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Bodean's BBQ - Old Street
Ranked #2,795 of 27,497 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $33
Description: Whether you’re a wolf of the City Square Mile, a Hoxton hipster or an overseas visitor in search of that corner of London town that is forever KC, Bodean’s extends a wide-open welcome at the sign of the golden pig. Since opening our first branch in 2002, Bodean’s is the first choice destination for slow-cooked, low-smoked barbecue lovers here in town and worldwide. Nor are we just talking one nation under a porker, but prime beef, USDA, wings, slow smoked Tri-Tip Brisket and seriously hearty veggie options too. What better than a prime location where alternative London overlaps with the world-class business capital, Bodean’s in Old Street is where it is at.
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Description: Whether you’re a wolf of the City Square Mile, a Hoxton hipster or an overseas visitor in search of that corner of London town that is forever KC, Bodean’s extends a wide-open welcome at the sign of the golden pig. Since opening our first branch in 2002, Bodean’s is the first choice destination for slow-cooked, low-smoked barbecue lovers here in town and worldwide. Nor are we just talking one nation under a porker, but prime beef, USDA, wings, slow smoked Tri-Tip Brisket and seriously hearty veggie options too. What better than a prime location where alternative London overlaps with the world-class business capital, Bodean’s in Old Street is where it is at.
Reviewed February 25, 2019

Cannot fault this BBQ steakhouse. Great service, great food (ribs are to die for) bit pricy but portions are big and even my 6'3" 17.5 stone son only just managed to finish his meal. Will definately be eating here again but may cut down the starters to two for three peeps. Brilliant.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank garyk158
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Reviewed February 20, 2019

We were looking for somewhere to eat and it had to fit in between other events on the day. We're not fans of 'pretentious' dining but nor did we want anything 'rough and ready'. On searching the internet, we came across Bodean's. When we looked at the menus, it ticked a lot of boxes so we decided we'd give it a try.

We arrived on a Sunday - a little early at juts after 5pm. It was quiet inside but we were greeted and seated within seconds. We had a drinks list immediately, chose our drinks and deliberated over the menu.

My partner is gluten-intolerant and both the Bodean's staff and the information available were priceless. They have quite possibly the clearest allergy information we've ever seen but better than that, Bodean's food is 'cooked for real' and they know exactly what goes into everything, resulting in the quickest and easiest GF selection we've ever made.

Better than that, being GF at Bodean's doesn't mean you have to settle for less because as I mentioned, most of their food is gluten-free anyway.

As a result, we both had free rein over what to eat with very few limits.

The starter ('Tri-tip') arrived quickly, it was nicely presented and it was delicious. What we also noticed was that as the restaurant began to fill up, the music volume noticeably went down - a nice and appropriate touch!

The timing of our mains (Burnt Ends) was excellent and the food was wonderful - both in its presentation and as an eating experience.

There's a neat little tagline on the Bodean's menu; 'Don't need no teef to eat my beef' and they're right - you could have eaten this through a straw!! Not only was is quite clearly a quality cut, it was cooked to perfection and I'm already looking forward to a return visit!

We didn't go large (fortunately) and as a result, we weren't too full to enjoy a dessert which turned out to be a top quality ice-cream so no disappointment there.

We had a great time - we really did - with nothing to complain about and no disappointment in any respect. It's a nice place, we had a booth (though there are open tables too) the staff we met were all equally competent, capable and pleasant to engage with. If you're a rock fan, you'll love the music and there are large screen TV's everywhere showing a range of not-so-obvious sports (plane racing was one we saw!).

We definitely made the right choice. It fitted in perfectly with our plans and we went away very happy.

Genuinely look forward to a return trip and next time we're in London, there will be one!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Thank Jon C
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

We visited as a couple at around 5:30pm on a Friday evening. The restaurant was very quiet with not many other customers, the waiting staff took this as an opportunity to chill out as a group in the restaurant with shouting and swearing amongst them for us to hear, this gives you an idea what sort of place this is. The restaurant itself is decorated well, and I think with a few more people could be a good atmosphere. We ordered our starter to share and mains; the waitress couldn't speak very good English and was hard to understand. After 30 mins no sign of our starters which we were annoyed about as it was so dead and we had to be somewhere at 6:50pm. 5 minutes later our mains arrived to our surprise, we asked about the starters and I think the penny dropped that either she or the kitchen had forgot. She was going to take the mains away but as the steak was £25 and on a hot stone, we didn't want it sitting under a hot lamp for 10 minutes to dry out, so we had it and had our starters on the side which was annoying. The food was just ok, for the price we expected amazing, but it was just average, nothing to write home about and not as good as TGI Fridays (Sorry!). The milkshake desert was extremely nice and the best I’ve had. For 1 drink each (one non-alcoholic), 1 starter, 2 mains and milkshakes for both of us the bill was £81! That included a 10% service charge which I’m surprised they had the audacity to include after messing our meal up! No offer of taking off the starter or service charge as an apology/compensation, nope, nothing! Very shocking place and won't be returning, stay well clear! We had Nando’s the next door the following night as a quick and cheap bite which we enjoyed much more and that was £25!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Thank Adam B
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

Came here with my work colleagues for a lunch, The burgers were great, served with fries, all open on a dish.. had a milk shake which was yummy and creamy - will be coming again. Reasonable price too.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Thank Callmemadam X
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

We are regulars at Bodean's Old Street, and we love it! They show American sports (plus Premier League, rugby, etc.), and the BBQ food is some of the best in London. We also really enjoy the Super Bowl event every year, and they stay open for the entire game. You get a ton of food plus a pint of beer in the Super Bowl event package, and the service is top-notch. I highly recommend it!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Thank Hillyer J
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