Balthazar London

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2923 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.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YB
Miami
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was superb; the food great. I love Balthazar in NYC, and l loved this one even more. We had lunch here and will definitely go for both lunch and dinner when I next visit London. The service was really amazing.

JH
Aberdeen
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Mistake with table booked

Waiter unnecessarily pointing out the lack of calories in an empty soup bowl! Inappropriate. Sexist!

PR
London
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always very good service. Very good food. Ideal location for the opera house and open late.

NB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very vibrant place with excellent service & food. Highly recommend this place for a meal.

OT
Stuttgart Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice surrounding, kind service

O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Està Vez mucho ruido !! La comida y el servicio excelente como siempre!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. The staff are wonderful. Thank you

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Packed restaurant / made for a great atmosphere. Enjoyed the evening and Plenty of staff at hand.

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special catch up with family from Australia. Beautiful food in a gorgeous venue

HT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This remains an excellent, dependable choice for a casual dinner - I took guests from New York who know the sister restaurant and they thought it compared really well. Food was excellent - room was super busy and the service suffered a bit in the sense that there were points where we had excellent, attentive service, and points where we sat there for 20 mins without plates being cleared. But overall, it was a good experience and my guests loved the room and the food.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They are taking the mickey on their wine £75 for a bog standard bottle of Bourgogne rouge . Ridiculous

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was nice and everyone at my table enjoyed their meal. Service was very basic and almost non existent, wine list was very basic and our table was set with dirty cutlery and glasses. Won't be back in a hurry.

AM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend is Italian and wanted to go to a place that served different food. Balthazar is one of my fav restaurants in London, but I still was a bit nervous, I really wanted him to enjoy our lunch. And he did! He loved the atmosphere, the service, everything was perfect and the food delicious. We absolutely loved the autumn salad, by the way! Merci et à bientôt, Anamaria

NY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Superb service and classic bistro environment

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I would recommend it but for the environment only. We were asked 4 times if we wanted water and eventually laughed out loud. We did not want water! Breakfast was ok. A glasses of house champagne was delicious. We asked for toast and received just that no butter or preserves so had to ask for after a short wait. We did not pay for service needless to say.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a great restaurant for a date or group. The ambiance is fun and very lively and their service and food is top-notch! Their steak frites is one of my favourite dishes to order!

MH
London
15 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’s a nice place but nothing special for the prices you pay. Better places in London that offer more interesting options.

Loads of people for service... but service felt slow at times.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was poor although food was good and menu offered a wide selection.

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Busy place. Nice food. The tables are very close together and therefore it’s hard to have a conversation over the meal.

OT
Greece
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable. The perfect breakfast, in the perfect city, celebrating my breaking up. I will certainly be back soon. Loved it.

MF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Steak was way too fatty. A little fat is good, but I’m talking full on grissle! Cooked to the exact correct temp, though, and the mac & cheese was outstanding!

Fun French-style bistro, but nothing I’ll be rushing to try again anytime soon unless I happen to be in the area.

V
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, although very noisy. Food is really good and the restaurant is very traditional french brasserie style

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Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very very slow service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday treat!

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great brassiere food and on the mark service.

D
Dubai
19 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Couple dinner. Nice food as advertised

Always expect great grand cafe comfort food

OT
London
29 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely place, lovely meal.

SM
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

A solid restaurant with very speedy delivery to the table. Well cooked dishes. Slightly displeased that the waiter left us half way through ordering to have a chat with some other diners leaving the restaurant. Unprofessional. Otherwise a nice experience.

JP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place - a favourite of mine!

n
London
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food & Service. Whether for a good meal or special occasion.

DB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

You're paying for the ambience. The food is okay. The service is annoying. Too many people attending to your table, so nothing actually ever happens. There must be communication issues. It took 15 minutes to get bread. My coffee came after, not with, dessert. When we complained about our glasses smelling like soap, we got a 60 second explanation for why that may be, when all we wanted was a new glass.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comme à chaque accueil très professionnel la nourriture est très bonne et le cadre magnifique

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it! The staff was superb! Everyone was so attentive and patient, it was full and very busy, I arrived early and sat at the bar, the bartenders were lovely, all of them, it was a joy, the place is in a bustle of activity, it feels like there is a party going on but your table is still intimate, I loved the experience and the staff! I recommend Balthazar highly as a dining experience!

SO
London
116 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

As always Balthazar delivers with tasty, well-prepared food.
The service was slow, hard to get our order taken.

PR
London
19 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and very good food and wine.

C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience even though it was very crowded and service was slow due to this. Took quite a long time to get our drinks and since it was brunch would have loved a cup of coffee, but that never happened. however, even with these negatives I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. The Burrata salad was plentiful for 2 people to share and the eggs benedict was delicious too, although it should have come with a side of potatoes or "something". Plate looked underdressed, but taste was great.

GP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything I expected, but the noise levels were an eye opener, forget having that “romantic” meal occasion, but once past that it’s great!
Maybe trendy means “grin and bare it “, do it again ?.....YES

B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perfectly pleasant meal. wouldn't expect fireworks, but it does what it says on the tin!

OT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff

RH
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very nice and helpful. They made our anniversary dinner quite nice. The food was outstanding.

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