Ognisko

4.5
1111 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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London
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always a lovely place for a leisurely lunch - happy to recommend

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

Very charming and elegant. We ate outside on the terrace which was wonderful. Sat at a spotless white linen clad table. Excellent food, and very helpful and polite service. And the prices are reasonable too. Highly recommended.

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

Not quite as good this time as previous. The 17.30 earliest booking makes attending the Royal Albert Hall too much of a fraught rush. 17.00 would give a more relaxed meal.

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SW
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Ognisko delivers a unique Polish experience. Vodka, food, friendly service. Definitely highly recommended.

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

Excellent as always! The duck was beautifully succulent and the cold summer soup was wonderful and refreshing. I can’t wait to return.

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

Other than the fact that Bigos should be on the menu permanently, Ognisko is generally faultless.
Part of its joy is that all the staff are beautifully dressed, elegant and stylish, and act more like a hostess welcoming you onto their home than waiting staff just there to do a job. They help make the whole experience special and rather wonderful. Thank you.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! I’ve been to this place many times and they never let me down!

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NK
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big portions. Very professional staff. Amazing food. Great value for money in a historical venue. Highly recommended.

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AG
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent lunch. Authentic Polish food and good service.

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TK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambience, very good food but services need to improve. Restaurants at your level should have a dedicated waiter for the table and the waiter should show interest in the acceptance of the food.

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and the food was very good. Highly recommend

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my polish girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. We had a really great time. Lovely setting, we sat outside on the terrace but the restaurant inside also looked beautiful, the food was great, service excellent and the servers friendly and smiling, I’d definitely come again.

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TL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

love it here, first time on terrace and dog friendly

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ND
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious set menu of beetroot soup and chicken Kiev. A lovely house white which is reasonably priced. During the summer, there is a beautiful terrace to dine outside on.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love going to Ognisko. The food is always fantastic and interesting (as are the lovely flavoured vodkas), and the setting is beautiful. The terrace is delightful on a hot summer's evening.

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CF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience but I found my salad starter and duck slightly sugary.

Apart from that all five stars. Our waitress was amazing, tall blonde lady with short hair.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been a few times with family and friends over the years and the food and staff are always top class.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Ognisko in many occasions and have to say this place become one of my favourites. I’m polish and they always deliver. It’s an authentic food in fantastic surroundings.
Service is always spot on. Great to impress. Fab cocktails too.
Thanks!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Bar area is nice and ambience in the restaurant was nice. Went to celebrate my wife's name day and we were let down terribly by lack of service. Waiting staff thin on the ground and not attentive or even assigned to particular tables it seemed. Sometimes no staff to even be seen. Asked for and was given a drinks menu but no one then came to take the drink order. By the end of the meal still no one had turned up to do so. Wife's main course was served and was cold. Half an hour wait for dessert. Painful. Restaurant was only half full.

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner and ambience was wonderful. This was my 2nd or 3rd time dining there and it was every bit as good as I remembered!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

I went to Ognisko expecting at least some Polish food, as one would given it’s name and reputation as something of a centre promoting Polish culture. Unfortunately found very little that was in fact Polish and what there was was anything but. Quite honestly a good, or even pretty average, Polish cook would not present this kind of fare to their guests. Even in the times of greatest austerity I regret to say. The dishes were like something you would probably expect to find in a third rate establishment located in a down-at-hill insalubrious location. But then the prices charged would match that; here the final bill was pretty high. What we had was dry, over cooked, tasteless unimaginatively presented. It even looked unappetising. What a waste of an otherwise lovely location and opportunity to present interesting, varied food which Polish cuisine is so rich in.
Please have a good look at what you are doing with it and reform and reframe the existing format.
Will not be visiting again! Expensive waste of time!

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SK
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely dining room, with a terrace overlooking the garden, a rare find in South Kensington. The food is good and the service professional and attentive. I have eaten here on several occasions and will return.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

did not meet my expectations in terms of food quality, very slow service

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exellent meal, loads of food, great value for money, gorgeous restaurant, great team of staff.

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TA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service as ever, one of my favourite Londion restaurants

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

For us Ognisko never fails to deliver! The staff are smart, attentive and friendly, the food is an imaginative take on Polish cuisine served in generous portions, the prices within reason, the range of vodkas staggering - and most of all what a fantastic room to have your supper in! Let alone the history. If you need to take out of town guests for a London treat without bankruptcy - this is a (or the) place to go!

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I honestly believe this restaurant has among the very best service in London. London has many wonderful things but the service isn't one of them. This has become a regular go-to. Food is absolutely delicious. and the icy little vodka shots - it would be a night at Ognisko without them.

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SW
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service taste of my childhood really nice ambiance will certainly return

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience, cocktails, starter and deserts were delicious just let down by the Duck which was dry and overcooked, but hey still a very nice time and will give it a go sometimes. Still very much worth a visit. Service was very attentive and on point.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite discreet but easy to find
Impressive building with grand rooms
Warm, professional welcome
Very efficient service
Good drinks menu including reasonably priced wine and cocktails
Excellent dinner menu with many Polish specialities
Stunning food - delicious starters, main courses and dessert!
Amongst the best in London
Reasonable price, including service charge
Superb value for money

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful locale, superb Polish cuisine. I go back every time I'm in London.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a friendly and somewhat different experience to many restaurants. All positive with a good and well constructed menu giving plenty of choice and a great selection of vodkas and wines. I have been many times and am happy to recommend it to others

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JH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was at the right level, and allowed my guests to all feel very much at home with the right amount of attention. The meal was a real success.

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LH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A super restaurant to go to after visiting the museums!

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FH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception here 20 years ago and wanted to come back. Of course we wanted to love it. But actually we more than loved it the food was brilliant. Absolutely delicious, good sized portions and a really interesting menu with plenty of choices. The staff were amazing, friendly helpful and attentive. The dining room is really attractive and I cannot wait to come back and try the outdoor terrace.
I can’t recommend it enough!

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TO
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is an absolute joy. The Polish food, which we are big fans of, was authentic but much better than just authentic. Tasty, sharp, juicy and hearty. A really lovely experience.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angieszka or Angelika (I don't remember - blond girl) was spectacular! Thank you so much for making my birthday so special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did struggle to find the restaurant but when we did it was an amazing experience. From the minute we walked in to the minute we left

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CG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is not only an ideal venue before attending an event at the Albert Hall, the food was good and good value. We would certainly eat there again before going to the Albert Hall.

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HL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal and superb service so we were happy, in good time for Royal Albert Hall and well fed!

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