Bistro Vadouvan

4.6
69 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Waterfront
  • Fit for Foodies
Bistro Vadouvan is situated on Putney Wharf’s stunning piazza, overlooking the River Thames.The only one of its kind in London, it subtly blends the essence of French cuisine with spices of the Orient. Chef-patron Durga’s inspiration comes from his Michelin-starred background, having worked with the likes of Eric Chavot, Joel Antunes and Pascal Proyart during his career.
The concept was born as the allure of traditional French cuisine - using cream, butter and fats is on the wane - despite the flavours still being hugely popular and much loved.
Introducing two clay ovens, a bespoke BBQ section and subtle elements of Middle Eastern and Asian spices to classical French dishes gives a lighter, contemporary touch to the food, that brings out the best in the cuisine while being more in keeping with today’s tastes.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of Operation
MONDAY

Closed

TUESDAY

Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm

WEDNESDAY- FRIDAY

Lunch 12pm - 3pm

Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm

SATURDAY (ALL DAY DINING)

12pm - 10pm

SUNDAY (ALL DAY DINING)

12 Noon - 9pm

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Phone number
020 3475 3776
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Durga Misra
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Catering
We provide all in-house catering facility.
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Area
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Public Transit
Across the bridge from Putney Bridge Tube Station on District Line.
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Entertainment
Background French music.
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Special Events & Promotions
Wedding party or special occasions.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 69 People Are Saying
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SG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Franco Oriental food in happy environment

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c
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful classic dishes with a subtle spiced twist. Everyone enjoyed every dish. Great wines and lovely staff. We had a birthday lunch and had a toddler with us and the staff were really accommodating and friendly. It’s a shame Carluccio’s was packed when this gem of a restaurant was right next door!

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JK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was really excellent and everyone in our party remarked on how delicious it was. The restaurant was not busy so lacked a little atmosphere, but otherwise the ambience was very pleasant. The service was average - although the managers seemed to know what they were doing the waiters were less adept.
The really frightening part was paying the bill. We had been charged for wine we did not order and when queried this was changed but overall a charge of £63 per head when half the party were not drinking was astonishingly high for a 2 course meal.

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WC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is an amazing mixture of traditional French recipes with added Oriental spices - nothing over spicy but enough to arouse the palate. The house chips are not to be missed. Neither is the passion fruit cheesecake. Both are always on our order whenever we go.
This time we had the barbecued Seabream and the fresh tuna steaks - both excellent.

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J
London
76 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another visit to this lovely restaurant this time as a family group of 11 including small child. We are Sunday lunch from the so called brunch menu which contains much more than brunch style dishes. The service was exceptionally helpful and we shared starters be fore moving onto mains with shared sides. The food was delicious though one dish, the crab, prawn and chilli omelette was disappointingly pale and bland. Overall the restaurant dealt admirably with a large group including the needs of a small child.

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K
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly fantastic, what a great find. We ate here over the weekend catching up with friends and the food was stunning. That was a big surprise given that the prices are so reasonable. I think my wife had the pick of the starters with the beef tartare and I thought the same of her lamb however the crab ravioli (our friend's main) was her choice as the best dish. From someone whose absolute favourite dessert is cheesecake... this was possibly the best she'd had. All of the dishes we had were delicious, really impressive quality and flavours so we'll definitely come back (and probably soon).

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JC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Bistro Vadouvan; food was terrific and absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go back and would definitely recommend.

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J
London
75 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lunch at Vadouvan
Three of us enjoyed s bargain set lunch at Vadouvan with delicious wines accompanying. Simple but interesting options. Three courses for 19 pounds. The dessert, a wonderful cheesecake was a highlight.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mixed feelings about this one. Plates of food looked very nice but "medium rare" steak was very, very rare and the accompaniment was very hot (too many chillis). I think I would try again, to get a better picture though. Service was very good/nice.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was memorable, in spite of the conversation with my best friend. The marinated herring starter and the poached pear dessert have really stuck in my mind, with imaginative use of spices and just lovely. The location on the Putney piazza overlooking the river was also great, particularly on a hot summer evening. shall definitely be back!

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PC
Berkshire
150 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really excellent and innovative dishes. French based menu with a little spice added. great service and very good win list. Good short menu of the day with excellent choices

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious food, so much care and attention went into the unusual mix of flavours. Excellent.

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R
London
128 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro Vadouvan on Putney Wharf provides excellent food well spiced from an open kitchen and fairly priced wines.Excellent in summer when you can sit outside and look at the river.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I loved this restaurant, delicious food, nice, friendly staff, but the ambiance let's it down, not that I will let that put me off. I'll certainly be visiting again.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly service.

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E
London
29 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the food here.... interesting dishes and all tasty. Could do with slightly improved service as we were either waiting a while or being harassed to order. Overall a good experience.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, French meets spice. Very friendly staff. We will not hesitate to come back.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fabulous and inventive. Unlike any other restaurant I've eaten in before. You really should try this place.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I love the food in this restaurant and the service is good. Unfortunately, they had run out of rose wine though. I would highly recommend friends for the food, however I would really like them to update their interior to a more current fresh look.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love it - second time this week. Fresh food with a really different menu.

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J
London
73 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have visited Bistro Vadouvan after a great lunch. Dinner was equally delicious. Obviously more costly but the menu boasted more variety and it was still a good deal for quality food.

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k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely selection of simple, well presented food close to the river. Would definitely recommend for families.

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R
London
128 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My 3rd visit to Bistro Vadouvan was a special get together with old friends.
The Sunday brunch menu offered outsranding food and Oster,the manager,provided excellent service.If your budget cannot run to a weekend in Paris ,Vadouvan in Putney is a good alternaive

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit as we live in Cheshire and were visiting our daughter. We all loved it and on our next visit to London we will be going again. Love the place and the service as well, my only comment would be that the 1st. visit I had the chocolate and orange pudding which was delicious but it wasn’t on the last one. It was replaced by chocolate passion fruit and a coconut ice cream. Individually for me they were delicious but didn’t go together but that may be my taste.

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J
London
72 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food here is superb. We had lunch and the weekday lunch deal is amazing with a changing menu. Think French with middle eastern/north african twists. The four of us, between us, had all the main courses on offer (fish, meat and veggie) and all were delicious. Starters did not disappoint either. Service reliable and efficient. Thoroughly recommended.

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S
Berkshire
26 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a local restaurant for us and we love it. The food starters and main courses are cooked to order. The fish and meat dishes are always excellent, especially the mackerel starter and lamb main course. We have also had some great wines there, that are reasonably priced. The staff are all so friendly and welcoming. Definitely our favourite restaurant in Putney!

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CF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best restaurant in Putney by miles. Delicious food, attentive service, good setting. Deserves to do well.

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TS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Superb meal - very different style of food than I have had in ages. Really delicious. A great find.

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c
Glasgow
27 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really confused little place.
An intriguing menu, quite limited in choices, portions quite meagre for plate price.
Service was OK, nothing exceptional, think our waiter might have been stoned. Seemed to find lots of things hilarious and just wasn't all with it. Bringing half your starters and wishing you bon appétit to have somebody else arrive with the other plate I was about to ask about.
Service really disjointed. Somebody who seats you, somebody else offers menus and takes drinks order. Somebody else arrives to ask for another drinks order. Just no cohesion.
Strange, quirky little spot. I can see it's busy as Putney isn't blessed with 100 eateries which is should be. Sadly Franco Manca pizza is a good shout...

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we were absolutely delighted with our experience.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic and unique mix of French and middle eastern favour. Fusion cuisine of another type. A Michelin star type expérience. Interior decoration not quite up to the standard of the food but good and friendly service

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O
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my favourite restaurant and everyone I come with loves it too. On Wednesday I came with two work colleagues and they agreed that the food is delicious and that they are jealous that I have it on my doorstep. Although it was a Wednesday night in the middle of January it was quite busy and there was a really nice ambiance. The service was great- they are really nice people running this restaurant

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R
London
128 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Bistro vadouvaan is an excellent addition to Putney dining establishments.
Focus is on restricted menu with open kitchen and brilliant use of spices.
Excellent service and interesting wine list. great discovery and we will eat here often!!

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellentand delicious food. Fresh seasonal ingredients and gentle spices and seasonings. Friendly attentive service. Reasonably priced. Very good value.

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service, not to be missed

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly welcome and delightful staff. Simple and uncluttered restaurant with nice outside area overlooking the River Thames. Small menu but everything is cooked to order in view of the diners. There are a few specials each day for each course and then the main menu. Quite a good wine list and the staff are very knowledgeable about the food and wine so go with their suggestions. The dishes were very nicely presented, delicious flavours, fresh ingredients and tasted great. We will definitely visit again if we are in that area.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic place. The staff were very caring. Very impressed.
Price was good for the high quality of food and service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal of 2017. The only question is why it took me so long to find this wonderful place. Every bite had so much flavour. The location is lovely right along the river. I will be returning often in 2018.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Really well executed food, very tasty and well balanced.
Slightly erratic levels of service whilst perfectly friendly.

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O
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as ever. I always want what I had the last time. But they change the menu regularly and I then find a new favourite. There were four of us. We all had different things and we all said it was the most gorgeous food we had ever tasted. It was Sunday and nicely busy. Service is great.

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