Cafe Monico

4.2
1119 reviews
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Inspired by the original Cafe Monico, established nearby in 1877, we offer shellfish, pastas, salumi, 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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MA
London
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Attractive french brasserie style restaurant in the heart of the west end. The smart central bar, high ceiling and balcony seating make the place quite impressive. Food was good and service attentive.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very amiable service, with straight forward and honest team, lovely ambiance, everyone was lovely and the food was great! The only thing is I asked for a medium rare and the sirloin was over cooked but still delicious. I didn’t mind so much because of excellent staff

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MG
London
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the sea bass and it was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever tasted. I highly recommend sitting upstairs, beautiful views of the decor. Wonderful service too, thank you.

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SR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I am a frequent and usually happy visitor to this restaurant; but my last visit was poor. Poor response to bringing drinks ( 4 requests for one beer), main courses that took an age to arrive, only to arrive cold, thus necessitating being send back to the kitchen, only to be returned reheated and dried out. Staff were helpful and sincere in trying to assist but an evening having a long overdue catch up with friends was instead spent watching for our meals and drinks to arrive. And to be clear, the restaurant was not busy. As an aside I don't think that the new menu has the breadth and interest of the old one. The new chicken dish in no way equates to the former Chicken Cacciatore, and the previous Pork Chop was a feast! No Paris Brest on the desert menu, and i don't like the bread that's now served. I will return - but things need to shape up!

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect location for theatres. Great ambience and good menu choices.

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MS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great fast service as we were heading for the Theatre. ideal location in Shaftesbury Avenue

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recently had a business lunch here and it was perfect. Quiet area seating, quality service, great food. The decor is beautiful and it has a great vibe.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

One of the people I was with had the Sirlon steak which was full grise. When she compliant to waiter he said that what that cut like. We didn't take the compliant further as we had to leave for theatre. But half the steak was inedible. Left bad impression with my friend who doesn't leave in London of London restaurants. I had a small steak and prawn cocktail which was fine.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant next to Queens Theatre. What a gem cannot fault anything food , staff , service all superb will definitely go here again.

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PH
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time we ve visited Cafe Monico and will difinitely return! Wonderful lunch before the theatre.
Service was friendly and excellent. Beautiful food. Favourite hand cream in toilet too! A totally Lovely experience.
Pat

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliably very good. Suitable for both business and friends.

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location for pre-theatre, and excellent quality of food, friendly service.

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JM
Yorkshire
20 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Cafe Monico because it was next to the theatre where we had tickets and looked like it had a decent menu. We were shown to a nice table upstairs where it was a bit quieter than downstairs and we could look down at the bar and goings on. We had a decent cocktail - not the best we've had as the flavours didn't really stand out much, but very good. The food was bistro French - a good sirloin steak that had a good grilled taste with very good crispy thin frites and a crab pasta that had loads of crab and was very flavourful. The prices are very fair, especially for the theatre district where you can get some pretty bad food at high prices. We would definitely return to Cafe Monico if we are in the area again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

It was as if the normal staff had all taken a holiday and left a C team in place. No house whiskey, Bloody Mary was made wrong and when questioned somehow we were wrong. Asked for a Manhattan and they did not know how to make, asked what the house Whiskey was and was told Johnny Walker black label by one staff member then Woodford by another. Oh and us if we did not know what we were talking about. 3 men in the 40’s and 50’s in SoHo for lunch being told by 20 year old’s I don’t think so.

Took several requests to even get ice. The food was cold, over salted, onion soup tasted 5 days old. Bread too 25 mins and was focaccia in a French restaurant, sausage and mash was awful and covered in dried packet onions which ruined any flavour, gravy was cold and even after asking for hot gravy same again.

Espresso’s came cold, and decided against deserts.

80GBP a head for Lunch after they gave us discount.

SOHO house group you need to reset this place. Great music, location and ambience but you need to tell your staff big everyone that comes in are tourists some of us live inCentral London and know what that area is to Londoners.

Carry on like that and you will be basing your business on a one visit per guest, pre theatre guest profile rather than also regular loyal guests. No restaurant survives that.

Will be back next month as the usual manger was in as we left. Let’s see if this was just a one off bad shift.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very good venue for a pre theatre lunch or dinner - an oasis of calm in an otherwise tourist rip off area. The food is "correct" as they say in France - nothing amazing but good. But the ambience and service were outstanding. They could improve the menu by offering more vegetarian and some vegan options.

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Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The service attention to detail and friendliness of the team has mean that this restaurant has lost its flair - this isn’t what it used to be.

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Good location post theatre open late. That is about the best that can be said.

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DE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Arrived earlier than booked, but this was not an issue and we were seated in a window seat upstairs so we had a great view of the street, so perfect for people watching. Starters came very quickly but then as the restaurant got busier the service levels dropped a bit. We were left waiting for a coffee/dessert menu, not a major issue but then waited a further 20 minutes for 2 coffees, that when arrived were luke warm. We were seeing a show so asked for the bill at the same time, which again failed to materialise, so had to chase.

It's a shame because overall the food was nice, just a little let down by the service once the restaurant got busy - no one ever checked that everything was ok.

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F
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service, will definitely be back

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner. Great value in a stylish, very convenient location

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DB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service for pre theatre speedy food!

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hugely reliable pre-theatre meal. Food beautifully prepped as always. So nice to find somewhere individual.

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CC
London
33 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Decent food and really good service in a quirky setting dressed up as a 1920s bistro. Good fun.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good value whether you eat from the prixe fixe menu or not.
Service was a little patchy. Charming but a long wait for mains then arrived without one main course. A polite reminder to the maitre de just got a terse, "Yes it's coming."
The long wait meant we had no time for dessert and we discovered we had half a bottle of wine still in our cooler but out of reach!
They had stopped topping us up so we thought it was finished. There were five of us and they really seemed to struggle with this number.
Couldn't wait around to raise this as we had theatre tickets.

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M
London
104 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Everyday dining or special occasions. Business, dates or families. Food great, wine good, location amazing.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was empty and waiters were standing idle. But. Part of the order was forgotten. The carafe of wine was taken away and forgetten. An offer to refund part of its value was handled with such ill grace we refused and left.

Sad - I have had good experiences here at lunchtime and as someone else’s guest.

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LP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Arrived for brunch in near empty restaurant. Fruit salad too cold and tasted of onion. Sent back. No apology / follow up conversation. Breakfast egg dishes neither hot nor warm plus served on cold plates. Service elusive. Used to be a great place but significantly deteriorated. Will not return but try new, better places.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb!! Ambience, food and service!!! My favorite place!

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has a lovely ambience and l like that it has a bar on the ground floor and then the restaurant on the first floor. It also has tables all round the edges with a gallery effect, which creates a feeling of space.

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UA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Even with a reservation, sat at a table on the aisle in the back. Saw/ heard others without reservations be seated upstairs, at nicer tables. Our waiter was great, but would not go back or suggest to anyone looking for a nice meal. It’s a pub that smells better.

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B
London
25 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting and good atmosphere, but service was super slow. Even though it was a busy night in December they were understaffed and when it got quieter and more manageable we were still forgotten about. Not ok.

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great. lovely attentive staff. a real treat of a place

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere,staff were friendly,the girl who served us was excellent.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

From the moment we stepped in to the restaurant it was disappointing. It didn’t smell clean. The food was very mediocre. There are far better places to go.

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D
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Restaurant is pretty and the food is alright, overall service is quite poor, although the food is good and filling so i’ll still recommend it’s worth the trip for a nice restaurant with good portions and nice food. Though if your working on a schedule like pre theatre or something give extra time before dinning as service is a bit slow

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely and friendly staff. Can’t do enough for you. Shame they ran out of some options but so apologetic. Took quite a long time for the mains to be served but it was a busy time.

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b
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Distinctly average
Booked for pe-theatre. Received a fierce voicemail day before saying table must be returned in 2 hours.
Arrived in near empty restaurant and hostess seated me in squashed up table on corner to be bumped regularly by waiting staff.
Waited over 20mins before waiter offered me a drink.
I ordered pasta and meatballs. Sauce was sparse and insufficient to enjoy the pasta. Meatballs were dense and tasteless.
Underwhelming service, underwhelming food. Did not represent value for money.

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GL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bar staff were well trained and the cocktails were excellent. At lunch both bottles of wine we wanted were sold out, and the wine list is not extensive. We ordered the Sunday roast and were then informed that part of the dish was not available as it had sold out, it was 15:00 and the restaurant was quiet. Apart from that the meal was good.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and lovely staff. Food was fab, I’ll be back!

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GE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

food was cold.
No peppercorn sauce or told when ordering
replacement sauce arrived only after the meal was finished
cheese board came with 3 crackers
overall...great atmosphere. overpriced bland food.

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