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Bistrotheque

French Restaurant and Bar££££
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  • Annabel B.
    "Lovely steak tartare and knockout cocktails."(16 Tips)
    Maximilian H.
    "Excellent avocado toast and ambience with the live piano player."(5 Tips)
    Fauve
    "I enjoy the cocktails very much: try the Cucumber Flip!"(4 Tips)
    Nick B.
    "Cocktails, great food, and one of kind entertainment."(3 Tips)
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  • Annabel B.
    Annabel BaldwinMarch 15, 2015
    Tucked away down a side street, it's the perfect place for an intimate dinner or special occasion. Lovely steak tartare and knockout cocktails. If you love gin try the Cucumber Flip.
  • Shane M.
    Shane McCabeSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Carlingford oysters washed down with a reindeer! Reindeer is the best cocktail on the secret menu! Elderflower liqueur with gin/vodka topped up with champagne... Not just for Christmas
  • Denny L.
    Denny LvSeptember 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is great and service is good as long as you don't get the guy with tattoos. I mean the guy basically is incapable of greeting guests with hello, let alone servicing food with a smile.
  • Andrew
    AndrewJanuary 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    2016: Bistrotheque still commands a spot as one of the best places to eat & socialise in London. Top atmosphere as always. Cabaret is long gone. My best spot is the far corner of the bar.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 20, 2013
    The only thing that out-cools the chic, artsy crowd here is the live performances. The resident pianist plays top hits during brunch, while cabaret singers keep the dinner crowds entertained.
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 28, 2012
    This bar-restaurant-cabaret complex in an ex-factory building has become part of the furniture in E2: its little black-box stage is the beating heart of east London's alt performance scene. Read more
  • SSK
    SSKJanuary 30
    It's a Sunday brunch institution worth the travel. Cucumber flip and French toast. Special mention to the blue haired pianist: your covers rock despite the not so great acoustic in the restaurant.
  • hotel.info
    hotel.infoAugust 19, 2011
    Excellent venue with a piano man, lovely vibe and food to match. Recommend: jug of bloody Mary on a Sunday brunch & booking a table in the piano room. Food (9/10), Service (8/10), Value (7/10) Read more
  • Fauve
    FauveMarch 11, 2015
    Spot full of locals. I enjoy the cocktails very much: try the Cucumber Flip! Food and service are great as well. Already been here for three times now and they never disappointed me!
  • Stylesight
    StylesightSeptember 25, 2012
    A simple menu inspired by French bistro & British classics, Bistrotheque also serves an excellent brunch w/ live piano on weekends and is known for its special cabaret room downstairs.
  • hello_emily
    hello_emilyNovember 22, 2014
    The black pudding, duck egg & wild mushrooms is as rich as it sounds. Doesn't come with toast so get a side of potatoes!
  • Anna M.
    I just love the steak tartar here and the cocktails are always very well done. I opted for a classic whiskey sour this time.
  • Polina M.
    Polina Melamed3 weeks ago
    Delicious brunch menu - eggs, steak tartare, asparagus - accompanied by signature bloody Mary or bellini, and live piano ❤️
  • Florent J.
    Florent JolyNovember 2, 2014
    Order the blueberry pancakes and the egg royale! Best options on the menu, to try with the very spicy bloodily Mary :)
  • Anastasians
    AnastasiansJanuary 12, 2014
    One of the best quality/price breakfast in London!!! We really enjoyed it ;) best choice for breakfast eggs + pancakes ...
  • Maximilian H.
    Maximilian HoferFebruary 9, 2016
    So-so steak tartare - great herbs, but the meat could be smoother. Excellent avocado toast and ambience with the live piano player.
  • Anna S.
    Anna Szypkowska1 week ago
    Fabulous place for brunch! Highly recommend poached eggs with cornbread and French toast with berries and cream!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BainJuly 23, 2012
    Cocktails, great food, and one of kind entertainment. This is a whole new concept of cabaret and dinner. Sing-a-long to the history of the East End one night, who know's the next?
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 18, 2010
    The excellent drinks list showcases good-value wines from some of the more unusual areas of France. However, if you want something with a little more kick, try the short list of cocktails. Read more
  • EmeraldStreet
    EmeraldStreetAugust 3, 2011
    House of Hackney and Bombay Sapphire have taken over one of the rooms at the restaurant for the next six months, so hurry and enjoy one of their classy cocktail with flair. Read more
  • Mercy O.
    Mercy OgoleJanuary 25, 2016
    Love that you wouldn't know it exists unless your French or cool. Monsieur is particularly keen on steak and bone marrow. I like the ambience
  • Chris P.
    Chris PotterMarch 20, 2013
    If you can find your way to the building, and then to the restaurant, you'll be pleasantly surprised! Food, service, atmosphere: all great!
  • Krishna S.
    Krishna SrinivasanFebruary 1, 2015
    Stopped by for brunch on Jan 1st. Expensive, but good food. Good for a large crowd. Easy to miss if you don't know where it is.
  • Alistair
    AlistairSeptember 7, 2015
    Worth trying to find, the food setting and staff were wonderful. Especially the steak tartare :)
  • Caspar S.
    Caspar Sambrook-SmithJanuary 7, 2016
    Went here a couple of years ago. Had the burger and it was really nice. The building is nicely refurbished and the atmosphere is really cool.
  • Beauty S.
    Beauty SoulFebruary 12, 2012
    Had the smoked haddock and poached egg for brunch, a little small but super tasty. great coffee.
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupJuly 25, 2012
    "Cocktails, great food and one of a kind entertainment. This is a whole new form a cabaret and dining. Sing-a-long a history of the East End one night, the next? Who can tell?"
  • Alex H.
    Alex HernMay 18, 2015
    Dulce de Leche ice cream sandwich omg (though sweet enough to share between two)
  • Edina P.
    Edina PetőApril 18, 2016
    Visited a couple of months ago, lovely atmosphere. They do brunch with live music on certain days, would absolutely try it
  • Isa S.
    Isa SierraMarch 28, 2015
    Try the tartare, the chicken and the chocolate pudding. A bit noisy but definitely one of my favourite places in the East.
  • Julia C.
    Julia CollinsJanuary 11, 2014
    I love the minimal clean aesthetic of Bistrotheque-uplifting on a Sunday morning, especially with their wonderful live pianist!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RobbinsAugust 7, 2014
    Great setting, beautiful interior. Perfect for formal dates & occasions.
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.
    Cocktails, great food and one of a kind entertainment. This is a whole new form a cabaret and dining. Sing-a-long a history of the East End one night, the next? Who can tell?
  • Chris P.
    Chris PotterMarch 20, 2013
    Order the avocado on toast and two fried eggs, then place an egg on each slice of toast! It makes it 100x better.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 9, 2011
    Try the short list of cocktails, which includes “Hard Lemonade,” made with Russian standard vodka, or a “Sloe Collins,” made with Millers and sloe gin. Read more
  • Claire V.
    Claire VallezOctober 4, 2015
    Amazing brunch. Really liked the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Very good Bloody Mary too.
  • TheCookingLab
    TheCookingLabSeptember 14, 2013
    Dont ask for a blodymary if you have never trie before, really spicy. Awesome Egg Benedict, really really good
  • Thê-Minh T.
    Thê-Minh TrinhJanuary 29
    Don't expect a sign in front of the building. Very noisy place but great brunch. Lovely cocktails.
  • Kei L.
    Kei LawfordSeptember 18, 2016
    This is a lovely restaurant with great staff and excellent menu. Will come here again and again.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMarch 15, 2010
    the anchovie salad (with snake beans) for a starter was divine, the steak tartare beautifully prepared, but nothing beats the Banana custard pie with peanut butter ice cream... oh my! AMAZING!
  • Carl W. J.
    Carl W. JonesDecember 16, 2016
    Ambiance is fantastic, at this hidden gem in Bethnal Green
  • Meadhbh B.
    Meadhbh BoydFebruary 20, 2013
    Had: Herring Roes, Fish & Chips, Salted Caramel tart with clotted cream, Pinot Noir. All amazeballs. xx
  • Kathryn
    KathrynJanuary 13, 2015
    Great, lofty atmosphere. Even better though - their prix fixe menu is an absolute steal!
  • alinisti
    alinistiJune 19, 2016
    Lovely atmosphere, super service! Mains not too amazing (nice but common tartare, fish and chips bland and HEAVILY battered). But, the cured trout as starter and french toast for dessert - TO DIE FOR!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TullySeptember 14, 2014
    Very good Bloody Mary's with live funky piano man at weekends.
  • Timucin C.
    Timucin CakirJune 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Snacks : foie gras burger with a budvar :). Steak tartare + Beaujolais mmmmmmm delicious
  • Henrik
    HenrikJuly 24, 2016
    Quite impressive wine list, and everythibg from the menu I tried was lovely. The cured trout was a winner!
  • irenesco
    irenescoDecember 11, 2016
    Lovely live piano. Very slow service, yet we were asked to have dessert and coffee at the bar as they wanted the table back after 90 minutes.
  • Urban Kristy
    Urban KristyFebruary 13, 2013
    Great place for a brunch! Difficult to find but it's worth the search!
  • Tobias G.
    Tobias GrimshawMarch 28, 2015
    Brunch is better than dinner imho! Various sour cocktails are yummy.
  • Miguel C.
    Hidden place, so cute and nice place to breakfast or brunch.😉
  • Mariana R.
    Mariana RodriguesOctober 9, 2016
    Service was not very kind, cocktails (expresso one and strawberry flip) were good but very small. Steak tartar was good. The more accessible red wines by glass were out of stock
  • Zoe B.
    Zoe BowringJanuary 25, 2010
    go here, have a 3 course dinner b4 7.30pm for discount, then go to a caberet performance downstairs and drink at the bar/in the courtyard. excellent night
  • Jen L.
    Jen LoongJanuary 26, 2014
    The roast cod was so tender, so were the seafood tartare and foie gras.
  • Etienne P.
    Etienne PollardJune 26, 2015
    Hake, cauliflower and tomato was excellent. Avoid the celery granita.
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    he menu mixes British and French, and cabaret acts light up Friday nights. Read more
  • Tiberiu S.
    Tiberiu StanMarch 17, 2014
    Cucumber flip - with vodka instead of gin - to die for. And then quickly rise again, to order another one.
  • Kristian K.
    Kristian KruseAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing Steak Tatare! The people working there are unprof. and have too much attitude!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KnowledgeNovember 5, 2010
    Supping cocktails in the kind of warehouse I used to go raving in many moons ago, great atmosphere and tasty food.
  • Yalin S.
    Yalin SolmazDecember 10, 2013
    Just order steak tartare and a negroni. That's all you need.
  • Rob S.
    Rob SmithMay 27, 2013
    The passion fruit caipirinha is absolutely spot on!
  • Valeria B.
    Valeria BredaFebruary 5
    Great place for brunch, live music with an "east vibe" 😉
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    The Manchichi bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktai Read more
  • Mela M.
    Mela MelFebruary 7, 2016
    If this is ranked as the top 1 place steak tartare in London, then I am Madonna Ciccone
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaJanuary 24, 2015
    Uneasy to find; loved the atmosphere here, and the dinner was decent.
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 28, 2016
    good and upscale, walking distance, book in advance
  • Sarah
    SarahMarch 27, 2012
    This place can be easily missed...make sure to pre-book a table.
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlOctober 28, 2010
    Cabaret nights vary but are absolutely incredible! NY style cocktails, too.
  • Tim E.
    Tim EganApril 8, 2015
    Hidden gem upstairs. Try the chicken!
  • Ashton M.
    Ashton McGregorOctober 11, 2010
    Pre-theatre menu is good value. Bar is cosy. Cabaret is an an acquired taste ;-)
  • Heather R.
    Heather RodriguezApril 8, 2015
    Why does this have such great ratings? Yes, good service, great ambiance, but the food has no flavor at all. The tartare is highly rated, but was bland. Overrated place, unfortunately.
  • Roberto K.
    Roberto KusabbiAugust 12, 2010
    Fantastic Brunch on Sundays. Great atmosphere - tasty, pancakes especially.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PMarch 30
    Good, with a decent atmosphere midweek. Tartare was nice, but not exceptional.
  • Sarah
    SarahApril 22, 2010
    It is an amazing day and definitely worth going - try the pancakes!! Delicious!!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BrackenburyDecember 20, 2013
    Order the pork cheeks. Absolutely incredible.
  • Wessel v.
    Wessel van RensburgMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They used to have the best Bloody Mary's in the world, sadly I just ordered a jug and its not tasty :(
  • hello_emily
    hello_emilyJuly 4, 2015
    The steak tartare is 10/10
  • Norbert V.
    Norbert Van Der NeutAugust 2, 2015
    Delicious and delicate royale
  • deb s.
    deb spokony archambaultNovember 6, 2010
    Delicious dinner. Smoked haddock, chocolate cake and spiked pink lemonade.
  • Kay M.
    Kay McMahonJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekend brunch, or Lipsinkers cabaret in the weekend after an early dinner. Guaranteed hilarity & fabulous cocktails. Read more
  • Saxow B.
    Saxow BoyJanuary 9
    Hidden gem in a back street, eggs royale
  • Brian J.
    Brian JeremyAugust 21, 2011
    One of the tastiest bloody mary's I've had
  • Anastasios D.
    Anastasios DagkosJune 3, 2016
    Underwhelming experience. Nothing to cheer about really. Disappointed unfortunately. The place has so much potential though
  • Steve R.
    Steve RoestJanuary 17, 2010
    Try the eggs florentine. The bloody mary will knock all but the most crippling hangovers to the kerb. Read more
  • Stuart C.
    London breakfast bliss. Nothing more to say. Just go!
  • Wessel v.
    Wessel van RensburgFebruary 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Bloody Maries in the world served upstairs, and cool rude art in the mens loos
  • allan r.
    allan rechtmanJune 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The espresso martini is fantastic!
  • Dark Angel
    Dark AngelApril 18, 2014
    Juicy burgers, lovely food & drinks!
  • Hasan K.
    Hasan KöseoğluOctober 17, 2014
    Value for money, great service ...
  • Tom S.
    Tom SzekeresAugust 23, 2010
    Steak Tartare, Steak Tartare, Steak Tartare. I'll say it again, Steak Tartare.
  • James G.
    James GlazebrookMarch 30, 2010
    Don't bother trying to get a table during fashion week! If you make it in, get the steak.
  • Konstantina M.
    Konstantina MarkopoulouDecember 20, 2010
    great place, do brunch there and get the bellinis jug!
  • Home Staging CZ P.
    Home Staging CZ PragueNovember 26, 2012
    Amazing place for a brunch!!
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconNovember 29, 2012
    The best ever tasting Bloody Mary!
  • Wessel v.
    Wessel van RensburgAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots to recommend, but the Bloody Mary's are next level!
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CordaDecember 11, 2010
    Excellent brunch. Definitely worth trying!
  • Igor P.
    Igor PilotAugust 7, 2014
    Modern afterhipster brunch.
  • 3djamie
    3djamieOctober 11, 2009
    First rate Sunday brunch, remember to make room for the pancakes! Its also a cabaret venue.
  • Denise P.
    Denise Pinzon-DaviesAugust 27, 2015
    Decent Food amazing cocktails
  • Toby B.
    Toby BJune 20, 2015
    Brunch is excellent.
  • Eli D.
    Eli DumasMarch 13
    Lugar escondido fuera de la ruta turística. La recomendación del steak tartare muy acertada.
  • Luciano M.
    Luciano MangaJanuary 7
    Dificilmente encontrar algo que não agrade. Recomendo!
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