Boulestin

4.3
60 reviews
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Boulestin offers a fine dining experience in the heart of St. James’s. You’ll find and array of Menus, from our wide, seasonal A La Carte menu, to a Breakfast and Weekend Brunch menus, all served impeccably in convivial and relaxed surroundings.
We are open all day from 7.00 am for breakfast (10.00 am for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays) and throughout the day until 10.00 pm, except on Sundays, where we run until 5.00 pm.
Our Bar also offers all day dining, with in a more casual manner, with a carefully selected Wine List and Cocktail List.
We pride ourselves on attention to detail with every aspect of a meal.

Private Dining

Elegant, discreet and well-equipped with AV, our room is ideal for parties, afternoon presentations, product launches, meetings and all manner of entertaining. We can accommodate from 8 to 40 seated and up to 70 for drinks.

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1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 10:00AM - 3:30PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 10:00PM

What 60 People Are Saying
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London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your waiter Joseph welcomed us on arrival and offered a choice of tables, either inside or outside. As it was a summer evening we chose to sit outside which was sheltered under a canopy. The service was professional throughout as enjoyed an excellent meal and wine. I recommend a visit and internd to return next time we are in that part of London.

CS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I booked this restaurant for a meeting with a colleague. It is very charming inside with a lovely terrace area. The food was very good and cooked perfectly. Nice menu that was able to cater to me on a diet to my colleague who ordered a more substantial meal. Also added benefit they had Air conditioning which was crucial as we dined there during the London heatwave!

d
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The table and interior are wonderful
The staff are friendly .
The main course took along time to arrive . The waiter said the kitchen were running behind .
The starters were superb . gazpacho , octopus .
The express cod and pea aioli were quite good , but the asparagus risotto disappointing.
But overall we enjoyed ourselves and you have a lovely restaurant.

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

awful, terrible service, terrible food, never again, very overpriced

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful courtyard, perfect for summer lunches!

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food, but a bit pricey. Service was friendly but our second courses took too long to arrive.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I'd been once to Boulestin before and was bowled over by not just the food but the impeccable service - attentive without ever being intrusive, which so few people get right. I really wanted to bring the family so we booked for a birthday celebration.
It was the hottest day of the year and their computers were down. They thoughtfully rang in advance to let me know they could only accept cash because of this.
We had a table in the pretty courtyard and the overall atmosphere was very relaxed. But our waitress was either new and very badly trained or just not very good. She didn't tell us several items were not available which meant we had to rethink quickly. We had to chase her to order drinks, then food, then desserts (again, not told certain items were unavailable until we'd ordered.) Then had to chase again for the bill and again for them to actually take the money and bring our change so we could leave. She could walk past a table half a dozen times and not make eye contact. Other staff laid and cleared tables (it wasn't busy) without first checking whether customers needed serving. This was the opposite of what I'd experienced before.
The food was OK. I ordered teriyaki salmon with black rice and edamame. The salmon was beautifully charred but the rice and beans tasted as if they had just been poached in water - no range or delicacy of flavour. Just bland. The kind of thing I'd cook on a busy school night if I couldn't be bothered to think of how to prepare them in a more interesting way.
Their signature madeleines which last time I came were fresh from the oven and truly unbeatable were cold in places hot in others, suggesting they had been microwaved from frozen (maybe they hadn't been but that was the effect.)
Overall, it was laid back and pleasant enough but after my first visit I raved about it and now I'd not bother to race back there.

e
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best kept secrets in London. It is a beautiful little bistro with perfect ambiance and the most charming patio I have ever seen! The food is delicious and wait staff was friendly, especially "Kiby" I believe his name was. Go here, it is so charming, you will not regret it.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok meal in the evening. Service was good but for that price which was ok i think you can find better value for money at other restaurants. Food was rather bland but not offensive

NM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

My wife and I had a memorable meal 30 years ago in the Boulestin in Covent Garden (closed long ago). To celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary we lunched for the first time at the Boulestin in St James's. I had eggs benedict and she had eggs royale. All 4 poached eggs were hard. We decided to leave after the first course. The restaurant manager did not seem particularly bothered by our complaint despite the fact that she knew the eggs should be runny.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It's a beautiful location, with a classic feel and a intimate courtyard. Great swathes of plastic flowers do not compliment it well.

I had booked what I thought was lunch - but turned out they only do brunch - which is not the same menu - that could have been my mistake - it's possible!

The service was polite, but very slow, with long gaps between everything, with even an Americano coffee (being the drinks order at the beginning) taking ca 15 minutes (which was odd, as it was not busy). The food was pleasant, but portions were small - especially the soup and accompanying crostini. This was all the more note-worthy given the prices - including £5 for the cup of Americano coffee, which is not steep, it's daft (and as coffees were not on the menu, the first we knew of that was when it appeared on the bill). There is also a cover charge, which is not how most UK restaurants operate (covering what? rolls which they even stated they bought in, so couldn't guarantee were nut-free?) and an optional service charge of 13.5% - like alcohol content in wines, it seems opt serv ch %s are just on the up...

Sadly, therefore, despite the website implying a beautiful venue with an interesting a la carte menu, the actual result is different.

C
London
39 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had business breakfast at Boulestin - food is always good quality and fresh. Service is friendly and prompt. Would recommend for breakfast.

AW
London
202 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime menu, food beautifully presented and delicious, a great evening!
It was my birthday and the staff noted this subtly and were even more charming, helpful, and courteous than ever we will be back very soon.
Thank you!

E
London
58 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Undiscovered Gem
How many times have you wished for a restaurant with excellent food, attentive service and a romantic, peaceful ambiance? Boulestin is that place. Perfect for first dates, anniversaries, and/or catching up with old friends over plates of fine French food.

J
London
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Valentines meal. Food was perfect and nice romantic atmosphere. Service was good although maybe a little slow. We would happily go there again

P
London
30 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Not impressed. Slovenly attired front of house. Fraying carpet downstairs. Head waiter with his hands in his pockets. Waitress with literally no English at all. Very noisy and poor atmosphere. Unsatisfactory sommelier. All of these things letting down quite good food. I do not recommend this place to anyone.

RC
London
37 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall enjoyable ; starters (such as duck egg with almost non existent “crackling”)were a little disappointing, but main courses and dessert were fine. Lovely place, but a little empty on a week night. Wine list is good value.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Expensive, especially when they add a £6 cover charge per person and 13.5% service. Didn't want artichoke soup, was told there was watercress soup so chose that but got artichoke and even after I complained they just brought it back. We asked for 2 coffees and one tea and got 3 coffees so either they didn't have good enough english or weren't listening.
Nice lobster papardelle though.

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit to Boulestin, I like the atmosphere of the place the terrace in the summer is lovely, the food is good and the staff attentive. The only negative was that our foodd obviously stood under the hot lights for a while which spoilt the presentation a little but I am happy to say not the taste a lovely meal as usual. Many thanks

BP
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing French meal on St. James. Fantastic service (as for Joseph!) and the food is divine. Highly recommend.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The pan fried Prawns let them down as they were overcooked

LE
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service. It is expensive and was a little bit quiet for a Sunday breakfast.

TG
London
23 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had hoped for more. It was Saturday evening, but no problem booking any timed table just 48 hours prior. Not itself a good sign, though it helped me. When we arrived, there was a very elderly couple arguing loudly. The management dealt with it well, though police were called at one point. I had signalled on the booking form that it was a birthday, and I asked for a small polite cake. Nothing happened. the food overall was good, but not especially fine, which for those prices, it should be.

DW
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. Sporadic service - had to ask 3 times for a drink to be served. Overall would still return as menu and food was excellent.

ND
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great French restaurant. A nice stylish room, with a good menu with interesting touches. Always a pleasure.

ND
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Participants were very happy with food and service

GP
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, great food and friendly service. The staff were attentive but we were never rushed. Definitely recommend.

KO
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely breakfast, albeit that it was a business one! :-)

BB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This favourite of mine is now on 110% top form. Changing menu, innovative flavours - The "Doux de Cevennes" - which was brought onto the menu on the day I lunched - is a triumph, not least because of the care taken to add sharp flavour to the garnish, especially the lightly caramelized spring onions.

Nothing was "fussy", presentation was catchy, but unpretentious and the service was exceptional.

GV
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A pleasant quiet restaurant close to some very busy sites. Good food and helpful service.

KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulestin is a favourite lunch venue for me. The food, service and ambience are always exceptional. In the summer the courtyard is delightful

SL
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dine at Boulestin when in London. Ambience, food and staff are all superb!

Z
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Great outside seating. Service not so great, maybe due to mid afternoon timing (not enough servers; shift change?)

Unfortunately, food not so great either. Potatoes were obviously reheated and hardened, although the bread was outstanding!

SJ
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Found this restaurant via Instagram and having visited Berry Bros & Rudd next door. Truly blown away by the superb food, ecstatic that I managed to get a courtyard table in the very pretty and historic rear square, and the weather was kind, but loved the general ambience and excellent service and attentive and gracious staff. I consider it a great find and gem of the St James area of London. Can well recommend for special occassion or a friends get-together! Loved it

DF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

REcommended by a friend - lovely place with nice listing of dishes and nice wines by the glass and bottle. For us that is where it ends. The escargot hadn’t seen garlic or any other spice - the vegetarian dish was blah - the wines were good the bill reflected what they offer but not what we received. Maybe it was a bad night

F
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and superb service would definitely recommend

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in elegant surroundings. Attentive, friendly service.

GF
London
50 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ventured forth to a new venue for us, and were delighted with what we found. Efficient, non-obtrusive service was matched by the food. We both said we would return. If we were to find fault it was the salt on the side of chips, and the rather high prices on their wine list! The good ambience, especially on a very hot evening, (we ate in the shaded square at the back, but the main restaurant was air-conditioned) , and the way we were treated from start to finish more than compensated !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a solid experience

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

Sad they now have a different vendor for their black pudding - the new one is nowhere near as tasty. :-(

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