Balthazar London

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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
Balthazar is located in Covent Garden in the heart of Theatreland and a very short walk from the Royal Opera House. It offers a French brasserie-inspired menu with an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes. The Balthazar Boulangerie is housed next door serving its own house-made artisan breads, as well as a wide selection of homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away throughout the day.
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade like food in a classy and beautiful environment

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Buzzy atmosphere - good menu - well presented - great service - Very New York Style

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and good service at reasonable price for pre theatre menu

l
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the middle of Covent Garden, from the moment we walked in I loved the vibe of the restaurant and all its ornate features. Service and food were very good considering how busy the restaurant was. Definitely would go back next time we're in London.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent English Breakfast & Macchiato. Well wort it on a day trip to London.

JP
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I had lunch here last month and thought it an ideal place to meet up with my son and his girlfriend for supper. Came away very disappointed. Ordered 2 burgers and 2 veal. 1 burger was approx. 15mins late due to incorrect cooking. Presentation of burgers was any old how ie chips looked like they’d been thrown on to the plate and no garnish. My son ordered a 2nd beer that didn’t arrive until waiting staff were reminded. A gentleman in a suit was proactive in apologising, we weren’t charged for a beer and a pudding which was appreciated however the evening was still a marred.

g
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was okay and the Pimms Cup just okay, too. What bothered me most was the service. I’m 80 years old and obviously not going to spend huge amounts of $ as it was just me. First restaurant in London where I was treated inattentively. Guess the waiter thought he wasn’t going to get much of a tip.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great choice of food for a brunch and good efficient service - great atmosphere in this classic venue -

b
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful esabishment with both great food and service. pre fix menu was a very value. very nice wine list. very much like the new york location.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and ambient

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D
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we went for brunch on Sunday. The restaurant is very big and was very busy so it was quite noisy but we soon adjusted to the noise level and it wasn’t an issue. The busy feel and appropriate music all added to the ambiance. Every staff member, from arrival to departure was friendly and pleasant and the food was absolutely excellent, particularly given how busy the restaurant was. My husband had the onion soup and says it’s the best he’s had anywhere and I had the burrata which combined with the accompaniments was wonderful and full of flavour. We both chose the omelette Arnold Bennett and what a treat, definitely worth returning just for that alone, and we will.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with excellent service. Will definitely be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable relaxed occasion. It would have been improved by having lighter options on the menu.
Prices are excessively high, even for the location.

TJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality, good value food in bustly central London setting. Bit of a wait between courses and for initial drink order - not end of the world stuff. Enjoyed our visit very much

f
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Place gets noisy as it gets busier. I RARELY give 5 stars. EVERYTHING had better go right. It did.

I started with the scallop ceviche. Waiter appropriately warned: 1) the scallops are small, and 2) it's raw. (Not everyone knows what ceviche is.) But the scallops were excellent. Very fresh, light and delicate, the way they should be. The waiter suggested a dry Riesling to pair with the scallops. My main course was a veal T-bone steak, medium rare with béarnaise sauce. I added some broccoli and frites as my sides. My wife ordered the salmon with lentils, which was unusual for her...she doesn't like lentils. But she liked these lentils and her salmon was perfectly cooked medium rare as well.

For dessert, OMG. My wife's raspberry soufflé was an explosion of raspberry flavor. My tart tartine was a carmelized apple delight. I went all the way and paired it with a glass of Calvados. Every step of the way was lovely and we finished on a high note.

HA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in London . Excellent food and service.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, attentive staff, a lovely atmosphere and quality food and drink. The classiest place to eat in Covent Garden.

JS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here on Sunday night. The food was excellent - steak was particularly good. Service was also very good.

m
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love food and friendly staff
Breakfast and lunch was gr8

CM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience this time was nothing short of the last, and would have been better only if it were possible. Hostess was prompt and poised. We were greeted by everyone we past by, especially the staff member who coincidentally served our table. Courteous and attentive to every detail, he ensured we were well taken care of. His menu knowledge and assistance- grand. Wine recommendation pairing with a platter of oysters to start the evening was superb. Venue ambiance is prize worthy. We will dine with Balthazar whenever in London, guaranteed. Thank you.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good and the staff were attentive but being the sitting before theatre performances they gave us no breathing space between courses meaning we felt rushed and still full when the next course arrived.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Generally nothing special

H
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I eat at Balthazar London 2-3 times a year when I fly over. Always was a great experience. Last Wed
21 August was horrible and it was my birthday dinner. No more than 5 minutes passed from ordering
to receiving our main courses which can only be because they were not prepared fresh. My veal schnitzel was hard, old and stale and tasted like cardboard. After a few bites I called the manager over and he very
nicely took it back and I ordered a shrimp cocktail since my appetite was lost. I ordered one dessert and we shared it. My husband ordered the Salmon which also was not freshly prepared. To his credit the manager comped the dessert and of course didn't charge for the veal but since my birthday dinner was ruined I feel he should have comped the whole check. It was small since we
only drank water. I won't be going back next time I am in London.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

To begin with, we requested a specific table in the restaurant and they were able to accommodate us. Probably doesn't sound like much, but in a large, busy restaurant that can be an important factor in one's overall eating experience. The food is consistently very good and a great value. Eating here is always enjoyable, no matter what you order and the menu, while somewhat limited, does offer something for anyone who is looking for a true French bistro experience.

T
London
53 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service friendly and efficient. However very disappointed with the food which was very average and INCREDIBLY salty. Food quality does not stand up to the steep prices. Will not be returning.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always

DB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch with friends from Canada

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Food was superb! Was a return visit for me but first time for friends who would return! Great !

A
Limerick
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Excellent choice , excellent table . Loved it

EB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely satisfied with this amazing place, I keep coming back for different occasions, celebrations, family, friend, colleagues, everybody loves it! Food quality is always so good, the friendliness and attentiveness of staff another hit for me, location, openness of the the space, the great decor and the vintage feels, good vibes all around. Will keep coming back. Happy customer ❤️

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were chatty and attentive despite being busy with a hectic Friday night service. The food was to die for, we had steak tartare, and then cassoulet and steak. The wine was great too. Would recommend this place to everyone!

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was an ok experience the starters of snails and pate de campaign was good however the main course was disappointing the veal schnitzel was tough and sauce was very bland the baked aubergine did not look very appealing

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lurvely lurvely lurvely

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a fun and friendly place to go. The food’s great and the service is first class.

LG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great venue and service at the door and front desk is impeccable but, table service was not good even though there was a large number of staff everywhere. Things seemed a bit hectic. The food was okay but not at it's best.
I've eaten here before and it was great, hence the slightly higher rating and my determination to give it one more try however, on my last outing, the chef seemed to like salt a bit too much, from my octopus salad (previously faultless) , to the schnitzel.

GG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Balthazar is busy and noisy. The music is loud enough to make you have to shout over it, but not loud enough to actually appreciate. The staff do pretty well considering the volume of people in and out, but it still feels a bit like a sausage factory, processing customers, rather than serving them. The food was fine - standard French brasserie fare, nothing spectacular. The choice of wine at the budget end is poor - the cheapest bottle I think was £36, and for that you got something that you’d consider overpriced if you paid a fiver for it in the supermarket. All in all, not my cup of tea. Although having said that, the fresh mint tea was one of the most enjoyable bits of the meal!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The octopus salad was normal, but the main course was perfect

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After Theatre dinner. Perfect location and late hours with full menu to choose from. It was 10:30 to midnight and they never rushed us or dropped their attention on making it a great evening. The food was great: Burrata Cheese with Tomatoes and Pesto, escargot, lamb chops, Veal Schnitzel, was all delicious. I would make this a regular after theatre treat if I lived here.

H
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Way too loud in there - could not hear a thing from friends around our table and we only were a party of 5.
The ambience is loud, disorderly and chaotic.
The food average and expensive for what it is.

KF
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Initial waitress did not know menu items - could not answer questions; she had to send over a more experienced waitress. Also, initial waitress was so slow providing dessert menu that we decided to skip dessert

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