Ognisko

4.8
1936 reviews
£26 to £40
Polish
Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in the heart of South Kensington, is just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall and London Imperial College. Housed in the beautiful Victorian home of Ognisko Polskie club the restaurant is focusing on the cuisines eastern and Central Europe. The bar is open all day serving light dishes as well as mouthwatering desserts. Ognisko’s bar serves a wide range of fruit and spice -infused vodkas, classic cocktails and a small range boutique beers from regional Polish breweries. The restaurant can sit up to 80 guests together with a terrace overlooking communal gardens seating up to 40. There is also a large events space on the first floor available for daytime conferences, weddings and corporate events.
What 1936 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
Ambience
4.6
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GeorginaA
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

I really want to like Ognisko but it has disappointed this time. I had Barszcz, which was fine, but my partner said the herrings were terribly oversalted. His bigoz was, he said, really poor, with a lump of potatoes - both presentation and execution were really lacking. So Please, Ognisko, improve!!!

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LauraP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place! My grandad was a regular member and there’s brilliant vibes!

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DavidB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful food in a lovely setting

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HunterB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic food made by lovely people.

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Tereska
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful birthday lunch celebration with the family. Service was excellent, the food was amazing.
It has been the best dining experience we have had in London for a long time.
We arrived for lunch at 2.15 and left, after relaxing with some delicious cocktails in the bar, after 10pm!!
Looking forward to booking another meal very soon. Dzienkujemy bardzo!

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CarolineS
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch for our daughter’s birthday. Food was good; the setting lovely our waiter was charming.

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HilaryD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good to have some Polish options new to our group.

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AandD
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited Ognisko on Friday evening and was simply blown away! The candlelit interior is cosy and food simply unbeatable for the price. A jewel that I'll definitely keep returning to.

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PaulineG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Delicious food with excellent pierogi to start. Also a wide range of cocktails in the very comfortable and friendly bar. Always a pleasure to dine there.

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lynnell
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful menu choice with lots of different flavours and food styles. We tried a mix of starters and dumplings etc
Cocktails were inventive and delicious. Great choice of vodkas too.

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MarekW
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Very slow service. We were told they were short of staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Continues to be the best restaurant in London !

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vipSteevie
London
148 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A new favourite. Great service and great choice. Special mention to the pelmeni starter and the proper chicken kiev main.

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FrancesB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Ognisko is a real find as it is located perfectly for the museums of South Kensington and offers delicious food in a beautiful setting. The staff are outstandingly professional and made our visit truly special.

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FayA
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Reassuring to be able to eat in outdoor space - heated, and distanced.

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Baggi
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

First time that we’d tried Polish food and we weren’t disappointed. We ate in the marquee, which was nicely decorated and had heaters. We had a cocktail each to start, some polish bread, pickled cucumbers and beetroot, as an appetiser - all very nice. The starters and main courses were delightful, I had smoked eel to start, followed by cod and risotto- delicious. The service was a little slow, but other than that, a great experience.

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Szilvia
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourites and never fail to impress. Always fresh and well seasoned dishes, attentive and fast service, immaculate tableware and clean environment. Elegant and stylish.

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MacarenaB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

We wanted to sit in the terrace, special occasion, but when we arrived they told us that they had a private party in the terrace. We would have like to be informed before. The dining room was nice but extremely noisy, and the atmosphere not as nice at all. The food is fantastic and the service too, though.

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Ziza
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had an absolutely fantastic evening. The food was exceptional (kudos to the chef), service so nice, carrying and attentive. I absolutely love this place and cannot wait for another visit. I have spend recently 2 weeks in Poland but did not manage to find as good Golabki as I had in Ognisko (this were as good as my mum's maybe even better). Thank YOU !

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MikhailZ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an ideal pre-theatrical dinner. We're Russians but absolutely addicted to some Polish origins of our favourite dishes. The Barszcz (borscht) was ideal, evaporating vodka aperitif from our stomachs. The Śledź (herring) was a bit too salty to my taste but came in a proper combination with onion and baby potatoes. The Bigos (just bigos in Russian and English, as I know) raised a wave of nostalgia, as well as a digestive shot of their homemade cranberry flavoured vodka. The service was spotless, the ambience too. Highly recommended!

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nick
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere excellent in an elegant and cheerful part of town.. (Why on earth does this site require a minimum 50 characters? Brevity is to be encouraged.)

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MichaelS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I invited Indian vegetarian friends, and it was awesome

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Soulman
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing particularly the poached salt beef. The service was very good without being intrusive. Great value for money. Thank you.

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ChristineB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best food in London. Fantastic service as ever and wonderful ambience, unhurried, no distracting background music and beautiful to look at.

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SusanC
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely as always food good , service good cocktails amazing , , one of my fav places to eat in London

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JayLA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my place to go whenever in London. Very classy and artsy. Nice atmosphere and delicious Polish food. The customer service is delightful and incredibly welcoming.

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Djurdjevic
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual the service was fantastic and the food delicious- but what really makes a difference is the atmosphere

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TheTableintheCorner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was lovely! Lunch was delicious and the blinis were perfect!

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GlennC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing Service. This is a no-brainer. Visit this restaurant, you won't be disappointed!

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N5pete
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to come back to Ognisko - especially after so long due to the varying types of covid detention.
Food was delicious and plentiful, prices moderate and service friendly and attentive. The surroundings always bring on feelings of being a bit player in some novel by Tolstoy (or Polish equivalent) and the quince vodka remains divine. Seem to remember the main room chandelier being more crystal ornate than the candle version hanging there now..but memory can play tricks.
All in all a special place very well run - and thanks again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Book a table here after seeing the beautiful images of the restaurant online. I have to say my friend and I weren't disappointed. The staff were amazing, the restaurant was so elegant and warm, and the food was of high quality. It was a bit pricey, however I would definitely go again for a special occasion.

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HilaryJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most wonderful discovery! This restaurant is in a beautiful building and is perfectly located if you are visiting the V&A as we were. We were seated in a lovely marquee at the back, looking over gardens. Service and ambience were excellent and the lunch deal (2 courses for £18) which we had was delicious - a good choice and all beautifully presented and very tasty.
We will definitely be back!

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CHRISTINEM
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely choice of east European flavours - blinis, pirogi, duck, smoked salmon etc and excellent eclectic selection of cocktails. Pleasant dining room with terrace option overlooking green square. Food v good, service v pleasant if a little slow at times. Have been several times - v handy for the Albert Hall - and will definitely return.

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SteveM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable fourth visit to Ognisko. Intersting menu, excellent food and service. One observation. When on the way to a 7.30pm concert at the Albert Hall, it would be nice to sit down at 5pm and have time for dessert.

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Laurie
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The food was very slow to arrive (over an hour after ordering), due to an error in the kitchen. However when it did arrive it was delicious and the management deducted the value of our starters from final bill.

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BobR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice variety of dishes available, some traditional Polish but not all. An elegant but relaxed ambience. Dress smartly if you want to fit in. Vodka-based hand sanitiser was both hilarious and a master stroke!

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SallyR
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly, knowledgable and courteous staff, great atmosphere. Really interesting menu. Loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

25th anniversary meal - superb. Lovely food and ambiance. Staff very helpful and pleasant! Made for a lovely occasion!

KJ
KarenJH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic Polish food as always, never disappoints.

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FlorinM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

The food and serving were nice however it was way too noisy, so noisy in fact that we decided to stay outside (even though the temperatures were not that high). Also, the portions could be a bit bigger. All in all, a solid 3 out of 5!

FAQs

Ognisko does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Ognisko is rated 4.8 stars by 1936 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.