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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

Good service

Andrew James 15 July 2014
from London

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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. Over half of the dishes on the menu are from M. Boulestin’s pre-war cookbooks, including cassoulet, daube of beef, jambon persillé and oeuf en gelée. In the summer, the likes of tuna carpaccio, crab linguini and a marinated steak salad make welcome appearances. There is also an expertly-selected wine list and well-stocked bar, complementing all the diverse flavours on offer.

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

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Customer reviews for Boulestin

4.2 ((((* (based on 53 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (44)
  • lunch (23)
  • romantic (17)
  • value (16)
  • business (14)
  • luxury (12)
  • private dining (12)
  • al fresco (10)
  • trendy (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • ((((( 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

  • (((** by from London

    Helpful staff, good ambience, good food.

  • ((((( by from London

    Our 4th time dining at Boulestin and we weren't disappointed. Excellent food and drinks in a lovely setting. Have already recommended to friends and we will return.

  • ((((* by from London

    Smiling and efficient service with simple but home made French food, from starters to coffee cakes
    We could sit on the quiet terrace and enjoyed the warm evening, definitely worth going

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