Dirty Bones Carnaby

Restaurants, American Soho
31 Love It
Save it
Dirty Bones Carnaby

The is the second, larger spin-off to the original Kensington 'dive and dog bar', serving the same style of American-style dude-food alongside swaggering cocktails. Once they had sorted out some pretty serious problems with service during their soft opening, things settled down and the chefs got the chance to show what they're best at: fried chicken in particular, served on its own or with a waffle; short ribs, a smallish portion cooked with precision; substantial hot dogs in various guises; and good sides. Beer is the best drink for the food, but there's a two-for-one 'Dirty Hour' including cocktails from 3-6pm Monday through Friday. Even though Carnaby Court is heaving with food places, Dirty Bones is cleaning up its fair share of Soho's filthy lucre. 

By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Dirty Bones Carnaby
Address: Kingly Court
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus.
Do you own this business?
To improve this listing email: feedback@timeout.com

You may be interested in:

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:5
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening
1 of 1 found helpful

In love with the fried chicken and waffle, an absolute delight! Another must try is the dirty buger with mac and cheese. Celebrated my last birtday here and the atmosphere lives up to the hype plus their mutts nutts cocktail is on my favs list.


The worst thing about Dirty Bones is how difficult it will be to chose what to order.

Pick anything blindly and in pretty sure you won't regret.


A word of advice when going here - wear elastic pants. I went here with my friend and we liked the sound of so many things on the menu we basically ordered everything (not literally everything but a lot from the menu) and boy did we feel it. The food has an American theme and most of it which we tried was absolutely lovely. The chicken wings were cooked to perfection (could’ve done with a bit more blue sauce though), the fried chicken was greasy heaven, but the main dish that stood out for me was the side of lamb fries. Crispy lamb with a sweet miso sauce *drools*. The Mac and cheese was quite unexciting and flavourless and the beef rib was quite fatty, but the cocktails were lovely and the Cherry Bakwell genuinely tasted like a cherry bakewell. Overall verdict - yes I will be going back and next time I am bringing stretchy underwear. Nb: if you can’t manage to finish it, they will box it up for you to take home too.


Say hello to my new go-to for fish tacos because damn, they were delicious! My friend and I were wondering around Kingly Court to find a place to grab dinner yesterday before the switch-on of the Christmas lights at Carnaby Street and the menu at Dirty Bones caught both our eyes right away.

With a 20% discount that night as well, we were pretty pumped to have a meal here. I liked the decor of the restaurant, as the ceiling had been left in its original state but decked out with small stereos and boomboxes around, old-school cameras, and neon lights. It gave the place a nice, chill vibe while maintaining an edgy look and pumped with the music playing in the background. We were sat immediately even though we didn’t have a reservation and finished within the hour, which was perfect as they needed the table for another booking.

After a quick browse through the menu, my friend and I both decided on the Fish Tacos. This comes as two soft shelled corn tacos stuffed with a generous amount of fish in each taco and garnished with pickled vegetables, micro greens, and a deliciously creamy and spicy aioli sauce on top. I really liked how each taco literally had an entire piece of fish inside rather than the usual chopped up pieces that I’ve had at other restaurants. This made each bite so satisfying, as it always had fish in it! The pickled vegetables added a good amount of acidity and crunch, which paired well with the grilled fish. Finally, that spicy aioli sauce was a thing of beauty – it was creamy and gave the tacos a little kick of heat, which I enjoyed! It was such a satisfying meal and left me wanting more!

On the side, we also shared a serving of Skinny Fries. These were just normal fries but I believe they were seasoned with chicken salt, which made it so tasty! They weren’t overly salty, which was great and they went well as an accompaniment to our fish tacos.

It didn’t take long for our food to reach our table after we ordered, which we were thankful for since we were both pretty hungry. Our waiter and waitress were both lovely as well – welcoming and always making sure we were satisfied with our experience. Couldn’t help but leave a comment in their feedback book, which comes when you ask for the bill at the end of your meal. I thought this was cute, as it was a small black notebook and was already filled with numerous messages!

Definitely a restaurant I’ll be coming back to in the near future! Thanks for a lovely evening, Dirty Bones! I can’t wait to try the Cheeseburger Dumplings and the burgers in general when I’m done with No-Dairy November.


Chains can get a lot of flak for lacking soul and uniqueness. After all, it’s the same standard menu across all its branches. But at Dirty Bones, I don’t mind tucking into the same thing over and over again because quite frankly, it’s freaking delicious and simply the best thing I’ve ever eaten inside of a restaurant chain

Styling itself as specialists in NYC-style American soul & comfort food, Dirty Bones is one cool restaurant with a stellar menu to boot. The beef short rib comes on the bone and has that “wow” factor when it arrives at your table. Tender and melt-in-the-mouth kind of food.  For sides, the crispy lamb fries is the best side of food I’ve ever had in London. It’s a big call to make but it’s one I’m making with confidence. It’s that good and a meal in itself. 

It can be pricey. Lucky, discerning diners on a budget will appreciate the Dirty Bones Lunch menu. For just a tenner, you can choose between a foodgasmic burger, crispy fried chicken or grilled chicken with kale salad (which I imagine no one ever ordering). All come with a side of skinny fries and I can report that the burger is both filling and one of the best burgers in town. How does two patties of dry-aged steak patties with black treacle bacon, gorgonzola sauce, chipotle aioli, baby spinach and pickled jalapenos sound to you? Incredible? I thought so.

The decor is pretty cool. It’s all dangling light-bulbs, exposed wooden roof beams, stateside paraphernalia and upbeat soul music. If the thought of the gastronomic food is too much for you, cocktails are also the range with a decent selection to choose from so Dirty Bones is a pretty flash cocktail bar too. 

Honestly, one of my favourite chain of restaurants, Dirty Bones is firmly on my list of restaurant recommendation should anyone ask.


I recently visited Dirty Bones on a weekday evening with a friend, we tried to prebook a table although they only accept reservations from groups but luckily enough they had space for us as a walk-in. I really wanted to like this place, although unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. We were originally shown to a table for two in between two couples, but we requested to be on the empty table on the end of the row instead to have a bit more space and this was okay. The restaurant, like many other in Kingly Court, is not very big and it did feel slightly as though they had overpopulated the space with tables as there was little space to yourself. The tap water provided was room temp, this seemed a bit stingy to me on what was a very hot day, they could have speared an ice cube surely? I ordered the Chicken and Waffles which looked and tasted lovely, and they accommodated my request for boneless chicken which was appreciated – although the portion size was on the small side (1/2 a round waffle and 2 small bits of chicken) and left me still peckish after we left. The décor was nothing to write home about, the saving grace were the neon signs reading “Cocktails & Happiness” and “Food is Love, Cooking is Foreplay” which livened the place up and gave it a bit of instagramability. There was no real atmosphere, not somewhere I’d recommend planning a whole evening around more of a convenient quick bite to eat.


Dirty Bones has landed in Soho and it’s a welcome addition to the bustling West End scene. A chic and stylish space, its walls are adorned with some spray-painted framed pieces and the glow of ‘IT WAS ALL A DREAM’ in neon lights on the far wall. There are tables and booths to seat about 60 people comfortably and the ambiance is casual with some serious style. The menu is decked out with some classic NYC/American style dishes, from deliciously hot and sticky wings slathered in Louisiana-style hot sauce to the gooey macaroni and cheese, the tender and crunchy fried chicken with soft waffles and the moreish peanut butter cookie cup.

Service was attentive and friendly and the menu at this new location boasts some exclusive dishes, including a grilled hispi cabbage that was surprisingly toothsome, soft but not soggy and rich with buttery notes. Other favourites of the table included the roasted chilli-mint squash salad, where butternut squash was perfectly tender and drenched with sticky sweet pomegranate molasses, then tempered with crème fraiche. The grilled tacos were also fresh and tasty, with tender stone bass paired with crunchy cabbage.

The vibes at the Dirty Bones Soho site are described as ‘old school’, and they really nail it. Great food in good portions paired with a buzzy and relaxed atmosphere makes this a hit – and it means that you can get your Dirty Bones fix without having to wait for a table at the (invariably full) nearby Kingly Street site. On a warm night, the front windows can be opened to let some of energetic central London waft in.

This is great for a group or a date and you’ll leave rubbing your belly contentedly. 


Randomly went to Dirty Bones for brunch after shopping in Oxford Street. It has nice vibe and the staff is friendly. The food was good but not really exceptional. We had the spicy chicken burger which was OK and the baked skillet with eggs and avocado swimming in a tasteless tomato sauce. 

Unfortunately, I would probably not going back as the area offers more tasty and cheap'n'cheerflul places. 


Breakfast is necessary but brunch is indulgent. Well if it’s any good it should be and Dirty Bones takes that belief & cranks it up to ridiculously tasty levels. Billed as New York inspired comfort food, this branch sits on the top floor of Kingly Court – a place absolutely jam-packed with awesome spots to eat in – and dishes up some familiar brunch dishes as well as a few that have been reinvented. Get your waffles and fork them out from under crispy fried chicken. Indulge in French toast and spoon up every last drop of Matcha custard. Have a bowl of fries and search for them under fried eggs & smoked tomato ketchup.

I’m a sucker for a crumpet anytime of the day or night but top it with 14 hour slow-cooked short rib, caramelised shallots, mustard seeds, umami butter, poached eggs and hollandaise and you’ve got yourself a plate of food I wanna fall face down into and eat my way out of. ‘But wait’, I hear you cry, ‘that sounds like a lot on one plate!’ ‘Oh yes,’ I respond, ‘and the best bit is that it all totally works!’

Fat fluffy crumpets do admirable job of supporting piles of sticky, sweet meat, perfectly oozing eggs and velvety sauce. Is it rocket science to throw these breakfast staples onto crumpets instead of toast? Nope. Does it work? Hell yes it does. Kudos to whoever championed the crumpets in here – they add an extra dimension of texture that totally works. I’m not sure I’d even finished the plate in front of me before I was contemplating when I could come back and eat another.

At only £8.50 as well, this was seriously good value for money especially when you consider the cool factor of the location and the generous size of the portion, something I loved even though it sadly stopped me from ordering dessert on this occasion – FYI, it was gonna be the milk gelato & soft baked chocolate ganache cookie because why wouldn’t you?

Service is cheery but chilled, food arrives promptly and within half an hour of a 12 noon arrival, the place was packed; clearly my new found love for this place is one already shared by a large percentage of the brunch loving London crowd and I can see why. There’s something about the cooler-version-of-Dennys-meets-NYC-Chelsea-Village-hotspot vibe that Dirty Bones boasts that makes it the perfect place to get down and get well, dirty too.


I really wanted to love this place, but sadly it fell short in almost every way. The flat iron was mediocre and definitely not melt in the mouth for such a marbled cut of meat and the baby back ribs were tough and gristly. I wasn’t sold on the miso and pomegranate glaze either as it overpowered the meat. The beef short rib on the other hand, was tender and probably the best part of the meal along with the mac & cheese, but for £6.50 the mac & cheese would have to have been nothing less than delicious!

One major observation I cannot ignore, were the wildly inconsistent portion sizes. The photos above were the largest portions served to us and I sadly didn’t get photos of the smaller ones, but it was bone roulette...some of our group were served noticeably smaller portions of beef short rib and baby back ribs. I understand that cows and pigs come in all shapes and sizes, but if they are paying the same price, you should be serving similar portion sizes! The collard greens were also tiny, barely half filling the tins they were served in!

Lastly, what was the toblerone-tella?! We excitingly ordered the waffles solely on the expectation of something containing toblerone, but it must have been masquerading as a basic chocolate sauce! Throw in some slow service, a forgotten side dish and we have quite a disappointing restaurant!

Atmosphere, bottomless brunch and staff are all amazing. Highlight of the weekend.


I've been to Dirty Bones a couple of times. Both times the food has been really good. The hot dogs are great and the mac'n'cheese is to die for ( if you like it rich). However, the service is really bad here. Loads of staff but none seem to be doing any work and it's hard to get anyone's attention even when it's not busy. Overall though the happy hour is great and value for money is not bad. Fun for a group of you but don't expect good service.


I have been to Dirty Bones a couple of times recently and want to write a rave review because the food is amazing, but the service keeps leaving me disappointed. The chicken and waffles are my outstanding, and that's impressive as I am obsessed with c&w! But the waitresses always seem to not be quite with-it (not necessarily in a run-off-their-feet way!)

Still recommend as food is extra tasty.


This review is hard for me to write as this restaurant left me speechless: THE FOOD WAS AMAZABLE! My friend and I were looking for a cheapish grub to set our much awaited reunion in the Carnaby area where we work. Most places being closed on Sunday, we wandered off to Kingly court where I suddenly remembered reading about a place called the Dirty Bones... which was thankfully open and buzzing.

We were greeted by a woman who didn't quite seem to know where she was or what she was doing after a bit longer a wait than we'd have wished but finally ended up getting a table. It just went in a daze from here.

We decided to share a serving of – gasp – truffle cheese fries and both ordered a Mac Daddy: a burger containing MAC AND CHEESE and PULLED BEEF SHORT RIBS. Trust me, the decision wasn't easy with all sorts of Southern fried chicken as the competition but we just couldn't not have it. And what a brilliant decision that was! Absolutely orgasmic! Slightly sweet sauce, perfectly juicy meat and the softest bun you've ever got to bite in, we were in Heaven. After consideration, the strange woman who greeted us as we first arrived had probably just had one of these and was still recovering from the experience.

I'm afraid we didn't manage to make enough space in our stomachs for dessert but I'm sure it would've been worth it.

In terms of drinks, they're reknown for nice cocktails and have the classic beers and wines.

The atmosphere was really cool and rock'n'roll. The music was a bit too loud like most 'cool', young places in London, making it harder to chat but, hey, chatting was the last of our concerns as soon as FOOD arrived. Actually, they have Djs playing after 10pm most evenings.

If you're looking for a 'dirty quickie', they have an awesome lunch deal: for £10, you get a burger, a drink and a dessert. What else could a human being in its right mind ask for?


Got seated right away when we rocked up on a Thursday, which is a sigh of relief as no one likes to queue. Started off with some chicken wings, which had a delicious hot sauce but could have been a more more crispy. Think we got between 6-8 which was a pretty nice value. 

I had the 'Japanese style hot dog' whilst my hubby had the burger which was topped with short rib and mac n cheese. Whilst I liked my hot dog-- I pined for my husbands burger. Although quite messy, the flavours were paired perfectly. 

My hot dog tasted..like a hot dog, with a shot of pickled ginger every once in a while. Meh. 

Had a side of skinny fries with truffle oil and taleggio. Pretty delicious and the cheese was super gooey, but a bit too much salt. 

Service was good and staff were very friendly. Worth a visit, but I would try something other than the hot dogs! 


Ate here as a newbie, never been to the Kensington branch so was looking forward to what they had on offer.

We both opted for their Fried Chicken & Waffles and some chilli fries on the side. The chicken was delicious, the coating itself was well seasoned and really crispy! Went really nicely with the waffles and maple shot you were given. Chicken inside was quite soft and we weren't too sure at first but the waitress kindly explained it was down to the method of cooking. Whilst waiting for the chilli fries, I asked them to add cheese on top and good thing I did! The chilli fries were literally fries with chopped chillies on top *straight face* so disappointing! They were overly salty as well, far too salty.

We also both had a Shadow milkshake which was delicious and although I know is PACKED with sugar and fat, surprisingly didn't taste too sweet or sickly! Yum!

Overall, a nice dining experience and decent value for money for what we had. I would return!


Mmmm this place was tasty! We popped in with no booking very early on a Friday evening (6 on the dot) and there were plenty of walk in tables. Previously I have tried at 7ish and we couldn't get a table. Last minute booking is also no good so if you decide you want to go make sure you book early enough.

Between 5 and 7pm Monday to Friday they have a brilliant happy hour where a few beers and a few cocktails are on BOGOF (like a lot of places the 2 cocktails have to be the same which is a shame - with a pouty face I did manage to get 2 different gin ones that I wanted to try; djin djin & the littlest hobo - both were delish but littlest hobo was my fav! Gin, lemon juice and passion fruit syrup made it so refreshing).
We went straight for mains. I chose the Mac daddy which was so so good - chargrilled burger topped with Mac n cheese and short rib. The short rib main was good, so much meat, but pretty pricey. We went for 2 sides - Mac and cheese, which was filthy, mmmm and double dirty fries (topped with cactus salsa & pulled pork). The fries were really really nice but more refreshing with the delish salsa on top than 'dirty'. My boyfriend enjoyed them but thought they needed cheese! I just think they need to change the name! 
Needless to say we were so full we couldn't manage dessert - the menu didn't look anything special any ways! 
Overall I really recommend :)

Place is tightly packed and hectic. Service was quit slow, food was nothing special and I wouldn't return. There are better places to eat in Kingly Court, don't waste your time and money going here. 


Thank goodness we only paid 50% by making the most of the soft opening offer and Happy Hour cocktails...the soft opening meant that we excused some basic service issues but having staff need to come back 3 times to check a drinks order (4 cocktails, all from the Happy Hour list) is really unacceptable.  The food was mediocre.  I chose well with the chicken but the burgers were well below average for London and the beef rib was dry and very disappointing. We were moved tables as the next group had arrived (despite this mainly being because the service was so slow) and the waiter on our new table was fab....wish we had been sat there from the start!  It means there is hope.....but I won't be rushing back! 


Loud music, confused staff and only average examples of the 'filthy meat' genre that's become so popular in our fair city. I went for the soft opening and it was decent value at half price, but I'd have been miffed if I'd paid full price. Kingly Court is a tourist trap but Pizza Pilgrims is probably the best value restaurant in the area.