Browns - Covent Garden

3.8
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412 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Casual
ENJOY THE BUZZ OF BROWNS ANY TIME OF DAY
Lively, vibrant, eclectic Covent Garden is in the heart of the West End, surrounded by theatres, galleries, shops and landmarks.

Once the Westminster County Court building and now elegantly converted into a bar and restaurant, Browns is close to all the main theatres and our pre- and post-theatre suppers are extremely popular.

The Courtrooms is a suite of four wonderful function rooms upstairs at Browns, Covent Garden. It’s an amazing venue and perfect for weddings, parties or business events.

Come and soak up the Covent Garden vibe - relax, unwind and most of all, have fun at Browns
What 412 People Are Saying
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J
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely lunch before the theatre. Very good service - just don't understand why they sat us next to the till when there were so many other table available! Otherwise a great experience.

PL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overall the food was expensive for what was on offer . In particular someone should instruct the chef on how to cook lobster, as it was extremely tough & needed a steak knife to cut it.

JD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We love this restaurant. I had a milestone birthday party in one of the court rooms way back when, but the Sunday lunch service now leaves a lot to be desired in the delivery of beverages.
We had a very good table waiter, but for it to take the bar 15 minutes to provide a glass of Prosecco and 2 gin and tonics when the restaurant was approx 15% full is ridiculous.
That said, the roast beef was wonderfully on the rare side of medium rare and the schnitzel was very tasty. The seton Mess was delightful and the wine selection was fine.

The only improvements needed are to (hi) get more staff on a widened reception (and to move groups of 8-10 off to their tables and away from air kissing and blocking the aisles) and to staff the bar with a better ratio than 1 cocktail maker to six or seven waiters.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb quality and excellent service a delicious meal served very promptly x

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

In general, the food was really bad.
I ordered the chicken and some mushrooms as a side, but couldn’t eat as it was burned (they saw we sent the entire side back to the kitchen but they charged it anyway)
My friends ordered the risoto, but what was served wasn’t really a risoto (the rice type wasn’t the right one, and it was really dry).
I will never come back.

n
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was poor, service was even worse. Will avoid in future.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Was fantastic food with very polite staff in a fantastic atmosphere.

T
London
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Too noisy with mediocre food
Service was good however
Shiraz very drinkable
Will not be returning

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall this place is a great meet and eat before the theatre, menu has something for everyone, the service is perfect for those with a curtain time.

WW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and surroundings. Maria T very friendly and helpful.

S
London
44 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Pre theatre meal. Chose early evening set menu. Steak Frites.... steak cold and over cooked. We were on a deadline so couldn’t wait for it to be cooked again, 10% deduction on the bill was not a fair reflection.... seemed a bit chaotic in the restaurant because it was closing for a private function that evening..,,

Disappointing because it is usually a consistently good restaurant.

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

It was a pleasure to dine there

KS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food as always was excellent but the service was terrible. Waited 30 minutes even for water to be delivered . The food was prompt but wanted dessert and the waiter never took our order but collected the menu without asking if we wanted to order. Then took another 30 minutes to get the bill and pay. We had a show to get to so ended up being a rush and we had allowed 2 hrs for our meal.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and Good Service - reasonably priced for central London.

KC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I are flight attendants on a layover and we were going to a play at the London Colosseum
And I booked a table this past Saturday night. The food was good, the location great for our play, and our server Diago Sales was lovely. It was quite busy but he took time to chat with us and gave us great service. Thanks for putting up with us Diago. I would recommend Brown’s.

G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience at browns Covent Garden, staff all very friendly and helpful. The food very nice and delivered quickly.

EM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good pre-theatre menu. Fast, efficient and friendly service.

AH
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely evening,food was delicious and service was excellent.Our only criticism was it was so hot in the restaurant to the point it made us all sleepy!Air conditioning or more fans are a must!

LG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

fizz Friday great value (£10 off per bottle) BUT lots of v v loud hen parties that the waiters/waitresses/managers made no attempt to ‘contain’ - no one minds people having a good time but when you can’t hear each other over a table of 2 it completely spoils the evening.
Good food, reasonable prices but managers need to manage

C
London
26 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent and attentive waitress; the usual good quality menu and standard of food.

W
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Booked for pre-theatre supper. White wine was warm - was replaced with an only slightly colder glass. 10 minutes after the starter was cleared away the waiter told us that he had lost our order for main courses so had to wolf down only barely cooked risotto to get to the theatre in time. Sadly did not match up to previous experiences of Browns and won't be going back.

D
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have been here before and has always been lovely but on Wednesday it was terrible, we had 4 fish and chips and 1 steak and chips and nobody enjoyed their meals. The fish was terrible and the chips were hard and cold. The steak was suppose to be medium rare and it was well done and the chips were terrible, cold and stale. We won’t be returning.

t
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked a last minute, but have been several times before, quality and service are always good, and this night was no exception. The lobster risotto was brilliant served with half a lobster.

Can be a little noisy at times but this adds to the general atmosphere, try to get a table at the front of the restaurant.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Booked for a pre theatre meal but still found ourseleves rushing to get to theatre.

B
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A clean bright cafe with excellent beers on draft and good cocktails. We went there twice and everything (roast chicken, hamburger with crisp fries, spring salad with chicken) was well prepared and delicious. The individual round of freshly baked bread is a nice touch. The location is convenient to both the Covenant Garden and Leicster Square areas.

MC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We had a large family group there for Sunday lunch. Very good other than the roast chicken was seriously over-cooked, to the point of being tough and dry. Had we been in a smaller group those that ordered chicken would have sent the meal back. Other than that excellent - nice atmosphere, good service and sensible prices.

M
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never again will I go there, they didn’t tell us that they had a big event and shut down at 7pm

IB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Empty restaurant, yet within 10mins of sitting down was warned we would have to move tables if we planned staying more than one hour.
Very bad customer management. No need (nearly all other tables were empty) - you are disappointing the guaranteed paying customer (physically sat at the table) in favour of some future imaginary customer who may or may not arrive - very poor real customer service.
Suggest you Re-think your approach.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect pre-theatre supper in pleasant surroundings with good service. Aware of time but not made to feel rushed

D
London
111 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Convenient location for pre-theatre dining with swift service. Several options for each course on the set menu. Well presented, hot, but rather small portions in some cases. (Very small fish cakes served with some salad leaves). Reasonable value.

F
London
55 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for dinner before theatre. Given location it seems everyone else going to theatre was doing the same because it was so busy. Good food. We all went for the pre theatre menu with a good selection.

a
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent location, attentive service, fine selection of food from vegetarian to meat

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was great except service was a little slow for the pre theatre dinner slot but wasn’t too bad !!

F
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was inadequate. Theatre menu. Main course was basically two small fishcakes. Should at least have been accompanied by chips or rice and some proper veg, not a few straggly raw leaves.

Service was good.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quick pre-theatre meal, just a main course and a drink. Service was generally good but there was a mistake on the bill which took a while to sort. Not sure why desserts on set menu are different from a la carte.

US
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A buzzy ambience and atmosphere with quick service by friendly staff pre theatre!

J
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A character full space with Waiters dressed in uniform and all well presented.
Easy for Pre-Theatre dining - not crowded, peaceful and altogether good. Maybe no great WOW factor but GOOD!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Great service from Angela S. Terrible main courses. Veal schnitzel so tough it may have been fried twice. Was offered replacement but was heading to the theatre so no time.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service and great interior decor. Impressive experience all round. Only improvement was the choice of food for veggies was limited but great nonetheless.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I'm a regular at various Brown's sites and so I know what to expect. Decent food, good service and not too expensive.

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