Ognisko

4.7
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1411 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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4.6
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4.7
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EvaG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!
Wonderful dumplings, loved the pierogi, schnitzel, infused vodka and cheesecake!
Outstanding service, charming terrace and lighting! Great experience!

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TinaH
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous to eat on the lovely cool terrace. The Summer Slush Cocktail was excellent and the food deliciously.

CB
ChantalB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening with friends on the delightful terrace.

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JustynaL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best polish food I've had in London! Lovely venue, reasonably priced considering the location. Highly recommend.

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ProfessorAndrew1967
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ognisko is an utterly superlative restaurant which delivers excellence in food, service and ambience. The restaurant itself is extremely elegant and the terrace a complete delight. And the prices are very, very good. My only 'complaint' is that their website gives the address as 55 Princes Gate. In fact it is 55 Exhibition Road, with Princes Gate being that particular area of South Kensington. It confused me and also the black cab driver! But this is a minor matter. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant and have added it to my favourites for return visits.

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NicolaH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - loved it. The Terrace is stunning and the food and staff always so irmpressive! Looking forward to coming again. The selection of drinks and food caters for every taste, contemporary combined with traditional Polish food. My favourite restaurant in London. A sensible and courteous approach to the COVID-19 challenge.

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VladislavK
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ognisko never disappoints me. My second visit was amazing just like the first one. Fantastic restaurant, very clean, delicious Eastern European/Baltic Food. Great service, great value! Nice seating area inside and outside.
Best restaurant!

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Alyssa
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic, big portions and beautifully presented. The ambiance of the patio was also amazing and super romantic. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at Ognisko and would absolutely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As delicious as ever. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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HazelS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ognisko is always a delight, it offers excellent value across the board, servings are generous without any loss of high quality ingredients. The interior area is cool and calm, whilst the terrace area looks out over a quiet, green space.

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Mars
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can always count on having an excellent meal at Ognisko!

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vipAMurphy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely magical evening! From the moment we walked in the door, we were welcomed by the lovely staff. The food, wine, and cocktails were all so fabulous as well. The restaurant is gorgeous, and the back garden terrace is so beautiful and decorated with twinkly lights. Cannot recommend enough. I already want to go back immediately! :)

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LGHIGHBURY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant space and professional staff. Food was wonderful, deftly adapted for the hottest day of the year.

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adamskylondon
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Inside or outside, Ognisko always delivers! A proper piece of Europe in the middle of London.

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Mimi99
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a table on the terrace which is lovely. Service and food were beyond reproach. The staff are super friendly and efficient. This has to be one of my absolute favourite places to lunch!

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SelbyR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very friendly staff and superb polish dishes.

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AnnaK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and the best Polish cherry vodka. Pure delight.

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MarekW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant in a location you would not expect. Polish food which is authentic and in stylish surroundings with friendly service. Great value only adds to the overall enjoyable experience.

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RosieM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always an excellent place to dine, with an interesting and unusual menu which changes frequently but retains old favourites.

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SW11
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Baltic-inspired seafood is always good. Forget the wine list - Poland doesn't make wine. Drink cocktails. The martinis are excellent.

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jamesb
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect meal at this perfect restaurant in the heart of London... loved it

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lesB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it's always good. friendly staff who know what they're doing. good wine, great terrace if you want. good large room so you don't feel crushed. great cocktails.

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vipLocalresident
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back since lockdown lifted. Wonderful meal, attentive service and great ambience on the terrace. Pleased to see the restaurant had lost none of its charm and wonderful cuisine.

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vipceaedinburgh
London
98 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and wine were great but I felt the hygiene was lacking and that made me nervous. We ate outside and staff mostly served us with face masks round their necks, despite the fact they were very close. When we paid the bill the server took each credit card in turn and handed the machine to each of us. So the server touched all the cards and the card machine was handed to everyone which means if person A at the table has the virus we now all have it including the server and probably other people in the restaurant unless the card machine was cleaned after our table had paid. I did mention it but no-one seemed to bother.

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Chris
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience in the terrace table. Tasty food with value for money.

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vipfoodiefun1
London
80 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Food and service in a fabulous location overlooking an Imperial College Square Garden

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MunkieMagik
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and the ambiance is great! Such a gem.

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laicu
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and service. We will definitely come back again.

TK
TerryK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night, amazing food and great staff. Great to be back and the outside dinning was a treat.
Good to see you back and we will have many more happy nights here.
Thanks again
Dr Terry Keech and family

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VictoriaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal out after 4 months of lockdown and so good to be back. As always wonderful food and drink as well as excellent service.

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AlanS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambience.
Also given the recent re-opening following lockdown, the staff and measures taken by the restaurant to make the eating out experience a pleasure should be commended.

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ulaL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to try Polish food, delicious and interesting. Drinks menu also has a lot to offer. Desserts are a must!

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GeorgeP
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Ognisko has long (over 40 thirty years) been a favourite restaurant of ours. Not now.
Whilst the grand premises and attentive staff were excellent, as always, the food was below mediocre, and a very sad disappointment. The waiting staff could see our reactions to the poor prepping and cooking, and the poor balancing of what were supposed to be complimentary flavours on a dish - because we only ate some of the fare - the plates taken away with 60% of the discarded meal.
I don't know what was wrong but it certainly could not be blamed on Covid-19. I am a chef, and I know how a dish should be designed, prepared, cooked and served. Even something as simple as the Mizeria side salad was an unimpressive heap of slices of fresh cucumber swimming in a pool of sour cream, with a pinch of dill...watery, utterly tasteless and not a proper Mizeria.
Sorry Chef, but you are getting a very deserved low score.

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LidiaV
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere were all excellent. Very warm welcome from Mr Jas and his colleagues. The staff made the restaurant feel COVID safe. Would always go there again.

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vipRachel
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal and service by staff. Everything was very clean and a lovely way to return to dining out

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AL1153
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had great service, the protocols were well set out and the staff were confident with what they were doing. The food and drinks were, as ever, fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love it. Superbly welcoming atmosphere.

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vipwestender
London
26 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were welcoming and trying very hard to make things work- cutlery arrives with a little napkin in servers hand. We were seated on the terrace so open air. Food was excellent including a great beetroot and yoghurt chlodnik soup. Nice fruit vodkas with pudding. Support your local restaurant and dine out!! Hurrah.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very welcoming, great food and lovely surroundings.

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Ognisko does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Ognisko also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7589 0101.

Ognisko is rated 4.7 stars by 1411 OpenTable diners.

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