Bibendum Oyster Bar

4.4
562 reviews
£26 to £40
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…

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  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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What 562 People Are Saying
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PhilippeB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Had to wait for 15 minutes in the cold although we had a reservation.
Waited 30 minutes after we ordered to get the first dish.
Food quality is less than average and definitively overpriced.
The place is way too noisy to even have a nice discussion.
Overall a bad experience for us. Very disappointed.
But the staff is very nice. Especially the wine old lady. She’s the best, we love her.

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CarolB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable late lunch, great ambience and pleasant staff, in a lovely setting. A great building.

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SarahW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

3 small grilled prawns charging £15 and not even deveined. Waited over 1/2hr for food to arrive.
Waited 20 mins for a Bloody Mary and only 4-5 tables seated. Very disappointed

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RichardS
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

What a disappointment.
Our group of 4 had all come to Bibendum with high expectations based on memories and perception, but it failed to deliver on all fronts.
The food was OK overall, but we didn't go to Bibendum for "OK" food. The oysters were fine, but then that's not hard to do. 2 of our table ordered the cod dish which arrived cold; my wife sent hers back, while her friend stuck with it. When my wife's dish was returned a few minutes later, it was the same piece of fish that had been increased in temperature only marginally. All the other dishes were underwhelming, the exception being the cheeses, which were really nice.
The service was odd. We had 2 French-sounding waiters; one had an accent that I could not really get through, so what he was saying to me was lost, which is a shame. My problem, I accept. The lady who served the wine was initially fine, we wanted champagne so she directed us to a really nice bottle. After that, we ordered a Chablis and when it arrived we asked her to just pour it as we were all deep in conversation and didn't anticipate any problem. But no: "Someone MUST try the wine", said without humour, so my wife tried it. Maybe I'm missing something, but I really don't want to be told what to do when I am having my meal.
Eventually, the manager was sent over and he graciously removed my wife's dish from the bill and threw in a free dessert for her; thank you.
Prices were OK, I guess. Taking out the champagne and wine, we paid £60 a head for a very average meal.
All in all, a very disappointing night.

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MandyS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant in an iconic building.

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ugog
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The sole has been very disappointing, for 48 Pounds I expect to be perfectly cooked (my wife’s sole was pink ) and with firm meat not jelly fish like!!
I just regret to have not sent it back but it has been a long day and we were hungry.
Too bad because oysters were excellent and the place very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, lovely venue, friendly and attentive service. Oysters were the best we’d ever had!!!

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Habib
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, charming place and amazing team. Food was great and really worth the price. And Noureddine is such a character!! Definitely going back

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JenniferP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous place ,fabulous service . Lovely dining experience with my best friend .. Archie my little one eyed poodle .

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johnw
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I went to the oyster bar with my wife last night and to be honest I was very disappointed with the meal
My wife ordered the crab only to be told there wasn’t any left ( it was only 7.30 in the evening ) so she went to order the fillet of beef only to be told again that there was none available..we ordered oysters and bread to start the oysters and butter arrived but no bread which I had to ask for again
Then when our mains and sides came.. the sides I ordered came but my main didn’t so had to ask again and when it eventually arrived the cod was cold so I sent it back with my sides as the fries had gone cold with waiting.. then they brought back my main but no sides so when my fries came back I had already finished my main which to be honest was cold again but o didn’t want to send it back again
Overall the service and the restaurant were good but there was just to many mistakes for one meal so I probably wouldn’t go back which is a shame as we’d been looking forward to this meal as we don’t get out much having two small children

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Nicola
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The unique environment of the Michelin building makes a pleasure to dine there. The décor and food has improved since Claude Bosi took both restaurants over. Well worth it

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful surroundings. Lovely food, super staff - friendly and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect experience in every way!
Made even more special by the service
Thank you

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Jlg84
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Waited 15 mins for a menu after we were seated, then the server that brought it gave us a smug, snooty smile, not even bothering to say welcome or utter any words. Requested two glasses of champagne on arrival as we were celebrating… never arrived. Oysters were good, rest of the food was average at best but over priced…worst steak tartare I’ve ever had. I ordered the wine (I’m female), yet wine bottle was shown to, and tasting offered to my boyfriend, didn’t even look in my direction. Absolute sexism! Tables near us had similar issues with poor, inattentive service including forgetting things. Diners were all sat in there coats as it’s freezing inside with the front doors open. Would not go back or recommend….. a huge disappointment

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Vanessa
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely french brassiere food including gorgeous seafood. Best french fries that I have had in years. Ate inside which is open to the outside, so needed a jacket, but great with fresh air flowing for Covid safety. Also dog friendly, so we will bring our poochie next time.

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SergeD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Not professional service

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and atmosphere
Delicious food

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Bee2bee
London
58 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening and overall nice decent food with great relaxing atmosphere. Wonderful service !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is very nice the service is good but the food could be better. I had mussels that were boiled with almost no dressing.

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Jamie
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Been a few times before but something has changed, staff were very helpful but food standard has fallen dramatically

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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chjonssond
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Oyster bar is great for lunch but less so for dinner. It's a bit dark and cold during evenings

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Joca
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

WE enjoyed our Sunday lunch as a couple. The staff is so nice. I ate the steak tartare which I didn’t find great but all the rest was very good. Recommend the Crème Brûlé.

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Oldfan
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The plateau is nowhere near what it used to be. Delicious tatin. Service is still outstanding.
A lovely evening overall

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vipFrancophile
London
28 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food in a lovely setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Recently had dinner here with my father for his birthday. I had dined before as well but this time around the service was really poor. The waitress and waiter lacked manners and adequate training. Poured too much wine into the glasses, missed my glass, waitress opened bottle for tasting but then instead of pouring the wine went to serve other people who were having a standing party. The restaurant has sit down tables and the people standing and drinking were not making for a nice atmosphere. Service was just terrible overall. Will not come back

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RiccaG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and service, plus a fantastic spot to watch the world go by

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor service, extremely disorganized. Oysters are great but others inconsistent. Steamed shrimp on the edge of being inedible.

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JoannaO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Despite being super busy the staff, especially the two delightful French gentlemen, made us feel welcome.
It was clear they were very busy and some staff were a little overwhelmed but due to the professionalism of these guys the ship sailed well.
Shellfish was the best I've had in a while & wine list was superb I will be back...to eat upstairs.
Many thanks Claude & team. A wonderful evening.

LB
LiamB
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a good few laughs trying to crack the crab claws but the waiter, Joe was great and very patient. Food was superb and service spot on. Loved it and definitely go again when in this part of town

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williamh
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinning experience. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

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CaroU
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Hostess miserable and unhelpful

MB
MercedesB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely time there as with good company.
Value for money not ok.
Sicilian prawns overpriced, tiny prawns at 8.5GBP each outrageous.
Sea food plater could be elevated a bit more. oysters good. prawns overcooked.

I will not come back for that, only for some oysters.. disappointed somehow.
come back after a very nice evening 3 months ago.. and a visit last year to the Restaurant above which it was amazing.
Thansk
Mercedes

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vipGreat
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Chaotic service made the evening ridiculous. When you are in such a lovely place with a great menu, to be let down by ridiculously poor service experience is inexcusable. Don’t waste your time or money here

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Kareenb
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The food was disappointing . it is unfortunate as it used to be good. However, the service was very good and the staff very professional.
I still recommend the restaurant as I want to believe that it was just a bad day in the kitchen....

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Ieatthereforeiam
London
86 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A classic venue serving seafood stalwarts. Good to see Claude popping down from the stoves upstairs and the staff manage the kinetic bustle well. Perfect for a pre-prom stomach liner, and to watch the beautiful people of Kensington waft pass. Freshly grilled Cornish sardines, some Pierre Koffman frites on the side and something white & crisp in my glass. Magnifique! Sit. Eat. Celebrate. Bon vivant. N.B.Dog friendly too.

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vipGallopingG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was great except for the inordinately long wait between starter (crab quiche) and main course (grilled sardines).

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SheilaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service very poor - food was excellent though

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service, food, and venue! Would definitely go back for some more oysters!

PM
PeterM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the perfect dining experience, relaxed but the food, wine and service were of the highest quality!

FAQs

Bibendum Oyster Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7590 1199.

Bibendum Oyster Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 562 OpenTable diners.

Bibendum Oyster Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bibendum.giftpro.co.uk/vouchers/bibendum-gift-voucher/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.