Balthazar London

4.4
2852 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
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Food was superb! Was a return visit for me but first time for friends who would return! Great !

A
Limerick
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Excellent choice , excellent table . Loved it

EB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely satisfied with this amazing place, I keep coming back for different occasions, celebrations, family, friend, colleagues, everybody loves it! Food quality is always so good, the friendliness and attentiveness of staff another hit for me, location, openness of the the space, the great decor and the vintage feels, good vibes all around. Will keep coming back. Happy customer ❤️

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

The staff were chatty and attentive despite being busy with a hectic Friday night service. The food was to die for, we had steak tartare, and then cassoulet and steak. The wine was great too. Would recommend this place to everyone!

JB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was an ok experience the starters of snails and pate de campaign was good however the main course was disappointing the veal schnitzel was tough and sauce was very bland the baked aubergine did not look very appealing

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lurvely lurvely lurvely

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balthazar is a fun and friendly place to go. The food’s great and the service is first class.

LG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great venue and service at the door and front desk is impeccable but, table service was not good even though there was a large number of staff everywhere. Things seemed a bit hectic. The food was okay but not at it's best.
I've eaten here before and it was great, hence the slightly higher rating and my determination to give it one more try however, on my last outing, the chef seemed to like salt a bit too much, from my octopus salad (previously faultless) , to the schnitzel.

GG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Balthazar is busy and noisy. The music is loud enough to make you have to shout over it, but not loud enough to actually appreciate. The staff do pretty well considering the volume of people in and out, but it still feels a bit like a sausage factory, processing customers, rather than serving them. The food was fine - standard French brasserie fare, nothing spectacular. The choice of wine at the budget end is poor - the cheapest bottle I think was £36, and for that you got something that you’d consider overpriced if you paid a fiver for it in the supermarket. All in all, not my cup of tea. Although having said that, the fresh mint tea was one of the most enjoyable bits of the meal!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The octopus salad was normal, but the main course was perfect

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After Theatre dinner. Perfect location and late hours with full menu to choose from. It was 10:30 to midnight and they never rushed us or dropped their attention on making it a great evening. The food was great: Burrata Cheese with Tomatoes and Pesto, escargot, lamb chops, Veal Schnitzel, was all delicious. I would make this a regular after theatre treat if I lived here.

H
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Way too loud in there - could not hear a thing from friends around our table and we only were a party of 5.
The ambience is loud, disorderly and chaotic.
The food average and expensive for what it is.

KF
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Initial waitress did not know menu items - could not answer questions; she had to send over a more experienced waitress. Also, initial waitress was so slow providing dessert menu that we decided to skip dessert

s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was impeccable , staff had a desire to serve and proud to ensure the standard of service was consistent. The mains and dessert were very tasty and flavourful, spoilt for choice on the menu selection. Slight downside, frites were lukewarm, tableware not setup, tables are very close together might be too cosy for some.

a
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant serving delicious french cuisine. We would have liked to be seated elsewhere as we were by a pillar near the entrance and waiters constantly wizzing by us on both sides. But the food and service more than made up for it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a very good experience starters good my sister and I had the Burgers for main course, the burgers were cold and when we cut into them they were raw. The manager came to see us removed the burgers and had them cooked again he also did not charge us but it spoiled the night.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, it never fails

KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A favourite in London - great food and lovely wine and always fabulous!

SZ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The almond waffles are perfect but the eggs florentine are not filling. Still recommend for brunch

JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience, lively yet intimate. Service impeccable, food very good and served promptly. Ideal for a pre-theatre supper or special occasion. It was my birthday and I felt very well looked after.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast, staff very polite and attentive
Definitely recommending to others

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very salty food (all of it) and previously good service marred by a couple of big mistakes

BB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The place for catching up with friends. Slick, fun and busy.

NS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were recommended French Onion Soup in the restaurant and honestly, neither the soup or the portion or infact the serving bowl came to the expectation of a classic FOS. Otherwise the mussels, wine and service was excellent. Hope the comments are taken positively.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - really nice food, relaxed but special vibe at reasonable prices. Service was superb.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food quality, freshness and taste, just divine. The service was exceptional, the waiters were polite, well dressed and attentive. OUr booking was only suppose to last 2hours but we’ve stayed 3 hrs. I would come here again in a heart beat

KW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food really friendly staff have been coming here for years never been dissatisfied

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Unusually slow service. Have been there several times and never had this issue

Will go back

CF
Melbourne / VIC
10 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rides our server was great and had excellent recommendations!

LL
London
117 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The waiter who served our table was excellent and prompt

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service is not as good as it used to be, but still miles ahead comparing to other places in London. Great ambience and interior, good food and nice smooth tunes in the background rather than blasting from the sound system. Great for client meetings, special occasions or just a Sunday brunch with friends.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep returning to Balthazar for breakfast! It is the perfect cosmopolitan place to eat, with a wide range of breakfast options. It is easy to forget you are in the centre of Covent Garden - with the Parisienne decor - and the eclectic and international clientele. Service is always good and the delicious food comes quickly. Favourites are the pancakes, which come with syrup and bananas, and Eggs Benedict.

BO
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place, but nothing special.

L
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food! It is a pricey restaurant but you get what you pay for. I also mentioned that it was an occasion as we were dining there for a birthday and they brought out a little selection of macarons with a candle. The waiters and waitresses were attentive throughout the evening and the food came very quickly. I will definitely be returning. A lovely special restaurant.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very good as always!

DH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Balthazar Covent Garden for a birthday breakfast with my kids (their treat!) and had the ever popular full English breakfast...excellent! I love the slightly-but-not-too formal atmosphere there. And the service was a perfect mix of attention but not too intrusive. When the waiter heard it was my birthday he gave me a birthday surprise of a plate of delicious macaroons. Definitely going back.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place guarantees a great evening out with friends with great food service and ambiance

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good as always

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

We checked in five minutes prior to our booked time and still had to wait half an hour at the bar to get seated. Once we were seated food was event, service ok. The drinks at the bar were correctly transferred to our booking but apparently they still forgot to check us in properly as OpenTable complained we didn't show up lol.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Excellent. One waiter dropped a plate and another dropped a glass which shattered right in front of us. No apologies. Otherwise excellent .

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