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Blue Door Bistro, London,

Blue Door Bistro

4.2
4.2
213 Reviews
£25 and under
British
A few short steps from the British Museum, The Blue Door Bistro provides a welcoming and informal bistro-style setting. Light and airy at lunchtime, warm and cosy by evening, the room is decorated on three sides with a panoramic view of London circa 1849. Together with the rich mahogany panelled walls, effective use of mirrored glass, and contemporary wrought iron wall lights, an ambience rooted in the hotel’s location is beautifully achieved. Executive chef, Martin Halls, blends seasonal ingredients and herbs from our garden with classical techniques to create seasonal British menus. Our cuisine is commended with an AA rosette and accredited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (2 stars). In all of our products, we only use free-range eggs and are committed to sustainable fisheries for our fish supplies. Our team are trained to ensure that your specific dietary requirements are catered for at all times.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    British, Modern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast: 7:00am - 10:00am (Mon - Fri) 7:00am - 11:00am (Sat) 7:00am - 12:00pm (Sun) Lunch: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Mon - Sat) 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Sun) Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (Mon - Sat) 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

  • Phone number

    020 7612 8416

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Bloomsbury

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    The Montague on the Gardens is accessible by either Russell Square Underground Station or Holborn Underground Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Experiences

  • Table d'hote Menu

    £30.00 per person

    11 Apr - 30 Nov 2022
    Table d’hote menu available 2 courses @ £30.00 per person and 3 courses @ £35.00 per person Our cuisine is commended with an AA Rosette and Executive Chef Martin Halls blends the freshest of seasonal ingredients and herbs from our garden with classical preparation techniques. The dishes you'll find are combined with the influence of Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Beatrice has a particular passion for food and entrusts her famous signature dishes to Martin. We responsibly source food and insist on only the freshest of ingredients. In all of our products, we only use free-range eggs and are committed to sustainable fisheries for our fish supplies.

What 213 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. JU

    JanisU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely experience at this fabulous restaurant on Friday 18th February. Food delicious, lovely ambience and staff excellent, particularly Sonia and Everett. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  2. RP

    RebeccaP

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Very attentive, charming surroundings and lovely food. Signature dishes do not disappoint. Overall felt like a very special evening.
  3. TP

    TeresaP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and tasty food. A real find, close to the British Museum
  4. F

    Frank83

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The scallops appetizer was very good. The lamb chop was all fat with little meat. When we told them they offered to replace it with the Rump of lamb which was lean and excellent. The cheesecake and the rice pudding are specialities of the house. They were rich, good and generous portions.
  5. LH

    LesleyH

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really pleasant evening. Lovely food and service. My first visit and will definitely be back. Perfect for a quiet dinner / business. Great location and ambience. Highly recommend!
  6. M

    Mike

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was really amazing - just right, not too intrusive but very helpful. Food was of a very decent standard from the set a la carte menu, at a decent price for this part of London on a Saturday lunchtime, just round the corner from the British Museum and RADA both of which we were visiting.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just Amazing! Thank you for a lovely evening.
  8. EL

    ElizabethL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited a few times for special occasions over the years and it is our 'go to' place in London when we spend time here. They are friendly and helpful. The bar is lovely to sit in before the meal and enjoy the Iive music .
  9. AG

    AnnieG

    Bath

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Glamorous place, I didn't realise it was a hotel too. Nice decor, good food but quite small portions and lovely lovely wine.
  10. m

    mandy

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    While Everette was very nice, he was not actually a server as there were no actual servers until about an hour into our meal. When we did finally get servers they were very busy assisting a party of 8 next to us. We were the only two parties in the entire restaurant including ours. The food was horrible. I ordered from the preset menu, the scotch egg tasted like it was egg inside of a bread roll. The duck was so bloody, it left the taste of iron in my mouth. I am pregnant so I was very upset when I took a bite of the duck and realized how under-cooked it was. To be honest, even if I wasn't pregnant, I still would have been disgusted but not as concerned about the risk of eating raw poultry. I have had duck many times at many other high end restaurants. This was just bad cooking. At least if they are going to serve something raw or under-cooked, you should be notified, especially since I had brought it up to Everette and we had a full discussion about me being pregnant. When they brought the recooked duck back, I was so turned off from the first bite, I could not continue to eat. We took the dessert to go hoping maybe that would be better, but it was so bland and lacked flavor. Over 100 pounds later, leaving hungry and disgusted, I would not recommend this place to a starving homeless person if the meal was offered for free.
  11. c

    ctann

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A fantastic experience for our last night in London. Food was superb, service was friendly and attentive, and the ambience was perfect.
  12. R

    Rachel

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience perfect for catching up with friends and having a relaxed dinner. The staff were so friendly and polite and knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Perfect evening and so relaxed.
  13. ES

    ESSw

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and attentive service, with a traditional bistro style setting. Was a very enjoyable dinner.
  14. HB

    HannahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. So glad we happened on it. Staff we exceptional
  15. EA

    ElegantiaeArbiter

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    A beautiful restaurant with pedestrian food (if you're a vegetarian). The service was excellent and the staff very friendly. The view onto the garden is lovely! But the food was only OK. I was disappointed having read so many positive reviews. Maybe the meat dishes are better prepared? My salad was overpriced and fairly tasteless. The veggies in my pasta primavera were very fresh, but the preparation of the pasta--the flavoring of the sauce--was absent: it was basically grilled veggies and pasta and olive oil with a little parmesan tossed on top. A family sitting next to me allowed their toddler to play her video out loud at the restaurant, and the staff did not intervene. The family was friendly and the kid very cute--but it could have been a distraction for others, as it was, occasionally, for me.
  16. SL

    SimonL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a good meal in comfortable surroundings sitting on the covered terrace. The food was well cooked and presented - not spectacular or particularly exciting or innovative, Which was ideal for the occasion.
  17. JR

    JamesR

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I must say that my experience at lunch today was incredibly disappointing. I had been looking for a suitable place to enjoy a quiet lunch with my Grandmother before visiting an exhibition at the British Museum. Starting on a positive note, the staff were excellent at providing a pre-lunch Gin & Tonic in the hotel before we moved into the dinning room. Unfortunately after that things started to go down hill. The dinning room was deserted for lunch on a Saturday. As it later became apparent, this was intentional. Two groups of walk-ins were turned away and told that the restaurant was “fully booked” despite it only having only two people in it. This is a restaurant that clearly doesn’t want your business. On the food quality, I had ordered the fishcake starter which was to be served with a poached egg. The poached egg had been boiled to an inch of its life. The yolk was rock hard and going grey. I am not certain how such an error could occur in a restaurant that only had two diners. Further my Tuna from the Grill menu was barely cooked at all. Despite these issue the bill also proved challenging. Firstly, I had to remind them that our drinks had not been added to the bill. Secondly, despite the issues they had still had the nerve to add a 12.5% gratuity to the bill. At no point when we were leaving did they attempt to apologise. For those reading to the end of this review, do not visit this “non-restaurant”, they clearly do not value their customers.
  18. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good meal and good service. We would definitely go again
  19. D

    Diane

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Whenever we visit London we try to locate restaurants with good food in specific neighborhoods. We were very pleased to find the Blue Door Bistro next to the British Museum. The hotel + restaurant has a garden setting for nice weather and a lovely glass enclosed tea room. We were there for lunch but next time we will try dinner in the dinning room or a light lunch in the tea room. The service and the food were top quality.
  20. JW

    JohnW

    London

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Arrived 30 mins before booked time, no problem we were seated in an empty dining room which was very pleasantly decorated. Staff were charming and attentive. Menu gave a choice of a 3 course set price and a more extensive selection available from another menu. For starters I had the black pudding scotch egg and my wife chose the mushroom and truffle soup (served to look like cappuccino) Soup declared good but could not taste the truffle. The Scotch Egg was served cut in half and the edges of the pudding were hard, perhaps it stood under the lights of the pass too long, however it was tasty. Mains Fish with risotto and belly pork. The fish was cold and was sent back, the pork although not cold was not very hot but i kept it, when returned the fish was only marginally warmer. The pork was over cooked on the base to the extent that it had the constancy (and taste ) of wood. The young man serving us ? Smithman was obviously embarrassed about the meal and was most apologetic. Deserts, large piece of Cheese Cake and a cheese selection. Both very good. Mr Smithman and a senior member of staff took off the price of the main courses and made other adjustments to the bill. Although the food fell below par, the staff and the general ambiance of the restaurant was a pleasure and I will be prepared to try again.
  21. e

    expo58

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A rare combination of old-fashioned, white tablecloth, elegant and discreet ambiance and service and well-chosen, well-prepared dishes. We came here once out of convenience and have returned several times with friends. Along with a visit to a theatre, it's one of our favorite ways to splurge when visiting London, and I hope to return again.
  22. NB

    NathalieB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belle découverte que ce restaurant choisi sur Opentable. Accueil très chaleureux, nourriture délicieuse, service agréable. Je recommande chaudement.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice family dinner with a kind and professional service. We ate very well.
  24. M

    Montysmeals

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was fine, staff very nice. The only slight problem was that the clotted cream with dessert was fine but the double cream had gone off. They were very apologetic & deducted it from the bill.
  25. S

    Sari

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was super delicious and service excellent! Recommed their specials.
  26. J

    Jonathan

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A slightly old-fashioned (but not in a bad way) and perfectly comfortable restaurant, with tasty food at not outrageous prices.
  27. PH

    PeterH

    Kent

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice eating environment. It serves traditional English food, well done. If you are looking for something that is original or inventive, however, this is not the place for you.
  28. GL

    GeoffreyL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2018

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Good setting and friendly staff. Food was a bit disappointing for the price and the staff need a bit more training before being let loose on customers.
  29. B

    Biketheboat

    Denver

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I was treated quite well as a solo and the food was definitely worth the price. I went for an unrushed lunch after visiting the British Museum. Dinner would be lovely here - it's the same menu. I chose lunch because of theatre tickets most evenings and I want a relaxed meal.
  30. CC

    CharlesetCharlotte

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent ambience and nicely organised tables. First rate Barnsley Chop beautifully presented with fresh aldente seasonal vegetables. Lovely fresh little sweet buns with original cream fillings and chocolate sauce- very dainty and good value. Only criticism is of course London prices but for the standard of restaurant and the area the overall cost not too bad. We’d go again. Thank goodness for skilled and friendly continental staff, let’s hope we don’t frighten them all away over the next few years. We need them so much!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal only outdone by the service!
  32. AN

    AmyN

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a quiet atmosphere. This was an great restaurant for meeting up with old friends to have a good meal and catch up.
  33. M

    Mafer

    Monterrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deliciosa la comida. Precioso lugar. Muy buen servicio amable, eficiente y rápido. Un lugar con mucha clase. Quedamos fascinados. Definitivamente pensamos regresar y lo recomendaremos a nuestros amigos. Súper cerca del museo británico, excelente ubicación.
  34. C

    Chickweed

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious light dinner on the terrace
  35. i

    isabelskin

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We wanted an enjoyable Sunday afternoon meal in a cosy setting in Bloomsbury before going on to an evening concert. So this bistro was a great find. The food was beautifully prepared and presented with well-sourced ingredients, flavours and seasoning. We were given 3 different types of salt flakes, though the chicken and Barnsley lamb chop were perfectly seasoned already. There were enough choices on the menu to suit our tastes for starters, mains and desserts and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. I would happily return.
  36. PJ

    PJEfoodie

    Essex

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Very quiet for a Saturday lunch and we were the only ones in our dining room for most of the meal. Server seemed inexperienced and struggled to open a bottle of wine, but she was friendly. Black pudding scotch egg starter was tasty, but very rich and needed more aoli or salad. Mains of trout and prawn stroganoff were nice enough but a little uninspiring. South African Chardonnay was perfect for the range of food and not too expensive considering where we were. Not somewhere we’ll go out of the way to go back to, but not bad overall and a perfect location when visiting the British Museum.
  37. C

    Chickweed

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner at Blue Door, after cocktails on the terrace - don't miss the hotel bar and their signature pawprint cocktail. Ask for the restaurant's TDH (table d'hôte) menu - 2 courses £24. Interesting wine list with lots of choice by the glass. Lovely staff.
  38. DB

    DonaldB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had short time pre theatre and was great food executed brilliantly
  39. EL

    ElizabethL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic meal. Enjoyed the jazz in the bar before our meal. Really friendly staff without being over bearing. Wonderful night out
  40. F

    Foodie

    Berkshire

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I booked a business lunch for 2 at the Blue Door Bistro and we had a very good experience. Service was extremely good, the food was fine (both selection and quality) and the décor is nice, cosy and traditional. It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday lunch time, but I assume that's unusual. I would definitely return if I needed lunch in Bloomsbury and it is also very convenient to the British Museum, so could be combined with a visit there.

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Blue Door Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Area

    Bloomsbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast: 7:00am - 10:00am (Mon - Fri) 7:00am - 11:00am (Sat) 7:00am - 12:00pm (Sun) Lunch: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Mon - Sat) 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Sun) Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:30pm (Mon - Sat) 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Sun)

  • Cuisines

    British, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    The Montague on the Gardens is accessible by either Russell Square Underground Station or Holborn Underground Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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