RestaurantsLondonChelseaSW3

survey result

Summary

£225
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The lovely Michelin building is so cool”, and its “well-spaced, light and airy dining room” is perhaps the late Sir Terence Conran’s most enduring contribution to London’s restaurant scene (best visited at lunch, when all the natural daylight makes it serene and “romantic”). Under Claude Bosi, its foodie renown has grown, and fans say he is “still setting the bar for outstanding contemporary French cooking in the capital” (for which he’s held two Michelin stars since 2017). Its ratings blipped rather this year, however – as at a number of other top restaurants coping with the cost of living crisis, it can now just seem “too expensive” (“used to be great – recently disappointing”).

Summary

£196
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “light-filled setting and high ceilings”, this “beautiful and iconic dining room” (converted in 1987 by the late Sir Terence Conran) on the first floor of South Kensington’s landmark Michelin Building makes an “impressive” choice for either a business meal or a date, and is “best seen at lunchtime”. Over the five years since Claude Bosi took over the stoves, he has started to make the venue his own, and many reports this year are of a “stupendous culinary experience” thanks to his “incredible” and “inventive” cuisine, matched with “an amazing cellar” and provided by “attentive but not over-pompous staff”. The caveat is an obvious one – a meal here comes “at a cost…”

Summary

£145
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Claude Bosi is really nailing it with his classic French cuisine” (“wonderful flavours and very refined…” with “a complexity that is astounding”) in this “very special” first-floor dining room, in South Kensington’s iconic Michelin Building. Shaking off the pandemic chaos of the past year, scores here have actually gone from strength to strength, and criticism is most notable by its absence. And the room itself – perhaps the late Sir Terence Conran’s finest contribution to London’s restaurant scene – is a major draw, especially at lunchtime, with its “gorgeous, bright and spacious” interior, not to mention the “epic wine list”. “A fantastic all-rounder”.

Summary

£134
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The iconic architecture of the Michelin building”, in South Kensington, helps make its first-floor dining room (converted by the late Sir Terence Conran, and opened in 1987) a modern classic, and provides a “stunning” location for a meal (in particular at lunch). Claude Bosi is entering his fourth year at the stoves now, and wins strong praise from most diners for his “first-class-but-rich” French cuisine, which creates some “wow” moments. A minority, though, feel the cooking here “is not up to the very high standard Bosi set when in Ludlow and Mayfair”, and consider prices “exorbitant”: “I thought tiny, overpriced portions of nouvelle cuisine were a thing of the past… until I ate here”.

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81 Fulham Rd, London, SW3 6RD

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Bibendum Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Bibendum Restaurant in SW3, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bibendum restaurant.
Ian S
Excellent meal at Bibendum - Rabbit and Eel...
Reviewed 10 months, 23 days ago

"Excellent meal at Bibendum - Rabbit and Eel a standout dish. With restaurant half full service was little too overbearing with too many different waiters so the flow you expected in a 2* restaurant didn't work but remains a destination for special occasions"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £145.00
Dinner   £165.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 195.00 Always available 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £73.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 15.00%
81 Fulham Rd, London, SW3 6RD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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