Browns - Covent Garden

3.8
399 reviews
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Contemporary British
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
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 399 People Are Saying
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DF
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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KC
Atlanta
1 review
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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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IB
London
1 review
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.

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OT
London
2 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

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D
London
109 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.

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F
London
51 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.

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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

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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 !!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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J
Essex
11 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!

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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.

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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.

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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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AB
London
59 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were visiting the theatre next door so the location was perfect. My fish cakes were a bit flat and greasy, but our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. It was a convenient meal and certainly not a bad one, but I wouldn't necessarily rush back unless I was returning to the theatre next door.

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M
London
65 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

For a family meal, the starters were all excellent. Two of the mains were good, while the other two were disappointing, particularly the fish pie which was very gloopy, needed a spoon to eat it, and there was very little fish obvious, apart from two bones!

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Started off with a couple of drinks in the bar and then went to the table.
Everything was lovely.
The only concerning thing was how quickly the main meals came out. Literally about 5 minutes after the order was place. Just makes you think how that can happen so quickly. I had the lamb and the cutlets were a little dry, so potentially been reheated or sitting under the heat for a while.
But all in all, it was a nice evening.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived 3 minutes outside the 15 minute min time after which bookings are cancelled - we were not told on out openTable booking about this - if we hadn’t been seated we would have left very upset. Things were good except for that - nearly cost you serious negative word of mouth marketing.

Regards
M

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N
Hertfordshire
30 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Busy restaurant but good for a meal before you go to the theatre

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great place for before going to a show But best to book very large menu can get very noisy and looking for someone to pay can take ages

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w
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good is ok not super. Staff friendly. Pub food.

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OT
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was cold. Not helped by being sat near the door.

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IK
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed that there was absolutely no Sauvignon blanc wine by the glass for sale. Also, although the restaurant did not appear to be particularly busy I felt that the staff were rushing us. For example the mains arrived before the starters had been cleared away. I am putting the experience down to a one off bad night. But I will be wary of a further visit

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice if somewhat expensive for what it is really

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GC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Browns is always a big favourite for us, especially for birthdays and celebrations. It has what I think of as top quality English food. Great for a family Sunday lunch. Love the decor! We regularly go to Browns in Oxford and Brighton. This time we were meeting family for a celebration in London, so we chose Browns at Covent Garden. It was great!

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! Great atmosphere. Very good service
Highly recommend

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cuando llegamos nos dijeron q a pesar de tener la reserva nos cancelaban porque ya no daban más comidas. Íbamos con 4 niños y tuvimos q buscar otro sitio a las 22:30 la noche de navidad

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