Bibendum Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Price guide: Expensive

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD

Price guide: Expensive

Dine beneath stunning stained glass windows

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#84 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
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Ambience:
4.5
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Service:
4
4.0
Location:
3.5
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Value for money:
3
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of Bibendum Restaurant & Oyster Bar

This restaurant isn’t so much Michelin-rated as Michelin-decorated.

I’m not alone in thinking this is one of London’s loveliest dining rooms. Guests sit surrounded by stained glass windows illustrating Bibendum – the Michelin Man – for this 1911 tile-covered building was originally the Michelin Tyre Company’s London headquarters.

Food and drink: 

Very good, though I always tend to feel I’m paying a high premium for the location (eat in the downstairs oyster bar for a cheaper, more casual meal). The restaurant menu is modern European with plenty of French accents in tribute to its heritage. You’ll find foie gras, escargot, tête de veau and duck magret but also roast grouse (in season) with bread sauce, game chips and damson cheese, and fish and chips.

Ambience: 

Elegant yet fun. Well-heeled locals and their families come on weekends, while weekdays see a business crowd and ladies who lunch.

Service: 

Perfectly professional and adept.

Location: 

A landmark in the heart of South Kensington.

Price advice: 

Come at lunchtime for the best value in the restaurant. The set menus have a decent choice of dishes and are £29.50 for three courses; go à la carte and main courses alone are £19.50-£27.50. In the oyster bar, house terrine with toast is £7.50, crab salad is £12.50, fruits de mer platter £29.50 per person, and a bottle of house white £17.50.

More information on Bibendum Restaurant & Oyster Bar:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
British, French, Modern, Seafood
Address:
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD
Telephone:
020 7581 5817
Website:
http://www.bibendum.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Restaurant Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7-11pm; Sun 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Oyster bar Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm. Café Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-noon.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Terence Conran

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