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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Franco-Italian cooking in stylish surroundings

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

French super-chef Alain Ducasse is a master of haute cuisine, whose full-on formal style has made its mark at The Dorchester, but he also has a passion for more simple and humble things, particularly when they involve the sunny flavours of the Riviera. Here at the glitzy Bulgari Hotel is Rivea London, where his protégé Alexandre Nicolas draws on the tastes of Italy and France to create dynamic and classic dishes. A grand staircase sweeps downstairs to a vision of retro-style art deco glamour, cream leather and dark wood, with polished service befitting the postcode, and the menus follow suit with an array of undemanding, but stylishly realised Mediterranean food. A soft boiled egg sits alluringly atop cod brandade and pumpkin risotto, or you might open with grilled octopus, chickpeas and fennel. This is a kitchen that knows how to buy as well as cook, so the first-class produce continues to shine in a dish of duck breast partnered with textures of beetroot, radish and turnip, or another where halibut fillet arrives in the company of shellfish and Cassis white wine sauce. There's evident technical skill right the way through to a classic chocolate tart, or a contemporary take on a vacherin of hazelnut, poached pear and caramel.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Alexandre Nicolas

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French, Italian Riviera
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 420
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Pavillion Road

Additional information

  • Seats: 82
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

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