Claude Bosi at Bibendum

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510 reviews
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As the newly installed resident of South Kensington’s iconic Michelin building, celebrated French chef Claude Bosi launches Claude Bosi at Bibendum with a ground-floor seafood and oyster bar and first-floor restaurant which is ‘unashamedly fine dining’, with the chef's signature contemporary and light-hearted flair.

The a la carte features brand new dishes alongside classics from the original Bibendum and the chef’s Michelin-starred alma matter, with ingredients sourced predominantly from the British Isles and France. The striking upstairs dining room with its dramatic and iconic floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows has been redesigned to house a larger central open kitchen. The light and airy dining room will feature the original Conran chairs with a soft colour palate of muted blues.
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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My brother & I enjoyed a fabulous lunch about 4 weeks after my 60th Birthday...We are of modest means so meals like this are a very, very special treat, and in the past I've often been let down in a number of ways but this lunch was just exquisite...

We had a lovely carafe of Gavi di Gavi in the Oyster Bar beforehand served with smiles and warm friendship in a lovely surrounding. Then onto the restaurant upstairs.

We were greeted like royalty by the fine young gentleman at the desk and led to our table. It was a beautiful room with marvellous satined glass windows of the 'Michelin Man' on either side and to the front.

As an unadventurous eater I always slightly fear the special little delicacies that are offered along the way, but these were just outstanding..scintillating to taste as well as to observe.

After selecting my favourite starter of all, Fois gras which was delicately cooked with two amazing infused dates on the side that I could eat every day, we went for broke and selected the Bresse chicken.

It was carved up on the side and came with sides of pureed mash and brussels sprouts that seemed to have been grated. normally I hate sprouts but these were delicious as was everything else, it was a terrific choice.

As we had to leave to get to another commitment we just had time to enjoy a delicate desert between us with a candle in it which was a sweet last touch to the whole experience.

Claude Bosi's cooking was immaculate, easily along with Roux Jnr, now my favourite Michellin Chef.

However, what made it even more splendid was the staff. Every single one of them were brilliant, in terms of politeness, sociability, and consummate knowing of when and when not to other us. The sommeliers advice on the cheapest of whites we had with the chicken was excellent and we never made to feel inferior at any time. The entire team is a credit to Claude.

We vowed to return for my brothers 60th in April 2021, many thanks guys !!

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IH
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm welcome. Each course was an exciting new taste sensation. Surprises, interesting ingredient combinations, the best freshest of ingredients, supurb wines, all with professional relaxed service in the light spacious room overlooked by “Mr Michelin”. A real treat and top gastronomic experience.

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e
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

We have come here since it opened.Thiis was the worst,tasteless meal ever at this restaurant;no excuses
Plain,awful food in a wonderful environment still.
This place has been ruined by reputation and neglect.

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SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A bright airy dining room with exquisite decor.
The Chef came out to introduce himself which was massively impressive. We were so delighted.
I don’t even know how to begin to describe the food- it was artistic - food theatre even. The finest French food- I had melt in the mouth lamb carved at the table and my friend had the freshest fish ever for our main courses.
The service was professional, smooth and thoughtful. We did not want for anything.
The meal was a Birthday treat for a friend and I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion- it’s expensive but impressive, so be prepared.

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another time at the Bibendum and another remarkable evening. Very very good!

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RW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic venue wanted to go there for years.The reception and staff could not have been more helpful.
I choose the tasting menu which was very interesting with a great selection wine for each course.
Servise staff went to great lengths to explain the dishes and the wines.
It was a bonus to chat with Claude after the meal.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a whim. Came out financially damaged but happy nevertheless. Great food, great service, great place, great big bill

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, full of surprises and very delicious but service wise, there can be room for improvement. Staff weren’t attentive enough (perhaps not enough staff?). Often we had to wait for a while before someone could take care of our requests. Usually with other 2 or 3 Michelin stars restaurants, as long as you turn your head around, people will come to you straight away. Just do not feel that warm welcome we usually encounter with other same level of restaurants.

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MD
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite thank you very much.

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f
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was innovative, beautifully presented, and delicious with extremely successfully combinations of flavors and textures. The service was impeccable and formal, but friendly. We feel this restaurant deserves 3 Michelin Stars. It was a delightful experience.

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f
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative menu with stunning amuse bouche and attentive, friendly service. The light and spacious dining room enhances the experience and 3 hours flew by. The music level could be toned down and I was surprised that our pre-dinner drinks in the Remy Martin bar downstairs could not be transferred to the restaurant as they are the same company. Overall though a memorable evening.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing
Some of the dishes had to be seen to be believed
Culinary magic

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

Fantastic evening for my 60th birthday. What a beautiful atmosphere in the old Michelin house.
The chef is so creativ. Thanks for this evening!

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A
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable.
Flavors were very well balanced, textures were on point, and presentation was a piece of art.
Stars well deserved.
Would definitely go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just very very good. Go with the chef’s classics (don’t worry about the tripe - it’s delicious)

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RH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A lack of atmosphere but apart from that the food was sensational and extremely deep in flavour. Service was exemplary and the staff were extremely efficient and
helpful. Awesome food and a great place to eat.

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KB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really wonderful experience. Glad we got to check it out while on London.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the perfect restaurant for a couple. The staff couldn’t have been more attentive and this was the best service I have ever received. The food was incredible and they worked hard to ensure I was happy with my food (I am a vegetarian). We even had a waiter become our photographer for the evening! Absolutely perfect in ever way.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was wonderful from start to finish. The service was impeccable and there was no waiting around but nor did it seem rushed. We are avid watchers of Professional Masterchef & enjoy the visits to the best restaurants in the world. This was reminiscent of the best of these. The canapés were stunning. We went for a la carter and we’re glad we did as the dishes were every bit as good as we hoped for. My husband enjoyed his confit duck leg - something he had always wanted to try - and my fish was sublime. However the outstanding course for both of us was the dessert course. The cep and the savarin were both exceptional. It is truly deserving of its two Michelin stars.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my top five restaurants in london. Will be going again soon. Catered to all our likes and dislikes and dealt with food allergy very well. Extremely impressed.

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DR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We did the tasing menu for lunch and it was a super fun experience with great and creative food. Plus, the history is an added bonus!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've ever had. We loved the eclectic music playlist which showed that this isn't a restaurant that's overly self-important. Amazing service and wonderful innovative dishes. Fully worthy of two stars if not more. We're coming back avec enfants next time!

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We used to go to Bibendum regularly for many years for my birthday lunch - the room is my favourite restaurant space in London. We stopped going after the food quality started to decline, then when Claude Bosi took over we went back December 2017 and we thought it was excellent. We were disappointed to find this time (Feb 2019) that there was no set lunch menu any more - there was one 'lunch option' main, which was meat, so unsuitable for my wife. Also we were surprised there was no bottle of wine available for less than £40. We opted for the cheapest individual glasses of wine at £9 but these were dispensed through a Coravin wine preservation system which spat out tiny bursts of wine, sprayed all round the glass - very messy, and nor were we sure we'd been given the 125ml we paid for. Also the coffee options were just one type at £10 and two at £7 which were Nespresso capsules, albeit their fine dining range. At that price (or even in a café) I would like my coffee made by hand. The food was generally very good, if a little over wrought, and the canapés and after-dinner chocolates we were given were delightful. We understand that you get what you pay for but unfortunately without the set lunch menu and with the extortionate cost of drinks, Bibendum has moved into a league too exclusive for us, which is a great shame.

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f
London
22 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must for all foodies. Everything is superb, most highly recommended.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, extraordinary food and superb service. Fantastic birthday evening!

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love it ! So good to see Claude there regularly. I hate it when main the Michelin starred chef is never there! As say Gordon Ramsey or Alain Ducasse. Food is amazing and it 's such a pretty restaurant

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c
London
47 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Outrageously expensive, not that amazing food. Would go for the soufflé (which was pretty epic) and that’s about it!

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q
London
35 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a space for a restaurant! Luxurious but not too ostentatious. Spacious layout of tables means you can have a romantic meal too. The tasting menu was inventive French food. Surprising flavours combined with classic ingredients. The rabbit meat course was delicate and tender. The fish was cooked on the well done side which may not be to everyone’s taste. The service was impeccable. The wine list was interesting. We had a nice Pinot noir from Oregon.
We had the tasting menu with one bottle of wine plus glasses of delicious English sparkling wine. Came to £200 per head.

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f
London
17 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny! It excels in every way - food, wine, service, decor, ambiance.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The meal was lovely, and the food was impressive, but it just lacked a little something.
The waiting staff, while attentive and polite, didnt have much personality, and it felt like they were under pressure to remember the aspects of the meal.

The food was served perfectly, although we didnt like one of the dishes on the tasting menu.

It lacked a little ambience, but it wasnt very busy at the time.

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JT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and very nice service! We will come back.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant in every respect. Food celebrates French traditions in modern and sometimes surprising combinations but always refined and balanced. Faultless service in a unique room. One of our best meals anywhere. Memorable experience. Thank you

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

One of the best rooms I gave dined in and Chef's ability to surprise and entertain as well as humbly celebrate great ingredients, together with the ingenuity of the wine pairings, made for a thoroughly memorable experience.

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SL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, in a lovely calm environment. The staff were very knowledgeable. A really interesting tasting meun and good value wines.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat area, great food, and their Sunday brunch is very affordable at 33 pounds. It comes with a treat to star, breaded balls with cheese on top, and the great roast, followed by a nice small assortment of chocolates. It was a great meal and a great environment.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the tasting menu, 6 courses with an extra pre dessert. 3 out of 6 are really amazing and impressed me.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Michelin restaurant in London (I visited them all!)

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ZM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my Mum's birthday. It's much more than a three course meal. There are so many extra treats, as well as the three courses being delicious. Especially nice when they brought out a small birthday dessert. they were all very attentive.

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Correcto, aunque no sorprendente. La alta cocina se está pareciendo demasiado, da igual el país, la ciudad o el restaurante. Técnicas similares (esferas, espumas...) e ingredientes parecidos (tupinambo, cangrejo...). En general, todo correcto, pero sin sorpresas. Raciones de vino demasiado escasas para el maridaje que -por otra parte- tampoco fue particularmente especial. Es un dos estrellas, sí, pero sin mucha personalidad. Aún con todo, es recomendable la visita.

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g
Norfolk
15 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cooking. The amuse bouche was divine. The pork was sublime.
Great service. A wonderful Sunday lunch

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