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Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

4.4
4.4
3315 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.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Parking Details

    The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Bottomless Sunday Brunch

    £42.50 per person

    Multiple dates available
    FREE-FLOWING PROSECCO, RED WINE OR WHITE WINE INCLUDED SERVED TO THE TABLE Chips & Dips Edamame SMALL DISHES Korean Fried Wings Salmon avocado roll Chicken Yakitori California Roll Mix Seafood Ceviche Fried Squid Salmon Sashimi FLESH & BUNS (includes two buns per person) 1/2 Spatchcock Chicken Crispy Piglet belly Crispy Duck leg Portobello Mushrooms DESSERTS Chocolate Fondant Kinako Donuts

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What 3,315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice food but over priced for what you get. £65 for 2 for lunch with no alcohol and just one course
  2. LH

    LaraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast service, attentive and polite staff, and excellent food. Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit and will definitely be back!
  3. s

    steve

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great I did mention to one of the waiters that I did not know why you do not include larger beer as people who drink beers it takes them longer to drink plus staff do not need to keep coming back to refill wine or persecceco every 10 to 15 minutes personally it would be cost effective, just my thoughts only maybe you might get more booking when people see that you serve beer and wine but we had a great time thank you 👍👍
  4. T

    Tony

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Been here a few times. Disappointed on my last visit. Went on a Friday night and think they had new staff, as almost every order had an issue. Food was good as always
  5. MC

    MyaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Service was 10/10, loved the food and they were very attentive. The front of house lady was very smiley and Happy, would recommend to everyone. We came for a trip and it was shown on Tik tok many times, everything as expected
  6. MQ

    MajidQ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awsome .. Once again. We Enjoyed the food and the ambience. The service was impeccable. She was Absolutely fab.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Meal and Service!
  8. RM

    RMal

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    Dated restaurant, the food amount (especially the sushi) was not adequate to fill a person up. Quite expensive for what it is. We had to order loads just to stop us from being hungry (even then we ate again after we left). The service was exceptional though. But it’s too dark, dated, very smelly (underground and no windows). The Bond Street branch is much nicer.
  9. AS

    AndyS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Portion sizes have dramatically shrunk over the last few years. Used to have to order more buns but now 2 is plenty. Used to be a regular, will not be returning again unfortunately - far better value for money elsewhere.
  10. MC

    MylesC

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Overall very good however it was very humid and too many flies around our food. Suggest installing air conditioning units.
  11. BK

    BethanyK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were lovely and attentive, food was amazing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The sushi was tragic- sloppy, not fresh, and very overpriced. Bun fillings were delicious. Service was surprisingly poor especially for only 5pm and nearly empty when we arrived.
  13. W

    William

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short rib 🥰
  14. J

    Jamila

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Place was a little hard to find as the signage isn't huge but lovely staff; quick, friendly and attentive. Great drinks, food was nice but not amazing, and it was quite expensive for what it was. I had a lovely evening there and its a great place to experience at least once.
  15. s

    sageeb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great venue for a group dinner. Many plates to share. Amazing vibe. Helpful and cheerful staff.
  16. 1

    1234pt

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Booked for a special occasion. Had a note on the booking but nobody asked or nothing! Service was shocking. Staff lack training and don’t have no understanding on how to serve a table. Food quality was very poor chicken was dry. Only positive was the squid. Never checked in with us. We had to ask for our own drinks as nobody offered. Will not be returning.
  17. A

    Andrew

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    A rare misfire from Flesh and Bun. Have eaten here many times before and have been delighted with the service and the food, but my visit on Sunday 31st August really disappointed. Our table ordered a few small plates, including two portions of wings which were extremely overcooked - some of them weren't edible. When asked how our food was we said 'not great, they were quite overcooked' and showed the server some extremely burnt chicken. They did offer more wings, which was something, but we decided against it. Then, one main was brought to the table and I waited about 4/5 minutes on the other mains being delivered when the server reappeared and informed us that 'because you complained about the food being overcooked, it's going to take about 10 minutes until the other mains are ready.' The 3 of us ordered the same main (the frid chicken) so I couldn't quite understand if this meant that the mains are pre-cooked and they were going to make it fresh with the exception of the already delivered chicken? Or if it just didn't make sense. We did say that we'd like to eat together and not have 15 minutes between one main being delivered and then the other two and the server offered to take the food back and sit it under a hot plate until the other dishes were ready. We said that we didn't really fancy leaving food under a hot plate for 15 minutes. We were told that was really the only option. We paid for the starters (that weren't great) and left. They left the service charge on the bill.
  18. Y

    Yashna11

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Wasn’t too bad. I asked if something special could be done for my boyfriends birthday and nothing was done at all. Just average.
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    zahrayh

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we loved every single dish! i recommend the avocado salad, fried squid, and the veggie rice!! everything was so delicious!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff very kind!
  21. G

    Georgie

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Came here for a pre theatre dinner. Just as good as I recall pre covid when this was a regular haunt for us.
  22. NW

    NinaW

    Devon

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere as always! Service was a little slow but restaurant was busy so understandable
  23. L

    Leena

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Void. Crammed seating next to other tables and people, Service was slow even though the restaurant was not busy! The waitress forgot to put our order through, we then had to wait. And then we ordered more and this seemed to also be forgotten and we had to ask for.. overall disappointing!
  24. TT

    ThiT

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We came here today to celebrate my daughter's 13th birthday. The food was awful. This place does not cater for children due to the amount of added salt. Nearly all chosen dishes tasted like sea salt. There was no waitress or waiter to check on us to ask whether everything was okay. (This is a standard procedure for every restaurant to check if your customer is happy with their meal). I had requested for a Happy birthday wording on the dessert, however the dessert I asked for wasn't available. The waitress said they had a chocolate fondant with matcha ice cream. The kitchen staff couldn't do the wording as there was no one available to do this, but can put a candle in the dessert instead. 30 minutes later... the dessert came out with a lit candle and no effort to sing happy birthday to my daughter. The chocolate fondant tasted like salt, when i complained to another waitress, i was told it was a salted caramel fondant. The waitress did not say it was a salted caramel fondant when I ordered it. When I paid for the bill and about to leave. There was no thank you for our custom from any of the staff. Its very expensive, food is crap, service is crap. All in all I will not be returning and I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  25. n

    neilm

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    always good food here, the service was fab on this occasion too. We had the £45 a head bottomless brunch, pre theatre on a Sunday. The food was tasty and plentiful , the prosecco and wine was also plentiful and a special shout out to the red wine on offer it was wonderful. We shall return, I recommend the bottomless brunch but the rest of the menu is also great
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good place. Wish the pork was more crispy. Otherwise good.
  27. RM

    RanMy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Although the food was lovely, the seating arrangements were really bizarre and awkward. My party of three was sat right next to another set of guests and it made conversation really difficult and uncomfortable.
  28. HH

    HampshireHeidi

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good quality food on the 2/3 course £24/£29 menu. Thought drinks were a bit over priced but some unique cocktails available. Staff were polite and quite helpful but lacked some basics such as not clearing away your plates if you were still eating. And handling the glass of you drinks by the tops. Music was a bit loud, but this might have been more noticeable because the restaurant was quite empty. Our food was served quickly which was impressive. Overall, mostly happy with this place and the food.
  29. H

    Heidi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, attentive waiters, great atmosphere
  30. L

    Loop

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quick food times. Delicious food. Good friendly vibes.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, can’t wait to go back and try everything else!
  32. PH

    PaulH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, slightly noise but a really creative menu and would definitely go back
  33. TP

    ToneP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Bad service, overpriced food, noisy. We were a group of four. One got main course before we got drinks. The rest got food long after. Bad value, and experience.
  34. MM

    MarinaM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good for parties, especially for young people. A bit noisy.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My cousins came from abroad and they absolutely loved it, everything was excellent!!
  36. S

    Saraha

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The venue was lovely, cool casual, and chic. The waiting staff was brilliant and super helpful and the service was second to none. I wouldn't say the food was authentically Japanese, but they don't claim to be. I enjoyed the food, the variety was good, we ordered 5 small plates and 3 large plates between 4 of us, and was plenty of food. Overall it was a good experience and i would definitely go back with friends.
  37. PH

    PatriciaH

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch before the Theatre - my daughter has been here many times and recommended - and it was great. Steamy hot outside and since it is downstairs the atmosphere was col and very soothing - decor lovely. Food was better than I expected, service was exceptional with a lovely girl who was not only efficient but very nice - empty dishes were cleared quickly. For Japanese food compared to many in London it was great value. Will certainly visit and again and highly recommend.
  38. CR

    CoralieR

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Poor service, deleting very pressured to order quick
  39. SB

    SimranB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heaven! Never fail to impress. The staff were friendly and helpful, always checking up to make sure everything is good. 10/10 rating to the chefs, food was just scrumptious. Will be coming back in the future.
  40. AM

    AndyM

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    good food, good service, nice calm setting and good value

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Flesh & Buns Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 3315 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Flesh & Buns Covent Garden

41 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX

Additional information

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 12:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    The nearest car park is the NCP on Parker Mews, which is approximately 5-6 minutes' walk from the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern lines) or Holborn (Piccadilly & Central lines)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Joe McCafferty

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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