Café Murano - Covent Garden

4.1
1140 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
A restaurant from Angela Hartnett and Head Chef Mirella Pau, open all day, serving a regularly changing, seasonal menu of Northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet lively environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European
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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
Mirella Pau / Angela Hartnett
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Cross Street
Wellington Street
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Parking Details
Street parking is available on Tavistock St and neighbouring streets in Covent Garden
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Public Transit
Nearest underground station is Covent Garden (Picaddilly), Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly) and Holborn (Central, Picaddilly).
Charing Cross main line station is a 10 minute walk.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1140 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

super friendly staff. felt so happy to be here! we had dinner before theatre, will go again! homemade spinach tortelloni, tasty salad, good wine. thank you!

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KZ
5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful meal before going to a show and it was ideal. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had an amazing family luch. Esch course was full of flavour and we could not finish ir. Service wad attentive and friendly. Was recommended to us and i would recommend too.

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful lunch, great service and food!

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SG
5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

I was meeting a friend for lunch, we both came from out of town. She had eaten here before and hoped I’d like it.
The food was really excellent, the mushroom arancini tasted more full of mushroom flavour than the most flavoursome mushroom ever! Everything was lovely but the lemon tart....! Sooooo full of flavour, the pastry melted in the mouth and the filling exploded to give layers of taste. Exquisite.
Also the service was exemplary. Thinking of another reason to visit!

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ST
4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Delicious food and charming staff and a very good place to eat before the opera

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ML
4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

good menu choices, especially the first courses, and helpful staff. a very good post-theatre option

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BJ
4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Excellent modern Italian food. Portions not huge, but everything well-cooked.

Service was very efficient. Will be dining there again.

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SY
4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Delicious pre theatre dinner. Enjoyed the 3 corse menu. I had the most refreshing starter of shaved fennel, orange & mackerel. Lovely & light, but a little mean with the mackerel - only 3 tiny bites. Staff were very friendly. Great Italian food in pleasant relaxed atmosphere.

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JW
5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Our table was booked at 17:30 for a pre opera meal.
We were warmly welcomed by the hostess on the door and as we were shown to our table, other staff acknowledged us in a friendly. welcoming manner.
The food was perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and served in a timely and pleasant way.
We were also finished in good time to arrive comfortably at the Royal Opera House (just around the corner ) for the performance.

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JC
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Lovely venue, staff were great, food was delicious.

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MM
1.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Very disappointing. Goodness it was only pasta and it didn't even taste fresh. We all found our various dishes tasteless. The mackerel was served as it was, unseasoned and frankly boring. The spaghetti puttensca was too soft, the sauce tasteless and was unable to finish, as was every other persons meal. We all agreed we could do better at home. The chef needs to get some passion back. Wouldn't go again, as there are some great italian trattorias and restaurants offering far superior food.

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B
4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Very good food and service, a quiet place where you can hear each other talk.

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N
3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Breakfast was average but coffee was good. Poached eggs would have been better described as hard boiled eggs.

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JJ
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The service was excellent, the food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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M
3.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Nice and relaxed atmosphere. Fairly limited menu, especially the set menu. Pleasant enough if a bit over priced.

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OC
4.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Delicious food and exemplary service, Cafe Murano is one of my favourite restaurants in Covent Garden. A little noisy to begin with but soon settled down to a lovely evening with good friends.

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OT
4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

A great place with excellent food

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ML
3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Excellent service - dined as a group and we were missed a few times by staff when we arrived and eventually asked to be seated, however FoH were very apologetic once they realised, and brought some arancini by way of apology. Food was lovely although I am unlikely to dine from the set menu next time as it was very 'bare' and tiny portions. I think the main menu would be better value for money.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Excellent food and staff hide behind the door in this handy covent garden Italian. We had a wide range of food and were delighted

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Hake withh cockcles is excellent, great people too

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NV
4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

We had a lovely meal though the rabbit could have been a little less salty. Service was excellent, as usual.

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A
5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Fantastic pre-theatre meal, great service and value

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SM
5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Delicious food and attentive, friendly but not overbearing service. It's a real pleasure to dine at Café Murano.

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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

We were at the restaurant for a pre theatre meal and enjoyed the daily menu although it was quite limited in terms of choice. Service was attentive and efficient. Brownie points for lots of refills of water without being asked.

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MS
4.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Too warm inside aircon not working. But moved to table near door and it was more comfortable. Manager very helpful and experienced. Good food and service. We had enjoyable evening with friends.

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DS
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Loved the food and the vibrancy of the place. The food was outstanding. It was full of flavour but not overly fancy. The whole experience was quietly sophisticated.

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B
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

This is the second time we'd been to Cafe Murano and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent and the staff attentive and aware of what was going on. When we arrived the music was exceptionally loud but when we went to speak to someone about it, we were told that the server had already asked that the volume be turned down. Would definitely recommend it, and would definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Went here for lunch with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while. Quick, friendly and Impeccable service. Greatly enjoyed the food, consisting of unfussy, well-prepared dishes; often Italian-inspired. Strikes a nice balance between formal and informal. A few tables are available for eating outside. Recommended.

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GS
5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Excellent venue for pre theatre dining; fabulous food and just a 2 minute walk to the ROH!

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T
5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Made last minute reso for lunch and had no issue getting one for our needed time. All staff members we on point, sharp on knowledge and manners. Food was incredible. Ambiance was great and at peak time, noise level was a bit on a higher side but not bothersome for our business meeting. Cod was cooked to perfection, presentation was great, espresso served at perfect temperature and desserts were fresh and delicious. Thank you for a great experience.

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HE
4.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Service was excellent. It was a quiet lunchtime so a bit lacking in atmosphere. Highlights for me were the salt cod fritters, hot, light with lemon and parmesan, and a wonderful sharp lemon tart to finish. The courses were served very promptly so while it didn’t feel too rushed, a bit more time in between each course would have been appreciated in order to savour what we had just enjoyed. I would be very happy to eat there again and interested to experience an evening meal.

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AL
3.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Good service. The food was good but the portions are a bit small - so in case you are hungry look for an alternatives.

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F
4.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Terrific food and wine selection, but the service wasn't quite as good as the food or wine.

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OT
3.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Service lack of professionalism.
Food overall ok,
lemon tart,one of my favorite,was made with low quality butter,and you could taste it,left it all.
Service did not worry to ask why I left the tart.
Over all food ok.

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MB
4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Really enjoyed the food freshly prepared and served....very tasty combinations. The staff were very helpful even though we were the last lunch service of the day. Good wine selection and ambience

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SH
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great atmosphere and decor with wonderful food! Totally lived up to expectations.

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MS
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

£60 a head for three courses and drinks and wine , pretty good for Covent Garden I think.
Food was exceptional. Definitely will be going again.

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SU
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Great meal- simple, yet delicious and flavorful spaghetti dish. We planned to see a show after dinner and it was the perfect meal before the theater with easy walking distance to the theater.

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E
2.0Dined on 15 June 2018

The restaurant ignored my husband’s nut allergy which we pre warned them about and reminded them constantly through the meal. They served nuts hidden inside a “nut free” dish and then argued that pine nuts are seeds and not nuts. My husband knows they’re nuts as he almost died from eating them 15 years ago. The waitress was smug and slow and we would never return which is a shame as we were hosting my in-laws and have had several meals there before.

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