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Bentley's Restaurant has always been well known in London dining circles and if you haven't already sampled the cuisine here it's worth putting it top of your list. Enjoy live piano and jazz from some of the UK's biggest artists.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

07:00 - 07:00


07:30 - 00:00


07:00 - 07:00


07:30 - 00:00


07:00 - 07:00


12:00 - 00:00


11:30 - 22:30

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Bentleys Oyster Bar and Grill reviews

By Andrew M.

The food at Bentleys Restaurant is indisputably good and the interior is impressive. It is expensive in there though.

I also felt that the fellow customers were slightly too mature for my liking (to put it politely!) But Bentleys is a classy place for a night out.

By Stephen F.

With Richard Corrigan at the pass since the Nineties - and at the helm as owner since 2005 - Bentley’s could be considered something of a labour of love for the Irishman. Which is handy, as that’s exactly what it feels like inside.

The Venue
With a history stretching back to 1916 as well as an enviable Mayfair postcode, Bentley’s certainly has grandeur. The surprising thing, though, is that it’s a world a way from the stuffiness you might expect from somewhere with such prestige; Swallow Street looks a little like Soho and the first floor oyster bar feels like something straight out of New York. Upstairs, the (still relaxed) Grill Room is a little more formal but the plum seats are those downstairs anyway, where a grand central bar separates two small rooms replete with red leather booths, cosy tables and a gorgeous little bay window seat offering views of a covered – and heated - alfresco dining area on the street.

The Atmosphere
Part of Bentley’s appeal is the fact that it’s surprisingly flexible. Seats up at the bar see well-to-do couple enjoying champagne and oysters; the booth seats play host to diners going a la carte; and the Grill Room upstairs welcomes those looking for something just a little more proper. It works, too, and although the staff aren’t always perfect (you might have to chase them) they’ve got that relaxed, friendly efficiency down to a T. In keeping with somewhere so malleable, fellow diners are a mixed bunch, with mature couples, attractive young daters, theatre fans and, for some reason, quite a few American lawyers who seem to be much better behaved than their counterparts from across the pond. It’s all so very relaxed – this is somewhere in which to sit back and take your time.

The Food
A recently introduced breakfast menu is – annoyingly - only available during the week but if you get the chance head down for what’s possibly London’s best eggs Benedict (beautifully poached eggs, applewood smoked ham and a rich and buttery hollandaise cut through with just the right amount of acidity - £9.50). A Full Irish (£16.50), Maldon kippers with lemon butter (£13.50) and coddled duck eggs (£6) are the other stand outs on a simple but superb menu.

If you’re heading down for dinner then the Grill Room (as you might expect) keeps things a little meatier, but the real draw is Bentley’s seafood, so stay downstairs and keep an eye on the specials board. Excellent oysters are a good way to start, with Maldon rocks (£3 each) and Loch Ryan No 1s (£4) boasting that bouncy freshness that comes from only the best bivalves. Grilled sardines also showcase an admirable emphasis on provenance, with simple cooking letting the fish do some very eloquent talking.

A huge bit of perfectly cooked turbot (£18) is certainly worth looking out for; it’s joined by a good Béarnaise that’s rich and buttery enough to work well with the meaty fish. Similarly, a seriously good salsa verde works superbly with a huge bit of skate (£22), thanks to it being slightly less acidic, and a little more rounded than what you might expect. Sides continue the theme, with some very good buttered spinach with garlic (£4.90) and autumn leaves (£4) being very fine bedfellows for what are some deliciously uncomplicated main players.

The Drinks
Perpetuating the feeling that this is somewhere equally suited to popping in for a drink and nibbles as it is for a full blown three courser, there’s an admirable selection of both bubbly and wines available by the glass, as well as a fair few bins coming by the carafe too.

Obviously there’s quite a bit of scope for extravagance with Dom Pérignon, Bollinger and Krug well represented on the vintage champagne list, but if you’re keeping those purse strings a little tighter then you’ll be very well catered for too. Whites understandably dominate downstairs, with a particularly good value Gavi ‘La Fornace’ at £33 working really well with shellfish.

The Last Word
Superbly simple seafood should keep this place busy, but throw in one of London's best dining rooms and another hundred years of success should be an absolute doddle. Mr Corrigan, over to you.

By Amy L.

I went to Bentley's last weekend and I really enjoyed myself the food was cooked to perfection, staff was lovely and also we enjoyed the cigar bar outside in the terrace

By S G.

Equisite seafood dishes in a beautiful setting! I love seafood, and my favourite was the Honey cured organic Salmon with grain mustard cream followed by the Grilled Dover Sole with ratte potatoes and tartare sauce. Great and attentive service, and definitely worth the visit. We were lucky enough to have sunny weather, and enjoy our meal alfresco on Bentley's stunning terrace.

By Shalimar R.

We went at 5 pm after a nice shopping day. The place was empty,they gave us a table next to the kitchen door and the expresso machine! Apparently they didn't want anybody in the restaurant. A group of very elegant young people came after us and had to fight with the awful person at the entrance to get a decent table. We left two hours later,the place was still empty! I order smoked salmon,it could only be compared in taste and presentation to a Mac Donald happy meal. Shalimar

By David K.

Classy, elegant venue with excellent quality food and a comprehensive selection of wines served by the glass. Friendly and helpful staff who took an interest in the customers. Try the squid stuffed with chorizo and feta that is on the menu at the moment. Was quiet in the bar area where we sat, but it was early on a Monday evening. Could imagine this place has a great buzz when it is busier - will have to come back and see!

By MR T.

1st time visit to Bentleys to celebrate my birthday with my wife and two friends on Friday 25th Jan 2008.
Despite a little fear and trepidation following mixed reviews on the web we found the ambience, service, wine and food to be excellant.
The chef/owner Mr Corigan was in attendance and we found him charming and helpful.
The recommended English Pinot 'Champagne' was very good and gave it's French counterpart a good run for it's money.
Apparently Mr Corigan is opening a Bentleys restuarant in New York soon and if the London establishment is anything to go by, will be a huge success.
A great evening.

By M.

My wife and I dined at Bentleys Restaurant last Saturday. The place has a great buzz and it was packed! We had some fantastic oysters and champagne at the bar, where they have a great pianist. The staff are friendly and professional and made us feel very comfortable.

We then had diner in the room upstairs which is classier but very cosy nethertheless and my Dover sole was just one of the best I have had in years. We will definitely go back to Bentleys Restaurant. Highly recommended!

By L.

I have had two fantastic meals whilst dining at Bentleys Restaurant. Yes, I agree it is expensive but to have fresh produce cooked to pefection with delicate flavours is very refreshing. I will be returning to Bentleys Restaurant very soon.

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