Restaurants, American Soho
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© Michelle Grant

Over in Kansas, they take their barbecues seriously. The owner of Bodean’s came from the smoke-pit capital of the USA to show London how it’s done, and seven years and five branches on, we can still say this is the best barbecue in the city.

The Soho branch is our favourite for its street-level ‘deli’: a more casual arrangement where you walk in, order at the counter and tuck into a pared-down menu that omits some of the more superfluous choices – you don’t go to Bodean’s for enchiladas. It’s all about the ribs, the pulled pork, the half chickens and the ‘burnt ends’ of beef brisket, smoked and slow-grilled to uncommon tenderness and served with the (inevitably) secret sweet and piquant sauce.

Vegetarians should keep walking – there’s nothing to see here. A bonus is that the formerly dreary choice of beer has been updated; in addition to Coors Light and Sol, you can now find the likes of Sierra Nevada’s ales, although they’re not available in all branches.


Venue name: Bodean's
Address: 10 Poland Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £6.25-£18.95
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Emma T

I'm so happy a Bodean's opened in Balham- right on my doorstep so I haven't got far to drag myself home after a mighty good feed up at this American style smoke house restaurant. 

My absolute favourite thing to order are the diablo hot chicken wings, they are the biggest wings I have ever had and the hot sauce mixed with the blue cheese dip is just out of this world. Good news for Q card holders, you can get a portion free on Monday nights! (Offers vary depending on which branch you go to)

To follow up from meat to start- it's only right you have meat for a main, so me and my friend dived in and chose the sharing platter. I think this is the best option if you cannot decide what you want to try, and you can also add to it if you have anymore room left. 

I don't even need the sides, the fries are good, but nothing compares to the different flavours of meat on your plate. The sticky burnt ends, the sweet pulled pork and the succulent ribs. 

If you are hungry head to Bodean's roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. And if you are lucky enough that your branch does brunch I would be heading down there ASAP for one of the best bloody Mary's. 

Ben R

When trying to decide what to order, a waiter advised on a shared platter, describing it as "pretty much a small farm on a plate". Whilst that sounded a little crude, we followed his advice, and what followed for us was a night of meat sweats.

The food is great, until you get to the point of not being able to face any more barbecued deliciousness. Sides are a necessity for the variety of textures and taste. Head along hungry and feast the night away!


This is a great branch of the Bodeans group and serve what you would expect from them. It is split in two, the upstairs has a more street food quality but you can sit down (but oder at the counter) and downstairs is more restauranty.

I love the food at bodeans and it is good value for money. The pulled Pork is my favourite and the best burnt ends in London (not that there is a big pool to choose from on that front).  


Bodeans gets a 5* from me baby!


Ok here's why.... The food is delicious and by Jove its ridiculously cheap! The portions are generous and they have a relaxed vibe going on!

I've been on two occasions and on both,came away feeling bloated and joyful! They also have a free membership card which gives you goodies such as free wings and shots throughout the week!

Don't want to spend too much but want tender BBQ meats? Bodeans is the place for you!


Bodean's is sort of a heart attack waiting in the wings, but it's the kind of thing where you weigh up the options and you just know it's worth it. Every time I've been to Bodean's I've found it difficult to chose which out of the many many mouth watering options on the menu I can order without seeming like the greediest person in the world - it's all too tempting. If there's a bunch of you it's worth getting a sharing platter so you can taste a bit of everything. Just dig in and prepare to get messy.

The Soho branch is pretty chilled because they have a deli/diner style section upstairs where you can order at the bar and sit and grab a quick bite - hello chilli hotdog. After a few drinks one rouge Friday night I even ordered a karaffe of wine (who knew!) but probably the less said about that the better.

Neil K

Bodeans is at the top of it's game. If you're after an American style sports bar with amazing BBQ meats then you should make you're way with haste to the nearest Bodean's. Not only do do some of the best BBQ meat you'll have tasted, they also do varieties you don't get at most places with 'burnt ends' being one such speciality. The best way to sample such delights is to do a sharing platter, which I'd thoroughly recommend anyhow as it's the best way to try everything and the best value, just make sure you and your buddy have a big appetites!

One other defining high point is that you certainly won't go short of sauces at any Bodeans, and you'll find both their own speciality sauces along with the standard variety, and hot sauces (best to go easy on these ;) ) etc avaliable in abundance. Bodean's are are always busy due to their popularity so it's worth booking ahead if you can, especially for large groups, and if you become a fan it's worth signing up to their Hog Tribune mailer to be in on the latest deals.

Poppy L

I would describe Bodean's as a religion rather than a restaurant. Amazing meat and sides with a serious following. My favourite are the sharing platters which are for a minimum of two people. These include ribs, pulled pork and amazingly tender chicken! Only visit Bodean's if you're really hungry. Toilets are a 6/10!

Sean K

When I moved to London from Missouri in September 2015 I found myself craving some good barbecue, like what is almost second nature back home. Coming from Kansas City, Missouri (as in the KC Brisket) I really do enjoy Bodean's. While their brisket is not quite the same as what I get back home from Joe's Kansas City BBQ (the best barbecue restaurant in the Midwestern USA), it still tastes fantastic! The prices are a bit too high for me to go to Bodean's on a weekly basis, but I try to stop by once a month or so. Plus, they show live and rebroadcasted baseball, American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey games there so that's a huge plus!

Livvi AT

As I was wiping the burnt ends juice from around my mouth with the back of hand in Soho’s Bodeans last weekend, I noticed the diners next to me delicately cutting up a steak and commenting on the body of their carafe of red wine. This is all kinds of wrong.

I am sure that the steak at Bodeans, an American BBQ powerhouse rocking up some of the tastiest southern diner food you can get your mitts on in the capital, is beyond delicious, but there is a time and place. If you want a sophisticated steak dinner, head elsewhere, as Bodeans is all about getting down and dirty with finger licking, lip smacking stodge, and swashing it down with a Samuel Adams.

Whilst the queuing system is very much British, the relaxed, friendly service is very American and immediately helps add to the atmosphere of this boothed-out basement eatery. Bodeans know their meat. The pulled pork is everything you would hope for; tender, salty, sweet and when teamed with the Sweet Carolina sauce (tangy and hot), it really is an explosion of flavour bigger than the 4th July fireworks. The chilli cheese fries (NOTE: side effects may include a food coma) are rich and smoky, and covered with melted gooey cheese. You cannot leave Bodeans without trying their speciality, the burnt ends which are tender, chewy, charred and melt-in-your-mouth all at the same time.

Drinks wise, Samuel Adams lager comes in pitchers large enough to satisfy a whole football team, but the cocktails, mostly made with Jack Daniels are amazing and there is a huge variety too. The Lynchburg Lemonade is bitter and refreshing, and cuts through the heaviness of the food perfectly.

You might leave this place feeling like you have just assaulted your arteries, but what else do you expect from an American smokehouse? And I promise, it really is worth it...


I can't believe I had not visited Bodeans until this weekend.  Sporting a mild hangover I knew I wanted something delicious and it did not disappoint.  The sharing platter is the perfect way to sample a bit of everything and I cannot recommend enough getting the corn bread and covering them in BBQ sauce.  The burnt ends were amazing and a meal for two only costing just over £30.  It is a great spot for when you are starving and fancy a meat feast. 

ashley c


Fantastic place the atmosphere is great whether you sit upstairs in the more "fast food" type area or if you go down the stairs to the cozy nook which is akin to an american hunting lodge.

The service here is fantastic and the food amazing. Echoing what others have said don't eat for a while before coming and prepare for a post bodeans food coma :)


Move over veggies and vegans, this place is the ultimate hot-spot for us meat lovers!! 

When you walk in the door, some form of American sport is playing but this isn’t overbearing because this place is all about the food!
There aren’t many places that I make a conscious decision not to eat for hours before, but the quantity of deliciousness that Bodeans serves us makes the wait worthwhile.. every.single.time. When I go, I always order the sharing platter which consists of chicken thighs, pulled pork, burnt ends and ribs, and chilli chips are always a must! The wait to sit downstairs is always longer than merely pulling up a stool upstairs and ordering yourself at the counter but I really don’t mind either and I agree with Luisa below, the wait is never as long as they say it will be. There is a great pub across the road to wait in until they text you to say your table is ready so even operationally as a restaurant, they’ve got it all set up perfectly! Indulge in the protein; you’ll be back before you know it!

Luisa G

Absolutely delicious. I've been here countless times, the latest being this Saturday. We were told it would be a two hour wait, but I know frome experience it's always less than they say. The two hour wait was just under an hour in the end (after booking at after 7pm on a Saturday!). 

When we turned up, we ordered a little nibble to start - tortilla chips (which comes with a salsa), and chilli con queso - a cheese dip with jalepeno peppers in it, It is delicious every time. Then I ordered the full rack of ribs, which comes with chips and coleslaw, and my partner ordered the burnt ends and pulled pork combo, which comes with fries and coleslaw, but you can change fries for sweet potato fries for £2.50 or £3 (which I find very expensive to just change something over!).  The food, as always, was delicious, the ribs have a wonderful smokey flavour, and the sauces are great. 

The food came in good time, and the service was good, as always. The sport was showing on TV, which I also love.

Marcus W

Best barbecue in London, the sharing platter is good although you won't need to eat again for a week.

Samantha H

Bodean's is great if you want somewhere to watch the NFL on Sunday nights....the beer comes quickly, the food is in massive portions and the atmosphere is great.  At any other time it is a bit of a let down.  You can definitely get better ribs else where in London for the same price but if you are looking for somewhere to go on game day this is the easy and safe option!

Ros A

Ok, so Bodean's is that mini chain that everyone raves about. The American dream.  I've been before (and let's be honest, prob will go back at some point, likely when drunk and in dire need of a full rack of ribs, you know how that happens sometimes, right?)

I had a total 3* (middle of the road) experience with friends at Bodean's. Starting with the good stuff: Great location in Soho, everything seemed clean and good music playing in the background (not too loud so you can chat). I thought the staff were cheery and nice, even though a few of our table didn't make it in the end, they were polite and friendly. The food was ok, and as expected from what I knew of the brand. I guess I just couldn't get excited about BBQ sauce as much as some. Everything on the menu is lathered in the stuff, I'm almost surprised there wasn't a BBQ sauce wrestling paddling pool on a stage, and people shooting water pistols at you with BBQ sauce. Now THERE's some ideas for you Bodeans ;)

Would love to see a bit more healthy stuff on the menu (I know, I know I'm boring) but it was hard to make a choice that wouldn't have set you back 2000 calories from one single lick (of bbq sauce, obv).

Staff Writer

Just been for lunch and it was great. The BBQ Burnt Ends were exactly what I wanted and the flavoured salt on the chips was amazing. We got upgraded to a table downstairs straight away which was a plus. The food took a little longer than usual and so our drinks were free which I thought was a nice touch, although the 12.5% auto-grat was a bit steep, despite how good it all was.

Would definitely recommend it to anyone and will be going back again for sure.


I was recently introduced to Bodean's by a work colleague and loved it. Being American born, a great BBQ is a welcomed discovery. It's great value and definitely worth a visit. The pulled pork is tender and sweet, and clam chowder, classically American.

john a


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Ben Ridler


When I'm in London, I eat here. Amazing BBQ, reasonable prices. Wouldn't recommend trying to eat a Boss Hog Platter by yourself but it makes a great meal for two or even three. Must visit if you're close to a branch.


My boyfriend introduced me to this place in March and now it is our preferred place in London when we have a Man v Food hunger on! Chicken wings with blue cheese dip are divine.. Burnt Ends and Ribs are a meat sweat inducing heaven!!

Mr K

Some of the best BBQ places in the city. Consistent, great staff, pulled pork and ribs are a must-eat. Try the whole slab of spare ribs and you will be seriously overwhelmed by the flavor and size of the portion. Great in-house sauces too. However the highlight for me is their Clam Chowder, which is by far the best one I have tried in London. Really takes your tastebuds to San Francisco for a while. Only downsides: No beer on tap & the 'welcoming staff' upstairs could be a little more welcoming.


One of my favourite places in Soho. The pulled pork is the so succulent and tasty I find it hard to try anything else on the menu. Big portions for a reasonable price. The deli upstairs is great for a quick lunch as well. Just gotta get there early to get a seat downstairs in the restaurant, especially on game night.


Really disappointing. Great service, but really average food. The pulled pork was extremely dry, the ribs lacking and the coleslaw watery. Pitt Cue does this far far better.


huge portions and deliciously succulent meat - great for a meaty craving