Balthazar London

4.5
3213 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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SteveD
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday lunch. Very good meshes in place for COVID, staff were excellent and really good. Family all enjoyed.

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DHG2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Post museum, late evening drop-in for four. We chose a good Riesling to drink, oysters, lobster spaghetti, Roquefort salad, moules frites and some sides. It's quiet these days, but the ambience felt just right somehow. It's still grand, and with fantastic service and food prepared with genuine care. It feels reliable, good quality, elegant but not snobbish. Balthazar makes an effort but you get the sense it always wants to have fun, doesn't judge, just delivers on a simple promise that many others get wrong in small ways. I think the detail here speaks volumes, on this occasion anyway. We loved it. It was the first time for our friends, and I know they'll have made a happy memory here. I'll be back again. Thank you!

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JonC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and a very enjoyable experience, 100% recommendation!

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KooB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It’s our second visit to the restaurant and we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday. There’s a varied selection of cocktails and as a vegetarian my food was delicious. I would like to see more vegetarian starter options though. Our waiters were very friendly and helpful.

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vipGaryO
London
43 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a great lunch although the onion soup wasn’t up to its usual standard
We will return and do recommend Balthazar

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere. Definitely a US take on French food, for obvious reasons, but no worse off for it. Delicious food and had some very good wine too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Great building and well appointed. Food very average, wine enormously overpriced. Staff void of personality.

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discodolly84
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was lovely, however my friend and I found the service towards the end of our meal unfriendly. I think the waiters changed shifts. The second waiter was not as good as the first. We never had to wait for service which was nice. There was always somebody at hand to sort out a request. drinks and food arrived promptly.

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ossie
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant environment.
I would definitely recommend Balthazar.

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Nicolas
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good French food. Staff could be a bit more friendly... but maybe they try to be French :) (I’m French so this comment is authorised)

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vipLogger60
London
28 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been back to the UK since February because of COVID and Balthazar is always on my list of places I must return to on every trip. Again, it was great. It never disappoints!

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SandieF
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant has kept up its standards the food was lovely and and eventually the service excellent.
Although quiet the ambiance was lovely and it felt very safe

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saky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is always fantastic but the food was served a bit cold ... though wonderful in taste

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DaveG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it... quality, quality, quality. Wonderful food and excellent service. Beautiful surroundings and great atmosphere, even in these unusual times

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Chrisrochford106
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely time, had eggs royale and New York pancakes all of it was lovely. Only issue was a long wait to order but otherwise a lovely venue

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vipMark
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding... as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Service took too long.

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vipameysselle
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect evening there
Food is great and the service is just perfect

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HeloiseM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Toi noisy, very long service , not as good as expected

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vipNickJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service as always was great! The food and wine tastes stale.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a lovely setting

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Anthony
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Love this restaurant and have been coming for years. Great food and a pretty authentic French brasserie vibe. Service isn't great though, just a little slow, forgetful, clumsy. I complain about it all the time and never improves yet I keep coming back because I love the food.

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WizardofOlz
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little Tate of French dining in the heart of Covent Garden. Classic menu items are done well and the crustacean bar is something to behold. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipRosssm
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back with the new measures and it was a joy, felt very safe and the food and service was wonderful. Will be back again very soon!

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Kshatriya
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful to be back. My favourite London restaurant. The staff absolutely make the place.

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Borgen
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

First visit, wasnt impressed with the breakfast, not of good enough quality for the price, even the fried eggs were overcooked. Wont be making a return visit if they cant even cook fried eggs properly. Poor food, overpriced.

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Aprilzam
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Balthazar is a lovely french Restaurant in the middle of London. The service was really good and waiters were very attentive. We ordered a set menu and the food was worth the money. Even though it was just a set meal, they still cooked a tasty meal. The restaurant is well decorated and has a romantic ambience. Overall, we had an excellent time dining at Balthazar. Highly Recommend!

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vipAnonymous
London
84 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sadly I was quite disappointed with Balthazar London, having heard such great things about it. For me, it was nothing more than an overpriced Cote Brasserie, although not as good. It's a nice looking and atmospheric restaurant, but the food is very ordinary and overpriced for the offering. The wine list is also quite average. Really surprising for a French restaurant. I wouldn’t bother returning.

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JuliaK
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience was in New York in 2013. I loved the atmosphere, the attentive service and great food. This visit ensured that I returned last year when I learned that there was now a Balthazar in London. I booked using the Open table app which is so easy and successful. My experience in London, which I was able to share with friends, matched my New York experience..... and brought back lots of happy memories during a very uncertain time in the world. Thank you Balthazar!

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Jack
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food done just right. Excellent service and a fantastic wine list. Looking forward to our next visit.

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JulianaR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Service was very very slow it took a while to get the waiters attention but food was tasty

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sheilad
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely pre theatre supper celebrating a birthday. We love the restaurant.

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Jeff
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long standing client
I like the place and the food

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FlorenciaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

my only complain is that the atmosphere was too loud. But the food was delicious and excellent service. Would return nevertheless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
47 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always - we have been coming regularly for years, and it never disappoints

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LeaD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Balthazar for my husband’s birthday with our 8 yo daughter. We were made to feel really welcome and

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PenelopeB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The staff were polite and food tasty but it’s extremely noisy. My partner and I booked a table on two occasions and the last time, we were placed in between two groups of afternoon teas with ladies screeching over each other. Also, the half lobster I ordered was filled with claws and not very much meat.

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VickyR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for afternoon tea for my partners birthday. Great service from all staff. Afternoon tea had lots of different cakes - too much! Staff boxed up leftover cakes to take away.

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Balthazar London is rated 4.5 stars by 3213 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.