Opera Tavern

4.2
168 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Tapas
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
Opera Tavern is a beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant in the heart of central London’s theatre land. Located on Catherine Street we are opposite the Drury Lane Theatre, seconds from the Opera House, a stone’s throw from The Strand and a lovely walk across Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank.



A beautiful former pub, the exposed brickwork, bold artwork and flattering low lighting help our two-story restaurant create the perfect atmosphere for a pre-theatre meal or drink. The ground floor houses a long bar with the open grill at one end, and a few tables placed beside the theatre box windows, where guests can watch the world go by.



We specialise in Italian and Spanish influenced tapas and have a charcoal grill on the ground floor where we cook up all manner of stunning small plates.
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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely perfect for pre theatre. Staff friendly. Food delicious. Would definitely recommend to others as week as come back!

HJ
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time there and had a great experience. The acoustics in the top meant that a big group became very loud and that can make it difficult to hear. Apart from that Herat Might be worth telling diners that although the menu looks like sharing ‘starters’ etc everything does come at once so staggering the food order would be great.
Definitely will come again.

B
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a difficult review to write....The food was outstanding; the service was wonderful -- very polite and accommodating, at a time when the restaurant was close to closing. BUT -- I had to use the bathroom first thing when I entered the restaurant, before knowing anything about the food or the great service. The bathroom was HORRIBLE -- a total mess. So bad, that the toilet seat had been removed (or fallen off) of the commode base, which left me with a choice of replacing it and sitting down very carefully or else sitting directly on the porcelain base (not terribly clean itself). And all this prior to eating at the establishment. Left me with a terrible impression of an otherwise great location.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tapas at a convenient Covent Garden location. Good food and friendly service - what's not to like?

Opera Tavern
Responded on 19 June 2019

Thank you Bart for your comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. Good service & good food

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the tapas couldn't believe they had burger on the menu!

Y
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and great value. Their salads are the best. Great before or after theatre.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's nice that you can reserve a table, the atmosphere is nice and location is convenient. The food is decent but doesn't seem to be as good as the sister restaurant Ember Yard. But overall still a good tapas restaurant.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extremely enjoyable experience on all counts. Delicious food and very friendly staff. Will be making a return visit.

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

It was so noisy we could hardly hear each other, bad acoustics. Love these restaurants but sister restaurant Ember Yard is much better if you plan on having a good conversation.

CH
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, cocktails and wine - well worth a visit!

BW
London
24 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate at the Opera Tavern before going to the ballet at RoH. Ideally suited for pre-theatre dining - and well geared up for it. Service quick, informative and friendly. Food good. A little on the pricey side for what it was, but would certainly go again. and recommend to friends.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service

SC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing quality of fòod, tortilla overcooked, courgette flower had a very overpowering blue cheese,hadn't visited for a while and wouldnt return. Not a great wine list for a Spanish restaurant. Waitress was charming.

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our third time at Opera Tavern and second under now management. Everything was great, the food was tasty and service was great. Look forward to coming here again.

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is excellent. Our waitress recommended what tapas dishes to have and they were an excellent selection. Perfect meal just before going to the Theatre, we will be back.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-show dinner. Tapas were wonderful. The service was quick and pleasant.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 8 April 2019

Thank you Barbara and we shall see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Full
Bodied wines all a bit on the pricey side.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 8 April 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to welcoming you in the future. With kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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E
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good for a pre-theatre meal. Delicious food well presented

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Emily for your feedback, we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tapas and drinks, friendly and attentive service! Right down the street from the play we saw in Covent Garden.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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RT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family meal before the theatre. We had a fantastic time, delicious food, excellent service and a great atmosphere. We will definitely recommend and return.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Rebecca, We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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JO
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience before we went to watch Tina. I am also vegetarian and found there were several excellent dishes to choose from- my favourite was the courgette flower but the other dishes were also absolutely delicious. My daughter particularly raved about the prawns.
Our waitress was very attentive and worked very hard serving the various tables. I will definitely be back - bringing my husband this time

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Joy for your lovely comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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YD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it - and would definitely go again when next in London. Friendly, attentive, warm staff, perfect timing on the service - which matters when you are going to the theatre! , and delicious, beautifully presented food. Just lovely. Thank you.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Thank you Yvonne for your feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Agnes

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V
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Superior Spanish food, very tasty and well presented. Good location, but restaurant now faded and untidy seeming, could do with an upgrade. Service also rather slow considering it was a quieter time during theatre hours.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Dear Victoria, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the service and the restaurant itself haven't met your full expectations. Please contact us on 0207 836 3680 as we would like to hear more details about this visit. Best, Nicola

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, quick service before a theatre. Delicious food. No noisy music on speakers thank goodness, so one can hear those at the same table! Highly recommend this eatery.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Thank you John for your great feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time and the food was excellent as well as the service.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Aisha, We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Too noisy. We were sat next to an extremely noisy party of 8 people. Our servers couldnt hear us, We couldnt hear our servers and we couldnt even have a conversation amongst ourselves at the table. A table next to us asked to be relocated due to the noisy party of 8 people. The food was good but unfortunately we couldnt enjoy it. Its normal for a tapas places to be loud but this was ridiculous.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear Johanna, We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your evening due to too much noise. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680 as we would like to rectify this disappointing experience. Best, Nicola

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tapas and fast service. Ideal for a tasty dinner before the opera or a show.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Matt, We hope to see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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SB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

V tasty food and good service but portions (meant for sharing) are tiny and expensive. One prawn,(admittedly large) between 3 of us was v tasty but @ £10 was quite a lot to pay for a mouthful each!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Susie for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and service. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

My partner and I took my Mum here for her birthday before going to see Tina the Musical. Nice enough place but service and food disappointing. Dishes seemed to come out slowly and sporadically, without any thought - we had finished eating our fish dishes before the potatoes and omelettes arrived. Food nicely presented and cooked ok but seemed overpriced. Drinks overpriced - a pint of their beer would cost £8.50 which is a bit of a joke really. Service was lax. Wouldn't recommend and definitely wouldn't go back.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear McGoo, We are very sorry to hear that you have not enjoyed your dinner with us. We would like to hear more details about this visit. Please contact us on 020 7836 3680. Best, Nicola

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AP
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and observing staff, good food, but the sizes of the portions are small - even for tapas.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Anne for your feedback. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely pre theatre meal with my partner. I would recommend to friends as the food and service
were first class. Will come again.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Denise for your feedback, We are looking forward to welcoming you in the future. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, but pretty expensive. The cucumber martini was delicious!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 11 March 2019

Thank you Madeline for your feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed your meal. We hope to see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, and service was excellent. Easy for a pre-theatre dinner

Opera Tavern
Responded on 11 March 2019

Thank you so much for great comments. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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PG
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal for 6 people. I didn't pay nor see the bill so I'm not sure what the total damage was, but the prices individually on the tapas seemed reasonable. I didn't get dessert but others did and seemed pleased. Also none of us got a cocktail so can't say if those are good. One pork tapa was a little overcooked, but everything else -- cheese, vegetables, fish, nduja scotch egg -- was very good. The service was better than what's typical in London (ie felt more like a US restaurant). Highly recommended, especially for a theater district.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 4 March 2019

Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you soon in the restaurant. With kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The good: friendly service, good ambiance. The bad: way overpriced for what you get, food is underwhelming, unfortunately.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 4 March 2019

Dear Mr/Ms, We are very sorry to see that you did not have a great experience at Opera Tavern recently. We would love to get more details about this visit. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680. Regards, Nicola

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RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food but a limited menu

Opera Tavern
Responded on 4 March 2019

Dear Mr/Ms, We are very sorry to see that you were not fully satisfied . We would love to get more details about this visit. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680. Regards, Nicola

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

They accepted our booking at 22:30, however when we arrived we felt rushed into ordeing and eating (out plates got removed as soon as we finished the last bites). The quality of the tapas was just ok despite their price. They used to be excellent and the quality used to make up for the quantity and price, but definitely not this time. Their menu still offers “octopus carpaccio” however what they serve is nothing like carpaccio (it used to be one of their absolute top tapas!). When asked we were honest about the dissapointment and they didn’t add service charge to the bill as compensation, which is a nice gesture, but still I’d not recommend this place anymore.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 4 March 2019

Dear Mr/Ms, We are very sorry to see that you did not have a great experience at Opera Tavern recently. We would love to get more details about this visit to rectify this experience. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680. Regards, Nicola

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food all around especially desert. Good to select five or six dishes and share between the two of us.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 4 March 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round. Love it there

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 February 2019

thank you very much for your feedback and we shall see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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