Balthazar London

4.4
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3006 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French

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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.

Special Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BALTHAZAR: Please note that if you are booking for late dinner from 9pm, we are offering £150 menu and will be contacted to take payment and confirm your table. Prior to payment being taken, your reservation is provisional and will be held for seven days, from time of booking.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 3006 People Are Saying
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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH IN LONDON

FF
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very nice location, food is nothing special

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

very very loud, tables too close to each other, food very tasty, amazing wine

D
London
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Been plenty of times, always a treat

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant lovely food and atmosphere. The waiter was great. If you are an ouster lover thats he place for you! Come here every time we are in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, will go back.

MC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London. Balthazar serves amazing food and the perfect atmosphere for mid-shopping lunch! I love it

A
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very buzzy place great location friendly staff and good food

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Used to enjoy Balthazar but based on my experience today, I think it’s easily trumped by more mainstream rivals. It’s lost it’s exclusive feel, tables are penned in next to each other like you’re in a Wagamamas on a Saturday.

Service was prompt until food was delivered and then nowhere to be seen. Had to go to the til and pay there as we were unable to get attention of waiting staff.

£85 for two mains, two bottles and a couple of sides. What a joke.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic- everyone was so nice to our toddler too!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service, very loud, average food

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambience and food.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salmon Tartare was superb.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good. Highly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch which was amazing. Love love love Balthazar

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, professional staff and the food arrived quickly

DA
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hi, i ate filet de boeuf which was really mediocre to not good. For the price we paid, i do not recommend Balthazar anymore, the service was good, and everybody was friendly and smiling but unfortunately the food was not special for me. We paid 330 pounds 6 people, two bottles of wine included...

LD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Was very disappointed with my dinner and the service. I had contacted the restaurant beforehand to tell them it was my husband’s birthday. I was told they would decorate the dessert order and took his name. We received nothing on our dessert plate and even had to send food back for poor taste. Don’t waste your money there are better restaurants around.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I'm happy we were able to find a Thanksgiving meal in London, but the food was lackluster and the service not great. It was a very busy night and they seemed stretched. The Thanksgiving meal resembled Sunday roast more than traditional American style food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We didn’t like the afternoon tea sandwiches and some of the desserts

SB
London
24 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Sadly the service was very poor. Despite the restaurant calling the day before to confirm reservation and also confirming dietary requirements and that we needed to be fast in our service - we sat for 22 minutes without any service and weren’t given the right menus.

The table was also very cramped and we had a waiter stood next to our table once our food was served basically watching us eat - which was very uncomfortable.

The food though was delicious; but such a shame that the table and service was so poor which makes me not want to return; despite previously having great experiences here.

YD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had to wait 20 mins for the table we booked and the lady managing booking was very rude about it.

Waitress was lovely though

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Average. Not as good as I expected

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue, service was excellent as was the food

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

service was below average and too noisy for a business meeting

CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The staff couldn’t cope with how busy it was and the tables are too close together

C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It is always a pleasure to eat at Balthazar! The lobster spaghetti is a must have experience...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were after theatre and Balthazar is always a reliable option... food was good , service polite and efficient so no complaints.. the wine list is fine if a little pricey but the house Corbiers surprisingly good!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always an amazing experience to eat at Balthazar.
My duck confit was delicious.

PR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed it very much. All was well up to standard.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very, very nice.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had been only the previous week and this time they served us the onion soup (which were were so looking forward to) as it came it was a 1/2 size portion in a totally different bowl, it was very disappointing and we had to ask what was going on which made us feel very awkward

RO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic so busy but service and food excellent
Had prix fixe menu. Excellent and good value
Will come again

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tourist trap. Enough said. You make an effort to go to a nice restaurant and end up in a train station bistro.

CM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made advance booking with OpenTable for a special occasion. Wasn't seated where I originally intended, but was shown to what the host acknowledged as the best table - thank you. As repeat clients, the service did not disappoint. Even an unfortunate spill of the tray carrying all of our entrees didn't slow the Balthazar staff down. Other guests were re-seated and the area was made tidy in under 2 min. Freshly made entrees reappeared for us in just 10 min, not missing a beat. This outing brought the discovery of Balthazar's hidden gem of a Sommelier. The magic of our evening was magnified by his intellect, charisma and vast knowledge. Of course, we will return many times more.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above and beyond to look after us when I was struggling with two toddlers. One very kind waitress even volunteered to entertain our children while we finished our food.

MP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and food, but the table was a little bit small for a party of 4

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Were there for breakfast. Food was ok, but not more. Service a bit lacklustre. Has become a tourist trap. Too expensive for what it is

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It is a busy restaurant with a good buzz/ambience. The food was very good and the sort of price you would expect to pay in Central London. The staff were friendly and service was moderately efficient. We waited a while for menus and then a while to order. Great decor and on the who.e a good experience

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Particular compliments to waiter Charlie. Great style and warmth. Thank you.