Boisdale of Bishopsgate

4.3
616 reviews
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  • Live Music
Delicious Food - Live Music - Charismatic Decor

The clubby atmosphere, the excellent range of whiskies and fine cigars, the high-achieving British cooking, and the bubbling idiosyncrasies of the proprietor all blend brilliantly to make Boisdale a unique establishment. An outpost of the original Boisdale in Belgravia, the Champagne and Oyster Bar and the lower-ground vaulted restaurant are replete with enough tartan to upholster Arthur's Seat, intriguing old prints, dark wood, and the strains of classic jazz from 7 o'clock every evening. The modern British menu heavily features fresh shellfish and oysters, and all ingredients are sourced wherever possible from Scotland. Try starter of venison terrine with spiced kumquat marmalade, main course of Angus ribeye with bearnaise, grilled tomato and chips, and pud of raspberry cranachan with 15 year old Dalwhinnie. And we can definitely recommend the haggis.

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JB
London
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really very good food - traditional fare but high quality

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WD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good something for everyone... one slight mistake stopped full marks

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CS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice evening overall, the food was good and the jazz music was enjoyable. We arrived early and a waitress was rude in telling us that the restaurant did not open until 6pm. The entrance to the restaurant also smells of drains which is a bit off putting. Also, I was a slightly amazed to see that £10.50 had been added to our bill for the live music! I did not see any mention of a charge for the live music on the Boisdale website. I would go to a different Boisdale but not this one at Bishopsgate again.

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E
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the cheese trolley and wine flights! All excellent!

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FF
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a working lunch here on a Friday with one other. Our welcome was lukewarm at best. We thought we had a good deal with the OpenTable offer of a burger, fries and drink for £15.50, but a service charge was added and the sparking water was £6.95, so this turned into a >£40 meal, which was not reflected in the quality. The burgers, whilst being made from good meat, were burnt, dry and bland and we had to ask for ketchup; then being served one portion initially and told to ask if we wanted more. The service was below average, with waiters interrupting us four times to ask if everything with our food was ok, whilst we were trying to have a conversation. They kept kicking/knocking my chair every time they served the people next to us (frequently) and at one point reached right in front of my face (I was leaning on the table, deep in conversation) to remove an empty water bottle that clearly should have been removed from the other side. It's a shame, I wanted to like the place, the decor is quaint and eclectic and I note they have Jazz music nights, but I won't be returning.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food, great ambience and value for money

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for business meeting

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HW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. I would definitely be back in a shot

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VN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location for lunch but want to come back to experience the jazz in the evening!

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AR
London
71 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A mid-week dinner with a friend. Whilst we're not foodies, we do appreciate restaurants that offer a wide ranging menu and good quality. Boisdale's menu is superb and the quality of the cuisine is excellent; especially the cheeseboard. We enjoyed the opportunity to sample from their wide range of gins for a pre-dinner drink at the bar, where the service matched the quality of that in the restaurant. We also enjoyed some live music (mellow jazz). We intend to go again as we want to try some other dishes on the menu.

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GA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simply Perfect, maybe not exactly beers.
Thanks Bye

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RM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good - always well presented and the finest quality. I'm always impressed with a visit to Boisdale.

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M
London
53 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and well located, in the heart of the city. Great entertainment too and lovely bar upstairs.

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MT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for an upmarket business lunch - very good offers

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FF
London
32 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boisdale of Bishopsgate is a real find. It's a bit hidden away so get there a bit early to find it as it's at the end of a long alley next to Dirty Dicks! Feed was excellent as was the service. Burgers were amazing! I'd definitely go there again.

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ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely staff, amazing food

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AH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a mid afternoon slot and found we were expected and shown to our table and staff were in place to welcome us and take our order. The restaurant is delightful, down stairs from ground floor, with a varied menu and excellent production of first class food, served hot on warmed plates. The atmosp[here was relaxing and we noted there are often musical events in the evening.

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AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our evening hear. Great food and service and the menu is quite varied. Loved the background jazz. Brilliant.

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B
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect as always

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CG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening, staff were excellent & looked after us well throughout the evening.

Tasty food & extensive wine menu well worth a visit

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JS
London
197 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My friend who was my guest had never been before and she loved the decor and ambience. We booked the 50% off the A La Carte offer which was good value in general. However my scallop starter was incredibly small (only one king scallop and a tiny cube of pork not much bigger than a sugar cube) . If I had paid the full price for that ( £14.75 ) I would have felt ripped off. At half price that starter was still pricey enough. The cheese trolley was great and all in all a lovely experience.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I usually go to boisdale in Canary Wharf which is so much better on every account.


Very disappointing night

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EH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was superb, the pianist and singer made the evening a lovely experience. Will definitely recommend this place to all I know.

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! Delicious steak and the tastiest bread and butter!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Our meal was of very high quality and fabulously prepared, but I think the message that we were taking advantage of the "50% off food" offer had been passed to the kitchen, and they went ahead and reduced the portion sizes accordingly. Half the price for half the food seems fair in some senses, but I'm not sure that's the point of the deal - and if we're spending £90 a head (post discount) on food and wine, then I think we deserve to leave full, rather than spending the journey home looking for places to grab a snack.

Delicious food, good service and great ambience, but if you're taking advantage of the 50% deal then you'll want to bring a sandwich.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, we were asked to wait to be seated and it was done so well and we were offered an extension of Happy Hour so we really didn't mind. All of the staff were so friendly and informative.

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hidden in an alley which is always difficult to find on a first visit. Unusual place on 2 floors with dark decor, would be better on a cold autumnal evening. We sat downstairs in a booth which was great for our girly catch-up. There was live entertainment which was away from us so not at all intrusive and suited our occasion. However, there were various dining options when I initially booked, but we were not asked if this was ok once we arrived so be sure to opt for the best one in advance or at least confirm. We could see that those that opted for the set meal including entertainment were sat in a different area as to those eating a la carte etc. Food typical fare, but tasty and we had to pay extra for the sides (chips) to go with the burger. The burnt toast ice-cream was very nice.

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SB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and very attentive service.

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R
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good atmosphere and we were well looked after by attentive staff.

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service with a smile not!

The ladies were quite pleasant and smiled by the men just looked grumpy. Our order was taken by a rather grumpy waiter and I found it quite dark inside the restaurant.

The tapas we got were ok, but the main meals we had were very disappointing, the burger was dry (how difficult is it to do a decent burger these days?!). And the lemon sole was a soggy lump of mess. Our broccoli was over done to the point where the florets were crisp brown. The truffle chips were a bit sickly after a while.

Overall it was not a great meal and the service was not great, did not make us feel welcomed. Also we had the 50% off through open table and it was not included on the bill so we had to point it out. Which we did not want to have to do. Even with the 50% off this meal was not worth it and I won’t be back. It’s a shame because the food used to be good. I guess cost cutting at its worse.

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JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quite difficult to find as it is down an alleyway, but over all a nice place to visit

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for steak! Having a 50% off discount on Friday night was a bonus since most restaurants won’t offer this. Very tasty mains, especially the steak. The lemon tart was exceptional but I wouldn’t recommend Boisdale’s version of the Eton Mess because it had a very bitter, medicinal after taste.

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HD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome venue and pianist - love that honkytonk

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d
London
44 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What can i say apart from Amazing. This place is such a hidden gem. I must have walked past the entrance to this place hundreds of times but never seemed to notice it. From the moment you walk in and see the restaurant and hear the music it did not disappoint. The food here was amazing and eating with a live singer just makes the night so much more memorable. If you have not been here your missing out. Highly recommend this place to anyone.

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h
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was excellent and great value , will recommend for business lunch

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HK
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not easy to find down the tiny alleyway but worth the effort with good food and great staff!

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Thank you. Food was delicious. Service responsive. I would go back. Thank you.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a mums night out and had a lovely evening! Good food, beautiful booth table, fab drinks and the staff were so lovely!!
Thanks

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MB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on a live music night which was great. The menu had some interesting options ... the haggis with scotch starter was a gem. 3 of us had steaks which were cooked perfectly and 1 of the party had chicken which was moist and tasty. Sweet dishes offered good alternatives ... only slight grumble was (as with most London restaurants) the wine and port were expensive for what was being offered. Would definitely go again.

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T
London
49 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Always very good. Decent set menu, decent steak, decent red wine, nice cheeseboard.

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