Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.4
2670 reviews
£26 to £40
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2670 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Stephanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants! The food and service is the best. Would recommend the beef short rib and lamb shank bao buns.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place on google after deciding on an impromptu mum/daughter night out. Delicious food and cocktails and really lovely atmosphere. Will definitely return!

JB
JessicaB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing meal at Flesh and Buns - the pork, duck and chicken bao were all incredible!

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AnnaD
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great venue and delicious buns that was the main thing we went for.

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LeilaK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Service was fine, food was not good especially for the money.

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Santa
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice surprise to find a new restaurant that delivers high quality Japanese cuisine for a reasonable price. Will certainly be back soon!

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VoldemarT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you want to know what burgers in Japan look like, this is the place to go. Excellent food, nice service. Thanks!

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HimaniC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Miso Aubergine is the best dish!!!!! Very friendly staff. Amazing service. Great food.

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BeckyW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and drink, good ambiance but slightly noisy

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Laura
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Food and staff very friendly. Great location.

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Andrea
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! First time in Flesh & Buns and you have to go! This place is great!

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AliceK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing food. Staff was super nice also and accommodating... when I wanted to swap out some things...

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was amazing! The free flowing prosecco was giving very generously, the food was really yummy and there was plenty of it. I like how the restaurant gave you a break between courses and didnt rush you. I now want to eat at flesh and buns every Sunday. Strongly recommend.

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vipCostaG
Hampshire
12 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a bad meal but didn't impress, not sure I would go again

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Sharon
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic, the staff are attentive and polite

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ValentinaG
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great but I think it's a little overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good as always

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OgechiO
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food! Very flavoursome. Quite small portions, but thats alright. The drinks were hitting!! I got two cocktails and loved them.

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Shareef
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s a modern japanese restaurant, margaritas, Korean fried wings and Japanese fried chicken are absolute must.

EM
ElishaM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

So overpriced for what it actually is... Doesn't look as nice as in pictures, place is run down. The food is all average, absolutely not worth the money.. Thought it would be a special place to take my boyfriend for his birthday but I was very disappointed. save your money, go elsewhere

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so friendly and really accommodating. Wonderful food and really lovely time. So clean!

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PhilippaG
London
21 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing value bottomless brunch! Highly recommend a visit (after lockdown). Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were so lovely. We did the bottomless brunch, the food and Prosecco kept on flowing and exceeded my expectations!

Great place

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nikkid
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the service was brilliant. Had such a lovely brunch and our server was so lovely and kept the prosecco flowing which sometimes doesn’t happen with the “unlimited bubbles” brunches at other places. We were absolutely stuffed and the wings are to die for! Will definitely be back once lockdown is over!!

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Demi
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, you will not be disappointed. Both the waitresses/waiting staff that served us were great.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing pork belly bun and duck buns. The meat was tender and skin extra crispy. The sauce was not so great for either the crispy duck and pork belly. the matcha ice cream for dessert alongside the chocolate cake had a texture and taste more like sorbet but overall a good dessert.

Would recommend to order 2 starters and 2 mains and a dessert if dining for 2 people.

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SophieJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and we are really happy with all of the food- it was delivered at a good pace, portion sizes were great and it was all really delicious! We particularly enjoyed the pork belly bao buns and the s'mores!

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PaulA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriends birthday and, she enjoyed herself - food was amazing and the staff were very welcoming and attentive. Thank you.

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LuciaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The food is lovely. One of my fav places in covent garde. Definitely try pork belly and beef buns

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DEBORAHW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly staff, quick service. Very COVID safe in these strange times. All together a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience!! Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Honestly this shop ruined my good impression about flesh and bun. I used to dine in the their soho restaurant, their signature Japanese fried chicken their looks great and taste very nice. I ordered the same in this Covent Garden store, it’s so disappointing - the colour is yellowish like the coating of fried squid, and I saw chicken’s hair too up close, just ruined my appetite.

Plus I ordered the salmon don, comparing to their soho store, their presentation to taste just feeling not the same level, I think the chef do much better in soho one comparing this Covent Garden store. Also this restaurant is downstairs/underground, I don’t like the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is fantastic, food was amazing and bottomless prosseco was great!

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vipQ123
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
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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RoseA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great - however it’s pretty obvious that the quality of food deteriorated during covid (like many other restaurants), the quantity of food, size of plates, sides, all decreased. This was one of my favourite restaurants so was disappointed that the food wasn’t as good (the aubergine I used to die for, not pretty good but not as before, the fried chicken is also a lot smaller). Despite smaller meals / lower quality, cost remained the same so felt not the greatest value for food

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MaisieB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
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 on 18 October 2020
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!

FAQs

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 2670 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.