Balthazar London

4.4
2663 reviews
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not the same as new York. Ok evening but nothing to write home about

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g
London
146 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent. As regular opera/theatregoers we can often be found here afterwards.

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Macau
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect!!

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Bad service with autograt
Food decent but not worth it

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BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a good ambience and not a noisy crowded feeling as so many restaurants can be. Great service and menu. Will defenitely Return.

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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding! Possibly the best service I have had in London. Brunch menu was a bit disappointing in terms of ish flavours however main menu looked really good!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful service. Rude staff. Will never return.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. Suggesting were given that were wonderful. Loved the cod. I like London Balthazar better than the one in nyc. And I love New York’s restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything except the noise!

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Houston
31 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was mostly good although the chicken was bland and the lobster on the pasta was tough to chew. Our table was right next to the waiters' station which was not very scenic and felt set apart from the main dining area. We had ballet tickets so the location was superb for the convenience to the ROH.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mentioned that it was my daughters birthday and we were catching a show. Nothing was mentioned about it.

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PL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The venue and ambience is fantastic, very buzzy but not too noisy. We were welcomed and ordered in good time. Our waitress was friendly and attentive but we had some challenges being understood, perhaps she couldn’t hear us well or perhaps because English is her second language (we are British and American).

Food arrived very quickly and was delicious. Service throughout the meal was attentive. We had a cocktail to end our meal.

The end of the meal was disappointing. We felt abandoned and could not get anyone’s attention to get the bill. Since it was a work dinner, we both got a little embarrassed as you need to fill the conversation while looking around the room for service. It didn’t help that we were sitting behind a large pillar.

Overall, we had a good experience, but it could have been perfect. We will be back.

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R
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy brasserie serving very nice food

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The dessert was not nice, the soufflé and baba cake were so sweet. The cheese and beetroot salad was nothing to shout about. The fish pie was terrible

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R
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We booked at fairly short notice for brunch. Upon arrival, the restaurant was heaving busy. But every member of staff was excellent, they really took the time to greet us, make sure we were happy once seated, and despite how busy it was, I didn’t feel we waited too long for anything (and just as importantly, neither were we rushed).

The food was ok, but nothing more. I was hoping for something exceptional, but was a little disappointed, especially for the price. I had a full English. The eggs were over cooked and chewy, the bacon very thin and dry, and what I assume was a fried bread was tough enough to be a building material.

Overall it was still a nice experience, and we would try this restaurant again, albeit not for breakfast/brunch.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the nicest meals I’ve ever had - great place

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SO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was really good and service was ok! Very busy restaurant - expect crowds but still worth a visit!

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BM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service and would be 5 stars but the tables are ludicrously close together which all but rules out going to the toilet with out bumping the next table.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, service was excellent, but very noisy for a business lunch

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LS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lost count of the times I have been here, but this last one was extra special as I got some little birthday treats at the end of our meal... Very lovely touch! And shoutout to our waiter Maraj for being beyond attentive and cheery. Very lovely evening all round! Will be back many times more.

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K
Oxford
15 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant evening business meal was enjoyed by both of us.

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RK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was surprised to find the quality of the food so bad today. I had selected Balthazar for pancake day and the pancakes were definitely undercooked and doughy at parts! They also arrived practically cold.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a perfect onion soup :)

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food nice place but a bit loud

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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, big portions, great service and very nice ambience.

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

Great food and service, cocktails fav as well!

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f
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was ok but the food is very average. Strange lighting in there and although it was February the air con was blasting cold air and they have ceiling fans!!!

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R
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big fan of nyc location. London is an equally wonderful experience . Great staff, service and food. Fun
Lively buzz and overall a great evening

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

- changing a booking from 4 to 6 was a mission as when I called I didn’t have my card with me . Had to go back all the way to my office to get it as they wouldn’t otherwise change the booking.

-our table was small for 6 and in the way of a continuous flow of waiters walking around. My chair kept being bumped in by them, very annoying

- service was very poor. Our waiter was rather intrusive and sarcastic all the way true. We all did feel very uncomfortable about it. His service was poor throughout on several levels! Serving wine from my side to the other side of the table meant a few times I had his elbow on my face or in my glass. Ordered sparkling water and got still.

- starter of beef tartar was average, rather dense and heavy

- spaghetti lobster was a total rip off for £27! Hardly any lobster in it, a bit of a claw and small bits of a tale, very over cooked chewy meat. Spaghetti were actually cut in half and over cooked too. The balance of the dish was just wrong with so much chilli in the dish I couldn’t taste anything else. Utterly awful

I had been here before a few times in the past and I liked it back then! It has changed and not in a good way. Not recommended!

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AH
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch with 3 dear friends turned into a great afternnon. Your staff looked after us wonderfully from 12.45 until just after 7pm.....a fabulous restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food just not great

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1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My daughter’s birthday. Everything was perfect except because the woman who host at the entrance, she bad manners to us, I’m a regular customer and I’ve always loved to go there and generally the people who work there is very kind.

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Sacramento
75 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a lively, fun place to go post-theatre. It is busy and buzzy - good bistro fare. My husband had oysters, then mussels and fries (chips) and spinach; I had the special, beef bourguignon, also fries and Brussels sprouts. Bread is hearty/rustic and excellent. The only disappointment was the wine, a pinot noir, but there were other choices and we'll pick differently next time. Our server was very nice and helpful - we had a good time.

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A
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Balthazar Convent Garden with my fiancé on Saturday 23rd of February. I had reserved a table as we were going to a show at 7:30pm. We were promptly shown to our table. Our waiter got us some water while we looked at menu. I had the duck with dauphanois gratin and my fiancé had the lamb with chips. Food was all delicious and I enjoyed every mouthful. My Fiancé enjoyed his too. Unfortunately we couldn't stay for desert but I will definitely be back but maybe not at such a peak time. The noise level out off the charts. But it wouldn't put me off totally. Service is very efficient, staff are attentive and friendly. Very enjoyable visit.
Ann Marie

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MN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply an ideal pre-show supper venue. Always buzzing & full of atmosphere. Staff friendly, communicative & efficient. Food fabulous! Love it!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We only had brunch there, however the food was below average

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London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good love it

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KK
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were pleased by the service but the food was really mediocre I'm afraid and overpriced. This resonates with the feedback I got from a friend.

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SN
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buzzing and busy. Tables close to each other. Had to wait for table despite booking while others appeared to walk straight on through. Waiting staff were great. Friendly and attentive. Food was fresh, tasty and hot.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All the staff were very good and attentive, food was also very good, but due the high ceilings quite noisy. Good for a pre theatre meal but not a quiet meal for two.

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