Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill


| Mayfair, Belgravia

A London institution, having been around since 1916, this Piccadilly spot has thrived under Richard Corrigan's ownership. Whether you're perched up at the counter having oysters from some of the best shuckers in the world or upstairs in the more formal dining room, you'll get amazing seafood here.

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Test of Time - we make a return visit to Bentley's in Piccadilly
Just in time for the start of Britain's native oyster season, we make a return visit to Bentley's for lunch in the oyster bar.
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Restaurant details

11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG
Nearest tube: 
  • Piccadilly Circus
Telephone number: 020 7734 4756

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11-15 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DG


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 10
Tom Parker Bowles Mail on Sunday
Reviewed on January 05, 2019
"There are so few restaurants you can rely upon, time after time. St John is one, The Guinea Grill another. Bentley’s too, of course. It’s the sort of place you can take anyone, from mother and father to friends, tourists and children. Better still, go on your own. Take a book, and a seat at the bar, and escape." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Toby Young ES Magazine
Reviewed on March 12, 2007
"Everything got an enthusiastic thumbs up, but the special I chose for my main course - a chicken and langoustine combination doused in plenty of spices - was less impressive. It wasn't bad, exactly, just a bit overcomplicated. I should probably have had the Dover sole." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed by January 21, 2006
"Corrigan, himself a chef here a dozen years ago, has done a fine job reviving this fusty old relic, and if the upstairs grill seems sedate, that's doubtless intentional." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on December 18, 2005
"A Dover sole, with a chunky tartare sauce, was perfectly trimmed and separated effortlessly from the bone." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on December 17, 2005
"Main courses, when they eventually arrived, weren't completely hot. The fish dishes, though, were worth the wait. Dover sole, neatly trimmed on the bone and slick with buttery sauce meunière, was a reminder of how great this king of fish can be, while a cross-section of wild seabass also delivered more taste than the average fillet." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on December 11, 2005
"The very good far outweighs the not so good, and things will probably even get better, especially if Corrigan keeps up his presence, and chef Brendan Farlyn keeps a certain grilled fish on the menu." READ REVIEW