Oscar & Bentleys

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Bistro
Top tags:
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Oscar & Bentleys is an intimate bistro set in one of Canterbury's beautiful, historic buildings, with a modern art deco interior. We serve classic & inspired seasonal dishes. Quality is at the heart of everything we do - from our carefully selected suppliers to the finishing detail of our dishes. Everything is beautifully presented to give you, the diner, a wonderful experience.
We have an interesting selection of vegetarian, gluten & dairy free options available at all times.
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HR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love Oscar and Bentkeys. However really sad that it is no longer open in the evenings on a Tuesday. We had to have pre graduation brunch rather than post graduation dinner as planned. Sadly it will probably be our last visit as we don't have a need to visit Canterbury any more and live 5 hours away.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

Food was all very average.
Service was good.
Will probably not return.

A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food with a wide choice of dishes. Super friendly & engaging staff. Excellent value. Already looking forward to my next visit!

h
London
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A regular visit to Oscar and Bentleys as the food is so fresh and delicious(as well as being gluten free). There is s good variety of food to choose from and their cakes are delicious. We were not disappointed during this visit.

M
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third time here and this was the best yet! Lovely food, with a slightly improved menu containing the old faves but a couple of new additional dishes too! We had cauliflower and calamari to share to start, both lovely. Then we had the sweet potato and falafel salad, king prawn curry, pulled pork bap, Spanish omelette and fish & chips. The only slightly disappointing dish was the Spanish omelette which was definitely not a Spanish omelette - just an individual dry veggie omelette. I would either take this off the menu or learn how to make a proper large Spanish omelette (just 3 ingredients potato egg & onion) offer a large wedge of this with a small side salad.
Nonetheless everything else was delicious. Should say, everything is gluten free and lots are dairy free

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious Gluten and Dairy Free options. Best Gluten Free Fish and Chips I’ve eaten.

ER
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb service! I don’t normally bother with reviews but definitely felt compelled to do one for here. Visited last Saturday evening with my boyfriend and had a great meal. Excellent cocktails also!

I will definitely return on the next visit to Canterbury. Glad we cancelled our reservation at the Cuban and booked here instead.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great tasty food, and lovely service. Four starts not five as we would have preferred a slightly quicker service, but that’s just a personal view, really... would definitely recommend it!

FW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was impeccable, food was delightful. A new favourite!

AP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely choice of gluten free food here including nice puds. Great service from friendly staff. Nice and close to the Marlowe theatre too.

A
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! After a warm welcome from the friendly staff, we were shown to our table on the 1st floor where we had an absolutely outstanding vegan meal at a very reasonable price. Great wine & beer choices too. I honestly cannot recommend this restaurant enough & can not wait until our next visit!

B
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Having eaten the previous night in Café du Soleil, where we were ignored for 30 minutes, it was very nice to receive a smiling, warm welcome. The service which followed was excellent, always present and attentive, but never too pushy. We all enjoyed our starters and main courses, and felt that by Canterbury prices, the meal was good value, well prepared, and well presented.
The ambiance is relaxed and cheerful, and as the restaurant is in the heart of the city, you are very close to whatever touristy thing you plan after eating......
It was altogether a very pleasant experience, and we will be returning to Oscar and Bentleys soon!

LL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Have visited Oscar and Bentley several times have never been disappointed.
Food always good quality and plentiful, staff friendly and courteous.
Most importantly food good for people who are not gluten intolerant also.

EJ
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was delicious, especially the summer fruits crumble and the Lebanease cauliflower and the restaurant was really well presented. We were one of the only people in there so the noise level was really low, making it a peaceful experience, however the service was a bit haphazard because the waiters always looked a bit flustered.

HG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal and so easy with my gluten free friend. She can choose anything she likes.

RD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Food was pretty good, starter was excellent, mains pretty good although the Bun with the burger was akin to cement. Service really let the place down, initial chap was excellent but once he left it all went downhill. 2 wait staff and maybe 4 tables. The staff were just not around, waiting 30+ minutes before calling to get the desert menu and then had to request that our plates were cleared. Waited ages for someone to take our desert order but nothing, paid and left. Shame...

PM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

A warm welcome, with bright and cheerful ambience, yet soothing. The fish and chips meal was delightful. My vegan wife thought the options were limited, given the advertising about vegan food. A very pleasant experience.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great Service, Great Food, rather hot inside, could have done with turning on air con.

BB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to Oscar a dirty burger and a battered chicken burger with chunky chips and onion rings, with bread and oil to start - as much as we wanted dessert we were far too full! Being a non coeliac myself, I wouldn't have been able to tell it was gluten-free, with the exception of the bread starter.

RJ
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

With very kind considerate waiting staff, good and varied menu, with excellent well presented food and good value for money.

NH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service. Would definitely recommend to all friends

R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Finally, we found a gluten free restaurant and the food was top quality, warm and friendly staff, great atmosphere and lovely decor. More restaurants need to take a leaf out of O&Bs restaurant. If they can cater for those with gluten free and allergy issues, then others can too.

Highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning again soon.

Well done O&Bs!!

DD
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and service, food was lovely.
We will be back.

MJ
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Best Gluten Free restaurant in and around Canterbury. Everything on the menu is Gluten Free and the Fish and Chips was absolutely delicious. I've eaten here a few times before and the food has always been delicious. The only thing I can say needs improving is attention to customers, every time I've eaten here it does feel like staff ignore you and don't check if you need anymore drinks or anything for the table. Other than that it's a great place to eat and the food is always incredible.

FN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food took a very long time to arrive but it was delicious and very baby friendly

LS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This was our second trip and the fantastic gluten free fish and chips is an absolute must.

We love that everything is GF. Well done guys.

LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Despite requesting a downstairs table via this website we were allocated a table upstairs which I couldn't accept so they gave us a table by the door and it was freezing! Waitress very friendly (her first shift) and food was good, especially for my gluten-free friend! Just a shame that being so cold made it an uncomfortable visit.

AC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s was very good you couldn’t tell it was gluten free and being one myself I was very happy which the choice I could have, I’ll be returning in the near future with friends 100%

EH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We booked here based on previous reviews but were disappointed with unimaginative garlic bread, tasteless pasta as well as risotto. We wondered if the usual chef was off and were unlucky?

KH
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I would not particularly recommend this restaurant but equally I would not avoid it. The starters we had sounded more interesting than they were, all of ours were something deep fried with a dip. The mains were fine but my husband did not think his burger very good and while my son enjoyed his lentil burger it was pretty small. I had the cassoulet and enjoyed it. The desserts were equally average, sticky toffee pudding was fine but it was a sponge with sauce, not sticky (though this is a common fault, I am impressed when I find a genuine sticky toffee pudding). Good range of drinks and cocktails, excellent service. Seating close together but OK, it did not seem intrusive. Overall a reasonable experience, I would not rush back but would not turn down an invitation.

SC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Another very enjoyable evening at Oscar & Bentleys. We were a little early but our table was ready. The menu choice is very good, very well priced and they have the best wine list I’ve seen in ages. The food came out hot and the waitressing staff did their best to keep up with the full restaurant. Looking forward to going back again soon.

LS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I've been to Oscar and Bentleys a few times now. As a coeliac this place is great for me! Unfortunately, I visited on 30/03/2019 and it was the worst visit I have had here. We waited over 45 minutes for food and yes, I should have double checked the menu but it wasn't stated by the waitress when we ordered the Dirty Burger that it didn't come with chips! Who orders a burger with chips?!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our quick pre-theatre dinner here. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed, the service was friendly and efficient and we both enjoyed a very well cooked main course with a nice cocktail and a glass of wine.

H
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food well priced and served by very hospitable staff. Everything you need for a special meal out.

CV
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Sorry but the service was not very professional. Wasn't told until we had made our choices that there was no salmon and the same happened again that a desert was no longer available but only after choices had been made. We should have been informed at the handing out of the menus on both occasions.

HM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

There were two members of staff out front when we were there, one with glasses one without. We were seated by the staff member without glasses, she was fine and was completely OK with us having a babies buggy next to our table (we had 3 children with us in total).
The staff member with glasses however made it very clear to us that, if the restaurant became busy, we may have to move, this despite the fact that the restaurant was only half full. It simply wasn't a comment that needed to be made.
I had to approach the till desk to order and, we only came in for ice cream and cake, when the order arrived, my children's deserts were far better than the adults, despite the adults version (of effectively the same dish) being 3 times the price of the children's.
We have been to O&B's many times in recent years and this was by far the poorest and least enjoyable visit to date.

Oscar & Bentleys
Responded on 21 March 2019

This is terrible, I'm so sorry. We love encouraging families with children & babies to visit with us so I am at a loss as to why this was said to you. I will be following it up with the staff who were working on Sunday. Thank you for letting me know - definitely not the standard I expect from my staff

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

food was not great and very greasy my partner left her whole plate of food as I was full of grease the when the waitress picked the plates up she didn't even ask why the plate had hardly been touched i can only presume this happens a lot and she was embarrassed to ask

Oscar & Bentleys
Responded on 21 March 2019

Hello I'm so sorry about this, your waiting staff should always ask if everything was ok, particularly if you've left food. This is not something that happens, the last time was several years ago so I'm at a los as to why it's happened now. I would possibly encourage you to bring anything like this up at the time (even if not asked) as I now don't know what the dish was or cooked it. I will investigate as thoroughly as I can on the information given

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P
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As a coeliac it's so good to be able to eat out knowing all the dishes are gluten free. The food is very good too, decent selection and tasty.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice food and great to eat somewhere 100% gluten free

TW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extensive gluten free menu, friendly staff, cosy low-key atmosphere, reasonable prices. Would like to visit again if & when I'm next in Canterbury.

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