Ognisko

4.5
1190 reviews
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Polish
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  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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JJ
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another delicious meal at Ognisko. Staff charming and attentive as always. Perfect for pre-Proms dining.

TH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect location, superb restaurant, dinner absolutely fine!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great experience, great menu selection to taste, we opted to select a number of dishes and share them between 4 and very happily washed down with vodka shots. The service was perfect, a good knowledge of detail together with friendly understanding of our needs. The restaurant is in a charming room, and the outside area housed in a marquee great for outdoor seating option. I would thoroughly recommend.

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

We had the best pre proms supper great service and delicious food what more can I say

G
London
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing and it promised so much - an interesting building a short step from the Albert Hall, an impressive room and professional welcome. After that it all went downhill. It was a Polish restaurant with a dearth of Polish food. We ate ahead of a Prom from the pre-theatre menu. The main Polish dish was 'off' so I had a rather dry duck leg preceded by a bland black pudding. How do you extract the favour from a black pudding? My companions had boiled beef. Perhaps that's a delicacy in Warsaw. Two of us had the poached pear which was so insipid we couldn't spend the calories eating it. To their credit the restaurant didn't charge.

AS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here a number of times before and were not disappointed. We all had the set menu. Soup was a beautiful bright pink with contrasting green dill - looked and tasted delicious. Main course was fish and vegetables- both great. And the puddings ... It took longer to decide than to actually eat! One day I shall go to Ognisko and have a three course puddings only meal!

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

An excellent Sunday lunch after Proms! Would highly recommend

f
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Food service ambiance. We all had a wonderful time.

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

Delicious food. Good presentation and service and lovely to be able to sit outside, under cover. Only criticism is the portions are quite large! No way I could finish my chocolate mousse. Very convenient for the Albert Hall

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place, we stepped out of busy London into calm with a green view on the terrace. The service was above and beyond which included a happy birthday song and complimentary drinks. Thanks again.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food!

SL
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly efficient service, superb food, only quibble was the 12.5% service charge which was presumptuous. Otherwise, excellent.

BS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wine in a wonderful location.
We did point out that we were not in a hurry (a lot of others dining appeared to be going on to a prom), but felt that we weren't given any time between courses. This is the only reason for us not giving a full 10/10 rating on this occasion.

JC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my husband and I had a most marvellous pre theatre meal. Food was excellent and service was brilliant. Loved it

LW
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful meal with excellent food and attentive service.

V
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best dining experience we encountered on our recent trip to London. Excellent service, a wide range of drinks, and spectacular dining in an intimate garden location. Well worth a visit.

p
London
28 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elegant dining room close to the Albert Hall. Handy after a prom. Generous portions. I enjoyed duck rillettes. Guinea fowl was served in a slightly flavourless soup. Good wines by glass, carafe and bottle.

CL
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere on the terrace was really nice for a date. Wish we had time for desserts before the theatre. All the Pistons around us looked Divine!

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love ognisko! Food is brilliant, for pre theatre it would be even better if they would start reservations from 5pm to make dining more relaxed.

DC
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the Proms fixed price menu, and the location is very close to the Albert Hall for pre-concert dining

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited early before a prom concert. Set menu had a very good choice, was well presented and tasty although the herring starter was a bit salty. The duck confit was wonderful and my wife enjoyed the pan fried sea bream. We did not have time for desserts. Food was excellent value for money but the wine was very expensive for what it was.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places .
Excellent old school attention and service.
Varied interesting menu and wine list

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

Excellent food and ambience. Good value set dinner. Generous servings and yummy dessert. Highly recommended.

O
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a dinner early evening on Sunday. It was a good experience. It is clean pleasant place to be. Good food, we had beetroot soup and it was nice and chicken kiev was very tasty, pavlova meringue for desert was not disappointed as well.
Unfortunately the waitress who served our table possibly had some personal issues but in general staff tried to be nice.
In general we were happy that made a choice for this place.
We would recommend this restaurant to visit

SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely Polish restaurant close to the Albert Hall. Had the pre-Proms meal. Cold beetroot soup to die for. Staff really friendly, and lovely outside setting. We come back every year!

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

As always I enjoyed my visit to Ognisko and the food was delicious. This time however the service was rather slow. Having been seated on the Terrace it was at least 10 minutes before the waiter came to give us a menu. The waiting time for the drinks to come, and between the courses was also much longer than usual. This was a disappointment but I would come back another time1

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just rally nice nothing we can experience anywhere else, it’s a bit special and a bit under the radar

FO
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My visit with friends was a real surprise and a “find”.
The food was wholesome and good, but the service was brilliant and our waitress was so helpful and actually cared and kept a close eye on us so we wanted for nothing.
First class.

GA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have heard about this hidden gem through friends for a long time and finally tried it. It will now be one of my stand by favourites! Wonderful service and food + excellent value. Ambiance makes you want to stay for a long time, like you are in someone’s grand home.

BD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty robust meal of confit of duck. Very nicely cooked and presented and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. As it was late in the evening (10.30) we did not have starter or desert. Well situated for the Royal Albert hall. Will certainly return.

SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Ognisko prior to going to a Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a warm summer night and the ambience at the restaurant was in keeping with a relaxed but elegant evening with friends. The food was interesting, delicious and there was plenty of variety to suit a range of dietary preferences. Service was efficient and friendly.

IL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on the terrace which was lovely, with a table near the corner. What did spoil it was the continuing noise of what we think was an air vent below.

SB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food, atmosphere and service. Great location and value for money

DD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time to Ognisko, and this time with my partner: we love the mix of Polish and modern European dishes on the menu. The pre-concert menu with excellent choices and good value was particularly helpful as we were going to a Prom (the Royal Albert Hall is just a few minutes walk). We were fortunate enough to secure a table in the garden. The food was excellent and the service impeccable and discreet. Definitely planning a return visit.

A
London
76 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty food nicely presented by friendly staff, varied menu and good choice for a venue pre-theatre. Good value pre-theatre menu but we weren’t allowed to see the normal menu.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Proms menu was excellent value and the quality of food was very good. Speed of service was good once ordered but it took some time to get waiting staff to attend to us. We had to query the bill but that was well handled. Recommended overall for a good meal before a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, but perhaps a more leisurely approach would be better in order to appreciate all the excellent dishes on offer.

n
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We accidentally stumbled across thos restaurant as we had a reservation next door at Steins Berlin but they had not informed us their kitchens had closed at 7pm even thought we made a genuine booking through Quandoo...We walked next door and there was OGNISKO. We were delighted with the ambience, the food, the service and the view from the terrace. A delightful night out and we will certainly return!

WK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We always have our pre-Proms dinner here and have never been disappointed.

JH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the terrace where the noise level was 60-70dB which is fine. Inside if many tables are occupied, in my past experience the noise level is much too high to be pleasant, and I would advise friends to be aware that inside at busy times they may not be able to hear themselves speak

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular here. Purely because it has the best cocktails in London and the best food. I don’t live nearby and will travel here just for a vodka and herring. It is my favourite place to eat and drink in London. Everything is super high quality and value for money and the staff are incredibly professional and friendly. I cannot fault it. They are consistently excellent.

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