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Balthazar London, London,

Balthazar London

4.1
4.1
4059 Reviews
£41 and over
French
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 137 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30–21:45 Fri 11:30–22:45 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00–16:00 Dinner Sat 16:00–22:45 Sun 16:00–21:45

  • Phone number

    020 3301 1155

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    As well as the beautiful surroundings of our restaurant and terrace, you can also enjoy our French brasserie classics and exclusive, specially crafted menus in one of our two elegant private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Sophie Laplante: 020 3301 8855

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. MM

    MarthaM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Another festive meal at Balthazar celebrating the end of GCSES. Thank you to our fantastic waiter Marco who made it a very fun dinner!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    After going to Balthazar in NY, we thought that we would have a great experience in London, because in Ny the restaurant is excellent. But it was a complete disaster. The waitress was terrible and the food, very disappointing. The fries came cold, I complained, they brought another one hot. But then they charged me for that. Ultrageous!! Do not recomend.
  3. CD

    ChristopheD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service a bit haphazard. Needed to request bread and drinks several times. Too many different people involved
  4. S

    Shaspi

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always go for a good steak and Lillet Spritz and never disappoints.
  5. S

    Seanbb1

    Cancun

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch Good venue Good food Ambience superb highly recommended
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We ordered a halloumi salad with know tomatoes and no dressing they bought us the same incorrect salad 3 times and still didn’t get it right.
  7. EM

    EveM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant daytime ambience as always. We tried the Tour de France Rosé offer which was fantastic value for money and all staff were very knowledgable and friendly.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Graduation. Excellent evening
  9. AK

    AyseK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The hostess at the entrance needs to change attitude to make visitors feel welcome.
  10. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Given a table for two in the isle. Bumped several times by staff. Burger as dry as bone. Couldn’t cut through the bun. Service charge extortionate . Very noisy Won’t be back!
  11. e

    emelu

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Balthazar is a safe bet. They are always above average. Nice atmosphere too.
  12. SM

    SaritaM

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Lovely space and ambiance. Service was friendly but very lacking. Had to ask for water, drinks repeatedly
  13. JB

    JackieB

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food quality not great for hype
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    I was extremely disheartened with my meal at Balthazar. I have eaten across NYC and London and always loved the food however this was frankly disappointing. The meal and service was not up to par. The steak was over cooked and chewy and the fries under salted and cold. The service, was lacking to the point that it felt like there was no service. No water was topped up, weren’t served in a timely matter, wine had to be chased, plates took forever to be cleared. Furthermore we were charged £24 for service!! RIDICULOUS! I didn’t even get service and now was paying a ridiculous amount for nothing. It was offensive and not good enough . It was such a disappointment to eat here after loving it before. I would not suggest If this is now what the standard is.
  15. K

    Keef

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Firstly the food was wrong .but that was ok as the waitress may have mis heard .We ordered extra drinks twice and they didn't come .She was surly and not very friendly .Plus on top of that you charge a surcharge regardless of service, so that we cannot decide whether to tip or not .The place is great the experience was not .We will not be back !!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The appetizers were excellent, but the main course was a disappointment. Bland, no flavor, steak had all silver skin left in the meat.
  17. s

    steveman

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was poor. Could not communicate well in English and disappeared, constantly trying to upswell, then disappears half way through dinner. Do not get the haddock, it is deep fried and about as overcooked as you can get without burning. My cousin had steak and thought it was good.
  18. PL

    PaulL

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    I have been to both locations in NYC & London more than once. Those previous experiences were fantastic. This time at the London location was pretty bad - it’s like what happened? The drinks and wine were great! Everything else wasn’t up to par. - not even close. The steaks were surprisingly over done and the service was extremely slow! This was a first visit since Covid… maybe they’re struggling to operate at a respectable level. It will be awhile before I visit again, if ever. Sorry for the bad review, but they deserve it.
  19. N

    No1lady

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely evening and excellent food. We had the oysters to start and would recommend. Only criticism was the table size - very small for three people. Once the food arrived we had no place for bread basket/side plates. Eventually we were moved to a large table.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Steak was over cooked
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bartender and high quality drinks
  22. HK

    HelenK

    London

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Everything was below average. The table for five was small. The waiter was rushing around looking at other table whilst service us. They would take away the empty water bottles and not replace. The chicken dish was dry. The lobster spaghetti had one or two piece of lobster.
  23. RO

    ROBERTAM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Simply perfect!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service very slow Food was cold Coffee was not fresh Orange juice not fresh
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and experience. Thank you
  26. D

    Domi

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and atmosphere. Our server Luc and Marcelle were really friendly and kind. Really appreciated them and Ahmed letting us stay over our time slot to have an extra drink and didn’t feel rushed at all.Portion size was excellent and food well cooked with us trying a number of the dishes and no issue ordering the lobster appetiser as a main course. Nice choice of wines by the glass and carafe instead of a bottle as we preferred .would return for sure and thanks again Luc and Marcelle you made a visit from my oz family very special
  27. DL

    DLM2022

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Food a bit overpriced and the service was poor. It has gone downhill
  28. AS

    AndrewS

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Kept us waiting for a table that we booked 1 week in advance. Service is intrusive rather then attentive. Escargot over done, but other dishes good. They need to learn from the New York branch how to get it right.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    The service was not good. I guess not enough staff
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best evenings I have had in a while. Amazing, courteous service. Excellent food and wine. Superb atmosphere and a real buzz. The profiteroles and crème brûlée were sublime. Well done to all!
  31. j

    jenlondon

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were 5 and originally placed at a small table but when we asked to be moved the team could not have been nicer, placing us graciously at a banquette. The restaurant was extremely busy (and noisy) but that just added to the ambience. The food came on time, it was up the usual high standard and we felt well looked after (only having to chase for wine top ups and the bill). Overall, a really fun, good quality evening.
  32. m

    macktheknife

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    So hard to believe that this is Balthazar. We have been to the NYC location and this location several times in the past. Clearly something has changed. My wife ordered a green salad with dressing on the side. She received a green salad drenched in dressing. I ordered a tomato salad which was fine. We both ordered steak frites, medium rare. Both of our steaks arrived well done. The manager was called over and immediately took them away. Some minutes later medium- medium rare steaks arrived with new fries. Unfortunately, the fries are poor substitutes for the fries we used to get. My wife also thought that the steaks tasted old or odd, which I would agree with. All and all, a sad representation of the good meals we had in the past. The gracious and attentive manager could not make up for, nor should have to try to make up for poor quality steaks, fries and over dressed salad.
  33. J

    Joseph

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good position close to Covant Garden and the theatres in London. Exciting environment , friendly staff and a lovely restaurant for good food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like Paris! Apple Tart was best I’ve had…
  35. D

    Dorothy

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Two of the four of us had steaks. Sorry to say that our steaks were chewy; not tender. The rest of the food was fabulous. They graciously deducted the steaks. Our server, Clara, was quite excellent, especially when we found out that this was her first day! Thanks, Clara.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Lovely. Would be better without music.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Really enjoyed it. Priced well!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was great, but the service was absolutely horrible. I used to love the place, but will definitely never go back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Menu not as good as it used to be
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great time and great meal !!

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Balthazar London is rated 4.1 stars by 4059 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 137 times today
Google Map for Balthazar London

4-6 Russell Street London, WC2B 5HZ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30–21:45 Fri 11:30–22:45 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00–16:00 Dinner Sat 16:00–22:45 Sun 16:00–21:45

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 3301 1155

  • Private party facilities

    As well as the beautiful surroundings of our restaurant and terrace, you can also enjoy our French brasserie classics and exclusive, specially crafted menus in one of our two elegant private dining rooms.

  • Private party contact

    Sophie Laplante: 020 3301 8855

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