Browns - Covent Garden

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443 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British

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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 443 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.0
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4.0
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3.9
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, good value pre theatre menu. Our waitress was great and made it really special for my mum’s birthday. Thank you!

AK
AthinaK
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Creme brulee wasnt brulee at all. Risotto with lobster it wasnt risotto it was just rice.

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vipHillie
London
60 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pre theatre meal which was delicious & great value for money. We were not down on their books for a booking but nevertheless we were given a great table straight away. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Served it’s purpose for a pre theatre meal. Really friendly but chaotic service - felt a bit uncomfortable. Had to chase food up after 35 minute wait, so then had to eat in a rush. Would probably be better to serve fewer things better between 6 / 7:30pm. I do love Browns, food is good, but probably not at that time.

JM
JuliaMC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were sat away from other tables, but we were a large party so perhaps they thought we would be loud.
Food a little hit or miss, some meals were thoroughly enjoyed, others were average.
Staff very attentive and excellent.

VJ
vipVJNE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pre theatre supper, waiting staff very helpful with dietary requirements and very prompt service

TG
TerryG
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

central location, excellent food, friendly staff, very reasonable considering you are in central london

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pretty average food, waiter was lovely but forgot orders and it was over priced for what it was.

JB
JayneB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We made a last minute reservation based on a recommendation from a friend. The ambiance was excellent, service very good, and the menu was varied. The steak pie and mashed potato was delish. Chicken schnitzel was a bit dry, needed a sauce of some sort. Affordable wine selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Didn’t have our booking when we got to the restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Reliable and good.

RW
RowsonW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Patchy service and one main course sent back didn’t equal a good evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Put on a table in the corridor with the doors open in winter. It was freezing, food was not worth the price.

AF
AmandaF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow.
Had to send meal back as it didn’t match description on menu.
One member is staff tried really hard to rectify the issues we were experiencing

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

New year dinner

MD
MikeD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great lunch with a table for 8 friends on a Friday ahead of Christmas. Food, wine and service were all very good and we all had a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. The only downside at the start was that the restraunt didn't have our Open Table booking which hade been 2 months before and Open Table had confirmed and sent reminders about. However, the restraunt resolved it quickly and we had a good table and good time.

MH
MichelleH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I am a big fan of Browns usually, and enjoy the food and ambiance offered. On this occasion the service fell a little short of normal standards however. We had to ask three times for table water before we received it, and twice for cheese to accompany a pasta dish. The restaurant had run out of salt beef croquettes (the same thing has happened the previous two times I have visited Browns CG!) and so if this is a popular dish why not prepare for what should be forseeable demand? The toilets were also unclean. Ceiling extract grills caked in fluff and dust, soap running low, neither handryer working, and the area was generally untidy

Usually a great venue, tasty menu, and ideally located, but dissapointing visit on this occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the waiters were excellent. We had gone to Dear Evan Hansen and it was so nice to go to after the show.

CP
CarolP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They had no booking in for us even though we had booked with open table 3 months ago
We were so looking forward to our meal and we were really hungry
We had to wait over an hour for our food
Angela our waitress was brilliant and food was nice when we got it but the enjoyment had gone
Not a great night

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Tomfhough
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I am happy to recommend Browns but having reserved through Open Table I then received an email from Open Table saying the reservation had not gone through. I then booked directly via the restaurant.

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edwrado
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We had waiters coming over to our table bringing over food that wasn’t meant for us. We didn’t get a drinks menu upon being seated, and once we had left the table to go outside or to the toilet our drinks were taken. However, they did replace them and offer up apologies.

JM
JuliaM
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Just the sort of place to take my dad for his birthday.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great get together with friends and waitress was exceptional

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Diamond
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had the pre-theatre set menu. The food was very tasty indeed. The waitresses were attentive and seemed to be very happy.

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AdeleP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was poor. Chicken dry, sauce and veg overcooked. Dirty knife. Good service but not enough staff. Waited a long time for our food

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Hungry
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Comfortable relaxed bistro feel in light airy surroundings with excellent friendly service and good food - what's not to like?

JW
JoeW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Empty, slow service, wrong food delivered and not replaced. Bland, disappointing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Lost my booking from this site, took ages to serve me (20 mins for initial order), dropped a tray in front of the table and spent most of the main course sweeping up around me including under my table, initial bill overcharged by 50% (chose a la Carte prices not theatre menu, plus got sizes of drinks wrong - just rounding up), wouldn’t allow me not to pay the 10% service charge even though it was optional. Avoid this branch.

MP
vipMikeP
Surrey
9 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was a very busy and loud Saturday evening, so service was a little slow at times. But food was really good. I had the pork belly that comes with a savoury apple pie - wasn't sure how that would work out, but it was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have only been here for pre theatre dinner but every time I have the service is fast, efficient, super friendly and the food and drinks are the same high quality every time.

J
Jenks
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
PaulL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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
vipJeremyD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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melissa
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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.

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nickbeer
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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Typicallyunderwhelmed
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
WashboardWilly
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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Browns - Covent Garden does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Browns - Covent Garden is rated 4 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

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