Boyds Grill & Wine Bar

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1434 reviews
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Showcasing British artisanal ingredients combined with international cooking techniques and fine wines by the glass in a historic Victorian interior. Boyds Grill & Wine Bar is located in the heart of central London, by Trafalgar Square, The Strand, Charing Cross and Whitehall.


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Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 2:30PM 7:00PM - 9:45PM
Sat 7:00PM - 9:45PM

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E
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Boyds is a beautiful restaurant in a lovely hotel on Northumberland avenue (central London). The food was extremely good and we received excellent service. The interior is beautiful and upmarket and the staff were very attentive. The restaurant was a little quiet for a Saturday evening, but it meant we could hear each other. We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel restaurant and will definitely book there again.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely place. Staff very friendly, service great and the pre theatre menu very comprehensive. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would definitely return and / or recommend to friends

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AP
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, the service was very slow. I had booked two hours for a business lunch which I thought would be more than enough time, however our order wasn't taken for at least half an hour, which meant that we had to rush through the courses in order to leave on time.

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well run restaurant. Food really tasty and reasonably priced.
A lovely place to meet friends as very attractive surroundings and attentive, friendly sery

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MB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent place to have a quiet business lunch. Good food and good value, although service was a little slow to start with. Very friendly though. Highly recommended.

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V
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was good. Food not so great. We had chateaubriand which unfortunately although it tasted good was incredibly chewy. The place itself is nice, gad a drink at the bar first before sitting down and drinks are expensive.

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant is in a large room with high ceilings so the ambiance can be difficult to achieve. The trout and the veloute starters were excellent. The pastry in the pie was undercooked but the chicken and leek filling was good. We had to chase the waiter for the bill as we were going to the cinema. Overall a good meal and place to eat.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Meal was ok but most disappointed with the service. Staff appeared to be disorganised and stood in groups chatting, ignored customers enquiring about tables and generally had an air of everything being too much trouble. Not rude but not at all friendly or welcoming. One of the staff members was lying on the sofa in the reception area when I visited the ladies, shame he wasn’t serving the waiting customers!

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IL
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This did not feel like a restaurant, it was more a wine bar with food in a hotel foyer- The atmosphere was dead for a Thursday night and the food reminded me of hotel room service just without the small bottles of ketchup.

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GB
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, opulent place. Service was great. Nothing was too much trouble for the ladies who served us. Would highly recommend.

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal here before the theatre and great value. I had the trout and it was delicious. My husband had a T-bone steak which for £22.00 for two courses was fantastic value. Only small criticism was that he was not asked how he wanted his steak cooked which was a little strange.
Will definately be eating here again.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

thought the food was fantastic and overall cost for a central London restaurant was very resonable

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g
London
188 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our second visit here after a good experience the first time. However we won't be back. Firstly we were told the pre theatre menu was not available(open table site says available until 6.45, our booking was at 6.30, seated at 6.15). They did agree to let us choose from it. Had to ask for wine list. I ordered the same items as I had done 4 weeks previously but this time the Barnsley lamb chop was very burnt. We rejected this but the waitress returned to say it was the way it was cooked. On explaining that I had previously had a perfect item she agreed to cook another(taking 20 mins). The replacement arrived only slightly less burnt. Again no wine list provided for dessert and when we eventually ordered 3 glasses of wine 2 arrived midway through dessert the other after we had finished and only after much reminding. Sadly service was inconsistent , disappointing as the restaurant was not particularly busy. Could do much better.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service wasn’t great - the waiter we had was trying very hard, but I don’t think she really knew what she was doing. Not a great variety of desserts on the set menu - I don’t like fruit and there was no desserts without fruit. Charcuterie board was excellent, main dish was pretty good - my partner was only so-so on his pie (which was more of a hot pot as it had no crust). Good value for money though and the wine was very good.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-theatre restaurant but was dismayed to learn that the 12.5% service charge does not get passed on to the staff.

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SP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Benedetta, our waitress, is a credit to the restaurant. The other waitresses were also very good.

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C
Kent
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the most picturesque places I’ve been to, the food was amazing and as for the cocktails they was amazing to overall I’d recommend this place to anyone.

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a
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely room, good value food and great service. A bit of a treat. The only minus is that the wine is very expensive.

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HL
London
158 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I really liked the setting and the waitress was pleasant and efficient. The starter of a meat & cheese platter was quite nice but only had one piece of cheese, maybe two, of the same type. The little sausages were very fatty. The parmesan chips were the best I've ever had. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and tasty. The steak wasn't particularly nice and I wouldn't order it again. However it was cooked, it taster overwhelmingly of - charcoal? Not pleasant.

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value pre theatre meal with an extensive choice of wines . Zinfandel was fab !

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Place was nice but food was awful. I’ve cooked far better steaks from Tesco for £4 instead of £40. It was like eating a flip flop

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F
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We came before theatre. They offered me a delicious cocktail on the house which was lovely.

The food was lovely though it took over 20 mins to get some bread and butter.

Would def go back again.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Excellent restaurant manager and service and bar staff

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DA
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and the pork chop was a delight - excellent Zinfandel by the glass too. Service could have been a little more attentive; I couldn't always catch someone's eye when I wanted something, however, the staff were all lovely and looked after us well. Highly recommend for a meal out.

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitresses were so polite, respectful and interesting to talk to. The presentation of the restaurant, quality of the food and quality of the wine was excellent. It was nice and calm there as it was on a street away from the tourist hustle and bustle. We went for pre-theatre two course menu before going to see Caroline or Change at the Playhouse Theatre. Would definitely come again if in the area.

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NR
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For a quick lunch in great surroundings, this place is great. Very attentive service. Enjoyed it.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Non cramped atmosphere. Good value food and the pre-theatre menu had good choices.
We have been to this restaurant a number of times, we will certainly go again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice experience overall - wine list for those who want to spend more!

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KB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre meal. Excellent menu choice, fast service and delicious food.

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C
Kent
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lunch visit to Boyds and the Art Deco dining room is fantastic. We booked a table and on arrival we were warmly greeted and shown to our table and once settled chose our meals.
I opted for the marinated pavette steak and my wife the steak and kidney pie.
Our waiter and waitress were polite,friendly and ensured our stay was enjoyable.

We definitely will be eating at Boyds again in the not too distant future.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food well presented, very nice. Service excellent and lovely surroundings

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H
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visit and again the food and service were brilliant, very attentive staff and great value for money. Thoroughly recommend this venue

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We booked Boyds for a pre-theatre dinner with friends. It’s close to Trafalgar Studios. We didn’t realise Boyds was part of the Northumberland Hotel. Food was very good, but not substantial. The pumpkin veloute and trout starters were good as were the chicken pie and the trout as mains. The service was welcoming and pleasant but rather slow, such that we had to ask for desserts, coffee and the bill at the same time. Too few staff that night (snow was expected)?

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Booked on a spur and wasn’t disappointed. Service very slow to start but became better once ordered. Drinks were perfect (two cocktails) and the steak were very good if a little too much charcoaled. Would I eat there again? At a drop of a hat. Really nice setting and would be bette if I’d didn’t over dressed as a quest in tracksuit. Overall really really nice place and well worth a visit.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very elegant venue suitable for both formal dinners as well as social occasions, mixing the grandeur of ages past with a modern interpretation of eating in style without stuffiness, having the openess of a bar combined with the convenience of a restaurant.
We had some white bean soup as a starter which had an excellent texture, was really flavour intensive, surprising colour and quite unlike anything we would have thought a bean soup would be. A pleasant surprise. The service was similar to high end restaurants but the food was affordable and served very quickly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience, great selection of food on the pre theatre menu at really good price and the service was fantastic

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a pre-theatre meal. Normally such meals comprise small menus but here there were plenty of choices. The room is elegant, the food very good indeed with attentive and pleasant staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Poor starters but nice mains. Wine very expensive.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal, we chose off the pre theatre menu, good value and lovely restaurant :)

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre dinner. Efficient and professional service. Nice waitress. The food was ok for a 21£ 2 courses set menu . I would probably set a higher price for the pre-theatre menu and offer better food which did justice to the cool postmodern atmosphere

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