Ognisko

4.5
1064 reviews
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Polish
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Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in the heart of South Kensington, is just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall and London Imperial College. Housed in the beautiful Victorian home of Ognisko Polskie club the restaurant is focusing on the cuisines eastern and Central Europe. The bar is open all day serving light dishes as well as mouthwatering desserts. Ognisko’s bar serves a wide range of fruit and spice -infused vodkas, classic cocktails and a small range boutique beers from regional Polish breweries. The restaurant can sit up to 80 guests together with a terrace overlooking communal gardens seating up to 40. There is also a large events space on the first floor available for daytime conferences, weddings and corporate events.

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This Victorian building with floor to ceiling windows offers a charming setting ideal for any gathering. Their flexible function spaces include the restaurant and a Ballroom. Unique historic location in the heart of South Kensington allows guests to get to the venue easily from anywhere in London.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff.
Drinks were fantastic.
Place is also worth to visit due to its history.

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RE
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Have been several times and have never been disappointed

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LP
London
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good restaurant all round: good upmarket Polish food, in a very pleasant room. Will definitely be going back.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a lovely, unexpected place. The tables inside were beautifully set, although quite close together (but that's London restaurants for you - understandably, profits must be maximised) and we asked if we could sit outside. We sat on the outer edge, looking onto the central park area. The food, drinks and service were all lovely, but it was the setting that made it really special.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch. The food was lovely and the service attentive
but not intrusive. We particularly enjoyed the Fried Kopytka Dumplings with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms and the Placki with Spiced sautéed Chicken Livers and dried Cherries .

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AA
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Lovely staff and delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Will be going back

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SO
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful historic building, lovely food, has hosted royalty, significantly lower priced than an equivalent French restaurant!

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HE
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, grand surroundings. I’m a regular visitor at Ognisko. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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HT
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu was interesting, with plenty of healthy options. Eel and salad starters were both good. Bream & salt beef mains were generous. Wine prices were reasonable for the West End.

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O
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly, attentive service. Will definitely return

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite london restaurant. Have been going since it opened and always enjoy the food and service. Have introduced it to so many friends and now they are all great fans. Excellent.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Being Polish and having my Polish family visiting for my birthday, I decided to try Ognisko for my bday dinner in early April. What a disappointment! The service was really bad from the very beginning - the lady that greeted us looked angry that we came. No one bothered to take an order from us for good 15 minutes, the menu looked like it was a copy paste of menu from Baltic restaurant in South Bank (the same layout and names of dishes) and the venue was extremely cold. After being ignored for such a long time (although the restaurant was almost empty), and unable to get anyone's attention (all the staff was busy talking to themselves and having fun), we asked for a bill for water - the only thing we managed to order - and the waitress gave us a bill not even caring why we don't want to eat dinner (I found it appalling that the bill included optional service charge - not sure what service have we received?).
Such a disappointment, but glad I left without eating - time at Ognisko was for sure not a treat for my birthday. Will not be going back FOR SURE. The service does not represent Polish hospitality - in fact, makes me ashamed to be Polish.

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TE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming to Ognisko.I love the bar and the cocktails .

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant, so near the museums, great meal and vodka!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, lovely food and atmosphere. The waitress was really nice and I got a shot on the house only because she forgot to put it through with the rest of the stuff I’ve ordered. Already made another booking!

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Looked like a lovely place but took far too long to get served on a busy Sat night so we cancelled half our order to avoid missing all of our show! Only go if you have time for leisure. Staff not super polite.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They don’t seem to close the front door so it’s rather cold in restaurant

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my father for his 81st birthday - the staff were impeccable, and he had a wonderful evening. The food was excellent, from start to finish, especially the platcki (if I've spelled that right!) The house flavoured vodkas were a special treat. Really couldn't have asked for better service though, and they didn't even know it was a special occasion. Perfect.

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honest and down to earth cooking. Fresh ingredients without fuss or molecular cuisine and unpleasant foam all over the dishes. Well presented, not too large portions.
Lovely helpful staff and beautifully finished dining room.
Highly recommend it

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KH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a few times now and we are always very well met and looked after really well. Great food with variety.
Would recommend it as a great place for just drinks and dinner but also a place to go for a special occasion.
We are already planning our return.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an excellent service and perfectly cooked meals. Cocktails never disappoint!!

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JJ
London
78 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Normally I love Ognisko but the front of house manager, (woman) is so miserable it spoils the occasion

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Still great Polish cooking in a great building close to the Natural History Museum. Tables outside in Summer. Interesting wine selection.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service friendly but haphazard. Too many people getting involved with the same table. Result was slow to take orders and receive them....and too quick to try and clear the table.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food, lovely atmosphere - thoroughly recommended

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B
London
21 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always a very pleasant environment with lovely, friendly staff. The set menu is well-worth a try.

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VW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ognisko is our 'go to' restaurant when we visit the Royal Albert Hall. The food is always excellent, the staff are friendly. An oasis of calm. Love it.

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

Lovely restaurant in a great location, amazing food and an impressive range of drinks!

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Z
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall excellent experience. The only improvement might be to have someone focusing on the coach check. Both entering and exiting the restaurant we had to wait a couple of minutes before someone noticed we were there.

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AH
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a really nice restaurant hidden away close to the Natural History and Science museums. The restaurant is spacious and airy with high ceilings and white decor. The tables are very close together, we were there for lunch so it wasn’t very busy. I can imagine during busy periods the noise levels would be very high.
The menu offers a large choice of Interesting dishes catering for all tastes. The service is quite slow so not a place to go if you are in a hurry.. at one point I think we had been forgotten so had to re-order.
The food vas of excellent quality and very tasty so I would definitely go back. The price I would class as mid to higher range but right for the quality.

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DO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Ognisko over the years and it remains one of my favorite places to dine in London. It serves high quality, mostly traditional Polish cuisine with a good selection wines, beers and vodkas. The fine venue is still reminiscent of an opulent club of old world London, though I miss the 1930's portraits which used to adorn the walls. This is an excellent place to take quests visiting the city, as it is far more than a restaurant - it is a historical site of importance to European culture. The service is usually good, but the last time I was there it took awhile to catch the attention of one of the three waiters in the then nearly empty main dining room. Despite that, this is a place to experience and you can do so at a reasonable price

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, understated elegance, great food

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor service. No one ask if we are happy about food. Very noisy place. It was hard to keep the conversation because it been really loud. Food without salt or pepper. Not really Polish food. I’m not sure if chefs had polish food ever in his life. They try to be posh but fail. Overall it was the worst meal in my life.

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MG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service at high level and really nice ambience. The place is simply beautiful and our dishes were just perfect!

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stylish bar and restaurant, serving an interesting menu at very good value prices. Perfect for before the Royal Albert Hall.

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and atmosphere, helpful but not overbearing staff.

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MO
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice food. Lovely room. Great service. I shall return!

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food that is best served hot e. g. Golonka and kaszanka, was lukewarm.

Service was not up to scratch for the type of restaurant.

Not genuine Polish food

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

great food, service and amazing atmosphere :) very friendly staff :) thanks for a wonderful experience!

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere...only sticking point there was no one at reception or the bar when we arrived to greet us and no one to show us to our table at our appointed time. Service during the meal was very good.

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