This is a neighbourhood favourite. My preference is to come for breakfast before the crowd gets there on the weekend. Any time after 10:00 you will be waiting to get a spot. If it's lovely outside the chances of you getting on the terrace will be quite low.
Bluebird is a great place to come by yourself for a casual breakfast or with a brunch partner. My preference is rather simple, poached eggs, toast and the lovely portobello mushrooms.
Bluebird is also a one stop shop for all your needs. The coffee shop makes a nice flat white in the mornings to go.
Bluebird's upstairs bar and restaurant is a great standby for the area. Cocktails are always well executed and service level in the restaurant is always quite high. Meals have a modern british flair to them.
I appreciated living so close to Bluebird as it served a lot of different purposes, I think the key to enjoying it is coming on off peak hours as it is a bit of a tourist/MIC destination.
Reading the reviews, I'm not surprised that this place only has 3 stars. I booked for a Sunday lunch with friends, which puts you in the upstairs restaurant that was nearly deserted. The downstairs front garden area is the place to be and attracts a queue, but I don't think you can book for that. On the other hand, I think Bluebird is one of the better known places on King's Road, and the decor is very upscale and classy. So the type of brunch you would put on makeup and a nice dress for, not like shorts and flip flops.
When we got to the table, a few of our friends were running late so we tried to order mimosas... the waitress didn't know what a mimosa was, but she suggested the cocktail menu, and before we knew it, we had a long list of champagne cocktails to choose from. I got the Flirtini and it was delicious, and my friend got the Tiffany Rose and said that was great too. They're not cheap and will cost you more than your meal, but champagne is always fun for brunch.
For my main, I got the burger because I had seen it on the blackboard outside the restaurant, and I was very disappointed. There was nothing special about it, and I even felt that it was underseasoned, as the meat had no flavor. I got the polenta chips as a side instead of normal chips, and those were oversalted but at least unique. They also messed up my friends' eggs benedict and eggs royale orders, as they asked for the sauce on the side and when it came with sauce poured all over it, we had to send it back. Luckily the replacement came within 5 minutes.
Overall I'd say the food was a letdown, but the decor and the drinks make this place worth going. And next time I'd love to try the garden area and stick around to peek around the shop and the bakery. The whole place is beautiful, just wish the kitchen could keep up!
It was an ok meal and the cost was substantial. I wouldn't recommend the place, not because of the cost but of the value, I didn't feel like I was getting that great of food and the atmosphere though nice was riddled with smoking teenagers taking selfies. Just not that upscale of a place.
Nice enough for a drink or place to cool your jets for a bit but nothing more.
Good place to come here is during the week unless you want to wait in queue with brunch of out of towner.
Recommend fish finger sandwich and lobster rolls. Burger is ok.
What a lovely spot! I took some friends out to dinner here on a night I was in town. It was Sunday and I opted for the tomato soup and fish and chips. The tomato soup was good and I would order again. The fish and chips was revolutionary and probably the best I've had in my entire life. The batter was so crispy and delicious that they must have double fried it or simply dusted it with a bit of heaven. Wow! I can't wait to go again!
Went for the Pimm's Cup, and stayed for the BLT. While it's a trendy place where you'd expect the food to be mediocre, it was actually better than expected.
I would have left fewer stars had the Yelp system allowed for it. I used to live in London years ago and this place used to be amazing. Now, a shell of its former self it's a train wreck.
I got the pleasure of waiting 15 minutes for the person to show up to seat me in a wide open patio. Then, once seated, we waited 20 minutes to ever get a waiter to attend to us (of course I had to walk across the patio and nearly slide tackle him). Once we ordered a bottle of champaign and meats, we were promised a bucket of ice for the champaign (which I am still waiting for and not very hopeful now that we are 30 minutes into that empty promise).
The low point probably came when the waitress with her blank stare seemed severely challenged with taking our water order. Apparently asking for bottled still water was severely beyond her capabilities.
My suggestion, shop in their market and keep walking down the road....better meals lay ahead.
This review is for the upstairs restaurant only.
Honestly, meh. I live close to Bluebird and would always see this place buzzing with lines of fashionable people waiting to get seated. I figured this had to be good and planned to meet a few friends here for dinner. I quickly realized this place is all glitz without much substance behind it.
The ambiance is wonderful - we were led to a huge dimly-lit room full of a lot of beautiful people celebrating birthdays, out for a nice dinner, etc. The menu looked appealing enough. While pricey, they had a wide range of selections that were enticing. While I like to get value in my dining experiences, I am always willing to pay a bit more for a great meal, so the price was not necessarily a negative for me.
At my group of 4, each and every single one of us were underwhelmed with our meal at every stage (starter, main, and dessert). The food wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great or even good either. Coupled with the hefty price tag that came along with the meal, it just wasn't really worth it. Even in an expensive city like London, I could have gotten a meal that was tenfold more enjoyable for the price I paid at Bluebird.
Additionally, the service was slow an unattentive, which is interesting because we didn't sit down to dinner until 9:30, so the restaurant was slowing down. I found myself frustrated at the lags in getting our wine glasses refilled, the delay in the bill presentation, etc.
If you're looking for a great meal, I'd say walk past. If you're looking for a trendy scene for some drinks at the bar, this might be okay. Just be warned you will be paying a lot more for what you're getting out of it.
The decor and people-watching opportunities are so good, I paid £14 for a champgane cocktail (which was, to be fair, lovely).
They film Made in Chelsea here. Make of that what you will.
A hip location in a interesting location. The decor is very European for a UK location. Enjoyed some decent wine and the list is fairly long with an above average selection. Dinner was solid but not incredible. The appearance of the restaurant leads you to believe very fine dinning, it's good but the food is not as good as the decor. Fun people watching at this place so we hung out and kept ordering wine after dinner. Staff was friendly and provide good service, they were interested in us as we were obviously tourists and getting our drink on. Dropped some major pounds so we got more attention then the norm from reading other reviews.
I would return
It's a good looking restaurant with good looking people to look at while you're sipping on a few cocktails.
A bit on the expensive side, but that's what you get when you're hanging out in the middle of Chelsea.
I really love all the cocktails. Especially the jug of cooler you can order while enjoying the sun outside in their fake grass patio.
I ate here once, and it's nothing worth mentioning. But If you're looking for good drinks and scene than this place is worth of a visit.
Sexy as feck!
We went here for work when a VP from the US was in town.
The decor is soooooo cool .. very converted warehouse, amazing lights, cool little bar.
The food was pricey but not that different from other sexy spots in town 25 squid for a filet steak, , , ,
Food was lush, wine was lush, basically a 'tidy' experience!
Only reason it doesnt get 5 stars is we had to wait 15 mins for our first drink ...
It feels like a little complex around here - the Bluebird name has been attached to a vaguely pretentious deli, a quite seriously pretentious clothes shop, a not quite pretentious enough café and this, the restaurant.
It's a big open place, a little bit brasserie in style with lots of Conran design points in the lighting, tables and stylistics choices.
The food is British mostly, with pies, roasts and game featuring fairly prominently on the menu. I had the chicken and mushroom pie when I was in - I think it was about £10 which is quite a bit but I was quite impressed with the quality, the pastry and the accompaniments were spot on. The price goes up a lot when you add more meat and effort to the plate and the roast is just under £20. It's all pricey but say on a Sunday lunch it's cool.
My goodness, this was disgusting.
Two of us, their meal came first. 10 minutes later, mine comes and is cold. I ask for it to be heated, and it comes back 20 minutes later... both of us watching the other "eat" (force down food, only out of necessity). Maybe that's their angle, but the accompanying slogan is tough to come up with.
Firstly, it's an amazing room and building this. Really impressive. Huge, round, central bar with a fantastic, oblong chandelier above. It's just by the entrance to the restaurant so it's impressive as you walk in. The decor is fantastic.
The bar serves great cocktails. A good start.
We reserved a table here throught the Evening Standard deal - 3 courses for £25, including a glass of champers. It's a set menu, which we expected, and the host reminded us, as soon as we were seated, that this was the deal we would be getting. It did feel a little condescending, but maybe I was being sensitive?
Ordering out the way, we managed to have ourselves a really fun night in here. It was busy and bustling.
The food was decent. I've had muuuuuch better smoked salmon from Sainsbury's, the venison was tasty but small and the dessert I opted for; super-rich.
All in all, a pleasant evening and experience. But, as we remarked to each other upon leaving, I would feel disappointed to pay through the nose for the food we had. There is much tastier and better value dining experiences to be had elsewhere.
Fantastic Chef Matt is brilliant in creatin a never to be forgotten experience every time we go here.
I would not come back here nor would I recommend it. It is overpriced, with a poor atmosphere and very mediocre food.
Atmosphere: The place is huge - high ceilings and extravagant decor. You are immediately overwhelmed when you walk in here. It is overly quiet and the service is pretentious (I guess I should expect that from Chelsea!)
Food: We had oysters and pasta. The oysters were awful - like I was worried my date might get sick. The pasta was overcooked and the sauce tasted like it was from a can. So sad, especially because both items sounded so great on the menu.
Wine & cocktails: These are the reasons why this didn't get only 1 star. I'd come back to hang out at the bar or outside on the terrace in the summer. The cocktails and champagne by the glass are excellent and fun. The wine list itself if overpriced, but extensive.
There is so much choice in Chelsea - I'd go elsewhere next time!
A cheeky little breakfast in Chelsea is never a bad thing! I had the porridge with doubleccream, honey and bananna. It was so delicious I wolfed it down in about 15 seconds! I also had a black American which was nice but too expensive! Your paying for the location here and that irriatates me!
This review is based on drinks alone.
We went here for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday party. The decor is stunning in this large bar and restaurant, reminiscent of the inside of a beautiful ship.
The cocktails were fruity, icy and alcoholic = me likey
However they were unnecessarily expensive = me no likey
The staff were friendly and the area that was reserved for our private party was quite large. My only complaint was that it was also right next to the entrance so there was a lot of other people in the area, not so private.
I would love to come back and try the food but judging by other reviews I would do so at my own risk. When I was there the restaurant was packed and the food looked beautifully presented, so I might still give it a go.
A few years back I lived round the corner and never made it to the Restaurant. A welcome opportunity came up to go and have dinner, but did the Restaurant live up to the hype and everything I'd heard about it?
It had a lot to live up to but i think on the whole this is a good Restaurant. The food is good quality, the atmosphere is superb and the service is great. No complaints so far.
The bill was a little on the steep side for what we had but no more than you would pay in other high end restaurants.
What nobody told me about and What i like the most about this place is that it has one of the most superb selection of Vodkas and Gin's I've come across. If you like these spirits you are in for a treat, (i recommend the Hamersmith local Gin!) the staff are well versed in what goes with what and the history of the different brands.
They also have a few good looking private function rooms which look great.
I'd have given this 3 stars but the excellent bar and atmosphere brings it up to 4. So in summary a hidden gem of a bar with slightly above average food in the restaurant.
I hadn't been to the Bluebird in years, but finishing a meeting early on a sunny day reminded me of its existence.
The location is perfect for enjoying a relaxed lunch outdoors. But that seems to be the only thing going for it these days.
The service was the worst I have ever experienced in an upmarket restaurant. We had a total three waiters attending to us, but to very little avail.
We completely threw them by asking one of them to wipe our table (covered in crumbs) which resulted in our water order to be taken back to the bar and not be brought back for ages.
An embarrassment as I was entertaining a business guest from Germany!
I suppose it's not the waiters' fault that the Bluebird Club Sandwich looks like a burger - but why? Tasty enough, though.
PS a far cry from a private party I enjoyed here a few years ago
I go to the Cafe when I have neither the patience nor the funds to stomach the restaurant upstairs.
Plus one for the good solid "this is English food, but not crap English food" menu of roast chicken, burgers, tasty chips, etc. Plus another one for the cute-looking space and decor, including tables on the cobblestones. Plus another one for being near the King's Road (yes, sometimes that could be a GOOD thing depending on the errand one has to run) and not too far from Sloane Square Tube. Plus another one for never making me wait for a table. Plus a half a star for the food, which is not great, but not bad.
Minus one because the space is not cute, it's cramped. Even when the retaurant's empty, you're squeezed into a teensy little corner. Minus another one for not having anything on the menu lighter than a burger/half a roast chicken, but more substantial than a green salad. Minus another half because I THOUGHT THIS WAS THE CHEAP ALTERNATIVE TO THE RESTAURANT??? My bill seems to be telling me otherwise.
Plus a half because I'm the first to Review. Mwahahaha.
Set meal £25: 3 courses and wine is fantastic value, the mullet and choc cake are great, soup was amazing too. Service was really brilliant and Amex currently giving £10 off if connected to tripadvisor!
Overpriced and not that good frankly.
The place is in a good location and looks nice from the outside. The staff are professional and the service is pretty good. However the food is very average and it is expensive. Your paying simply for the name or the Chelsea tag.
The bar area is one saving grace and is worth a drink. I'd encourage a cocktail or glass of champagne in the bar, just don't bother eating. Similarly the cafe downstairs is woth having a drink in. A couple of beers in the sun is a ood idea.
Don't bother with this place. It's poor VFM and not that nice. There are much better and cheaper restaurants in the area (Cadogan Arms and Pig Ear are two to name).
Went there for a celebratory lunch last week. Given the location (King's Road, Chelsea), it was everything would expect: good (not amazing) food, expensive, elegant (tending towards pretentious) atmosphere and slick (but not necessarily friendly) service.
One thing slightly annoyed me: when I asked the waiter's opinion of a couple of the dishes on the menu in the cheaper, £15 range, he tried to up-sell me by advising me to go for a £25 option. As a former waitress, I know up-selling is tempting, but it creates an embarrassing situation for the guest!
We had fun: we all enjoyed our meals, but it wasn't really for me. If this sounds like your kind of place, you'll probably love it. If, like me, you're more into street food and local joints with amazing food and a friendly atmosphere, then this is one to avoid. In fact, probably best to avoid Chelsea altogether...
My friend & I originally planned just to catch up in a nice venue which was local to us. I sometimes venture down the Kings Road to browse in my nearest Cath Kidston store, and the Bluebird cafe/restaurant/bar is just a short stroll before this. My friend had been here before and recommended the Bluebird, and I do enjoy trying new places which are local.
You first walk through the forecourt which has a number of tables, which is their cafe section - here you can have breakfast & lunch during the day and then dinner & drinks in the evening. I noticed that everyone looked particularly smart, both the men & women.
As we met after work and it was getting a little chilly, we decided to head up to the first floor. Immediately you are taken by the chic interior design with lots of reds, we sat around the bar, and as I don't drink they made me an amazing non-alcoholic cocktail. Neither of us had eaten, but we hadn't booked a table, we were however lucky enough to get a table as it was early on in the week. Whilst my friend was eating oysters and seabass, I was particularly unsophisticated and ordered a hamburger which came with chips - simple but tasty :-)
I have to say the two people that served us were soo nice, attentive when needed but also left us to it. Dress code: everyone looked smart, which is what you'd expect for somewhere on the fashionable Kings Road. I did however dress smart/casual, teaming my high-waisted skinny jeans with a blouse and pretty bow heels.
If you want an alternative place to meet with friends but which is more sophisticated than the local pub, then I'd suggest this. Also, it would make a lovely venue for first dates or couples. I'd definitely go here again.
A really lovely little debvelopment, originally set up by Terence Conran, this is a converted 1930s garage that features a restaurant, cafe, foodmarket & private members club. The restaurant delivers the upmarket Modern British food so beloved of Conran, and is of the highest quality (and price). Dishes include Cornish Crab, Lobster, Lamb & Steak. You can eat quite reasonably here, as long as you stick to the cheaper end of the wine list!
The dining space is a wonderful 1st floor contemporary space, with views into the kitchen on one side and out onto the Kings Road on the other. For special occaisions hire out the private room, which always reminds me of a James Bond villain control room in the way it overlooks the main restaurant. The Private members club also has rooms for hire. The cafe spills out onto the forecourt in front of the garage and has a very European/pavement cafe feel. The foodmarket serves up some great ingredients too.
Bluebird Restaurant is quite a hike from any nearby tube stations so bus is the best option for getting to this restaurant (that is, unless you can afford a chauffer like many of the locals )
We took advantage of a lunch deal on toptable (some set course meal) and it turned out to be very good value for me for the quality of the food that we got and even the portions. I have a big appetite (as all my friend know!) and even I was full after the first two courses (a beautiful velvety and rich mushroom soup and beautifully cooked steak with side of fries.)
The restaurant itself is very attractive. The room is gorgeous with high ceilings (so feels particularly light and airy) and funky furniture.
Sadly we weren't lucky enough to see any celebs during our dining experience but apparently it is a frequent celeb hangout and I don't blame them. Service was pretty good although strangely they were quite slow with pouring our wine. Wine was hidden away behind our booth in an ice bucket so we never knew how much was left.
Cool place for romantic diner with nice ok food. Pricey for the food but it's all about the atmosphere.
Not my typical kind of place, but one of my friends recommended it to me and we weren't disappointed. The building has great history which always triggers interesting discussions. Other than that, well, it's on the Kings road and it can't avoid being posh in places.
I also went there for office parties, which is well suited for this kind of events.
Nice place, nice location. One problem only: Sandor, the waiter at the bar. One of the most rude, unfriendly, stiff, arrogant waiter i have ever met in a long time! and actually i made this same comment on their fb page and "accidentally" someone deleted it. NO COOL! someone does not take criticism very well...
Wow. What a venue. The stuff of movies and TV - not somewhere I would usually expect to go! We got a meal deal voucher through a website and headed off not knowing what to expect. The place is stunning, pretentious, glamorous and seedy all at once - everything you expect from King's Road!!
The food was actually very good, beautifully presented by a very relaxed waiter who didn't make us feel uncomfortable for coming in on a cheapo voucher (some places do). He recommended wine and was great without being overbearing. It's a great place to people watch (and be watched I guess, if you like that kind of thing) and is probably somewhere I would recommend for a special occasion.
I only really went to Bluebird when it was on someone else's dime. Because, as most of the other reviewers have said, it's overpriced. BUT, I do really enjoy the cocktails for their inventiveness. The food tasted good but the menu was a bit pretentious. Apart from that, the decor is fantastic and modern, very bold and oversized.
Lovely little place located in charming Chelsea neighborhood in London. Great little salads and the lunch menu is good. A nice place to spot English celebs.
I've only been here for cocktails so keep that in mind. The large size of the place was what first caught my eye- then the cool art deco interior. While the drinks are on the pricier side, the service was decent and there was plenty of seating.
Food was good, location and surround was great. The staff could be better.
I came here for a leaving do with some of my colleagues and we had a good meal. I liked that there was a large outdoor seating area, and the food was a mix of contemporary English food and some standard pub dishes. Most of the service, like the rest of London, is foreign so its tricky to get quality service. Overall, I'd come back if I was in the area - but its nothing to go out of your way. Occasionally there are some celebrity spottings at lunch because its Chelsea.
When in London, I always try to have a night out in Bluebird - the food is very good, the atmosphere and cocktails really clinch it for me. It's relatively cool, and the cafe downstairs is great for brunch/lunch. Very very busy spot but still love this place.
+ things: you can sit outside in these nice lawn seats on their faux-grass / turf and if you stand outside the restaurant, you can see them grilling your food.
bad things: service wasn't great, although the food came out fast. menu selection at the cafe isn't huge, do-able, but the restaurant offers a vast range of items (one of which i wanted: chicken soup w/matzoh)
the food -
small portions, but pretty good food. not super flavorful, fries seemed a bit on the "old oily" oily side.
desserts are a must (sorbet trio was great! mango, raspberry to name just some!)
:: i'd come back again most likely
We had horrible service here over a Christmas party lunch. The food was generally pretty good but for the prices paid (£45 for three courses) the service was inattentive and we were rudely made to leave our table "to reset for dinner" at the end of the afternoon. There are better places to spend your hard earned cash.
Come for the great outdoor seating, stay for the people watching. As others mentioned, the food is mediocre. We came during Wimbledon so it was fun to watch outside. Service is lacking a bit as well.
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