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Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill

11-15 Swallow Street | St James, London W1B 4DG, England
+44 20 7734 4756
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (380 reviews)
“fish pie” (93 reviews)
“dover sole” (80 reviews)
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Seafood, European, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
11-15 Swallow Street | St James, London W1B 4DG, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited after an evening show - just a few minutes walk from theatreland, and sat outside under the canopies, which had heaters to take the chill of the cooling air. Staff were efficient, knowledgeable, and charming. We had starters from the raw bar - tuna...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed yesterday

If you love seafood, and particularly if you yearn for oysters, Bentley's is the place to be. It's one of the very few restaurants in which I can happily eat at the bar. The service is smooth, and super professional (well - the place has...More

Thank Katsuwonus
Reviewed yesterday

Reserved a table here for lunch for my wife and I. We arrived just after midday and were given a choice to eat inside or outside - we chose inside. When we arrived there was just one other table occupied inside. We asked for some...More

Thank AndyM290670
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dined here with 3 friends.1 of the nicest restaurants I've ever ate at. From our greeting at the door by the butler in his top hat, to the out standing service by our waiter. We were seated on the outdoor area which was fab. Crab...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This venerable London restaurant has sadly slipped a lot. Food is ok, but not what it was before. Dover sole over cooked. Service poor, difficulty communication with the staff, who while nice all spoke English as a second language. Dishes cleared stacked on the forearm,...More

2  Thank Uncle1111
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bentley's describes itself as 'the grand dame of Swallow Street', operating for over 100 years and undoubtedly its deserves its reputation for top quality fish. Ours (Turbot and Lemon Sole) were quite excellent and I, along with many others, have been coming often over the...More

1  Thank Selkie_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are repeated customers here for the Dover sole. Expensive (+$50) but outstanding. Cooked to perfection. Would give outstanding rating but for the fact that this restaurant repeatedly fails on the service side. Initial wait service took 20 minutes in a near empty restaurant at...More

Thank taxwatcher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An impromptu lunch while we had to wait for a service from a cellphone operator upstreet. Service was impeccable and friendly even though a busy lunchtime was clearly on the go. Had a delicious salmon steak perfectly cooked and beautifully served. The wine was eye-wateringly...More

Thank lgriffiths2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many years since i had been here but went for lunch today to celebrate a birthday in a group of 4. Turns out the birthday girl is a regular at Bentley's as the staff were clearly well aware of her and made us all very...More

Thank bfltd0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was my first experience of oysters and it was either going to be here or Harrods - jury is out if I am honest. The food was lovely (we just had oysters) and the waiting staff were lovely but as for the younger suited...More

3  Thank Sue B
Set beside some of London's best parks and home to
world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed
thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of
London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is
haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is
vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic
streets will reveal that Michelin stars and
chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even
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Is there a dress code?
20 October 2016|
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Response from AgathaBideford | Reviewed this property |
Not really, smart casual
Hi. Is this is a good venue for 21st birthday drinks on a sat eve before going on to a local club? What are average drink prices? Thx
14 October 2016|
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Response from Lorna Anne C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - not sure probably pricey
Is this the wonderful restaurant where they shuck oysters at the bar by wonderful bartenders with white shirts and ties. If so do they sell commemerative plates that I would like to buy if this is the right place. The large plate is about 200 Euros.
1 July 2016|
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Response from salamny | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea, if you like I will check in a couple of weeks when I am back in London
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 65
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11-15 Swallow Street | St James, London W1B 4DG, England
  • Public Transportation: Underground Piccadilly or Green Park stations.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
  • Neighbourhood: Mayfair
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7734 4756
  • E-mail
The sensitive restoration of this famous restaurant has retained many original features of the building and the spirit of Bentley's original arts and crafts heritage has been preserved in the carefully thought-out choice of furnishings, fabrics and wallpapers. American oak flooring, light wooden panelling and the reframed old Bentley's fish paintings all add to the relaxed air of calm, understated luxury. Bentley's has its own bakery and patisserie and sources all ingredients, such as smoked salmon from Frank Hedderman in Ireland and finest West Cork beef, from some of the best producers in the business. Deliveries arrive fresh in the kitchen every day.
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