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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

Informal elegance
Imaginative - and delicious - twists on classics

Roger m Berkowitz 30 October 2016
from USA

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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
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Customer reviews for Boulestin

4.2 (((() (based on 68 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (51)
  • lunch (30)
  • romantic (23)
  • value (19)
  • business (18)
  • private dining (16)
  • luxury (14)
  • al fresco (13)
  • large parties (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • ((((( 30 October 2016 by Howard from Saint Albans

    This is an excellent restaurant......first class French food, attentive yet friendly service in a lovely building with great ambiance. Who could want for more? The wine list is also very interesting and with a number of very reasonably priced wines too. We dined as a family of five and all of us had superb food without a single hitch. The portion sizes are generous and the quality and presentation are both perfect, in my humble opinion. I have visited this restaurant many times and the consistency is impressive, regardless of how busy they are. My favourite starter is the Oeuf en gelee- absolutely mouth watering. While my favourite dessert is the Sauterne Custard with prunes marinated in Armagnac - amazing! Last night I had the blackened Cod as the main course and it was delicious.
    Very conveniently located around the corner from the Ritz Hotel and therefore just 5 minutes walk from Green Park tube. Oh, and they have round dining tables which you can request on booking - makes such a difference when dining as a small group. And although this is by no means a budget restaurant, it is sensibly priced when compared to many other London eateries I have been to!
    Finally, in the summer you can eat outside in their beautiful enclosed is hard to believe you are eating in central London!!

  • ((((( 30 October 2016 by Roger m Berkowitz from USA

    Informal elegance
    Imaginative - and delicious - twists on classics

  • (((** 25 October 2016 by John Hetherington from York

    Lovely atmosphere and staff. Food very overpriced. Squash and goats cheese salad contained 4gm of cheese!!
    Cheeky 13.5% gratuity OTT.

  • (((** 16 July 2016 by Harry from London

    Tasty food, very friendly and helpful service, attractive interior, but expensive prices, especially a la carte.

  • ((((* 28 June 2016 by Christine Teh from London

    Nice outdoor space when weather is good. Drinks are on the expensive side but location is good. Brunch dishes are reasonable, love the banana pancakes. Good service.

  • ((((( 3 June 2016 by Jamie Hall from Little Witley

    Excellent food and service. A lovely French style setting. Good wine at a reasonable price.

  • ((((* 19 May 2016 by Clare Reilly from London

    Very good Prix Fixe lunch.

  • ((((( 1 May 2016 by Sally Whittet from London

    Delicious food, lovely ambience, swift and charming service.

  • ((((( 26 April 2016 by Joanna Dempster from London

    Elegant, sophisticated but totally relaxed. Staff were all friendly and extremely professional, the food was delicious and I can't wait to be back in London so we can visit again.

  • (((** 17 April 2016 by Mikael Onsjoe from London

    It was pricey for the level of dining. The food was good but nothing special.

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