Vivat Bacchus Farringdon

4.7
1262 reviews
£26 to £40
European
"The Vivat Bacchus restaurants, established in Farringdon in 2003 and London Bridge in 2008, are a celebration of rustic, robust food, artisan cheeses and great wines. South African in origin, we are known for the range and quality of our wines, our memorably stocked cheese rooms and a menu using daily sourced, quality seasonal ingredients from highly regarded producers. We feature rare breed meats, grilled to perfection.

The decor, slightly industrial with open ceilings, exposed pipes and ducts creates the feeling of being in a working winery and an unpretentious, no nonsense atmosphere. Fans whirring in cheese rooms and wine cellars stocked to the brim leaves one with no doubt where the focus of the business lies."
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vipNeilA
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great good and service. Ambiance was spoiled somewhat by the restaurant being so empty.

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AngelaB1
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really friendly staff and food was absolutely perfect

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MikeS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a superb meal, and an all round excellent experience. If you haven't been, well worth a go, and if you are familiar then great to be back again!

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SuCo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food is great and they are now making their own cured meats. You have to have the cheeseboards if you go here - they are amazing. great service, always friendly.

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NadineA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service great quality food

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Couldn't order food during lunch unfortunately

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lipstick
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, served quickly. Really well spaced, for COVID compliance, and a great place to meet.

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vipejsh
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked for 2:30, and arrived at 2:15. Was told I didn't have a booking, when I produced my booking confirmation I was told the kitchen had closed and I could only have bar food and snacks.

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HilaryM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to be back at one of our favourite restaurants.
Really sad to see if it so empty after lockdown relaxations and hope business picks up soon.
They deserve to continue to be as successful as they always were.

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EmilyC
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our visit to the cheese room was great fun and very tasty!

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LocalDiner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Terrible smell of cigarette smoke as you enter the restaurant , makes you want to leave. Dessert offering was poor and the sherry was way too sweet, it should have put under the dessert wines .

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vipRichardG
London
66 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great visit to Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon.

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vipLRonTT
Kent
125 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's been some years since I ate here (even though it's only a 15 minute walk from the office!) and really pleasantly surprised by everything. The cheese room is such a fabulous idea - didn't do that this time but def returning to try it. Fishcake and Sea Bream both excellent, the rose harissa with the bread selection appetiser was gorgeous. Triple cooked truffled chips were as good as they sound. Really good range of wines by the glass. All in all very happy with lunch for 2 inc. 2 glasses of wine for £75 including service. Coming back will need little excuse.

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Martin
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Service good even though the restaurant was packed

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Simon
London
22 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere at Vivat Bacchus and the uncomplicated menu concentrates on quality, which is at the heart of the philosophy behind this place. It never fails to impress.

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Erlee
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

service is brilliant -top notch yet light hearted and friendly.
Food excellent
£27 for cheapest white is a bit pricey

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Cassian
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

As always, the attraction here was the Cheese Room.

This time, though, we tried the South African charcuterie, which was very tasty, and I had a lovely steak which was cooked just right.

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RCninetynine
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service inattentive - no one around most of the time to catch their eye.

Good starters but mains not up to the standards they once were there.

Wine list was short but very good and reasonable value

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SimonJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sat for 25 mins without any waiting staff showing any interest at all. Walked out and lady at front desk didn’t seem to care. There were other problems but that is enough to make sure we never return.

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Simon
London
23 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, wine and cheese were excellent. The cheese room is always a great experience, especially for those who have not been before

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rebeccaw
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value, delicious food. Tastiest steak in a long time. Shame it wasn’t very busy

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vipCharles
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent steak wine and cheese.

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vipTasty
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A good lunch here: open face grilled chicken sandwich, trice-cooked chips, and a side salad. Sadly I could drink no wine.

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ariande
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliably good food, great wine list and service was spot on.

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vipChris
London
61 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience2

Great date night. Steaks were spot on. Very good wine list too. Atmosphere was ok, lights a bit bright.
Staff could be a lot more attentive, had to go to the bar to order dessert. At times it felt like we were an inconvenience despite booking for 8pm on a Saturday night. No manager presence which perhaps didn’t help.
Overall good place, just needs to work on service.

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vipHELENL
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

LOVELY FOOD AND CHARMING SERVICE. THEY ALWAYS LET US HAVE ONE OF THE QUIET TABLES WE LIKE BEST - AWAY FROM THE NOISY BUSINESS DRINKERS. FOOD IS GREAT - WHOEVER SUPPLIES THEIR BEEF IS A PROPER, QUALITY SOURCE. SERVICE GOOD, ALTHOUGH I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT SOME OF THE WAITING STAFF DON'T UNDERSTAND MUCH ENGLISH. THE ONLY DOWN-SIDE FOR US IS THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF NON-SOUTH-AFRICAN WINES ON THE LIST. BY THE GLASS THEY SHOULD OFFER A BIT MORE CHOICE.

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vipRichardG
London
66 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service (without being overbearing) and lovely atmosphere.

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Foooodie
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service, always good for a business lunch

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weeatoutalot
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On vacation in London. Restaurant had excellent reviews on open table..,, it definitely lived up to its review. My husband had their steak and I had a fantastic seafood pasta.... I highly recommend it.... and on top of it all their “choose your own cheese desert was again, a hit. Our waiter (and I do not have his name, but he had very long hair in a pony tail) was so very friendly and helpful and even gave us some sites to see in the city, made our meal even better ..., THANK YOU!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very average experience and misleading that sauces are free, they’re £3 each. Don’t recommend

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DanielleS
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and found the service to be friendly and efficient. We were given a table in a quieter area of the restaurant and I was able to do some work after the meal, before going to my next appointment.

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Spectrum
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A truly pleasant experience. Saturday early evening, not too busy, and the most charming and attentive waiter imaginable. He made the experience memorable, the food was pretty quick as we had to go to a concert, and the loos were fabulous...

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serenaj
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was and service was great but the ambiance was a little lacking - I prefer the London Bridge branch. Probably more suited to business lunches or post work drinks/meals rather than anything more special

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johnm
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent for a lunchtime meeting, although it can be a bit noisy unless next to the windows. Service very friendly and professional. Food very good quality. Wine selection superb

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice waiter, great food and wine!

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MikeT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Everything was great bit the service was slow and our waitress seemed a bit lost. She dropped off the dessert menu and never came back...25 minutes later we asked the manager for our bill, paid and left.

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Peter
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Not the first time in this restaurant and with the same friend. We particularly like the cheese room where you can select a number of cheeses to have. We chose an excellent (Cabernet) wine with the cheese too. We will certainly be back at some point.

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vipJames
London
32 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing steak, chips and salad. I need to go back.

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Diner192
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. Some of the staff could have been friendlier. Our waiter was great though

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PeterO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant was local to our Hotel. Booked through Open Table and no issue with that.

Menu was good and the food we had was really nice. Staff were helpful and very attentive witth refilling my Wine Glass

Great sweet which I loved

Overall very good and well worth a visit

FAQs

Vivat Bacchus Farringdon is rated 4.7 stars by 1262 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.