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Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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Temporarily closed following fire damage to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in 2018, “awesome” Bar Boulud is now back in business, serving its brand of transatlantic-style French food to residents, tourists and devotees of unsnobbish but sophisticated cosmopolitan cuisine.

New York-based French chef Daniel Boulud may be a big name in global gastronomy but he’s very much in casual mode here, offering up the sort of traditional Gallic fare that constitutes the perfect meal out for many people.

Croques monsieur, acclaimed Parisian charcuterie and “the best burgers in the UK” (according to one adoring fan) are just three of the biggest hitters, but everything tempts – from hors d’oeuvres such as oeuf Doré (crispy egg with watercress purée and mushrooms) or pan-fried veal sweetbread with apple, chestnut and veal jus to luscious desserts including signature soufflés, classic Mont Blanc and vanilla choux with apricot gel, caramelised apricot sorbet and smoked compote.

In between, the kitchen serves up luxury seafood (oysters, caviar, crevettes) and meaty standards such as poule au pot, marinated Gressingham duck breast with beetroots and poached pears or braised shoulder of lamb with white bean stew gremolata – plus steaks with Gallic accoutrements.  

Set lunches and pre-theatre deals offer excellent value for this part of town, while the cosmopolitan drinks selection runs from classic cocktails and international craft beers to a raft of G&Ts and a well-curated wine list tilted towards the French regions.

It may be squirrelled away in the hotel’s basement, but the combination of super-flattering lighting, friendly staff and chattering customers makes Bar Boulud one of the capital’s buzziest dining rooms.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Brunch, Late night dining
Child friendly, Special occasions


Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

020 7201 3899


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-22:30
Tue 12:00-22:30
Wed 12:00-22:30
Thu 12:00-23:30
Fri 12:00-23:30
Sat 12:00-23:30
Sun 12:00-22:30
Bar Evening
Mon 11:30-23:30
Tue 11:30-23:30
Wed 11:30-23:30
Thu 11:30-00:30
Fri 11:30-00:30
Sat 11:30-00:30
Sun 11:30-23:30


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35 Reviews 

Ariane M

26 July 2019  
Great food, relaxed service, good atmosphere.


29 June 2018  

Malcolm K

28 June 2018  
Best Burgers in the UK. Great service and lovely ambience.

Petros K

27 June 2018  
Food, ambience.


29 May 2017  
Best fun - food excellent service fun, lively and beyond reproach.


05 May 2017  
Great buzz and mouthwatering burgers.

Brian O

04 May 2017  
One of the finest French restaurants outside France. Immaculate attention to detail.


31 May 2016  
Love the buzz of the place.

paul S

05 May 2015  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Not bad for Knightsbridge
No need to book here, I have always just been a walk in. Nice buzzy atmosphere with attentive staff. Nice warm French bread and butter served to you on arrival is nice touch. Food is generally good, onion soup is very yummy! Burgers served with chips are very good, the only complaint I have is, they are never hot! always luke warm or barley warm, and I have sent back on a number of occasions. If they can nail that problem It would be the perfect burger! house wine is very reasonable at around 25 pounds. 2 people with wine starter and main you may get change from a 100 quid and for Knightsbridge that's not bad.

Amelie F

26 June 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 3
Worldwide wine list and innovative cocktails. French style snacks and amuse bouche. Exemplary service. The only thing I can reproach to this place is the hotel/tourists atmosphere and low ceiling.

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