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Opera Tavern, London,

Opera Tavern

4.6
4.6
202 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
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.

For groups reservations and Private Hire enquiries, contact us directly at bookings@saltyard.co.uk

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2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 12:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Phone number
    020 7836 3680
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Łukasz Kiełbasiński
  • Private party facilities
    The upper floor of Opera Tavern is artistically designed, combining raw brickwork with an exquisite interior. Enhanced by impactful art pieces and soft, mood-enhancing lighting, it's an ideal setting for high-end events or professional meetings. The space caters to 45 seated attendees or 50 standing.
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Cross Street
    Covent Garden
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Covent Garden Station - 4 min walk<br />Leicester Square Station - 9 min walk<br />Temple Station - 9 min walk<br />Charing Cross Station - 13 min walk
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • WINE TASTING IN COLLABORATION WITH BOUTINOT WINES!

    £30.00 per person

    30 Jul 2024 only
    Join us for an exquisite wine tasting event featuring a curated selection of 5 summer wines. Delight your palate with one refreshing rosé, two crisp and aromatic white wines, and two vibrant red wines. Each wine will be thoughtfully paired with gourmet canapés designed to complement and enhance the flavors. This event promises an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Don't miss this opportunity to savor the best of summer in a glass! More details here https://www.designmynight.com/london/restaurants/covent-garden/opera-tavern/summer-wine-tasting-at-opera-tavern-in-collaboration-with-boutinot-wines?t=tickets
    WINE TASTING IN COLLABORATION WITH BOUTINOT WINES! photo

What 202 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

202 Reviews
  1. JulieK

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our tapas. The food was so tasty and the restaurant itself had a great ambience. Service friendly and efficient.

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  2. NeMa

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice for both pescatarians and vegetarians. Waiter helpful in explaining ingredients and small modification to suit our tastes. Pre-booked and nice table allocated for our party. Reduced star rating as felt was a touch pricier than similar venues.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food,pleasant staff,pleasant atmosphere ,usually prefer my beer in fraught but the bottled alternatives were very good

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Always a pleasure visiting this restaurant.

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  5. LBundy

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and wine were very good, but very pricey. Service could have been better. Lots of waving to get someone's attention when we wanted more drinks, and again when we wanted desserts. The table at the back is really nice, but this is where the servers stack the dishes and clear the plates very noisily, which was irritating when you're trying to have a quiet conversation!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, delicious, cosy atmosphere, friendly but proffesional service. Each dish is so different and amazing. Each ingredient matters. Loved it.

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  7. KimG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had last minute changes but restaurant was very accommodating. Service was good and friendly, enjoyed all our dishes. Some delay with dishes as the crowd arrived but we were kept informed and offered rose for wait! Would definitely return especially for pre- theatre.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am never disappointed with this little gem of a place. Great service from lovely staff and the most delicious food outside of Spain! We had the head chef’s tasting menu and it was absolutely superb; great flavours, high quality ingredients and good value. Another fantastic evening at my favourite Covent Garden eatery, thank you!

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  9. MIKEW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu and dishes with excellent service. Perfect place for a light lunch

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  10. julieJ

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fabulous restaurant in the heart of many theatres. Great wine, great tapas and no pressure to rush meal

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FAQs

Opera Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JS

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Covent Garden
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Tue 12:00–22:00 Wed–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–20:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Covent Garden Station - 4 min walkLeicester Square Station - 9 min walkTemple Station - 9 min walkCharing Cross Station - 13 min walk
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Łukasz Kiełbasiński
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7836 3680
  • Private party facilities
    The upper floor of Opera Tavern is artistically designed, combining raw brickwork with an exquisite interior. Enhanced by impactful art pieces and soft, mood-enhancing lighting, it's an ideal setting for high-end events or professional meetings. The space caters to 45 seated attendees or 50 standing.
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