Bibendum Oyster Bar

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Seafood
The Bibendum Oyster Bar - a local stalwart - has been re-launched under the direction of Lyon born chef Claude Bosi. The large tiled foyer of the great Michelin building remains, it’s great for a glass of fizz and a few oysters (there are six varieties to choose from), a more leisurely lunch or dinner. Expect plenty of fresh seafood; oysters, langoustine and seafood platters, a brand new breakfast menu, and a comprehensive yet affordable wine list; with wine starting at £17 a bottle. In the evening you will find the same great seafood, and some of the Bibendum classics which made their debut on the original menu many years ago. Dishes such as Fillet steak au poivre, Calves liver and bacon, Fish and chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce. As well as some welcome new additions such as the lobster bun with string fries.

If the sun is shining there are seats outside in the patio area to enjoy a cocktail from a great list of classics, and even if it’s not there are blankets…
What 326 People Are Saying
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AntB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good. Superb ceasar salad. Service rather slow, but food great and lovely ambience.

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DimitrisK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience2

Service was very low for the standards which I had expected to ve.I didn’t expect to get a simple plate of 3 pieces of cheeses chutney and open packet biscuit.When my final bill was 300£.

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MartinF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food with that special twist that made even ‘ordinary’ fish & chips seem as if it had been prepared with a lot of TLC.
Wine very pricy even for SW3 but hey it was worth it.
Very tight on Covid-19 compliance so felt as if I was in a safe environment.

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Aspicynoodle
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, manager was hospitable. Food was beautiful and oysters were fresh!

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MartinB
Leicestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous restaurant - would highly recommend - quite an experience....

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing and service was not to be faulted. The wine was exceptional, I can only say one negative thing. I ordered and old fashioned at the bar following dinner and it was very disappointing.

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KayZal
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous space and location, great staff. Food was nice. We ordered three cold starters (caesar, tartar and prawn cocktail) and they were served very cold so probably made in advance. Nevertheless the flavours were great. It's a bit pricy for a casual style place but a nice treat.

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vipcristinad
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good food and nice location. Crab quiche exceptionally good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time back soon

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Angela
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A restaurant like this does make a person feel special because it is indeed a fine dining experience.

I liked their wine selection, I enjoyed the oysters, although I didn't enjoy much eating a chilled lobster. That spoiled the experience for me.

Our bill was nearly £200 for two people, which we paid £22 for optional service charge.

Now, something disastrous needs to happen for me to request for the service charge to be removed.

But I must mention that during our dinner, one of the staff broke a glass, the main waiter didn't have fully knowledge of the menu, then another waitress took over, then he came back to us. The waitress offered to bring me the menu from the restaurant upstairs, and she didn't etc.

Now all of this is not too bad, breaking glass can happen to anyone (I can break a glass at my home). But when you pay that much, you expect nothing less, but an exceptional service.

We personally came for the oysters, so if that's what you are craving, yes I would recommend this place.

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DanielaR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A heavenly birthday meal for my best friend. We loved our afternoon at Bibendum, truly a special experience. Don’t miss the oysters (the Dooncastles were a highlight) and the Fish of the Day, which was lemon sole on our visit. I can’t wait to come back soon, once we find another excuse to do so. The outside tables are tempting, but the mosaics inside the Oyster Bar are too special to miss.

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Giacomo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here a number of times and it's always great. One of our favs

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ENRICAT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good but very expensive and service is a little slow.

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AnnaA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful setting, attentive but not overbearing service, restaurant was almost empty which is such a shame and a reflection of the times. As such they had a reduced menu.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch at the Oyster bar. Delicious fish soup and great service with reasonable pricing for the quality of the food.

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123james
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic eve, great service, I would recommend to anyone

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MichielV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time visit and we had not expected to be seated outside. Friendly service and they gave us blankets but this was not a good experience. Food was nicely presented but codfish was over cooked and even the chips were dry. Wines by the glass are average quality at best. Prices too high, better to eat inside.

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tanjik
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A regular stop for lunch with work colleagues or friends. Trouble and hassle free.

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TuringCompliant
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, friendly service and Excellent food👍👍

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vipgranita
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brilliant as usual........................!!!!!!!!!

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PauloP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really nice service, the good food was excellent
Highly recommended

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Chris
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Oysters were so fresh .
All very pricy though, considering it was downstairs in the Oyster bar .
I am frightened it will be unaffordable once we have finally left the UK without a deal ! How much will one French oyster be !!!! £8 each !!!!!

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vipIvan
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. For the "right price".

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vipHsK2LH
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is really good to see this one back to the level that it used to be some years back!
From the welcome greeting onward, the service was friendly, well organised and nicely paced. This team coped with a busy restaurant without missing a beat or any drama. Menu is perfectly simple, with the usual range of high-quality fish at the heart.
Welcome back!

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SheilaS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent Oysters and Lobster - well worth the visit

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vipSimonL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Having eaten upstairs in Bibendum and at the Oyster Bar for lunch it was interesting to eat in the Oyster Bar during an evening service. The food was excellent as was the service and we’re pleased to say we’ll be returning.

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Jezza
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There was little or no social distancing from staff - not reassuring in current climate - no masks, gloves or screens. Very uncomfortable. Starters (Mussels, fish soup and crab tart) were very good but mains very disappointing - especially Dover sole and lobster Thermidor - even more so given the price!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bibendum is a great spot for lunch, it’s right next to the florist inside the building so it’s very pretty. Attentive staff and delicious food

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MaxS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience. Very much enjoyed the evening

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Wellfed
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Used to be lovely, then it went scruffy and overpriced now it’s smarter again with a nice ambience but average food and pricy.

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vipRitaC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Always great experience

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vipchelseafoodie
London
25 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance is excellent though it is the service that stands out even more. The only gripe is the wine list - great choice of wines, the mark up not so. Still, this place is an old time favourite that is just getting better.

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AnnaW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

After COVID-19 Huge disappointment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A bit cold

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lizw
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb lunch , service and food . Can t wait to return .

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch for my birthday. Had a lovely time. Food was amazing

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vipMiraP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service. Amazing attention to customers.

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vipRichardP
London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Evening good food attentive waiting staff will be back

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vipNKSB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleased to be out eating and the restaurant team were delighted to be back at work - a lovely experience!

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IsoB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the first time going back since it has been taken over and we had a really lovely time. The seafood platter was delicious and we also had a lovely white. The bread portion was really small for the price- like 3 slices of baguette- so would have liked to have seen more generous an offering there. But overall really nice.

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Bibendum Oyster Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.

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