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Restaurants in Covent Garden

 

With so much choice the mesmerizing array of restaurants in London town can be bewildering. But each area in London has a strong identity with equally memorable and fabulous restaurants to dine in. We've picked the best of the bunch from across the capital. From Soho to Knightsbridge, Thai to Turkish - take your pick!

 
 
Belgo
Belgian

Diners descend into Belgo’s cavernous cellar via an industrial lift. If this doesn’t raise an eyebrow, the waiters in monk’s attire might! It’s all in homage of the Belgian brew and tasty dishes served - mussels (the best in town), frites and lashings of mayonnaise. And lots more besides. The lunchtime menu is superb value.
50 Earlham Street, WC2
Tel. 020 7813 2233
 
 
Bertorelli’s
Italian

Handily located alongside the newly refurbished Royal Opera House, Bertorelli’s offers delicious Italian cuisine in 1930s inspired surroundings. Enjoy generous portions of pasta, pizza or polenta washed down with Italian wine and polished off with delectable sorbet or gelati.
44a Floral Street, WC2
Tel. 020 7836 3969
 
 
Browns
British

Plenty of plants and overhead fans create a colonial feel in this pleasant brasserie that offers a predominantly British menu featuring pies, salads, duck and fresh fish. Delve into a traditional steak & Guinness pie in the noisy and lively ambience of this popular eaterie. 82-84 St Martin’s Lane,
WC2 Tel. 020 7497 5050
 
 
Café des Amis
French

A favourite with the opera and theatre going public, this bistro happily strays from an all-French menu with Thai fishcakes, Malaysian noodles and Scotch steak in addition to Gallic fare. Recently refurbished, diners can enjoy the clean and modern environs of the bleached wood interiors and bright seating.
11-14 Hanover Place, WC2
Tel. 020 7379 3444
 
 
Chez Gerard at the Opera Terrace
French

This branch of Chez Gerard offers more than a meal. It’s an experience. Savour the sights and sounds of Covent Garden as you float above the theatrical pulse of the capital. Devour steak frites, French onion soup, snails, crème brulee and all things French… In good weather dining al fresco is imperative.
45 East Terrace, WC2
Tel. 020 7379 0666
 
 
The Ivy
Modern European

More famous for its clientele than the food, this doesn’t mean The Ivy’s gastronomic virtues should be overlooked. Simple, tasty cuisine in a fabulous 1920s setting. Famous faces from stage and screen regularly shelter behind the stained glass. If you get a table (book a few months in advance at least) enjoy every moment of it.
1 West Street, WC2
Tel. 020 7836 4751
 
 
Livebait
Seafood

The enticing black & white tiled simplicity of the décor suggests ‘fishmongers meets 50s diner’. It has a fresh appeal which is more than matched by the freshness of the fish and seafood on offer. Sample the tantalising breads with your lobster, swordfish, prawns or oysters.
21 Wellington St, WC2
Tel. 020 7836 7161
 
 
Rules
British

The oldest restaurant in London and still one of the best. Dickens, Thackeray and H.G Wells have all dined here. Revel in the Victorian setting as you tuck into game, fresh and sea water fish or a meat dish. Friendly staff and the traditional surroundings make this the ideal venue for those searching for a dose of nostalgia.
35 Maiden Lane, WC2
Tel. 020 7836 5314
 
 
Sarastro
Mediterranean

This theatrical venue is the ideal place to get you in the mood for a West End show or to indulge in excited post show chatter. A wild concoction of colours and a cacophony of sounds (opera on Sundays and Mondays) make for an unmistakable evening. Book an opera box and savour the atmosphere.
126 Drury Lane, WC2
Tel. 020 7836 0101
 
 
Restaurants in Covent GardenSofra
Turkish

The perfect venue for a light lunch with friends or a cosy evening meal, Sofra offers good value for money in its clean and airy surroundings. The meze is always a favourite and a very sociable way to sample 7 different dishes, served with delicious pide bread. The lamb is divine, but leave room for the sweeter than sweet desserts.
36 Tavistock St, WC2
Tel. 020 7240 3773
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