16 reviews

5 St James' Street , London, SW1A 1EF


SquareMeal Review of Boulestin



Inspired by the eponymous French restaurateur, Boulestin is Gallic to its bones, but keen to demonstrate a wider perspective. After 10 minutes amid its striking interior (all black-and-white tiles, muted swish and lovely aromas), you’re unlikely to go for quinoa salad over oeuf en gelée, but the option is there; likewise, miso-blackened cod challenges the likes of artichoke risotto with girolles and baby leeks or ballottine of chicken with pea purée. Earlier on, breakfast is so popular that they continue the brunch theme on weekday afternoons with huevos rancheros or bacon and egg brioche. “Very accommodating” service begins at the booking stage, and a French-dominated wine list scores with a decent choice by the glass and ‘pot’. Outside, the little patio is, apparently, the site of the last duel to have been fought in England, though these days the main rivalry is for a table.

Boulestin Location

5 St James' Street , London SW1A 1EF

Opening times

Mon-Sat 7am-10.30pm (Sat 10am- )

Boulestin's Reviews


Food & Drink: 9.0


Service: 7.9


Atmosphere: 7.9


Value: 7.6


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
15 December 2016

There were loads of Christmas parties on, the weather cold and wet, the traffic horrible, but step through the doors here and you are in a calm and welcoming space. We wanted somewhere warm and French with confident French cooking, and this meets the bill. Our starters of jambon persillé with celeriac remoulade, and roast squash & goat’s cheese salad with pumpkin seeds and grape-must mustard dressing got off to a good start. Followed by properly crisped duck confit (which is the reason we came here) with unbelievably buttery pommes aligot and a side of green beans with pine nuts suited us perfectly. Desserts of chestnut & apple mille feuille, and luscious Sauternes custard with Agen prunes in Armagnac went down a treat. There was a big party downstairs and upstairs was surprisingly quiet, but you can be sure of a good dinner here.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
27 July 2014

We booked in advance and asked to be sat outside, which although they can only note and then decide on the day, we were lucky to get a table outside. The service was impeccable, the waiter was there when we needed him but otherwise left us to get on with the food and conversation. The food was really good, I would particularly recommend pigeon ans beef from the main foods menu. The wine boats a good selection, including the ones not from France. I would definitely be going back again.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
23 July 2014

The menu at Boulestin is traditional French and perfectly well executed by the chef. Nice cocktails ans wine list. Service exemplar. The only reproach I can give would give is that it is a bit overpriced compare to what you would pay in France.

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