French | Mayfair, Belgravia

This popular restaurant closed in 1994 (after opening in 1927) and is now being revived by Joel Kissin - who used to be Terence Conran's partner at Conran restaurants. It is a luxury French bistro with a separate cafe called Café Marcel, offering "lighter fare".

Restaurant details

5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF
Nearest station: Green Park
Telephone number: 020 7930 2030
More info: 
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)
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5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF


Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on October 20, 2013
"For the main course I had the best daube of beef I’ve had for years, really soft and yearningly melting, collapsing and hot as a fat girl jogging on a beach of celeriac purée which didn’t have quite enough butter in it." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on October 14, 2013
"Boulestin is a little bit nutty and Mayfair, and they say crazy things such as, “Ours is the only private courtyard in London,” but it has a curious knack: everything that doesn’t work seems like a quirk, and everything that does, works wonderfully." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on October 05, 2013
"The food was fine but forgettable: the aping of a slightly different French register from Casse-Croûte done with similar levels of competence but a bit less love." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on September 29, 2013
"Marcel Boulestin was clearly a man who believed life is for pleasure, which happens to be a pleasure afforded only those with the dosh. In that sense the new Boulestin hits the mark." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Nicholas Lander FT Estimated score
Reviewed by September 27, 2013
"I would like Boulestin to flourish. But the (notably conventional) menu needs to be edited to boost quality, the prices trimmed to enhance value (as Gavin Rankin has just done at Bellamy’s up the road in Bruton Place)." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4.5
Steve Dinneen City AM
Reviewed on September 25, 2013
"In short, there are loads of places serving food at least as good that won’t leave you with the nagging feeling that you’ve left behind a small but important part of your soul." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on September 26, 2013
"Rather than trying to impersonate an old master, this Boulestin is a sensitively updated reproduction. It aims to be as classic as a carefully poured glass of old Bordeaux, and is priced accordingly." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on September 19, 2013
"The Crown Estate is putting a lot of effort into reviving St James’s Street, and no doubt Boulestin, on the back of the success of the similarly themed Balthazar and Brasserie Zédel, made sound business sense both to them and to Kissin. But, at the moment, that’s all it feels like." READ REVIEW