Wright Brothers - South Kensington

4.4
353 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
Close to the area’s iconic galleries and museums, loyal locals and visitors mix harmoniously in the cosy dining room at Wright Brothers.

Head chef Jonathan Stray has a way of bringing the flavours of seafood out in simple yet inspiring ways. Feast on deluxe fruits de mer, seasonal fish or choose from the daily specials board. A weekday set-menu is available between 12pm - 5pm perfect for lunch or pre-theatre or enjoy oysters for pound each between 3-6pm daily.

Below the restaurant is Wright Brothers’ first ever independent cocktail and oyster bar: The Mermaid. While the emphasis is on wines and cocktails, guests can also choose to dine from the à la carte menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm
Sunday 12pm – 9.30pm

The Mermaid Cocktail & Oyster Bar
Monday - Saturday 5pm - Midnight
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Phone number
020 7581 0131
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jonathan Stray
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Public Transit
The nearest tube is South Kensington on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines
Additional
Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining
What 353 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delicious and fresh food in an intimate restaurant.

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G
London
55 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality seafood and good, relaxed service. Wines were not disappointing but could have more choices of red by the glass.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and great food! Staff was very professional as well!

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London
31 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent spot in London for a wide variety of fresh seafood. We went here especially for our fix of oysters and that was definitely satisfied. Food, wine and cocktails were delicious but we did think it was a bit on the pricey side.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an all Oyster dinner for our Anniversary - great selection and some tasty oyster creations (including with an oriental twist) - Manager there was a fantastic host with plenty of tips on how to fully enjoy an oyster platter - I definitely recommend this place!

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m visiting and decided to follow open table recommendation for a “restaurant near you”. I’m glad I did because Wright Brothers delivered in every single aspect (and my bar is set up high!). Service was professional and courteous without being overwhelming or “snotty”. Food service was adequately paced, you don’t feel rushed, they want you to take your time to enjoy their absolutely fantastic and delicious food. I had the soy/wasabi/ginger oysters (such an explosion of wonderful flavors!), followed by the fish soup (well balanced flavors and tasteful) and the crab for main course (be prepared to fight a battle that you’ll win in so many ways!!!) amazing. A glass of he picpoul de pine was just the perfect complement. The chocolate pot (just the right size and rich but not sweet at all!) with espresso were the perfect end of a great experience. Highly recommended!!!

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MW
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit in a week, excellent once again and a great choice of lovely fresh fish dishes,

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Like always we were met with a warm welcome, and service was friendly and efficient. And what was nice was that throughout dinner we were never rushed unlike many restaurants wanting to have a second lot of diners. The food was well cooked, tasty and fairly priced. So far so good. What was disappointing was the way the tables and benches were packed closely together so for those of us with longer legs, dining there was uncomfortable. Also, on the night we were there, a child probably way past her bedtime was screaming in a piercing manner. This is not the fault of the restaurant but when we couldn't hear ourselves speak due to the child screaming, it ruined the evening. And finally, as the evening progressed, the restaurant got smokier and smoker so much so the cooking smell from the kitchen overwhelmed. Perhaps the restaurant can look into getting a stronger extractor for the kitchen?

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ET
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Oysters were good. Everything else very average or poor. Staff not really bothered even though there were only 2 tables dining

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CM
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy coming here. A favourite spot. All around great experience.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The table booking system was very dissapointing. I arrived one hour before my booking, however the restaurant did not have all tables occupied and even so sent me to wait at the bar area. Then, when the bar area was full, other people that did not have the table booking started to sit at the empty tables before I did.
I talked to the hosts and they didn’t even listen to me and told me to wait for my booking. The table management should be improved.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff are very welcoming and helpful. You cannot go wrong with their pound a pop oysters. Delicious food and fresh oysters. Will definitely go back and recommend. Superb service and great restaurant.

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RD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely local restaurant part of a small chain. Excellent fish and seafood-based menu. All beautifully cooked and nicely presented with friendly, attentive, non-pushy service. Well worth a visit.

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MO
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a seafood lunch if you're in South Kensington near the museums. You can create your own seafood platter, which is fun. Friendly service, cosy yet professional and crisp.

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MF
London
30 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful seafood restaurant. Service excellent- food lovely and reasonably priced.

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b
London
36 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our 5th or 6th visit over recent years when we dine here early prior to attending the Proms. The fish dishes are always reliably prepared and cooked and oysters fresh and good value at a pound a pop before 1800. What more can you ask for? The service is friendly and efficient and the wine better value than most London restaurants. The decor lacks finesse and the tables a little tight but we'll be back!

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L
London
64 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit here. I really like the freshness and quality of the seafood. The cooking is good, not overly elaborate but interesting and brings out the flavour of the seafood.

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m
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great roast crab and oysters
Prawns and wine also good & aioli
Yummy with chips

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S
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress, the regular staff are exceedingly kind and efficient, they are
welcoming and always seem pleased that one is eating there.

Dogs are not only welcome but are positivly encoraged, they are greeted with a bowl of
water and are never any trouble.

The cooking is excellent, the wine list comprehensive without being excessivly priced, and going there is
always something to look forward to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the staff were very helpful

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AC
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really delicious seafood and really good personal service for a table of 4. We were tended to by one member of staff throughout, who made excellent recommendations and looked after us. The wait for our main course was quite long but the atmosphere was lovely and it did not bother us too much. Thoroughly enjoyed and will be returning and trying the other branches.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fish dishes, love coming here when we are in London. Efficient service and knowledgeable staff.

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AD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great night out! The Full House Platter was absolutely fabulous and perfectly paired with an australian chardonnay. Great service and good value for money

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j
Kent
31 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice restaurant. Quite small, so the service is very good and the food freshly and quickly served - although we certainly were not rushed. Good selection of "specials" in addition to a concise and reasonably priced main menu. The drinks are also fairly priced.
Highly recommended.

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always a really great evening of very good food, excellent cocktails and great service

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a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super service , tasty food (though could eat more) and superb hidden bar downstairs

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SR
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deluxe seafood platter was lush couldn’t fault it. Got your moneys worth and better than I anticipated for London it was close to one on the coast or France. Even got extra jersey oysters afterwards and came back the next day for £1 happy hour oysters. Desserts also maintained the standard and the chocolate pot was gorgeous. The waiters were attentive and not overbearing. Highly recommend for a seafood lover.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If fish is your thing, this restaurant is a must as you’ll be spoilt for choice.
We sat downstairs in a booth table - better for conversation - and chose dishes from the “specials” menu. Stunning food that was beautifully prepared and presented, the Wright Bros. know fish!

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JJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having visited Wright Brothers in Borough Market we were excited to try this venue and were not disappointed. The staff were sublime - extremely friendly and helpful and not at all perturbed that we arrived significantly early for our booking. The menu choices were great and fantastic value on the Oysters at £1 a pop!

Service was professional, relaxed and helpful when we needed to ask about certain items.

The manager also very kindly gave my sister-in-law a pint glass that she admired (it was her birthday meal) which was a lovely gesture.

We would all definitely return again and thoroughly recommend.

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L
London
13 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Wright brothers looking for a low key, decent dinner, and that’s what we got. The food was lovely (very fresh crab!), the service was great and there was a good atmosphere..at least in the restaurant part. The downside was our experience in the bar downstairs beforehand. It seemed to us like a grown-up and sophisticated place, and the cocktails were fine…however the atmosphere was spoilt for us by a group of about 4/5 young kids in there (I’m guessing aged 4-8). I should be clear - we don’t object to kids in restaurants, and why would we? We have 3 of our own, this group was not at all badly behaved and we're aware that because they were eating it was technically legal. However I would seriously question whether a group of kids should be allowed into a grown-up cocktail bar like this in the evening, and their high spirits and laughter, which would normally be a non-issue anywhere else, felt very inappropriate for this setting. It spoilt it for us and we couldn’t wait to get out of there and back up to the restaurant.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and staff very attentive overall good experience when my daughter graduated

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GE
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service great.
The downstairs area is nice and quiet.

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M
London
61 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food at the Wright Brothers in South Ken. It was a warm evening and luckily we landed a table at the secret basement :) - the space is cosy, air conditioned and the food did not disappoint. Oysters were great, prawns and langoustines were fresh and wonderful. And the Roasted Crab was to die for. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Great service completed a fantastic dinner

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VA
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Oysters are brillint in any month (even without "R"), other dishes did not impress me. A little bit expensive and "two-by-twice"

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l
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wright Bros never fails to amaze. Food fabulous, service fantastic, and I've been to most of these restaurants and they are all just great. Only downside to this one in particular is that it is very small and very noisy - so if you want some space and some peace and quite over your meal, this is not the venue.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A cosy dining experience. Good food but in my opinion a little overpriced. Some very good cocktails! Would visit again for the seafood platter.

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T
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly good. The oysters were probably the most fresh we've ever had. Mussels were off the menu because their buyer decided they weren't good that day - so you know they take care in their ingredients. Staff were friendly and helpful. The Bloody Marys were delicious. We will be returning very soon.

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DS
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh seafood and very good service. We have been here several times now and have never been disappointed.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to this branch, Delicious food good and friendly service, will definitely come back again.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Breakfast a bit too "healthy" (too much fruit ;-) ). Missed the "continental" items ( cheese, jam, coffee cans... ). BUT: Nice, cosy place with nice staff. I would return there.

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