Restaurants in Covent Garden

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If you fancy some spice, are itching for Italian or are just in the mood for a great burger, Covent Garden has a range of restaurants to satisfy. Try Clos Maggiore for traditional French fare or Opera Tavern for Spanish. Wherever you go for dinner, get dessert from gelateria Scoop. Check out our guide to the best mid-priced dining options in Covent Garden. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.


Opera Tavern

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Despite growing competition, the Opera Tavern remains one of Covent Garden's best dining options and among London’s top tapas restaurants. Formerly a pub, it’s split into a slightly charmless upstairs restaurant and a cosy, mirror-backed bar at street level. The latter has been stylishly updated with chocolate leather bar stools, copper spotlights and an open grill; the main kitchen is in the beer cellar. The Spanish-Italian menu is kept fresh with regular specials. The

  1. 23 Catherine Street, WC2B 5JS
  2. Tapas £2.80-£15.50
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Dishoom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A swish Bombay brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial 'Irani cafés' of Bombay, Dishoom is filled with retro design features: whirring ceiling fans, low-level lighting and walls adorned with vintage Indian magazine advertising. The look is certainly distinctive, but the effect can be so slick when compared to the real thing that the venue can feel rather soulless and corporate. This doesn’t stop the design-conscious and Indophile thronging here through the day, from

  1. 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB
  2. Main courses £1.70-£11.50
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Flesh & Buns

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

How did food get quite so rock ’n’ roll? This summer London’s teeming with ‘gourmet’ fast food joints, rooftop pop-up bars, night food markets and street food vendors. This new wave of edgier eateries are changing the game for restaurateurs too – crisp tablecloths and prim service are out, industrial-chic décors and young, liberally pierced and tattooed staff are in. One chef who’s at the fore of the latest trends is Ross Shonhan. His first solo venture, Bone

  1. 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
  2. Main courses £13-£24
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10 Cases

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The wooden chairs and tables spilling on to the pavement beneath a wide blue awning, the small room with its white walls, the bonhomie of the chef and patron, the buzz of a contented local crowd – all play to the popular image of a French wine bar. But you’d be hard-pressed to find as considered, interesting and wide-ranging a wine list across the Channel. The ‘10 cases’ of the name refer to the maximum quantity bought in, which keeps the line-up fresh and seasonal. The

  1. 16 Endell Street, WC2H 9BD
  2. Main courses £11-£30. House wine £23 bottle,...
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Jamie's Italian Covent Garden

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Jamie Oliver has got everything right at his chain of mid-priced restaurants designed to compete with the likes of Carluccio’s, Giraffe and Strada. It certainly leaves those last two in the shade. At our latest visit to the Covent Garden branch, someone knocked a nearly full bottle of red wine off a neighbour’s table and the staff couldn’t have been nicer about it. They supplied colouring sheets, crayons and retro View-Masters (with picture menus) to the kids, and didn’t

  1. 11 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB
  2. Main courses £9.85-£15.95
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Condesa

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

It’s always a good sign when the waitress insists you start your night with a sherry. This little tapas joint off Covent Garden has dark wooden tables for two opposite the bar, and larger tables lining the wall at the back. The menu is small but varied. Pick up citrusy pulled pork quesadillas or spicy chicken chipotle bocadillo sandwiches for lunch, or come for dinner specials that change weekly and, of course, a glass of sherry. Condesa takes its tapas inspiration from across

  1. 15 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NG
  2. Tapas £4-£12
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Clos Maggiore

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Romantic settings don’t get more splendidly over-the-top than this. Take your pick from the wood-panelled restaurant or the atmospheric conservatory, bedecked in a forest of fake white blossoms that seem to extend into eternity as they bounce off the restaurant’s mirrors. Fairy lights, candles and a fireplace add to the soft focus vibe. On our early evening visit, tables were filled with mature couples and curious tourists. It’s a Provençal-inspired menu, and although à

  1. 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
  2. Main courses £17-£29. Set meal (lunch...
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Bill's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

If you are looking for the unconnected restaurant run by Australian chef Bill Granger, called Granger & Co, click here; Bill's (London) is not connected to bills (Sydney). Growing like topsy, Bill’s now stretches from its East Sussex home right across the south of England and into Wales. This St Martin’s Courtyard branch was the first in the capital and now one of two in Covent Garden alone. The formula is clearly working. Grocery-lined shelves add plenty of colour, if not

  1. 13 Slingsby Place, St Martin's Courtyard, WC2E 9AB
  2. Main courses £8.95-£15.95
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Polpo Covent Garden

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

It’s little wonder Polpo IV’s starting to look like a chain restaurant, presenting fans with a creeping sense of déjà vu. Here (again) are the tin ceiling tiles, the filament light bulbs, the zinc bar tops, even the staff with heavy tattoos. Polpo Soho is simply more of the same. Polpo’s kitchen here is still on form though. The meatball section has been beefed up, and our pork and fennel version was moist and well spiced, served in a rich and flavour-packed tomato

  1. 6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA
  2. Dishes £3-£14.Meal for two with drinks and...
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Great Queen Street

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A product of the noughties gastropub boom, Great Queen Street still turns out dishes in the tradition of its antecedents, and of the year it was founded (2007). Yet despite the casual feel, pub-like look and cacophony of voices, this is no pub – it’s a sit-down restaurant where bookings are almost essential. The excellent location, mere steps away from central Covent Garden, ensures its perennial popularity. The prized outdoor tables are almost never vacant, but walk-ins may

  1. 32 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
  2. Main courses £10.80-£22
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Andrew Campbell
Andrew Campbell

Odin's bistro in Marylebone has re-opened with a new chef, new manager and a new operation and is a welcome addition to the area. Bitsro's quite rightly are in fashion and I would encourage you to visit Odin's. the menu is reasonably priced and the food is genuinely good...life has moved on thankfully.

Lucy
Lucy

Circus Restaurant (on Endell Street) is clearly missing.