichael
London
50 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a shame this London staple is moving a little but we look forward to seeing them open again in their new home next year!

Lunch was pretty much spot on. It's getting a little dated though as there was foam, snow and jus which is all a little post its best but hopefully the new location will bring a new menu that's a little more contemporary.

Don't get me wrong though - the food was superb and the service absolutely spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food with good presentation

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whay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hibiscus is the way in which chef, Claud Bosi, brings his passion for food to the people of London.
I know that he will shortly move to a new location and I will follow him. But a restaurant is not just the kitchen. It is also the front of house, the staff the ambience.

I don't like the central tables at Hibiscus and always sit at a side table. I hope this is rectified in the new venue.

undoubtedly one of London's best chefs and one of london's top restaurants.

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John
London
69 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd and regretfully my last visit to "Hibiscus" only as it was closing / relocating.

We went for the full tasting menu with wine flight and again WOW brilliant

Looking forward to the new location

JB
JohnB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hibiscus exceeded my very high expectations and its two Michelin stars are extremely well deserved. It is a very sad that it has been decided to close, but for those who have experienced Claude Bosi's culinary magic, the experience will remain for years to come.

Good luck for the future with whatever follows - we shall be watching, waiting and hoping!

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Debbie2014
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic - great food, lovely lunch - friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and innovative across all three courses. Wine pairings were accurate and the dessert wine was a superb surprise. Wait staff knowledgeable and friendly.

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LaurieLatt
London
24 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set meal was very enjoyable and the bread from Chiswick superb. The service was good but I find a standard 15% service a bit much.

Shame it is set to close soon.

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vipFoodlover1
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This was one of the most disappointing Michelin restaurants I have tried and I have been to many.
The service was inattentive and surly. Dinner should be an occasion for fun and frivolity an opinion not shared by the restaurant.
The food was at best boring. The set menu was supposed to have 2 choices in each course. Due to under stocking the meat course had only 1 and it was veal. 3 out of the 4 of us don't eat veal due to ethical reasons. The waiter just stared grumpily at us and offered no alternative. After an uncomfortable silence we finally asked what the chef could offer. He said to leave it to him. Big mistake! What arrived was pathetic. A tiny piece of chicken breast, something I would be ashamed to serve at home.
By now we wished we had left and gone elsewhere.
The chocolate dessert was good so at least we finished on something decent.
I cannot understand how this place a 2 star rating. Will it keep it? Time will tell. I suspect not.

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vipHPJP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we got the news that Hibiscus was closing its doors in a few weeks, my husband and I jumped on the chance to make a reservation. We dined at the chef's table. What fun! Andy is an incredible chef and was quite engaging, which made the evening enjoyable as well as informative. The food was amazing. We are so sorry that Hibiscus is closing, but can't wait to see what the future venture holds!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fixed lunch menu would still be a good value at twice the price. Amazing food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We had dined at Hibiscus some years ago but during the week as it wasn't open at weekends. We were delighted to see it was opening on Saturdays but so disappointed to discover that was because they only offer a tasting menu!

The menu was very restrictive and the waiting staff were quite forcefully suggesting a surprise tasting menu would be more appropriate, I don't eat meat and my husband didn't fancy the frogs legs or the veal (which was sourced from France and therefore under non existent welfare standards) this was a disaster... One thing my husband and I expect from a high end restaurant is to be able to choose what we want to eat. We were presented with dish after dish which neither of us wanted to eat and ended up requesting the bill before this seemingly endless and painful experience was complete. Such a disappointment. Fortunately we were only billed for our drinks which was just as well as they were the only part of the meal of which we had free choice and had enjoyed. Such a shame as we had been celebrating my husbands birthday and it was supposed to be a treat.

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Overpriced
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My husband and I recently visited for lunch and chose to go for the lunch menu. We have been to Hibiscus before and sadly found the food wasn't quite to the same standard and the service had declined terribly. Firstly we declined appreritivs - not wanting too much booze over lunch - but then were pretty much ignored for 20 before we had to ask someone to take our order. The starter and mains came within a reasonable amount of time and all seemed well. However before desert we asked one of the waiting staff if we could order some port and desert wine (I was having cheese) and were told the sommelier would come over, but nothing happened. Desert was bought quickly afterwards, but no matter what we tried we were unable to catch the eye of someone to try re-ordering dessert wine. Overall for a 2 star restaurant the service was appalling. Unfortunately my husband refuses to go back.

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EdesiaIsHungry
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one last meal before they close. Outstanding food, drink, surroundings and service. Hibiscus will be missed.

DG
DavidG
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must be one of London's top restaurants. My wife and I had the fixed lunch menu. Each course was served and truly looked like a magnificent work of art. Not only that but the food had so many contrasting flavours. My cheese plate which consisted of mainly fine French cheeses but incorporating a wonderful Welsh cheese was the best plate I have ever had. The bread full of dried fruits that accompanied the cheese was divine. Throughout the meal the service was excellent and the decor of the restaurant was elegant. In conclusion this is truly an outstanding restaurant.

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Foodlover
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A special lunch to celebrate my retirement with friends. Lovely modern setting with relaxed yet sophisticated ambience. Subtle yet attentive service. Knowledgable, friendly staff. Meal well-paced. Food attractively presented, innovative and delicious. Claude himself was present and took time to speak to us - very much appreciated. A highly positive and memorable experience all round.

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vipbobl
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Several of the dishes on the menu were very disappointing. Two were overwhelmed by salty seasoning, and the veal was tough, verging on inedible. The difficult to understand staff did not appear to be interested when advised of these problems

Also all of this was made exacerbated by the outrageous prices charged by Hibiscus

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vipNeilWright
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the surprise menu with a wine flight and it was exceptional. The wonderful service enhanced the meal. I cannot recommend Hibiscus highly enough!

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SarahWeybridge
Surrey
23 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Set lunch option, extremely good value and nothing to fault at all. The small touches were great and really enjoyed the beautiful hot madeleines that were served with the dessert. Would definitely visit again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
82 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time at Hibiscus and for me it is simply the best restaurant in London for lunch. The deal offered by Hibiscus is just amazing for food of this quality. Where as some of the more upmarket restaurants seem to dumb down their set meal lunch offerings ( and we have experienced plenty) this restaurant seems to delight in providing excellent food at a very reasonable price. There were three of us for lunch and although we had different dishes, each one brought a smile to the face due to the mixture of taste and sensation it created. Some restaurants seem to have got a little lazy with their menus, but if you are going to a high quality restaurant you want your taste buds to be energised. This restaurant does just that. Back for more as soon as I can

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activewanderer
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those who appreciate fine dining, the fixed price lunch menu is a fantastic opportunity to experience the breadth of imagination, and impeccable execution of this kitchen, in a tranquil environment. And if you are tempted to the full menu... ...you will not be disappointed.

JC
JoClements
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked last minute,
I have a cows milk allergy,
I cannot thank all the chefs and staff for how
they made me feel.
I sometimes feel that I am a nuisance,
this however was not the case, I was treated
to the best of food and service that the offered
to other diners but a dairy free option,
I would recommend this restaurant completely.

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Chris
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for my 40th birthday with my wife. Elegant dining room, beautiful food and presentation, polite staff, some small details could be better on service if you consider our meal incl drinks and service was £400. 9/10 would've been 10/10. Overall great experience though. Had surprise tasting menu and we were there for just over 3.5 hours but felt like an experience not a long dinner. Would definitely go ahead for another special occasion.

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Kalina
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience1

This restaurant had zero atmosphere and it was a little strange to hold a conversation all so quiet. We went on a Friday evening at 7:30 and even when we left at 09:45 there were still no more than 4 people in the restaurant.
I have been to quiet restaurants before with no more than 4 tables however charming music was played and there was seating outdoors so it felt very comfortable and romantic. The staff here were lovely and very helpful. I have been to 8 different Michelin star restaurants and this was the most expensive however the least of my favourites due to too many eccentric flavours used. It seemed to work for some dishes, however not all were pleasant

Shared toilets also not a bonus for me either!

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Ninette
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the food on the set lunch menu and the staff were friendly helpful and attentive. I could not fault our visit in any way. Thank you

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cockatoo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very original and beautifully presented dishes. A serious gourmet restaurant. The service staff were very charming and helpful. My friend and I had a lot of catching up to do and we did not feel at all rushed.

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Local
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, with an amazing and innovative menu that is really a taste experience. You should really try Hibiscus if you are a foodie.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! The food, the ambience and the staff together created an unforgettable evening. We will definitely be visiting again. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The entire experience made me feel very special. I loved the decor and the fact we sat nest to each other, not opposite. The food was spectacular. There were four varieties of amuse-bouche and they set the tone for the rest of the menu. Beautiful flavours and attention to detail without being fussy or intimidating. Staff made us feel at ease and were quite charming. I chose the surprise menu and that added to the sense of occasion. A memorable night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we have dined at Hibiscus and it just keeps getting better and better. Food totally blows your mind, the amazing flavours and creative and wonderful presentation. The friendly and engaging staff add to a superb experience and the cutlery, crockery and napiery were gleaming.

JL
JohnL
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've eaten for a while. We went for set lunch and the service and value for money were exceptional.

LB
LucyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value lunch menu with wine. The high standard you would expect from a 2* restaurant. Lovely touch that Claude Bosi came out of the kitchen and greeted every table after the service was completed.

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TravellingDiningDuo
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food at Hibiscus was outstanding, well worth their two stars. A great mix of flavour, texture and presentation rarely bettered with a very helpful sommelier. The surprise tasting menu option had some fantastic elements that no doubt be promoted to the classic tasting menu. Both were delicious.

Service was generally good but could have been sharper in some areas. Plates were often slow to be cleared. Some members of staff were engaging, knowledgable and enthusiastic but others could perhaps have done a better job of showing they enjoyed the privilege of working in one of the countries finest restaurants.

Overall we enjoyed the meal very much, are be likely to return, and would recommend it highly to others.

JR
JackR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very slick contemporary fine dining restaurant with friendly efficient staff and relaxed atmosphere. Would certainly recommend for special occasions or entertaining clients mid-week.

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Greenfingers
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service!

This was our second visit to Hibiscus and the experience was every bit as great as the first.

We cannot wait to return!

JC
JCPhans123
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like the restaurant and It was not the first time I was there
It is rather classic and too expensive for what it gives
We had a nice evening but my expectations were possibly too high

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Permanently Closed - Hibiscus - London is rated 4.4 stars by 1134 OpenTable diners.