Cafe Monico

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£25 and under
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Inspired by the original Cafe Monico, established nearby in 1877, we offer pastas, grilled meats and fish in a traditional brasserie setting. Our drinks menu features classic cocktails, traditional aperitifs and a large selection of vermouth's.

We're perfectly nestled in between two theatres on Shaftsbury Avenue, perfect for a pre or post theatre meal.

We cater for dietary requirements and food intolerances, including vegan.

Please see our menu for this season's selection including:

pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 1130am until 6.30pm)





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1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 1:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 1:00PM - 5:30PM 7:30PM - 11:30PM
Sat 1:00PM - 3:00PM 7:30PM - 11:30PM

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HL
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buen equilibrio entre localización, diseño y ambiente, calidad de la comida y precio, servicio e higiene. Recomendable.

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CB
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was cold. Steak was very chewy and didn't manage to eat it.
The service was also terrible, took so long to serve us - didn't refill the wine or water, despite us asking multiple times. The poor waiter actually offered to pay our bill because he knew it has been bad (we obviously didn't let him do that!)

NB
London
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second consecutive night visiting Cafe Monico fur pre-theatre dinner. Food just as good as previous night, service & ambience ‘stretched’ by private Xmas function upstairs but still a great restaurant. This is now going to be our regular ore-theatre dinner venue!

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great lunch venue - lovely food, lovely service. Nice bustle, but quiet enough to talk.

IA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great value pre theatre menu, will be my go to. Classic brasserie food, nice staff.

SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waiter upstairs was fantastic, great place been several times before , we had the fixed lunch which was ok, my friend had the steak which he said was great but the fish I had was a bit measly unfortunately, no fish and all batter, come on cafe Monico you can do better than that!!

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

From the warm welcome you receive when you first walk in to the final steps you take when you leave the hospitality here is first class. From the jazz music playing in the background to the table service I just can't recommend Cafe Monico enough to anyone visiting London. The quality and value of the food is exceptional. The drinks are all very inexpensive for the standard and quality you receive. Third time we have visited and won't be the last.

CJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

go for fix price pre theatre menu better value and good choice

LA
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere, excellent service. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and intimate!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The team was welcoming and friendly. We eve got some welcome champagne.

KT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I went here with a friend for dinner, the girl on the front desk was very vacant she could barely say hello. We stood there waiting and she asked her colleague to look after us. They went to see if our table was ready and then two mins later the girl said hello to us as if we had just arrived it was very odd. The wait for anything took so long! Our drinks arrived after we had finished our starter and our pudding took over 45 minutes to arrive and we had to ask two different waiters where it was. My friend ordered 3 truffles on a plate and mine was a tiny cheesecake. There seemed to be a lot of customers complaining. It’s a shame as the venue is great and the food is too, but it was such sloppy service I just couldn’t cope going again.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the upstairs tables overlooking the bar below. Beef bourguinon was incredibly tender, just fell apart.

J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Probably the smallest portion of fish and chips I’ve ever had. The restaurant was busy, very hot and we had to shout to be heard. Avoid the theatre specials as they are very poor value.

L
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service, whats not to like. Right in the middle of Piccadilly so close to all the theatres.

N
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went for a pre-theatre dinner
Portion size on Pre-Fixe menu seemed smaller than a la carte
Background music so loud that had to ask for it to be turned done so we could actually speak with each other
Was given table at the back of restaurant on ground floor which seemed pleasant at first but part way through meal realised it had a prime view of the disabled toilet when one of the employees went it to use the sink but did not shut the door !

WR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great pre show venue. Good food and good value. Attentive friendly staff.

CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very enjoyable pre-theatre dinner. The food was good value and very tasty.
Good ambiance and our table upstairs had great views over Shaftesbury Avenue.
Prix fixé menu was exceptional value.
Great friendly and efficient service.
Would recommend to anyone looking for a pre-theatre meal, as it is accessible to many theatres in the area.

Comfortable atmosphere, and would return again.

ID
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very convenient for Shaftesbury Avenue theatres. Good atmosphere, although lighting a bit dim for reading very small print menu. Could do with a bit more variety of vegetarian
/vegan dishes.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service - we were given dirty plates, not enough forks (and they took long to arrive), and then it took 30mins after we finished for the plates to be cleared. Won’t come again.

CH
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was a real let down, the evening was saved by our delightful waiter.
An antipasto of croquettes was well executed - but the skill seemed to end there. The plate of prosciutto was a heaped mess, and weirdly salty. More frenzied salt was unleashed on the calamari. And I usually add salt. Not tonight.
Mains were left unfinished- the absolute crime was the squishy, tepid french fries. At a bistro, this should be something that is churned out excellently without even thinking.
It’s a buzzy place, must have been the hen party whose main attention was not the food. Sadly our food could not escape our attention, much as we tried to ignore it.

OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I would recommend if a meal was required close to West End theatres,and prices reasonable for such a location
Shame about static trailer outside window,where we were seated

LB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location for the Gielgud Theatre. Friendly and efficient staff. Food was lovely and not too expensive considering where we were. Would go again

CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great staff, background music very pleasant and the food and wine perfect would definitely go again

M
London
41 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Monico is a relaxed cosy bistro, the food was delicious and very good value on the prix fixe menu. Our waiter was charming and efficient. I would recommend.

CA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get there well in time for pre-show dinner as it gets really busy and can be a bit slow. Otherwise a fabulous meal and will go again.

s
Surrey
46 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We took the set meal as a pre-theatre meal, and this was good value for money. However, the peas served with the fish and chips were cold - I mean actually fridge cold, not just 'cooled down a bit'. In fairness, they offered us a free dessert or coffee, which was very fair. So we can't complain, but can't give 5 stars either. Service was very good, and we didn't wait very long for any course. Choice was reasonable with meat fish or veggie mains. Burrata was delicious though personally I didn't think the tapenade with it made for a good combination - too acidic. Think the chef needs to think this one through. Desserts were lovely, though.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was a bit off-hand, the service was OK but the food not value for money. Sorry. Also the waitress hung my coat up so badly it fell to the floor of the cupboard and when I put it on it didn’t smell very nice - and it was a new coat!

HP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The size portions we were served, fish and chips were very small. We have dined at Cafe Monaco a few times are we were very disappointed with the main meal portion. The pea purée was a dessert spoon and they were cold. Previously they had been served in a small pot, but on requested they were heated

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We came for the ambience and the food. The ambience is really pretty and nice for a romantic dinner with your partner or a place to catch up with friends.
The service is really good and the waiting time for food and drinks were fine for a wednesday night.
We had parsnip soup, burrata for starters which were really tasty.
For mains we had the beef bourguignon which was fantastic! The meat was soft and tender, everything was perfect. The Chicken poulet however was average and slightly dry, although my husband said he dont see how it could have been better.
We had the upside down pineapple cake with ginger sorbet for dessert. Do not order this cake. It is the driest cake I've ever eaten and it costs £7. Anything from the supermarket is better than this.

Overall, it was great.

p
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great atmosphere fab service had a really nice evening

AP
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our previous visits had been good but this one very different. They seemed really understaffed and service was very slow. We were there pre theatre so time limited and it took 30 mins for starters of pate to arrive. Then our steaks came and one was stone cold. The waiters had all disappeared so I had to walk round the restaurant to find someone to complain to. Overall really poor

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food could have been more generous ans desserts were awful. Resturant atmosphere was good though and price was reasonable for location.

VM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was awful, our table was at 12.45 and we didn't leave until 15.30 as there was only one waiter for the whole upstairs floor and it was near impossible to get served. Food was all lukewarm. Would not return.

ET
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Lunch booked at 12.30pm for four. We had a drink in the bar, and was seated at 1pm. No-one came to take our order for food or drinks until 2pm. We had to ask someone to take our order. When I asked quite innocently if they were short staffed, the server snapped very defensively, 'I've already said I'm sorry'.
I had Prix Fixe. Chicken liver pate (nice), fish and chips (floury batter with very little fish in it) and a coffee. The servers kept dropping cutlery & smashing plates. Beautiful restaurant but someone needs to take the food and service in hand.

JB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Nice restaurant and decent food for the money in London, BUT the restaurant needs more staff. There were very few staff working and as a result, the service was VERY slow. We allowed 2 hours for our pre-theatre lunch and we had to rush the waiter at the end to get finished. Missed opportunity by the owners.

LO
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive but not overpowering service, delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and great value - I’d happily eat here again.

LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately something seems to have changed. Admittedly not been for a while but service incompetent and very slow (20 minute wait for a glass of wine in an unbusy restaurant and 30 minutes for a small appetiser dish is really not acceptable). On saying that, the situation was dealt with efficiently by the manager but we would definitely think twice before going again. There’s plenty of choice in the area, no need to go somewhere where service seems to be lost

j
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

6.30pm dining. Took 25mins to ask if we wanted a drink and only after my wife went a got a waiter. I won't go into too much detail but basically service was appalling but the food was decent once it arrived.

I would go back for the food and the atmosphere, but with the excuse of the waiter being "well it is busy between 6.30pm and 7.30pm every day" i'm not sure i'd go back for the service.