Shotgun BBQ

3.9
160 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Barbecue
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
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Shotgun is an American cocktail lounge specialising in brown liquor and BBQ. Barbecue is a tradition deeply embedded into the very fabric of American culture. Chef Brad will be cooking a traditional ‘low and slow’ barbecue drawing on classic barbecue flavours, and treating diners to authentic and seasonal specialties using the very best quality British meat and fresh produce, all smoked on Shotgun’s wood-burning smoker burning English and European hardwoods. Our bar is also available for Walk In diners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, Meat
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday / 12:00 - 23:30)
(Between 22:00-23:30 Late Night Menu Available)
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Phone number
020 3137 7252
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Brad McDonald
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4 minute walk to Oxford Circus Station - Exit 6
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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DW
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed Shotgun for post theatre supper. Food very good and interesting. Helpful, friendly service. Room too dark and chilly near the door.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Shotgun. The decor is cool and has a vintage feel. Great cocktails, friendly service and the very best cornbread!! Recommended

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c
London
28 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff and chef, excellent food of a uniqueness and true to US gourmet grit!!

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shotgun is by far the best bbq in London! The beef rib and baby back ribs were cooked to perfection. The ambiance of the restaurant is really lovely too. This is perfect for a date night or catching up with friends.

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h
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had an expensive and tasty-but-not-exceptional dinner here. Having eaten at many genuine BBQ joints in the southern US states, I had wishfully believed Shotgun's hype and hoped for something remarkable. Although the ambience felt suitable enough, it just did not deliver on its promises unfortunately. We were also let down by patchy service.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Read rave reviews and thought we'd give it a go. Glad we tried but not our cup of tea. Lovely staff but the menu was tiny and no draught beers as the taps were broken. Nice cosy venue .

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I love BBQ and I work in the area, so I decided to give Shotgun a go and booked a table for two.
The day after they called me asking to confirm my reservation. When we got to the restaurant, a few minutes earlier than expected (7pm instead of 7.15pm) there were plenty of free tables; however, they wanted us to seat at the bar pointing out that we were among the latest to book. I explained to them that no one mentioned sitting at the bar, ever. So they told me that they wanted us to seat at the bar because - apparently - I asked for a 90+ min slot. That did never happen, though! Anyways, I had to insist to finally have a suggestion for a small table. We ordered a brisket, a goat shoulder and a baked potato puree (£34 with two 20cl Cokes). Despite the tiny portions, the meat was decent. However, the baked potato puree was super sticky and definitely not so good. We left before 8pm, not sure if we'll ever be back. If you're a BBQ lover, Smokehouse in Chiswick or Red's True Barbecue in Shoreditch are the places you want to go to.

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AB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice menu. Liked their own sauces which were a nice touch and added good flavour. My friends wanted some chips which weren't available. Ribs and Brisket were best mains. Pork belly needed some crackling. Chicken wings for starter were good as ever. Nice slaw and cucumber salad but more green sides would be good as rich menu.

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l
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Mediocre food, although the honey butter corn bread is out of this world - probably worth a visit in itself. The ribs and brisket were ok only - certainly not the best in London, let alone worthy of comparison to anything you can get in the US.

The place is nice enough, but super noisy and you'll hear every conversation snippet from the next table, and the table next to that!

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f
London
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food but desserts need improvement!!

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OT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening out. Great relaxed atmosphere with great tasting wholesome food. Waiting staff were friendly and very attentive. Have to give a shout out to the dirty rice!

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B
London
58 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very cool, Southern American style diner but with a sexy vibe. Really enjoyed my evening here. If delicious comfort food is your thing, you will too. Service was friendly and attentive. Would have been nice not to be rushed off the table after 1.5 hours. Unfortunately there was no time to sample the dessert or cocktail menu. I know the score at these London restaurants, it's all about turn around, but I still would have expected two hours at the table. That was the only down side. I would still recommend it highly, suggest you don't talk over dinner and then you might have time for dessert too!

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OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ribs, unlike the other fast food joints around London. Not crazy expensive and has some good alternatives if ribs are not your thing. The side dishes are all very tasty and the chili con carne out of this world (they make it with baby back ribs meat).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant, it is quite understated and laid back with good music and an interesting decor. The service was efficient and friendly ensuring we felt at home. We really enjoyed all of our food: the ribs, pork belly, chicken and cornbread were fantastic. The burnt ends were good but didn't quite hit the highs of the other dishes. I felt that portions were reasonable and worked well when shared across the table though I can see why people might say they're slightly on the small side if ordering just for themselves. The quality of the meat really shone through.

Overall a really enjoyable experience.

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TL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good atmosphere and the food was excellent - it's as close to American-style BBQ cooking that I've found in London, with a very upmarket vibe.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good but the portions are small. You definitely won't feel stuffed after the dinner. Good if you are not very hungry

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FD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was delicious and a nice, quieter spot within busy soho.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just perfect for lunch out on a day in London for two pensioners!! The Brisket was outstanding (Burnt Ends especially) and the Molasses desert was a revelation.

The ambience is really calm and peaceful, the staff were informative and hard-working without intruding. Strongly recommended for good food, calm atmosphere and the chance to talk to one's lunch companion.

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious BBQ food - best I've had in ages - and a really friendly waiter made for a lovely evening.

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MJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and great service. Particularly enjoyed the burnt ends brisket and the cornbread. Will be returning!

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d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

The food was tepid and our table didn't give the right kind of ambience, being positioned at the back of the restaurant overlooking a brightly lit temporary storage area.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy table for 2, vibrant atmosphere. Hearty meaty dishes. Staff friendly.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at Shotgun; the food was delicious and the service was great. Couldn't believe how delicious the house wine was! My only criticism was that the brisket portions seemed quite small, although in our case the massive portion of ribs more than made up for it. Would definitely visit again.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Second visit - less impressed than first - food great, but let down by service. Arrived to find hostess on phone and waiting on hold - and she was very disgruntled that she had to put phone down and seat us; told us we were downstairs |(where I know there is more space) but then no one would take us downstairs, so we were seated at tiny table near bar. Apparently that had been over-ruled as a big party was coming in later. General issue in here is that tables are small and space is very restricted. Food excellent, and served surprisingly quickly (we didn't order cornbread) - pretty much "fast food" - probably within 7 minutes of ordering. Happy hour on cocktails before 7pm but you get 2 of the same one, you can't mix and match between you. However, when we had finished eating, and had been seated just about an hour, we were asked to move to the bar to finish our drinks as the table was needed for the next customers. I checked with the Host who advised me that all bookings are for 1 hour 15 minutes - however, the open table slot in my diary was for 1 1/2 hours, so there is a discrepancy here, plus we hadn't been seated 1 1/4 hours, so this felt rather unwelcoming. I understand that if you want a table for more than 1 1/4 hours you can call the restaurant direct and agree this.

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had heard good things, unfortunately it was a very disappointing experience. Service was poor, I don't know if it was just that our table was neglected as it was at the back.. But nothing that was meant to be brought to us was... the waitress appeared very inexperienced. Food was brought out cold, lacking flavor, and sauces not brought to the table until near the end...

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RY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I'd love to say it was great but unfortunately we didn't even eat there when we were told on arrival that chicken and another main dish were off the already slimmed down menu. Maybe they should have told us this when they called to confirm the reservation earlier in the day to at least give us a chance of booking elsewhere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous BBQ and sides!!!

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o
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always. Portions a tad on the small side, but value for money good, and taste superlative. Bannana pudding worth the trip on its own. No pig's ear pancakes though the day we were there..

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AT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to have an American style meat feast, everything we had off the menu was delicious. The only anomaly was the waiting staff seemed to be a little disconnected from what the kitchen could provide, various things on the menu weren't available according to the waiter, but this was contradicted when we asked them to check with the kitchen.
We assumed it was because it was a pretty new place and not everything was running as smoothly as it should.
Highly recommended as a place to enjoyed a good meal with friends and colleagues.

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance and friendly staff. Food is American-style comfort food (think Man vs Food), the best of which are the dishes that remain truest to their origins (I maintain that macaroni cheese should at the very least contain macaroni!). In Shotgun, the meat is definitely the star of the show and is perfectly pleasant, but I can't help thinking it's all a bit dull. In America, this stuff comes best with some seriously unhealthy (but delicious) sides and is all the better for it. The portions seem a bit 'calculated' for what are supposed to be home-style recipes, but the addition of an eating challenge to the desert menu is a fun idea (the fun being slightly tempered by the fact that you have to book it in advance). A few more choices of beer (not lager) on tap wouldn't go amiss. The bottled selection isn't bad although just because I like beer doesn't mean that I don't know how to drink out of a glass - serving it in a can is not impressive.

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EO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

All v good, however we were seated at the bar, even though we booked in advance. Would have much rather have sat at a table. I feel that the bar should only be for last-minute walk ins.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, quite small portions though. Brisket was a winner!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked this restaurant with open table was given a day, a time, a reference number and when
I arrived they had no sign of any booking ...but managed to squeeze us in

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EK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good quality food. Interesting and delicious. Amazing sazarac!! Reminded me of New Orleans.

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RD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best BBQ restaurant in London! Great service and amazing food.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, refined BBQ food. Not a chip in sight! Brisket was heaven, ribs apparently very good, and definitely go for the Mac and cheese. A little pricey but not to be missed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly.
Great music too.
Love this place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Had a really disappointing experience here. Went on a date and wanted to find something authentic for BBQ-style and came across this place.
I'll be honest, if it wasn't for the great wine (nice Syrah) this place would get a one star.
The menu was restrictive, they only had chicken for large groups - who does that?
When the food came it was cold and very small. I had the "lean" brisket which, quite frankly, tasted like Luke-warm corned beef.
Our complaint was only met by a "I'm sorry" and no follow up was taken.
After 75 minutes we were asked to vacate the table without even being offered dessert. Suffice to say we didn't move.
As soon as the nice bottle of wine was over, we left and will not be going back again.
Fortunately the hilarity of the experience actually made for a good date!

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CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a great start when I tripped on a large hole in the floor. No apologies forthcoming.

Portions tiny.

My brisket was ok but my friends pulled pork was about 80% fat.

Service a little over attentive, dishes swept away as soon as we put our forks down felt very much like they wanted to rush us out for the next diner.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate until we couldn't, and then we ate some more. Thanks for putting the perfect full-stop on our nine years together.

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