Parsons

4.5
197 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fish
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
From the guys who brought you The 10 Cases just over the road, Parsons is their unassuming little fish restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. We offer a wide range of seafood, freshly landed fish, as well as more classic fish dishes inspired from the British Isles and beyond.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fish, Seafood, Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday Parsons is open for lunch 12-3pm and dinner 5-11pm.

On Fridays and Saturday we serve all day.

Closed on Sundays.
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Phone number
020 3422 0221
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AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Shorts Gardens
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Counter Seating, Wine
What 197 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend loved this place! Food was just right amount and the best quality. Also There is no up charge for Glass of wine. It’s same value whether you order wine by glass or bottle!

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m
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Prawn croquettes has hardly any prawn flavour. Welsh rarebit was the worst I’ve had anywhere. Both the plaice and hake were overcooked. Fries (supposedly double cooked) were just brown and limp - replacement portion no better.
Maybe we visited when they were having a bad night but there are better fish restaurants around than this one.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The shrimp croquettes were pleasant but the chips were overly salted and oily. Plaice and halibut were ok. The bread and seaweed butter were superb but I had expected the other items to be more inspiring. It was to be our special London treat but it felt a bit ridiculous to be paying over £70 for this food.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit so they must be doing something right! We tried a few dishes we wouldn't have normally ordered. The shrimp croquettes were delicious with a good peppery kick. The squid with black rice and cauliflower was delicately flavoured. The skate was beautifully cooked - a fish i'd never tried before but would definitely have again. The pork crepinettes had a lovely flavour but the pork was a little pink for my liking and I found the caul (I think it was caul) covering to be undercooked and chewy.

For me, the white wine wasn't sufficiently chilled but the smiley waitress was very happy to put the bottle on ice.

Delicious puddings too - the chocolate ice cream was almost like a mousse. We were looking forward to a nice coffee at the end of the meal but it was very weak and insipid. We would have been better skipping coffee. Overall another great experience and highly likely that we will return.

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k
London
24 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant - sister to '10 Cases' across the road. Delicious fishy things. Creative and thoughtful treatments of wonderfully fresh ingredients. Fun service from competent and friendly waiting staff. An all round winner

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G
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service - very helpful and chatty waitresses. Excellent really fresh fush

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LQ
London
172 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Parsons in Covent Garden after reading a Giles Coren review in the Times. We really enjoyed out meal. It is an unusual restaurant, with high seating, regular tables, a window seating opening onto the street and tables outside (I guess for summer). So there is a lot of choice. Menu is written on the tiled wall with all fresh seafood dishes. I had the Vichyssoise soup which was creamy and delicious, followed by the clams in a wine/butter sauce. I got the Heritage Tomato salad with oyster mayo which was wonderful. The service was excellent and efficient and friendly, especially when explaining the slightly confusing menu. The food was fresh and very good, but don't expect to escape for less than £50 per head, which I suppose is standard in central London.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, but while oysters were well priced, the other dishes, especially the small plates and certain fish were expensive. The wine list is also pricey for the wines offered - particularly since the restaurant itself is quite casual.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning pre-theatre poached salmon!

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parsons has transformed my view on fish. I rarely ordered it when eating out before but since eating here, I have discovered how delicious it can be if done properly. In the case of Parsons, it is cooked simply in a no fuss way and the fish speaks for itself. There are an array of tasty sides to have with mains and some excellent small bites, such as the cod fritters and croquettes. The apple pie for dessert is perfect and this is the first time I have had a savory desert of Welsh rarebit and steak sandwich. Seems odd but works a treat. Great ambience and decor with a good laid back atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff and fantastic wines at great prices. This place is a gem. Wouldly recommend and I'll definitely be back.

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l
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great combination of inventive and more traditional seafood dishes, using super-fresh produce prepared to perfection.. relaxed but attentive service- can't recommend highly enough! Will definitely be back.

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space. And the food and wine are even better.

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AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent fish and sea food, beautifully cooked. Good wine list. No cheap but very good value.

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WS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect fish. So different. Somebody else recommanded it to us. Out of the country. Well, it was excellent.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Loved this restaurant in quiet spot in Covent Garden - away from the madness of the piazza - where we met family members for a crab lunch. Staff friendly and helpful - particularly impressed that they made room for a late booked addition to our table. Monkfish and crab were delicious. Wine prices a little eye watering. Would certainly eat here again.

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved the food, and wine My Sea Trout Tartare starter was exceptional.

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c
London
23 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really tasty well cooked fresh seafood. Very good wine list and friendly helpful service. Would go back. Decent value.

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DA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good quality but we felt over-priced (but that is London!) - cramped tables (effectively sitting at a bar). Bit pretentious given it’s basically a neighborhood seafood restaurant transplanted to Covent Garden

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n
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Remarkably average. Not sure how Coren/Rayner could compare this favourably to Sheekey’s. And every bit as expensive!

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MG
Wales
15 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the service at Parsons, but felt that the portion sizes were too small and varied depending on what was ordered? The best value seemed to be the grilled fish? The seafood portions were tiny but the same price. I think it needs to be clearer what to expect when placing your order. Mains and starters seem roughly the same size? Wine too goes from affordable to expensive pretty fast, although there are good selections by the glass. Food was delicious, but I left hungry and financially poorer for it.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fish cooked with the care and attention it deserves at a reasonable price for such great food.

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g
London
29 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small and narrow space but very well laid out. The service was exceptional with Ellen, Nathan and Sarah looking after us so well. The food was just spot on with everything cooked to perfection. Nice wine list and markups are not high. Not as posh as Scott’s but believe me for value and quality it Is unbeatable on the fish restaurants of London.

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F
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable service. Beautifully cooked lemon sole. Delicious chips. Good wine choices.

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service attentive and charming as well as good value, definitely no complaints! Limited wines but a few gems to choose from.

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CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Don't miss the small dishes at the top of the menu - we particularly enjoyed the pissaladiere and the croquettes. We ordered a few small plates so that we could try a range of things and found that they added up to a substantial meal. And it's hard to beat eating by the open window, overlooking a Covent Garden street on a beautiful sunny day.

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RB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want fresh fish then this is the restaurant for you. My prawns, grilled little gem, samphire and smoked anchovy salad was absolutely sensational. Don’t look on the menu for main course dishes as there are none to be found, look instead to the walls where that days market buys are chalked up.
The restaurant is small and cosy and the staff are very friendly. A place I’ll return to.

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with well cooked food. The fish is definitely on the expensive side. Service, ambiance is fantastic but please do not tell your friends otherwise there is no room for those who loved it like me!

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M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for interesting fish choices, not too many overly elaborate dishes, the fish and shellfish does the talking. Good wine selection and a very nice piece of cheddar, larger than a matchbox, for desert. I’ve been several times and never disappointed. It is a bit hot at the moment though so if you’re sensitive to that possibly save it for when it cools down.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food. Every single one of us loved the seafood, some of the best I’ve ever ate. Cute and cosy inside. Overall, we agreed that we would definitely go back!

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EM
London
35 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Cute little place. Like the simplicity of it. Focus is very much on the food and they do that very well. Decent selection and we enjoyed each dish we ordered. Pretty good wine choice to complement too. Will def be back here.

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RD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent seafood, excellently prepared and served. what not to like

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious high quality ingredients and discrete friendly service. Fish of the Day items were very expensive, so we went the route of lots of small starter plates to share. Small gem of a restaurant but save your pennies to visit.

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T
London
36 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Parsons is a fish restaurant, so don't go there if you don't like fish. Fresh fish is expensive, and there is no set lunch or pre-theatre dinner. The food is very good - simple, but well cooked, to allow the flavour through. As the weather was so hot we were at a table on the pavement, which was nice, but meant that sometimes the service was a bit slow - though this could have bee down to the kitchen. About £80 a head for two courses, though this did include two carafes of wine.

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AH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely to sit in this airy space - bar seats preferable to the closely arranged tables - excellent range of dishes, good choice of wines, terrific service.

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H
London
37 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new addition to the Endell Street/ Covent Garden dining scene. It's a little gem.

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BK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Good short menu. Super fresh fish. One can eat very well just off the “bites” and starters.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always. Simply prepared but perfectly cooked

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AB
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parsons was great for a friendly tasty and unusual lunch.It was a busy Saturday and the staff were very helpful in offering us a choice of table, lots of time choosing our food and most importantly a truly delicious range of light seafood dishes. Would definitely recommend this place in central London

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Booked in to an Opera in the Royal Opera House we were looking forward to a good pre-show meal at 5pm. Unfortunately we chose Parsons. Just one dish was good. The plaice. One starter very ordinary and one starter of very nasty mussels, tiny and clinging to their shells. My order of Brill was expensive (as it all was) and disappointingly small with uncooked French beans to accompany. The chips were re-cooked and obviously so, so we were able to send those back.
Such an expensive mistake and so unnecessary . Obviously we will not be returning.

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JT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good and fresh fish, it's a good address. It can be noisy as the tables are very close to each other - we were seated next to someone with a loud voice, it wasn't very pleasant.

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