January 2018: The Galvin Bros announce they are to close their Bistrot de Luxe on 10 February.
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“It never lets you down”, say fans of this “staple favourite” south of Baker Street tube – the Galvin brothers first venture, known for its “sophisticated and well-presented” bistro cuisine and “bustling, business-like and atmospheric” style. Top Tip – “the set menu is an absolute steal”.
“Still delivering no-nonsense, quality after more than 10 years” – the Galvin brothers’ original venture, south of Baker Street tube, has built its renown on serving “consistent bistro cuisine” in a “buzzy”, business-friendly setting. “It’s starting to slip” though, with ratings now middling across the board.
The “bustling” cradle of the Galvin brothers’ empire – this “very grown up”, slightly “formal” Marylebone bistro is celebrating its tenth birthday, and remains one of the best-liked all-rounders in town, serving a “staunchly Gallic” menu which provides “no pyrotechnics – just solid excellent cooking”.
With its “unpretentiously professional” service and “staunchly traditional” styling, the Galvin brothers’ original Gallic bistro, in Marylebone, remains many reporters’ favourite; the “classy” cuisine, though, has sometimes seemed to be “resting on its laurels” of late.
Classic dishes and regularly changing specials created by head chef Tom Duffill give an experience which is at once exciting and timeless and a correspondingly well-curated cellar adds even further to the palate.
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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe Restaurant Diner Reviews
"People beware!! it looks as heavenly as ever BUt when you order champagne and are served prosecco, and FIERCELY put down for asking if it is champagne - only to be billed for prosecco..erm this is total artistic collapse.. the food was super ordinary too, lamb about as bad as my mother cooked, 'though a wondrous human being,NOT a cook. I think 'chef' here would be a misnomer too. Couldn't complain in front of guests and of course being British.... Utter disaster , urgent rethink needed - we were always huge fans and had hoped that the disease was confined to the snazzy hotels in the West End , so sorry to have recommended it. UGH! GUARDS, SEIZE THEM. Oh dear."
"The set lunch amazing value with the sparkling cocktail to start. Good Selection of dishes. When mentioned that had a nut allergy options were offered, who can resist a tarte tatin? Delicious food and a good range of glassed wines as well. Good atmosphere with friendly staff."
"Snails are not on the menu. Calves Liver very poor No atmosphere and poor service. Not good"
66 Baker St, London, W1U 7DJ
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, Sun 3 pm, dinner 6 pm - 11 pm Sun - 9pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Thu-Sat 10.45 pm, Sun 9.30 pm