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Opera Tavern

4.4
4.4
49 Reviews
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates

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 tasty dishes including our very popular mini Ibérico pork and foie gras burger.

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Menu

Bar Snacks

  • Chargrilled Flat Bread£4.50

    with Honey, Hazelnut & Rosemary Butter or Olive Oil

    • Jamón and Manchego Croquettes£3.75

      • Spanish or Italian Mixed Olives£3.50

        • Crispy Ibérico Pigs' Ears£3.50

          • Smoked Almonds£3.50

            • Rillions£3.50

              • Guindilla Peppers£3.00

                • Morcilla Scotch Egg£7.00

                  • Padrón Peppers£5.50

                    • Habas Fritas£3.25

                      • Boquerones£3.70

                        From the Charcoal Grill

                        • Mini Ibérico Pork and Foie Gras Burger£8.50

                          • Chorizo£5.75

                            with Smoked Aubergine and Yoghurt

                            Pinchos Morunos Per Skewer

                            • Iberico Pork and Chorizo Pincho£4.50

                              with Leeks and Sage

                              • Tuna and Padron Pepper Pincho£5.00

                                with Lemon

                                • Aylesbury Duck Pincho£4.50

                                  with Carrot and Orange

                                  Hams

                                  • Jamón Ibérico de Bellota£9.50

                                    Aged 5 Years, Castro y González, Castilla y León

                                    • Jamón Ibérico de Cebo de Campo£8.00

                                      Aged 3 Years, Castro y Gonzáles, Castilla y León

                                      • Dry Cured Parma Ham£9.00

                                        Charcuterie

                                        • Italian Charcuterie Selection£12.00

                                          Porchetta, Salame (Spilimbergo, Friuli Venezia Giulia), Coppa (Emilia Romagna)

                                          • Spanish Charcuterie Selection£12.00

                                            Chorizo Ibérico (Castilla-Leon), Teruel Lomo (Aragon), Salchichón (Catalunya)

                                            • Salt Yard Marjoram and Chilli Salami£8.00

                                              Cheese

                                              • Italian Selection£12.00

                                                Forme Piave Vecchio (Veneto, Cows'Milk), Chilli Margot (Biella, Elvo Valley, Cows' Milk), Gratin Bleu(Piedmont, Cows' Milk)

                                                • Spanish Selection£12.00

                                                  Picos Blue (Asturias, Cows' and Goats' Milk), Torta de Barros (Extremadura, Ewes' Milk), Ermesenda (Catalunya, Cows' Milk)

                                                  • Three Manchegos£11.00

                                                    with Quince

                                                    Fish

                                                    • Squid Ink Arancini£7.50

                                                      with Chilli Aioli and Chives

                                                      • Rolled Hake£8.50

                                                        with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Crispy Chorizo and Sorrel

                                                        • Roasted Tiger Prawns£9.00

                                                          with Piquillo and Prawn Bisque, Grilled Sour Dough and Lardo

                                                          • Roasted Sea Bream, Fennel Salad£7.75

                                                            with Caper and Orange Dressing

                                                            • Octopus Carpaccio£8.00

                                                              Squid Ink Aioli, Habas Fritas and Pickled Shallots

                                                              • Cured Mackerel£7.25

                                                                with Cucumber Ketchup, Radish and Coriander

                                                                Meat

                                                                • Roasted Wood Pigeon Breast£8.50

                                                                  with Crispy Morcilla and Peas

                                                                  • Chargrilled Harissa Chicken Thigh£7.75

                                                                    with Sweetcorn, Spiced Pancetta and Popcorn

                                                                    • Pork Rib Eye£8.00

                                                                      with Roasted Garlic Puree, Spring Onions, Walnut Butter and Crispy Shallots

                                                                      • Grilled Onglet£9.00

                                                                        Italian White Onion Puree, Smoked Anchovies and Migas

                                                                        • Confit of Old Spot Pork Belly£9.50

                                                                          with Rosemary Scented Cannellini Beans

                                                                          • Venison Haunch£9.75

                                                                            with Chard and Pickled Walnut Puree

                                                                            Vegetables

                                                                            • Crispy Hen's Egg£7.00

                                                                              with Girolles, Rocket and Parmesan

                                                                              • Romaine Lettuce£5.00

                                                                                with Blue Cheese and Herb Dressing, topped with Seed Granola

                                                                                • Courgette Flower

                                                                                  Stuffed with Monte Enebro Goats' Cheese and Drizzled with Honey

                                                                                  • each£5.25
                                                                                • Smoked Burrata£8.50

                                                                                  with Roasted Heritage Pumpkin, Spiced Gremolata and Golden Raisins

                                                                                  • Patatas Fritas£4.25

                                                                                    with Aioli and Bravas Sauce

                                                                                    • Classic Tortilla£6.00

                                                                                      For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                                                                      What 49 people are saying

                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                      4.4
                                                                                      4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                                      • 4.4Food
                                                                                      • 4.3Service
                                                                                      • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                      • 3.9Value

                                                                                      NoiseModerate

                                                                                      97% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                      1. RA

                                                                                        RachelA

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Reviewed on 26 July 2019

                                                                                        overall5foodserviceambience

                                                                                        Incredible food in a wonderful setting. Ideal for mid week dinner in Central. I think they do pre theatre menus too which would be a great shout

                                                                                      2. BN

                                                                                        BruceN

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Reviewed on 2 March 2019

                                                                                        overall3foodserviceambience

                                                                                        Had a quick pre theatre drink, sat at the bar, good service great location

                                                                                      3. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2018

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                        Great food and nice atmosphere

                                                                                      4. PJ

                                                                                        PJEfoodie

                                                                                        Essex

                                                                                        109 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        109 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 6 May 2018

                                                                                        overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                                        The food and service were good and I liked the fact that dishes were brought out one by one, rather than all together, so we never had more than 2-3 dishes on the table at any one time. Octopus carpachio andpawn dishes were especially lovely. They even gave my mum some icecream with a candle in it for her birthday.

                                                                                      5. DP

                                                                                        DorcasP

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 30 March 2018

                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience2

                                                                                        Hands down the best meal I have had in about 3 years. Every dish memorable and exquisite. The place feels a little too reverent, like church. Though with food that impeccable I can let the lack of atmosphere slide.

                                                                                      6. C

                                                                                        Ciska

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 21 March 2018

                                                                                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                                                        Overpriced

                                                                                      7. HW

                                                                                        HelenW

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        9 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 9 March 2018

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                        Hadn't been here for a few years, but it was even better than i remembered. Great food, ambience & service.

                                                                                      8. WY

                                                                                        WYSYDG

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        149 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        149 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 6 March 2018

                                                                                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                        As always the food was spot on but think this time we had a waiter who needed a bit of nudging. Seemed to be quite a lot of staff chat vs. attention to guests. First time in many a visit this has happened so benefit of the doubt given. Despite the above, we will return

                                                                                      9. JW

                                                                                        JamieW

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 3 March 2018

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We had a great time at the Opera tavern. The food was delicious and we loved the atmosphere. We also had great service.

                                                                                      10. DR

                                                                                        DavidR

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 21 February 2018

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        We had booked for an after show tapas, it fully lived up to our expectations. A most enjoyable light meal, great food, lovely wine, nice mixed menu for both. Well done, we shall come again.

                                                                                      11. s

                                                                                        scoffer

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        30 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        30 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 12 February 2018

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                        Perfect venue for aquick pre-theatre meal. Tasty tapas dishes and pleasant staff.

                                                                                      12. KA

                                                                                        KeithA

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 10 February 2018

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Friendly staff and an enjoyable end to a great afternoon at the theatre.

                                                                                      13. PB

                                                                                        PaulB

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 4 February 2018

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                        Great food and cocktails. Friendly attentive service. Handy location opposite the theatre Drury Lane.

                                                                                      14. G

                                                                                        Gills

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 2 February 2018

                                                                                        overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                        I enjoy the food at Opera Tavern, it's excellent modern tapas. Not cheap but good quality, and of course ideal for pre theatre. We were here on a very busy Friday evening, so it took a while for them to locate our table - unfortunately it was very squashed and we were practically sat with the neighbouring table. It's not perfect but I would still recommend.

                                                                                      15. J

                                                                                        James

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 19 January 2018

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                        Grabbed a quick selection of plates before going to the theatre. Speedy service, good flavours and tasty GnTs to wash it down with.

                                                                                      16. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 17 January 2018

                                                                                        overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                        I made a note of warning the restaurant that one of the diners had a gluten-intolerance, and one was lactose-intolerant (as opoosed to all dairy). When we were about to order, we asked the server to advise us as to which options would be safe to eat. Only then were we offered a different menu with allergen information. This could have been accomplished upon arrival, surely. Quite a few of the tastiest dishes on the menu were not gluten-free, even though they could have easily been made so (e.g. polenta instead of harina for the crispy pig ears) The octopus carpaccio saved the day.

                                                                                      17. K

                                                                                        Kris

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 16 January 2018

                                                                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                        Chosen this restaurant for pre - theatre meal. Really nice ambience, but no value for money. The food was good, but the mini burger was total rip - off. The male waiter was nice, however the lady (sorry - no clue what the names are) needs a bit of smile on the face. A bit more attention to service would be good.

                                                                                      18. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Cheshire

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 13 January 2018

                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                                        Below average. Poor service, poor quality food for premium prices. Very, very disappointed for a special occasion for someone who loves tapas.

                                                                                      19. B

                                                                                        Bella

                                                                                        New York Area

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 12 January 2018

                                                                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                        Great ambience, great presentation of food. I like the small plates so you can get a variety of flavors. However, for the high price per plate neither the taste of food or service was impressive. I would say this is more of a posh place to impress your date rather than go out for a good meal

                                                                                      20. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 17 December 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        Quick, friendly service & good food at a reasonable price. Will visit again.

                                                                                      21. GS

                                                                                        GeorgeS

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 15 December 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We had an excellent meal with a great choice of tapas and wine

                                                                                      22. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 9 December 2017

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                                                        I think The Opera open table restaurant served lovely food and the selection of wine was excellent. It was a friendly and speedy service. I would certainly recommend it to friends. Very small though.

                                                                                      23. JO

                                                                                        JamesO

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 9 December 2017

                                                                                        overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                                                        Good stuff first - the food is tasty. It’s nicely presented. The service was friendly and professional. Not so good...it just took forever to come. It took over 90mins to get 7/8 plates of food. The first few came quickly, the rest very very slowly. No real apology from the staff - and it was clear they were busy - but having eaten at the sister restaurants, it was the first time I’d experienced this. It’s not cheap, so expected better...

                                                                                      24. VF

                                                                                        VeronicaF

                                                                                        San Francisco

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 4 December 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                        I loved the food. On arrival we were the only ones sitting upstairs and initially it felt a little lacking in atmosphere. They promised it would fill up - and it did. The service was discreet and efficient although it took a little while for my aperitif glass of wine to arrive. The deserts were also excellent.

                                                                                      25. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Buckinghamshire

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 30 November 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                                                        Outstanding food with some interesting options. Upstairs was a bit noisy due to two large parties. Some soft furnishing might help dampen the noise/echo a little. Very enjoyable pre theatre dinner.

                                                                                      26. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 26 November 2017

                                                                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                                        Good wasn’t as hot as I would have liked but tasty and lovely service.

                                                                                      27. G

                                                                                        Graham

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 24 November 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        I think Opera Tavern is my favourite restaurant in London. You can't really go wrong with any of the Salt Yard Group restaurants , which Opera Tavern is one of, but it's just got that little bit of extra 'special' that makes it my kind of place. First up, the staff are always wonderful, whether I've had a reservation or just turned up at the door, they've always gone out of their way to accommodate us. On this Occasion, I booked through Open Table and requested a specific table just on off-chance we might get it - and we did! Just as we arrived the previous diners were paying and the table was available in moments. The small plates are great for sharing, the menu is always kept simple and seasonal, which means despite not always containing my favourites (the scallops are a must-have whenever available), your palate is always being treated to new delights and no visit is ever quite the same. The wines are always great, and prices are not insulting. In fact, for this visit they were having a clear-out of their cellar, with some fine wines at similar or less than retail. I would highly recommend Opera Tavern for dates, special occasions, pre and post theatre visits and small groups. There are two floors, with the ground floor being a bit more lively and the upstairs feeling more intimate.

                                                                                      28. a

                                                                                        anglo

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 24 November 2017

                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                        Up to standard suggested by previous reviews. Would go again for pre theatre.

                                                                                      29. F

                                                                                        Foodie17

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 23 November 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                        Excellent tasty food and vast wine list - very enjoyable pre theatre tapas and would recommend the cheeseboard and wine post theatre. Can be a bit noisy but adds to the ambience

                                                                                      30. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        5 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 17 November 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Good ambience ,excellent service good food but over priced for a tapas

                                                                                      31. K

                                                                                        Kepex

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        50 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        50 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 17 November 2017

                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                        Quite simply, very good. Great service, interesting menu. A pre Theatre must.

                                                                                      32. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 11 November 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        The hospitality, food and wine were excellent. The waiters had time for us and we're wonderful. Thank you so much for a truly lovely visit. We'll most certainly come back and tell all our friends about it.

                                                                                      33. E

                                                                                        Emily

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        19 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 3 November 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        Food is delicious. Close to theatres so good for pre theatre meal

                                                                                      34. SU

                                                                                        SpikeU

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        28 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        28 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 31 October 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                                        I love the food here, and that will always have me coming back, despite the restaurant being a little cold seated near the window and the noise level being high, the service is outstanding and I think the food is great value for money. Even though they serve small plates, my wife and I walked out ready to burst we were so full. Thank you Opera Tavern for a fantastic tasty experience.

                                                                                      35. OT

                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                        Hawaii

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 26 October 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        i made a reservation by "nearby" since all the restaurants fully occupied... it was great and convenient! i could have dinner thanks to opentable!

                                                                                      36. PS

                                                                                        PaulS

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        6 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 23 October 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                        Great food Nice service

                                                                                      37. SL

                                                                                        SLN2018

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 20 October 2017

                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                        Very good food, excellent location for the theatre. Would go back.

                                                                                      38. SW

                                                                                        SallyW

                                                                                        Cumbria

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 19 October 2017

                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                        We met with friends for a pre theatre meal and it was brilliant. Sharing food is a lovely way to eat with friends and it worked to perfection. The food was delicious, the atmosphere informal and friendly but with character. The wine and cocktails were also superb so I can only highly recommend the restaurant:

                                                                                      39. T

                                                                                        daveyT

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                        vip
                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                        Dined on 12 October 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        We had eaten before at the Salt Yard so so we would have been disappointed if we had a bad meal Had an early lunch Chose quite a few dishes the waiter was exceptionally helpful I must say we would return again

                                                                                      40. J

                                                                                        Jacqueline110

                                                                                        London

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                        Dined on 10 October 2017

                                                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                        First time here! Food was lovely and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly! Would definitely recommend and re visit! Only thing I didn’t like was the tables upstairs are very close together therefore it gets noisy! When I booked online I had mentioned it was a birthday treat for my Mum so could we have a quiet table by the window but we were put in the middle by the back wall with guests either side! A little noisy but we had a lovely evening!

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