Wright Brothers - South Kensington

4.4
324 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
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
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Additional
Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining
What 324 People Are Saying
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L
London
13 reviews
3.0Dined 3 days ago
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
5.0Dined 6 days ago
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
5.0Dined 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
55 reviews
5.0Dined 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
4.0Dined 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
17 reviews
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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
13 reviews
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
3.0Dined 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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OT
Cambridge
1 review
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at Wright Brothers - a fantastic platter followed by crab and prawns, finishing with some Ferrero martinis in the Mermaid Bar downstairs. Will definitely come again!

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BE
1 review
4.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated downstairs at a cozy table. Our server took our wine order and we were soon imbibing. I ordered the a small plate - the salt cod croquettes and they were excellent. My main course were the prawns served with a dish of warm water to help clean my hands. They were quite tasty and accompanied by fries and a salad. We chose to skip dessert. All in all a pleasant experience. Our servers were both attentive and efficient adding to our positive experience.

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KS
Des Moines
8 reviews
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal - salt cod croquettes as a starter, a shared platter (pictured) and the ray skate wing on special. All prepared wonderfully and great flavor without losing the seafood/main in the preparation.
We had the new potatoes as a side and they were perfect to help balance the texture and more umami & briney flavors of the mains.

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C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
5.0Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hotel recommended this restaurant and it was so good that we ate there 2 out of our 4 night stay in London. I started out with mussels, which were plump, juicy, and the broth was perfect without being over powering. Each one was just cooked and the portion was generous. The smoked salmon appetizer also did not disappoint. For our main course we each had the cod special with smashed potatoes and salsa verde. The cod was fresh and just cooked to the point of tender and moist. It is so rare to have your all of your fish cooked so perfectly with that much attention. The smashed potatoes were yummy, with crisp skin throughout. On our second visit we had the bloody marys that were topped with a raw oyster. So good we each had 2. We ordered the cod again, this time it had a crab bisque as well as the smashed potatoes. I did not think that they could improve on the first cod special but they did! We did not have coffee or dessert. I will add that the table next to us had the very large seafood tower. We overheard lots of approving noises. The service was attentive and professional. We did not feel hurried nor ignored at any time. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in London- such a find!

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AT
1 review
4.0Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Get more oyster kinds, more cava choices, or sushi seafood.

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OT
London
1 review
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and very friendly service

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N
London
31 reviews
4.0Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Order the mussels. Obviously

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
4.0Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was quite good. Was seated in downstairs dining area when there were no other patrons, however soon others were seated there. Staff were friendly and food was tasty.
Would definitely go back. Reservations are best to have, and request upstairs table to insure getting same.

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Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere with great food and service. Highly recommended.

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S
Cornwall
3 reviews
5.0Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the evening was a huge success; my friends from America were doiubly impressed not only by the food but the warm and friendly service; an added bonus in their opinion was being allowed to take dogs, a great icebreaker with neighbouring tables

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D
1 review
2.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

The fish was nothing special. Main stream cooking with nothing remarkable. The portions was small for exemple just four shrimps. The waiter did not tell us that you need to order potatoes etc separate. He should inform the guests about that.
Not value for the money. Never again.

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ER
London
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious fish and tomatoe salad. Though we were sad 3 things were finished that we would have ordered from the menu. However, we didnt arrive til 9.30am, so I supose the lesson is to dine earlier. High recommended - incredibly tasty and lovely staff. Could do with a bit more ambience... dimmer lighting? Table cloths?

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DL
1 review
4.0Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small and cosy! We were not that hungry so only ordered 2 starters: the croquettes from the main menu and the baked scallops from the day’s specials. Both tasted amazing! The scallops were very fresh and cooked to perfection! We also tried 4 cocktails from the menu and were blown away! Would definitely recommend this place to cocktail and seafood lovers!

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M
London
52 reviews
5.0Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner at Wright Brothers where the seafood is high flying and lands in front of you swiftly. Our meal took off with a beautiful seafood platter and every item was fresh and delicious. We upped it up with an again awesome grilled calamari with black ink. Mid flight came a wonderful array of fish dishes, my special of the day - a roasted cod with Puy lentils and chorizo- was incredible, perfectly cooked and so flavorful. We landed on a selection of dessert, the best one being a panna cotta with oats and peaches. Fantastic dinner, absolutely great service. Book in advance the place is small!

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SM
London
74 reviews
2.0Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This was my first visit to Wright Brothers. Whilst I enjoyed the food (seafood platter for 2), I found the restaurant dark and uninspiring. The tables were small, there weren't many people there and quite frankly, it felt in need of a good facelift. It's convenient to South Kensington tube station, but not somewhere I'd go again.

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JS
London
1 review
5.0Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed several meals here. The seafood is excellent - well prepared and fresh; and the service attentive and friendly.

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A
1 review
3.0Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Soup delicious. Crab badly cooked, over-boiled and watery, utterly tasteless. Ordered a second bottle of wine and had to wait half an hour for it as it wasn’t chilled. The bill was ridiculously high for low quality food and warm white wine. Also, website said tables for two had to be gone in two hours, but the restaurant was half empty the whole time. Staff were pleasant and as efficient as the food allowed. Couldn’t recommend it.

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AS
1 review
3.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and atmosphere was great.
Service was really not good.

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RC
New England
1 review
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous fresh fish. Not fancy, but extremely good.

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GT
London
1 review
5.0Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food. Can’t ask for more! I will def come back to this branch.

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L
New Orleans
11 reviews
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the first restaurant we dined at during our trip in London.... and it was perfect!
Delicious whole fish & fabulous wine. Service & ambiance was great as well! We will return for another meal for sure!

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NR
1 review
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely fresh fish with beautiful taste and the service was great.
Asked for window seat as it was our anniversary and we got it plus a glass of champagne each which was a nice touch!

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V
1 review
5.0Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and genuine food with friendly service and a welcome, classic brasserie style interior. Small yet spacious. A gem in a bit of a desert in this area near the museums of South Ken.

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L
London
57 reviews
4.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As expected, Wright Brothers serve delicious seafood.
I had a cod stew which was cooked perfectly - the cod was moist and not over cooked . Excellent!

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B
London
2 reviews
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother was in London for the evening, so was looking for somewhere with nice food and a good atmosphere, whilst not being too noisy! Wright Brothers ticked all those boxes and we had a lovely evening. Service was great as well!

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JS
1 review
5.0Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although only a compact restaurant there is nothing squashed when it comes to the food or the service. Both were spot-on.
As we were there for an early evening meal (pre-Albert Hall) we were in time for the Pound-a-Pop Oysters .... a dozen set the scene well. Could easily have ordered another dozen but ..... !
My wife and I had mixed dishes. The Missus started with a Fish Soup which she really enjoyed. Have to admit a little over powering in taste for me but she loved it so it must have been good.
Being slightly strange I started with a main course of Atlantic Bay Mussels. Still licking my lips now. Large and succulent, and plenty of them. The wife's main was the Wright Bros Fish Pie. Not a particularly special dish you might say but I disagree. It was fan-tab-u-lous. How do I know ? Thankfully my wife was full of soup so she was happy to let me finish her pie .... half of it. I am proud of the fish pies I make a home, or, at least I was until I tasted this one. Perfection.
Still had room for a luscious Rhubarb Creme Brulee ....... licks lips again.
Service was as fast as you would want for freshly cooked food. The smiles and the attention from the waiting staff was spot-on.
Any downsides ? For me, being not as mobile as I used to be, the stairs to and from the toilets were daunting but I managed them !!

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L
London
13 reviews
5.0Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The standard is always maintained to a high level well done

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H
Tokyo
1 review
5.0Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of daily dinner, but a bit special because of London travel with my family. Food and atmosphere was very good and service was excellent. I felt that cost was a bit expensive, but within range. I want to revisit there when I come to London next time.

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