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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

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2635 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Flesh & Buns Covent Garden, from the team behind Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu, is located within the bustling Seven Dials area in Covent Garden. Inspired by Japanese izakayas, roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking, Flesh & Buns is the first restaurant in London to specialise in gua bao buns (DIY filled steamed buns).
Below street-level, the restaurant has a bar area offering bar dining for up to 10 people, serving a variety of sake brands and a diverse range of cocktails including the signature Frozen Yuzu Margarita, alongside the restaurant’s varied sharing food menu. Draped fabric ‘noren’ screen curtains surround intimate dining booths and transport diners to an authentic Japanese drinking den experience – bookable and ideal for groups of friends or colleagues meeting for lunch, dinner or Flesh & Buns’ ever-popular Sunday Brunch.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

Offers

London Restaurant Festival: Tasting menu £40

Oct 1-31, 2020·Daily 12:00-22:00

Chef’s selection of Dishes. Must be selected by the entire table. Vegetarian option available.

What 2635 People Are Saying
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vipQ123
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice food!

Not cheap but then given the location is pretty standard.

I feel that the ambiance could be a bit nicer (maybe through lighting) but by no means bad.

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MaisieB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Flesh and Buns, the staff were really nice and even brought us a complimentary dessert for my partners birthday which was so nice and helped make our day special. I would recommend it to everyone!

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Singles
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bottomless brunch was good value for money.
Lots of great food to eat and they did not stint with the prosecco.

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suziep
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was quite different. I think the service could have been more efficient and whilst some were friendly others not so.

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Ratface2000
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good and location was good but food was overpriced and not great. Not noticeably better than cheaper similar alternatives. The exception was the duck which was tasty. That being said I won't be going again which is too bad.

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FunDiner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great but there were very distinct pink lipstick stains on my water glass. My issue isn't with the stain being there, as I know dishwashers aren't always the best, but with the person setting up our table who obviously didn't check to make sure everything was clean. Stains happen, just make sure you catch them before your customers do.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely service!

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AlexT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was good (but not outstanding), overall reasonable value for money bearing in mind the venue location.

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Nash
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, really loved the buns !!
And the drinks were amazing and the s’mores is a must get !!

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BeckyP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come to flesh and buns for every special occasion, it’s my all time favourite and never disappoints! Food is 10/10 every time, the salmon teriyaki is just beautiful and the plating is exceptional!

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EmilyS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and value and good service. The tuna poke was amazing. The only thing I would change is not bringing the food out all at once as I would have liked a rest in between courses.

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TanyaK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! We had the tasting menu which was good value for money. The cocktails were fantastic too! Can’t wait to go again. Foodie heaven!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food, really good portion sizes and great value. Would definitely return!

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MichaelG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Went for the taster menu. Everything was delish. A real good food and good value too.

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SehrishM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Amazing customer service
Great atmosphere
Really chilled environment
Love it

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vipDixie30
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Friendly staff and service was spot on.👍 Our favourite seating is one of their booth table seatings. A defo to head back and taste more of their Chef’s creations! Definitely will recommend and bring friends too! X

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ChivesWill
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and a great setting, points off for gluten free options and alternatives lacking, as well as knowledge of dishes by staff. Don’t let that put you off, it’s a real gem overall.

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Giorgio
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went to celebrate my girlfriend birthday and we were surprised how much the food has changed in this place. It use to be very tasty and full of flavour and the buns was very fluffy. This time we was quite surprised with the food and also the bill didn't correspond with the food we had.

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TillyT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing sushi and fast service, little on the expensive side for small portions but overall a lovely evening with friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, amazing atmosphere. Yes

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vipsmyum
London
38 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Although a bit disappointed that we were approached by our waitress to advise that if we wanted to order more food we would need to do this before 9pm which was fine.. but she disappeared and returned after 9 so we couldn’t actually place the extra order as her machine wouldn’t allow her to. Annoying to say the least.

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SophieS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and staff were really helpful and friendly - I would definitely recommend getting the wings and also asking for extra wing dipping sauce too! We were sat directly in front of the kitchen and I would advise not sitting here as it was really noisy.

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rp94
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Third visit here and probably the best. We went for the tasting menu (40pp) with £10 off for eat out help out. The amount of food we got was amazing! We actually couldn't finish our mains so I took it home and enjoyed them for lunch the next day, which was excellent.
The chicken wings are a must. The butterfish ceviche is amazing too and I love the aubergine bao. SO GOOD! It's such a buzzy restaurant and the service is always friendly too.
Delicious cocktails and all round great food, I will be back.

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GabyH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, however it would be helpful if vegan and vegetarian dishes were clearly marked as such on the menu.

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Aaron
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, as were the waiting staff. But we did get the starters 5 mins apart and they forgot to put the tuna sashimi on my tuna sashimi poke.
But the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food and service fabulous. Music terrible

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TammyL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Good food. Ordered the butter fish (melts in your mouth) and fried chicken per recommendations of our server. Both were fantastic. The buns OMG yum!!! My Hisbads salmon was also good. Would go back! Thank you.

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DaveK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, good service, wasn’t rushed though the people on our table had to leave to accommodate our booking. Would definitely go back.

JJ
JanJ
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress who served us was absolutely lovely and so sweet, the sashimi, sushi and Korean wings were outstanding and probably my favourite dishes from the menu. For four adults we paid about £40 each for a good amount of food and would definitely come back again, one of my favourite restaurants and the s’mores dessert is always fun to play with

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Jackcccc
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Flesh & buns has always been such a great place! Unfortunately it’s just no longer up there for me, so many other bao / steamed bun restaurants i would recommend before this one.

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LXB22
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was brilliant!

With the extended eat out to help out scheme, the meal was great value for money!

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Emma
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Bao buns!! Great service and good practice of corona virus guidelines

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great especially the Korean fried chicken and seared butterfish and our waitress was very friendly and made us feel comfortable and made for a more enjoyable experience

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Lftt
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, nice interior, friendly staff. Would go again

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MegD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great, particularly the butterfish which was recommended by the lovely waiter.

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Ell111111
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sashimi platter was delightful and wonderfully presented

Pork bao was delicious.

Sake recommendations were a little poorly advised sadly, as the server was very polite.

Service petered off as the night went by.
Very hard to get our bill.
Seemed as though most of the server team finished at 10pm.
Spent 15 minutes simply trying to get the attention of the only server we could now see, who was extremely busy.

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JamesK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was okay not much flavour. Chicken wings were just a bright pink congealed bony shape. 2 buns per dish is very mean. Paid £4 for 3 extra buns because are only served in pairs. What is the logic of that? Buns are tasteless condiments are served in tiny dishes (mean servings) Japanese chicken was 4 lumpy overcooked pieces.

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Florian
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, amazing sushi. We went here for a work meal and it was top notch.

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Review
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Flesh & buns.

I feel the food was over priced for what it was. It was tasty but the portions were small. It was Around £34 for one main (no sides) plus A drink including service charge.

Felt like the desert (smores) were overly sweet unfortunately. ( But Unique idea with having the little fire)

service was good and quick. We Eat out a lot & compared to other restaurants it felt like it missed out on flavour & value for money

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AliceG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing. But service was slow, waited a while to be asked about dessert and then even longer to get the bill. I got the impression that once we had been served our mains we got a little forgotten. But not a big issue as ambience was good we were really happy with the food so it compensated

FAQs

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 2635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.