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.
1 Upper James Street
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Users say (31)
Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:17
- 4 star:7
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
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
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!
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.
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!
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 BBR...in fact I now want to go back this evening. Champagne anyone?
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.
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
Pretty perfect in every way - food, service, interior, ambience. Expensive, yes, but very very good.
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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