Cafe Des Amis
Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesamis.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02073793444x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 11:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Fabrice Renou
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Long Acre
  • Public Transit: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 6:30PM parking is free on parking meters and single yellow lines. There is a public car park situated close by in Endell Street
A word from Cafe Des Amis
Tucked away from the vibrancy of Covent Garden and London's theatre district lies the cosy and romantic Café des Amis. We invite you to enter the warmth of our restaurant, and to experience exquisite French cuisine served with passion and finesse.
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Cafe Des Amis reviews from OpenTable diners
1718 reviews since 6 May 2014
Average Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambience3.4
    Value3.5
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (1006)special occasions (424)business meals (384)outstanding value (348)romance (299)fit for foodies (289)group bookings (276)sunday lunch (155)brunch (127)good vegetarian options (80)outdoor eating (64)afternoon tea (36)child friendly (28)disabled access (26)Show More
  • Dinner at cafe des Amis
    Fat22
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    It is a nice place but the service was very poor, no respect for the customers. The starters were very blend and the main was ok. Glad it was on the deal if I was paying the full price I would have sent the food back.
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  • French or Italian restaurant?
    TaronjaBerry
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I came here before and it was French style and delicious. My surprise was when saw the menu and the food is very Italian, many dishes with pasta or wild mushroom risotto, which we tried as starter as tasted like plain boil rice, even my Seabass had gnocchi as part or the garnish, which was fine. My parter ordered beef tortellini and he felt the portion was nice and short. But the worst thing was we had to sit by kitchen and we could hear the bell all night long from the chef calling for service, doesn't help for a romantic and quite dinner, and on top of that, we had to move our table to let another couple sitdown... we suppose to get 50% discount on food and a free bottle of wine and we had to mention it when the bill arrive 20min later
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  • Good for pre-theatre
    Lana
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The 50% off the menu with a complimentary bottle of house wine is great value, but as the deal is on 7 days a week I presume this is the standard price to pay rather than the menu prices. I would not have paid full price for the food as it was OK/average, but you definitely get what you pay for so I can't really complain. Cheap and quick-good for pre-theatre.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service as always
    Ambrosia
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    With 50% off and a free bottle of wine, excellent service and above average food, what's not to like.
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    good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with voucher
    after8
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    If you have a discount voucher it is reasonable. However beware that you will be offered bread and olives which will seriously increase the cost. Further make sure you examine your bill. We were prepared to leave a generous gratuity but found that a 25% "discretionary" service charge, based on the full price before the discount, had already been added to the bill. When we questioned this the service charge was reduced but not with good grace. This spoilt what had been an otherwise pleasant meet up with my daughter and son in law. When will restaurants start paying their staff a proper wage so they don't have to resort to these tactics?
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  • Would i go there again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Went on a voucher and must say good value. Staff very helpful and accommodating Would go again on voucher but certainly would go and pay full price
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Good value for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Our group of 11 were very pleased with the 50% off A la carte menu, but the free bottle of house wine was between us all !!The food was delicious and very good value for the price. We will return
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    group bookings
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  • Good experience
    Marwa
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    I was particularly pleased with the meal I had at cafe des Amis I was entertaining family from abroad and they were very impressed with the food and the service so that made me. Dry happy The food was great, very fresh and tasty and the wine they offered in the deal was also good and complimented the food well
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good deal
    Nancy
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    The restaurant was pleasant, but the service was unfortunately slow and unfriendly. The food was decent, but I dont think I would ever pay full price for it. I got the 50% off food and free wine deal, which turned out quite decent for the price, but its not a restaurant I think I would go again any time soon.
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  • Enjoyed
    Steviejb
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Had the 50% off a la carte and free wine. Couldn't fault the deal, had the steak and chips with a few sides. Does get busy pre-theatre, not super personal experience but friendly and there was a little queue, but guess thats normal in this area and when such deals are on. Probably would not want to pay full price, but overall enjoyed. Would recommend the 50% off and free wine deal for sure.
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  • Quick and efficient
    carog
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Cafe des Amis provides a quick and efficient pre- and post-theatre service. The food is of good quality and the staff are attentive.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • great time
    ggauld
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We had a really good time at cafe des Amos. The food was amazing, the restaurant was lovely. Great value. Amazing time
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Adequate but pricey
    pandj
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    We booked this restaurant as we had good memories from a few years ago. We had booked for 4 but the server tried to give us a table for 2. It took a while to sort out something acceptable and we had to settle for 2 tables pushed together. Changes in layout and decor have made the restaurant less attractive and it now lacks ambience. The starters came quickly once ordered but my risotto was not hot, so it was not freshly prepared. The food was of reasonable quality but seemed expensive for what we got, especially the starters and desserts. Service was okay, though it took a long time for our dessert order to be taken. Luckily we were not in a hurry.
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    brunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Awful service, mediocre food
    tamtam
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Went to celebrate my brother's great exam results only to be disappointed. Food was okay at best - didn't expect greatness seeing as we had 50% off food bill. But the evening was uncomfortable as we had the surliest waiter - who not only treated us like we were an inconvenience also proceeded to bang plates around and mutter under his breath while clearing nearby tables etc. Evening was made worse towards the end of our meal when the table next to us got into a huge fight with the head waiter - with a lot of back and forth insults flying around before the couple stormed out. Wonderful(!)
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    special occasions
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  • Great value with the deal
    EvaSo
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Café des Amis is a restaurant of very high standard. The food was excellent, and service was friendly, although I rated them only 3* for bringing my starter only after my friend had finished hers! Because we ate with a deal giving us 50% off the food plus a free bottle of house wine, we enjoyed a fantastic two course meal with wine for only £41.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely pre theatre dinner
    8lettersuk
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    The pre theatre menu is great value and was delicious. Portions are great size too. Sadly we couldn't fit in dessert as they sounded amazing.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shopping break
    BernieHVIP
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Very good meal and outstanding value for money. Staff very friendly and efficient.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sampler
    sampler
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Have been to this restaurant quite often,which says it all.Service excellent & freindly . The food is value for money we shall return
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to standard
    Ash1
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Some of the meat was tough but it was at least all tasty, but avoid the risotto at all costs. I was reminded, sadly too late, that the last time I came here (about a year ago) my complaint about the risotto was exactly the same. It's too stodgy (clearly made the previous day), and the only taste is of stock cubes, and not particularly decent stock cubes at that. Starters were fine, but came disconcertingly quickly. Felt like we'd barely finished uttering our order before they came. Probably won't return, at least not for a good while. The food is unjustifiably expensive without the TT deal.
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  • Decent place
    leewilliams
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    normally decent food, without being special, this time no exception. What lets this place down is the comedy service, waitress that ignore you, mistake orders and. But this time the servcie was OK.
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    brunch, business meals, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Foodlover
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    So close to Covent Garden, yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle. A real find in such a central location. Delicious food, at a good price- and excellent service as well.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Quite nice
    foodie
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Enjoyed a meal here with the 50% off deal and a bottle of wine. Made it very good value, 3 of us, starter, main and bottle of wine for £50. We didn't enjoy the french onion soup as we thought it was very sweet (maybe that is how it is supposed to be?) but other dishes were tasty, not amazing but enjoyed. Not worth it without the deal but may well go back again with it.
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  • A special evening
    Eatasweet
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    As three friends who only get together once a year, and were celebrating significant '0' birthdays this year, we wanted somewhere special to go after an evening concert. The location is great and the booking process was simple.We really appreciated the ambience of the restaurant and the attentive service. The food was delivered speedily to the table and was full of flavour. Not huge choices for vegetarians though, from either menu - perhaps this could be improved.
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  • Great yet again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    My husband an I have been back to this restaurant on a number of occassions and we always love it. The food, the wine, the service, everything is great for the price. We have taken friends to experience the restaurant with us and we have been on our own, either way, we are yet to have a bad meal or disappointing experience. We look forward to our next visit.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Great value
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    I was here when I was a student. Obviously, it is now more upmarket. The offer on opentable is great value with a bottle of wine thrown in. Despite it being very crowded the service was very prompt and good. Will definitely come again
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  • Excellent as ever
    Farseer
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    A very good dining experience - they have fine-tuned both menu and the ore theatre dining to a fine art.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Evening meal
    Smithy
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    We usually go to pre-theatre but had an evening meal on this occasion. Very busy, hot and rushed service. Food still good and good value.
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  • Khatch
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Waited an hour for our table. Pointed this out to the hostess who just shrugged at us. Once we had sat down at our table, 1 hour and ten minutes after we had booked, the service was excellent and the food very good. Shame the initial impression was so poor.
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  • evening meal
    eveningdiners
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Excellent food and with the bottle of wine ,excellent value. Portions not large but a very good deal otherwise. Staff very friendly and service very good
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect flavour &proportion balance
    sarahmay2000
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Reasonably sized portions provide rich and delicious meals. Flavours are perfectly balanced and the meals are not heavily bulked out with fries and salad. The main meat or fish portion is the focus of the meal and is generously applied to the dish.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Very impressive
    Michael
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Very good value and location. Perfect for pre-theatre food
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Great location
    Paul
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Good food, quick service and very good value. Location in the heart of Covent Garden is superb.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value - good food
    ianjamesj
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Went on 50% off food + free wine offer. Pleasantly surprised by quality of food.
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  • good food but slightly loud
    foodie101
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    My first key point is that the menu displayed on open table is not what was on the menu at the restaurant. This was unfortunate as we specifically chose it for the froi gras and oysters, neither of which were actually on the menu at the venue- please update this. We had a 50% off deal which was outstanding value and the food was very nice. They treated my Mum to a birthday dessert with candle which was a lovely touch. Not sure how I'd feel if wed paid full price as the restaurant is quite loud an very busy so slightly hard to get staffs attention. But with a deal I'd definitely recommend it.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a friend
    Couture38
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    Very busy. We didn't get seated until 3/4 hour after our time. Food was ok. The waiting staff however were rushed off their feet as clearly the Top Table deal was popular. The place was packed. No salt and pepper on the table. They forgot our water. I would go again at a less busy time as it is good value for money but the staff were clearly not prepared for the amount of covers they had and looked stressed. The overall atmosphere was stressy and I wouldn't want to go there again in that kind of situation. The bar is horrible. Needs a serious refurb, like some New York sleazy bar. Avoid it. Though the deal was good, we ended up spending more on drinks as we had to wait 45 minutes to get seated. It's ok but nothing special.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelzoo Deal
    Madpaul
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We visited this restaurant with a Travelzoo deal. 3 courses and a glass of bubbly. The food was good but the portions were not over generous. If we had paid full price we would have been very very unhappy! For us the Walnut and Sultana bread was outstanding also the Lamb which was cooked to perfection. Service exceptional! Lovely to have linen tableclothes and napkins. After purchasing this deal we found that Cafe Des Amis were offering better deals than this one, but hey ho thats life!
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  • Great deal!
    Doogs2780
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were looking for a reasonable place for a pre-theatre meal near the Aldwych Theatre. I didn't know of Café Des Amis but I saw it had a 50% off food with free wine deal. I was expecting to get a pretty bog standard free wine but we got a very drinkable Montepulciano and we both enjoyed our meals. Final bill came to £35 for two starters, two mains and the wine, excellent value as it was good quality! I had Moules Mariniere and they were good size mussels and a good portion. The only thing I would say was that it took a little bit longer than we were expecting and we had to dash to the theatre a bit but that was mostly our fault for not checking the time.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ghjk
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food and atmosphere where both nice, but the main courses did not at all stand up to the prices. The chocolate soup was very nice.
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  • Good due to discount
    HanneR
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    With the 50% discount this place was fine but I would not pay full price for the food. Not particularly better than your average Cafe Rouge or Cote but priced much higher. Service was quite rushed with many waiters on you at all times. Would be good for a light pre theatre meal but not for any special occasions.
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  • Exactly what we wanted
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Met 2 old friends for a very overdue lunch, our objective was a meal and a long gossip. Staff were very patient with us, waiting to take our order, not rushing us through courses and even better leaving us to chat for most of the afternoon. The food was very good more Italian than French, but as good as I had eaten in Florence the pervious week. Also with the deal it was great value for money. Would definitely go back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.