Ognisko

4.6
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1372 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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What 1372 People Are Saying
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vipwestender
London
26 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
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.

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StephenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting and excellent service. Looking forward to our next visit already

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SteveS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brilliant restaurant, having not tried much polish cuisine was a little unsure but as the reviews said it’s very good and amazing food. The frontage is like a house so look carefully for the address. Will definitely visit again

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NicholasC
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

A very pleasant place in which to have lunch. The ambience is both sophisticated and welcoming. We were given a table at the window as requested with a pleasant view of green space outside. The staff were extremely pleasant and the portions were generous and reasonably priced.

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JanetR
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ognisko is consistently good and we particularly like the bar area.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, you mean experience about my date? Amazing!!! But it wasn’t due to the restaurant but the person i met 😀

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KirstyM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I would not change a thing. The ambience is one of the very very best in London. The dining room is superb, I just loved it. I would go again and again and again. In fact I would go every week if I could. It was so refreshing and wonderful to go somewhere in London that wasn't the same similar everywhere type of bistro.

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vipXY12345
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre-theatre menu is of good value. Food is so so, nothing really special. Dessert is really good, I like the white chocolate cheesecake so much.

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MariaE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, close to all the Museums, Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens. The restaurant is in a beautiful house and has great ambience. Food was delicious, service impeccable. Thank you; we will be back with further family members and friends!

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MalgorzataP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and good food, good service.
Even when we was late we still got table.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Bartender was skilled and bar selection was very good. Food was very tasty and we'll presented.

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NeilW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Polish food and prompt if somewhat brisk service in a very atmospheric dining room with a varied menu and drinks list

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EBjold
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Polish cuisine and culture. Club like atmosphere

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catherinen
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent, one of a kind..lovely dining room, reasonably priced for this part of town

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Jackbly
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and good friendly service. Good lcation.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Awful! Please don’t ever think that this is what Polish or Russian food is like. The only nice thing was the bread. Smoked eel starter was nice but only had 3 small pieces of eel in it, covered by carrots to give it a more decent look. Potato pancakes were way over fried and gravladax salmon was so salty, almost inedible. When I made a comment to the waiter about salmon being unbearably salty he laughed it off and tried to bribe me with a vodka shot saying ‘have a shot of vodka to kill the saltiness in your mouth’. Not cool! Apology would have been better. My husband’s beef tartare and rabbit main were not that great either. Slow service in general, clearly understaffed for a Friday night. And if you are going to bother with white table cloths, at least find some time to iron them

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Frez
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enjoyed an excellent lunch at Ognisko, though myself and my guest felt harried by the over-zealous staff.

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AndrewH
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Surpassed my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another lovely meal at Ognisko, my husband has Polish heritage and it always makes him happy to dine here and eat delicious and well prepared versions of classic Polish dishes.

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vipLondoneater
London
120 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a fun experience in a grand location. Our French friends were very impressed by the rooms and the food. The salad starters were excellent as were the various main courses. And we managed to squeeze in desserts of pavlova and honey cake which were all good.

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Agata
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had to wait 30 mins for our soup and then another 30 for the mains. The soup was lovely and very tassty. |The mains were nice but arrived my partner's steak was cold, but the fries were super hot so i guess they just left it waiting. As we were in a hurry we just left without raising it.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant in the world. So special, so hidden away. Food fab, bar brilliant and no background music. Service excellent. A special gem

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MariaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, staff was friendly, accommodating and Attentive. The ambience and decor was really elegant. We enjoyed out dinner very much.

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WillyWilliams
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience, will definitely be returning

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ColleenC
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful relaxing atmosphere.
High quality food.
Hearty Polish food made elegant!

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BARTOSZG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had to wait long time to get served. Food was delivered after 40 min. Apart from that everything has been great. Nice atmosphere and delicious food, a bit overpriced though. Recommend!

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ClaireS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute gem of a place in London with incredible vodka choices and great food. Will definitely be returning.

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DianneW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal, the bin-end wine was amazing and the service was just right. I’ve been 3 times before and will certainly be going again 😃

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marcc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Elegent room...staff excellent...wine by bottle excellent

Downside..wine by glass impossible to find anything...has to go through three glasses before acceptable not great barolo seranlunga bin end...and it is not the price point we worry about ...just none!

We go ther probably twice a month post v@a frisay evening ..limited winelist by glass probably one reason why we dont go more often

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christianc
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktail list. Truly classy and elegant style. Excellent menu. No rushing. You can stay as long as you like.

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Alice
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! The food is excellent and the staff is very friendly. The homemade cherry vodka is great!

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JohnN
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't know where to start. Everything was exceptional. The food was tasty and delicious. The staff were amazing.

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vipShal
London
60 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our second visit to Ognisko and will definitely go back. Good food and service. Wine expensive but wouldn't stop us from visiting again.

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dinB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We loved the food but I wasn't impressed with the service. We met friends in the bar for a drink, I eventually managed to ask for some menus. A waiter came to see if we wanted to go to our table and I asked if we could place our order or would he take it at the table - he said at the table, whereupon he disappeared! We had been in the restaurant an hour before we placed our order. The staff were very pleasant but not pro-active. On the plus side, no one hassled us out. Maybe this is the Polish way. We will go back but be aware of the service.

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NinaF
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. The restaurant was booked solid by 6.30 and the service was a tad slow but under the circumstances completely understandable. Alway such a pleasant experience eating at Ognisko - delicious food , lovely service and a lovely atmosphere.

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AWWLondon
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing flavoured vodka drinks, quick and helpful service, convenient for pre-show dinner (e.g. at Royal Albert Hall). Absolutely top notch. Highly recommend.

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IanM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have lunched here several times.

Pleasant eaterie with a good bar. Good service.

Food is a welcome break from more pretentious offerings elsewhere.

MJ
MaryJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time I had been to the restaurant but my friends and I will definitely be back. The food and the service was great.

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SimonS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu, food very well presented, service was truly excellent ... a place my wife and I will be returning to very soon. A real gem.

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CareyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Recommended by friends and well worth a visit. Lovely restaurant and friendly staff willing to explain if you’ve not eaten Polish food before. We thought potato dumplings great as starter, maybe bit boring as main. Portion size is excellent and although not cheap, great value for location, quality etc. Good choice for special meal out. Will definitely go again.

FAQs

Ognisko offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7589 0101.

Ognisko is rated 4.6 stars by 1372 OpenTable diners.