Café Murano - Covent Garden

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1945 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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.

Private Dining

Both our Cafe Murano’s have private dining rooms and event spaces for corporate hire or to enjoy with friends and family.

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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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J
Kent
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, bread and olives are outstanding. We enjoyed the Italian Sausage pasta, the Bream and whole plaice. The arancini are wonderful. We didn’t get to a dessert as we were going to the theatre but we did enjoy an excellent bottle of Friuli wine. Great value and quality all around.

a
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Authentically Italian in its straightforward simplicity and respect for ingredients. The hartnet wine selection good but pricey. Well done.

CC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best risotto in London, a terrific Italian wine list and excellent service. It feels authentic, not just one more identikit 'Italian' restaurant.

IK
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

As a regular customers, we was surprised about the quality of service this time. The main meal was not served for about 40 min and there was no apology/explanation. Asked a couple of times to check the status of the main meal but they just avoided eye contacts with us. We were not happy about that. Seemed like there was a big group or customers but a bit of explanation /apology would have been good.

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I was recommended cafe Murano by my daughter . Food was excellent and ambiance lovely our only problem was waiter got our order wrong . We ordered three of the pumpkin tortelli For our main meal. He brought us one meal and three hot plates . Would definitely have a return visit though as food was delicious.K

F
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I struggle a little with the menu as I only eat chicken and fish so a little limited as lots of red meat. Also a couple of choices unavailable as sold out. Ignored a request to sit at the back of the restaurant much nicer than by the door way which is a little draughty and cold air bursts through every time the door opens. Disappointing as sat in what felt like a dark corridor on the previous occasion so thought they’d make an effort today given my polite feedback. Food nice but not amazing enough to warrant prices charged. A present so no complaints but wouldn’t rush back.

AC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

With reservations though. Waited along time for food but the waiter did give us complimentary drinks. We also waited at bar as table not ready. The service Was friendly but slow as they were dealing with diners too. The opening experience was all too hectic but staff did try their best

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The ambiance was ok, food were served promptly. The taste and serving size were fair. The main course of risotto could use additional spices as it was bland. But over all, service was great.

D
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Hugely disappointed! This was a special weekend for us and this restaurant was average, at best. The service was terrible and we were made to feel unwelcome and that we were some sort of hassle. The food arrived in less than 5 minutes showing it was all pre-cooked and heated up! There are much better (quality of food, value and service) restaurants in the same area.

m
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Excellent and informative service and very good food - the risotto was outstanding. Sadly, the occasion was marred by an unbelievably loud customer at the adjoining table who seemed to think he was performing and had no regard for anyone else. He made our conversation very difficult.

ID
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food! Service not so good, got somewhat forgotten at the only intermittently staffed eating counter

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great location, gorgeous restaurant and wonderful for families. Highly recommended.

n
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious Italian food, simply prepared, with a good selection of wines to go with it. One of our best Italian restaurant experiences in London.

MP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good but very poor service.

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Main gripe is that on checking the bill later (we left in a hurry due to trains to catch and slow service) we have been charged £38.50 for a bottle of house white wine which I think was £22 on the menu!

Portions were too small and left hungry. Food was tasty but nothing special for the price. Very disappointed.

D
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and atmosphere. Very speedy response from the kitchen. The newly appointed manager from Glasgow was charming

GH
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff excellent. Food also and as always!

CG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely visit to Cafe Murano, great food and speedy service, thank you!

JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My second visit it a week. This time I had the plaice and it was swimming in utter. I t woul have been better to put some butter sauce on the fish and serve the rest of the sauce in a jug on the side. The noise level was a bit louder this time but then that is typical of all l'italien restaurants.
Over all still a very good meal

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Unfortunately, it was a very bad experience. Loud, noisy, very bad food and very unprofessional staff. Wouldn’t recommend!

M
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very warm welcome on arrival. Service was good and the food was indeed value for money as well as being tasty and enjoyable.

E
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was lovely overall but I’d really like to emphasise how wonderful the service was, particularly as we had brought along my 2 year old who was treated as an honoured customer and everything was accommodated for us with a child

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, some of the best Italian food we’ve had outside of Italy. Ambience good, but perhaps upstairs where we ate is ready for a minor refresh - certainly not tatty however.
Saturday lunchtime table - quite a lot of young kids about. Not a problem for us but is for some. Efficient and prompt service and good value. Recommended for an informal meal.

h
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and a lovely ambiance. The staff were very friendly and engaged.

DB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and authentic Italian food great service without being invasive and good atmosphere -will come again soon

LM
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation and hoped to have a drink at the bar but the staff were so accommodating and seated us immediately and set up around us. We had lovely food and wine and thoroughly enjoyed the night. Thank you

JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lamb was excellent, tender and pink inside. Another had the plaice grilled and said it was also excellent.

HD
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good, except for the fact that our sparkling water was forgotten for a bit. I’ve put very noisy because it has wood panelling and wooden floors. However, these make it cosy as well as noisy. The salt cod fritters were outstanding. Angela Hartnett has a light touch with her food which never fails to intrigue and please.

J
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average Italian restaurant

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FW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal here, great food, my plaice was extremely fresh, very friendly staff and knowledgeable too

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pre theatre meal at Cafe Murano and we were not disappointed. Great food, great service and ambiance. The staff dealt with my guests food intolerances in a discreet manner . We will certainly be dining there again if we are in Covent garden.

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and a nice ambience. Reasonable prices especially as the food was so delicious and the portions were generous. Service was a little slow but as we had plenty of time before our show it wasn’t really an issue. Very handy for all the West End theatres so great for a pre-theatre meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful evening at Murano, very good food ,though my pasta could have had a bit more sauce to make it a bit more scivoloso . Thanks for the Prosecco and the lovely service.

JT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The location of the cafe is excellent and the size inside it also good. The value for money at lunchtime is also ver good, however the food I had was not terribly exciting. The salad starter with pear and walnut etc was not great and although the Fennel Sausages were great the beans on which it sat was far too salty to eat and I left most of this. This is not meant as a complaint, but more to to your attention to make the necessary adjustments to the creation of the dishes. Thanks for your kind attention and do have a successful Christmas season.

KS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a pre-opera dinner there and the team were wonderful, they checked what time our show started and made sure that our food was brought out accordingly.
The meal itself was delicious and we left feeling fully and satisfied.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent from both a taste and presentation point of view
The staff are welcoming, fun and provide excellent service
Absolutely our favorite Italian Restaurant in London which we look forward to returning to soon.

T
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Cafe Murano and had another lovely meal there. Great food and service in a lovely restaurant.

C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food in a very nice setting. The service was excellent and the food was great quality and delicious.

DN
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Had to be moved from drafty table near entrance, got moved upstairs very loud and raised voices as music much too loud. Food very good flavours

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An excellent venue for lunch or dinner. Charming service and excellent food.