Balthazar London

4.2
3363 reviews
£26 to £40
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.

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4.0
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4.3
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3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Frets
London
6 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not a patch on previous visits. For the price/restaurant level would expect better service. Was seated in the bar area initially whilst we waited for our table - sat there for 20 minutes and no one took our drink order….

Food was ok but nothing exceptional. My mussels were served luke warm…

The ladies toilets were terrible - smelt v dirty/unclean. In cubicle - no toilet roll, sanitary bins overflowing onto the floor and 5 used toilet rolls just left on top - don’t think anyone had checked them all day - not impressive for a restaurant of this standard! Enough to put you off your food!

Such a shame as used to enjoy going there but will give it a miss for a while…!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately the restaurant was completely overbooked. Despite us arriving on time for reservation we were made to wait in an extremely crowded bar area with no social distancing. We left due to safety concerns and no sense of when our table would be ready after 15 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience1

A hideous hideous evening. Lowlight being oppressively loud DJ with accompanying saxophonist and drummer who worked their way around the restaurant playing free-form. If you want to put on such an event then it should be advertised so diners have an opportunity to opt out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but not excellent- a bit too salty sauce, the sides were forgotten, even though we booked the table we had to wait by the bar for half an hour and it took them an hour to cook the mains. So in general it was good, but way too far from excellent.

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Jade
Essex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It's a shame that the management ruined the experience. We had ordered drinks and food. The food had been forgotten and took a while. We had just ordered a round of drinks and were barely half way through them when we were told that management would like us to leave as they have others that would like our table. We were planning on ordering more but decided we would rather not be in a place where we did not feel welcomed or wanted.

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SuzanneR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Fat too busy , no social distancing , complained , they had no answer , didn’t care
We didn’t stay

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AmyG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Amazing night, with great food and ambiance. Will definitely go back again.

DB
DavidB
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday dinner for 5. Good evening had by all. Food was good without being spectacular. Service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere was great … as long as you’re not looking for a quiet, romantic dinner. We finished off with excellent cocktails at the bars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to the New York location many times, first time at the one in London and it was just as good. We split an assortment of appetizers and had steaks for dinner. Do not miss the truffle hollandaise with your steak!

Service was excellent!!! Possibly the best in London, at least best I have had. Max one of the managers was amazing and truly made it a special experience. Will be back soon.

Also definitely get the apple tart for dessert.

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IvanT
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Buzzy and noisy. Food is average but big portion. Lunch set menu is good value. It is not a place for quiet conversation.

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vipRebeccaP
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really fun night with great ambience as ever, but service horrifically slow. Table booked for 8.30pm, table not available until 9.15, mains not received until 10.10pm :-(

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johnr
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Service was very slow and orders for drinks had to be repeated multiple times. Our table was placed right next to a loudspeaker and the console from which a DJ was playing music. We could not hear ourselves talk without shouting loudly (something not supposed to be allowed in confined spaces at the moment). Every attempt we made to get the sound turned down fell on deaf ears (probably couldn’t hear us because of the noise). Final straw was when a saxophonist started limbering up - is it really allowed for an instrument that depends on large volumes of moist laden breath to be blown through it to be played within one metre of a dining guest?

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vipFBell
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great but the service was really poor. It took an hour for our mains to arrive. When we alerted the waiter he apologised and acknowledged the long wait, blaming a “mix up in the kitchen” and promising to reflect the delay in the bill. When the bill came there was no deduction and the Maitre D’ said the wait had only been 20 minutes. It was an unnecessary way to resolve things and tainted the evening. We were given some chocolates but no deduction.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great management & service, particularly the front desk

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Weds
London
39 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful staff & great food

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BobbyH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Food was horrible. Used to be my favorite place in London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We booked ahead for Saturday night and our table wasn’t ready until at least 20 minutes later - staff were very friendly and courteous (they kindly sat us at a corner booth when we objected to being put right next to the DJ/percussionist) but obviously overwhelmed. Main issue though was the very loud, clubby music which made for quite an intense, stressful atmosphere compared with our pre-COVID visits, made conversation tricky at times - a shame as the food was delicious, drinks were great and delivered promptly, and the service was lovely. Probably fun for a party/group but would think twice about booking again for a date night (maybe it’s less loud during the week?)

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vipManchipp
London
21 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not amazing.

Saturday night.

Busy.

Staff were all over the place at the front desk. Panic with post it notes. We were kept waiting for 20 mins. Others far longer.

The entire place was full. Yet they had a BAND on. Sax. Drums. Amped music. It was mental. Everyone was shouting in each other’s ears.

Fortunately we were outside.

Outside was calmer. But still hectic. With the nights revellers rolling past. At least they were more entertaining than the food.

The food was average at best. A dry mac & cheese for the kids. A scalding onion soup starter. A rock hard asparagus dish and a hopeful Turbot artfully served off the bone.

Sadly the fish had been meuniered to oblivion.

You’d never know the creature once lived in a moisture rich sea environment. It was as dry as a camels foot. Even the gravy boat full of capers and butter couldn’t quench its unshakable thirst.


The Ivy round the corner keeps things far more presentable. I’d do that next time.

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IreneN
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Lovely food
Very strong margaritas 😀

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AnneM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing & totally grateful to the chef that accommodated my preference for cream in my profiteroles & not ice cream!! Absolutely fantastic lunch!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere especially considering it was a midday reservation, staff were great great service was quick but we were not hurried out even though I imagine there were other bookings and the food was fantastic, will definitely return

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Juicywingnut
London
27 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu is much shorter post COVID, the music ridiculously loud (horrible too), the portions smaller. It’s still fun, the food is still good but PLEASE turn the music down. There have been studies that say loud music diminishes appetite, we certainly didn’t want pudding, so get smart guys!

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MrMarkThomas
London
37 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, food reasonable

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely time having lunch here, service was amazing. Thank you to Amy (our waitress) who made the day super special! I would come back here every time if I could guarantee service like that

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VictoriaV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cosy and warm ambience! Food was good as well, maybe more pricey that one would expect but the overall experience was very good and would definitely recommend it!

RB
vipRobertB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively bistro atmosphere with great service

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vipDalia
London
64 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous as always, great food and a great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service appalling , food outrageously priced and mediocre, A wobbly table on a pavement with people almost knocking your drinks over as they walk by is not a terrace !!! Apart from a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer on the table absolutely no social distancing procedures or processes.

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harry
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food, service was slacking today and very unorganised.
But was rectified with concession

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TAnom
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good indoor and outdoor seating. Service and food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was lacking. Waitress non attentive and unfriendly. Should have worked at pizza hut. No smiles or thank yous.
Asked 6 times for a candle (like all other tables).
Take the wine bottle away and don’t top up.
Pay £4 for half a cup of black coffee. Sound system is sounding harsh and distracting.
Has so much potential.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our supper at Balthazar. The food was enjoyable & the service good. We thought the wines were fully priced but they were delicious. It was good to sit outside but the terrace by the taxi rank is not the best location.

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whitelionlady
London
37 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very convenient if you are going to the Opera House or any of the theatres near by.
The sea food sharing platter was more than ample with very good oysters. We had lobster as a main and there were a few empty shells on our plates. When we queried this we were told that this is the result of how the lobster was cut. However, I have to say, I have eaten lobster since a child and never was I served empty claw joints. The lobster that was there was very good.
The service was adequate but several times I did have to pour our wine and the restaurant was far from filled. But the meal was good and the price was fair.

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NatalieM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner with friend, very kind waitres, had good conversation, and good champagne suggestion. Love it.

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DavidS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food. Service staff seems a bit inexperienced.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

not the usual seemless service and food

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PawelS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome service. Great food. Highly recommended.

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MoM56
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally a good experience however we were left disappointed and frustrated by the service levels in the bar area prior to sitting down to dinner. It had been a hot walk to the restaurant through Covent Garden market however we were kept waiting a good 10 minutes but a wine waiter who was too busy fawning and chatting to some other guests (who had already had their drinks). They were all very animated with each other but that let down the evening for me. The table service was very attentive and the food was lovely.

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vipHarr
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Didn’t get drink for 42 minutes and had to ask 3 times. Received wrong order and had to chase to make our food order in the first place as we weren’t approached to take it.

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LesleyM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch and excellent service! Very enjoyable afternoon with friendly staff.

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Balthazar London is rated 4.2 stars by 3363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.