Dear diners, keep in mind that Ognisko cannot guarantee booking requests for their terrace. Even so, please state your seating preferences when booking and Ognisko will try to accommodate.
Ognisko is a London institution when it comes to fine dining with an Eastern European and Polish bent. Located in supremely elegant, terrace-house premises along South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, Ognisko also boasts a terrace that opens out onto Prince’s Gardens, perfect for al fresco dining. The building is also home to the members-only Polish Hearth Club; but the critically-acclaimed Ognisko is open to all comers and is ideal for cocktail and canape receptions (Ognisko boasts, by the way, an incredible selection of vodka), private parties, weddings and corporate events.
Just one of the positive side effects of opening an exclusive community club’s restaurant to the public is that diners can enjoy some of the cool things that go on inside. Critically-acclaimed Polish and Eastern European restaurant Ognisko shares the same Exhibition Road premises as London’s Polish Hearth Club, meaning it’s entirely possible that you can have dinner before or after watching an example of Polish cinema’s compelling output. Classic such as Ida, or Polanski’s Repulsion, shot on location in and around South Kensington. Then again, most people who wish to take full advantage of Ognisko’s facilities opt instead for either casual dining or private hire in part or in full: for canapes or buffets, set party menus, not to mention fabulous wedding receptions and corporate functions, organised with the assistance of a dedicated team of party planners.
Dining at Ognisko is a special experience. Set in a stunning Victorian-era terrace along South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, diners step through the imposing entrance into a foyer dominated by a sweeping, filigreed staircase. The light-filled dining rooms echo, in more traditional fashion, the spacious atmosphere of Ognisko’s sister restaurant Baltic (an equally renowned Eastern European eatery in Southwark). On sunny days, the rear terrace, open to Prince’s Gardens, is ideal for al fresco dining. There’s an incredible array of dishes to sample here, from Poland, Hungary, Russia and elsewhere. Needless to say, it’s absolutely essential to book a table far in advance – this is one of London’s most popular fine dining restaurants.
One of my favourite places Food interesting and varied . Service very good and lovely setting and a must for me to visit in South Kensington
Amazing food and service in a beautifully designed LONDON restaurant. Ideal for a pre-dinner meal before popping over to the Royal Albert Hall for entertainment
We had a great time at Ognisko restaurant. We visited it on the sunny day and got a table in the garden. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We’ll definitely come back there.
Beautifully setting and great food - nice staff ! We ll come back soon English and Polish speaking staff Upscale restaurant our family was delighted
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.