Bodeans information

Bodeans is a chain of BBQ smoke house restaurants where they offer a menu of steaks, ribs, wings and combo platters. Handily located a few moments from Clapham Common tube, it's a must for all carnivores.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 22:30

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Bodeans reviews

By Anna G.

First time at Bodean's yesterday lunchtime, place was pretty busy. I had the Burnt ends with Pulled pork, fries and coleslaw which was delicious! The brisket literally falls apart and melts in the mouth. The pulled pork was very nice too but the portion was so big it was very hard to finish. Worth a visit if you like good Bqq meat, would definitely go back.

By George H.

I always love a good Bodeans. The Atmosphere and food is always brilliant, however only thing I would be picky on in this specific Bodeans is the speed of the service, but other than that the staff are lovely, friendly and as helpful as possible. If you want a meat feast and a pitcher of beer this is the place for you

By Katy B.

Absolutely delicious food!! Had to wait 30 mins for a table but that just proves how good it is! Good atmosphere, service was good and food was so so tasty. Portions are huge! Will definitely be going back

By Meat L.

The food was cold, bland and the chips were VERY salty. Only stayed there because we were short of time and needed food. Everything bar the burgers is seriously over-priced. £1.85 for a can of Pepsi and £6.95 for 3 king prawns? That's over £2 a prawn! The nacho-style cheese smeared over the burrito was sickening, as was the gelatinous gloop of refried beans that came with it. The ribs were a huge disappointment for a supposed BBQ smokehouse. Neither BBQ-y nor smokey. Bland, bland, bland.

By Andre D.

Went to the Soho branch last night... I must say I was very pleasantly surprised.... great food, amazing value for money, attentive yet not obtrusive service. A great way to end an evening after seeing a show. Would greatly recommend to any BBQ afficionado.

By T.

Fatty meat, thin ribs, abysmal door staff. They need to spend a few extra pounds and hire someone over 18 who knows how to seat tables of four.

Avoid this much over-hyped facsimile and head to Cattle Grid next to Balham station. It's like night and day.

By Kelli W.

Really can't praise Bodeans enough - I like it so much I had my hen do there!
The food is gorgeous (meatloaf and mashed potatoes is our favorite meal, with sweet potato bread pudding to top it off), price is reasonable, the staff super friendly, and we get a fix of American sports on TV! All around, a great experience. (Very unlike the SoHo site, which we were turned away from the _completely_ empty restaurant downstairs - we hadn't booked - to eat in the deli with the limited menu, rude staff and even ruder clientele. By all accounts, stick to Clapham!!)

By Will H.

Bodeans offers BBQ in a setting that is pure, cliched Americana: booths, beer and incomprehensible sport on the telly.

The Venue
Perched on the Clapham Common end of Clapham High Street - a road chock-a-block with restaurants - Bodeans is not short of rivals. Fortunately, this place looks the part: it is a welcoming, cosy little venue with plenty of booths and American sport on television arrayed around the walls. There are background tunes, too, ranging from blues to honky-tonk to jazz and country, a useful reminder that popular music as we know it today was born on the bayou.

The Atmosphere
During the week it’s safe to assume that come dinner-time, every table will be occupied and the restaurant’s walls will resonated to the chatter of happy, contented people. The staff are friendly and very attentive: if you’ve almost finished your beer, you’ll be offered another before you can even ask.

The Food
This is not the place for someone on a diet: portions are generous and the food is heavy. Starters include buffalo wings (about £5 for six), which are spicy and moist – devil-may-care sorts can opt to have these made with the diavolo coating, which is not all that hot despite the staff’s dire warnings. A blue cheese dip which comes with the wings seems a little unnecessary – how much sauce do you need? – but it’s traditionally how buffalo wings are served in America. Crab cakes (about £5) are excellent: nicely crisp and browned on the outside but soft and replete with parsley on the inside.

Ribs are the speciality here, and a whole side of baby-back ribs (about £14 with two sides) would keep even noted American footballer William (The Refrigerator) Perry, once of the Chicago Bears, busy for a while. They’re smoky and slightly sweet, and there’s just enough sauce to make them sticky but not enough that it gets everywhere. Sides include chips (slightly undercooked), sour pickles (a little soft by New York standards but fine this side of the Atlantic) and corn-on-the-cob (juicy and sweet). Half a chicken cooked with barbecue sauce is equally good. You can also plump for lamb ribs, which could make for an interesting alternative, especially given that the menu boasts the lamb comes from Kent.

If you’ve still got room, there are plenty of puddings, none of them particularly light. Chocolate fudge cake (£3.50) is sticky and dense, rich and dark while the Key Lime pie (£3.50) is equally rich but also tangy and refreshing.

The Drink
This is the sort of food that demands a beer, and while there’s a reasonable selection at Bodeans, its not overly inspiring. Moosehead Lager (about £3) is light and, er, light (a beer for people who don’t really like beer) while Sam Adams’ Boston Lager (about £3 as well) is maltier but still rather bland. Given the number of high-quality microbreweries in the States now, this seems a missed opportunity.

There’s a decent list of cocktails, too, although both the Raspberry Collins (which tastes like bubblegum) and the margarita (both £5.50) are somewhat on the sweet side. A short list of red and white wines includes some intriguing choices, like a Chilean Pinot Noir for less than £20.

The Last Word
Lively, welcoming Bodeans is a good night out for anyone – well, maybe not a veggie - but if you’re into large hunks of meat it’s a guaranteed winner.

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