Bellanger

4.5
412 reviews
£25 and under
French
A relaxed, all day Café, Bar and Brasserie on Islington Green from restaurateurs Corbin & King, the team behind The Wolseley. With refreshed interiors and an informal, more casual style, Bellanger has returned to North London.

Our all-day menu features French brasserie classics such as Coq au Riesling, Moules Marinères and Steak Frites et Salade. Sandwiches, salads, Croques, eggs and Tarte Flambées are offered along with a choice of fromage, desserts and glaces to finish.

A ‘Prix Fixe’ menu with two courses at £10.95 and a ‘Menu Formule’ with three courses and a glass of wine at £19.75 are also available all day.

The menu is served continuously throughout the day from 11:30am – 9:30pm Tuesday to Sundays.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 412 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for brunch with the family. An absolute pleasure - all the food of a high standard and flexible to dietary needs. We hope to be back to our regular visits post lockdown.

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islingtongal
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Excellent service and ambience for a business meal. Food is reliable, if unimaginative. Lovely staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fine restaurant with ample seating in these odd times

JT
vipJulieT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very elegant restaurant! Beautiful, lots of 'cachet' and excellent measures regarding Covid, the best we've seen. The service was great, friendly, efficient. The food was delicious, the mains especially, I had fish which tasted very fresh and was perfectly cooked while my boyfriend delighted himself with a 'Coq au vin'. I chose the formula and was disappointed with the starter (onion soup) it was not warm enough; and the same with the dessert, the latter was very good but could have been a bit warmer. Two ladies on the table behind ours were maybe drunk, they were so loud so it spoilt a bit the pleasantness of our experience; but nothing the restaurant can do about it! We will come back : )

MW
MeganW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious traditional food, generous portion size in a sophisticated atmosphere. Have visited many times and enjoyed it every time. So glad it's still open as it's one of my favourites!

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bronaghg
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

one of the best restaurants in Islington. Lovely atmosphere, lovely food.

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vipgwc333
London
312 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Bellager is the perfect venue for a Friday night dinner. We just love it here.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Booked for a birthday date with my hubby. Was shown to the bar upon arrival so as told have to wait for a table despite reservation which was fine as we wanted to order drinks at the bar. Ordered a glass of Bollinger and before it arrived we were told our table is ready. Champagne was served at the table and was disappointing as served in a petrol station style flute which was wet on the outside! Champagne was not chilled. At £17.95 a glass we expected more.

Starters ordered were chicken liver parfait (good) and a cheese soufflé (extremely disappointing as was not fluffy, not soft but was tepid). The accompanying cheese sauce in a small jug was so cold that it was simply congealed cheese.

For mains, I ordered the steak with pomme purée which was very good. The pomme purée was basic mash potatoes. My hubby ordered the coq au risling was was awful as the chicken was cold, hard and the white wine sauce was very runny. My husband didn’t eat much of his meal and the waiter didn’t ask why it was barely touched when he removed the plates.

Dessert was ice cream (great) and creme brûlée which was cold and disappointing in taste.

Overall we left feeling disappointed and treated as just part of the herd as it was very busy (Thursday night) and they were not really interested in providing a memorable / pleasant experience rather just interested in numbers.

Noteworthy to note that no offer to refill our empty glasses was made. Quite a loss to the owners as we would have happily ordered more champagne. However, we didn’t bother asking as by then we were already looking forward to getting out of there.

We visited another French bistro nearby (Sacre Coeur) three days prior to this visit and we found that, at 50% of the price of Belanger, to be far more authentic & tasty as well as attentive. We hear that the French bistro adjacent to Bellanger is also very good so I’m afraid we’ll be giving Bellanger a wide berth from hereon.

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vipRituK
London
24 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lively restaurant. Fab atmosphere
Lovely food & wine.
Pleasant and friendly staff.
Will definitely be going back.

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Chatter
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

perfect for a catch up conversation with a friend, service attentive but relaxed

MG
MireiaG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place so much! Hope it stays open beyond December.

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vipgwc333
London
312 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Thank god this place is back in business. The most reasonably priced menu in the neighbourhood. Great menu, food and drinks.

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Etti
London
65 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A nice lunch with excellent service in a pleasant venue. The soufflé Swiss was just OK. The rest of the mains were good. The chocolate delice was not our cup of tea. The service however was more than perfect. The waitress was efficient, friendly and kept Covid 19 rules more than perfectly. We will be coming again, Covid permitting.

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AlisonB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Chose the 3 courses for under £20 deal and it was really good. The duck was especially good. Will definitely go again.

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KevinA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Friendly service and food was on point.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and shorter bistro menu is a big improvement.

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vipHarry
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Tarte flambé very poor.

JS
JohnS
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Overall a disappointing experience. Food was average and took forever to arrive. The maitre d' did at least take one round of drinks off the bill (as she did with other diners).

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viprich
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a shame it is closing. Great place

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very sad to see Bellanger go, will be difficult to find another favourite like it

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vipgwc333
London
312 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

so sorry to see this place closing down - we have loved visiting here nearly every month since they opened. Hopefully they will open again in London somewhere convenient

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foodie
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent, one of our favourite restaurants in the area

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice blah, blah, blah

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vipamateurexpert
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So so sad Bellanger is closing! Our favourite local!

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vipJoanF
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This was our third time at Bellanger. The restaurant has a great ambience. The food was great and good value for the money. The first two visits were spot on but our last visit was a bit inconsistent with the previous two. they always serve bread on the table whether it's a brunch or ala carte but this time we didn't get one and my 2 kids were a bit disappointed. It's little things like this that makes them excel from other restaurants. Overall, great restaurant and I would recommend it to others.

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vipWhistleforit
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A first-rate and upmarket French Brasserie. A traditional menu, with plenty of choice and good quality food. The service is excellent and compliments the beautiful interiors. We were a table of 4 and everyone enjoyed the experience. We'll be back.

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Milo123
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

A restaurant with lovely food and ambience. Very comfortable for having a nice conversation without need to raise one's voice; however, the big let down was service which was very slow at first and one had to keep flagging down waiters to repeat instructions.

If they were to improve this I would gladly give this a 5* rating as the oysters and steak I had were first class.

JW
JaneW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

My partner’s steak was good but my chicken paillard was over cooked and v tough. Not what I’d expect from a respected place like Bellanger. Service was professional as ever and it was not busy so we were able to have a relaxing meal. But, I’m a foody so I’m not sure I’d go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely brasserie in Islington, won’t be disappointed. Love the fact it’s family friendly. Loyal customer

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LoveFood
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dinner at Bellanger was great this evening! We had a dog with us and he was treated with such care and friendliness from the staff. Food was lovely and enjoyed the wine a lot too! Will definitely be coming back

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vipLucky
London
59 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food - much better than we expected from having looked at the menu online which just looks like a normal all day dining brasserie. Means it’s excellent value for money and the service was very good too.

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vipAndrea
London
24 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Service is ok,
The only downside,the menù is the same food since 2/3 years.
What else to said.... 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

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PercySelfridge
London
31 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is quite beautiful - it feels like a film set. And although one wouldn’t go there due ‘fine dining’ (it’s a brasserie after all) it does what it does very well indeed because of the chic and retro ambience, and because of the unusually good service. Even at some of the best restaurants one doesn’t expect good service, be we got AMAZING service. Our (very French) waiter wasn’t fawning or invasive or overly familiar; he was classy, kind, helpful, entertaining and maintained just the right level of discreet distance. Good service makes all the difference. ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Dogs sitting at the table next to you eating food off the table is a bit of a turn off

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Tosiers
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was OK. Large portions and tasty. Restaurant was noisy but expected this. However, too many dogs including a couple barking. Don't mind dogs but quite off putting.

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vipChumley
London
24 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If I keep returning to a restaurant then it has to have something worth returning for. For me Bellanger ticks all the boxes, hard to fault. It’s not AMAZING, but it’s definitely good and value for money - so I keep returning.

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George
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best experience like always! We had a "Coq au Riesling" and it was so delicious again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and location, would definitely recommend and will visit again.

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vipMapster
London
46 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great everyday dining restaurant with something for everyone. Great that you can eat small bites while your company can have a full meal if required. Enjoyed my tarte flambee very much and my guest enjoyed his schnitzel though at the price (about £20) you would hope it would come with a side salad. Service was excellent and attentive, they seem to have stopped the complementary bread though which is a shame as I loved those little baguettes. Would definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Lovely decor and warm service.

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Bellanger is rated 4.5 stars by 412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.