Christopher's

Restaurants, American Covent Garden
Christopher's

This Covent Garden fixture reopened in spring 2013 after a major refurbishment of its grand, imposing premises (Grade II-listed and formerly a casino). Everything we ate during our weekday lunch was excellent: two starters from the carte and a couple of dishes from the set lunch. Two clichés of London’s American restaurant scene, caesar salad and crab cakes, were flawlessly executed. From the set lunch, beef carpaccio was top-notch yet almost overshadowed by a main of blackened salmon with ‘jambalaya risotto’. The flavourful rice showed real understanding of cajun seasoning – rare in London – and the flavourful fish was properly blackened while remaining juicy within. You can pay serious money for steak or Maine lobster, but the Martini Bar serves relatively inexpensive meals. The pre- and post-theatre set menu is a bargain, and brunch offers everything from granola to ribeye steak. Service is confident and competent, and the wine list is a welcome rarity for places of this kind: ignoring expensive trophy bottles, sharply focused on offering quality at every price range, starting from around £20. Many American-style restaurants have popped up since this venue opened in 1991. They still have much to learn from Christopher’s.

 

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Venue name: Christopher's
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Address: 18 Wellington Street
London
WC2E 7DD
Opening hours: Bar Open/meals served 11.30am-midnight Mon-Wed; 11.30am-1.30am Sat; 11.30am-10.30pm Sun.Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 11.30am-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 5-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Both Main courses £17.95-£68 Set meal (5-6.15pm Mon-Sat) £16 2 courses, £22 3 courses
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tastemaker

Christophers is an elegant, stylish bar that serves fabulous cocktails and an amazing fine dining experience. The food offered a variety of dishes served with sophisticated combinations and accompanied by exquisite wine. I would highly recommend this restaurant but make sure you book well in advance. We have also gone back recently to enjoy a gin and tonic at the bar which once again came with fantastic service . Although paying above average London prices christophers is somewhere you can dress up and enjoy a great evening.

tastemaker

Christopher’s is such an exquisite, artistic restaurant filled with the most diverse dishes on the menu.

I have seen adventurous menus in my time and Christopher’s is quite special. You’ll have a fabulous evening at the luxurious, glamorous Christopher’s in Covent Garden.

An evening of tranquility and indulgence is what you’ll have at the monumental Christopher’s.

The architectural design and layout is magnificently crafted. A very welcoming, warm sensation is felt when entering.

This was my first time dining at Christopher’s and I’ll definitely go back again.

The entrance is quite grand and then your taken upstairs to the dining area. The stairs are quite magical, I do love spiral staircases.

It had this old, historic, textured feel within the interior.

I get very excited over small things.

The chandeliers are very unique and the setting is calm, intimate and very sensual.

The lighting is just the right tone to set the dining room.

The menu is immense and there is so much choice from salads, pastas & risottos, steaks & lobsters to meat & vegetarian and fish.

A long list of delicious sides and a huge amount of scrumptious deserts.

I have to say the quality of the food is incredibly impeccable, but the prices are quite high.

I agree that you have to pay for the quality and the luxury of the food your eating.

I decided to go for something a little simple as I was very spoilt for choice.

I definitely wanted to try the Grilled Lobster with Mango Chilli Salsa & Cobb Salad, but I’m going to keep that for my next visit.

I went for the Superfood Salad and chose the Mac & Cheese for my side.

It was divine and just beautifully seasoned.

Exquisitely presented on the plate and loved every single ingredient of the salad.

It had avocado, quinoa, lentils, blueberries, sunflower & flax seeds, pomegranate, beets with a miso & cumin dressing.

The crunchiness of the seeds, the softness of the quinoa and avocado blended gracefully with the sweetness of the pomegranate and blueberries.

The Mac & Cheese complemented my salad very well. It was a combination of flavours to die for.

It was a fantastic experience and your treated with the utmost respect.

This American inspired restaurant is a treat and a wonderful place for any couples or families to join together and embrace the beauty of food.

I have to come back to try their exuberant desserts. It’s on my list.

The ambience was perfect throughout.

Enjoy an evening at Christopher’s.

#TOTastemaker

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tastemaker

If I were to summarise my experience at Christopher’s, it would probably be, “disappointing pancakes”.


I’d heard a lot about brunch at Christopher’s because a) the location is ideal (Covent Garden) and b) they have a ‘build-your-own pancakes’ menu. We didn’t order specifically from this pancake menu because what we wanted was actually already an item on the regular brunch menu. We went for the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, which consisted of 3 buttermilk pancakes, a small shot of blueberry compote, and a small shot of pancake syrup.


This was disappointing because the pancakes were quite small in size and not as thick and fluffy as buttermilk pancakes normally are. It was great to share between two as a dessert but probably wouldn’t have been enough as a main dish. The blueberry compote was interesting as it had both chunks and smooth bits, and remained slightly acidic. This contrasted well against the sweet pancake syrup. However, it was exactly that, pancake syrup and not maple syrup! This seems to be the common syrup to use and provide in restaurants, as maple syrup is more expensive but it just doesn’t taste the same and in my opinion, isn’t very nice as it doesn’t carry its own flavour, just sweetness. It was nice to dip the pancakes into it though because it gave them some moisture. Eating them on their own was too dry!


For my main, I went for my favourite brunch dish, the Avocado & Tomato Toast. This came as a single slice of toast topped with smashed avocado and a walnut pesto spread and sprinkled with flax seeds and red chili flakes. I added a poached egg on top of that, as it seemed quite a small portion. Everything was well presented, with the poached egg oozing out a lovely orange colour when broken into and the smashed avocado lifted in taste and flavour with the addition of the walnut pesto. However, the toast was way too tough! It was a challenge to cut into with the knife provided and gave the overall dish an added chew that it didn’t need. Although delicious, I don’t think it was worth £8 without the poached egg and £10 with the poached egg! It was a rather small serving and I don’t think the ingredients used justify that price tag.


To go along with our brunch, we ordered martinis, as the bar downstairs is known for their martinis. I went for the Karamel Apple Pie-Tini. This was tasty but I couldn’t actually taste any karamel in it! It was sweet and the flavour of apple came through but for such a strong flavour like caramel to be missing was a mystery to me.

The service on the other hand, was lovely! The waiters were efficient and came around to offer us a selection of bread while we ordered and waited for our food to be served. I went for the Tomato Bread, which was lovely. Although slightly dry, it was flavourful and I could see the redness from the tomatoes used and the sprinkle of herbs too. It was also quick to order a coffee at the end of our meal and to receive and pay for the bill.


I liked the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant though. It was classy but could be made into a casual setting too. For brunch, it felt more casual and relaxed, whereas I imagine the dinner service can be a lot more formal. I also liked that from one of the tables in the restaurant, you could see down Waterloo Bridge. It’s an amazing view and I’d say probably the best table in the house!

tastemaker

Just when I thought I had found the best lamb in London, I manage to be blown away by the talented chef at Christopher's. Having popped in for a very reasonably priced pre theatre set menu, I was extremely pleased by the excellent plating, fresh produce, friendly, efficient staff and great ambiance. This stylish restaurant is one that I have passed by many a time and I am so pleased o decided to venture in. It's one I will continue to recommend to my fellow foodies. The food is expertly prepared, the lamb so tender, the purée perfect and the beetroot salad was a great start to the evening. The Malbec went down a treat and so did the Martini from is specialist bar downstairs.

Tastemaker

Christmas season is tough. All those party obligations large and small, spread out across town, take their toll. A good thing to come out of all this debauchery (apart from the embarrassing stories to tell about your otherwise low key colleagues, friends and partners) is that you get to experience new venues normally outside your radar. Christopher's in Covent Garden is exactly such place. It's a glorified American all-day diner, complete with a martini bar, a steakhouse and a basement function room. I wouldn't have gone there normally. As a grand dining room (high ceilinged and old school) it falls behind the likes of The Wolseley, The Delaunay and the other venues in the grand European tradition Corbin & King group does so well, and it's not hip and quirky enough to warrant a dinner party with your younger friends. However, every single course from the set menu we've had was beautifully presented and the cooking was beyond reproach. The service was swift and attentive. The function room downstairs is complete with it's own bar area and restrooms (very convenient). And we've had a few well mixed night cap cocktails in the Martini bar upstairs afterwards. The food was so good (I've had truffled asparagus, seared tuna and a key lime tart), that I am planning to come back for brunch soon when I have some grown up folks in town. All in all a good to know location in the very centre of touristic London.


tastemaker

this place is actually pretty special. I went here for dinner with some friends and we were all pretty blown away by how lovely it is inside. 


It's the kind of restaurant you'd be happy spending all evening in and then some with its impossibly grand high ceilings. The classic decor in the dining room is complimented by a more relaxed, speakeasy style bar so Christophers never feels particularly stuffy. 


The food was delicious and the wine even better. I can't really speak to pricepoint as we went on a top table deal and paid only £40 each which was frankly a steal considering we had three courses each and the wine was flowing!


I'd recommend it highly for a special evening out. It's classic London dining at its best!


Oh wow. This is a real winner. The cocktail bar at street levels looks awesome - the service is slick and the drinks delicious. Attractive wait staff then collect us from the bar to take us upstairs to a dining table that has one of the best views in London - straight across Waterloo bridge towards the Southbank. Its dark , its wet and the whole street scene is like a movie. So far so good, but oh how it gets better. The menu is not cheap but when the food arrives its cooked to perfection and served with a smile. We were celebrating so went for a top end bottle of wine ( Brunello De Montelchino ) The sommelier decanted the bottle for us , waiting just the right time before pouring. I went for the three steak tasting plate - with fries and peppercorn sauce. My friend had a lobster dish that looked awesome and apparently matched my steaks. The bill came to just over £200 with service , but since we arrived at 7 and left at 11, I reckon the hourly rate was pretty good . I don't know if the place is as good every night, but I could not fault it. 


Nice place, tasty food but terribly small portions. Limited choice for vegetarians. Not very 'American Style' at all! Wouldn't or couldn't recommend this place.


The best eggs benedict i've had in London. Probably worth 5 stars but would need to visit for dinner to confirm!


Christopher's has very recently opened for breakfast so I was itching to see what they had on offer. It's such a lovely venue in the mornings with loads of light pouring into it's super stylish martini bar. Breakfast was a delight with a wide selection of choices from lighter, healthier options through to a MASSIVE full English. I opted for wild mushrooms with spinach and a hollandaise sauce on toast, which was delicious (and a really good sized portion) The service was excellent and quick, with warm and friendly staff - we all felt very welcomed. I could have lingered all morning sipping Americanos (or maybe a martini or two!!) Christopher's is definitely worth a visit for a relaxed, yummy breakfast and I'll definitely be going back!!


I organised a corporate lunch at Christopher's for 15 people and each and every one of us loved it! From the moment we sat down in the 'small dining room' we were taken care of. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that our waiters remembered everyones order and placed them down on the table without hesitation. Our wine was also constantly topped up which wasn't so handy going back to work at 2:30pm! The food was delicious, couldn't fault it. I would definitely go back there and would recommend it to anyone wanting a decent steak with fine service.


I have organised a corporate Christmas Dinner for our team at Christopher's last week. We booked the 1st floor small dining room; it has a great view on the bridge and the "city by night", which adds charm to any late evening meal. The food was excellent, the service was very attentive and extremely quick in helping our guests feel taken care of and comfortable. It's an excellent place to dine! Strongly recommended must-go in London.


I have been to Christopher's quite a few times over the years and always found it to be a great central venue in a great setting with very attentive staff. The food is amazing, always well presented and good portion sizes. Christopher's is the perfect place to catch up with friends at the Martini Bar and to dining out in style.


Since coming under new management, this restaurant never fails to impress. I absolutely love their weekend brunches so much so that I held a brunch in their private dining area for 15 people - executed by the Christopher's team brilliantly. Both the restaurant and the bar are individually characteristic, and there's something on offer for client entertaining, an after-drink work with colleagues or a catch up with friends and family. A must go-to in London!