Claude Bosi at Bibendum

4.6
342 reviews
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£41 and over
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
LUNCH
Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00pm – 2:15pm

DINNER
Wednesday – Friday: 6:30pm – 9:45pm
Saturday: 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday
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Phone number
020 7581 5817
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Claude Bosi
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Public Transit
Closest tube: South Kensington

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Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
342 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
73%
Very Good
16%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Wonderful food. Terrific venue with such an iconic building featuring stain glass windows of the Michelin image. Excellent attentive service, friendly, courteous and thoroughly knowledgable about the dishes. Creative, innovative cuisine, superb attention to detail; ingredients, flavour combinations and theatre. Everyone made the occasion special for us and we had a very special time.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

We enjoyed an excellent a la carte lunch enhanced by the assured and friendly service which complemented the splendid food and drink. Several generous amuse-bouches provided added variety and pleasure.
The spacious, attractive, well-spaced room worked well with the restrained décor and original stained-glass windows adding something extra. There were a few empty tables but most were taken with a good buzz of enjoyment in the air.

We drank Charles Heidsieck Champagne throughout - rose by the glass to start and a bottle of the Brut to continue. As the house Champagne it is, unusually, the best priced and the restaurant's Zalto glassware set it off beautifully.
My veal sweetbread starter perhaps had too many different flavours in the accompanying presentation. Not a clash in themselves but I would have liked the taste of the excellent sweetbread to have been more dominant. Great texture though.

The crayfish starter [Barton Court crayfish English radish salad, tomato & strawberry “sauce vierge”] was a delight both in taste and the delicacy of its presentation.
For our main course we shared a very good Poulet de Bresse [Roast chicken “de Bresse” Tarragon & Barton Court crayfish jus] served in two parts: first the breast with a potato dauphinoise and petits pois and then the leg garnished with crayfish on a skewer.

The Wild strawberries Caramelised pistachio sponge and elderflower followed for my wife accompanied by a large white chocolate lolly studded with freeze-dried wild strawberries and filled with strawberry sorbet.

Cheese from the trolley for me with 4 favourites: Epoisses, Ossau Iraty, Valencay and Bleu d'Auvergne - served with a special bread, some small biscuits, celery thinly sliced and presented in a small pot and a fruit preserve.

The double espressos to finish were spot on and were served with cherries, chocolates and roasted almonds. A really excellent and most enjoyable meal. Prices to match its 2 Michelin stars of course but not egregiously so.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Great ambiance and meticulous service.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Amazing food!!!!. Phenomenal service. Pretty good value for money.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Great experience
A fantastic restaurant
Bravo!

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The food is impressive, bursts of the most exquisite flavours and extremely creative food presentation and mix of flavours. Very well done, can’t wait to visit again.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The food was divine and very special and the ambience lovely. The service was excellent. Made daughter`s Birthday a wonderful celebration. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Superb, elegant, complex. Several courses were three star level. The wine pairing were very small pours, but when I asked for more wine to finish a course, they poured a little more. The chef and his team do amazing work. I will go back.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Brilliant evening for my wife and I. Outstanding food, service and wine. We could not fault it in any way - one of our best meals ever.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Amazing! Everything was spot on. Not the best value for money, but still worth every penny

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Delicious in every way!
Food exquisite, attentive and knowledgable staff.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

It was a wonderful time there. I´ve been often to "old" Bibendum and like the new style also.
Very good atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food was fab as always. Service not as good as it was on previous visits. The sommelier should not be serving good in my opinion, at one point we sat with empty glasses and had no idea where the wine was, and neither did our waiter. The sommelier was serving food to another table. Not her fault. Needs to improve in this area, but food is fab, fab, fab.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Superb. It has risen to Number Two in our chart. Just behind Per Se in New York. Well done.

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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Having been a huge fan of chef Bosi at Hibiscus, I was very keen to try out Bibendum - particularly having read some of the varying reviews. Thankfully, it was a delightful evening. The service, which has taken some stick in other reviews, was faultless - attentive, friendly, engaging and efficient. The food was excellent too, with a couple of plates that looked distinctly recognisable from the Hibiscus repertoire. Yum. The wine list is large and yes, pricey, but we had a couple of very nice glasses chosen for us by the sommelier which were excellent value for money. All-in-all a lovely experience in an iconic setting. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Had the surprise tasting menu and was not disappointed with the variety and quality of the dishes. Food was creative, beautifully executed and pleasing to all the senses. Had a very enjoyable evening with friends over the lovely food and wines.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

The restaurant has improved a lot since my last visit couple of years ago.
Attentive service, creative menu and great execution. The decor, as usual, lovely esp the skylight on a sunny day.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Lunch was on a hot sunny day but inside was cool with the coloured- glass windows casting beautiful shadows; the whole room was light and airy. The food was exceptional and the service very professional but not po-faced and snobby which I hate. We had 3 courses plus wine for £55 - great value for money as it included amuse- bouches and petit-fours.
I could have taken a star away for the background music which I didn't like but I felt so joyous I didn't!

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

This is an amazing restaurant in all aspects. The Michelin building with leaded glass windows etc - makes for a stunning environment, which is beautifully fitted out. The staff are very attentive to everyone's needs and are friendly and approachable. The food is exquisite & absolutely amazing. Not cheap, but worth every penny! We have been before - and also to Hibiscus - and will definitely go again. Well done, Claude, fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

An absolutely sublime evening a gastronomic adventure not to be missed, truest excellent

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Lunch after the Royal Academy summer show. Please. Exhibit a picture of the elderflower crab next year. It will win 🏆 a prize.😍

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4.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Would recommend .. I come here for the ex 👩‍🍳 chef... it's really good. And the manager here is good

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Flawless food and excellent service. All choices from the a la carte lunch menu were perfectly executed and delicious.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

sophisticated and yet not pretentious -presentation is nice without going overboard keeping many elements hidden providing a pleasant surprise effect. Food was excellent, the combination of flavours and textures and their release in the mouth were just perfect and something not many chefs can equate. Staff was extremely nice and the Chef came to wish us a good meal! Price is high but worthwhile for such an amazing food.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Wonderful food and an amazing characterful dining location. Worth a special effort to get there.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

I seriously can’t fault it. Amazing experience from start to finish.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Nicve place, valuable service, good technique, good raw materials, but no emotions.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

The food here is excellent and it is very stylish but the wine is absurdly overpriced- wines which I have see for 50 quid in Daphne’s (Pieropan Soave which retails at 17) being sold for 99 and 125 cl glasses of wine for £15. The staff are very attentive but several have quite basic English meaning they have difficulty understanding and also explaining so terms. Since my service charge was £50 I thought this wasn’t really good enough for two star. If they fixed these it would be perfect

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Fabulous tasting menu, attentive but not intrusive staff, great wine pairing, expensive but worth it

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Lovely room with great service and amazingly inventive food. Not cheap but the set lunch is good value and the wine option includes two excellent choices.

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1.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Unimpressed and expensive ; the food isn't exceptional and neither is the service. The wine list takes London liberties with prices to new levels. I think this place is greedy.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

This is the best restaurant I have had the pleasure to eat at, the quality of the was exceptional and the service was so professional.

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1.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Very disappointing. Nowhere near a Michelin 2 Star experience. Uninspired dishes, some of which just missed completely. Service was poor. Take your money and special occasions elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The experience I have of dining at Bibendum is first class. My partner and I tried the tasting menu this time around, as we previously had the srandard courses for dinner, as well as lunch, which was exceptional.
As solely a fish/seafood eater, my worry is always based on taste. Are the dishes going to be flavoursome and diverse? Without a doubt they were just that. The Seabream dish, that was presented to my partner and me, was creative and full of flavour. In fact, my partner complained that the piece on my plate was bigger than his😆😉😁 I, on the other hand, had no complaint.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

The room which was always beautiful is now stunning following the refurbishment. Bosi’s combinations of textures, flavours and colour are as always imaginative and visually appealing. The food is exquisite with the star of the show for me being the Brittany rabbit, a truly magnificent dish. The wine list is pricy but not greedy and there are some good value bottles including a lovely 2008 Pomerol (La Croix ) which was delicious. Great cooking and wonderful ambiance, at a price.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Superb tasting menu with clever wine pairings.
The dishes were exquisitely presented and had many layers, literally in the case of an especially good crab dish.
The main course of rabbit was sensational with a miniscule rack included. Fascinating.
The service was both professional and friendly and the ambiance in that lovely room airy, relaxing and yet convivial.
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

This is our third visit and still as good - this time Claude was not present, but the quality of the food was just as good

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Excellent set lunch menu. Standouts were the carvery, the tarte tatin parfait and a great matched wine.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Exceptional food and execution. One of our most memorable meals. Cannot suggest even one change. Not stuffy given the price point and clientele.

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