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Vivat Bacchus

$$ - $$$
Wine Bar, European
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47 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4LL, England (Charterhouse Street)
+44 20 7353 2648
12:00 - 23:30
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:30
Sat 17:00 - 23:30
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well what can I say what a great place. Service staff and atmosphere fantastic. We chilled at bar then taken to table ( nice and private in corner) had the special cheese board to share for starters followed by the ostrich steaks which I have to say was fantastic. Only grumble was price of wine £50 for oyster bay (... More 

Thank Alan p
San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is friendly and courteous. The food is good, but I suspect foodies would find it average. I've found the the atmosphere is conducive to having dinner with colleagues after a long day at work.

Thank Gary D
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, good food very large selection of good wines from south africa. The meat was good but to be honest i have had better steaks.

Thank chrisss2345
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a perfect place for a casual or business related lunch. Lovely, attentive & very swift service! We shared baked Camembert followed by a risotto & steak combo. All cooked perfectly so truly cannot fault it. I'm not sure about the general atmosphere during dinner service ( as it was very quiet when we were there) but guessing it... More 

Thank Patrycja S
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I had hoped for a good steak . Whilst the flavour was good the steaks arrived cool, I guess having been plated a while before the waiter delivered to our table . Too late to send back , bottom line not in the same league as competitors and more pricey.

Thank townma17
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Good bustling atmosphere - looked off-putingly cool but soon relaxed as staff friendly and food delicious. And rather than just beating another trend eatery, the cuisine is Basque. Prices seems reasonable but then also down to small portions, or rather choice of portion sizes (including the annoying habit of selling food by weight - why not just offer small or... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great restaurant and outstanding welcome from the owner who is South African - it originally specialised in South African fayre but regardless the food is outstanding. An excellent wine cellar with sooo many choices and a first class Cheese Cave that will only surprise and delight :) ..........

1 Thank kenlB1578ZE
Leicester, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

There were 10 of us for a few pre xmas drinks and meal. so quiet affair, NOT Excellent private dining room in the cellars and able to then go around the cellar to view the wines. Excellent treat food was very good , cote de bouef a triumph. Servcie excellent and all with a smile The cheese cellar, yes they... More 

Thank FFlierman
Johannesburg, South Africa
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Vivat Bacchus is a great choice for a business lunch, sundowners or dinner. Well located, it boasts a great atmosphere, attentive staff, present management, and a touch of South African flavour. I've always had a good experience here. The menu is varied but the meat options are clear winners.

Thank psychologist_79
Miami, Florida
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221 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Went here as part of a group for wine tasting and it was just simply amazing! The owner knew a member of our party so we got special treatment and it was just superb. The menu is varied and we sampled a number of South African dishes like Biltong and Karoo Lamb with the owner explaining that he had to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$44
Wine Bar, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4LL, England
    (Charterhouse Street)
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Holborn
  • Neighbourhood: Holborn
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7353 2648
If you love fine wine and fine food - in that order - then you should run and not walk to Vivat Bacchus right this minute. Dedicated to the god of wine, Vivat Bacchus is not only a place for fine dining. It has a passionate dedication to the best of the grape. You will be invited to visit the three wine cellars, one each for red, white, and champagne, to choose bottles to complement your food. Take your time - they hold around 6000 bottles with 250 different labels. Later you might like to visit the cheese cellar to choose among eighty local and imported cheeses to savour at the end of your meal. Oh! The meal! Right. The Head Chef is Robert Staegemann, formerly of Launceston Place Restaurant, who offers a menu that's a scrumptious amalgam of classic French and dishes influenced by cooking cultures from all over the world. Choose starter of cured foie gras with plum chutney and toast, main course of roast breast of guinea fowl with papardelle pasta, crispy pancetta and red wine glaze, and pud of banana creme brulee, or just the aforementioned cheeses with port. The ambience is smart and sophisticated with decor that will pleasantly remind you of wine cellars decorated with labels and labelled bin ends.

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