28-50 Covent Garden

4.4
640 reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

In the heart of Theatreland, 28-50 Covent Garden is the face of the St Martin's Courtyard dining quarter. Hand-picked wine lists curated by passionate in-house sommeliers, this big-sister of the famous Marylebone brasserie features a plethora of accessible and high-end wines by the glass - some exclusive in the UK (such as the Chateau de Candie from the restaurant's own vineyard in the Alps). Menu is from Julien Baris, doing what he does best – simple, seasonal modern European cuisine, cooked from scratch on the premises, and of course, steaks, big and juicy, and lots of seafood. Design by Richard Green fuses 28-50's acclaimed no-nonsense wine-workshop style with more than a nod to all-things bling, featuring bubblegum pink and sky-blue velvet armchairs at every table. 3 dining rooms, a connoisseurs wine-bar, an extravagant champagne bar and a killer soundtrack make 28-50 Covent Garden is a must for pre/post theatre or a night of relaxed fun with good food and wine.

Experiences

  • Christmas Day Menu

    £74.95 per person

    Oct 21 - Dec 25, 2021

    Glass of Champagne & Amuse Bouche of Truffle arancini & truffle mayonnaise. A choice of Starters - Gravlax (Pickled cucumber, dill & mustard yoghurt) / Roasted Cep Velouté (V) (Wild mushrooms & herbs Chantilly) / Roasted Beetroot (Vg) (Coconut yoghurt, dukkah & amaranth). Choice of Mains - Roast Turkey Breast (Stuffing, roasted potatoes, heritage carrots & sage jus) / Lamb (Butternut squash, king oyster mushroom, confit garlic & thyme jus) / Hake (Leek fondue, shellfish & saffron cream) / Wild Mushroom Risotto (V) (Chestnut, leek & crispy shallot). And for Dessert, a choice of - Christmas Pudding (Brandy custard) / Chocolate Mousse (Clementine & chocolate crumb) / Lemon Posset (Blood orange & sable biscuit)

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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 640 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the first time and this was very good again. Great food and all the staff worked really hard and maintained a good atmosphere despite being v busy. Have to mention no paper in Ladies loo. Seems tough on staff to have to cover this as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Excellent service initially but obviously struggling a bit with staff. Otherwise very good.

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded 10 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you for sharing your review and really glad you rate us very good. As I have said in previous reviews, every restaurant in London is battling with a huge shortage of staff, making the run up to Christmas (which is always very busy) particularly difficult. We hope you decide to try us again soon. Kind regards, Ginny

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MartyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was very slow - they were clearly understaffed (we got there before it started getting busy). Food took ages. The cold starter was too cold and the mushroom risotto tasted bland - both were far too expensive for what they were.

There was a cold draft every time the front door opened and we sat at the back.

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AnjanaE
London
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server met us with a great smile, and was attentive throughout our evening meal. Great choice of wines. Could have slightly bigger portions for the sharing platters.

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded 10 hours ago

Dear Anjana, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Delighted you really enjoyed the service and our extensive wine list. We are great for a casual drink out with friends, but offer some very high-end bottles of wine too! We hope to see you back soon. Kind regards, Ginny

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Sand
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiters were really welcoming and helpful with any request. We had a seafood platter as main and the quality and portions were good. The sitting was comfortable and airy with a nice view on the outside (we sat at a standard table). The noise allowed for conversation so just perfect. A bit on the higher end for price but still reasonable and worthy. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience, the service and food were great and the ambience so beautiful! Highly recommend!

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for your lovely comments. Delighted you enjoyed the service and food, and we must agree the restaurant design is beautiful! See you back with us soon. Kind regards, Ginny

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GabrielaZ
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and so was the food. We would definitely come back. All the team members were amazing despite clearly being very busy. They were attentive and explained the menu and made great suggestions.
There were some minor things that could be improved i.e. cleanliness of the furniture, salt shaker was broken, bathrooms could do with an update and a clean. There was no soap.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Always a pleasure with attentive and friendly staff. 11/10

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TatianaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch with friends. The only thing which bothered a bit was the draft coming from the entrance door when people were coming and going. Maybe some curtain or partition would be practical, as it was quite cold and our table was not the first to that door. Other than that, everything was great - food, attention from the stuff, ambience.

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Wardo
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great welcome at a busy time (pre theatre) and good service

PB
PaulineB
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food and lovely ambience. Good for groups as well as couples

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BenW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Simple food done very well. Recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely setting. Nice wine. Food was fairly good. Was disappointing none of the staff wore face masks given new announcements only days ago.

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EvaB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and competent staff, a really enjoyable atmosphere.

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Nikita
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I came to the restaurant and was given a table right next to the door where the cold air came in so had to ask for another table. The next table they gave me was not set with any cutlery and nobody came to our table to set it. After 15 minutes a staff member came over after I called them twice for a menu. In the end we left as the service was so poor. I saw another group of people who arrived after us and they got the menu straight away. They didn't even notice we left. I would never recomend this restaurant to anyone. If you want lousy service you will get it here.

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Heather
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant quiet when we arrived for pre-theatre meal but livened up quickly. Food good. Chairs not the most comfortable! Would eat there again - very convenient for covent garden.

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Busylizzy
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely setting and friendly, attentive staff. Really buzzing on Saturday evening. Food was creative and delicious. Maybe turn the heating up a bit!

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Connor82021
Angus
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived to a very loud patronising and condescending host. We booked outside and was prepared to do so but possibly made a silly assumption that if outside seating was available to be booked then it would be suitable to eat and drink in. For example it would have heating and shelter. It didn’t. I was laughed at when asking if it had heaters etc and then told “you are the only people brave enough to face it out there and there is absolutely no room inside”. They said they would give us blankets then never gave us any.

Server gave us no drinks menus and then was annoyed when we weren’t ready to order drinks.

Was looked at like we were a burden and that we didn’t have the budget to afford to be there.

Overpriced menu and poor service. Left before ordering.

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ksm100
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Style over substance - food was pretty disappointing (and lukewarm) and poor value for money. Wouldn't return.

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vipAnnaO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The seafood platter was disappointing. The mussels and the clams were dry and not very fresh. Good service though

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service

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MelanieD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service, very accommodation servers, good cocktails and an overall great way to kick the Christmas season x

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Talkbackwards
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent pre theatre lunch from the set menu. Sonia, our waitress, managed the timings brilliantly - always showing concern to ensure that we would be out on time for the theatre despite her having a really difficult situation with a low staffing level. the food was delicious and well presented. We will definitely go back for more.

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RobertD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked again with 28-50 because of my great previous experience and I am so great I've decided to do that. The quality of food was again on top level, service was attentive,but not disturbing, which you can rarely find. I had the Buratta as a starter and the lamb shoulder as my main, which could have not been tastier!! Had such a great evening and I'm looking forward to come back once I return to London!

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SamanthaG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food, champagne and atmosphere! Thank you to our waiter Tom for the outstanding service! Can’t wait to book again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience!
From the moment I have entered the restaurant, I was greeted with such a warm welcome by the receptionist. Food is tasty with plenty of choice and with the menu constantly changing, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is delightful. Lights down low, fresh flowers on the table, a candle to spark up the evening and great music selection. Will definitely recommend!

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MarySmith
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good price for the location, good selection of wine by the glass, but what really stands up here is the service. They honestly make you feel like you are part of the family :) will be recommending this place to friends and family

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Londener
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Delivous starters, but very disappointing main courses - especially the Hake which was awful. But I was so hungry I ate it so I guess it can't have been that bad!

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded on 25 November 2021

Hi there, I am sorry the hake wasn't to your taste - we will look to see if anything should be changed and will deal with this as necessary. I do hope the delivous starters were delicious though! Kind regards, Ginny

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SamanthaD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointing menus selection very limited and average for cost

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded on 25 November 2021

Dear Samantha, Your review is very disappointing for us. We intentionally keep our menu small, as a wine bar, the idea is that the food compliments the wine. Sorry this wasn't for you. We hope to see you back with us, but I understand if you won't be returning. Kind regards, Ginny

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Jodie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty food, excellent service. Overall lovely meal would 100% go again

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MariaC
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The quality of the food was not up to standard. Steaks were not cooked as per our requests, in fact they were both overcooked. The restaurant mitigated this by only charging for one of them (they offered to replace, but we couldn't wait).

The ambience is nice and the waiting staff really efficient and friendly. We were offered drinks, as this was a birthday reservation, which was generous and a nice surprise.

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded on 23 November 2021

Dear Maria, I am really happy to hear you loved the atmosphere and in particular the service received by the staff. We think they are fabulous too! Sorry to hear about the steaks - you dined on a Saturday night and I expect the kitchen must have been very busy. This is not an excuse, but an explanation and I am very happy the team only charged for one steak. We do hope to see you back soon Maria. Kind regards, Ginny

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Vikx
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t fault this place. It was our first time visiting and i will certainly visit again. We was greeting at the door by a lovely lady who was so friendly and enthusiastic. We had a lovely waiter who was very attentive. Our meal was fab and we wasn’t left waiting long considering it was very busy. The toilets were very clean and tidy. Thank you all we had a lovely evening.

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Deep
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice restaurant for British food, if a little pricey. Service was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left this place very impressed - the food, staff and atmosphere were great

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vipMark
London
160 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were delayed but they accommodated our lateness. We only had an hour before we had to travel and had the shared seafood platter which dramatically comes on a big stand. Good food and wine, expensive though.

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Siva
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice restaurant and good food. Could have more variety. The best of the evening was the waiter Tom. He was brilliant with his service, character and willingness to help. I would go there again

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded on 23 November 2021

Hi Siva, Thank you for your review. Tom is fabulous, that, I think, staff and clients alike would all agree with! I have passed your comments on to him, thank you for sharing them. Kind regards, Ginny

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Davidhowarth
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering the restaurant we felt comfortable. Our table was immediately early even though we were early. Wine selection was exceptional and the sommelier very knowledgeable. Food was terrific and not overly expensive for central London. Great service. Highly recommend

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MarkP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Took my wife and some friends here last night for a very important celebration post cancer. Was hoping for something really special and it was just OK. Service was very friendly but inept. Had to ask for things 2-3 times, food order taken twice because it was forgotten. As a vegetarian, there was limited options (which I was aware of) but I went with the cauliflower dish which for the price was pretty insulting. It was a side dish at best. I thought it would be a delicious roasted cauliflower but it was just a boiled piece the size of a satsuma with a bit of sauce. I was hungry after the meal. A coffee would have been nice at the end but the machine was broken. How about some mint tea? No, we can't do hot drinks. To add insult, when I got the bill which was north £400, they had charged us for a side condiment of mustard. Really? I have never, even in the most high end restaurants down, been charged for mustard. When I asked why we had been charged for mustard and not the ketchup, the answer was that the mustard had to be brought from the kitchen and the ketchup was in the restaurant. So whilst we had a good time, that was down to the company and we may as well have been at a Garfunkels. Sorry. Won't be recommending to anyone.

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vipPeterM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marching at the Cenotaph. Everything was great except for the excessive noise and I think there was a shortage of staff, but still very nice.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant was welcoming inside and the food was tasty but we only managed 1 course during our 2 hour visit as the service was very slow. We were told we had to finish by 7.30pm and there was only just time for coffee. We only paid the service charge because the waiter gave us coffee on the house due to the low service. it was a shame as we would have liked more courses.

28-50 Covent Garden
Responded on 16 November 2021

Dear Karen, I'm really happy you liked the atmosphere and food at the restaurant. We were very busy on Saturday evening, and possibly should have limited more the number of reservations taken. We are really sorry you were only able to have one course. We would really like to welcome you back with us - please get in touch with me (Ginny) should you wish to book again and I'll make sure you are really looked after. Kind regards, Ginny

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28-50 Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 640 OpenTable diners.

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