Café Murano - Covent Garden

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2110 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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LB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm friendly welcome, had asked for booth seating and were kindly moved to a booth when it was free. Enjoyed 2 courses for £20, pasta beautiful and very tasty then dessert and a cheese to finish.. lovely presentation and staff knowledgeable about wine.. encouraged us to try before choosing a carafe. Very pleasant atmosphere, friendly, not rushed.. would recommend.

BB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely location in heart of Covent Garden. Staff are attentive but not fussing and the food choice and quality is fantastic. Matched by a good selection of wine

BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice small-scale Italian restaurant, genuine cooking, rather few choices but good.
Perfect location in Theatreland Close to Covent Garden and several of the Theatres.
Flexible service.

SC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Wonderful food and service. Most delicious bread!! Experience slightly spoilt by obnoxious business people on the next table who loved the sound of their own voice. Tables too close to be able to ignore them.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really lovely lunch here with kids. Very accommodating staff. Food was delicious. And a lovely little kids menu too. The mozzarella starter was off the charts! 👌

d
London
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went to Cafe Murano Covent Garden for lunch. We recommend you sit at the back where the bar is. Unfortunately we had to sit at the front because I can't deal with steps and I needed the accessible toilet. It was absolutely acceptable but lacking ambience which was all at the back. The food and service was outstanding. He had veal risotto and I had octopus salad and beetroot salad. Deeelicious.

LW
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Despite being the only diners in the restaurant late on a Sunday afternoon there was no pressure put on us to leave. Very impressive all around.

PD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice ambience and comfortable dining room. The lamb with garlic and rosemary was cooked the perfection. Very nice staff as well. Definitely one to go back to.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a disappointing experience overall - we love the sister restaurant at St James's but this was overall not as good as we expected. On the positive side, we were able to stay there for a long time catching up with friends without being bothered by over-attentive staff trying to hurry us out of the door, and we were very grateful for that.
But - the food was much less good than we expected and have had in St James's - my pasta was only average and not the size I had asked for, the beetroot salad was pretty bland, and the ice cream very average (unlike the lavender ice cream which I had in St James's which was one of the best ice creams have ever tasted). They also kept serving each of us one of the other people's orders (for drinks, main course, and for deserts) and the red wine was served far too warm so we needed it to be chilled a little. They may have been having an off day but it certainly wasn't over £50 a head for the food and overall experience. We'll definitely return to the restaurant in St James's but not this one. Shame.

HF
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place hidden away in Covent Garden area. Amazing food, well worth a try you won't be disappointed.

KK
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurants great price for a good LONDON restaurant in Covent gardens theatre district

AL
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Came with a friend and our two daughters, aged 8-had been before after reading that Cafe Murano was kid friendly. Despite being quite early, they were able to sit us in a lovely booth upstairs. Girls were given kids menus which offer a really lovely choice of chicken milanese and potatoes or 3 choices of fresh pasta and 3 different sauces-this is lovely for them as they feel more adult and the food is massive in portion, neither could finish their pasta! Great drink choices for all, love that wine comes in carafes so you can sample different ones. The only faults were that I suppose it would have been nice to have more interaction with our actual server who wasn't particularly chatty or warm (although all other staff were and all were very attentive) and maybe a bit of a walk through the menu.

F
Essex
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate my birthday! Attentive but not intrusive service and delicious food. The portions are not huge, which suits me, as I can then eat three courses. Will be back!

C
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way

p
Spain
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went with three of my girlfriends for a group valentines meal, food was excellent and staff were very friendly will definitely be back!!

ML
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Staff very attentive
I think my octopus was from a tin rather than fresh. Rabbit dish was tasty and well cooked.

I had the beef carpaccio which tasted cured (disappointed) could have had a splash of balsamic to give more taste to dish. I then ordered the lamb. The plate looked rather unappetising. 5 small pieces of lamb with high percentage of fat. Chunks of aubergine and that was it. Lamb was tender but needed some sort of jus.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing restaurant/ service / atmosphere/ food 10/10

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality from pre-theatre menu. Imaginative. Service impeccable.

OF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and setting - that’s why we keep returning here throughout the year

g
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We visited cafe Murano Thursday evening as we have been before and have been pleased but on this occasion the staff made a mistake with our mains but instead of fessing up bought my plate had gone cold. They then offered to heat mine up but that was not exceptable so they they cooked the mains course complete again. Whilst this was the correct thing to do it took a little while to get around to it. The only thing that really disappointed us was when the bill arrived it had a 12.5 percent tip added on still.

G
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent swift service and delicious pasta and Veneto wine

DW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very relaxed atmosphere. Reminded me very much of Moro in Exmouth Market. The food is rustic and fantastic. Staff are attentive without being intrusive. Overall very good

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, portion size ok, prices reasonable. My only issue would be that the waiting staff do enough to explain about the different choices on the menu., I would go back and recommend it to friends,

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is great, the service was really excellent. We enjoyed the salt cod fritters, pasta with ragú and beetroot salad most. The side of cabbage was maybe the best cabbage we’ve ever had!

FM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very charming and warm welcome followed by an excellent, efficient, and friendly service of delicious food.

JH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very charming and pleasant staff. Good food. Nice to be in a fairly quiet restaurant in Covent Garden. There aren’t many!

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambience and staff and overall a very enjoyable evening. I found the food variable, ranging from excellent to unappetising; I was unable to finish some very stodgy and over-salted strangolapreti. I shall return in the hope it was just a one-off glitch.

JD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cafe Murano is now our go to pre ROH eating venue. Always a fan of St James branch so know what to expect. It is very close to the Opera House and so much cheaper. The staff are welcoming and are happy to bring things promptly if timetable tight. Having said that why not book a 5pm table to have plenty of time.
The food is tasty rustic Italian with a seasonal and Italian regional theme. This visit we ate excellent frito misto and arancini, two delightful salads and finally rigatoni with Italian sausage and rabbit with olives and tomato. Dishes shared!
We booked our next meal on leaving. Pre Swan Lake.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious starters and mains and a fabulous menu for kids. The reason I did not give 5 stars for all is because the desserts were rather underwhelming after such delicious previous courses. Perhaps this is because most customers do not have room for dessert and therefore the dessert felt a bit dry (had been made a few days earlier) and not that exciting in flavour.

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We came with high expectations, given Angela Hartnett's reputation, but overall the food was disappointing. Not very imaginative and some dishes poorly executed. On the other hand the service was very good, and we enjoyed the occasion, but it is unlikely we will book again nor recommend it to others.

B
Yorkshire
27 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and quick service. However on arrival at 12.20pm ( 10 minutes early) we were shown to a table on 1st floor but that was half empty ( except for large party with young children) with no atmosphere so we asked to be seated downstairs where there were more people and better ambience. Not sure why were shown to the original table but this often happens when bookings made via Open Table . Once seated everything was fine and we were out by 1.30pm with plenty of time before our theatre start time . Good value overall.

CB
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but not exceptional. Very noisy at times so I couldn’t hear my friends. Waiter was too attentive to the point of annoying. Nice to go but won’t go back.

GL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We arrived after the opera at Covent Garden. I have been to this restaurant several times and like it. We were a party of four. We were given a very friendly greeting and seated at a very comfortable round table at which I had dined several times before. The food was good, as usual. But the room was very noisy (from one table near by) and the service deteriorated as the evening progressed so that, by the end, our table remained uncleared for a long time, we were not offered the pudding menu and we felt generally neglected and unwelcome.
I must add that our waiter was as frustrated as we were at the lack of help he received from other staff. He was rushed off his feet. Although it was only 10:30pm when we left, we felt that we had outstayed our welcome and that the remaining staff could hardly wait for us to leave.

CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The waiting staff were very patient with our party since a couple of us were running late. Unfortunately this did put them under a little pressure and things like getting the wine to the table went slightly awry with it arriving as we were finishing our main course. That aside, the food was delicious and we were all pleased with our choices. I hope to visit again when we will hopefully be able to enjoy a more leisurely meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food and service. Price in the high side for what we had; chicken and pasta

F
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friendly service
Fresh tasty food, looked good and delivered

RC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was very good. We had quite a few questions about the menu, ingredients and so forth, and these were answered very knowledgeably, also made good recommendations. The food itself was good but a little on the small side, especially the mains, even when having to pay extra for the vegetables.
There was a 12.5% service charge added to the bill. Whilst this is not a problem on a small amount it can add up to a hefty amount on a larger bill. It would be nice to see this reduced to say 10% over £200 spent.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is always a warm welcome from the staff here and the food is delicious. I came here when it first opened and have returned many times since.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Reliable. Fresh, clean flavours.
Impossible to get enough Parmesan on the pasta - as always! Flakes better than mulled.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was excellent and the food tasty but the food was over-priced, even accounting for the location. Have nothing bad to say about it - it was all fine but maybe I expected more.