Balthazar London

4.4
2388 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 7:30am - 11:30pm
Friday 7:30am: – 12am
Saturday 9am: - 12am
Sunday 9am: - 11pm

Afternoon Tea is served Monday - Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and on Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, with Petit Brunch from 9:00am and the main Brunch menu from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

KINDLY NOTE THE RETURN TIME FOR OUR TABLES IS AS FOLLOWS:
1 HOUR AND 30 MINUTES FOR BOOKINGS UP TO 2 GUESTS
2 HOURS FOR BOOKINGS OF 3 GUESTS OR MORE
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020 3301 1155
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Sommelier got the brief wrong on the wine. Asked for aged full bodied red. Got light fresh red.

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T
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love it here. Great service. Good solid food. Whatever mood you are in there will always be something you will like. I also love a restaurant that does good quality wine in a carafe.

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f
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food not as good as it has been. Tough veal escalope and no flavour to the pea/wasabi sauce for the salmon tartar. would have sent it back had it had not been for the fact I was being entertained on business.
don't let the standards slip - it's a great restaurant

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JW
London
25 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good. Service as always spot on not obtrusive but attentive.

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GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had an enjoyable meal. The service was efficient. The food lived up yo our expectations

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food I’ve ever had in London!! Simple but high quality food with a great ambience, amazing service and interesting crowd

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It wasn't bad but not outstanding especially for the price. Our waiter actually forgot to give us a dish we ordered and since they are all so busy, we spent a long time trying to get the waiter's attention but was still ignored. The food portion was small for brunch but generally it tastes good, and the ambience is charming but a little hard to talk to friends because of noise level.

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TS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food delicious;excellent service; being seated in restaurant purgatory near door to restrooms- unpleasant. Next time will request re-seating!

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ES
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. Okay service. Not that friendly.

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JJ
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We came here on the recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed . We had a lovely appetizer of nettles pasta with arugula - taste delight.

Our waitress recommended the Dover sole which was amazing -- and filetted at the table beautifully. My husband has sea bass which was also wonderful. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and followed the meal with an apple tart (tart Tartin). Relaxing evening = great food, good service. We would definitely come back.

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RS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having been to Balthazar in NYC, I expected a fine dining experience with a British flare. The Covent Garden area was very pleasant in the evening even though it is a tourist area. Visited the same area the next day and it was rather crowded and crazy.
The service and food was very good. We hit the theater rush at 6:30 so dining around 7:30 pm would be less crowded. I would visit this restaurant again.

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GD
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buzzy ambience with very good food and service.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very overpriced for the quality of the food. Service was OK, but needed ample nudging to get any kind of human response from.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was lovely and the meal divine - always consistent

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, close to theatre land and good value for money.

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D
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very happy with the service from all the staff. The food was very good and tasty.
I definitely recommend this place if you’re in the convent gardens area.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal and great service.

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LB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was with a 9 year old who got bored of the ambience and slow service

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely brunch at Balthazar to celebrate our anniversary. We were very impressed with the food and the service. Thank you!

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BR
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, they had a flaw in food but reacted as any good restaurant should, not charging and sincereky apologizing. The rest of the food really good. Overall a nice experience.

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RJ
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My only criticism would be the wine list , the cheapest bottle was £36.00 then it leaped up. A wine I would normally expect to pay around £30.00 for was over £60.00. It just took the edge of an otherwise very good experience.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Fantastic food. Perfect evening!

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m
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good food.
Service can be more attentive.
Not recommended for a date as noise level is moderate to some what loud.
Good for groups of 4 or more.
Recommend for atmosphere and food and good dessert.

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JL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An perfect venue for breakfast; healthy food (berries, granola, coconut yogurt), friendly service and relaxing ambience. Left me feeling empowered to seize rest of the day's adventures.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience was great. But unfortunately the quality of the food has dropped since I last visited a couple of years ago. I went for breakfast with a few friends from Chicago, USA and I don’t think they where too impressed either.

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l
London
176 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good service and as usual Nice food reasonable price and attractive bistro style surroundings ideal for some theatres

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MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

You’re squeezed in like cattle, no space between the already tiny tables. No chance to have a conversation with your companions without other diners feeling part of it or you feeling part of theirs.
Breakfast/brunch tasted no better than you’d get in an average greasy spoon and at probably three times the price. Did not taste like quality ingredients. This place has definitely had its day and yet the place was rammed. I can only think it was first-timers and tourists. Unless it’s a case of the emperor’s new clothes. Sadly won’t return as there are better places offering better food and an overall better dining experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service!

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M
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience. Lovely tasting food with good value for money and nice warm environment.

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SS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was below average

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BD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre theatre brunch.... Very speedy attentive service
Always a great choice for this part of London

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, local, food and Wine... everything was perfect!

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always great. But this time our clothes smelt of food, which hasn’t been the case in the best - need to sort out extractors or ventilation.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food good but tables too close together and drinks limited and very expensive.

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s
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, attentive service. We went three times (twice for dinner and once for breakfast) over our 10-day stay in London. Despite the noise and crowds, our orders arrived without a hitch and the waitstaff was incredibly kind and accommodating.

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GW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service & lovely atmosphere, though the music was a little loud.

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CC
London
28 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a really lovely meal at Balthazar. The restaurant is lively and fun and the food is just delicious. The service is great very friendly and speedy which is great for a business lunch but not so speedy you feel rushed. I had the chopped salad and chips perfect and I can highly recommend the chopped salad. A great place to spend a lunchtime.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was so professional and made the whole brunch a great experience. great service. Not sure of his name but he told us that he is from Hungary but he sounded American. This was my second time in the last couple of months visiting Balthazar for brunch and I will be back! Very extensive menu. Full English breakfast and pancakes and waffles. Something for everyone, including my teenagers!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal and would go again.

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