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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Buddha Bar London

Buddha Bar London
145 Knighsbridge, London SW1X 7PA, England
44 20 3667 5222
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Ranked #5,398 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Price range: $39 - $156
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bringing unparalleled glamour and opulence to Knightsbridge, Buddha-Bar Restaurant London is a member of the world-famous fleet of Buddha-Bars. A hive of exotic wonder, guests can sample innovative cocktail mixes, fine wines and luxurious pan-Asian flavors in a setting filled with sensual lighting, authentic artifacts and elaborate Indian prints. A jaw-dropping destination, Buddha-Bar Restaurant promises to be one of London's most sought-after destinations.
Bromley, England, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have recently booked a table for 6 in Buddha Bar London. My husband and I have once been in BB in Paris and loved it, so we anticipated the same or even more pleasant experience.
That is why we have chosen the newly open BB ( out of so many fancy places in London) to celebrate wedding anniversary.
Everything seemed fine at first; the theme music and the decor were promising. However, later we have realized that there was no dj and dancing after the dinner. Simply, after the dinner slot 7-10pm, we have been expected to go home. And here was the big surprise. For those who has never been in other BBs before, we need to advise that this a unique place with a club atmosphere where the DJ performance in music compilation is the main attraction.
Indeed, the only thing that suggested bar ambiance was the tiny light in the restaurant under which guests are supposed to read tiny lines of the menu book with exotic dishes. Well, quite arduous task, but the moment you screw up half close your eyes in struggle, an attentive head wired adviser jumps ready to make it easy for you...and push on the half parboiled soya pod hors d' oeuvre and standard package meal of only £60 per person with the drinks not yet included...Somebody has already rated as overpriced for average quality and, indeed, this is the truth !
Finally, BB London at the moment is a poor imitation of the world's class competitors and that is a real shame considering its location in the core of this extraordinary city.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Tasty food & delicious coctails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Food which we ordered was very tasty and cocktails were original and delicious!!! but prices...hmmmm it is bit expensive, but its Kinighsbridge. Interior is nice but I prefered old place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Overpriced for average quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Arriving at 2155 for a 2200 booking, we were informed that we would have to wait at the bar for 'about 20 minutes'. On asking why that was, the reply was that the table was not ready.

After 40 minutes we were sat at our table, with no offer of an apology from the restaurant. Nor did they offer to pay for the drinks that we had at the bar, something that virtually happens anywhere in London when such a delay takes place.

We ordered a combination of dishes, based on suggestions by our waiter. Average presentation and taste, especially for the prices they had.

Does not qualify in my list of good restaurants in London and would not even considering going there again.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Worst service ! Nice food but doubt we'd return..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Group of 8 went on the weekend for a birthday meal, nice table and decor. The food was great, not spectacular, sushi was below average but the service was DREADFUL! We had about 6 different staff serving us, our starters were served AFTER our main course despite asking for it a number of times. took the waiter 30 mins to bring out tap water and i had asked a number of times, the wrong cocktails were made on numerous occasions, the wrong food brought around, the staff were literally incapable of dealing with a small table it turned into a running joke and meant the evening did not run smoothly. Food was nice but not so nice that i would return in a rush. I would much rather go to Sushi Samba/Roka/Zuma for the price.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

I organized my birthday dinner/drinks at Buddha bar I preordered a cake etc
Went in to see and pay a deposit 2weeks in advance to make sure everything was set and perfect.

Unfortunately nothing went right on the night!! Service was the main thing that completely let the Buddha bar down! We were 8 for dinner at 8:30 with a table booked for drinks in bar area for 10:30pm were more friends would join for drinks.. Dinner dragged on till just before midnight !! We had to ask 4 times for the pre-ordered cake to be presented and people had to leave before it could be served!!

Also have to say not all the food was served at once leaving members of the party without food till all had finished! Although the staff were extreamly apologetic ! And they did offer a discount I'm afraid my birthday was ruined by the worst service I have ever experienced. I had arranged a table in bar area for drinks after dinner but obviously we never made it because dinner dragged till midnight which is closing time !
So no drinks and no dancing.
All I can say is -this is the worst Buddha bar I have ever been to, and it's a great disappointment.
London is full of excellent places to enjoy- don't waist your time here.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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