Café Murano – Covent Garden Dining Counter

4.3
69 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

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A new restaurant from Angela Hartnett and Head Chef Adam Jay, open all day, serving a regularly changing, seasonal menu of Northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet lively environment.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday 12.00-11.00pm


Sunday Lunch: 11.30am–4.00pm
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Phone number
020 7240 3654
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Richard Lloyd / Angela Hartnett
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Public Transit
Nearest Underground Station is Covent Garden
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.6
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service! Highlights were the courgette flower fritti and the tortelli with ricotta, spinach and sage butter. They were also very accommodating about my friend's honey allergy.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Originally booked for bar but didn’t think Mum would be able to climb up so asked for a table - luckily it was quiet and one was available although it was upstairs with no one up there so felt a bit ‘lonely’. Staff were very friendly and attentive, I did think we’d be forgotten but we weren’t. Waiter was very good with mum on wine ordering he gave her 3 tasters and she didn’t like any so went back to strawberry cocktail of the day and he still smiled. Food was tasty, the main did turn up a bit in the cold side but it was no problem to get it sorted and another was brought up hot and an apology from manager.
Mum loved her risotto I had puttanesca very tasty

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PW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal. We chose to eat at the bar which is often quiet as not so near the tables. 3 plus hours from 3.30pm went very quickly. Our favourite restaurant in Covent Garden.

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T
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Portions for the pre theatre menu were like a child’s portions. What we had was well cooked and full of flavour but I left feeling hungry.

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G
Cornwall
24 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great bar service. Really enjoyed sitting at the bar counter and chatting to bar staff while being served delicious food. Chicken milanese was excellent as was all the food, finished off with a 10/10 panna cotta.
Will go again soon and will definitely sit at the bar!

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MJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff and fantastic food. Been to cafe murano at st James also but we both agree this venue and experience was far better. Very good value also and pre-theatre menu superb.

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C
London
24 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable pre-theatre meal with my daughter. We were placed at the bar which was fine, although seats were a little high for me so it would have been nice to be offered a choice. Food was excellent. Limited, but perfectly satisfactory, options for the pre-theatre menu. Friendly staff, with service appropriately timed for us to make it to the Aldwych Theatre without rushing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were welcomed and looked after.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Sunday 11th March - 5 of us. Staff were attentive and helpful. The food was poor and not generous. Pear salad with walnuts and cheese - hardly any cheese no walnuts - were not offered any bread. Nocci were really horrible . Cheese was good. Sea bream for two - was ok but arrived with only a bunch of rocket on top(we said no to fennel) no sauce nothing - just a big fish! Staff were good tho - kitchen is lacking.

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VM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Angela’s food and will be back. Starters were delicious and great and pasta was very good if not quite at Limewood levels of amazing ness

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

I’d booked a table at Murano for a pre theatre supper weeks in advance. First of all we were given a table at the bar and then a table beside the door in a howling draft. Very disappointing.

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere very pleasant as usual and the staff very friendly We had just 2 courses and it was served promptly as we were going to the theatre. We had cod fritters for starters as we usually do and of course the pasta was superb. The wines ere good and not too expensive We will go again and will tell our friends how good it is

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BR
London
34 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic value (pre-Theatre) great service and wonderful food. Could not recommend this restaurant highly enough. Will definitely be bacj

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled to London from Cornwall for a matinee performance of Oslo at the Harold Pinter Theatre and chose Cafe Murano for a pre-theatre lunch. We sat at the bar with a Negroni and a glass of Prosecco - snacking on some delicious focaccia and fine olive oil while selecting our meal - grilled octopus for me, Heritage carrots for my wife. Both were delicious with a great char on the octopus and a deep sweet flavour in the carrots. We followed this with a brown crab linguini and a saffron risotto with a carafe of good Trebbiano to share.

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, elegant and sophisticated the restaurant was quiet as we arrived but bustling as we left at 1.30. Sitting at the bar allowed as to people watch as we enjoyed our meal.

Recommend highly for every kind of occasion - a celebration, a treat, a quick snack or a solitary meal with a book. A great place.

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MS
London
46 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and great service in a refined setting. Very enjoyable evening with a friend for dinner and good location.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very friendly & efficient staff, and interesting menu. They do a pre theatre and POST theatre menu from 10pm, which is an excellent notion.
It was very busy by about 6pm., and we were in a rush for the opera at 6.30. Took just a bit too long to get our espressi and the bill

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MH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good menu, enjoyed the food, service outstanding.

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DD
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, and ambiance. Highly recommended! I’ll be back very soon!!!

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c
Louisville
70 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Quaint spot - we especially enjoyed the bar seats.

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AD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent choice for a pre-theatre dinner. Delicious wine accompanying the meal and a great place to sit at the bar near the waiters.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. First visit but not our last. By coincidence we watched Angela Hartnett on a television interview before our visit and it really came across that the passion she has for her craft is translated through to the plate set in front of you. How can a plate of cauliflower taste SO GOOD!! The plaice was wonderfully fresh and simply cooked. We have always said that our best ever fish meal was the baked turbot at Al Gatto Nero on Burano but this was better. Please don't read this review and think God how snobby but I know what I like and I know when something wonderful is so well cooked that the food shines through.

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The perfect Negroni cocktail was the beginning of a delicious meal. Seated alone at the counter I was able to enjoy a view down the restaurant without being disturbed. Some bread and fiery olive oil preceded the starter of Buratta which was excellent, soaking up the remains of the dish with the last bread. Linguini with cockles and chilli was superb.

This restaurant delivered everything I look for when dining - great food, stylish (and quiet) ambience, an interesting wine list & cocktails with attentive, but not too attentive, staff.

Highly recommended.

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AB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and attentive service from all staff. Menu was varied, interesting and delicious. Great reasonable wine list too.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we've visited and the service has been impeccable every time. The menu changes frequently enough with the pasta dishes a real highlight. All the waiting staff are knowledgable and friendly when recommending wine pairings.

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H
London
403 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had a lovely solo lunch here sat at the bar counter. The octopus starter was delicious, as was the sausage pasta. Very good value including a couple of glasses of decent house white.

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Whilst the ambience & service were very good, the Management must have been having a laugh over the salads served. The green bean, peach and almond salad starter( OK-- this was from the Pre-theater menu, but even so!) included a few leaves from a bag, three TINY slices of peach and a few flaked almonds straight from a packet, plus the green beans. This is supposed to be Angela Hartnett! The mixed leaf side salad(from the main menu) was £3 for a very few coloured leaves straight from a bag.

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K
London
20 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were going to the theatre and needed a fairly quick meal - so we had the pre-theatre menu. rather than the other offers. The service was quick and our particular waitress was extremely helpful and attentive, albeit that the restaurant was not particularly full. The was a limited choice of food, given our choice of pre-theatre menu but this was sufficient. The starters were very good, the main course a little less good and the desserts were delicious!

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a nice time at the counter. The waiter was very friendly. Good food at a reasonable price. We had a very pleasant evening! I would really recommend this place.

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HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in pleasant friendly environment
Staff knowledgeable

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new spring menu is full of seasonal favourites with beautiful flavours and Combinations. This coupled with the relaxed atmosphere and good wine makes for a great lunch or dinner with or without friends. The staff are attentive and helpful with any questions that you may have with the menu.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner on a Tuesday evening. I love Cafe Murano and this visit was just as good as all the others. Food delicious, service friendly and attentive without being too overbearing, great relaxed atmosphere. My friend and I had a fantastic evening and he (a Cafe Murano virgin) is definitely now a convert.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We was treated really well when we entered.The staff were very friendly and helpful.The food and drink were excellent

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M
Norfolk
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting menu with good choice for pre theatre meal. Wines were very good too. Service attentive and friendly without being overbearing

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Came here for a pre-theatre meal, which was decent for the price given the location, if a little uninspiring. Alcoholic drinks were, unsurprisingly, pricy with a very limited choice of affordable wine, but an excellent complimentary espresso to finish the meal compensated for this somewhat. As I was on my own it was nice to be seated at the bar and able to chat with the friendly staff rather than be stuck away on a lonely table

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table very last minute and ended up seated at the end of the bar which was perfect. The service was spot on, friendly, helpful and quick. The good was fabulous as were the cocktails. I would certainly recommend it and hope to visit again soon.

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s
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for pre/post theatre menu dining. Delicious food served by friendly helpful staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just amazing! Food was wonderful, and staff was really nice.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food, wine, service, ambience and good value. Ideal pre/post theatre

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c
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience of Café Murano. We visited pre Theatre. Beautiful building.
Loved sitting at the dining bar. Excellent , efficient, knowledgeable staff.
We were not rushed. Loved the seasonable \ fresh menu.
We had a bottle of Gavi, which was stunning.
We would recommend & will certainly be back.
Thank you so much.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a little leery at first, as there were so many things on the menu I didn't recognize. Also, we ended up seated at the bar for dinner instead of a table. But the bartender couldn't have been friendlier, the focaccia and our entrees were absolutely delicious. We were in a wonderful location for the theatre, (just around the corner from Duchess Theatre), and we got our food in plenty of time. It was a very nice evening!

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