Book this restaurant
map placeholder


5 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EF +44 2077686904

(((() French
Main course: £18
Food spend: £40
Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 7:00 - 22:30
Saturday: 10:00 - 22:30

We took The menú at the bar. The food was very good and the service was fantastic!!! I would recommend the restaurant to everyone.

Charles Brough 17 January 2016
from Munich

View all 56 reviews

Warm, convivial, relaxed and elegant, Boulestin is inspired by legendary food writer and restaurateur, Xavier Marcel Boulestin, and uses many of its namesake’s original recipes. Offsetting the Parisian-style dining room, guests can bask outside in the beautiful courtyard.

Boasting all the hallmarks of French cuisine, the old-school Boulestin menu brings M. Boulestin’s passion back to the London restaurant scene. The classic dishes on the menu are from M. Boulestin’s pre-war cookbooks, including oeuf en gelée, soupe de poissons and jambon persillé. The 23-year-old head chef Elliot Spurdle is continuously inventing and developing the menu, with dishes such as braised beef cheek & pan-fried fillet with bone marrow, and squash purée. Other dishes include ballotine of chicken with truffle compote, and roast venison loin with apples & rosehip jus. Lighter dishes include tuna tartare, quinoa & root vegetable salad and fresh squid ink papardelle with Cornish crab, artichokes and chillies, whilst Sauternes custard with Agen prunes in Armagnac offers is amongst the irresistible desserts.

Paying homage to old-world French elegance, Boulestin has large, ornate windows, numerous mirrors and smooth whites and creams to aid the luxurious atmosphere. The private dining room accommodates larger parties, using chic green seating and vintage wooden panelling.

In the heart of historic St James’s, Boulestin is walkable from Buckingham Palace, and only 6 minutes' stroll from Green Park Tube Station.


5 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EF

Contact +44 2079302030
Reservations +44 2077686904

Make a booking

See all restaurants in London

See all restaurants in West End of London

Customer reviews for Boulestin

4.3 (((() (based on 56 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
  • Food ((((*
  • Value ((((*
  • Ambience ((((*
  • Location (((()
  • Service (((()
  • Drinks ((((*

Recommended for

  • dinner (46)
  • lunch (25)
  • romantic (18)
  • value (17)
  • business (15)
  • private dining (14)
  • luxury (12)
  • al fresco (10)
  • trendy (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((* by from London

    Staff was attentive, service was efficient and food was well presented and tasty!

  • ((((( by from Munich

    We took The menú at the bar. The food was very good and the service was fantastic!!! I would recommend the restaurant to everyone.

  • ((((( by from windsor ct

    great food and service
    Menu was the right length

  • ((((( by from London

    We were welcomed to the restaurant very warmly by all the staff; the restaurant feels like you are in an old exclusive restaurant in Paris, the service was excellent (though they were only about half full). WE enjoyed the meal and as it was my daughter's Birthday they prepared a special dessert plate for her. We would definitely go there again.

  • (((** by from London

    The service was fast, the staff was friendly. However they have changed the entire restaurant week menu which is quite disappointing as we have choosen the place as per their menu offer. Only two main course choices were available (cod and beef). They served fair amount of food however there was no side dish provided to the main course. We particularly loved the fresh mini baguettes and the butter. Overall we had a great time but there is still a bit of room for improvement for the restaurant to become an excellent restaurant.

  • (((** by from London

    First place I've seen with a 14.5% service charge which I thought was a bit much although the service was good. I enjoyed the food but thought £39.50 for 3 courses was more than it should be given the options in the festival menu.

  • ((((* by from NW London

    Lovely ambiance, friendly staff and delicious food. We had the pre-theatre meal which was delicious. The Jerusalem Artcihoke soup was exceptional (although could have been a little warmer). The meal was let down by the poor chocolate mousse but it was removed from the bill immediately (without being asked). The wine list was limited and expensive but we managed to find a bottle at a reaosnable price. We will definately recommend to friends and look forward to returning.

  • ((((* by from London

    Superior bistro food - well cooked, tasty, with the extra "....mmmm!" factor that all French restaurants should have but don't.
    Good house champagne and the Minervois that came with the special menu was delicious.
    Good service, too.

  • (((** by from Croydon

    The reception staff were welcoming and we chose to eat outside in the patio. The cocktail was lovely , the food was average for this type of restaurant. The service let down the overall experience. Not rude , but surly and uninterested and we almost felt an inconvinience to them.

  • ((((( by from London

    Good service

Nearby restaurants