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Bob Bob Ricard

Restaurants, British Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(31user reviews)
Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Paul Winch-Furness / Photographer
Bob Bob Ricard
Paul Winch-Furness

Time Out says

The only way is Excess at this one-of-a-kind restaurant that’s perfect for off-duty fun. On the menu: British and Russian comfort food, plus lots of Champagne.

This enthusiastically outlandish spot has managed to achieve what many London restaurants earnestly desire but rarely deliver – it is out-and-out good fun. There’s a joy evident in every element of the place, from the Roaring ’20s decor to little touches like the ‘press for champagne’ buzzers at each booth.

The menu skips between Russia and Europe, cherry-picking treats: starters include platinum vodka shots chilled to -18°C, and venison tartare, while mains feature ‘humble pie’, three-birds burger and chicken kiev. BBR is the sort of venue you can imagine Bertie Wooster taking his pals after a day at the Drones. At lunchtimes, it has been adopted by business types, with deals sealed over excellent food and ostentatiously shaken cocktails, as well as vintage bubbly and by-the-glass Château d’Yquem.

We can recommend the classic prawn cocktail with piquant pink sauce, and the immensely gratifying borscht made with Orkney beef. The mariner’s fish pie is another favourite, crammed with salmon and haddock in a thumpingly rich cream. Desserts are as playful as the rest of the operation; try a strawberries and cream soufflé or freshly flambéed crêpes suzette. A meal here isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking to intrigue and impress, this place is hard to better.




Address: 1 Upper James Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:4
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Their Christmas decorations are just beautiful; the room felt very warm and welcoming. Service was seamless and the food was incredible - we went for the chicken and champagne pie with mash and root veg, and lobster macaroni cheese with fries, which were proper comfort dishes. Portions are generous for fine dining too, and considering the quality of our meal as a whole, it's quite good value for a fancy night out. 

The decor of the restaurant is absolutely stunning and it is an experience in itself. However, for the steep prices and the surroundings I would expect much more than what is given. The food was just average, I enjoyed it but it failed to live up to expectations.


My boyfriend took me here for my birthday meal and it did not disappoint! Everything was superb. The service was attentive without being intrusive, the food was indulgent and tasty and the atmosphere was cosy without being busy and the Orient Express train theme was classy without being over the top. We started with home cooked sourdough bread which arrived warm, like a hug in your mouth. Then followed was our mains, I had Lobster Mac & Cheese for main. The Mac & Cheese had a good amount of lobster in and was the right amount of cheesy for me (I am a cheese fiend, it’s my kryptonite). If you are ordering more than one glass of champagne, I would buy a bottle as champagne by the glass is expensive, but then how else are you going to make the most of your ‘press for champagne’ button?

Ah this place is absolutely DIVINE! I had been wanting to go here for so long just so I could be my basic bitch self and press the infamous champagne button. The restaurant itself is so sumptuous with the most luxurious booths, crisp table cloths and branded crockery and napkins. I had already had a mini orgasm before I even sat down. The staff are so attentive, constantly filling up your water glass and making sure you have everything you need. I obviously had a few glasses of champagne which were not cheap but it would have been rude not to. The food was absolutely delicious from the juicy dumpling starters to the steak tartare main. The steak tartare had quite a lot of mayonnaise but that would be my only criticism. Absolute heaven!


I was lucky enough to be spoiled and being taken to BBR for my birthday.

Every loyal foodie in London town has this place on their list, if not for anything else, for their famous ‘press for champagne’ button. Ultimate sign of luxury, right?
I didn’t know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by everything.
Walking into the dimly lit restaurant we were welcomed by receptionist taking our coats and then walked downstairs to the restaurant. Décor is eclectic, like something out of Orient express.
I imagine that everyone that comes here for the first time, need to take 1) photo of THE button 2) ask waiter to take photo of you and your friends.
We did both, and didn’t feel uneasy about it, like I usually feel when I go to a nicer restaurant and I’m sheepishly trying to take photos of my food and restaurant.
Photos aside, let’s not forget about truly delicious food- everything from starters, mains and to desserts was full of flavor, unique and well presented. Service, which in my opinion- makes or breaks the experience, was flawless.


I am not going to mention the gimmick that brings selfie collectors in flocks to this restaurant as this restaurant shouldn’t have a gimmick. The food is fantastic, the staff so attentive (and happy with it) and the decor is transportive! In this stunning environment I sat a little straighter, all my senses were heightened (especially my taste buds) and as I looked around at my beaming company I felt truly indulged!

Terrible. No class. We had a reservation which we were late for. I called to say I was running late and they told me it was fine. When I arrived they sat me and my friend at the bar right away, which felt forced. Then half hour later they told us that they don't actually have a table for us because we were late. So they basically wanted us to spend money at the bar without being up front about it. Very cheap tactic. Instead of wasting our time they should've told us right away that we were late and they are no longer able to accommodate us. Or told us the truth "we are trying to get a table for you" so we had a choice to go elsewhere.


I went to Bob Bob Ricard for my birthday and I had a lovely time. We had a late table booked but this place suits a late sort of a diner. The setting is decadent and classy, you do feel you are fine dining. Sat at our booth we are shown our button for champagne, which does add a touch of fun to whole experience…it also can be a costly jaunt! This is a high end restaurant with a wink! The food is also fun and delicious. Unique twists on traditional hearty dishes, I have the chicken kiev served with a sumptuous green puree that complimented my crunchy and succulent chicken. We shared the mushroom dumplings to start, which were just yummy. To finish we had to try there chocolate bomb, which does also come with a bit of a ceremony before we even ate it. As the waiter poured over the chocolate sauce, we witnessed this mouth-watering dessert melt and reveal its innards. A fab and fun night had by all 

There's something about a bit of glamour, luxury and a buzzer for more champagne that never gets old. Bob bob Ricard is certainly a unique gem which has all three qualities! My friends and I booked a table for a special dinner and the champagne button really did never get old! The decor is beautiful, with booth-like tables and the service is fantastic. The fusion of Russian and English food was very unusual - I'd never seen anything like it, but it worked. Their take on the traditional chicken pie was delicious. Sadly, as Bob Bob Ricard is quite pricey I couldn't stretch to tasting a desert or starter, but if anyone's looking for a one-off treat restaurant destination, have a look at this menu and book a table quick!


This place is oozing with luxury and glamour. Traditional and old fashion but not dated, each table with its own button to press for champagne and (which I was so tempted to press!). Staff offered great service, attentive and helpful. Food was full of flavour. The most expensive chicken kiev I've ever tasted, slightly too salty but it was really garlicky and buttery just how it should be. The pork belly was good too and looked so pretty with the rose pork skin on top. The flaming creme brulee was on fire! 4 x distilled vodka was really smooth and easy to drink too.

Wheelchair access: There is a big step to get in but they had a ramp and the doorman was kind enough to help. They do have an accessible toilet, but it also doubled up as a cloakroom and storage cupboard so it was very tight inside.


I've been wanting to go to Bob Bob Ricard for ages, for the exact same reason everyone else wants to go - to press the most Instagrammable button in London. My friend and I went as a Christmas treat and it did not disappoint. The decor is extremely decadent, transporting you a million miles from the streets of Soho. The staff are friendly and attentive, and the fact that everyone has their own booth adds to the glamour of the place. There is an extensive wine list with champagne ranging in price but starting at £60 a bottle which is less than I expected. The food is also fairly wide ranging but you could be frugal if you wanted to - the chicken and champagne pie is under £20. I had the lobster, crab and shrimp pelmeni starter and we shared the beef wellington main. The starter was incredible! I would 100% recommend it. The beef wellington was on the pricey side but it was well worth it. It was huge, enough to feed 4 people instead of 2! It was honestly the best beef I've had to date. The truffle mash was a perfect accompaniment. Overall, the meal was a wonderful experience but it was pricey, coming to just over £100 each. I would say the restaurant is definitely worth visiting but save it for an occasion where you don't mind splashing the cash!

I'll be honest. I came here to push the button. You know which button, you've seen it on instagram and its why you want to go to Bob Bob Ricard too. Admit it!

I'd heard from friends it was a little pricey so I decided to save BBR for my birthday. Because if you can't continuously demand champagne at the push of a button on your birthday when can you?!

It was most definitely worth the visit. It's so lovely inside, retaining all the features of an old world members club without feeling at all gimmicky. The booths are cosy and perfect for snuggling up on a winter evening but do be warned if you have a large party best to book ahead and let them know! On to the most important factor: the food. Suffice to say it's incredible. I had lobster risotto and it was hands down one of the most delicious meals I've ever had. For dessert I had an Eton Mess Bomb which is everything you want from a desert. Truly spectacular. 

I'd definitely go back to fact I now want to go back this evening. Champagne anyone? 


Baked oysters … who knew! Utterly delicious, well sized oyster with a baked parmesan top and garnished with a thin slice of truffle… unspeakably good.

Filet mignon was beautifully cooked, as was the foie gras, which I find can sometimes be rich and overwhelming but this was balanced just right, complementing the filet perfectly.

Cherry soufflé was very light and delicate, touch too sweet for my palate but my friend thoroughly enjoyed it.

The gin cucumber cocktail was refreshing and subtly strong but perhaps a bit too dear, I’d probably advise sticking to a bottle of something than individual drinks.

Didn’t get an opportunity to use the champagne button… maybe next time!


Came here for an anniversary dinner. Yes yes there is a button and it may or may not have been pressed. Champagne was imbibed in certain quantities. 

For a main I had the meat dumplings with my husband ordering the seafood ones. Both were pleasantly portioned with little pockets of delicious, moist filling. Bit of sauce but not too much that it could be considered a soup (I was remiss we didnt order bread so we could lap up the rest of it!)

For the main I had the cod with scallops while the husband and the beef with foie gras. My main was delicious, with a nicely sized fish (with a nice crisp skin) sitting atop greens and a scallop. I would have been pleased with mine had I not tried my husbands. Oh. My. The beef was intoxicating when paired with the foie gras. I was so upset, but as it was an anniversary, we did agree (some more begrudgingly than others) to share. 

I had to go for the chocolate dessert. It was my destiny. You won't regret it, I promise. So sad that it contained nuts so I could not share ^_^

Service was wonderful, being attentive without overbearing. I can't say how much it was, but for a big night out you really can't go wrong!


Come to push the button, stay for the incredible food and atmosphere!

My girlfriends and I chose Bob Bob Ricard for our latest "sophisticated" girls night - and the real reason we chose it is for the infamous "push for champaign" button. Probably the most instagrammed button in the world. You've all seen in. It's almost pointless me adding the photo to this review... but I'm gunna anyway.

Naturally we sat at our table and immediately pushed it, and in less than 20 seconds our waiter had arrived with the bubbles menu. Champaign is all a little pricey on this menu so we opted for a bottle of prosecco. It's strange how the novelty of pushing the button can give you such excitement, but we loved it! I would consider having one installed in my flat... if only the installation came with a man who would bring me booze...

For my dinner I enjoyed the Venison Steak Tartare topped with a raw quails egg with croutons. Usually beef tartare is already a succulent, rich plate of food, but somehow this tasted even richer. Venison is one of my favourite meats, and usually the pinker the better, so by that I don't think venison comes better than in this stunning raw form. The quail egg was a vibrant yellow which splurged un-elegantly (yet very satisfyingly) across the red meaty cylinder and brought each mouthful together as I scooped onto my croutons. I also stole a few of my friend's fries (much to her dismay) which also went rather wonderfully with the gooey, meaty dish.

I can't tell you how delicious the pork belly is because one of my other friends refused to share that, but judging by the blissful look on her face, she was more than happy with it!

For dessert, I knew I wanted the souffle, the problem is I couldn't decide which one! Souffle is my all time favourite dessert on the planet ever, so I ALWAYS order it when its on a pudding menu, but rarely is there more than one choice. Eventually I went for the strawberries and cream souffle which came with strawberry coulis and pouring cream, and it was light as air and had a lovely light fruity tang in the pillowy body. It was delightful, though not as visually exciting as the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory - the dome of chocolate which gracefully melts as it is covered with hot chocolate sauce which another of my girlfriends ordered. Another instagram dream which tastes as good and exciting as it looks!

BBR is the perfect date or girls night dinner venue. It's pricey (especially if you keep pushing the button - you'll eventually need to sit on your hands!) but you won't forget it in a hurry, which is exactly what I want from a night of dining with friends.

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Visited for the first time recently and absolutely love the leather booths you get for two people - I hate having to sit on top of complete strangers in restaurants so top marks for that. The food was very good on the whole, but prepare to pay big bucks for the privilege - my lamb main course was £26 without sides. Ouch. If you can eat here all the time you're obviously putting it all on expenses, or you're so minted you've probably got a yacht. For mere mortals, I'd say it's up there with the very best restaurants for a special occasion. The fact there's a button in each booth to summon champagne is completely ridiculous but fits the celebratory vibe. I'm unlikely to return in a hurry (I haven't got a yacht either), but I'd definitely recommend it.

This place is totally unqiue. There's no other restaurant quite like it in London. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's been a stalwart on the restaurant London scene since it launched in 2008. It never fails to disappoint. 

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I love this place. Beautiful surroundings; attentive staff & fabulous food & drink.The venison tartare is possibly my favouruite starter in a London restaurant.

Try & get one of the plush banquettes & feel yourself transported back in time to a more opulent & luxurious time & also amazing toilets, always one of the ways I judge a restauarant.. 


Bob Bob Ricard is the ideal spot to spend a lavish night drinking mid blowing cocktails.

Each dining room's decor takes inspiration from a 1920s train carriage, complete with velvet curtains and gold railings along the plush booths.

If you drink anything, it has to be the rhubarb gin and tonic; sweet and smooth all at once and hard not to drink in one go.

The decadence of this Art Deco style bar is mesmerising and a must for any one who is a fan of interiors.

Even the toilets are incredible!!


Bob Bob Ricard transports you a world away from bustling soho, to a rather opulent Russian train carriage that offers champagne at the touch of a button.

The attentive staff, fine decor and irresistible food makes Bob Bob Ricard a must for a luxury experience for all senses. The famous press for champagne button was a joy with the ‘champagne man’ appearing within minutes ready to top up your glass. Additionally the cocktails were amazingly fresh and tasty with subtle depth that didn’t over power the food. The food, starters, mains and dessert passed my expectations. The fine quality was evident and generous portions were satisfying. It is somewhere to splash the cash, esp if you start the night with -18deg vodka shots and choose from he caviar menu. For a special occasion, it's a must! Vegetarian options were also delicious.

Another of my favourite places in London. The ambiance and the decor are unique in London. Russian opulence for sure. Whenever I eat here I feel like I'm in a 1920's train travelling first class on the trans-Siberian railway. Also there's a champagne button what more do you need.

The first time I came here the downstairs are provided much entertainment for our group whilst we tried to gather what the scary russian looking bouncer could possibly be guarding.

Bob Bob Ricard is one of my favourite places to eat in London. The setting is beautiful (think 1920's speakeasy meets the luxury of the Titanic) and the booths and table are intimate without taking away the atmosphere of the restaurant. The beef wellington is, simply put, the most delicious thing I have ever eaten, the only downside is that you need two people to eat it! The 'press for champagne' button is the best thing ever invented. I love it so much

Firstly 5 stars for their fitout. The place looks amazing. Secondly you can press a button for more champagne. Genius! I went at lunchtime so it was perhaps missing a bit of atmosphere that a dinner trade would have. The menu to be honest wasn't stand out. My food was nice but not to die for. Great place for a date or celebration.

It was the worse customer service and the hospitality I have ever seen in London. Although the food was ok and the ambiance was good, the management was very unprofessional towards the guests

I never normally write reviews but had to for Bob Bob Ricard...had been there several times for cocktails in the basement bar which is excellent. Ate there for the first time a few weeks ago and had a fantastic evening in fun, classy yet unpretentious surroundings. Chicken pie was so so good, as were the starters (truffley potato dumplings..yum), and we had a melting golden ball of chocolate for dessert which was as fun as it sounds! What really stood out was the service which was outstanding. Now my favourite place to eat in London!!

Very enjoyable place with fantastic atmosphere and attentive service. The strawberry souffle and the rhubarb gin and tonic are highly recommended! Well worth putting your sunday best on for.

Great lunch on Saturday. Stunning decor and great food, a real treat for all the family coming in from outside London.

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