Charlotte's Bistro

4.2
1619 reviews
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Charlotte’s Bistro is an independently owned informal neighbourhood bar & restaurant. More daughter than sister to the longstanding Charlotte’s Place restaurant on Ealing Common, we first opened in 2010 on a mission to offer inventive drinks as well as the award winning food we were already famous for. We take great pride in sourcing high quality local produce and handle it with great care. From bread, stocks and ice creams in the kitchen, to purées, cordials and infusions on the bar, naturally we make them all. Working with only seasonal ingredients, about a third of our menu changes every month. The cocktail bar works exclusively with fresh, seasonal ingredients and high quality artisan products. Awarded Good Food Guide London Restaurant of the Year 2015 and Best Loved Local by Time Out Love London Awards 2015, 2016 & 2018! PLEASE NOTE: We accept payment by debit cards, credit cards, AMEX and Apple Pay but not by cash or cheque.
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LL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely local restaurant, relaxed vibe with fantastic staff, they were very accommodating.

Food is wonderful and great value for money. We will be back very soon!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Toller und sehr netter Service, sehr leckeres Essen

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good drinks, very professional staff, a good level of swanky but with a nice chilled atmosphere :) food was delish

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WT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as always, great value and fanatic in every way.

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LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but the braised beef portion was on the small side. The gnocchi with feta peas runner beans and tomatoes was delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Really average meal. Charlotte’s feels like a chain on its way out I’m afraid. Food was tasteless and overpriced. We paid £20 for a plate of gnocchi. This is not the Manoir and Charlotte’s isn’t good enough to get away with that. Prices for individual courses also not on the menu.

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

An ok bistro with a lovely ambience let down slightly by its service. Food nice but not special.
On arrival the staff were unable to find our opentable booking and we were offered a perch in the bar while they prepared a table. After some time we still hadn’t been taken to a table. When I promted the staff it was as if they’d forgotten as there were quite a few tables available.
Service wasn’t particularly smiley.
Value for money was pretty poor for the experience. Would recommend a booth in the bar before going somewhere else to eat.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was rather more abrupt than on my previous visits, which is a shame, as the staff are usually so friendly.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday and wasn't disappointed. would truly recommend this as the food was superb. Only issue is if I tell everyone how great a time I had, I may struggle to get a table.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and beautifully presented. It was a very quiet Tuesday Lunch so not to much atmosphere. Overall a lovely experience. Would recommend and visit again.

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LP
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, especially the Sunday roast and celariac soup. Nice wine, at a fairly reasonable price. The bread was a little salty, but that's a quibble. The service could have been more high-end; e.g. it would have been nice if someone had offered to take our coats, offered us some water or asked if we'd like any mustard with our roast dinners.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Always enjoy coming here as food is great (menu doesn’t change but nevertheless the food is good)
The ambience was lacking, service was lacking energy, engagement, friendliness. It was my birthday and I noted this when booked but no acknowledgement or any care shown... even when friends brought gifts.. no interest. There were not many diners that the restaurant had to worry about so it’s a shame they don’t show customer friendliness .

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lovely food shame they forgot one main course, a glass of wine and a side order.
If they had been more attentive they could have sold us another bottle of wine.

Worst thing was when we paid we wanted to reduce the service charge (see above) but they argued, so lost all of it.

Was very noisy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tree courses meal, everything was amazing!

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JM
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for the three course lunch menu which is very good value. All the food is presented well and looks very attractive. I had the cod starter which I have had before. Unfortunately this time the food was not hot but more tepid.
My wife had the goats cheese salad. She really enjoyed the goats cheese but the salad was quite hot and spicy. This was not indicated on the menu. We both had the sea bass in a butter sauce over crushed potatoes. This dish was served hot and was delicious. I would recommend this one. We both had the sticky toffee pudding for dessert served with ice cream. I enjoyed it very much but my wife said the pudding was essentially dry and over cooked. She was probably right as she is very good at desserts.
When we arrived we were asked if we wanted a drink. We ordered gin and tonics. Ten minutes went by when our starters arrived and we had to ask again for our drinks which we would have preferred prior to our starters. Had we got them quickly we might well have had some wine with our food but this distracted us.
I have been here a couple of times in the evening and have not been disappointed, however this time it did not come up to scratch which is unfortunate as I wanted to impress my wife with the quality of experience I have enjoyed in the past.

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Bar offered a great range of drinks and were reasonably priced for London. Food was good and having a set priced menu ticked the boxes. On the downside - table was cramped, uncomfortably so, waitress forgot one of the puddings, they got our bill wrong - too many drinks charged for and then a 12 1/2% service charge whacked on. Others places to go

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious 😊

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KB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Treating two friends to lunch. All three of us enjoyed a most enjoyable meal - and both friends commented on how excellent the food was. Charlotte's Bistro is one of my local restaurants and I'm lucky to have it within walking distance of my house. The food and cooking is always of a very high standard, the menu interesting and very good value and the service friendly. Compliments to the chef and all the staff.

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was accomplished, classic flavours but cooked well and with good ingredients. Decent portion sizes. Little niggle was the service, we had to ask for a wine list, then had to ask to order cocktails and ask them to come before our starters to enjoy. For dessert we also ordered digestives but these arrived well before the desserts and our coffee was forgotten about until prompted 15mins later. If they can improve the service then it would have made the evening even better.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Quite good. Particularly friendly bar staff greeting. Service was quick but a bit of a dour face on the staff member who took payment. Maybe a tough day. Pleased with the food - fish and sorbet choice. Would happily go again.

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice and staff was very nice..... ....

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VJ
London
104 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dined on an early dinner menu (3 courses plus drink) & was happy with it. Cured salmon starter was very well matched with salad in terms of flavours. Sea bass with mussels were nicely done too. Just one comment, if I had to be picky. Their pear bellini wasn't quite right - it felt more like cider with a bit of prosecco which I didn't expect.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing special, nice but easily forgotten. Food is no better than you would get at a good pub. Does the job but no more. Charlotte's Place (currently closed) is far superior in every regard.

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

Incredible food and excellent staff made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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FT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We arrived just after the early dinner offer had ended however they still let us have it which was a nice gesture. All of our mains however came out cold so we had to have them changed. Apart from that it was an ‘ok’ meal

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were really impressed with Charlotte's Bistro. The cocktails were fantastic and the food was outstanding! We can't wait to go back..

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely and cosy, great food and friendly staff

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VD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out with a friend, with good food and service. A Chiswick 'must visit'!

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PB
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good to have the daily specials added to the menu options. We chose the Rabbit dish, which was excellent. Pannacotta was a tad firm.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!
Lovely food - great service !

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Don't go here if friendly, efficient service is part of your dinner expectation! Slow and surly on a fairly quiet friday night.

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were greeted on arrival and were expected as we had booked. The service was very good, friendly, professional but appropriate. The food was delicious and the menus choices good. Wine choices were good, though fairly expensive. The cheapest Chardonnay was £45. However we managed to find a nice wine at a better price. Overall the experience was very enjoyable and will be repeated.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the early bird menu with family - all enjoyed every course very much!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening with delicious food, will definitely go again.

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MS
London
48 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We went for lunch but sadly there were only two other tables occupied and therefore no atmosphere. The food was very good and the lunch menu good value but the restaurant was very cold and I had to put my coat on !! I am sure it is much better and cosier in the evening when the restaurant is full but would also note that the tables are very close together. The staff were friendly and service efficient but felt rushed.

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SJ
London
19 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely early week venue.. met with friend to chat and eat tasty, well presented food. Excellent service and attention. Will be back.

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JP
London
25 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not bad for a relaxed Saturday evening. Sticky toffee pudding was actually a chocolate pudding with toffee sauce.
Worth a visit!

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TB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I enjoyed a fabulous evening at Charlotte’s Bistro on Saturday evening! Gréât buzzy vibe with superb staff to showcase delicious drinks and food! Thank you

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AC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The sticky toffee pudding isn't really stp and should be avoided. Have had it before there and it was excellent - not this time!

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KB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Reunion with ex colleagues. We were well looked after. The atmosphere was convivial and the food enjoyed by one and all - most had not been to venue before. Price reasonable.

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