Ognisko

4.6
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1293 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Polish

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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.

Private Dining

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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f
London
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful evening: the service was so accommodating, understanding, respectful and generous; the food simply delicious. We will be returning.

AW
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, well presented, charming staff, beautiful surroundings

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings and great service. The food was delicious - and portion sizes just right.

JL
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant period setting but not stuffy with modern energy. Delicious, excellent Polish food with high presentation. Friendly staff - eager to explain dishes. Very good selection of dishes meat, fish , gluten free, vegan options available. Ambiance pleasant and lively. Thoroughly recommend - close to Royal Albert Hall and Royal Geographical Society for events etc...

f
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, very good service, very good ambience - as always. Fairly pricy but worth it.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot right next to Hyde Park. Authentic seasonal food

p
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place the food is usually excellent but I had a feeling not quite up to normal standards

T
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In terms of price quality one if the best restaurants in London

C
New England
49 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were impeccable. Full wine list and lovely atmosphere. Make a reservation.

MG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent location if using Albert hall, food and ambience are really good

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and drinks, we always come back.
Improvement points: service sometimes too pushy. Place sometimes too loud.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ognisko never disappoints, it’s my go to place to eat in London. Fantastic food and service. Love it

TB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. Will be back. It was exactly what it said on the web site.

KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place for Sunday lunch away from the noise of South Kensington. Delicious Polish menu and reasonable prices considering location. Oh and so many lovely drinks. Hot Krupnik on a cold day!

LB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A much better experience than our Oct 29 visit which was a disaster. The management still have not responded on that. This time the restaurant was not oversold and everything worked fine. We got there at 17:45 for a 18:00 booking and that might have been the trick. Strange there is no management response to adverse criticism. The food (the pre-theatre menu) was good and the service excellent.

CD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always great food and welcoming service. And excellent cocktail menu in the bar!

JU
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Picked this place for work dinner and it was perfect choice. Everything was great : food, Service and prices. Definitely will come back.

T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience all round.

CX
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no idea how they know I am Imperial student, but anyway, they give an Imperial discount. LOL, thanks muchly.

JN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this excellent restaurant with great food and atmosphere. Drinks are wonderful too. A favourite. Discover it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally the culinary desert around royal Albert hall is no more - there are couple of good options and Ognisko is one of the best.
Been there for drinks - excellent bar with amazing selection and really professional and knowledgeable bartenders. And finally made it for dinner. Oh my. Winter and polish food are made for each other, it’s heaven. Wine selection, friendly service, ambience - everything is first class and for a reasonable price too.

K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved having a drinks and a light meal here. Lovely bar area, perfect for a get together among friends. The food was well prepared, and very tasty.

JJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited Ognisko a number of times and it never disappoints. On this occasion my friend and I took his parents and a splendid time was had by all.

IW
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place. Was quite noisy as restaurant full but still able to converse easily. Lovely staff, fab food. Very good value for Central London. Thoroughly recommend the Georgian Red Wine!

LB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We booked a pre-theatre table at 6pm and all 4 of our party were on time or early. The restaurant was alarmingly full and our worst fears were soon realised. Our starter was delivered after about 30 minutes but there was no sign of our main course until ONE HOUR AND TEN minutes after we ordered. We had all specifically ordered from the pre theatre menu thinking it would be quicker. People around us going to the same event at the Albert Hall were abandoning their food in order to be at the venue on time. Our waiter was under immense pressure and deeply apologetic, but couldn't expedite the food. There appeared to be no management in evidence and there was no apology. Some of the food that arrived was fine. My fish was perfectly cooked but the sauce was cold. It was utter chaos and the place was massively oversold.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A really lovely venue with great food! Service can be slightly erratic when the restaurant is really busy, but outweighed by the atmosphere.

SW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We ordered a pre-theatre meal but the starter arrived only after about 45 minutes and two of the main courses on our table of four arrived so late there wasn’t time to eat them. We were not the only table to experience something similar that evening so pretty hopeless. We requested money off but only a very small sum was offered and there just wasn’t time to argue about it or we would have missed our show.

MM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Always nice to come here
Excellent service and lovely ambiance
Food not so good this time but I will still go back as I may have cosen badly!

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had the theatre menu as we were in a hurry as attending a talk at the Polish Club upstairs.
The Herring was somewhat salty for my taste, the two breads it was served with were very good.
The salmon main course was faultless and the pickled salad complimented it perfectly

MO
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

used to be amazing but this time the restaurant was understaffed and you could see they were struggling. long waits, food lukewarm, ordered food that never arrived. I understand they had a wedding dinner in the same hall but close the restaurant next time please. food was also average and drinks watery and poor value. what a disappointment!

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We have dined and lunched here many times . Lovely room, tablelinen etc. We order lots of starters and salads then dessert and skip mains. Reasonable prices and a steal with a tastecard. Hany for the museums too.

AG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It must have been an off night. A friends favourite restaurant and we went on a Saturday night for his birthday.

The service was just exhausting. We waited 15 min at the bar (one person serving, 2 customers ahead of me) for a glass of champagne. Bar itself was absolutely covered in dirty glasses. We had to ask for the menu, to give our order, more drinks, follow up on why everything took an hour to come out. We felt invisible.

Entree and main was luke warm.

Pavlova dessert was out of this world!

It was just a lethargic, exhausting dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful room in a great location.
Interestingly different food and plenty of it

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ognisko is a favourite place to meet friends over good and interesting food always beautifully prepared. Excellent efficient and friendly service.

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. It’s always brilliant! We go regularly. The vodka martinis are outstanding. Great value as well. You can have a carafe of good wine. The staff are lovely too they always try and accommodate you. Well worth going.

AB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A lively, high-spirited Friday evening in the Polish Club's restaurant, Ognisko. The bar and adjacent restaurant were both busy and boisterous by 8pm, the atmosphere was nicely convivial and the front of house staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. Half the dishes were very good and the other half would have been if they weren't too salty. Wonderful evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of vodka and very friendly service

TM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, this time for lunch. Relaxed , well paced service, fantastic food in a convivial setting. We’ll be back!

SL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredibly beautiful space, fabulous food and extremely attentive staff. Such great value for money.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant dining experience in terms of food, service and ambience. Excellent cocktails. Good herring and pierogi starters. Lovely duck and quite good, but not great, pork schnitzel, with good veg for mains. Charming service. Was surprised to find the restaurant hadn’t been full for lunch although I couldn’t get a table online before 2pm.