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The Delaunay
The Delaunay

The Delaunay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedelaunay.com
  • Phone: 0207 499 8558
  • Hours of Operation:


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


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

    Afternoon Tea:

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


    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 0207 659 9302

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEuropean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "it's great but expensive & it no worse than most of the current 'in' places.would have been a 5 if it felt better value.everything else was outstanding as usual just wish i could afford to eat there every week"
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "We had a pre-theatre meal and the restaurant was quite busy. The service is very good and the dining room is spacious, elegant and has a good atmosphere. I can recommend the beef stroganoff which was excellent. If we'd had time for 3 courses, coffee and a bottle of wine, then it would have been an expensive meal."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "We enjoyed a pre theatre meal and although it was early for dinner the place was busy with a good atmosphere in this beautiful building.. We had a small problem with one dish but this was rectified quickly and professionally and would not deter us from returning. A good menu choice and friendly service."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "The wieners are just faboulous especially the cheese one. Must try omelette Arnold Bennett next time though!"
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "I really enjoyed brunch at the Delaunay. The room is wonderful, the service attentive and the food delicious. It was a hot summer day - and somehow I can imagine the room really being amazing in winter as it is quite dark somehow ... but a great place!"
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "I love this place. It was the first choice for a joint birthday brunch and hit all the right bells & whistles. Buzzy ambience; delicious food & drink (great pancakes & Pol Roger); great service; interesting fellow diners;reasonably priced for what you get in return."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "The Delaunay is a very good restaurant which appeals to many people - the food, ambience, the staff are all very good. We take friends there regularly as we know the food and service will always be very consistent. We are never disappointed."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "Excellent Viennese style Cafe, serving Breakfast, Lunch Afternoon tea and Dinner. Try the Schnitzels; cucumber salad and the Kaiserschmarren. Almost like Mama used to make"
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in London. Great dining experience and atmosphere - superb service."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "A very good meal. Slick service but not very friendly or jolly. Smart surrounding, busy and bustling with diners."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "I took some overseas visitors for supper after seeing show, and even though it was quite late the place was still 'buzzing'! The food was great... Especially the Steak Tartare. Good service and atmosphere, if just a tad noisy."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Late Sunday Lunch - Early Sunday Dinner .. perfect steak and stroganoff served with a professional smile. Changed dessert without hesitation for a lighter option .. excellent"
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Food was very good - our waiter seemd rather miserable - he ws asked about and agreed "he would rather not be there " - food was very good and service perfetly adequate ."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Love the food and always have a great meal. The one place it falls down, unlike the Wolseley, is starters. Very limited choice - I'm getting a little tired of starting with salads. What about the gorgeous duck-egg taster from the Wolseley or a small pasta course, or seared tuna? Just a thought! Service quite brilliant. More nice red wines by the glass now on the menu - always welcome, especially for theatre-goers who don't want to feel drowsy after whole bottle. Room is one of the nicest in London and I MUST say the ladies loos are always spotlessly maintained. More of the same in Central and West London please. We love it for breakfast too, but, compared to the nearby Balthazar, the breakfast IS about 10 or 15 pounds overpriced for 2."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Perfect for a business breakfast meeting. The service is extremely professional."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I usually eat at the Delaunay for business meals - it's not cheap! The occasion this time was my son's 19th birthday and I just wanted him to enjoy good food & a great atmosphere. As usual the Delaunay delivered and we had an amazing time. Thank you"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "The Delaunay has an authentic Viennese ambience, and the service is excellent, which you want if you are going to the theatre - and it is in the heart of theatreland. The food is good but not outstanding and it is rather expensive. I realise that the overheads for such a large plush restaurant in such a prime location must be high. The wine I had was disappointing, but I expect they have some good ones. It is highly organised and, without making you feel rushed, they do process people through efficiently."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "I popped in for a solo breakfast before getting started with all the revelries of Pride London later in the day. Having eaten here before, I wasn't disappointed by the courteous and classy service - I've heard a bit about them not being so great at lunch and dinner, but I only ever eat breakfast here, when it's less of a celeb haunt. I kept it simple with coffee (excellent as always, served in a lovely art deco pot) and a couple of rounds of toast, and I no point did I feel like they wanted me to order more, a generous table time allowing me to much away in a leisurely fashion with one of the selection of papers they routinely offer breakfast customers. The bill came to just over £11 for coffee, sourdough toast and normal toast and tip."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "My second visit and it didn't disapiont. Took my Aunt and a Uncle for dinner (well travelled europeans living in the US). Wanted to bring them somewhere classy they are not burger society diners! We had a reservation for a later time, we arrived early - staff were very accommodating and seated us as luckily a table was available. Food was delicious, excellent choice of menu. Staff were fabulous, kept the drinks flowing and you barely noticed they were there. Great ambience you wouldn't think you were in a London. Can't wait to go back!"
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "Delauney never disappoints! Lovely food and ambience."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Excellent and well-served meal ahead of theatre. Liver and bacon my favourite."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "Great, reliable menu and efficient service - never disappoints"
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "The room here is fabulous: impressive deco, good size tables, spacious. The Delauney feels sumtuous whilst offering a very reasonably priced menu from sandwiches to a three course meal. Most people order one of the various schitzels on offer at a variety of prices beginning with a beautifully cooked plate sized piece of chicken. This is not fine dining but it is consistent, reasonably priced, served well in relaxing yet impresssive surroundings. One of my favourite places in the West End."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Always a pleasure dining at The Delaunay, particularly for special celebrations. Consistent quality and service and a lovely ambience."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Atmospheric venue, great food, fantastic service - what more do you want?"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "I have been to the Delaunay many times and it's always so good, whether it's taking staff out, my mum for lunch , a romantic dinner, brunch with friends , it's always great, the food, service make it such good value"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "The Delaunay has a nice menu full of classics. I went with colleague for lunch and enjoyed the atmosphere but sadly the service let it down on this occasion. Having requested a salad with no nuts, it promptly showed up including the nuts which were disguised under a lot of dressing - thankfully I do not have an allergy. Additionally, my drink and my colleagues side dish both failed to turn up and required two reminders. The food could have been very good, but it was marred by these interruptions. I think the Delaunay has a lot to offer and could be a very smart place for business lunches or romantic evenings, but sadly it did not met expectations on this occasion."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We went to The Delaunay for pre-theatre dinner - and had not allowed ourselves much wiggle-room on time. We needn't have worried. The service was fast and efficient without appearing rushed. The food was great as was the wine. A great pre-theatre meal."
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "That was a Really good brunch! Enjoyed it ans Would recommend it"
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "It was our first time and we took a friend here as the initial event on a day of birthday treats. She was bowled over by it. The food, service and ambience were all great. We will definitely be back."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "A Germanic tilt to the menu. Had a good quails egg salad starter followed by a large schnitzel. Needed to order sides to go with it. All nicely done. Small lunch time wine list but reasonably priced. A great setting efficiently run. Would be good to include a set lunch menu."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "Great service despite being very busy dealing with pre-theatre crowd. Food arrived quickly and nothing was too much trouble for the very attentive staff. Great menu with lots of choice from sandwiches to more formal main courses. "
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "with an attentive wait staff dealing efficiently with orders to get us out in time. A lovely room, small plates just right for pre-theatre food and all in all a charming experience."
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "We had set reservations ahead of time for brunch, but as we turned up a bit early they offered us a seat at the bar. We had excellent Bloody Marys and a nice offering of a delicious cheesy roll from their on - site bakery. We were promptly seated and offered impeccable service entirely throughout our visit. The dining area is an open plan with a good deal of natural sunlight, complimenting the classical decor so as to keep it airy and inviting. The roast was exquisitely tender with some tasty veg on the side. We also very much enjoyed the blueberry pancakes with creme fraiche. I would highly recommend the Delaunay for any meal, though brunch was certainly ideal to sample their famed roast. "
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Delaunays is a stunning looking restaurant and has a lot of atmosphere. food and service were on this occasion good and better than on my previous visit but I still find the place overpriced for what it is. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "I took a client for breakfast; service was polite and attentive without being overbearing; coffee was delicious; I ordered granola with berries and yoghurt and it was perfect - everything very fresh and beautifully presented; my client ordered kedgeree and was equally happy with that; lovely relaxed ambience and attractive setting; would definitely return."
    dined on 28/05/2014
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Enjoyed the sausages, I had a joke about them but it's the wurst.... A service charge of 12.5% is included on the bill. I prefer that to be my choice, however that is pretty much what I would have given anyway. In addition, if you have a schnitzel, make sure you order a side otherwise a schnitzel is all you get. Very nice restaurant, not overpriced for the area and not packed full of tourists."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "We have had several meals at the Delaunay and recommended it to friends. However, our breakfast on Sunday 25 May fell far short of your usual standard. Service has always been excellent but not this Sunday. Long long wait both times we ordered coffee. Everything rather plopped inelegantly on the table(which was also just beside a service station). This was planned as a celebratiion with my two grownup children; I wish now I had cooked a better breakfast at home! Maybe you were short-staffed over the Bank Holiday but this trip to the Delaunay was very disappointing and I could no longer reccomend it to friends and family with my previous enthusiasm."
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "Had lunch there at the weekend , excellet. Staff very helpful and friendly ambience is excellet. Good choices on the menu will eat there again."
    dined on 24/05/2014