The Delaunay
The Delaunay

The Delaunay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thedelaunay.com/
  • Phone: 02074998558
  • 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
726 reviews since 25 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.6
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (356)brunch (353)business meals (301)special occasions (292)afternoon tea (243)fit for foodies (184)romance (159)sunday lunch (155)group bookings (75)disabled access (50)good vegetarian options (48)child friendly (41)outstanding value (28)outdoor eating (2)Show More
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent value but slow
    ClareDVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Breakfast was good, decent choice and some different options but service was pretty slow which is not great for business breakfast and the acoustics make it very buzzy but hard to hear each other.
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  • AS EVER - LOVELY!
    LALEYBRIT
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    SUCH GRACIOUS SERVICE AND EXCELLENT FOOD AS ALWAYS. WE NEVER HAVE A BAD WORD TO SAY ABOUT SUPPER OR BREAKFAST AT THE DELAUNAY - STANDARDS NEVER SLIP!
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    brunch, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Absolute guaranteed great night out
    Judebruce
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I'm here every couple of months. It is superb and always feel like an "occasion". Love it!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Time machine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A refined trip back to Brasserie masterclass era. Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Perfect for a business lunch or a romantic evening meal.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Experience
    JennyL
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have had breakfast here many times and always thoroughly enjoyed it, but I had dinner the other night and I have to say it was a very good experience. The service was attentive, the food was good and everything was as it should be. Its quite formal but there is still a buzz in the restaurant, and the menu was excellent. Its quite pricey but I felt was good value for money and I will go back.
    Special Features:
    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Austrian favourites
    OdedS
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I am a returning customer. European Service, the tastes of Austria, late post theatre opening and good food make it a favourite. Their Tea service is also great.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just gets better
    jonnynian
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Once again we had a fantastic meal, fabulous wine and excellent service. The place was packed (post theatre) and buzzing as always. It really does get better and better every time we dine there. Highly recommended.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delaunay
    BLDEVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The staff here are lovely. We were made so welcome. We only wanted a main course and that was fine, there was absolutely no pressure. Very meaty Germanic menu but that's what this place is about. I ordered a chicken schnitzel and got the shock of my life when it turned up. It was HUGE. My friend and I thought there had been a mistake and that it was a meal for two!! She ordered two different sausages which came with delicious sauerkraut and a wonderful relish. We had green beans and almonds which were the perfect combination. Can't fault this place. We'll be back.....soon.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling & Brilliant
    Rosa
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The Delaunay is the Viennese equivalent of La Cupole or one of the great Parisian brasseries. It is vast, busy, noisy & full of life. We ate after seeing Wolf Hall at the Aldwych & again after seeing the second RSC play a month later. Both were great meals & on the last occasion the restaurant's normal vibrancy was increased by the entire cast & Hilary Mantel, the author, celebrating the end of their London run, there. It's great food too. The schnitzels, cucumber salad & potato salad are, as they say, "to die for". Fabulous place, just don't go for a quiet time!
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    brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pre theatre
    Joanna
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    This was our second visit for pre theatre dinner, for which it is perfect. The service is quick and the food very good, though pricey but it is West End and part of a pricey group. The mushroom starter was excellent, ditto the tart, and the cod goujons beautifully home made. Our guests enjoyed the steak tartare. We would consider it again for near by theatres. The staff are pleasant and helpful, the welcome is good.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable afternoon tea.
    Onereviewer
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Crisp tablecloths, silverware and chilled champagne accompanied a 3 tier afternoon tea tower. We were made to feel welcome by the excellent service. Worth noting that sandwiches there, are well above average afternoon tea fare. Thank you.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely lunch
    Sal100VIP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We always have a very enjoyable lunch at Delaunay. The food is excellent and such a varied menu. The staff are very attentive. Excellent all round
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Nice but over-rated
    Lynn
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Had a quick lunch there before going to a matinee. Huge place, but prompt, efficient service. Even the bread was warm. I went there specifically to try their famous wiener schnitzel which I had heard/read so much about, and it was a bit of a disappointment. I don't mean that it was bad, but it was nowhere like the wiener schnitzel I had in Berlin (the best ever) or Munich, where it is paper thin and crispy. Would go again to try their frankfurters and hot dogs.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch
    eplauVIP
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Brill menu, flavoursome food! Woudl definately return soon
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old England
    PoshandProudVIP
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I love the atmosphere, the service and the food. It is pricy for breakfast - 5 of us was £100 but the food was amazing and there was an awful lot of it! I will return for lunch
    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.
  • chris
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    Very busy when we arrived but excellent meal and very good service
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  • Always good
    Duchess
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    I am a returning customer, so never question the quality of food, service and atmosphere. I always have a great time and I can't recommend the ambience enough, it feels always classy and never intimidating. Go book a table !
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighted at the Delaunay
    Teresa
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    If you want style, elegance and impeccable service - go to the Delaunay. Though if you are hard of hearing, do not, as the ambient noise when it's busy isn't great for anyone straining a bit to hear. Have the Omlette Arnold Bennett - you will never be able to eat another omlette, anywhere, without sighing from past wonderful memories.
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  • A good evening
    sambo
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    As usual -a nice experience in a typical King/Corbin restaurant
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Special Brunch
    eplauVIP
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Brill menu, flavoursome food! Woudl definately return soon
    Special Features:
    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Saturday evening
    Foodfan
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Generally good food and service but waiter spent more time with customers he obviously knew rather than 'one-offs' which is foolish as he would have no idea if you might become regulars. Sometimes difficult to attract attention of staff. Thought prices quite steep for quality but central London location allows them to charge above average. Debatable if we would return or recommend to friends.
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    brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.