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.
The food selection and quality has continued to improve with each visit over the past year. The portions are not large, but 3 small plates/person makes a very nice meal. This time the meal was the best yet.
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Great buzz. We loved the tapas style food.
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The atmosphere is dim, mysterious and romantic, however the food did not live up to the expectation.
Never fails to disappoint!! Food is great, service is excellent and the whole atmosphere is relaxed.
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Excellent food and service
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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.
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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.
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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! :-)
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Very nice restaurant.. We enjoyed spending our new year's eve there.
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I’ve eaten at Opera Tavern several times now. Delicious food and good service. Upstairs seating definitely preferred. Will be back!
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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.
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The food was amazing. The service and the staff were lovely. It's cosy. I liked the atmosphere.
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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.
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
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!
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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.
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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!
Great service and great food! Will def go back!!
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Always lovely food. Go here for pre theatre meal. Friendly service
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Great food. Service a little patchy but waitress was on her first week. Better training about the menu needed.
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We often eat hear before going to the theatre in Covent Garden and it was better than ever. Delicious food and attentive service
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Good meal and service. Very welcoming and helpful staff.
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Absolutely perfect for pre theatre. Staff friendly. Food delicious. Would definitely recommend to others as week as come back!
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.
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.
Great tapas at a convenient Covent Garden location. Good food and friendly service - what's not to like?
Thank you Bart for your comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. Good service & good food
Really enjoyed the tapas couldn't believe they had burger on the menu!
Delicious and great value. Their salads are the best. Great before or after theatre.
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.
An extremely enjoyable experience on all counts. Delicious food and very friendly staff. Will be making a return visit.
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.
Fabulous food, cocktails and wine - well worth a visit!
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.
Wonderful food and great service
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.
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.
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.
Great pre-show dinner. Tapas were wonderful. The service was quick and pleasant.
Thank you Barbara and we shall see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Great food and ambience. Full
Bodied wines all a bit on the pricey side.
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Good for a pre-theatre meal. Delicious food well presented
Thank you Emily for your feedback, we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Opera Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.