Café Murano - Covent Garden

4.1
1222 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
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.
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
Samantha Williams / 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
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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Great service. The food was good as always. We've been here twice now and couldn't fault it again.

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o
London
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not at all impressed with the new menu format. Pre theatre main course was seriously disappointing. A dish focussed on tuna was a splodge of mainly courgette and pasta with microscopic pieces of overcooked tuna .. not at all a nice texture. Good starter but overall I'd prefer higher prices and higher quality.

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ML
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always come here when in town and time permits. Fabulous!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I spoke to Antonio who was very apologetic. Food was poor, in parts cold and largely underseasoned. Deserts were in a different league, they were excellent.
It was a special occasion for us , (this I mentioned in the booking form) and therefore we all felt very let down. Sorry to say this.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends who visited from the States wanted to try nice Italian food in London and they were satisfied with the food and the service in general. The ambience of the restaurant and the service from the staffs were very nice and welcoming. We would love to visit the restaurant again.

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to my last minute request to avoid the upstairs table. Warm, friendly but professional service. Been several times, never disappoints.

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f
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an excellent pre theatre lunch. The food was wonderful, as was the service. Will definitely come again.

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l
London
22 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We've visited the St. James' offshoot on a few occasions and always enjoyed the experience, so we tried this restaurant for a pre theatre meal. Delicious starters, my stuffed courgette flower was particularly tasty. Mains including the pork and chicken milanese were well cooked and presented. My mackerel was a bit disappointing. I ordered it without the red cabbage accompaniment and it turned up just as a whole mackerel on an otherwise bare plate. Tasty enough, but presentation and a bit of imagination to vary the dish was lacking. Lemon tart to follow was absolutely excellent. Pricey wine list for a brasserie - £60+ for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is a bit toppy for this type of dining.

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SL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Pretty noisy and food was not special. Small portions, very untasty sea bream and no small extras to make it seem special... no bread on table, everything extra. Dessert blah cinnamon crepes no cinnamon! Totally unimpressed

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CG
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Booked a table for post-theatre dinner. Welcomed and shown to table just fine. Drink and food orders taken by waitress (1); waiter (2) brings water and bread. Restaurant virtually empty at this late hour, 4 tables at most.

Starters and bread arrive very promptly after drinks, still no issues at this stage. Grilled squid and buffalo mozzarella starters were very good.

Starters cleared and mains follow in short order. Waiter (1) brings the mains. We ordered lamb chops and Chicken Milanese, we both ordered new potatoes on the side. Waiter (1) who brings the mains looks disappointed for us and says that had he taken our order, he would have suggested the spaghetti in tomato sauce to accompany the Chicken Milanese, it will be too dry he says. Did not see spaghetti in tomato sauce as a possible side order. Further he suggests we ordered too many potatoes (he was right). No offer to remove a potato portion or bring spaghetti.

Whilst eating our mains, the staff start to tidy down the surrounding tables, removing glasses and cutlery, and even removing a neighbouring table altogether.

Chicken Milanese was a little dry, lamb chops too, but not too bad. Dryness exacerbated by no sauce whatsoever, or a suggested side order that might have been a better choice.

Was very excited about trying this Angela Hartnett restaurant. Came away remarkably underwhelmed with the taste of being ripped off (a field of spuds) and in the way (restaurant cleared around us). Food was sadly nothing special.

A poor finish to what was a lovely evening at the theatre. Shame.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the only problem that I found was the level of noise and it wasn't really high but it affects me.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service. Great food. Good value. Excellent pre-theatre dining.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Staff were pleasant but food was very disappointing

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M
London
66 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I booked Cafe Murano for my daughter’s birthday celebration lunch. The staff were polite, friendly and informative about the menu. They gave us plebty of time to choose from the a la Carte menu, essential when one person is a child! Mushroom arancini and salt cod fritters were delicious starters. Main’s included sea bream, chicken and pasta with sides of new potatoes and salad. Most of us chose assorted cheeses for dessert which was served with raw honeycomb - superb! We enjoyed various aperitifs and bottles of Negroamaro rose, Pecorino Gran Sasso, Fiano Fattoria as well as beer and fruit juice. The bill worked out at just over £60 per head. For a special treat, this is well worth it. Note there is also a set £30 per head menu on Sundays which can help to control the budget.

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GP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great birthday dinner on a Saturday night. Food was delicious - right balance of a creative, interesting mix of ingredients and recognisable Italian favourites. We all struggled to make a decision on what to order (wanted to try it all!) and everyone was pleased with their meals. We were also impressed by the cocktails.

My only criticism is that Cafe Murano was periodially let down by slow service for drinks. We were sat at the back upstairs and seemed to occasionally become forgotten by staff. This also impacted the atmosphere to a small degree, as it didn’t feel like we were in the main action of the restaurant with several empty tables round us, but it wasn't a major issue as we were in a small group.

Overall, a good night was had by all and I am sure we will return.

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H
Oxford
23 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went pre-theatre. The food on the set menu was pretty average . The bruschetta was two small rectangles of bread ie two small pieces of cheese on toast with an anchovy on top. The confit tuna pasta can’t have had more than a teaspoon of tuna. The pasta was chewy. The fig cake was dry and the amount of chocolate ganache was too much, plus there was barely any fig.
The seating area at the back was very noisy.
Very mediocre all in all.

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FD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perfectly average Italian. Not bad, but certainly nothing special. My ravioli was very nice, but overall with so much choice in London I won’t be going back.

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g
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cannot fault this place. service excellent, food superb. coming back.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was really lovely. We went on a day when there was no one, I think that is unusual. We had great service.

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EK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

very nice food and friendly staff, even if you ask for something that is not on the menu they do their best to make sure it can ' Top !

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LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great service
Food was outstanding!!

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic Italian restaurant.
Great food, and the staff are attentive, personal, and friendly.
We all look forward to our next visit there.
Highly recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the menu of the day but perhaps that was a mistake. The salad was fine, but the pork ribs that we both had as main course were very fatty and served with just a few salad leaves. The desserts were ok if not exciting. I've eaten in other branches and found them ok, but our meal here doesn't encourage me to try again.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. Unfortunately we were given a table by the door which was a little bit disruptive but as we were pre theatre dining it didn’t matter too much. I would definitely recommend the food as it was delicious.

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k
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very happy with our evening at Murano. Delicious food. Everyone ate well. So worth the money. Staff were helpful and efficient. Aim to go again soon.

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and fantastic food. Great lunch. Definitely recommend!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Generally v good. Squid starter and house wine excellent. Special pappardelle with lamb ragout would have benefitted by thickening to coat pasta.

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CN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived early for a pre theatre meal
Ate from the a la carte menu . Food was beautifully cooked ,delicious and well presented by friendly knowledgeable staff.
We will definitely use again

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Poor value and really small portions. We had to go and eat afterwards.
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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

To be honest I was very disappointed with the food. Thought it was very mediocre and no wow factor. I know it's not Murano but I expected more interesting food.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected more from a leading chefs venue ...no nibbles with drinks would liked to have seem a better selection of pasta dishes certainly with shellfish etc

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Me and a friend went to Café Murano Covent Garden for pre-theatre meal and drinks. We were sat at the counter but our solem-faced barman/server lacked charm and personality. The two course set menu is of decent value – we had the Fregola, grilled vegetables & mint, which was nice but a tad too salty, and Pork rib, pears, chicory & honey dressing, which was divine with a touch of salt added. Overall, it was a good experience but I'll probably try somewhere else next time.

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N
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A lovely peaceful spot to meet for lunch away from the business of Covent Garden - excellent meal and attentive staff made good conversation possible

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E
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An beautiful setting for an incredibly romantic meal. The service was faultless - attentive and not intrusive with appreciated gentle suggestions from the waiter. The best wine I have ever had accompanying delicious, and exciting food. Could not recommend highly enough.

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HH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We were meeting old friends we’d not seen for 2 years. We chose Cafe Murano because we were hoping for a place that wasn’t too noisy as we wanted to talk. For this it was perfect. The food was really good and we enjoyed the meal. The only thing that marred the occasion was our waiter. I don’t know if he was new and keen but he was in our face all the time. He pushed us to chose our starters before we were ready to order which was irritating. He should have backed off and given us a chance to choose in our own time. He just stood there suggesting things we didn’t want until we ordered something. Although we had said we weren’t ready. Then got the order wrong.
We will return as we enjoyed the food. Hopefully next time we won’t get him.

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W
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place to meet up for dinner. Not too formal and fantastic food. We also had a really nice waitress who was really helpful.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I gathered to celebrate a couple of 50th birthdays. The food and price was excellent! The service was friendly but extremely slow. I would revisit this restaurant again as long I was not in a hurry.

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I
London
49 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I came away from here a little disappointed. I'm not sure why really as there was nothing wrong specifically it just didn't work for me. We were taken upstairs which wasn't particularly cosy for a start. Maybe that was the problem. The food was good. The bread and oil was delicious and I think if we'd gone for a pasta dish I may have been happier. We had sea bream with fennel which was tasty and unusual but it didn't make me think wow. I think I probably should go back and give it a second chance as I think on this occasion it was more about me than the restaurant itself!

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D
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to return to Cafe Murano. My wife and I first found this restaurant a few years ago by chance and were so impressed with the food and service, and location, that we have now returned a number of times since. On this visit we were in quite a hurry between two West End shows, but the manager and staff noted what times we were working to and made sure that we were served in good time without any sense of hurry. The food was as ever excellent. It is just such a pleasure to eat here.

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g
London
96 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small excellent menu, good food, VERY well served.

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