Covent Garden restaurants: our favourite haunts

DATE: 14 Apr 2016 | BY
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Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, or a post-theatre dinner, our list of the best Covent Garden restaurants will help you decide where to go...

London's Covent Garden is known for its shopping, theatres and – more importantly – its brilliant restaurants. But with such a dizzying array of choice on offer, a maze of streets and some seriously lengthy waiting lists for tables at top Covent Garden restaurants, it can be difficult to find the right place for you. Worried you'll get caught up in the hustble and bustle? Don't sweat it. We’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Covent Garden to help you pick the right place.
 

 

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SUDA Thai

One of the best Thai restaurants in the city, SUDA Thai is in the heart of St Martin's Courtyard. The pad thai is a menu highlight but don’t miss out on the ground floor bar, where SUDA Thai’s mixologists will whip you up a delicious cocktail or two. There’s also an extensive juice menu that includes everything from Rosella with wild honey to cleansing tamarind juice.

SUDA Thai, St Martin's Courtyard, WC2E 9AB

Caviar House and Prunier

Caviar House & Prunier is a truly luxurious seafood bar in London’s Convent Garden. The elegant surroundings are ideal if you want to treat yourself to some Caviar, Balik Salmon or Oysters complimented with something from their extensive champagne and wine menu.

If you’re a caviar connoisseur (and who isn’t?!) you will be spoilt for choice with the numerous high quality caviars available. For a touch of class and refinery in the heart of London, look no further than Caviar House & Prunier.

Caviar House and Prunier, 161 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EA

Sophie’s Steakhouse

You won’t be surprised to hear that Sophie’s Steakhouse in Covent Garden specialises in steaks – but not just any steaks, no no, these are British dry aged steaks. This New York style restaurant is known for its exceptional service and has an extensive menu that includes salads, BBQ ribs, fresh fish and rotisserie chicken alongside the steaks (of course). Sophie’s also boasts a fantastic cocktail menu so you can find the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Just a stone’s throw from London’s theatre land, Sophie’s is a great pre or post theatre choice.

Sophie’s Steakhouse, 29-31 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DB

Savoir Faire

Hidden away on New Oxford Street is Savoir Faire – a cosy family-owned and run restaurant that offers exceptional authentic French cuisine. Set lunch and dinner menus start from only £12.90. The food itself is all freshly prepared and every meal comes with seasonal vegetables and a basket of homemade bread. The decor is a bit shabby-chic but the service and atmosphere are both excellent.

Savoir Faire, 42 New Oxford Street, WC1 A1EP

Daawat Restaurant

Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Daawat at Johnsons is the ideal choice if you are looking for a tasty Indian meal in the West End. All of the dishes are made using only the finest ingredients and everything is cooked to order and full of flavour.

The menu boasts a range of Indian favourites from light fragrant dishes to spicy traditional options like lamb Jaipuri Tikka and Achari Jhinga prawns. Whatever you fancy, you are sure to enjoy the culinary delights at Daawat at Johnsons.

Daawat at Johnstons, 2 Burleigh Street, London WC2R 7PX

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo is undoubtedly one of the best Mexican restaurants in Covent Garden. The decor is a little dated but the food is beautifully presented and packed full of flavour. We love the guacamole, which is prepared fresh in front of you at the table, as well as the signature ‘Casa Rita’ margaritas, made with El Jimador 100% Agave Blanco Tequila and served frozen or on the rocks.

Cantina Laredo, 10 Upper St Martin's Lane, St Martin's Courtyard, WC2H 9FB

 

sartori covent garden Sartori: pizzas can reach up to a meter long

Sartori

If you’re looking for authentic Neaoplitan pizzas, Sartori is the place to go. They use a custom-built wood-fired brick oven, so when booking it’s worth asking for a table in the lower level of the restaurant, as it’s the only place you’ll be able to watch the pizzaioli at work. The highlight of the menu is the famous metre-long pizzas, but if you’re looking for something a bit lighter, there’s a great-value set lunch menu, too.

Sartori, 15 - 18 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JE

J Sheekey

If you’ve always wanted to dine at the Ivy but found that it’s a little bit out of your budget, J Sheekey could be the answer. It’s owned by the same people and is tucked away on St Martin’s Court. It specialises in fish and seafood, but the menu is vast and adventurous. There’s also an Oyster bar next door, with an open kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar.

J Sheekey, 28-35 St Martin's Court, WC2N 4AL.
 

The Delaunay

On the corner of Drury Lane and The Aldwych, you’ll find The Delaunay. It has been inspired by the grand cafes of Europe and is open early for breakfast until late for post-Theatre dinner. The menu is very Austrian - which means plenty of Wieners and Schnitzels - but there’s also a bit of French cuisine thrown in, with its moules frites a particular highlight. Prices are a little high, but the decor and ambience more than make up for it. Booking is recommended, though.

The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB

 

salvator amanda covent garden A rustic tapas restaurant with plenty on offer

Salvador and Amanda

If you’re looking for traditional tapas or something a bit more adventurous, you’ll find Salvador and Amanda on Great Newport Street. There are a range of set menus, too, but it’s worth checking out Flamencana Tuesdays, Paella Wednesdays and Sangria Thursdays, for some Spanish fun at great prices. Salvador and Amanda  isn’t just about food - it’s also a late-night bar, with great music and a vast list of cocktails on offer.

Salvador and Amanda, 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JA
 

Balthazar

The London branch of the much-hyped Balthazar – which was opened in New York City by Keith McNally back in 1997 – is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street, in the old Theatre Museum. The French brasserie-inspired menu includes everything from steak tartare and duck shepherd’s pie to homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away. With its long opening hours, it’s perfect both for those wanting breakfast or for dinner after an evening at the nearby Royal Opera House.

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ

 

the crusting pipe covent garden Crusting Pipe: a table with a view

The Crusting Pipe

Situated at the centre of the Old Covent Garden Market, The Crusting Pipe delivers great food and a lively atmosphere. The menu includes everything from a-la-carte meals to tapas, which go perfectly with the extensive wine list that has been selected by Davy’s. But its real USP is the fact it offers live performances of classical music, opera and dance in the courtyard throughout the year.

The Crusting Pipe, 27 The Market, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RD

Circus

If you’re looking for an evening to remember, this is the place for you. Circus is located on Endell Street and is a cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar in one. Its pan-Asian dinner menu has been created by the revered chef Andrew Lassetter (formerly of E&O and Cocoon). As for the entertainment, various acts appear in little bursts throughout the evening – although each night’s performance is always kept a surprise – before the DJs take over into the early hours. This place is anything but mundane.

Circus, 27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA
 

Kopapa

Depending on what time of day it is, Kopapa can be a relaxing haunt for a laid-back brunch or a buzzing hangout for drinks. The menu combines fry-ups, burgers and steak sandwiches, with some dazzling dinner options such as the 21-day aged sirloin with violet artichokes, grilled radicchio and a teriyaki jus. There’s also a range of small plates and sharing dishes, as well as exceptional coffee and great cocktails, making Kopapa the perfect place to meet friends.

Kopapa, 32-34 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HA

Five Guys

Five Guys doesn't offer fine dining but it does offer delicious food that is sure to satisfy. The burger chain first began in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia and since then they have expanded across America and now the world. Their tasty simple burgers come with a wide range of toppings so can tailor it to your exact preferences. At the Covent Garden branch you might even spot some customers in their glad rags grabbing a bite to eat before they head to the Opera - everybody loves Five Guys!
 
Five Guys, 1-3 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH

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