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Bistro Vadouvan

4.5
56 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Waterfront
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 56 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.5
service
3.9
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great food and very friendly service.

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 24 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 24 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Great food and great service, not to be missed

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5.0Dined on 5 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

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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3.0Dined on 20 December 2017

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

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2017

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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5.0Dined on 14 December 2017

Clean, fresh tasting and subtly spiced food, served by extremely pleasant people. It is well worth a visit, and I hope it is successful - it deserves to be.

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3.0Dined on 12 December 2017

On our visit it was one of the coldest nights of the year and the bistro was really cold. I will return in warmer weather. Our cosy catch up with friends wasn’t quite so cosy

Food and value good but service a little over attentive

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5.0Dined on 12 December 2017

Really impressed by quality of food and service here! Definitely be going back. Very tasty and inventive dishes and delicious wine.

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4.0Dined on 30 November 2017

excellent french food with an interesting spice twist

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4.0Dined on 22 November 2017

The food was truly fantastic. Delicious food and friendly service. Such a find! I shall be back.

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4.0Dined on 18 November 2017

For a bistro the food is very impressive . In particular the steak tartare and the lamb special were excellent. Staff helpful and attentive. Definitely will return.

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5.0Dined on 15 November 2017

The food at this restaurant is amazing. It is spicy and flavoursome and everyone I have taken there has loved it. We went on Wednesday. Half price champagne night. What's not to love.

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5.0Dined on 12 November 2017

the food is some of the nicest I have tasted. Truly gorgeous. I was very quiet on a Sunday night so the ambience was not amazing- but we did enjoy it. Going again tonight!

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5.0Dined on 11 November 2017

The food here is fantastic! An imaginative mix of French, Moroccan and Asian influences yet every dish was light, textured and totally delicious. Ceviche, beef tartare with smoked aubergine, Cornish sea bass, seared venison - all were excellent using the best British produce. There is a wide choice of wine by the glass so my husband could drink red and i could drink white and the total bill for three courses and six large glasses of the nicest wine came to just £140. The service was also knowledgeable and friendly. We simply can't understand why this terrific restaurant was so quiet. The surrounding area (on the riverfront but adjacent to a noisy pub and a couple of chain restaurants) wasn't particularly appealing on a Saturday night with drunken teenagers marauding around and the decor really needs addressing but this is a brilliant local restaurant and we'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 4 November 2017

Great food and wonderful staff!

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5.0Dined on 25 October 2017

Ace. Loved it Gorgeous tasty food. The spicy twist on everything is outstanding

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5.0Dined on 19 October 2017

An excellent meal from a talented chef and team, combined with faultless service. My guest was equally impressed with the fine food and very different and fresh approach.

I would recommend Bistro Vadouvan to anyone a superb restaurant and top class food.

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4.0Dined on 17 October 2017

Last Tuesday night we thought we would check out this new restaurant which replaced one of our favourites in Putney. The place looked pretty much the same .The food looked and tasted delicious! The service varied from indifferent to friendly which I put down to newness of the place. Definitely something to polish up. We will come again.

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