Café Murano - Covent Garden

4.2
1496 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • 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.

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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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l
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a early dinner prior to going to a theatre nearby. Cafe Murano was just perfect for our needs , good cooking , a bottle of chianti classico , and above all great staff. Loved the tagliatelle which was freshly made next door. We also had a great table at the back of the restaurant which was private and in a corner. Bravo Cafe Murano.

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DW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not the best value for money- everything was extra like pasta ! it cost away more than we could have afforeded

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A restaurant that doesn't deserve its reputation. Bottle of white served warm: then waitress didn't seem to know what to do. Food disappointing. Noise level such that we could not hear each other across a very small table.

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M
London
70 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lunch at Cafe Murano is always a treat. The food is excellent and the staff knowledgeable about the menu. The noise levels were high near the entrance, but the staff found us a ‘quieter’ table which was better.

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GE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and lovely restaurant, will come again :)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was good. Only negative very noisy that evening which makes a conversation difficult.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Was given an upstairs table would have preferred downstairs Asked could we sit in a corner table to be told was set for 3 but saw in tbe two corner table couples were seated in the tables we had asked for ? Upset my meal

Felt as we were two women we were told where we had to sit . Did inform the waiter to be told he would let tbe manager know .

We got chatting to a couple who were seated in a table for three and said they were given that as a two table no problems !!

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AH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was lovely ambiance but it was bit noisy....and the table we were given were in the middle of isle and bit uncomfortable..

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LF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal at Cafe Murano- my go to place to catch up with friends

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

12/10! Absolutely amazing place!! Delicious food, genuinely first class service: faultless. Beef carpaccio, creamy buratta, mozzarella arancini, with foccacia: amazing start! We both had chicken Milanese (lovely), whilst our kids devoured the Tuscan sausage ragu rigatoni. Happy faces and clean plates all round. Delicious. Sensibly prices good wine list to boot! We visited for pre-matinee lunch on Sunday (10/3/19) with our two children: train into London was delayed so we explained on arrival that we were tight for time: the manager, his staff and (most importantly!) the kitchen went above and beyond to serve us quickly but also brilliantly professional whilst doing so: the front of house staff were a true credit to Cafe Murano. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Oxford
16 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely place for a Sunday lunch get-together.

Service was excellent, unfussy but friendly and helpful, and the food was, on the whole, delicious. Small negatives were that one of the pasta dishes was very over salty and, for vegetarians, the choice is very cheese heavy.

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NR
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A reliable favourite: excellent food in a buzzing, welcoming ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Expensive , small portions, noisy

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Will definitely be back highly recommend

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my banker of a restaurant - food & service great

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R
Bristol
7 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience & a wonderful end to our mini holiday. Thank you so much to all your wonderful staff

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter and had a delicious cicchetti comprising arancini, grilled squid, cured ham and cod fritters followed by a whole sea bass for two with fennel and orange. Excellent, authentic Italian food; attentive service from our lovely bartender/waitress and a real buzzing ambience. The perfect place for our pre-theatre meal, but frankly, we would go out of the way to go there again for dinner alone. (The only downside was the squawking group of girls behind us - but their conversation did provide us with some entertainment...)

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J
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very busy but unable to cope with demand. Greeted at the door by a look that asked what stone we had crawled out from. Lack of charm++++. Food was good but 30 minute wait from starter cleared to main course served was poor. ?Problem in kitchen. Another table had a problem . Unable to order dessert because of delay. Received an apology and free coffees. Very disappointed. Have been to Murano which was brilliant. Hasn't rubbed off on this outpost.

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BD
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch, great food and service. Hope to be back

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G
London
18 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and I would definitely return. No vegan options and very few veggie options either but ok for meat eaters.

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N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well located close to a number of the Covent Garden theaters. Good range of food at reasonable prices. Attentive service.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff were very helpful. Food was fine but nothing exceptional. Table for 6 was a little cramped and the room was very noisy so it was difficult to hear people on the other side - despite it being small.

I would summarise it as a reliable venue with very good staff.

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l
London
38 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch with friends. Always excellent food & service.

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C
London
35 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a relaxed glass of wine and bowl of pasta at the bar. Highly recommend.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was pretty average I had fish absolutely saturated with lemon juice

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good but slightly underwhelming.

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d
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal . Had the set lunch with recommend wine . Everything was just perfect. Would recommend and definitely would go again .

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JJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food, nice decor, good location. A tad pricey but I think worth it

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CH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food! Can't recommend enough and lovely service too.

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g
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable food and service. And as we were seated upstairs not too noisy. Always a favourite and will continue to return.

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WH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was nice and prompt for a pre-theatre dinner.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The ambience is perfect, a lovely friendly welcoming buzz, service was fantastic but the food was sadly very disappointing. It is bizarre for an Italian with such a good reputation to fail to even cook basic pasta well. And there is seemingly no attempt to make the plate of pasta look nice either. Perhaps the kitchen was having a bad day. I would try it again in the hope of a better experience but would not be confident recommending on the basis of the food.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was pleasantly surprised by the overall dining experience .... food was well presented exceptionally tasty and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Would definitely visit again for a pre theatre meal.

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H
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for pre-theatre dinner. Warm cosy space, attentive staff and great food.

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JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Food was very good and the service was exceptional. Even though our table was 30 mins late, the staff offered us some drinks and nibbles on the house to make up for the delay. I will go back!

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ML
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love cafe Murano , sadly on this occasion my antipasti and primi arrived at the same time.
A difficult taste experience...

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic bistro style restaurant. It’s not flashy or pretentious. The food is unbelievably good.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and friendly service. We had a lovely meal with interesting food and a lively atmosphere and so central for Covent Garden and theatres - great experience all round.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food management and staff excellent very cosy and was not rushed .
But was a little disappointed as we chose the theatre deal which was 2 courses had just the 1 main meal and thought the dessert was included but was charged £13 for 2 dessert's dident mind paying as it was delicious but felt this should have been explained .

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely location and great atmosphere. Have been to Murano so was expecting something equally lovely. I think I just chose wrong off the menu as my fiends dishes were all nice. My squid sadly was chewy and my chicken was a little dry. We were given dessert menus, but then never asked for our choices, so we didn’t bother with dessert in the end.

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