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“Surprisingly good”

Boyds Grill & Wine Bar
Ranked #1,518 of 25,129 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $31
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Westminster
Reviewed June 25, 2016

We had reserved at this restaurant because it was very close to the play we were going to. It was part of the lobby of a hotel, which didn't portend well. But the food and the service were excellent. But beware that cocktails were the most expensive we encountered during our week in London. A martini was 18 pounds!

Date of visit: June 2016
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Thank NewYorkWendy
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BoydsGWB_Mgr, General Manager at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your dinner with us and thank you very much for your lovely mark.
We are indeed hiding in the back of the main entrance of the club quarter hotel, but are very conscious of how impressive it can be to walk across to us. But as you have done, it is a small step to take to enjoy our amazing bar and restaurant.
I was surprised that you mentioned paying £18.00 for a martini cocktail when we sell them with our house gin or vodka for £9.00. We do have a huge selection of premium gin and and a few vodkas as well but the highest price is £12.50. I suspect this was the cost of 2 martinis. However, if we have made a mistake on your bill and you have kept it, do please come and see us on your next trip to London and I will rectify this for you.
Until then, Kind regards

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Reviewed June 24, 2016

I took a business guest to Boyds for dinner last night. The bar and restaurant are a simply stunning and impressive space with the marble walls oozing the rich history of this iconic London venue. A few nice gin and tonics at the bar served by really friendly staff, and then off to sit down for dinner. The menu is a fantastic array of UK produce and the cottage pie for two was delicious, however the chocolate pudding beat me into submission, not that it was bad in any way, it was indeed a very healthy portion !

Service was attentive and friendly, and the price for the whole shabang was very reasonable.

If your not eating, its a fab place to drop in, chuck all the shopping bags down, take a load off with a long glass of your choice of temptation and just take in the surroundings and relax.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Thank Felixshortstraw
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BoydsGWB_Mgr, General Manager at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2016

Thank you very much for reviewing your dinner experience with us.
I am pleased to read that you have been able to enjoy different area of Boyds and that all ticked the right boxes for you.
We are looking forward to welcome you back very soon.
Kind regards

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Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Uninspiring, ordinary food trying to be something it isn't. I went here for a pre-theatre dinner. The restaurant is lovely, high ceilings, beautiful decor with lots of space. No one greeted me at the door and they seemed surprised I had a reservation, but following those initial hiccups, the service was professional and efficient. There was nothing wrong with this place, it was just, well, boring. And although not unreasonable priced for what I got, I didn't feel like it provided any value at all for what I paid.
I had a salmon fishcake starter, which came on a piece of slate about 1cm bigger in diameter than the fishcake, making it almost impossible to eat without spilling it all over the tablecloth. It wasn't unpleasant, but really it was nothing special. This was followed by the "Market Special" - which was described as rump steak with lyonnaise potatoes, lamb's lettuce and a parsley and garlic jus. It arrived as a curled up piece of "minute steak" cooked medium (which I hadn't been asked to specify, but never occurred to me until it arrived) with so much "jus" the potatoes were saturated and the plate was swimming in it. Again, it wasn't unpleasant, but nothing special; and I wouldn't order it again.
The toilets were downstairs, and a staff member needed to swipe a card in the lift to press the button to let me go down there. Talk about feeling as if you need permission to use a bathroom!
Would I go back? Not a chance. Nor would I recommend.Go to MOCKitchen down the road - cheaper, tastier, friendlier staff and a toilet that is accessible without a special key!

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank JTPMidlands
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BoydsGWB_Mgr, General Manager at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your dinner with us.
Firstly, I apologies we did not managed to impress you that evening.
I have already discuss the plate situation for the fish cake with the chef and we will be changing it very soon. Also, we will try to keep the sauce separate on our next special of the day as I think this is a fair point and not everyone enjoys too much of it.
In regards to the toilettes, being so central in London and with the number of not necessarily safe persons in the area, we are very conscious of the security of our guests and our own and had to implement these measures to ensure we do not have any unwelcome persons in the building. Of course, having been the Ministry Of Defence building from 1940 till 2005, this also accounts for extra security being in place. Sadly, there is no other option for us and this should be seen more as necessity than a nuisance.
I was particularly annoyed that we were not on hand to welcome you when you arrived and more importantly, that it looks like we did not have your booking. This is never a good thing to happen and completely understand your frustration with this point. Again, my apologies for this.
I hope that you will be able to give us the benefice of the doubt this time and can find it in you to give us another try.
Kind regards

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Reviewed June 16, 2016

Having recently read some excellent reviews about Boyd’s Grill I dined there on Saturday evening with ‎high expectations – I was not disappointed! The setting, ambience, food and overall customer service ‎and care - all equally outstanding! From the moment of arrival we were fortunate enough to meet ‎with the wonderful and hospitable Fabien Babanini (General Manager), whose welcome, enthusiasm ‎and easy style complimented the entire evening from the outset. HIs heart warming welcome and ‎exceptional customer service was as enjoyable as it was genuine! Somewhat a rarity in the London ‎restaurant scene. The restaurant itself is both large and grand yet a welcome reprieve from the hustle ‎and bustle of the nearby Trafalgar Square. The food was quite simply excellent – we ordered a variety ‎of dishes and all excelled! The cottage pie to share was the difficult winning choice from such an ‎impressive menu. The wines (all selected and recommended by Fabien) simply hit the mark to ‎perfection at reasonable prices! I cannot praise this restaurant or Fabien enough for such an enjoyable ‎evening. I would simply encourage people to go and experience it for themselves. It was an absolute ‎pleasure to dine at Boyd’s and I genuinely cannot wait to return again very soon. Excellent works ‎Fabien and Team!‎

Date of visit: June 2016
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Thank Pat C
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BoydsGWB_Mgr, General Manager at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2016

Thank you very much for your lovely review of your dinner with us.
Here goes my anonymous status.
We are looking forward to welcome you back very soon to try some other exciting wines.
Until then,
Kind regards

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Reviewed June 9, 2016

Great location just off Trafalgar Square, London. Excellent decor with high ceilings which gave it a roomy atmosphere. Fixed price lunch mediocre, starter salmon fish cake could hardly taste the salmon, main course cottage pie which was very rich in flavour and usual vegetables which were cold. Overall not impressed.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank tottenhamboy2016
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BoydsGWB_Mgr, General Manager at Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your lunch with us.
I am really sorry to read that you have not enjoyed our fix priced menu which is usually very well received. Cold vegetables on the side are not acceptable and I apologies they have been served that way, which is not our standard.
I am really disappointed that you have not enjoyed your lunch on that occasion and hope you will give us the benefice of the doubt and visit us again so that we can deliver you what we usually do in terms of standards.
Kind regards

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