The Delaunay
The Delaunay

The Delaunay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedelaunay.com/
  • Phone: 020 7499 8558
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast:

    Monday – Friday: 7am – 11am; Saturday: 8am – 11am


    Lunch:

    Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm


    Afternoon Tea:

    Monday – Friday: 3pm –6pm; Saturday - Sunday: 3.30pm – 6pm


    Dinner:

    Monday – Saturday: 5pm – 11.30pm; Sunday: 5pm – 10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Lee Ward
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Chillingworth 02076599302

Getting there

  • Public Transit:

    Temple Underground
    Covent Garden Underground
    Holborn Underground
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Delaunay
Located behind an imposing entrance on the corner of historic Drury Lane and The Aldwych, The Delaunay is an all-day café-restaurant inspired by the grand cafés of Europe. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning coffee and afternoon tea are also served seven days a week, alongside a Take-Out section with a local delivery service.


Booking is recommended but a portion of the tables are available for walk-in customers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEuropean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Delaunay reviews from OpenTable diners
730 reviews since 23 November 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.6
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (362)brunch (360)business meals (302)special occasions (291)afternoon tea (237)fit for foodies (183)sunday lunch (159)romance (158)group bookings (75)good vegetarian options (52)disabled access (49)child friendly (42)outstanding value (28)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Great ambience
    loveagoodmeal
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Lovely big room, well spaced and good sized tables ,brasserie-style serving Austrian food. The service was excellent and very professional, 'proper' waiters Continental style. This is something different to the main stream offering and we'd be recommended by friends and long been wanting to visit. So we went for a pre-theatre meal on 18.11.14 and we were not disappointed. It was bustling, a very nice atmosphere and one immediately got the impression this place knows what it was all about. They don't have a dedicated pre-theatre, you just pick from the a la carte. The portions are huge; we were warned and didn't have a starter. The schnitzel was lovely and we shared a big coup of ice cream, fruit and whipped cream between us. We'd go again - and I don't often say that about a restaurant. Most run of the mill restaurants in London are disappointing, either on food, ambience or service - or all three in some cases . It was interesting that on our walk to the theatre we noticed a Café Rouge which was pretty much empty - deservedly so.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere. Charming service. Wine expensive
    Tiggles
    Dined on 18/11/2014
    Couldn't get a reservation over the phone but miraculously did when booking through Open Table! In fact, the restaurant was not totally full at lunchtime. Unhurried service. Generous portions but I would suggest somewhat overpriced all round for what is, ostensibly, an unsophisticated menu.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 17/11/2014
    Service was excellent. One of our group could only stay for 45 minutes. I was impressed that the team took his order quickly and served him super quick whtich meant that he didn't have to hurry his one course.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • A pleasent experience
    Hels72VIP
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    I found the venue very nice and Art deco. Food was very tasty and we didnt have to wait long to get it even though the place was packed. The dessert options were great and found it hard to just pick one. Staff were very accomodating and nice. Would recommend for the whole 'Wow' factor.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Wonderful breakfast experience
    Londontourist
    Dined on 16/11/2014
    We went here for breakfast/brunch. There was a wonderful menu to chose from - we had the eggs benedict and pastries and they were both perfection. The atmosphere was lovely and great ambience, service attentive so all round a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
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    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was stupendous
    Ctaylor
    Dined on 14/11/2014
    My friends were over from Canada we went for brunch on a friday morning the service was impeccable and the food the same would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Litchick79
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    What a find! The Delaunay Viennese afternoon tea transports you to Mitteleuropa, with delicious and unusual flavours - I loved it!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnonVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Consistently excellent service, food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion dinner for two
    DinnerDates
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Lovely food and beautifully presented. Not particularly impressed by the £2 per head 'dining room cover charge' but otherwise the restaurant has a warm atmosphere and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxed grown up and friendly
    westone
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've eaten several times at Delaunay and it never fails to please. Simple dishes done very well with excellent staff who always pay attention to the detailsl.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    HungryrabbitVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I have eaten here a few times, usually for business lunches, and it never fails to make me feel like I am in an important dining room in the heart of London (a few celebs scattered around helps too!). It is a great dining experience with a terrific take on German / Austrian food (in fact an improvement on it!). Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As ever
    JaEng1
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Enjoyed eating at Delaunay....it never disappoints
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • Beautiful restaurant
    MrsBaldwin
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We chose to eat here for our first wedding anniversary and we wasnt disappointed. The decor is very grand and the staff were very welcoming. Our waiter was extremely helpful and friendly its a shame I didn't take his name to mention here. The food was wonderful and were presented with a white chocolate, Turkish delight and marshmallow anniversary celebration dessert as I mentioned it was our anniversary when booking. There is a mixture of dinners from men in suits to jumpers and jeans. We would definitely recommend The Delauny.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinelover
    dinelover
    Dined on 30/10/2014
    extremely busy restaurant with wonderful Austrian and East European flavour. Schnitzels are excellent. Wide choice of East European dishes like bortsh and pirozhki. you may come here for a reasonably priced short lunch, but a good full scale three course dinner with wine may come with a hefty price tag. Service is excellent, whereas it can be quite noisy during busy hours. Good for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday supper
    smyslov
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    We had a lovely birthday supper for my wife at Delaunay. We were first shown to a table which my son found too close to various serving stations, and we asked to be moved. The attentive staff found another table in the middle of the restaurant which was perfect. My wife was 30 minutes late due to traffic and the staff were completely patient with us, didn't harass us or make us feel any sense of rush. We ordered two courses, which were excellent. I had a piece of sea bass which was beautifully cooked and an outstanding filet. Altogether a great experience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deks
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    A great room, excellent atmosphere, distinctive and attractive menu, quality service, a classic Corbin and King establishment.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Brasserie restaurant
    Gspp
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Brasserie styled restaurant same group as the Wolseley. Similar style & food. Good service & food.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Nice atmosphere
    Chippo
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    The atmosphere of the place is vibrant and exciting. The food is good. The service is polite and friendly but slow and clumsy at times.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • SnowHare
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    We wanted a place that had atmosphere and quick service after the theatre. We certainly found it here. We arrived at 10:30 and the pace was still full. We left just after midnight and there were still a few tables eating. Great place for after theatre.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid all day brasserie
    TimB
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Brunch visit on a weekend was solid with decent pasties and eggs Benedict. Table details were very good, including the linen and silverware - all pleasing touches.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Delaunay
    Pace
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    We visit London on a fairly regular basis and often use The Delaunay. This is possibly our 4th or 5th visit? We have previously enjoyed the atmosphere, food and in particular the service. However, on this occasion we found the service to be inattentive and bordering on arrogant. Our food was average and tepid! In closing the restaurant was no busier than usual. In contrast, the following morning we had breakfast at The wolseley which was faultless.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Another enjoyable evening
    plparis02
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    I have already had dinner there several times and I thoroughly recommend it for its lively brasserie-type atmosphere, its excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Delaunay
    carrie
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Reliably good food combined with exceptional service and a buzzy atmosphere
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Teresa
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Dining here is always an extremely positive experience!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Delaunay at Aldwych
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I visited Delaunay restaurant at Aldwych for the first time & was very impressed with everything. The restaurant was beautiful & the food, ambience & sevice was 1st class. i would really recommend Delaunay's.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick service - good pre-theatre.
    Gnasher
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We visited on a Saturday after a visit to a matinee theatre performance. We were looking forward to eating here as we have heard good things about The Delauney. We were asked if we were going to the theatre to which we replied that we had already been to the theatre. Our first course arrived and was delicious beetroot cured salmon. Immediately our starter plate was cleared, our main courses arrived. I felt very rushed and I was still drinking the white wine I had ordered with the salmon. I then had to ask for glasses for the red. If I go again I will be much clearer about our time frame. The menu prices are such that I wanted a special occasion, instead, I got indigestion.
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    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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  • Service with genuine care
    Tamara
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We were given a table in a busy area and asked to be moved. There was no fuss and we we're put in a quieter area. I had a fabulous birthday. Thank you
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    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school
    Simon
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I took clients here (bankers and lawyers) and it was perfect. Even with a noon booking it filled up fast to produce a vibrant atmosphere. Food was great - schnitzel lived up to all expectations.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Elegant and Delicious
    DrBill
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I am a regular at the Delaunay - I go 3 or 4 times every time I am in London. They have wonderful breakfasts, lunch and dinner - and afternoon tea!! For a very good meal in elegant surroundings, there is nowhere better than the Delaunay. (don't forget the puddings - they are famous for them!)
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • We always return to the Delaunat
    SanFranciscoVoyager
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    This restaurant is always so good. The atmosphere is so welcoming and well done. And the location just about directly across and up the street from the Savoy, just walk across the Strand onto Aldwych (where that little pocket of theatres is located). Busch House, across the street from the restaurant is no longer the home of the BBC (too bad, so much history there), and the building is now empty, soon to be converted to offices). If you went to this restaurant you would probably like it, not overly expensive (by London standards)(but not cheap), but very pleasant, and great if you are going to any of the theatres right around there. We make a point of having dinner there while we are in London.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • Back to former glory
    LondonDC
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    After a noticeable dip in standards of both food and service, this beautiful room is once again a beautiful setting for tasty dishes served with warmth and efficiency. Great pre-theatre choice and one of the best options in town for brunch.
    Special Features:
    brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all round
    RDM1VIP
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    High quality at a really good price with impeccable service. Very impressed
    Special Features:
    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    First time eating here with my partner. We both really enjoyed the food, the duck and steak main courses were wonderful as was my pear and plum crumble. would recommend.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Great as always!
    lab23
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    Great atmosphere, great service, amazing food! Have visited on many occasions and it's always consistently impressive.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxed enviroment, not good value
    gianbil
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The restaurant has this old fashioned atmosphere which is nice and cosy. The tables are having good space between them so you can have a nice and relaxed meal. The food though is not reflecting its price in my opinion. The snitchel was not anything special and the beef filet for 33 pounds could have been much better
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Delaunay
    Jane4
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great ambience, spectacular room setting, exemplary service, what more can you ask? A pleasure to experience any time of day.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly.
    Angie
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We visited with our teenage kids for a pre theatre early evening dinner. The menu has plenty of choice for both youngsters who are exploring the world of quality dining and adults who enjoy excellent food. Service was efficient and friendly. A real success.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Always a fun experience
    Samrez
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great ambience, highly professional but always friendly and welcoming service, excellent food, clever wine list - defines a proper brasserie. We will be back, again and again
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Pre theatre at Delaunay
    Ferrs11
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our first visit to The Delaunay. It is a lovely restaurant with a great ambience. Service was excellent and they ensured we got out in good time for our theatre without rushing us in any way. It is a pity they do not do any type of fixed price pre theatre offer but since at 6.00pm it was pretty busy I suspect they do not need to! The food was relatively expensive for what was on offer (I had the chicken schnitzel but it came with no sides at all and so it came in well over £20.00 with two sides. It is a pity also to find increasing numbers of restaurants reintroducing a cover charge. I have no problem paying for bread if I want it but when it is put on the table with no reference to a cover charge I begrudge it.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Breakfast Location
    Peter
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Good location for a business breakfast, the service is efficient and the food was excellent - the only issue is the surrounding noise making hearing difficult!
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies
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