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“Celebrating over 100 years of serving some of the best fish and seafood in London” – Richard Corrigan’s “British classic” near Piccadilly Circus is “expensive”, but “utterly reliable” – “it’s easy to forget that this is one of the best restaurants in the West End”. Downstairs “the booths in the busy oyster bar are best”: the “old-fashioned, silver service” upstairs is more comfortable but “not as involving” as below. Top Menu Tips – “exceptional oysters and lobster”.
“Steeped in history”, this 100-year-old institution near Piccadilly Circus is “most atmospheric in the downstairs oyster bar” (there’s also a more stately first-floor restaurant). Richard Corrigan presides over “a fab choice of the finest fish, with oysters to die for”.
“Always fun, especially in the downstairs oyster bar” – Richard Corrigan’s “classy” fish veteran, near Piccadilly Circus, won vigorous praise this year for its “amazing” oysters and other “bang-on” fish and seafood; there’s a “pleasingly traditional” upstairs restaurant too.
“Sit downstairs and be entertained by the team of charming oyster shuckers”, if you visit this handy veteran fish restaurant, a couple of minutes from Piccadilly Circus; there’s also a less interesting dining room upstairs.
SINCE 1916, THE GRAND DAME OF SWALLOW STREET
Bentley’s has been serving its fish and chips and feeding the hungry shopping masses for almost 100 years. A haven for fresh oysters, grilled fish and steaks from around the British & Irish Isles, Bentley's has been under the watchful eye of Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan for the past 10 years.
For almost 100 years the foremost and the fashionable have been dropping in. A light lunch of langoustines, a dozen oysters and a flute of fizz with friends, before the theatre.
The Oyster Bar is relaxed, witty but serious about seafood. Our oyster boys are more chilled than a dozen of Loch Ryan’s finest, resting on a bed of chopped ice. Upstairs, the Grill serves suppers that sing out for themselves. Wild Cornish mussels followed by seared sea bass or roast grouse, for example, presented amidst décor that recalls William Morris, blue leather, warm wood and fish art on the wall.
We offer a range of private dining, from the elegant Crustacea Room to the impressive Swallow Street Rooms with their own bar. In addition the Grill and Rib Room can be used exclusively for breakfast or weekend lunches. There is no room hire and all of our rooms include complimentary canapés, tea/coffee & petit fours.
OYSTER & CHAMPAGNE BAR
MONDAY - SATURDAY: 11.30am - 11.30pm
SUNDAY: 11.30am - 10.30pm
MONDAY - FRIDAY: Lunch 12pm - 3pm
MONDAY - SATURDAY: 5.30pm - 11pm
Bentley’s Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Expensive, but brilliantly realised seafood. Top drawer fish and chips and delicious eel and bacon salad outside in the sun."
"I love Bentleys, the specials are always tasty. Great décor & ambience. The food is good but the service can sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Even if the service is a bit hit I do enjoy Bentley's."
"Consistently great food. Maintaining high standards, although downstairs bar feels slightly less intimate, although still good. The best place for oysters with atmosphere in London"
"Sitting at the bar at Bentley's is one of the best eating experiences in London - oysters are always great, fresh and Rockefeller, linguine vongole and fish stew the best main courses and a reasonably priced Muscadet. The best bread in London as well and the service is freindly but not overly so and efficient."
"Half a dozen oysters, fish soup and a glass of wine. Perfect lunch perched at the bar."