Wright Brothers - South Kensington

4.4
379 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • 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, Fish
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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
Colin Pritchard
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Public Transit
The nearest tube is South Kensington on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
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KB
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was of good quality and very tasty - mackerel pate was a particular favourite. There were two tables in the window but only really room for one, as a result one of us was facing a wall and we felt that we were sitting on top of each other rather.

Our waitress was very friendly, knowledgeable and made our evening enjoyable. Unfortunately, one of the waiters kept standing behind me to look out of the window for long periods, which was quite off-putting.

Overall, good food, generally good service and not bad value for money.

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L
Calgary
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very average. I had the fish pie which was good but not great. My wife had the Dover sole. It was overpriced and boney. Starters were expensive and not that good. I’d choose another restaurant if I were you.

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

Giussepie was outstanding - knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His bearded partner however comes across as a bit distant and difficult to understand.

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p
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service awful- 4 people served us over 2.5hrs- nobody seemed to bring what we ordered so had to ask for the wine, ask for the bread which eventually arrived during main course

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GL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great friendly service.
Atmospheric restaurant

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food went there for late lunch. Well priced for what you get which is tasty and imaginative. Highly recommended

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was elevated but relaxed, our Waitress Maryline was brilliant, with perfect suggestions that made our meal memorable.

The cocktails, food and dessert were all amazing.
We started with a house platter, consisting of a nice small selection of seafood: oysters, whelks, langoustines etc. and on Maryline's suggestion we tried the special of the month the Crab feast. It was incredible, and very reasonably priced! All of the food was paired with cocktails and wines recommended by Maryline, the highlight was an amazing dessert wine called Pedro Ximenez! A must try!

All in all we left very very happy with our meal, exactly the kind of food and service that I expected from a place with such a great reputation.

We will definitely be back!

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of 5 enjoyed the deluxe seafood platter. Lovely service!

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely local seafood restaurant with great staff and ambience. Superb choice of fresh oysters and a wine selection. Daily specials were good, particularly the Scottish sole.

Will be back

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SF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service and atmosphere were terrific. Loved the cozy French vibe. Food delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Friendly staff, great food! Five star!

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AF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ostriche fantastiche, personale cortese.
Tutto molto buono. Vale la pena ritornare

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KW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Great restaurant for good quality fish dishes. No apparent veggie options. Service was attentive, friendly and reasonably quick. Basement tables lacked a little atmosphere but at least it wasn't noisy, as it was upstairs. Recommended for seafood in South Kensington.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We the prawns were not well cooked. E

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FG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience- food/ambiance. Highly recommend!

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice seafood, nice atmosphere, food tasted fresh and well prepared. Nice mocktails but limited range.

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PH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish and entree were delicious. Not such a spacious restaurant but the fish is worth making a detour for.

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c
London
64 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good but the restaurant is the least appealing of all the branches. The menu is also more limited. I'd advise anyone visiting to eat in their Mermaid bar downstairs. Much nicer, quieter, cosier, better decor and the same food/drinks.

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w
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food lacks taste
Service ok but we didn’t really enjoy it

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P
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

As a regular visitor, this occasion was not up to usual standards - food presentation, service

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely late lunch. Tasty food from the lunch specials menu. Good value for money.

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R
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Small place with limited 5 or 6 item fish menu, but 6PM Sunday night problem was they ran out of food and did not have many items on the menu limiting choice to 2 or 3 items, so be careful. Food was good.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good restaurant for oysters and perfectly cooked fish. Wait staff great!

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MW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious, if a little pricey. Small, cozy place for a nice selection of seafood.

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SS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal at Wright Brothers, South Kensington. Our party of three enjoyed the smoked Dungarvan oysters and salt cod croquettes to start, followed by the ballotine of hake, fish pie and salmon, all of which were superb. Wright Brothers never disappoints. We were pleased to be seated downstairs (didn’t realize this space existed), which is quieter and therefore preferred to the main floor dining. Will remember to request for future visits.

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delicious and fresh food in an intimate restaurant.

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OT
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst Wrigth Brothers I’ve been so far. Fish was tasteless (we had crudités) and also service and table were disappointing.

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G
London
58 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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x
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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