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5.5 /6 Wonderful 194 Reviews

Ognisko Restaurant

South Kensington Polish ££££ +100
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About Ognisko Restaurant

It's high time for you to check out the Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in South Kensingston London. Housed in the elegant building which is the home of Ognisko Polskie Club as well, the venues already a classy eyecatcher. Served are traditional dishes from eastern and central Europa, with an emphasis on polish cuisine. Come in and experience the versatile kitchen.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:15
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 00:15
Ognisko Restaurant, 55 Exhibition Road, SW7 2PN London

Further Information

In South Kensingston London on Exhibition Road an elegant building that's home to the Ognisko Polskie Club houses the Ognisko restaurant. The venue has great decorum, classy and light without being stuffy. The large terrace gives you the opportunity to overlook the communal gardens, while dining outside during the summer times. The menu is as orthodox and traditional as the interior. Specialized in the cuisines of eastern and central Europe with a focus on polish cooking you'll get to eat delicacy’s like grilled Marinated Quail Salad with Pomegranate, Celeriac and Radish, or wild Mushrooms and Girolles, braised with cream.

And that's just the beginning of a culinary enlightenment! Paprika marinated Coquelet with Beetroot and potatoe salad and garlic yoghurt, a whole roast Sea Bream with braised Kohlrabi and Dill, or fried Koptytka Dumplings with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms how good sounds that? Mouth watering right? Just as tasty are the drinks that are poured out at the bar. Among coffees, teas and juice the Ognisko provides a extensive cocktail list and wide range of polish and russian vodkas, as well as a great seletection of homemade flavours. And because the bar is opened at all times, its the perfect place to have drinks before or after dinner. Renown publications and blogs like the Sunday Times, Swell City Guide and Time Out praised the Ognisko on Exhibition Road to the skies, its time you follow their example.


194 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 194 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 09:27

A lovely summer's day perfectly complemented by friendly staff and an interesting menu served on the terrace. It is a gem of a place and I will go again.

3 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 10:50

Ognisko is one of my favourite restaurants. We had cocktails to start (The Old Cuban was superb), a lovely bottle of wine and we shared various starters. Main courses were as terrific as the first course. We had the pork schnitzel and the chicken. Somehow we had room for dessert - the pavlova was light and creamy.

2 reviews so far 6
18.06.2017 09:39

Wonderful food, great drinks and very happy service staff makes for great atmosphere. It is one of my favorite restaurants. Can't wait to go back there again. We were a party of four.

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 19:40

Very good Eastern European/Polish food. Well-prepared and presented. Excellent service. Nicely appointed dining room. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a unique restaurant in London.

1 review so far 5
04.11.2014 13:18

My boyfriend and I went out to dinner at Ognisko Restaurant before heading over to a concert at the nearby Royal Albert Hall. I arrived early and had a cocktail in the bar area, delicious Rhubarb Punch, while taking in the beautiful surroundings. The interior is grand and very beautifully maintained. All of the staff on the day were Polish and very friendly and approachable. The food was fantastic and I think really good value for money. We've had some starters to share, including pickled herring, pork crackling and a selection of meats. For main course I had a roast goose leg while my boyfriend had a honey and pomegranate glazed pork shank. Both well lush! (I tasted both!) The skin on the goose leg for perfectly golden and crispy and the meat was pretty much falling off the bone! The pork shank was pretty much melting in the mouth! The wine was also lovely although I wouldn't mind seeing some Polish wines on the menu. The only downside I could find is that the interior is extremely dark, it's hard to properly see what you're eating! Also, the toilets could do with being better signposted as it's quite easy to get lost. Overall the experience was really positive. Even though it was Monday night the place was buzzing and had a really nice atmosphere. While not the cheapest, we are already looking for an excuse to come back!

1 review so far 6
07.10.2014 11:17

Friendly, attentive service from the moment I arrived. A well stocked bar with an excellent range of spirits and bottled beers. Another time I might ask what they have on draft but when I said beer the barmaid pointed to the chiller cabinet and I'm glad because I'd never tried Johannes, lovely hoppy beer. We went for lard, mixed grilled meat and whiting starters - I could take or leave the whiting but the mixed grill (which you could get as a main was excellent) perhaps they could go a bit easier on the pork crackling - in my view you only need a little as garnish but that could just be me. For the main I had goose leg with braised red cabbage and fig - awesome. reading some other reviews that food came out cold from the kitchen was unfounded - mine was hot and delicious. My friend had breaded pork loin with sauteed potatoes (basically a schnitzel) and he loved it. We were too full to eat anything else and just carried on working our way through the beer list. I normally drink wine with a meal and we were phillsitines on this occasion but who cares eh? I'm a British-born Serb and for me this restaurant just pushed all the right buttons in terms of representing the best of Slavic cuisine, hospitality, authenticity and ambience - a rare thing in London. I'll definitely be going back. The prices are spot on. I read some reviews saying the prices were 'lofty'. If you think £4, £6-£8 for appetisers and starters and £14-20 for mains is lofty then you need counselling. Ognisko is great just don't tell everyone otherwise I won't be able to get a table!

1 review so far 5
12.10.2014 22:25

Reserved a spot here before attending a show at the Royal Albert Hall and they smartly have idea of a 2 or 3 course theatre meal. I went with 3. The appetizer was marinated herring with some vegetables and though it is not something I will necessarily remember, it arrived quickly and welcomed me into the meal. In fact, quickly and efficiently were the operative words for my service, never, even though dining alone, did it drag out. Speaking of this, I started with an apple and ginger lemonade, which was extremely refreshing, but like many house made lemonades I likely left it sitting too long and it tasted mostly like water by the end. As a main I ordered a porkchop that came with sauerkraut and apple something, it was one of the best pork chops in ever ate and the sauerkraut held none of the sourness I somewhat fear from it. The berries in the accompanying sauce I found too contrasting, but I did not need to eat them, the porkchop did not need them for me. Ending it off I had a ptys, which offered a great combo of pastry and cream without being too sweet. A very enjoyable meal.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2015 20:27

Ognisko is a real find; I've eaten here before, and was delighted to come back. It's one of my favourite London restaurants. The food is unfussy but classy, well cooked and delicious, and the service from every member of staff you meet is courteous, charming, happy, and efficient. There was a real buzz the night we went - apparently it was the 75th anniversary of the building being given to the Polish Government in exile during the war - and the dining room was full. Wonderful atmosphere. We dined on the lovely terrace at the back overlooking the garden square. There is also a comfortable bar for drinks and bar snacks, which is also usually busy. O yes, and they have a good cocktails list. And really, not expensive.

2 reviews so far 6
21.04.2015 07:12

Fabulous restaurant. Great place for dining with friends or pre theatre. Embassy style dining room with lovely terrace area. Great bar with fabulous choice of vodkas cocktails and wines and spirits. The bar food menu and a la carte menu look amazing but we opted for the pre theatre menu and were not disappointed. Delicious goose rillettes and a mackerel salad to start followed by a marinated salmon and traditional polish pork dish. Portions extremely generous so we could t manage the mouthwatering desserts although that could also be due to fact that we ate all the wonderful breads on the table before our meal arrived. Will definitely go back. Staff were charming and friendly.

3 reviews so far 5
27.08.2014 00:46

Attentive reception. First time there and made to feel welcome and comfortable. Loved the space; one doesn't feel crowded and you can hear yourself speak and the other person too without shouting; bliss! Food to die for, though pudding needed attention, but I spoke to someone about it and they tell me by the time I come again it will be sorted. A lovely place. Staff friendly and attentive without being around too much. As a fish eating vegetarian, I found the menu great; good choices. Straight vegetarians would also find this fine - and the dishes are different to the usual fare labelled v. Dishes a good size. Good selection of wines. Will be going again soon.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2015 11:22

Outstanding! Great location. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent service. Delicious food. All of the staff were so very friendly, we both felt at such ease. The menu was different from everywhere else, so I assume authentically Polish, and had plenty of choice. All of the food that we ordered, and we were greedy, was delicious. Prices were very reasonable. My nicest dining out experience for some time. We look forward to returning in better weather to take advantage of their terrace. Try the Zoladkowa vodkas even if, like me, you're not a vodka drinker.

1 review so far 6
27.09.2014 08:39

As always, the food at the restaurant was excellent as was the service. The surroundings are conducive to conversation as we have found other restaurants noisy with loud music playing. We always book into the Polish Hearth Club Restaurant prior to attending a function in town. Our last visit was before we attended the play upstairs in the functions room, Moliere's 'The Misanthrope' so we mixed a fine meal and wine with an excellent night's entertainment. Celia Lee - English speaking press executive for THE POLISH HEARTH CLUB.

1 review so far 6
27.11.2014 08:31

What a fabulous restaurant! Two minutes walk to Albert Hall so perfect for pre or post concert dining. Great ambience. Excellent service - friendly & relaxed yet super efficient. Food very high quality. Polish with a modern twist. Good sized portions and 'unfussy'' relying on quality ingredients. Bread so good I nearly had to cancel my main! We dine out a lot and couldn't fault this restaurant. We will certainly return and tell all our friends. Madeline & David . Cambridge

1 review so far 6
04.12.2014 08:23

The setting is really lovely, with high ceiling and nice furniture, but it is also not 'stiff' or too formal. We had drinks in the bar area for a while and then a great dinner. Staff was very friendly and helpful, they let you take your time to enjoy your meal, not trying to rush people out of the door. The room was lively but not too loud so it was a great place to go with friends.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2014 21:47

We stopped at Ognisko for a quick dinner before an event at the Albert Hall. We barely had an hour but still managed to have 3 courses. The waitress kept an eye on us and made sure we would not be late. The food was delicious, portions generous and the setting was beautiful. It is a shame we were in a rush. I will definitely go back to Ognisko and this time try the à la carte menu.

1 review so far 5
03.11.2014 09:46

Wonderful location near the NHM so you're able to combine with the Friday late night exhibition (Wildlife photographer at the moment). Ognisko has a glamorous olden days' feel, but is actually a very warm and friendly place. The bar is great and serves Polish vodka cocktails and the food is traditional Polish, which if you've not tried is fabulous....really tasty with some unusual flavours. We got lucky and picked the recent warm Halloween night so were able to sit outside for a friend's birthday. Really worth a visit any time of year though!

1 review so far 6
29.09.2014 23:23

I hadn't been to the Ognisko for years, and was delighted with the evening. The food was excellent, I had the beetroot soup, followed by the roast leg of goose and the apple fitters with ice cream, while some excellent Bordeaux was on offer as a bin end. My friends tried various dishes, and we were all impressed. The staff are a friendly bunch, and ;made us welcome, all in all a very good evening out. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
27.11.2014 07:51

A great restaurant and warm welcome. Service perfect and the food was amazing. We have never tried a Polish cuisine before, but I would not have thought it gets any better than Ognisko. Will definitely be coming back again. This get again proves what a wonderful city London is. Traditional authentic food at the highest level from so many different countries around the world, all within zone 1 of the tube network.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2014 19:56

Perfect service. Tasty food. Enjoyable environment. On a nice day, the outside terrace makes you feel like being in a village and not at the centre of London. The special menu is a very good value. The beetroot soup is a unique taste. The pancakes with chicken liver were perfect. The herring and the salmon for starters were excellent. The apple fritters, the cheesecake and the creme brulee are highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
05.12.2014 10:45

Lovely restaurant. Attentive and efficient service. Interesting menu with a high standard of cooking. We both enjoyed the quail as a starter and our daughter, aged 11, thought the beetroot soup superior to mine! To follow I had the duck and my husband the slow cooked pork. Both were beautifully prepared and very tasty. The restaurant is clearly very popular and has the genteel feel of a private club about it.

1 review so far 5
02.09.2014 08:47

Having now visited the restaurant four times since its refurbishment last year, I am delighted by the improvement in the WCs. As before, the staff are pleasant and helpful and the menu interesting. The vodka selection is as impressive as ever. For some strange reason, the food still seems to arrive at the table less than hot - though never inedibly cold. The dining room has lost its character in being bereft of the paintings/portraits so that it now could be anywhere. Adrian Clark

1 review so far 6
07.11.2015 11:46

Interesting menu obviously highlighting Polish themes and ingredients such as marinated herring, stews with dumplings, pork in many forms, very nicely presented. The dishes are largely traditional but with contemporary twists on flavours and accompaniments. And anything connected with Vodka is available! There is a handsome dining room and friendly and helpful service. It's not cheap but it represents good value, particularly the set menu.

3 reviews so far 6
28.02.2015 12:43

A few weeks ago we were there for dinner, this time we went back with friends for lunch and it was as good as ever. We shared the grilled meat starter - absolutely delicious. Mains were consistently good (especially the chicken livers) and the poppy-seed cake for dessert was also very tasty. Service was friendly and professional. Many thanks to all the team.

1 review so far 6
04.03.2017 08:40

Ognisko delivered a wonderful experience for me and my guests on Friday night. The service was attentive, food very tasty and there was an impressive selection of vodkas served in an elegant way with frozen shot glasses. We only ordered a choice of starters as portions are generous and my guests wanted to try different Polish food. One of my favorite restaurants!

1 review so far 5
13.10.2014 13:58

Excellent Polish restaurant in very elegant location. Food was amazing. Varity of bread to start with, delicious starters and excellent mains. We had the goose leg and pork shank, really big portions and excellent quality. Wanted to try the dessert but were too full. Service was a bit slow and could be more friendly especially as the place was half empty on a Friday night. But otherwise great experience and will go again.

2 reviews so far 5
13.10.2014 22:24

Ognisko, South Kensigton's Polish restaurant, is increasingly attracting more non-Polish clientèle, but the food remains as authentic (and delicious!) as ever, although it was a shame not to see a few more traditional delicacies (like bigos for example) on the menu. The placki more than made up for this though! The ambience was beautiful and the staff very friendly and efficiency. A little on the pricey side but nevertheless a great

1 review so far 5
11.02.2017 08:56

We had a very pleasant evening at Ognisko last night. One very minor quibble: we ordered a bottle of red wine and one of white. While we were busy chatting everyone was poured a glass of the white, whereas it might have been better to ask each person which they preferred. This was not a big problem and may have been due to a misunderstanding. The food was great.

4 reviews so far 6
09.08.2016 15:54

It was a nice day so we sat on the marquee covered terrace. Service was very smooth and efficient (and pleasant) despite the pre-Proms crowd. We both ate from the pre-theatre menu and our food was excellent and pretty good value for the calibre of food and location. A good choice away from the S Ken scrum.

1 review so far 4
30.08.2014 12:52

This restaurant has recently been refurbished quite pleasantly and has a nice continental ambience although the dimness of the lighting makes it quite hard to read either the menu or the bill. The bill indeed contained two unwelcome surprises - the addition of a 12.5% service charge which we hadn't spotted on the menu and a charge for wine which we had not ordered. The mistake was rectified when we pointed it out, however, and the food was good and the staff friendly.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2015 22:12

Always a pleasure to dine at Ognisko - bar area perfect for relaxing whilst waiting for friends - team attentive as always during the meal but not over bearing - only thing was the pea and ham soup was really more like vegetable broth - but still enjoyed ... Am sure will be back.

3 reviews so far 5
03.12.2016 14:53

I have been to Ognisko's many times over the years and, since its refurbishment, find the atmosphere to be delightful. The food is imaginative, full of flavour, and attractively presented, of course with a Polish influence, service helpful and cheerful, and the staff try to make sure that time constraints - such as getting to an event at the Albert Hall - are honoured.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2015 09:11

Lovely food - the steak tartar was almost as good as my mom's! Attentive staff and buzzing atmosphere. On the downside, alcohols [especially wine list] a bit overpriced but in the end of the day alcohol is not compulsory ;) Also a bit of a back ground music would be a nice touch. Apart from that great evening, thank you.

1 review so far 5
31.10.2014 23:05

5 of us. Ordered a mix of set menu and a la carte. Everything arrived together and was delicious indeed. Honey ham shank was amazing, so was the creme brûlée. We had 2 bottles of one of their cheapest wines, and found it to be most acceptable. Decor is lush, service friendly and unobtrusive, good value. Nice bar, as well

3 reviews so far 6
10.09.2014 00:24

Just so many good dishes to eat at this restaurant. And the fact that you can have so many of them as starter or main portions adds to the choice. Scrumptious! And the vodka is to die for - tried 2 types and loads more to go. Yippee!.

1 review so far 6
27.10.2014 17:44

The food, staff and atmosphere were all excellent. Staff friendly and attentive. If you want to try something different then Polish food makes an interesting change. A very good location if you wish to dine before attending an event at the Albert Hall. Would dine there again.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2014 11:12

It was both a delicious meal in a very pleasant environment & good service overall a very enjoyable experience & one to be explored further with a more leisurely one not having to race to either a Prom or Late Night Prom merely a dining experience. Bravo!

1 review so far 5
15.02.2015 09:47

Three for dinner on a Wednesday night. Not too busy when we arrived but buzzing by the time we left. Food was very tasty and the portions just the right size. The wine list was reasonable - we chose a bottle of the Georgian red which was very drinkable. Service was friendly. Will definitely come again.

1 review so far 3
05.03.2015 20:30

We have had excellent meals and service here before. Today it was very disappointing. Too many diners meant the kitchen was obviously stretched. The food was very, very slow to arrive and although it tasted good, it was lukewarm. We didn't send it back because we had to get to the Albert Hall for a 2.30 performance and after arriving at 12.45 we were served our tepid main course at 2.00pm. Don't know if we'll risk it again which is a shame because it is a place we looked forward to visiting.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2014 13:35

A lovely restaurant with friendly staff and an intriguing and delicious menu. Really enjoyed our meal and the location was ideal being so close to the Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington Tube. Hoping to be able to visit again the next time we're in London.

1 review so far 4
25.11.2015 09:49

The place is great and offers a really pleasant vibe. However, the quality of food is not amazing. I am Polish and wanted to impress my English friend with our traditional cuisine. We had few starters which were really delicious and a duck for the main. Unfortunately the meat wasn't very good. Luckily a bit of vodka and some very nice wine helped to make the experience positive.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2015 17:58

Ognisko restaurant is quite simply the finest place I have ever dined in my life. The cocktails (we had Martinis) set the mood and the food was really exceptional, served in a magnificent candle-lit space by attentive, friendly and professional staff. We shall return !

1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 14:35

Great service, very attentive. We were celebrating our first anniversary. We had our wedding in Ognisko and the staff remembered who we were and gave us complimentary lemon vodka! The building is beautiful and the food is just superb. We will be back!

1 review so far 6
23.03.2015 16:16

We had the pre-theatre menu which is very good value. The food was good and the service very pleasant. The surroundings are lovely and relaxing. This was our second visit and we will be going back again soon in the next few weeks.

2 reviews so far 5
25.11.2015 07:49

Great location for Royal Albert Hall. The dining room is elegant and the service was excellent you could ask lots of questions about the menu. The food was good but unfortunately my rump of lamb was a bit on the tough side. Our starters of potato pancakes were very good

1 review so far 6
10.11.2014 08:43

Excellent food and very professional service. We visited for Sunday lunch but resisted the traditional roast and e njoyed potato pancakes with salmon followed by delicious duck with red cabbage. Too well fed to manage dessert but cheese cake looked amazing.

1 review so far 6
17.09.2014 21:15

A warm open welcome was indicative of what was to come. Service and attentiveness equal to the best restaurants coupled with an easy going informal manner. Food and drinks totally hit the mark and at 40 a head a real steal.

1 review so far 4
29.03.2015 07:53

another great meal and fun time. Food was really good, got to sample some new flavoured vodkas and a honey beer. Only minor grumble was the service which, at times, was a bit haphazard e.g. had to ask for milk for the coffee three times and remind the waitress about a soft drink twice. Will be going again soon.

1 review so far 5
11.04.2015 10:14

Wonderful food. Kind service. We had lunch in the beautiful terrace with the views of a quiet park. Downside, the food took a while to be ready and coffees took so long that they arrived warm to our table, but other than that we have no complaints.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2014 22:43

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ognisko. The restaurant room was beautiful, the atmosphere was vibrant, the service was excellent and, most of all, the food was exquisite. One of the best meals we've had for quite a while.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2014 06:09

Somewhere a bit different, Great service from Marta, knowledgeable, helpful and just a warm friendly person. Surroundings superb and food excellent. Great place for a pre RAH meal, may try some of the vodkas next time Thank You Ognisko.