Balthazar London

4.1
3516 reviews
£26 to £40
French

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Pre/post Theatre
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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Sophie7
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Prawn and avocado cocktail was not nice
Avocado and artichoke salad was served with no artichokes
Moules frites served with no frites, so everyone had food at different times…. Naturally 12.5% service still added
Too busy for servers so service poor
Real shame, been here many times before as was so good and really loved the food…. Now won’t come again

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GerryH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a nice vibe, in a lovely room. Only criticism is that three of us were squeezed around a very small table.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brilliant experience ,great service and atmosphere. A few items on the menu were not available but there were plenty of alternatives.

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DavidG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Been to New York Balthazar many times and always very good.

Felt sorry for the lack of training or experience the waiting staff had.

Will not be going back anytime soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service. Calvin was amazing

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David
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Supremely disappointing across the board. Rude staff and subpar food are not a good combination. First and last time eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Balthazar, friendly efficient service. Great food, really good atmosphere. Would happily return.

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PhillipA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent place and location for Brunch
Pavement location near railings not good as pavement users keep knocking you, better under the external umbrellas if outside
Food was good, little pricey for Brunch but great ambience

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as I remembered it from 8 years ago…it’s just okay

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Given table outside as requested. Even though we mentioned it’s our anniversary we were given the worst possible table near a smoking spot in the street

Service was way too slow. Don’t think we saw the waitress smile even once.

After finishing each course we sat there with the empty plates for ages until we ran out of patience calling the waiters over

The food was good. The cocktail and wine menu very limited and not Good value for money at all

We won’t be going back to this restaurant and do not recommend unless it’s last minute and there are no other choices

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MariannaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Drinks areuved very late. Also sides arrived after we alerted the waiters.

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NikG
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I felt the food was very average and didn't like the dessert at all. The service was very slow, were sitting there over finished plates for ages... I would say very average, but nice interior and good location.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good indeed.

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stephenm
Devon
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great room and food.

Needs a value house wine.

Would recommend.
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PeterR
London
24 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy going to Balthazar after the opera. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and very good food.

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KATHLEENL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal.Good variety well presented.Attentive staff.

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Avocados
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Main dish was only tepid when it arrived at the table but the french fries were hot. Despite this the main dish was very flavourful.

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vipZKhan
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food was very average/poor. Service was slow and I had special requests for the table (as was friend’s 50th birthday), that were ignored. Venue is nice but not a patch on New York.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice French style bistro cafe etc, food was nice ,service was very good ..was very busy the prices were on the upper side for the food but it is covent garden

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Peter
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Straightforward food with good service. But blaring music on top of a very live acoustic means you have to lip-read. Noise is quite exhausting. So not good for conversation.

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GrahamC
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Hate to give a mediocre review coz I love this place, but the food was just not what it should be. And I don’t know if they’ve squashed more tables in but it was SO loud we had to shout to be heard. It’s a lovely setting but when the buzz of the atmosphere becomes painful noise it’s just not enjoyable. Still, a great place for a big party. For three colleagues catching up over dinner - didn’t work out.

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vipDaniel
London
19 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place to eat in Covent Garden
Great ambience, great service, fun place (noise level can be high), amazing delicious food.
The team work so hard there - special thank you to the serving team and also the cooks in the kitchen.
First class
Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. definitely go again recommend it to anybody great value great people

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vipDSha
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Sat us outside so we could watch the chaos of Covent Garden, and let us have the table for longer than they said. Sooo friendly. And tasty desserts!!! Oh and the prawn starter

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We’ve been going to Balthazar in London since it opened. Honestly the service seems to get worse each time. This time we gave up after waiting 25 mins past our booking time (and we arrived early) for a table. Not good enough. Not sure if we’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, drinks and entertainment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Starters were OK, but quamain courses and deserts were simply not good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Just isn’t what it used to be. The service has always been dicey but they’ve removed the items that brought us there in the first place, plus such a pitiful wine list. We won’t be returning.

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vipJohnD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun. Way beyond my expectations. Had no idea that a simple dinner would become an evening at a glamorous Parisian nightclub. I loved it ALL the way. A true 2021 experience that could be close to the top of my lost by year end.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks post theatre
Lovely fresh mocktail and cocktail
Could only sit at a table if ordered food so we chose the cheese parcels and some chips - super tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was OK and a nice ambience but ruined by rude service; the worst we’ve experienced recently. It was fairly busy but no excuse for that in my opinion.

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JoAll1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vibrant place to eat in the heart of Covent Garden with delicious bistro style food and lovely staff.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a must to book Balthazar as at first the receptionist turned me away saying that she was expecting a few large parties at any minuet??? I then stood outside (where there were more empty tables) and booked via Open Table. During the time I was there I didn’t see any large parties arrive so maybe the receptionist (dark hair in a plait) should at least double check before turning paying custom away.
Brunch was nice but this will be my last visit.

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vipSteve
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We know and love Balthazar in NYC. This is a very pale version. Food not very good, service chaotic, environment chaotic and worst of all, a horrible “cabaret” dancing performance every 30 minutes that interrupts the dinner, halts conversation and transforms the restaurant into a cheesy, horrible tourist trap. Beware.

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SpencerW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had oysters which were the first time fior 2 of our party and started off our meal for them with a great new experience they thoroughly enjoyed
Every course was spot on and the dancers and singer were an extra entertainment bonus
Second time we’ve eaten here and we we’re not disappointed, looking forward to the next occasion

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KMD74
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. The service, while friendly, was way too slow. Also they are now doing some sort of theatre show during dinner. The show was good but is more suited to tourists.

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bill
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Waited 45 mins for starter, 1 1/4 hours for main course and at 2 hours gave up trying to order dessert. Really poor service but great food. I guess they can’t recruit enough staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, service was on point. Quick from ordering to table. Little loud but expected.

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safiaq
London
94 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing fresh seafood bar, classic food that you can't go wrong with and good Friday night entertainment with the singers and dancers. Lobster was flavourful and the muscles yummy and more than plentiful. Service is hit and miss with some just simply serving your burger and fries and not bothering to offer ketchup, while others take a little more time and are polite, attentive, and charming. Beautiful bar but drink size options are either 125ml or half a bottle (no 175ml).

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was the second time in a row I’ve been disappointed by my experience at Balthazar. Both times the staff were chaotic and rushed around. Except this time one spilled a glass of champagne down me. Neither time was I offered any compensation or anything to make up for the situation. They only moved us from our champagne sodden table because we made them.

Think this will be my last visit.

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Balthazar London is rated 4.1 stars by 3516 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.