Pollen Street Social

4.6
2714 reviews
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Pollen Street Social is a contemporary bistro offering deformalised fine dining in Mayfair. The flagship restaurant of renowned chef Jason Atherton, it houses a restaurant, social bar, dessert bar and private dining room, and holds one Michelin star.

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Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social is the flagship restaurant of celebrated chef Jason Atherton. A contemporary bistro in Mayfair offering relaxed, deformalized fine dining, the private dining room can accommodate up to 12 guests, with exclusive hire also available for parties of up to 70.

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Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food as always, we were with friends and the sommelier recommended a great wine (that was genuinely sensibly priced) highly recommend

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A
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion this is one of the best restaurants in London. It has it all.

If you haven’t been yet, go!

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TP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice meal with attentive and friendly service. Definitely recommend.

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb and my fellow dinners were blown away with the quality of food and wine, the explanation by staff was so good and the atmosphere was excellent. Must tweet about this!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, fantastic food, friendly staff

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special birthday meal for my son’s 21st. They didn’t disappoint. Delicious food and excellent service.

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

The venue , the food and the service was great. The tasting menu is worth every penny.

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

The only little minus is related to the fact that the atmosphere was not really intimate (as you may expect). All tables were full and quite noisy. Despite that, the quality of food and service and the overall ratio price / quality were really above my (high) expectations.

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B
London
25 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Great venue with. Lovely ambience. Good location Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and very interested in the private dining room.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting menu, nice to offer a vegetarian menu as well. Punctual reception, warm welcome. Beautiful restaurant with relaxed atmosphere. Mixed servers for our table, one was fantastic, obvious he had experience. The other not so much, small attention to details such as the cutlery placement was messy and not clearing crumbs after bread. The food was interesting some real outstanding dishes, some challenging however definitely worth a visit. Go hungry for sure the tasting menus are generous!

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HR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've now been to Pollen Street Social several times, and it has been consistently good. The atmosphere is friendly without being ingratiating. The fixed price menu has plenty of different dishes which I could enjoy - sometimes I could happily choose all three of each course. The extras - canapes, chocolates, etc - are generous without leaving you feeling that too much effort had gone into those at the expense of the main dishes, as sometimes happens. The drinks are expensive, though not as much as in some comparable restaurants.

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

Excellent food. Thoroughly enjoyed. ( If I could make one small improvement, I find the waiter could speak a bit louder/clearer, when presenting the food, hard to hear what they are saying - though were polite and friendly)

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

Vegan tasting menu is awesome. How you can make the contents of what some would call a compost bin taste so amazing is beyond me. Fantastic flavours beautifully presented.

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a
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just stunning - what an exceptional meal. Definitely will return,

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I asked a waiter about an ingredient I didn’t recognise, he didn’t know what it was (which wasn’t a good start as all waiters should know the menu they’re recommending) and said he would find out. He walked off and didn’t return!

During the meal the waitress served our next course without taking away our started plates or clean the table which was poor form

Big pet peeve, I purposely change my knife and fork around as I’m left handed. I thought after making a point at the start she would have set my place right the next 3 courses. Michelin service?

Shame as food was really good.

Sommelier was amazing and informative

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food, soufflé to die for, lovely unexpected touches, interesting amouse bouche, pre-dessert and petit fours. Was my wife’s bday so we also had a rather sizeable chocolate gateaux cake to contend with as well! Can’t wait to go again.

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t
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set menu is superb and outstanding value and the service is impeccable. Without doubt one of the best restaurants in London.

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WV
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Too nervous. If you eat at this kevel you should get the time to finish your plate or your glass. It was as if the staff wanted youcoit of the restaurant as soon as possible.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food selection is complex.
The dessert was inedible and tasted like coming from a cheap patisserie in Brixton

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SW
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, great menu, lots of ‘snacks’ in between courses that suited the meal well
Only point would be that it was hard to hear what the waiters were saying and also service was a bit hit and miss

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was brilliant!! Totally recommend the whole roast duck!

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. This time we had the tasting menu - delicious and delicate portions. Staff are all very friendly and helpful. It is very unstuffy and the food is beautifully presented

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RG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went on Saturday evening and unfortunately our first impression damaged by the roadworks outside. Of course this is not the restaurants fault but when booking for a special occasion I might not have booked if I had known. We were then seated right by the window with a view of a digger, we asked to be moved and they did that without any issues.

After that point I can’t fault anything else, the service was top notch and the food exceptional. The mushroom soup amuse bouche and the duck to share were two highlights. The menu was great and I’m sure we would have equally enjoyed any of the courses as there is clearly a passion they want to get across, and we are still talking about the duck two days later and hoping to return once the roadworks outside are complete.

A very special dining experience

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DD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t fault anything! Absolutely fantastic! Best dining experience I’ve had in a very long time!

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JS
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great food and excellent service.
Loved seeing the kitchen at work!

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, drink and service. Innovative presentation.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great first experience for lunch
Lovely extras throughout the meal
Service good not sharp
Some food introductions muffled
Felt quite rushed at the start then settled down

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The roadworks were very loud and disturbing. Did not make for a pleasant dining experience

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A
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yes I would recommend however from a price point of view I think sticking to the set lunch menu would be a good idea! £825 for lunch for 4 is a lot, however 4 bottles of expensive wine were the main contributor!

Food was excellent and service very attentive - very much enjoyed overall

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Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal with excellent service, the attention to detail was second to none.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and atmosphere, food is just about art. Best restaurant.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service, food and wine. Really looked after us and catered for all of our various allergies incredibly well. The herb tae trolley was unique and very enjoyable. Table in the bar area was nice and made chatting very easy as noise level was fine.

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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch menu for £37 for 3 courses was exceptional alive for the quality of the service and food

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SF
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t fault the experience in any way. The service from the moment we walked in the door was excellent and the food was exceptional as was the paired wine. We have been to a number of tasting menus throughout the world and this is up there with the best we’ve had. We will be back.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Pollen street social. The first time I had the tasting menu and this time we went for the a la carte for Valentine's day. As always the service was great. You feel so looked after but it doesn't feel 'stuffy' like some high end restaurants are. The staff are personable while still being professional and you feel like you can have a chat and connect with them still. As always the food was perfect. We shared the steak which came with the most incredible ox cheek mac 'n' cheese and even the roasted carrots were the best i've ever had. I'll be coming back here again and again - though the price point does mean it'll only be for special occasions. I'm ok with that!

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m
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, friendly but professional. You get the feeling they are able to give you any dining experience you want. Would highly recommend.... in fact already rebooked for next month

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SM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was incredible as to be expected.
We were sat at a table just by the bar which was extremely noisy with people waiting prior to being seated, also extremely hard to have a conversation due to the noise and a bit uncomfortable.
We had 2 x waiters serving our table the guy was excellent and very knowledgeable regarding the menu etc. the girl let the side down as she spilled the mushroom tea everywhere due to not concentrating on what she was doing, she also dropped the champagne granita on the free canapés.
She then had trouble pouring the cream for the Eton Mess to which her colleague had to come and help her out, not what I’d expect from a 1 star venue. On leaving the lady had trouble locating our coats, no one had asked us how our evening was nor did they say thank you for coming etc, left a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. Shame as we flew from Australia and were looking forward to the experience here. Food excellent. Service so so.

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Mainz
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

extremely loud dining room

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F
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as always. Catered easily for gluten free diet. Best gluten free bread in London. Left feeling that we had a great meal. Thought snails were slightly superfluous in mashed potato but otherwise fab. Shared pistachio soufflé which was a good move - way too much for one. We keep coming back to Pollen Street Social

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GM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the three course lunch with sommelier selected wines which was just incredible. Amazing food, beautifully matched wines and superb service. Highly highly recommended

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