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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
  • "The Delauney is one of our favourite restaurants for celebrating a special occasion. This time we sampled the breakfast menu and we loved it! The selection is impressive and it's good to see staples such as a good old fry-up and boiled eggs alongside birchmuesli and pancakes. The service is friendly and discreet and we had a great time."
    dined on 31/08/2014
  • "Should not the two scoops of ice cream have had some nuts over them and not just a caramel sauce and a wafer? A very disappointing coupe after a delicious starter and main course as ever."
    dined on 30/08/2014
  • "We really enjoyed eating here. I don't imagine it's ever peaceful but arriving just as the pre-theatre customers were leaving was a good move. I noticed one corner table finishing afternoon tea, which although odd at 7.15 somehow made it feel like a real brasserie. It's a huge restaurant and the décor is truly glamorous. It's noisy but not so noisy that we had difficulty chatting. The service was excellent despite the size and buzz. A fantastic tomato salad to start - a simple dish made exciting by its colourful mixture of varieties. My partner's calves' liver was spot-on. My Wiener Schnitzel was fine, if not tender enough to be memorable (and enormous, so only order veg with it). Lots of good wines by the glass."
    dined on 28/08/2014
  • "I took a client here for lunch last week and it was excellent. The service and atmosphere was great and the food was divine. I will definitely go back again."
    dined on 28/08/2014
  • "Really enjoyed an early evening dinner in between shows next door. Ingredients and cooking were excellent, and service well-drilled and pleasant."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "We have eaten at Delaunay's lots of times, and it is always very good. The food is excellent and so is the service. Very enjoyable meal"
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "Average food , disappointing service , poor value ( they even have a cover charge , not sure what for , perhaps the bad bread they put on the table ) money better spent elsewhere . Will not be returning in a hurry"
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "After a very disappointing experience some months ago we were more than delighted to find food and service to be of a very high standard"
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "The perfect pre theatre dining experience…The service is good and quick and the room is busy but spacious. I found the food rather rich and would have liked some simpler options, but the kedgeree we had was good if a bit more like curried risotto! Why do the ladies toilets never have enough cubicles, as everyone finished eating at the same time to get to the theatre there was an uncomfortable queue in a restricted space."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "The number one choice of where to eat if in the Aldwych area. The waiters know what they need to do and how to do it. They are attentive to the tables without disturbing the diners with unnecessary questions."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Overall great and efficient service. A busy yet great venue to meet for business meetings."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Good atmosphere even on a Monday evening. Waiter was very attentive and after I mentioned that I have a gluten allergy I got gluten free bread without asking for it. The waiting time between starters and main was a bit long as we were on pre theatre but we managed in time even though I had to send back the calves' liver as it was well done instead of medium rare. All in all a good dining experience with attentive service."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "We booked the Delaunay for brunch on our Ruby Wedding anniversary. I had added a note to our booking requesting a good table. We were very cheerfully greeted by the reception staff and shown to a great table. A basket of complimentary and delicious pastries arrived with a Happy Anniversary note in chocolate - a wonderful and unexpected touch. The rest of the meal was great - a good Bloody Mary to start (well - it was our ruby anniversary!) and then kedgeree and one of the freshest kippers we have ever had. Lovely! The staff throughout were attentive and cheerful. We would certainly return - and not only for anniversaries!"
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "The four of us went for Sunday brunch. Beautiful setting, lovely buzz about the place, polite waiters, the table presentation - the silverware, all the special forks and utensils - added a charming touch. We had a two hour limit on the table that we were told about in advance, so as we decided to stay longer the staff were kindly able to arrange for a table in the Gallery (the area with no tablecloth) so that we could continue. Shortcomings: it was somewhat difficult to catch the attention of the waiters so they didn't take our order/bring the food as quickly as we might have liked (this way we wouldn't have had to move tables). No Eggs Royale on the eggs menu; the egg in my Eggs Benedict wasn't as runny as it should."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "I went at around 2 pm for lunch. The table was ready and the ambience was great. The restaurant was buzzing and very lively. In terms of service, the waiters were always available to answer our questions or service our requests. The food was quite good overall. We ordered the following: Viennese Hotdog - 4/5 - The brioche bread and the actual hotdog were quite good. However, the sauerkraut could have been better. The roasted potatoes were great. Salted Beef Pretzel - 3/5 - The beef lacked flavour, and the bread didn't feel fresh. Pistachio lemon Millefeuille - 5/5 - Great combination. Franz-Joseph Kaiserschmarren with plum compote - 5/5 - Fantastic!"
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "it was the first time our friends had been to The Delaunay and they assumed it had been opened since the 1930's - which is meant as a compliment to the ambiance and the classy atmosphere. Food is good and the service excellent: not quite sure why you need a waiter, the maître to take the order and another person to bring the food, but it doesn't matter - all part of making you feel you're in Vienna sometime in the mid-30s, I suppose!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "I recommend the Delaunay for a pre/post Theater meal. The location is excellent and central. The "á la carte" menu is very extensive and cater for all appetite. I praise their substantial selection if sausages! Truly excellent and well priced. The ambiance is very welcoming. A nice evening out."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Went for my Dad's birthday - he really enjoyed it! Second time I've been here and I definitely would come again."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Table setting and linen superb; bread offering unique, ice water plentiful, menu varied, service polite and efficient --- we are tourists and this all added to the feeling of a different experience from most pre-theatre restaurants."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "The food was up to a great standard as usual, but the service was fairly slow to begin with, then everything arrived fairly close together."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Delicious food, elegant venue and great service especially from the front desk team"
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Good food, friendly & efficient staff, comfortable,very good ambience."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Met my good friend and her daughter for brunch before a show. I was introducing them to 'my favourite place'. Overall we had a good time. Unfortunately it wasn't the 'classic' Delaunay experience as there were 3 errors with our order which was annoying; especially as the 3rd was the previous 2 appearing on the bill. Very annoying. Don't let that stop you though. It was the first less than exemplary experience in over 10 visits. I'll be returning."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "Thankyou for being in London! I now live in NYC but look forward to my trips especially coming to your restaurant!"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Amazing brunch in an exquisite setting. The grand cafe is special, very special"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Superb service with good food, ideally placed for re theatre, half the Aldwych audience we're eating there!"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "The Delaunay never fails to disappoint for a business meal. It's a lovely looking restaurant with great staff. We went for breakfast this time and the food was lovely as always."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Inattentive rude waiters and waitresses Continued to chat and gossip despite asking for help and to order Won't be returning"
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "As before, the restaurant is, whilst described as reminiscent of 'high Europe' also portrays an early 20th Century Britain, with its formal elegance. The service is slick, the silverware luxurious and the food faultless. Definitely my favourite place for breakfast... the only thing is, I'm glad I don't have to pick up the tab."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Very grand location, good food. A fun pre or post theatre meal."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "This large impressive restaurant, once a bank, offers almost everything a diner could want, especially one who likes cuisine with an Austrian slant though there is a wide choice. Well-prepared food comes in substantial quantities, professionally served. The kedgeree is among the best I have ever had. The restaurant usually seems to be full or almost full (booking well in advance is recommended) and tends to be rather noisy. And the bill may come as an unpleasant surprise. But the restaurant remains one of the best of its kind in London."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to have tickets for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies across the road from the Delaunay, which was therefore the obvious choice for dinner between the two plays. The restaurant was well geared up for this and service was friendly and efficient, but we certainly did not feel rushed. The food was excellent and whole experience felt special."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Walking in to the restaurant at The Delaunay feels like you are being transported to New York. It has a warming look and feel. I ordered the granola and yogurt and it was really yummy. Was refreshing to see different options for breakfast, including the potato cake which my friend had and said was really tasty! I will definitely be returning to try more!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Very good central European food, very competent service, lively atmosphere"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "We enjoyed our pre theatre trip to Delauneys. The service was fast and efficient and the food was well cooked. The cakes and puddings are especially good."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant with excellent food, top service and ambience. Pricing was good considering the all-round experience and we will certainly go again."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Very friendly staff and exciting menu let down onlyby the unspecial pizza like starte - howvere everything esles was a real treat. Great for Special occasions"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "We went for pre theatre dinner and sensibly were asked about which theatre we were going to which meant they could get the timing right. We had a very unrushed meal as a result which was good but not exceptional. The waiter sensibly advised us to share one of the starters as well. Would recommend for theatre meal."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "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