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Oscar & Bentleys

4.3
4.3
621 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
Oscar & Bentleys is an intimate bistro set in one of Canterbury's beautiful, historic buildings, with a modern art deco interior. We serve classic & inspired seasonal dishes. Quality is at the heart of everything we do - from our carefully selected suppliers to the finishing detail of our dishes. Everything is beautifully presented to give you, the diner, a wonderful experience.
We have an interesting selection of vegetarian, gluten & dairy free options available at all times.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–20:00 Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    01227 454544

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Canterbury west station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kent

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Kent

    Healthy

  • Kent

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Canterbury

    Best Overall

  • Canterbury

    Best Food

  • Canterbury

    Best Service

  • Canterbury

    Best Ambience

  • Canterbury

    Best Value

  • Canterbury

    Fit for Foodies

  • Canterbury

    Group Bookings

  • Canterbury

    Lunch

  • Canterbury

    Romance

  • Canterbury

    Special Occasions

  • Canterbury

    Most Booked

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  1. HD

    HeidiD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful selection on the menu and you would never know that it's gluten free. Would highly recommend a visit.
  2. j

    jasonb

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always, very helpful friendly staff, Never too loud , so you can’t hear each other speak , And very clean , ticks all the boxes
  3. SG

    SarahG

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Unfortunately we was very disappointed. We ordered the steak but it was cold when they arrived to our table even the butter on top had not melted it was just sat in the cold steak. Such a shame as we was looking forward to trying this place out.
  4. AT

    AlTur

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Superb food catering for all our dietary needs and preferences. Beautiful decor and friendly staff. I especially appreciate that they don't have loud music blaring so we can have a pleasant conversation.
  5. L

    Louise

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was amazing, service was quite awkward and slow. But love the concept of all gluten free!!
  6. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service but the mains were a bit let down by the sauces; the pork needed more sauce and the salmon needed slightly less salt.
  7. AJ

    AishaJ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We booked an early dinner before a theatre show and being gluten free I was really looking forward to it. Our food was hot, fresh and tasty. One of the dishes had to be sent back as it wasn't right but this was eventually rectified. It isn't the cheapest venue but the food was good quality. We would go back again but probably for a special occasion not just a normal meal out. We did find that the tables were small and we felt a bit squashed in. It wasn't a busy time so we could move a bit but if it had been full of would have been a bit uncomfortable.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & fab it’s all gluten free
  9. DA

    DebbieA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I ordered a medium steak which disappointingly came well done so I couldn’t eat it. I was offered 15% off the price of the steak, (about £3.) which I thought was very unfair. I wouldn’t eat there again. Staff were friendly and food was ok.
  10. SB

    SamanthaB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I saw this place and the only reason we visited Canterbury was because they state on there menu that they are 100% Gluten Free. We arrived I was served a warm beer on a warm day. Then I ordered the fish and chips my BF had the dirty burger, the pattys were raw, so we asked for another that came out but only had 1 patty instead of the 2 that it states on the menu. The chips weren’t triple cooked as they were still part raw in the middle, the batter on the fish had pepper has I known they put pepper in the batter I would have not had it. When asked if all was ok with our meal I explained our feelings to be told the waitress had to talk to the chef “she said that she was sorry and that the kitchen must be having an off day”. When we asked for the bill the waitress said she had taken 10% off the bill so we paid, when I looked at the receipt they had a cheek to put a service charge on to our bill making the 10% pointless. After an hour or two my BF who is immensely sensitive to gluten was not feeling himself and was showing signs of being glutened. This was Friday we are now Monday and he is still unwell this usually stays with him for 2 weeks. I myself feel partially to blame as I was the one that said that we try it. As you are probably my aware 100% gluten free places to eat are very rare. Needless to say we will not be recommending this place or revisiting. Not great at all. Very disappointing.
  11. GM

    GabriellaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    so lovely! this is my favourite restaurant! the food is always amazing!
  12. CF

    ChrisFCH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife who is coeliac was delighted to be able to choose anything from the menu - it is so rare that she has such choice. The Arancini and Calamari were especially good, and she said her Burger was one the best she has ever had. Lovely choice of local English wines accompanied a lovely meal. Congratulations to all concerned.
  13. KB

    KateB

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent menu ! Chose this restaurant as one of my daughters requires gluten free food and she was able to choose freely from the menu... a delight for her. The rest of us thoroughly enjoyed the food too !
  14. b

    belindab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hi , great food ect ,, was a bit puzzled and meant to ring u about a strange thing , my husband and I came to your restaurant a few months ago ,very nice ,, got given the bill , went to pay it and then got a another bill more this time and was told the first one was wrong , we didn't check just paid it ,,, Fast forward to the other week ,same thing happened, given a bill by our waitress, went to pay , another waitress came up and said we need to pay a higher bill ,we refused saying we have checked it and we r paying the first one , our original waitress asked if we were OK ,said what happened and she couldn't see why we had two bills, bit strange to say the least ,, will make me warey about coming back again.
  15. CS

    CoraS

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was amazing to find a completely gluten-free restaurant! I had the fish and chips, which were very good. The staff were very helpful.
  16. MH

    MichelleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was excellent. Such a lovely place to celebrate our sons Graduation.
  17. TC

    TiffanyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Have loved O&B in the past but sadly there was a wedding party and a shortage of staff which led to long delays. The staff did apologise and gave us 10% off the bill which was appreciated. Food was lovely though.
  18. JK

    JohnK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find. Friendly people, delicious food, accessible prices and all gluten-free too. Full of character- not a chain restaurant experience at all. If I lived in Canterbury, I'd be a regular. As it is, I can't wait to go to Canterbury again soon.
  19. F

    Foodster

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent a very nice Sunday afternoon here as a party of 6. Great food, friendly service. We had one coeliac diner who was delighted to have free choice of everything on the menu.
  20. SD

    SimonD

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic gluten free food. Everything we had was delicious. The staff were very efficient and friendly. Overall a great experience.
  21. j

    jasonb

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, friendly staff, good service , Will definitely be returning
  22. a

    andya

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food , fantastic menu of options and all gluten-free. Service was prompt and efficient, staff helpful and attentive as required, will be back. A little gem for those who want GF in Canterbury
  23. CJ

    CJ14

    Kent

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice food and service
  24. JB

    JodyB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely pre-theatre meal. The food was great with a nice choice of vegetarian options. And the staff were friendly and helpful. We’d come be regulars if we were local!
  25. M

    Moosie57

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Had the chicken Katsu curry and the belly of pork, delicious. A good bottle of Merlot and espresso matrtini’s. Service was good
  26. PA

    PippaA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    After our deserts we were sort of neglected, no one checked if we wanted anything else or if we wanted some more drinks (which we would have done) and there was only one other table seated at the time.
  27. t

    tricia

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely buzzy Saturday evening. We worried that food would be a wait , and the waitress warned it might be, but in fact timing was all good. Quite a simple menu but enough to choose from and our steak was perfectly cooked, great service
  28. JF

    JanF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A lovely little restaurant, well located for pre theatre dining. Good food with a range of vegan choices, both mains and desserts, and locally produced wine. It was a little chilly the night we were there, hence only four stars, but we would definitely return. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.
  29. d

    diningout

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    It was noisy and we had to move. Service was very patchy
  30. TW

    TrentW

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food, good value just seemed service was a little fast so couldn't make an evening of wine & dine. Friendly & attentive staff
  31. TB

    TraceyB

    Jersey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well organised little restaurant. Our waitress was was great. Food was excellent & we didn’t have to wait long for it even though it was a busy Saturday night.
  32. DT

    DebT

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Nice staff. Food is “decent”. We were sat upstairs and a bit of a cluttered area next to us. Should never see that in a good establishment - so tidy up!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We cannot fault our experience at this restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The restaurant has a contemporary and relaxed feel and we enjoyed our evening very much.
  34. MS

    MaryS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I really enjoyed our food and the venue for our early pre theatre supper.
  35. PM

    ProudMum

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely - quiet but characterful restaurant, quite a small room but friendly helpful and attentive staff. Cannot fault the food, would definitely go back there again. Good value for money.
  36. SB

    SamanthaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The dishes were delicious, but overall the ambience and price negated this.

    Oscar & BentleysResponded on 1 April 2022Hi Samantha We're really please that you enjoyed your food. I'm sorry that you were unhappy with the pricing. Unfortunately we are facing a barrage of price rises at the moment, we are trying to keep the prices as tight as we can, but there are very expensive costs that have to be met running a fresh food restaurant in the heart of a major cathedral city.

  37. SW

    SallyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time of eating here and will definitely go again. I am Coeliac and it was so nice to just be able to choose from several items on the menu and feel safe eating it. This was especially so on the choice of desserts, absolutely delicious. Every single person working there was pleasant as well. Just fantastic, recommend to anyone. Coeliac or not.
  38. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The choice and quality of the food was very good. The prices were also quite reasonable. The staff were very attentive and helpful, although a little less so when it became busier later on. Certainly well worth a visit.
  39. N

    Northernlady

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Steak tasted as if it had been frozen for months. The rest of the food was okay. Wine was undrinkable. After our mains we were ready to leave however nobody came up to give us a bill so we went down to pay.

    Oscar & BentleysResponded on 29 March 2022The steak was most definitely NOT frozen. If you felt the wine was undrinkable maybe you could have actually mentioned it to our staff & they could have ensured you were happy with your wine. As our server mentioned to you we are unable to take payments at the upstairs tables due to the wifi signal in our higgledy piggledy old building

  40. V

    Victorias

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    There was no atmosphere and we were told at 9.10pm that is was last orders for the bar!! Our table was booked for 8:30pm. Very disappointed will not be going back.

    Oscar & BentleysResponded on 29 March 2022I'm struggling to know quite what to say to your review. Having had a chance to review the CCTV I can see the staff still serving drinks well past 10pm, there were 4 other tables seated within your eye line so you could easily have seen that we were serving drinks. You didn't leave the restaurant until gone 10.15pm, you really sat in our restaurant for over an hour, drinkless? The other tables were all happy - you are responsible for the atmosphere at your own table, we cannot provide that

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Oscar & Bentleys offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01227 454544.

Oscar & Bentleys is rated 4.3 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Oscar & Bentleys

10 Guildhall Street Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JQ

Additional information

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00–21:00 Sun 12:00–20:00 Lunch Mon–Thu 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 17:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Canterbury west station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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