The Seashell of Lisson Grove

4.4
454 reviews
£25 and under
Fish
Marylebone restaurant The Seashell of Lisson Grove promises to fulfill the fish and chips dreams of any discerning London diner. According to food critic Alain Ducasse, this fabulous kitchen serves up ‘the best fish and chips in London’. The restaurant has been famous for it's seafood for over 60 years, earning a reputation for serving large portions of the freshest, tastiest and highest quality fish & chips. The fish is responsibly sourced and the dishes are made using premium, locally sourced ingredients. It's this quality which makes the Seashell of Lisson Grove popular with celebrities like Lady Gaga, Danny de Vito and Ed Sheerhan. Then of course there’s the location, close to Oxford Street, Lord's Cricket Ground and Baker Street station.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 454 People Are Saying
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TabbyLondon
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanessa was excellent. She made my friends and I feel very welcome.

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brianp
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have known the Seashell for 40 years now and have witnessed with delight it’s transformation into the present elegant restaurant and bar, and traditional takeaway .
The food is always fresh and delicious and the staff pleasant and efficient. There are additions and changes to the menu and wine list from time to time, but you will never be disappointed with the matchless crispy cod/haddock, wonderful chips, and mushy peas.
Not only a ‘plaice’ to go on a Friday night but also a great venu for a special occasion. Enjoy!

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Mike
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Service very good, sad to see reduced wine & pudding choices since last visit.

Unfortunately not too many other customers. Rather noisy.

Fish & chips upto usual standard.

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EdwardM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took an elderly American friend to eat what I believe to be the best fish and chip supper in London. We both spent a terrific evening with unsurpassed meals (intimidatingly huge portions), even swapping pleasantries with adjacent tables.

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Diyana
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love that we feel so welcomed at the restaurant.

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vipluchita
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very casual, but the fish and ships are amazing!

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KevinW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good service was great nice resturant we will.go back

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food, good restaurant

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best fish in town. Fantastic cooking of great fresh fish. Generous portions particularly grilled sea bass. Wonderful ambiance , decoration and tropical aquarium really striking.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked dinner for a group of 5 for dinner at 6pm. We arrived to an unwelcoming and noisy restaurant.

1. There were only two waiters to look after the entire restaurant. The lady waitress, to give her credit was polite and tried her best. The other waiter seemed to be angry, unhelpful and at time could be heard shouting, banging plates and constantly complaining about the kitchen staff.

2. Food arrived at different time and one of the dishes was forgotten.

3. Food bland and overpriced.

4. No hand sanitiser on the table.

5. The restaurant was playing loud music which I asked to be turned down on at least 2 occasions because we could hardly hear ourselves speak let alone think. If we amongst other guest wanted to listen to Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, house beat music we would have visited a club not a restaurant.

Avoid at all costs. It use to be a good restaurant many years ago but has sadly lost the plot.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 15 September 2021

We are very sorry you were not happy with your experience. We will look into the issue with music you raised and we appreciate the time you have taken to share your review

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ZoeL
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stunning bar with huge octopus sculpture, no fuss fish & chips, my cod & the mother in law’s haddock were fresh, flaky and tender with batter and chips just like your local chippie. Warm attentive waitress. Sadly we were among only 2 other dining parties, in a very quiet room. Hopefully their takeaway thrives while business picks up again.

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Elle
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome fish and chips and nice relaxed atmosphere

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SteveR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classy Fish Restaurant that oozes style . Nice varied menu of starters & mains . The highlight of the starters are without doubt the garlic prawns, as for the mains the Cod was lovely and fresh & cooked to perfection. The chips were really good as well especially when dipped into the delicious curry sauce.
The service was very good and very friendly. The reputation that seashell has for being one of the top Fish Restaurants in London is well deserved .

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vipPcrw
London
18 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent fish and chips with friendly and efficient service, still quieter than would be expected for a Friday night but that was probably due to the Bank Holiday weekend, will definitely return

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TeresaT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fish and chip shop but the nicest i have ever been in. Lovely batter on the cod and delicious chips

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RobertoR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to see the Seashell continuing to thrive. I think prices have gone up but as like most businesses they are probably in recovery mode after covid that’s understandable. As loyal customers we can’t fault them really. Would be nice to see the place busier on a Saturday night so hope more people will return in the coming weeks. Highly recommended.

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MollyP
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ladies were very helpful, there were 4 of us with fish & chips or scampi and chips

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LauraT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This restaurant has so much character – the giant squid curving round the bar is a great touch. The food was excellent too.

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SimonH
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. I did also notice that the gentleman on the table next to me was blind and the level of service and care he was given by the staff was exemplary.

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AlliB
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fish & chip, batter so light & not greasy. Bottomless CHIPS !!!

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vipEmz0302
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been nearly 5 years since we last visited but I am pleased to say that the standard of food has not dropped. We had haddock and chips, the batter as light and crispy as I remember it, no grease in sight. The fish was beautiful and flaky. Chips (which are bottomless) were cooked to perfection. Staff were friendly and helpful. So glad we were able to visit again, well done.

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MaxlovesH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch. Delicious ! Fab service too. We will be back !

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank you for such a great review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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G1Review
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s a shame they gave french fries instead of the hand cut chips. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Took 2 hours to serve 4 people in a nearly empty restaurant.

The place is not the same, don’t intend to return to this venue.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. We offer a wide variety of chips which customers can choose from. This includes skinny fries but of course, also our hand cut chips which come as a bottomless portion. If you change your mind about coming back, we'd love to sit down with you and hear more about your experience

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LynneG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great quality, fantastic staff. A bit confused what ‘bottomless chips’ were as we weren’t offered any more ?

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

Hi Lynne thank you for your great review and it's so nice to hear you enjoyed the quality and service. The chips are bottomless meaning that you can ask for as many servings as you want. I'm sorry to hear that wasn't clear we will certainly pass on to the team to ensure customers know that when it comes to chips the more the merrier!

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The plaice had a good thin batter and the fish was fresh. The whitebait was superb.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank you for your great review. Our fish is indeed delivered to us fresh daily and we believe that only using fresh fish (rather than frozen like most places) makes a huge difference

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JulieM
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but I thought the wine was a bit expensive

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable fish and chips, garden pea's,toasted bread,pot of tea and sparkling water, highly recommend, first class service and food, my second visit while on holiday in London and would not hesitate in a visit next time in London

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and there was plenty of it. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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Lotsy
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Beautiful food but madly overpriced. Server was great and decor was gorgeous

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank you for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed your meal. We only use fresh fish which is delivered to us daily and responsibly sourced. Unlike a lot of other places, we don't use frozen fish (which is much cheaper) because we know that quality matters and that's why we only use the best ingredients. Each main comes with bottomless chips so there are no hidden extras either. We know you have lots of choices about where to dine so we truly appreciate that you chose us

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OpenTable Diner
London
26 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I have been going regularly to the Sea Shell for many years, my feeling is that the revamp has spoilt the character of the restaurant, but my biggest complaint must be that the chips are always lukewarm/cold, obviously hanging around for a while!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food as usual

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HallGreeny
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish and chips we have had in London. Everything well cooked and presented.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank you :)

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vipMichael
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice meal, friendly atmosphere. Best fish and chips around.

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NickH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Fish & Chips you'll find in London, delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipJeannetteV
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant decor is beautiful and comfortable. The fish and chips are the best!

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vipGilli
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fish was very good. Chips could have been a little more well done. Curry sauce was a good extra. Mushy Peas not so good.

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BobT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely meal with the family. Been here many times before and will do again. Happy to recommend.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 12 June 2021

Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you again soon

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vipCarl
London
85 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent first class food and service

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 12 June 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review

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arshadG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Fish was tasteless and salt and vinegar also had no taste. Tartare sauce also tasteless. Portion sizes small.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove
Responded on 6 June 2021

It is very sad to see this. You were rude to our staff, finished all your food and then demanded a discount. Our portion sizes are huge, including having bottomless chips! In relation to salt being tasteless, this must be a world first. We hope you have a good week

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FAQs

The Seashell of Lisson Grove does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. The Seashell of Lisson Grove also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7224 9000.

The Seashell of Lisson Grove is rated 4.4 stars by 454 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.