Café Murano - Covent Garden

4.2
1652 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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.

View Private Dining Details
What 1652 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
CB
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, good value.
They were very accommodating with my toddler

Report
Helpful
SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good and the bread to start was tasty, but other then that I didn’t find it ‘wow’, it felt like a bog standard Italian restaurants that is in Covent Garden, so can charge a small fortune. Our bill came to nearly £100, that was with only one started as my husbands start was removed from the bill as it was extremely salty, two mains, a dessert and two coffees. I didn’t feel it was good value for money and nothing to write home about

Report
Helpful
I
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, interesting food with fabulous service. A bit loud is the one down side.

Report
Helpful
MK
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in Covent Garden. Always a treat to enjoy the excellent food, exemplary wines and warm ambiance.

Report
Helpful
AL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service. The only negative was the rather cramped table very close to another table but overall it was a super evening and I look forward to a return visit.

Report
Helpful
HL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Saturday evening booking for our weddinganniversary. We were Greeted with a smile and seated upstairs. Lovely decor. Not noisy at all. Service was courteous and efficient. The staff were Accommodating with my gluten free requests. We had the octopus and gnocchi starter, both delicious. For main we shared the chateaubriand which was cooked medium rare although we said medium. Husband was please regardless. Huge portion and could have fed 3 so very good value. The salsa verde was sublime. Really rustic authentic simple Italian dishes. The desserts were well presented and also good portion size. Great restaurant, highly recommend and we will be returning for sure!

Report
Helpful
PR
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Café Murano is the ideal restaurant for dinner before the opera.

Report
Helpful
RW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday occasion

Report
Helpful
JL
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good meal as usual only spoiled by one issue. We ordered almond grantia for desert but what we got was
almond ice cream. A granita is looser and more grainy as it contains not cream, egg etc - more grainy than a sorbet. This was not authentic at all and it is not difficult to make

Report
Helpful
M
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Fake Italian, rigatoni are not real italian rigatoni.

Report
Helpful
VB
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the waitress and waiter both were personal with us and made sure we got the right food and wine. Also, appreciated how they were attentive to my allergies.

Report
Helpful
M
London
76 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love every dish in this restaurant. Been to St. James branch before and first time at the covent garden branch. Pretty decore but do not like how they cram you in on small cafe table. We originally booked for 4 ppl, but one person dropped out so we were moved to a smaller table, which is fine normally, except we were put on a table that was essentially designed for 2. My seat was quite petruding in the walkway and felt uncomfortable. The restaurant wasnt that busy and had many other seats free too.

Report
Helpful
CP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was faultless, beautiful food in a stunning setting and the service was top class!

Report
Helpful
RC
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Table was right at the front of the restaurant too close to the next one. Food was poor - starter salad far too salty and main pasta dish was flavourless. This restaurant is trading on the Hartnett name but is a con. The food and service is not that of fine dining. Very disappointed.

Report
Helpful
PH
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Service and Food. Good wine list, with wine by the glass or carafe as well as per bottle. Food is interesting without be to way out. Also good to see Angela there herself.
Staff were engaging and knowledgable.
Atmosphere was good even though the restaurant was not completely full.

Report
Helpful
LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and prices for the centre of Covent Garden.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly staff, quick and efficient service and the food was amazing 👍🏻

Report
Helpful
t
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delightful and. That tasty vegetables starter was followead by two types of pasta served in attractive copper pots. fish next followed by our favourite crispy freshly filled cannoli. Excellent value for money

Report
Helpful
P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

The Sunday special was disappointing. The first course was fine, the second ( two types of pasta) almost gargantuan and of middling quality, the third (fish) rather good, he pudding course unappetizing. Wine fine. Not exactly a demonstration of the Hartnett name.

Report
Helpful
a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tasty and good value, starters brought quickly-also accommodated group being 1 person larger smoothly; however subsequently somewhat slow service....and somewhat small portions!

Report
Helpful
o
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food in lively atmosphere. Might have had a few more pasta dishes available on the menu.

Report
Helpful
MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Angela Hartnett's style of cooking and this restaurant is very buzzy and interesting. The food was delicious and we went in to the Pastifico next door and bought some fresh pasta to take home. I have eaten in this restaurant before so I knew it would be good. The service is very fast and friendly.

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Set menu lunchtime excellent food and very good value

Report
Helpful
f
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

I have mixed feelings about this place. The food could not be faulted, everything was delicious but I don't think.I would go back just because the atmosphere is so drab! Bad decor, looks nothing like the pictures online....very dated, cold, dark looking but not cosy! If they improved the decor it would be perfect.

Report
Helpful
S
London
28 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. We had the pre-theatre menu, which was good value for the quality and location.

Report
Helpful
a
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I have always enjoyed eating at Cafe Murano so assumed that dining last Friday with two friends, who had not been before, would be a pleasure. It was not. The food was pretty ordinary and although I had said we were going to the Royal Opera House service was very poor. ( I made a note of that when I booked through Open Table.) We were kept waiting for our main courses while staff chatted to other diners and cleared a couple of tables. It was a dash to the opera house and we only just made it. Not good enough.

Report
Helpful
M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service , I had the baby octopus to start , which was very well cooked and tasted superb , my wife asked if it was possible to have a starter of the set
Menu , which wasn’t a problem , a pea and saffron aranccini , it was delicious , crispy on the outside and very flavoursome . We had the sea bream for 2 as a main . The fish was cooked perfectly and the salad accompanying it was crisp and refreshing . We ordered some courgette fritters and a salad as side dishes , however , the waiter actually said that we didn’t really need the side salad as the dish came with a good portion of salad . He was right , and we were very impressed with his honesty . The wine list is reasonable and for what we had in that area of London , it was very reasonable. Would definitely go again if in the area

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow service

Report
Helpful
JO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Cafe Murano based on an excellent first visit. Would absolutely recommend it . Great food, service and ambiance. Perfect for pre-theatre and I imagine perfect for quieter celebrations when the theatre crowd has departed. The team have created a little oasis of for independent restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden

Report
Helpful
SF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great italian food - I never had arancini for a starter and cos it had peas, this made it fresh and lighter than the normal version.

The pasta Al Norma was good. I didn't like the shape of the bread as it was just a lump.

Service is very attentive, even brushing the crumbs in between courses. It's busy before 7:30pm due to the theatre rush but I've been here for Saturday lunch which was a more lingering affair.

Report
Helpful
D
London
37 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I always enjoy the food at Cafe Murano. This visit was sat in at cramped table but the general ambiance was good and a lot of people enjoying their meals. My friend pointed out that I ordered the same as last time the Hake dish which was really good.

Report
Helpful
JK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I enjoyed my meal, but my husband was less enamoured. What surprised me was that the ambience was not very Italian, has more of a brasserie feeling. Overall ok but just felt it should be better.

Report
Helpful
AU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad Service It seems that all employes/ waiters, are fighting.

Report
Helpful
DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Most of the food was extremely bland and what flavour there was wasn’t particularly nice. I’ve eaten traditional Italian food in a restaurant run by three generations which was established in the 50’s with a broad menu and I have no idea what this cuisine was to be brutally honest. One of our party pretty much didn’t eat anything. This is a snap turnaround for the theatre crowd - would advise venturing to Cote across the street instead or any other place quite frankly!!

Report
Helpful
DK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

I would go again to this restaurant but was very disappointed with the slow service, it took ages to get a drink on arrival. The baby octopus starter was delicious but not enough of it. Both couples (party of 4) ordered the chateaubriand, there was far too much, it would have been a good idea for the waiter to mention this and perhaps suggest we get one portion and order another dishes - poor service again.

Report
Helpful
E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place is lovely and the food was amazing, the trout starter in particular was delicious!

Report
Helpful
JW
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For covent garden this is a lovely restaurant. The Angela Harnett white wine was delicious.

Report
Helpful
PM
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having wanted to go to the original Murano for years I thought we’d try this for my brother’s 50th first. First of all the low score given for service was a reflection of the individual that served us and not the staff in general. He was aloof, disinterested and we had pretty much finished our starters by the time the wine arrived which we had to ask for 3 times. He seemed more interested in patting a dog that was in the restaurant than serving his guests. We weren’t the only table grumbling about this. As for the food, pretty average trattoria level stuff but at high end prices. Two lamb dishes were cold and portion sizes pretty paltry. Considering lamb was in season this was pretty bland stuff. Average food, rude service at pretty premium prices. Not sure about Murano now!

Report
Helpful
SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine - particularly the burrata! Staff attentive and well turned out. Generally, they knew what they were doing and helped to make the whole experience enjoyable.

Report
Helpful
A
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant, very good food, but very noisy place

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
42
null