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Vivat Bacchus Farringdon, London,

Vivat Bacchus Farringdon

4.5
4.5
1040 Reviews
£26 to £40
Southern African
A taste of South Africa.

Vivat Bacchus is a South African restaurant and wine bar, offering sustainable, seasonal menus along with an impeccable South African wine list.

Whether you’re dining with us, hosting a party or wedding in our private spaces, taking a tour of our wine cellars or cheese rooms or joining our regular wine events, we’re all about simplicity and consistency – good food and great wine, time after time. We feature rare breed meats, grilled to perfection, making us one of the best restaurants in Farringdon.

The decor, slightly industrial with open ceilings, exposed pipes and ducts creates the feeling of being in a working winery and an unpretentious, no nonsense atmosphere. Fans whirring in cheese rooms and wine cellars stocked to the brim leaves one with no doubt where the focus of the business lies.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Southern African, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7353 2648
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Four distinct private and semi private rooms are available for private hire at Vivat Bacchus Farringdon. We can cater for sit-down meals, meetings, networking functions, drink parties and tailor-made group wine tastings.
  • Private party contact
    Events team: 020 7353 2648
  • Neighbourhood
    Farringdon
  • Cross Street
    Charterhouse Street
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane, City Thameslink
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,040 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,040 Reviews
  1. Tim81

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the third (or fourth?) Time me and my friend have been here. Never expected it to become a semi regular place to eat! The food is excellent, as is the service. Plus if you like your wines then this has an excellent choice.

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  2. ValH

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very nice experience overall! The SA wine that I had again (Paul Cluver Pinot Noir) was superb & the ox cheek main delicious. If I were to point out potential improvement points, then it would be portion sizes. I would have liked to have a bigger plate for the price.

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  3. Tim81

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous place. Came here with a friend to catch-up. Service was excellent, our waitress was informal, attentive and very friendly. Food was fantastic. Well cooked, full of flavour (we even had dessert and that was equally as good as the mains). Also ordered some wine. The wine choice is excellent and that persuaded us to have a cheeky port with dessert too. All in all a fantastic place to eat and drink. We will be coming back again very soon!!

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  4. MichaelG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An excellent restaurant; food is delicious and also, moderately priced. The staff are also very welcoming.

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  5. DavidvV

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've had a lovely time dining in your restaurant again, Anna and Karl were looking after us and it was a great experience. Karoo lamb was delish! Biltong was too dry, wine was excellent! Look forward to going back. Thank you Anna and Karl.

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  6. CityGuy

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Relaxed staff, nice to have a table for drinks and sharing board

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  7. PeterG

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class food and service Will most certainly be coming back.

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  8. David

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very good as was the wine Ribeye steak was not cooked to required level (asked for medium, got medium rare-rare) and wasn't hot. We sent it back and came out better. We were overall a little disappointed with the steak.

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  9. Mintyeatingout

    Hertfordshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb! Have been before and will be back. Staff and service spot on. Thank you.

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  10. DudleyP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good ingredients, well cooked, and decent-sized portions. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  11. DebbieH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, cooked perfectly. Friendly staff, attentive when needed. Great selection of wine.

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  12. krysteneb

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very enjoyable evening with delightful food and wine. Waiting staff could have been slightly more attentive but would highly recommend

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The experience was overall ok - not great value for money, service was shaky but friendly, food is probably South African soul food but at these prices I was expecting a little more finesse.
    Vivat Bacchus FarringdonResponded on July 17, 2023
    Dear guest, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We take all our feedback very seriously. I am so sorry to hear that you left as an unhappy guest. I would like to find out when you were visiting our restaurant so we could investigate further. Could you please contact me directly on thanos@vivatbacchus.co.uk Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanos

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  14. Anniina

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of our party enjoyed the crocodile goujons and ostrich steak. Lovely to have new meats to try! Cooked to perfection.

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  15. MathiasC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most enjoyable meals I have ever had. The wine selection was excellent as well.

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  16. NickM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service - particularly from the lady running the show

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  17. Sabb

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, best steak I’ve had in a while. Both the staff and Ana the manager were helpful and very attentive !

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  18. maurice

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great business lunch with ambiance, simple and tasty food and lovely wine.

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  19. Jackie

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were blown away with the kindness shown for his special birthday. The staff were warm, friendly and made you feel relaxed and you didn't feel rushed. The food was absolutely first class, every mouthful of our starters and main meal was outstanding, didn't want it to end!! Sadly didn't have room for puddings but if we're back in this area in the future we'll be back!! You won't be dissappointed!

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  20. gtan

    London

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wine and service. T bone steak particularly good value. Always delighted to eat here

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  21. FreddieH

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good menu for all 3 courses and variety at a reasonable price

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  22. HARRIETD

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was wonderful and very helpful and attentive. I wasn't too keen on my peri-peri flattie but the rest of my party's food looked great and they seem to really love it, so I think I just chose wrong! The chips were good though!

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  23. susan

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great front of door service, great waitress. Food very good and reasonable prices but the wine is very over priced. You should offer a house wine that is under £30

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  24. TomD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere, not too busy or crowded, and very attentive and helpful staff

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  25. Callumw

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took the team for a celebratory Lunch. We were welcomed at the door, shown to our seats and recommended a few items off the menu. Our waiter (unfortunately I did not get his name) was very courteous and polite. The Rib Eye steak was fantastic, highly recommend 800g. 3 very satisfied team members, we will surely be back soon! Thank you!!

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  26. SallyM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My lamb starter and steak were fabulous unfortunately two of my family had the chicken peri peri which apparently was tasteless which was disappointing as everyone else had a great meal

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine selection by the glass was varied and good quality. The main course of the pork chop was a good size as was the steak although disappointed that the ostrich steak was not available. We did order a side of chips - not phenomenal in taste - and a side of green salad with Parmesan. However both the mains came with a green salad on the plate so what was not really needed was another bowl. Should have been signposted. Service was attentive though for drink refills and the bill

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  28. KarenM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliable destination with great wine and a menu that never fails to impress.

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  29. pnuk

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Like everything these days, a bit pricey. But the food, wine and service were very good indeed

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  30. MargaretS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my second visit as the first time in March the food was absolutely amazing for somone who can't have nuts and dairy. This time the choice was very limited most of the vegan dishes had nuts and majority of main dairy. I have not been offered any alternatives just an allergy list to look through. More choices for vairtey of allergies and being more accommodating would be highly appreciated as the first time the service was so much better. If yesterday was my first experience I don't think i would ever come back and recommend your restaurant to my family and friends. Please let me know when your menue is going to change to can visit again.

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  31. DEAN

    London

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    TBH I was expecting more, but overall it was Ok. Corked bottle of wine immediately changed with no fuss. Starter & main portions not very large but each side dish and the creme brulee were each big enough for two people ! With the amount of good competition in walking distance I doubt I will be recommending Vivat Bacchus to friends for much other than a casual lunch.

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  32. MikeS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vivat is a fabulous restaurant. Great food and wine. Service top grade. Highly recommended.
    Vivat Bacchus FarringdonResponded on May 10, 2023
    Hi Mike, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Vivat Bacchus Farringdon. It’s nice to read that you had a great time with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards Thanos

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  33. EdwardR

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    surprising comment but the staff were too attentive; they interrupted our conversation far too frequently. It it sht bane of a guest's life to be asked if everything is fine every few minutes. If it were not fine we would be signalling, so as long as you are paying attention to signals then that is enough The noise was overwhelming.
    Vivat Bacchus FarringdonResponded on May 10, 2023
    Dear Edward, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are so sorry that your table was over serviced with your last visit with us. Many of our guests do love good service and interaction, We try our best to get that balance right. Thursday evenings usually get loud and busy. When you book next time please request a quiet table and we shall try our best. Best wishes, Thanos

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delicious evening of lovely food and wine. We were very well looked after, and the food, wine and service were all magnificent.

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  35. richarde

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would suggest that the cheapest red at £40 is too high
    Vivat Bacchus FarringdonResponded on May 10, 2023
    Dear Richards Thank you for your valuable feed back. We strive to share the most amazing wines possible at the best prices to all our guests. Unfortunately as you would know better quality wines from smaller boutique wineries always cost a bit more. Both local and international produce is so high currently. We are always looking for better wines and greater prices. We hope to see you soon, please speak to our team next time to help you find the best possible wine. Best, Thanos

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  36. Asad

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food with good, friendly and efficient service. Nice variety and ambience was lovely

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  37. MichaelG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful lunch time dining experience, with two professional colleagues. The staff are excellent; the food is wonderful. Perfect venue for pretty much any occasion. Will be back soon!

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  38. MmmL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food our South African friend said tasted like home. We loved everything, but the cheesecake and the beef carbonnade were outstanding. Lovely service and nice atmosphere. We'll definitely be coking back.

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  39. JoannaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really tasty food, I would definitely return and good value for money.

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  40. Rebecca

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Good: location, availability. Good wine list. Bad: no cocktails at all, asked for bread three times before it arrived, waited over an hour for the main course, food (steak) underwhelming and not worth the price. Asked for pudding menu twice and then gave up and just got the bill. Tapenade curiously tastes like curry paste. That being said, when they realised how poor our experience had been, they were gracious in removing the 12.5% service charge and replacing it with a 15% discount and fetching complimentary pudding wine.
    Vivat Bacchus FarringdonResponded on April 20, 2023
    Dear Rebecca Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit. It breaks our hearts to hear that you did not have a good time with us. We would love to make it up to you and invite you for a dinner on us. Please feel free to contact me on thanos@vivatbacchus.co.uk as I would like to make a more meaningful apology. I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards Thanos

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FAQs

Vivat Bacchus Farringdon is rated 4.5 stars by 1040 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for Vivat Bacchus Farringdon

47 Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4LL

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Charterhouse Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Farringdon
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Southern African, Steak, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane, City Thameslink
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7353 2648
  • Private party facilities
    Four distinct private and semi private rooms are available for private hire at Vivat Bacchus Farringdon. We can cater for sit-down meals, meetings, networking functions, drink parties and tailor-made group wine tastings.
  • Private party contact
    Events team: 020 7353 2648
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