Café Murano - Covent Garden

4.2
2170 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
A restaurant from Angela Hartnett and Group Executive Chef, Samantha Williams, open all day, serving a regularly changing, seasonal menu of Northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet lively environment.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.0
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SophieS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was lovely, waitress was extremely curt borderline rude. Asked us if we wanted desert 30 minutes before they needed the table back and then promptly told us we would need to rush desert as we only had 30 minutes!
Go for the food and wine, but not the service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place to glide into for an early meal.

Great flavours. Simple great ingredients just put together perfectly

Will defo be back

T.

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DrJA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It was not a busy Saturday night on 14/3/2020
We were seated in the very rear of the room
Given menus promptly
Then took ages to get a waiters attention to order anything.
It really want that busy but the service was lacking,so for example after our main course took 5 mins for them to clear our plates and after our meal, no one seemed interested in asking us if we wanted the bill.
So I asked for the bill on my way down to the WC,
when I came back it still hadn’t appeared , so I asked the same waitress again and she intimated that’s she’d asked a colleague to get it.
Sorry that this review isn’t about the food, which was tasty and they also had inexpensive wines by the glass
However as an evening of enjoyment , it was not.
I don’t go out for the evening with the intention of complaining.
I’ve eaten in the St James’ branch, which was much better.
Won’t be rushing back here.

CG
CovtGdn
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The waiter was unwell (coughing and sniffling) and when asked politely to not stand as close to the customers got very rude and brought govt advice on covid-19 !yelling! at the customers that the restaurant is safe (and still refusing to step away) - no matter what cold/sickness he had she shouldn’t have been serving food when sick! Incredibly rude service, very average food. Do not go.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food especially the pasta dishes

KV
KatieV
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Birthday meal before theatre visit. Excellent service, very efficient with lovely food well presented.

LH
LucyH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, in a stylish, relaxed environment. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The menu offered a good range of options and was reasonably priced for the quality. A lovely special treat.

CM
CallMeCaroline
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch with a girlfriend. Great location and lovely ambience. Service was charming. Authentic Italian food, fantastic ingredients, beautifully cooked.We had a small problem with the meal which was quickly resolved and adjustment was made to our bill. Will definitely return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

WI
vipWILLIAMR
London
20 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Octopus and salt cod starters, both delicious and well presented. Mains of Mackrell and braised veal risotto were also very tasty. Staff very friendly and welcoming

KM
KMMM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

a bit too overpriced, food wasn't the best quality

HR
HR28
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, relaxed and discreet service from friendly and very knowledgable staff. The perfect place for a relaxed special birthday.

I didn’t get around to photos, the food was too good to waste time taking them!

JH
JenniferH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I loved this restaurant, which manages to combine luxury and approachability. The staff are warm and welcoming. Our food took a little while to arrive, but when it did it was outstandingly good. And their espressos are the best. Highly recommended.

LL
LilyL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal. starters and mains were great but didn't really like the dessert. It was usually quiet but actually i enjoyed it as i was catching up with a friend. looked family friendly. would go again.

WA
WillA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. Simple pasta, so tasty.

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Lotx
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Amazing staff, I had booked the cafe thinking it would be as it was the first time I visited and it was much more lively than than I'd expected. The staff bent over backwards to make it the best experience and we, (mum, and Italian cousins) had a great evening.

AM
AdrianM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

When I order dinner I expect that... a dinner. I ordered the pork belly (which did taste amazing), but when asked what it came with I was told nothing so I ordered new potatoes and cavolo nero as additional dishes. Had I not asked, I would have been very disappointed. The food was tasty, the service was good but overall I was just left a feeling flat with the experience. I expected more...

LB
LewisB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We were well looked after from the moment we walked through the door. The service was extremely considerate of our theatre booking as well. The Hartnett Red wine is recommended too.

RK
RohanK
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyable. Super food, lovely service.

CR
CherianR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved the food and the staff were very efficient and professional. I would also say that the portions were just right allowing us to enjoy a dessert. The only downside was that the noise level was a bit high for comfort but that is so often the case with an open dining area. Overall we’d love to return.

KM
KarenM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was good, the pasta didn’t have enough sauce and the trout meal was rather greasy. The seating was good. Hard to tell that it was an Italian restaurant from the decor, it could have been any restaurant

PM
PaulM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An interesting menu of apparently simple dishes cooked to a high standard, served well and in a good atmosphere. Much appreciated by all in our party of 4.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Very attentive waiters. Food was excellent. Not rushed even though we exceeded the 2 hours allocated. Would recommend.

S
Springers
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the counter and had a really fabulous lunch!

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Chris
London
79 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A pleasant restaurant, nicely designed with plenty of space between tables. Food was not terrific, with the day special of Tuscan Fish Stew being rather thin and tasteless, with a distinct absence of fish. My wife's pasta was a good serving, but a bit sticky and starchy. The semi freddo desert was delicious, however. Service was very pleasant and professional. I would give it another try and see if the food was better.

RJ
RussJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for a business meeting with delicious food too!

SW
vipSimonW
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Packed on a Saturday early evening, and the front-of-house team looked nervous, service was charming if a bit rushed and forgetful. Our table was upstairs, where they need to euros some money IMO, as it’s a pretty soul-less room. Still — the food was decent and they got us fed and watered in time to get to the theatre.

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Privacyfirst
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was extremely expensive for what it was.

AV
AnilV
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second visit here. Very enjoyable evening, great food and good Prosecco.

AG
AnneG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is a great deal better than the menu would suggest - whilst the menu wasn't immediately original or appealing the food was absolutely divine - every mouthful!

LC
LizC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good choice for pre-theatre dining. Great starters but the main courses are a little uninspired- for example the rigatoni needed more sausage and definitely more fennel. The pasta was cooked well but too much pasta to sauce. Lots of staff hanging around but only some of them were dashing around. Table behind our table for two were very noisy - not the fault of the restaurant but maybe the position of tables could be looked at? This might seem picky but all things considered we were a little underwhelmed.

GF
GeoffF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Only issue not much choice for a vegetarian

JB
JohnB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant lunch! Lovely ambiance upstairs, excellent service and vfm. The hare ragu on the set menu was wonderful. The house red (Angela Hartnet Rosso) was superb.

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Tara
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, attentive, but not overly fussy. Food was delicious and ambience was perfect!

VB
VickiB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a pre-theatre meal. Charming and efficient service and the meal was delicious. Highly recommend.

PP
PaddonP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a ovely meal . Interesting ingredients well cooked and presented. The upstairs room was attractive .

RG
RobertG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

No question certainly one of the best choices in Covent Garden may well be the best!

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Citizen45
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Will go again and again. We live near the Covent Garden branch - an endless temptation.

C
Clare
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Italian food and very good service. Although a bit noisy.

MH
MichaelHB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a joy; food is outstanding, service with a smile. Only issue is it can get noisy at times but that doesn't stop me going

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Café Murano - Covent Garden is rated 4.2 stars by 2170 OpenTable diners.

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