Opera Tavern

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186 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian

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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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

Opera Tavern
Responded on 8 February 2020

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your 5-star rating. We are pleased that you had a great experience with us and we are looking forward into welcoming you again soon. Kind Regards, Opera Tavern Team

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JC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you're looking for somewhere pleasant to eat/drink for a pre-theatre dinner/opera in Convent Garden, the Opera Tavern is def worth a try. Upmarket tapas small plates, not cheap, but the quality is very high and the wine list well chosen. Ambiance is comfy and quiet pre-dinner (we were there 5.30-7.00pm) and service, particularly from the manager on the night, excellent.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 January 2020

Dear John, Thank you for your lovely feedback and we are very pleased you have enjoyed your recent meal at Opera Tavern. We are looking forward to welcoming you in the future. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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EM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This was my 2nd visit to the Opera Tavern. I loved it the first time round & so booked it for my daughter's pre-Covent Garden Opera birthday supper. Athough the view out onto the street is atmospheric & the service was attentive and timely, out visit was disappointing this time – the food was not great and was pricey. We like 'quiet' & admittedly we had an early 5.30pm reservation on a Wednesday, but we were the only guests upstairs until about 630pm so the ambience was underwhelming.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 13 January 2020

Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your feedback and we are extremely sorry you haven’t enjoyed our food and we would like to hear more details about this experience. Could you kindly contact us directly on 0207 161 2331 as we would like to rectify your recent visit to the restaurant. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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JN
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We've been going to The Opera Tavern for several years. It has changed its appearance inside but food and wine are still good. Staff are friendly if a little distant.
This time was for my wife's birthday and it had been some time since our last visit. Nice to see the Tavern is still serving up tasty morsels! :-)

Opera Tavern
Responded on 10 January 2020

Dear James, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a feedback. We are happy to read that you have enjoyed food and wine on your last visit. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team

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LR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant.. We enjoyed spending our new year's eve there.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hello Luisa, Thank you very much for taking the time to give some feedback, we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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LL
Hertfordshire
10 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten at Opera Tavern several times now. Delicious food and good service. Upstairs seating definitely preferred. Will be back!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 9 January 2020

Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback! We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern

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MN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I enjoyed my lunch at Opera Tavern. I like the fact that the staff didn't rush us out. The food was good. However for the price the portions could have been bigger.
Plus, in the toilets no soap and no toilet paper.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 3 January 2020

Dear MelandNin, Thank you very much for your feedback - we are very sorry that your experience wasn't fully enjoyable. Kindly contact us directly at 02078363680 as we would like to rectify your recent experience. Warm regards, Opera Tavern Team

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EY
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. The service and the staff were lovely. It's cosy. I liked the atmosphere.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 3 January 2020

Dear EmelY, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your meal, the service and the atmosphere of the restaurant. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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BQ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A bit of a gem tucked away in the theatre district near the Lyceum Theatre. If you like tapas and want to share dishes with friends or just want a set menu for yourself, this is your place. The food is delicious and plentiful, you'll want two/three dishes per person on the tapas. The seafood is very well done (tiger prawns and the cod) and the meats very good (beef slices). Be sure to pre-book at the busy pre theatre times. Staff are very friendly and attentive.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 3 January 2020

Dear BobQ, Thank you very much for your your 5-star rating! We are very pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal, the service and your overall experience with us. We do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you and your friends back to Opera Tavern soon. Best, Lisa

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had not visited this one of the Dehesa/Salt Yard group and was very pleasantly surprised. Was a perfect choice for a friend's birthday dinner, being just a small group, and seated in the upstairs restaurant area. Great tapas, fabulous wine, good service and quite reasonably priced. I would definitely go back!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 3 January 2020

Dear Sparkster, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Opera Tavern in the future. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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E
London
81 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The new layout is very nice upstairs, and the new menu was interesting and very tasty. It was good before, and is now even better.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 3 January 2020

Dear Expat, Thank you very much for your positive rating. We are happy to read that our newly refurbished restaurant is of your liking and we very much look forward to welcoming you back to Opera Tavern soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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H
London
459 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I popped in for a few tapas before a comedy show nearby, and had the pardon peppers, octopus, croquettes and mini-burger... all delicious and very reasonably priced! A lovely informal pre-theatre venue!

h
London
20 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Will def go back!!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us, we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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E
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always lovely food. Go here for pre theatre meal. Friendly service

Opera Tavern
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hello Emily, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a star rating. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Service a little patchy but waitress was on her first week. Better training about the menu needed.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 7 October 2019

Hello Jane, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us and for your constructive feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We often eat hear before going to the theatre in Covent Garden and it was better than ever. Delicious food and attentive service

Opera Tavern
Responded on 23 September 2019

Hello Louise, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team

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DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good meal and service. Very welcoming and helpful staff.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 11 September 2019

Hello David, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

HJ
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
29 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

Y
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BW
London
26 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

SC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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
10 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
17 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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