Our latest count arrived at over 100 places to eat in Covent Garden: restaurants, bars, brasseries, cafes, coffee shops and popups all vying to tantalise the taste buds of the 44 million visitors who walk the piazzas each year, or at the very least persuade them to part with their cash.
So, whether you’re going to or from the theatre, shopping, sightseeing or just soaking up the ambience, something this area is not short on is choice.
But the abundance of restaurants in Covent Garden sometimes makes it difficult for a visitor to navigate, is any of it actually any good? You will undoubtedly pay a premium here; well, you’re in London for one, and one of the city’s busiest tourist areas at that. It’s also a universal truth that constant streams of visitors can make for lazy kitchens, indifferent service and a lack of atmosphere.
However, this is really not true with Covent Garden, in fact, the last few years have seen a real culinary renaissance in the area, and you can now find some fantastic restaurants in Covent Garden serving some of the best food in London here…with a little advice from your friendly London experts (that’s us). This is one of the many reasons we love Covent Garden so much and always confidently recommend it to all our guests as a real must visit, especially if you want to enjoy a really excellent meal.
Like anywhere in London, there are restaurants in Covent Garden that range from affordable to blow out. Our list is marked £-£££££, but there isn’t anything here much below a ££ as we’ve focused on our tried and tested personal favourites and what we think are the best of the best, but with a focus on value. If it’s on our list, trust us, it’ll be worth the money.
45 Great Queen St, WC2B 5AA ££££
Beautifully presented Italian food served up in a glamorously sumptuous interior, attentive waiters in dinner jackets who look like they’ve just stepped off a Tom Ford runway. It isn’t cheap for Italian, but the food is really good; although the pasta is the real star of the show – any of the ravioli would be our recommendation, if not, the risotto – so go with an appetite and enjoy la dolce vita.
16 Henrietta St, WC2E 8QH £££££
Imaginatively constructed, shishi plates from a chef who worked alongside Jamie Oliver at Fifteen. Don’t go expecting classically French cuisine, international influences abound throughout this menu resulting in an imaginative fusion that crosses continents. If you are an adventurous eater and enjoy tasting menus and sharing plates, you’ll love this.
16 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP ££
Inspired by the food from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, the exotic menu will take you on a culinary journey along the coast from the Mediterranean to Israel. It’s one of our personal favourites in the picturesque setting of Neal’s Yard. Despite being named Timeout’s number 1 restaurant in London for two years’ running, it remains great value, although do note that the restaurant is unsuitable for infants or children under 8 years old.
39 Endell St, WC2H 9BA ££
With daily changing freshly caught fish specials and a great wine list to go with it, this is a truly great off the beaten track seafood restaurant behind an unassuming frontage. The food is simple, the fish is ridiculously fresh and beautifully presented and the chips alone are something to write home about.
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11 Langley St, WC2H 9JG, £££
This steak specialist serves some of the highest-quality steaks from grass-fed longhorn cattle along with delicious starters and tempting desserts. The restaurant itself boasts an atmosphere and interior brimming with all the character and charm of dark wood panelling and stone pillars. The Hawksmoor, however, isn’t one to brag; the entrance is tucked away down a cobbled alley and will invite you in warmly if you happen to pass it.
Frog by Adam Handling
34-35 Southampton St, WC2E 7HG
Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden this restaurant is run by accomplished chef, Adam Handling who has brought his love of Asian cuisine to Southampton Street. The presentation of the food compliments the overall grandeur of the restaurant along with the outstanding pairing of the wine to accompany your dish.
33 King St WC2E 8JD ££££
Bursting with flavour and known for its notable wine list and romantic interiors, Clos Maggiore oozes French ambience. Sitting down you will find yourself surrounded by blossoms trailing down from the ceiling. The food combines traditional French cuisine with modern touches and interlocks the taste in every portion, bursting with flavour as you taste your first mouthful.
4-6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ ££££
Set in the heart of Covent Garden, Balthazar brings quintessential French breads and pastries to the streets of London. Along with fabulous breakfasts that combine traditional French flavours, this restaurant in Covent Garden offers a splendid a la carte menu for dinner guests and a buzzing atmosphere and welcoming staff will have you staying until close.
1A Short’s Gardens WC2H 9AT ££
If you are looking for a little slice of Morocco, then Souk Medina should be your first point of call. This restaurant is decorated with lanterns, arches, and hanging fabrics. If you can peel your eyes away from the gorgeous interiors then the food is sure to satisfy. With a range of Moroccan dishes for every palette and a Shisha lounge for every occasion, this restaurant is a must.
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2 Burleigh St, WC2E 7PX £££
Joe Allen brings the tastes of America to Covent Garden with this classic American brasserie. Serving from breakfast until late, the divine selection of food ranges from blueberry pancakes to confit herb duck leg.
28 Maiden Ln, WC2E 7JS
Innovative Indian cuisine vibrant with colour and alive with flavour, Cinnamon Bazaar is a hub for those wanting to experience the best of the best, with a menu inspired by Indian market dishes.
Whether it’s Moroccan or Italian fare, Covent Garden offers it all. A vast selection of all our favourite restaurants compiled into one mouth-watering list for you. As one of the greatest locations in London for all the family, it’s a perfect place to eat out and try some delicious cuisine. Being close to the West End makes Covent Garden a delightful night out for dinner and show. With lots of our Covent Garden apartments being right in the centre too, this allows you and the family to be within walking distance from all these great eateries. Why not include one or more of these scrumptious restaurants in your itinerary for your London trip. Not had enough of great food locations? Check out our best vegan restaurants in Richmond!