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
1675 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambience3.4
    Value3.5
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (983)special occasions (395)business meals (361)outstanding value (349)romance (283)group bookings (277)fit for foodies (270)sunday lunch (143)brunch (116)good vegetarian options (80)outdoor eating (59)afternoon tea (34)child friendly (27)disabled access (26)Show More
  • Not as good as it used to be....
    DanH78
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    My wife and I visited Cafe des Amis on a Saturday evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary - it was the first place we had dinner in London after we met and has a bit of a special memory for us. Our first visits were lovely and was the reason we returned. However...... The service was less than poor - half an hour to have a drinks order taken and an hour between starters and Mains. I think you'd agree that's pretty bad. Nobody came to check if our food was OK - mine was cold. No cutlery on the table for main courses & no one to ask. When we complained, the waiter admitted it was terrible now and that the managers relied too much on "voucher guests". I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone - shame as it used to be so good.
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  • careful about discount!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Service location ambience all ok, food good but very dissappointed by managers blase attitude when we were misled by their 'a la carte' discount, as it turned out we ordered pricey desserts a la carte, only to be told when presented the bill that they were NOT included in the aforementioned discount, making our bill not such good value for money after all; and the manager showed no mercy. Is this lack of customercare why you have less and less regular returning customers and need to offer higher and higher discounts? In all honesty a decent priced tasty meal if you learn (the hard way) to avoid the pitfalls.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Cafe des Amis
    mickymag
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    A excellent evening. Lovely wine Chauvignon Blanc, a very fine and generous Sea Bass dish and a delightful creme brûlée . We all had a great time.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Slat
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We booked with a Travelzoo voucher which made our meal particularly good value. Service was very prompt and of a high level. Food and wine were both very good. We finished our meal in good time for the theatre because the service was so quick- I have not always found this to be the case at other restaurants.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Excellent For Pre or Post theatre
    dalsf
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Café des Amis is always reliable for speedy service when required - pre theatre. They have good offers available on a daily basis. The food is good although not overly inspiring but when you are on your way to the theatre time is of the essence not gourmet food. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful, let us order when only two were seated so we could start and brought out the food speedily. He was aware immediately when our other diners arrived and came to get their orders promptly. The upstairs dining area is warm so I hope there is airconditioning in the summer otherwise it would be really uncomfortable It is a really good place for pre theatre. One of these days I will be there for a relaxed meal! I recommend it.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We booked under the open table special offer, so it was excellent value for money. Starts: goat's cheese and caramelised pear - was nice but thought the goat's cheese should have been warm; Main, my sister had the steak and chips, which she was really disappointed with. the steak was tougher than it should be, and chips just looked like fastfood fries rather than nicer, handcut chips of better quality. Main, I had the duck confit which was gorgeous!! It was so rich and moist, and fell off the bone with the slightest prod. Flipping delicious! For desert, we had the cholate bowel with black pepper ice-cream - only fault is it was too much!
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    outstanding value
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  • Not really
    sc78
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    The food is really not good, the wine list is very short, staff have no idea what they are doing! Even with the incredible offer they are this is not worth going...
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  • Good value lunch
    Susanne
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We had a lovely lunch the food was fresh and well cooked. Given that it was a working day they moved at a suitable pace so that we could have our 2 courses in just over an hour Great value and good food
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was also very good and quick and the waiters and waitresses were friendly and attentive. My party of friends were all very impressed by the standard of food and service. Recommended.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • The worst service in London.
    JBagel
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    The menu as of today (16/10) is not the same as the menu you will be presented with in the restaurant. Our waitress described it as "very old". The offer terms were changed between booking and arrival (now updated here) - the manager refused to honour. A waiter brought out my mother's food (we were out for her 60th, actually) and barked "NAPKIN" at her as she hadn't synchronised moving it from the table to her lap within the 2 minutes it had taken for the starter to arrive. Rushed. Whilst complaining - again - to the manager, he tells my girlfriend that he's not speaking to her - he's speaking to me. A comedy of errors. We left and headed to The White Swan just down the road, as should you if you value common decency and extraordinary food.
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  • Luke warm wine and poor food
    sarahhark
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    We had booked a pre theatre supper deal. The staff were efficient but too rushed to be friendly. The white wine wasn't cold. The food was mediocre, poorly seasoned and not very hot. And although the two course meal alone was good cheap enough the whole bill with compulsory service charge looked really expensive. Won't go there again.
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  • All changes
    Mitchbp
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    I recently took my friend to Cafe des Amis for her birthday and to take advantage of their great offers. I hadn't noticed that their offer had changed and that now diners must have a minimum of 3 courses with 50% off starters & mains and dessert at full price. Neither of us has a large appetite so I felt this was a bit restrictive, but still very good value. Before booking, I checked their menu online to see if they still offered my favourite dishes, and they did. However, when we were handed our menus, neither the seared scallop and risotto starter nor the venison main I had been looking forward to were on there. Disappointing. I chose the sea bass, which was beautifully prepared, but would have preferred veg rather than gnocchi.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall we were disappointed!
    GaryJ
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    I have been to Cafe des Amis on many occasions over the years and have always been impressed. Alas not so this time. I hosted a table of four for dinner. On the plus side the service was very good and attentive. However, our experience with the food and the wine was less good. The white wine was delivered warm and we had to ask for ice to add to our glasses. The food was also disappointing overall. The starter of duck was rather insipid. For the mains the fish was presented on a bed of what looked like mushy and warmed up vegetables. Another main - the pasta - was stoggy and stuck together. I am hoping that this was just an 'off day' for the restaurant as I would hate to drop them from my 'regular London haunts' list!
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Distinctly Aberage
    Glc88VIP
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    I went when this first opened and waitresses were rude to the point of obnoxious. Nearly two years on I revisited and was sad to see this had got worse not better - I must exclude the waiter with the old style glasses - he was fantastic but let down by the waitresses. There was lipstick on my glass too and it seemed to offend when I asked for a clean glass. First course came within 2 minutes of ordering so we felt very rushed. Won't be going back!!
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  • Lovely Sunday lunch
    atua
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    Went with 4 friends for a Sunday lunch. Decor quite modern, fresh and up-to-date. Plenty of choice on the menus. We went with a 50% off voucher and this was good value.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freddie
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    The service, atmosphere and food was excellent. Really enjoyed the bread served before our meal but thought it was within the meal price as a gesture but had to pay for it at the end.
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    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food.
    Anonymous
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    As always, Café des Amis provided a very nice meal, and reasonably good value for money. The service, however, was considerably worse than in previous times I have been there.
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    pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Poor
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Ambience - What ambience. It is too noisy and the tables are too close. Food - ok. The sauce is the same for any meat dish. One of the few French restaurant which really cannot be classified as French. Service - Side order did not arrive. Waitress should repeat order to make sure. Value for money - Even with TT offer, it is below par. The menu is different online from the one at the restaurant. It is time they changed the online menu. It's like they want to tempt you with a different menu.
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  • Excellent Pre-Theatre Restaurant
    Hillie
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This is my second visit to Cafe des Amis pre theatre & I was not disappointed. It is an excellent choice for a pre-theatre meal; central, good food & a great atmosphere.
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  • Value for money in a great location
    DrSil
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had the pre/post theatre menu which was excellent value for money with lots of different options in a great location. The restaurant was busy and the service was incredibly quick on arrival and for starters and mains. We asked to see a dessert menu which never arrived and it was difficult to catch the attention of (very busy) staff.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Wobi
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Lovely food and the pre-theatre set menu was very good value.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Lunch was fantastic
    Clooney
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Went for lunch on Saturday, we had the special offer of 50% of food and a free bottle of wine. Fantastic, Food and service were all fantastic, could not fault it at all. Cannot wait to return. Not suitable for children, fabulous for adults though
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    brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for me
    babs
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went on a groupon deal. It said french restaurant with ambience. We was put in the bar. That smelt dank and it was dark. Formica tables no table cloths. The only thing french about the menu was french onion soup. We ended up having a burger. You should check before u go and see where u are seated. If its the bar dont go. Very dissapointed.
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  • Not bad, not great
    Adam
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant is nice, and in a good location. The staff let us sit down to lunch earlier than what we had booked. We ordered from the set lunch menu, which had a fair choice of meals. The service was quick, a little too quick, which led us to believe that the food was prepped before ordered. There were literally minutes between each course, which made us feel like they were turning our table over as quickly as possible. I was very disappointed with my linguine dish, and my wife had the ravioli which again, she was disappointed with. I would not eat here again, and think for the money paid, there are better restaurants in the area.
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    brunch, pre/post theatre
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  • wonderful
    GourmetGlenn
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was the third occasion that I have dined at Café des Amis, and each visit has been outstanding. My usual thing is to have a drink in a pub before and arrive just before my booked time, I chose to have a drink at the bar downstairs this time and it meant we didn't have to break the rhythm by getting back into the cold and rain to walk from one venue to you. The food was absolutely delicious and really well presented. I impressed my guest as well !
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    8nine
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Cafe Des Amis was ok on this occasion, but definately not as good as it used to be. The staff were quite surly and not very helpful. The special offer was good value and the food was fine, but not wonderful. Everything felt a bit cheap. I doubt I'd go back again unless is was a very good deal.
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  • Good food rubbish service
    Chrissyhind
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Actually if you were in no hurry this is an excellent restaurant and the waiters are charming. Sadly we were pre theater and there simply wasn't enough staff on duty to cope with the numbers of diners. I became particularly irritated when time was short and two members of staff were larking about on the stairs while holding one of the dinners that we were waiting for. In the end we had to leave without our deserts (having paid) and return for them after the theatre. Not a word of apology from the manager. We ended up on very late tubes home
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post-theatre dinner.
    familydiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We arrived 25 minutes early at 9.50pm and were shown to a table surrounded by a very noisy party so insisted on moving somewhere we could hear ourselves talk. The waitress was grumpy, our starter and mains came in good time, but then we were left for 45 minutes before they came back to ask about dessert by which time we had to teave to catch trains it being close to midnight. We had tried to attract a waiter earlier but no one came over. This meant we did not get the 50% reduction on food as the small print says you have to have a 3 course meal. Food was okay, but nothing special and overpriced.
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  • Not as good as it used to be
    Anne
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    50% off food is a good offer, but the starting prices are quite high. The offer does not include the desserts, which are again pricey. The food was good but the service was barely adequate, for which we were charged £30 (there were five of us). We were left with the dessert menu for at least 20 minutes and I had to call the waitress over in the end even though the restaurant was not particularly busy. When I have visited this restaurant in the past, the service was always excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • martindale
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Excellent service and good value and superb for pre theatre dinner
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Greeted by the receptionist and took us to our table.had to wait a while to be served. The food was good value,presentation okay and served hot, plates could have been warmer. Overall a satisfactory experience and will use it again
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    outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Food. Terrible Service
    kaybubbly
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We had the 50% off A La Carte & free bottle of house wine as it was my birthday treat from my partner. We arrived too early and asked if the booking could be changed and the lady did so immediately, a good sign. However, we arrived at 5.45pm only to be right in the middle of the Pre theatre rush (we were planning to be there for the whole evening) and the place was extremely busy. Our food was great, Onion soup was heavenly, as was the confit of Duck in Lentils and the Chocolate soup/ ice cream was out of this world. BUT the service was lacking, we hardly saw our waiter after the initial order and had to call over 4 other people in between as our waiter was too busy to even look our way. A shame, nearly spoilt my perfect day.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Experience
    RichardW
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Went there for lunch on Saturday before the theatre. Used to go to Café des Amis quite a lot before moving away and was a little worried by some of the reviews I had read, but found the service to be perfectly good. Some bits of the restaurant are looking a little tired but the food was mostly very good. The pepper sauce on the entrecote steak was a little disappointing (really a gravy with a few peppercorns) and the pancakes with chocolate sauce left me wishing I'd ordered the crème brulee that my Mum had but the French onion soup never disappoints. Would definitely recommend, particularly with the Opentable offer.
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Yes I would recommend to a friend service was very poor but food was good
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    happyeaterVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Cafe des Amis is a consistently good restaurant. Always busy, always good service, always amazing food. We love it.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Disappointing return
    fruitbat14
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We have previously eaten here for pre theatre dinner. As before the food was very good, however this time we felt hurried as the table was rebooked for 7pm, giving us just under an hour for our meal. Overall service was disappointing and not welcoming. Unlikely to go back again now.
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  • Excellent, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I've never been disappointed with food or service at Cafe des Amis.
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  • Ladies lunch
    Lunchlady
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Met a couple of friends and had a lovely leisurely lunch. The 2 course with a glass of wine for £14.50 deal was great value and the food and service were excellent.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Good as usual
    jh55VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    As usual, good value with the 50% off offer. Dining on ground flloor much nicer than the slightly dingy upstairs room
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  • disappointed
    simple1
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The courses seemed confused, hot fish served with hot gnocchi served with cold chopped salsa . The liver and potato had been left to long and arrived at the table cold. Service was very good and friendly but the food let the restaurant down I doubt I will return
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