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A Clapham branch of the American restaurant. 


Venue name: Bodean's
Address: 169 Clapham High Street
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common tube
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It does what you expect of it. Great place to watch your favourite sports while having some drinks and licking your fingers from eating some ribs or chicken wings.


Bodeans is always a solid choice, and there are a number of locations across London. The burnt ends are normally my go to - but all their smoked/BBQ'd meats a delicious. Pretty good value for money and the atmosphere is always a good one - can't really lose if you visit! 


OK so I may be biased because I absolutely LOVE bodeans and here is why ... The food is pretty delixous,the prices are very cheap and omg they have wings the size of arms!!!!

If I had to find any fault whatever with bodeans it would be that it's a rustic kinda place but since you have to eat like a caveman to really get tucked in who cares right? ;)


I bought the big meal deal (forgot the name) to share amongst two people for takeaway. It was a lot of food! It even felt a bit heavy carrying food on my 8 mins walk home, that's how massive portion sizes were. I did enjoy the food abundantly and felt that it was a very good deal. I liked their beef ribs, pork, sausages and etc. The eatery does feel like a Texan bbq joint. We had left over for the next day too, yum! 


This is my third trip to Bodean's - I keep coming back because I do love this place. I went to the Tooting Bec branch on Halloween - and it was heaving as expected on a Saturday night. Managed to grab a spot at the bar - it is a bit annoying that you can't book unless you're in a large group. The times I haven't been able to book, I've never had to queue or wait a ridiculous amount of time, which I can understand can make you a hangry, disgruntled carni. The ribs have usually been to a good standard, but I was not impressed with the rib quality this time. Pulled pork - maybe a bit on the fatty side, but the burnt ends were tasty as always. I do like the atmosphere, the fact that Blue Moon is served here is a huge win for me, I can't get enough of that wonderful duff! For what you pay, you get a huge portion, that and the great customer service and atmosphere, are its redeeming features, as the food quality can vary. You leave feeling very satisfied - the 1lb burrito is worth checking out too, if you fancy switching it up from the usual meaty ribcages.

Always have had great food and ales here. Every time I go in there's something new to try on the menu and the drinks list, and I haven't been let down yet. Very friendly staff too — and cool blues music. My kind of place!

I beg to differ, you have to waits hours for a table only to be served luke warm under cooked food. Female manager is very rude, I intend to vote with my wallet and never dine there again

The greatest thing about Bodean's is how they capture that element of Americana -- the BBQ joint. If you're an American here in London feeling homesick, need to hear some vintage American rock and roll, while you eat your delicious pulled pork sandwich drowned in excellent Kansas City style sauce, and drink an American brew to wash it down, this is the place. It's also very reasonable and so far is the cheapest eat in lunch option I can find this side of the Thames. Bring your kids too and afterwards you can cross the street to take in a movie at the Clapham Picture House and *Presto* -- you've filled up the kids afternoon on a rainy Saturday!

Me and my family went here in May 2011. Knew we had found a good spot when half hour after we had arrived, there was a que to get in! Very impressed with the standard of food and the service. The pulled pork was excellent, as were ribs, but for me the stand out dish was the burnt ends and beef ribs - succulent and tasty, with their homemade bbq sauce which was authentic and delicious. The decor was charming yet not too over the top. You felt it was a "proper" american bar/diner, not a cheap mock up. The servers were interested that you had a good time and were attentive throughout. Doubly impressive considering how busy they were! The selection of beers were incredible, with some genuine beers you cannot find this side of the bond (in particular, Blue Moon!). Would have liked more of a hat-tip to the designated driver rather then overpriced can's. Dessert maintained the high standards but more imagination on the dessert menu would have really finished it off. If this place was nearer to our home, we would be there more often to take advantage of what appeared to be very bargain-basement mid-week deals (Combo with sides+beer =£10), and just for a good beer. On Saturdays, get their early as it looks like it gets pretty busy pretty quickly. But will be definitely going back for more...and with an emptier stomach.