Boisdale of Canary Wharf

3.6
538 reviews
£25 and under
British
A live­ly restau­rant and music venue serv­ing mod­ern British food with a whisky bar, ter­race, oys­ter bar & grill and cig­ar library, over­look­ing the city skyline. Set on the second floor of a Gotham City-style Art Deco building overlooking the fountains in Cabot Square, and with a view of the City of London skyline, Boisdale of Canary Wharf Restaurant is one of the most majestic premises to have opened in the area. It bears the distinctive Boisdale design of lacquer red and dark green walls, rich mahogany panelling, and an eclectic collection of classical and modern original artwork. The Whisky bar is one of the most extensive around, with over 1000 malt whiskeys and expert bartenders are on hand to guide you through the extensive range. There is also a ticketed live jazz show most evenings and Jools Holland is the Boisdale Patron of Music.
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and the liveJass band were amazing too

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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EmmanuelS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Other than our waitress, the staff was very rude. Awful experience for what was supposed to be a nice dinner.

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Flynnie65
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Website states brunch 3 course 3/4 bottle of wine , when we got there told they didn’t do anymore
Argued the point , would do me a favour
Unfortunately the waitress wasn’t overly competent,
Asked for bill . Not ours asked for bill again , not ours , good job I’m honest was 1/3 of our actual bill
Avocado, asparagus, quinoa salad to die for would go back just for that

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SimonaM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and friendly staff, food was ok!

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vipMASH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Probably the worst experience in all these years of dining at Boisdale. A very chaotic reservation system. We checked in at 7pm and our food arrived by 7:20. The waiter kept coming to our table to pour wine after each sip. By 7:40pm the waiter came and told us they needed the table by 8pm!!! I protested as the booking was for 2 hours. Then the front desk lady came and said that Jazz would start by 8pm and that we had to leave. The same thing happened to another couple who also stormed out fuming after being rushed!! Terrible food - very stale. The vegan burger smelled like the patty was in the freezer since the lockdown in 2020! The chicken breast was dry and utterly unappetizing. Never going back to Boisdale. This was shameful for such a high end place that charges so much!! I plan to write an editorial review of this establishment.

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Aimski
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I was a regular at boisdales before Covid and was really looking forward to coming back. Sadly it was really disappointing. I think they have lost there great chefs as the food was seriously disappointing. My fillet was tiny.. even the waiter commented. Flavourless spinach, no cheese and and a tiny mouthful of steak. The waiter who served us was lovely but everything else was an absolute let down.

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Blew
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Very disappointing. The sick on the floor as we entered did not inspire us. Venue then very noisy bordering on unpleasant for an early evening meal

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vipSuzeeQ
London
91 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our Jazz Sunday lunch, last weekend. We’d invited friends to join us and they too thought it was great. We had a lovely waiter, full of character and charm. All the food was delicious, starters: smoked salmon, calamari and prawn cocktails. Delicious! Followed by Roast pork and beef with all the trimmings. The wine flowed very well and the restaurant was very busy giving it a great buzzy atmosphere. The Jazz band was good and our table had nice views of the stage! All in all, a lovely Sunday in miserable weather! 🤗

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OpenTable Diner
London
34 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our Party was very impressed with the lovely waiter who gave us 1st class attention it was a wonderful Sunday Lunch with the family just what was needed!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in for the 50% off the a la carte menu. No fuss, they just told us that the caviar and lobster weren't included in this offer. Large selection to choose from. Food, drinks and service were fantastic. Planning on going again next week!

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DavidA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice location, great music, good food

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SimonW
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's a fantastic venue for amazing food and music!

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cupcake
London
34 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant Sunday lunch. Food and service was very good. Music was enjoyable but overall it was a little to loud in the restaurant for our taste but it was very busy but this was to be expected. We would definitely go again to try the Christmas menu.

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KerryC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing for a Sunday roast. The service is efficient and friendly.
The jazz band playing in the background is a lovely touch.

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ekai
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we needed to eat quickly and they served great food with time to spare.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first visit and I was not disappointed. The steak was superb; flavoursome and tender and just the right size for lunch. The service was courteous and thoughtful from all those we cam into contact with. It was a very quiet lunchtime service which meant the ambience was not as it could have been but that is beyond the restaurant’s control. I would definitely come again and maybe enjoy one of the evening events

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janem
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food and with the upgrade to wine and bubbles good value

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DawnP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked for 7pm that had 50% off of a La carte menu. Good choice on menu. Party of four. We opted for chilli crab to start. One went for scottish smoked salmon- generous portions. For mains two went for Kimchi burger which is Korean. One cod loin and one haggis. All very good. Waiter professional and friendly. Topped wine up on a regular occasions which is sadly lacking in most restaurants now. Lovely table in middle of restaurant with views of the outside water fountains which were all lit up. Nice ambience. Will definitely return.
Tables are billed £15 per person after 9.30 when the music/show starts. Think if your eating and drinking this could be waived or reduced. They would have added £60.00 to bill but we decided not to stay. Service charge of 12.5% added to bill.
They have offers of 2 courses with show from 39.50 Rat Pack Xmas show sounds good. Also have separate bar downstairs which we used for pre-dinner drink

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vipJonoln
London
225 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday lunch with live Jazz soothing the nerves, what could be better? The food is ever reliable and there is a good wine list and an amazing whisky list. Sitting next to the window one can enjoy a great view towards the city. Nothing not to like!

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Amiese
Singapore
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambiance, the jazz band was ok though not worth £15/head. The food was so-so, my mushroom tagliatelle was on the salty side. Service was somewhat slow.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A cold dark venue. Several massive tables then a handful of ignored couples. They are at least five waiters short. I sat for 20 mins before anyone even spoke to me.
I ordered the roast grouse which was so over cooked I had to borrow my partners steak knife to retrieve any meat though it was so tough it wasn’t worth the fight. We ordered pudding and the bill but gave up after 15 mins so paid but left hungry and cold. A real shame. The staff moaned they had too many bookings yet the place was strewn with empty tables.

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MrG01
London
33 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and fantastic value with the “50% off food” offer from Open Table.

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Pb197
London
32 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service and great atmosphere. Food very good also, my friends would have given it 5*, even the vegetarian!...but I’m very picky...and I would have ordered the grouse only to be told it was finished...and the replacement steak was very good but not great

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TerillaB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent hospitality, lovely atmosphere and ambiance.

Food good, excellent service from our waiter, he went over and beyond to make it a really enjoyable experience.

The live band was too loud, however in fairness we did not go for the entertainment.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very quiet. Lovely view of the cricket on the big screen.

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CatherineG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really like Boisdale of Canary Wharf since I was there for a concert last year. It is classy and refined and a lot quieter than many other restaurants.

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vipJoCole
Cheshire
24 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining here and it remains the ne of the best places to dine in London.

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Lizzie
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We dined here on a Wednesday night. They had live jazz and we were informed at cloakroom that we'd be charge an entry fee £12 (can't recall exact amount) if we stayed past 930PM. I was unaware of this rule when booking through OpenTable and felt awkward for my overseas guests. Our reservation was early 730PM so I was less concerned as usually there's a two hour turnaround on tables. Restaurant had a nice decor. We had a table by the window which had views of the square and fountain. Ambience could be better if there were more soundproofing from the thumping music of the bar downstairs. Restaurant is in Level 2, Bar and Grill in Level 1. Access is via a lift from inside the shopping centre, Cabot Place West entrance. Service was good, they didn't rush us and there was always someone there to ask like when they forgot to give us steak knives (it's a steak restaurant). Steak was tasty. We could taste the dry ageing of the meat. I ordered medium but it was closer to well done. It didn't takeaway from the flavour but I'd order medium rare if you want more pink in the meat. Steak was served with mash or chips - I opted for chips and they were good. Our guests had salmon and they said it was tasty. We didn't have a starter, dessert or wine. Just mains and coffee to finish. Including service charge bill came to about £42 per head (table of four people).

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Andyw
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First try at this restaurant although I had heard very good things from friends. Our experience was very good the food was wonderful the service was very attentive and it was a great experience we didn’t stay for a show but we will do next time

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Bros bday. Worked in cw for years and only went to Boisdale after I moved into the city! Saw Rebecca Ferguson. Was amazing. Great food. Service was good. But very expensive to be honest. Steak was great but it’s the sides and charge for entertainment that add up and cost a lot. Great cigar room too. They weren’t very helpful though I must admit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I come here for lunch on Sunday: I love place! I challenge anyone to find me a better place in London for quality of food, ambience. And value: when I say “value”, it isn’t the cheapest place to go, but I’ve never been less than delighted every time I’ve been. Tip though, book early in the day, as they often run out of some dishes later in the day

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FatGirl
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The stuff on normal menu is reasonably priced. But we uitlised a promo for weekday lunch, the classic burger, only for 99p if you have it with a pint of beer or a glass of wine!! As we cannot drink alcohol we asked for mocktails with our food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant was very nice and the staff and service was all very good. Unfortunately, with the food, the side dish of neeps was bland and the potato gratin was very dry.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Leaving lunch for a colleague, second floor restaurant area is grand but cosy with good quality food at reasonable price for Canary Wharf.

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BibiPJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening - perfect table for 2 in a prime spot near the bar in the main restaurant with a great view of the stage. Our food was great and the wine list represents excellent value. We were treated to a live band and by the end of the set, loads of people including us were up dancing. It was awesome. The only blight was that another diner had been sick in the hallway at some point which meant a nasty surprise on the carpet that had to be dodged before going to the ladies...by the end of our night it had vanished, however, and this wouldn’t stop me going back. Thank you Boisdale for a great evening xxxx

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Simon
London
26 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice business meal - first time at any Boisdale restaurant and would recommend!

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vipEdSmith
Kent
68 reviews