Bibendum Oyster Bar

Restaurants, Seafood South Kensington
Bibendum Oyster Bar
Bibendum Oyster Bar

There’s an irony in the corpulent form of Bibendum, the Michelin man, looking down upon the stick-thin ladies lunching at this relaxed seafood café in the tiled foyer of the Michelin building. Oysters are what to order, with four varieties offered, including a seasonal treat of six native Colchester No.2s for £19.75. Elaborate plateaux de fruits de mer are available, but we were delighted with a large crab (in the shell) with a mustard-rich mayonnaise. Shellfish is also sold to take home, from the crustacea stall outside. The menu incorporates salads and lighter dishes too: gravadlax or smoked salmon perhaps, or maybe roll-mops with crème fraîche and onion salad. Non-piscivores have the likes of egg mayonnaise, or the house terrine, and there are daily-changing specials. Veal polpettone meatballs with penne was let down by oddly crispy pasta. Desserts are excellent renditions of classics, like our crème brûlée. You can also order nibbles (crostini, a charcuterie plate) to accompany drinks from the concise wine list, which offers house wines by the glass or 469ml carafe. Vinophiles might prefer to choose from the impressive (if pricey) full list from the first-floor Bibendum restaurant, which is also available here.


Venue name: Bibendum Oyster Bar
Address: Michelin House
81 Fulham Road
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £8-£15.
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Excellent visit to the oyster bar for dinner with my partner. Mussels and chips a must. So flavoursome. Had the crumble to finish. Really excellent taste. Home made not food service rubbish. Go for the ginger ice cream with it, the perfect compliment. My partner had oysters. The best she had ever eaten she said. Nodine the manger is very very good at his job - a classic sophisticated French chap with equal amounts of politeness and professionalism. Highly recommend a visit.

Visited the oyster bar for a spot of lunch with a few friends. Very enjoyable. We had a seafood platter, it was well cooked and the oysters were lovely and fresh. Great friendly service and a nice selection of wine to accompany the meal. Highly recommended.

I had a seafood plater there this afternoon, and i had food poisoning. do not go there.


I like sitting here and watching the world go by. I love the space, however, the food is expensive and average at best. I once went here (2 years ago) ordered oysters and got food poisoning. When we called the restaurant to say we suspected to have gotten food poisoning from them they replied in a very condescending way saying this was impossible. I cannot be sure I got it from there but oysters are top on the list of food poisoning causing items so I have my suspicions. They could have been more friendly about that case. 

I am local to Bibendum so am used to the prices and service restaurants can charge to the mindless "Chelsea Set". But this experience by any measure was poor for the following reasons:
1. Bottle of wine ordered. 2 glasses turned up. Finally corrected
2. Olives and quail eggs ordered. Advised after 10 minutes quails eggs not available. Olives never appear until asked for with main course
3. Sitting outside two "dog walkers" show up with two big dogs. They are allowed to sit outside in the restaurant area, Dogs barking and shaking about 6 feet from food prep. area. Owners had obviously just completed the ascent of Snowdonia.
4. I ask about this. "Oh, this is allowed. In fact dogs are allowed inside as well ! " Another allowance for the local lap dog carriers.
5. Table behind us are obviously old colleagues. They spend the hour I am there with two empty externally bought plastic coffee cups chatting to any member of staff they can get hold of. Service was not quick anyway. One waiter particularly spend about 25 minutes in conversation.
6. One of the waiters on finishing joins his ex comrades in the restaurant area (who are covered in blankets like homeless people) and proceeds to chat further with them. Nothing is bought by that table.
7. Wife's salad arrives at £4.00 consisting of about 20 salad leaves!
8. Wife's prawns arrive (6), tasty but at £9.50 overpriced.
9. My smoked mackerel fishcake arrives (£12.50). Yes...1 fishcake.
Tasty but 60% percent potato filling.

The bill arrives at £64.00 ! I refuse service with explanation that this feels more like a café than a top end restaurant.
Bill comes back with only service removed ! As expected. A quick apology but you leave knowing nothing will change in that particular location.

This might sound like the complaint of someone who expects too much but believe me this was any persons measure. I have used the upstairs restaurant before and although overpriced, was acceptable.

Advice..... A Café Rouge or local Lebanese is far better value !
Don't waste your money here.