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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe - CLOSED

Restaurants, French Marylebone
5 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (Ming Tang Evans / Time Out)
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (Ming Tang Evans / Time Out)
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (Ming Tang Evans / Time Out)
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (Ming Tang Evans / Time Out)
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (Ming Tang Evans / Time Out)
Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

Time Out says

Please note, Galvin Bistro de Luxe is now closed. Time Out Food editors, February 2018.

The first of the Galvin brothers’ restaurant empire, this polished, much-loved Marylebone bistro is classically French (veloutés, soufflés, purées) with the occasional nod to Italy (risottos, lasagnes, panna cottas). The dining room is an inviting place, with its dark chocolate wood panelling, globe lighting and big bunches of scarlet gladioli.

Lunch, ordered from the à la carte and £19.50 prix-fixe menus, was high on comfort and mostly tip-top. A smooth, nicely fatty pork and duck rillette was presented on a rustic slab of wood with super-fresh leaves and toasted sourdough. A main course of calves’ liver came draped in bacon on a pool of gravy, accompanied by meltingly good potato purée. Salt-cod brandade was laced with olive oil and wonderfully creamy, though we were caught off-guard by the inclusion of a runny egg.

Dessert didn’t quite deliver. A Valrhona chocolate ‘délice’, served on a rectangular white plate, arrived fridge-cold with a lump of rock-hard honeycomb. It looked snazzy with its painterly streaks of chocolate, but was nothing like as good as a simple chocolate fondant.

Service can be a little relaxed at times, and our table at the back felt cramped, but the excellent coffee ended things on a high.




Address: 66 Baker Street
Transport: Tube: Baker Street tube
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5 out of 5 stars

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4.5 / 5

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I don't know why it's always possible to get a table at this Galvins, no matter how booked out everywhere else is. No matter, because it's one of my all time favourite places. Service is super-friendly, unhurried and professional and the food is, by and large, classic French, superbly cooked. Last night we had a wonderful joint birthday dinner of asparagus, the special sirloin with truffles and foie gras and creme brûlée/chocolate delice. Our dessert plates came with candles and the waiter offered to dance. the clientele tends to be on the mature side, but then so are we.


From the outside this restaurant really doesn't fit in with the other Galvin establishments, but this all changes when you walk through the door into old school bistro glamour.

It's become a bit of a tradition for my boyfriend and I to visit the Galvin chain for the summer sale menu (as well as for other special occasions) so we knew what to expect and were very satisfied (as always) after our trip.

The food was lovely. Even with five courses, we didn't come out feeling sick like we usually do after eating a lot. This really says something about how the menus are crafted to really add to the dining experience. For only £27.50 each, it was such a bargain.

The only thing I would say was that the staff aren't as warm as in the other Galvin restaurants and we almost weren't allowed to have the summer menu.

Overall we would definitely go back, especially to go and gaze at the beautiful buildings which surround the restaurant.


This is a lovely little restaurant with a few different deals available which make it very good value. It is intimate and relaxed with unobtrusive but helpful staff including a sommelier.

The set menu only has a couple of options for each course so it may be a bit tricky if you're a fussy eater but I was more than happy with the options. The food is seasonal and tasty and the creme caramel is best I have ever had. They also have a number of awards for their comprehensive wine list so there should be something to suite everyone's tastes. 


It was a very nice french style bistrot. I went for lunch amd enjoyed mtself immensely. The steak tartar was lovely whoever the bread it came with was very well toasted to the point of nearly being burnt. The casoulet was really nice. Rhum baba was also delicious even though slightly dry.

The problem I had with this restaurant was the service felt disjointed. I could hear some of the waitresses telling off some of the staff for their mistakes which is something I feel should always occur behind closed doors.

I would say go if you are in the area. It is worth a visit.

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