Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Central London is a swanky seafood restaurant inside the Corinthia Hotel. Savor the best in London with Party Earth. London England 51.506859 -0.124454
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Party Earth Review Oysters have long been rumored to be aphrodisiacs, and regardless of whether that’s actually true, Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar certainly has the requisite sex appeal. Given its location in the opulent... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Northern, Southeastern Lines: Charing Cross

  • Phone:

    020 7998 0555

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa noon–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar Review

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Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Central London is a swanky seafood restaurant inside the Corinthia Hotel. Savor the best in London with Party Earth.

Oysters have long been rumored to be aphrodisiacs, and regardless of whether that’s actually true, Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar certainly has the requisite sex appeal.

Given its location in the opulent Corinthia Hotel, entering Massimo is like stepping into a Victorian palace. Striped gray-and-white marble columns hold up the towering ceiling, from which a series of huge glass orbs hang precariously, while mosaic designs dance across the walls alongside an extensive library of fine wines housed in gleaming gold shelves behind glittering glass.

The well to do, of course, make a grand showing in the long rows of leather booths lining the walls, be they hotel guests, high-flying West End locals, or dapper tourists on their way to catch a show in the theater district.

An army of predominantly Italian and universally food-savvy waiters serve lobster spaghetti, crispy squid, and filleted sea bass, as well as plenty of heaping plates of oysters that the clientele manages to slurp down with effortless grace.

The glitz comes with a price, though a pre-theater special enables couples on a romantic date to grab a three-course meal for a “paltry” £25, and individual oysters at £1.50 make it possible for the mollusk-curious to easily sidle up to the large bar and try a couple.

Stylish and very relaxed, Massimo Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a treat worthy of royalty, but open to everyone willing to pony up for that special night.

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Tip from Adriana:

Indelicate as this may sound, the maze-like walk to the facilities passes through the heart of the Corinthia Hotel and its one-million-pound chandelier, which has one thousand and one pieces of crystal and is definitely worth a look. So be sure to go to the loo!

  • Crowd

    A milieu of fashionable foreigners and other upscale hotel guests, bankers, lawyers, politicos, and the general posh West End set, pre-theater groups, and romantic couples splurging before a show or for a celebratory night out, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient mix of jazz, easy listening, funky beats, and even the occasional electronica.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full Italian menu including an assortment of fresh fish, squid, and lobster, pasta dishes, a few steak and chicken entrées, and lots of oysters.

    Private dining room available.

    Pre-theater set menu available for lunch from noon–3pm and from 6–7pm daily.

  • Prices

    Starters £7–£16, entrées £16–£29+, set pre-theatre menu £21.50/two courses or £25/three courses, oysters £1.50 each.

    Beer £4.50–£20, wine £6.50–£16+/glass or £33–£200+/bottle, cocktails £10–£16.50, spirits £4.50–£25+

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy: suits, blazers, designer dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night from 6 to 7pm for the pre-theater menu deal, or any evening for a romantic and memorable dining experience.

  • Close By

    Bassoon Bar in the Corinthia Hotel maintains the chic ambiance, but in a more intimate space and with an obvious focus on high-class boozing over high-class nosh.

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