This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues.
Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul.
An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
|Venue name:||The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch||Contact:|
134-146 Curtain Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed noon-midnight; Thurs noon-1am; Fri noon-2.30am; Sat 10am - 3am, Sun 11am - 10.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Old Street|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:36
- 4 star:22
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:1
Really great live music!
It has a rustic vibe, which personally I prefer. It can get though very crowded and loud at times.
The food is absolutely great. American/Southern style.
I recommend the Spinach, Artichoke and Parmesan dip, the Pork Ribs and the Southern Fried Buttermilk Chicken. The portions are really huge as well, so you can always share a portion between 2.
Really enjoyed it at Blues Kitchen. The food was good, massive portions but luckily they did take away boxes so was also a yummy lunch the next day. The cocktails were also delicious and so possibly had one too many.
Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
Would definitely go back again.
If I go to a Texan/Soulfood place it’s not usually because of the food - more often than not they tend to be easy places for a big group to go out and celebrate, with food that’s a bit generic but which won’t offend anyone. That’s no bad thing - but the Blues Kitchen was a really nice surprise. The food is hearty and simple but you can tell that a lot of consideration has gone into the preparation.
The shared platter is a good choice if you want to sample lots of different things - chili, pulled pork, belly pork and chicken wings. All cooked so that the meat is moist and tender with lots of different taste sensations.
The barbecued meats were very succulent with a lot of delicate flavours coming through and the fried chicken had a light, crispy batter that is much less oily than the fast-food sort. This is a real bonus for me as it’s one of my favourite things, but you can tire of eating it at plastic tables with teenagers chucking stuff about.
A double bonus is that you can accompany it with cocktails that are as well thought out as the food, with good guidance from the staff who are clearly well-informed on both the food and drink. I don’t like sweet cocktails so they directed me to the Mescal margarita, which was citrussy without making your mouth pucker with a nice bite from the alcohol coming through.
After the mains I was very, very full with no room for dessert, so I had an Espresso Martini instead, which was like a dessert, liqueur and coffee all rolled into one - a good digestif!
I really like this place: I’m not hip and cool and find a lot of the places in Shoreditch a bit pretentious but found Blues Kitchen relaxed and unassuming - and it’s great to have found a place where I can eat fried chicken with superb cocktails!
Last night was the first time i had been to the Shorditch Blues Kitchen and WOW what an amazing night. The food was excellent alongside the warm atmosphere and quirky rustic interior. The staff are all really friendly and welcoming. Our waiter Jason was exceptional and was extremely helpful! A place to go with friends or as a couple...however you go you'll have an evening to remember!Oh and i'm still dreaming of the oreo doughnuts this morning....YUM.
Another Amazing visit to The Blues kitchen! Cool atmosphere , Great vibes and the Bourbon and BBQ is always on point!
I found my new summer drink - The Stonewall Shandy! i love that mix of bourbon , elderflower , ginger and pale ale- So refreshing!
Buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce were epic! Would seriously recommend the pulled pork too! Im normally a burger man but it was soo yum.
Everything about this place down to the finer details has been really thought about! , Always a great experience and i find my self dreaming about what im gonna eat on my next visit!
This was my second visit to The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch. After receiving the email confirmation of my booking from a very friendly and helpful assistant manager, I took my mother for a late lunch at 4pm.
We were greeted at the restaurant by a smiley front of house reception and were shown to our table efficiently and smoothly. Cold water and two glasses arrived shortly after which was just what was needed after a sticky and hot day in the city.
Service was quick yet not rushed. We shared a starter of Buffalo Wings and blue cheese dip. This was a superb choice which hit the spot but didn't take up too much room as our main courses (a cheeseburger for my mum, and 12 hour slow roasted beef rib for myself) were enormous! The food was served hot, the meat was succulent and juicy and the side of Mac "n" Cheese was a personal highlight of the meal.
For dessert we were recommended the deep fried Oreo Doughnuts and wow, they did not disappoint!
Genuinely one of the most pleasant dining experiences I have had in London for a while.
Awesome food, great service and a chic, stylish setting.
The Blues Kitchen will definitely be seeing me again.
Superb venue for a night out for food, drinks and dancing. There's a large seating area and a big dance floor and stage where the bands play.
We went on a Saturday evening to round off the end of a hen do. We had a party booking for a few hour in the Airstream caravan (complete it's own private loos!) at the back of the venue which was great fun and very cosy! We then moved the party to the dance floor and boogied till the early hours to some really funky live music.
I've been here a few times, for brunch, lunch and dinner. It never disappoints.The bar itself is amazing and I love coming here. Today we were sat on the high tables up the side and the pace was really buzzing for a Thursday lunch. The staff were really friendly and helpful, especially Georgie who was recommending various items on the menu, including their new Brooklyn Gin which makes for a perfect G&T!
The spicy wings were super tasty with just the right amount of heat. The best wings I've ever had! I would also recommend the seabass ceviche and my partner had the catfish jambala, which I also loved. We'll definitely be back.
This place is so much fun on a Saturday night. It's huge, has good food, great whiskeys and a fantastic atmosphere for a pretty untypical Shoreditch night out!
Perfect place if youre looking for good quality adventurous dishes, great cocktails and live blues music! The portions are more than generous and the huge selection of bourbon whiskeys and other spirits they offer mean its a great place to come for just a drink and dance after work. Perfect evening sorted.
Went there recently for lunch and the food was delicious. I had the veggie bean burrito - it was so fresh and packed with halloumi and avocado. Service was great too ... Can't wait to go back
Went here for lunch and really enjoyed it. Firstly it's a really cool place with nice big tables for groups etc. Service really friendly - I was recommended and had the jambalaya which was delicious (and went down very nicely with a pint of vedett) - will certainly be back.
The food was great, and the service was fast - perfect for a Friday lunch in between work. I suggest the Burger of the Month (collaboration with Pizza Pilgrim), and a Hackney Hopster.
Great venue for couples or groups of mates. The food is superb (I highly recommend the crab doughnuts!!) and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. Staff are really on the ball and the music has everyone dancing by the end of the night :)
Go try it out!
Tried the new 'pizza burger' burger of the month here the other day and OH MY GOD it was amazing, on top of that there was a great atmosphere and a live band too, what more could you want!
Cool place with nice vibe. We had a dinner and happy for a friendly service especially for a person like me with food allergies who is bit needy... Also they do great healthy salad options. My favourite was superfood salad! I find the meat platters really good value as its massive, other places around the area charging more. After that you are just happily full and can enjoy the live music and our have drinks in bar area. Will be back and recommend to others.
Top Food, Top Atmosphere and Top Cocktails...... Blues kitchen is theeeeee American diner experience to go to in London. Staff are very friendly and the wings are looooooovely!!!! See you again soon :-)
Blues kitchen Shoreditch has one of the best spaces to eat and drink in the area. It's light and airy yet has that Deep South American feel. It has been fitted out to a high spec with a lot of thought gone in to the decor The drinks are a mix of good beers / great cocktails and a selection of Bourbon that has left me wanting to come back for more. The food is unbelievable and unfortunately for our stomachs not on the small side! We left with leftovers that gave the dog the feeling we had leaving of pure glutton! Must haves are the chicken wings with blue cheese sauce which are the best I've ever had. Cajun prawns were unbelievably tasty, big and juicy! Bargain for the quality. Burger of the month was fresh and tasty with a perfect medium finish! Short rib beef was unbelievably and then unfortunately the meat sweats kicked in and it was on to desert....Oreo donuts need I say more.........
I went to The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch for the first time last night and loved it. I had the gumbo which was excellent, really smokey and flavoursome. My Dad is a chef from the US so I have eaten a great deal of Southern US-style food and was really impressed with my meal. We also had great cocktails, they serve the classics as well as some more unusual ones. The Alabama Mess for dessert was amazing, but huge! Definitely one for sharing. All the portions were very generous, we left completely stuffed after sharing a starter and dessert with a main each and some sides.
The service was really excellent. Our waitress was friendly and funny and was able to make recommendations on the best food and specific whiskeys to try. The food was served quickly but the atmosphere made us feel we were welcome to stay all night. Even though it is a busy bar, the noise levels were great - music was good but not too loud so you could have a nice conversation over dinner.
I would highly recommend The Blues Kitchen, I am definitely going back to try the rest of the menu!
Unbelievably good. Great atmosphere, relaxed and inviting interior. I'm a west Londoner and Blues Kitchen has got me thinking about my commitment to the West. I went for food but the selection of drinks also took my fancy as it's there are so many quality drinks available; some of the pale ales in the place are particularly enjoyable.
As for food, I thought that I'd be eating another British attempt of American food. My expectations were soon dismantled as it arrived. Presented in an earthy and non-pretentious way, it looked good but tasted even better. There was no part of the serving that wasn't truly enjoyable, even the sides were like mains.
The staff are friendly, relaxed and simply good at their jobs. They really contributed to the night by building the atmosphere. They clearly love working there.
Bascally, The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is awesome and you should all go!
The whole place has an amazing friendly vibe, filled with a classic feel and great music, most of it performed live.
Then the food is delicious, it's a meat eaters dream but I'm I'm a veggie and was still catered for with great grub!
Service was fast and always attentive, definitely recommend.
Went here a few weeks ago with friends, so fun! Amazing food and amazing atmosphere, blues kitchen is a great little chain and the shoreditch branch is definitely my favourite.
Excellent meat selection and a massive drinks selection! Will definitely be returning. 5*
We travelled on a Monday, and were met with live music, and a lively joint. We started the evening with some fantastic cocktails, then moved onto the hard stuff.
Jake, lager. Jonny, lager. Me, lager sometimes cider, so different drinks for different... needs.
Between the lot of us we tried a fair amount of the food on offer, and let me tell you now, i had a grin on my hickory smoked bbq sauce caked face as i sucked down wings, hoovered up juicy plump prawns and crunched my way through a lobster that was quite frankly, a shell of his old self when i was finished with him.
The lovely staff were warm and attentive, and made me and the posse want to stay the whole night. But alas, all good things must end. As i left the premises and was consumed by the unusually warm December air i looked back on the evening; it had had it all, laughs, legends, lager, lobster. It made me realise the importance of enjoying a nice evening with pals, and smoked bbq meats, because before you know it you might just be sat on the 78 bus wondering if you can make it home in time to watch The Hunt and still get 7 hours sleep.
Cannot recommend highly enough, i will be returning.
Went for dinner here with friends and was welcomed with really friendly service and great food. As a veggie I'm used to meagre helpings, but here the chefs were as generous with the food as the bartenders were with the rum. Will be coming back again.
If you're reading this, you're most likely up in arms about where to go for dinner or drinks with your pals. Maybe you want something that's not too expensive, not too boring, suits the veggie, or perhaps most importantly, somewhere that comes beyond correct in the kitchen. You had a look at a few places on your taste card app, and after pissing of your mates with the insufferable '241 t&c' chat, you find yourself desperately flicking through pdf menu downloads, slowly loosing the plot. But look where you are now. If you're reading this, you need never read another review again. Last Tuesday, The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch was rammed with all kinds of booze and expert bartenders, the most tender of meats, accommodating and happy staff, and all round good vibes. If you eat and drink regularly and you haven't been here yet, you're eating and drinking wrong.