Balthazar London

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2771 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
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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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best late night burger in town.

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J
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! From the Welcome, and then the table, staff, service, wine, food and ambience. I had flowers with me and the wonderful staff put them in water. I love this restaurant - have been three times now and never disappointed. New York is also good! The wine is expensive but hey ho. Lovely for drinks alone too. Cool in the best of ways. Try it. J

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MF
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service variable. Felt like we weren’t important enough

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EE
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite meal of our trip to London. The food was excellent—beef stroganoff and beef Bourguignon. We were so happy. Our 8 year old loved the spaghetti. Great service.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic - attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious and the restaurant had a great ambience.

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PT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually dine during the week with colleagues, but went on a Saturday night with family. Food was very good but service was very inattentive. Had to flag down the waiter for everything. Would go back but likely avoid the weekend.

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ND
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favourites in London. The food is good rather than great but the place is always packed, the atmosphere is buzzy and the service is friendly and attentive. A shame the table was so tiny and stuck in the corner but I guess it meant we could people watch!

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

Birthday brunch for my daughter’s 18th. Great place, amazing food and ambience

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E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although our food was delayed, the staff handle everything in a very professional way.

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E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

LOVED THE AFTERNOON TEA. This was our first time having afternoon tea and the selection was incredible. The hostess was not friendly whatsoever though. When we said hello she ignored us, grabbed some menus and walked us to our table. No “enjoy your meal” or anything. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the flowers added to the afternoon tea vibe as well.

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GF
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always a great experience. Staff are wonderful, service was impeccable, we were with two 14 year-olds and staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating!!!

Only slight niggle was the £28.00 lobster spaghetti was a little shy on the lobster front... absolutely delicious though!

Overall, great service, great ambience, great food... would thoroughly recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a pre-theatre dinner, and ordered Fine de Claire mussels, escargots, scallop cerviche, lamb rack and raspberry soufflé, and all were fantastic! Best London restaurant I've visited yet

I submitted a special request on my OpenTable booking about it being my partner's birthday, and the staff even served us some complimentary macarons at the end, complete with a candle and a 'Happy Birthday' message!

The meal didn't come cheap, but it wasn't outrageously expensive and was certainly worth the money! Highly recommended

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly staff and fast service

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SD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Booked a pre-theatre Saturday lunch. While the starter arrived in a timely manner and was lovely, we waited over 35 - 40 minutes for the mains to arrive and then had to rush the meal in order to get to our show. Sadly, after such a long wait for the mains the pasta turned out to be over cooked. Hardly worth the wait.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very touristy. Service not dependent on returning guests. Not worth it.

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C
London
23 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Very wolseleyesqe in ambiance.

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LC
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed afternoon tea, the display was lovely and tasted great too!!

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SL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The place was rather amplified, however my folks and I thoroughly enjoyed the service and dishes. Tarte Tartin and Beef bourguignon definitely recommended. Double Thumbs up to our waiter who was super enthusiastic and made us feel comfortable.

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R
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been a number of times and it never disappoints! Wonderful staff and great classic food!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Terrible food, I would not go back. Substandard for a brunch in London. No care or attention taken over the food... with all the amazing eateries in London this is one to miss.

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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and people watching

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

‘‘Twas good

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OT
London
55 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and fast service

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Q
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

great food although my starter was wrong so it had to be changed so my partner ate on her own while mine was changed then I ate mine
So I didn’t pay the optional note optional service charge of £10 but was stopped from leaving and questioned why, not good

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Although we had a to wait a few minutes for our table the front of house staff were helpful and polite and once seated offered us a glass of champagne which was an unexpected touch. Well done for turning that annoying wait into a good experience.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious duck confit and pommes gratin

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PR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good service and food was acceptable although not quite as good as on previous occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great but it was a bit noisy.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiters great, fast service, nice ambience. Good for Covent Garden

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L
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good, helpful with allergies. The food was average. Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant.

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MM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The loud swearing Americans at the next table were unpleasant.

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BE
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable. Really good food and great, buzzy ambience.

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L
London
36 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service as always and great value for money

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal.

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RD
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We didn't think much of Balthazar. The menu relies on the same repertoire of French bistro favourites you'd find at Cafe Rouge and Cote Brasserie, excepte here they're easily 50% more expensive. For the premium, you get a prime central location and a large and noisy dining room in which the volume levels are so high it's hard to conduct a conversation without shouting or straining to hear. Food was competent and tasty in a mass-catering kind of way, without being memorable in any way whatsoever. We escaped as soon as we could, and enjoyed our dessert and coffee at the new Portuguese bakery over the road, which was definitely the highlight of our meal. Big shout out for Santa Nata: pastel de nata to die for! I have to say that if you want a luxurious brasserie-style dinner, places like Delaunay and The Ivy Brasserie do the whole Grand Cafe thing so much better than Balthazar.

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AM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very good service, food wait for not long. The staff even filleted my fish even though they advised this is not something they usually do.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maitre d deserves a great shout out - gave us my favourite table! Staff were brilliant. Food delicious as ever. I’ll keep coming back!

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YR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and great service. That’s why I keep going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance
Will come again sure

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AF
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

As returning customers, it seems that Balthazar is not what it used to be. Un attentive staff, had to get up from table twice or more to call waiter, sent back the duck pie which was really not great, paid about 65 pounds for one two main courses, one was a plain spaghetti with tomato sauce for the kid, really poor experience. The candle and macarons at the end on the house was a nice effort, sorry, not enough, this will be our last time. Btw, I was at the opening night in Nyc in 1998 so kept a warm spot in my heart for the brand, ouch.

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