Parsons

4.6
138 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Fish
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  • Good for a Date
  • 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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Payment Options
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 138 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I am a fan of 10 Cases across the road thanks to its impressively but every changing wine list, simple & stunning food and very cosy atmosphere. When I realised the owners have opened up a fish restaurant close by, I've got to try it.

It is again a cosy little place. Admittingly, closxhophobics needn't bother, but it really is a little gem in the hustle & buzzle of Covent Garden. The quirky vintage decor just gives a really good vibe, the cosyness is just part of it and it is something my company & myself LUV.

We were absolutely spoiled for choice on wine (stunning). The service was personal, charming & very attentive.

The biggest surprises is with the huge expectation we have on the food it still managed to very pleasantly surpassed all our expectations!

The octopus starter was a drop dead gorgeous plate of food. Both my friend & myself had lived in Asia Pacific, so we've had our fair share of extremely well cooked (or not) octopuses in our lives. This Is the best octopuse we have EVER had! So much so we ordered a second portion.

The mains were equally nice. I had crab the others had mullets. Theirs were cooked to perfection. My crab? May be it is where it was sourced or the chef's timing was to perfection. It was cooked exactly right. So the meat was really sweet & tender & the brown meat just add to the flavour perfectly. No mayo/lemon juice needed, nothing at all. It was on par with the best Chinese seafood restaurants in Hong Kong / South China.

And the dessert. I had an extremely thin, crispy buttery apple tart. Thin yet the layers are there. It was baked so well it didn't need a lot of sugar to coat the apples - their natural fresh sweetness just cut through. Devine!

It was easily the most enjoyable evening meal we have had in a long time. And it is very reasonably priced, not cheap but absolute good value for money.

It is so good not only am I going to recommend it most highly, I've also booked for another evening meal for next week. Can't wait!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Booked a table here following rave reviews in the Guardian. Unfortunately it did not live up to its expectation:

- Nibbles were excellent w/ the brown crab pissaladière the stand out dish
- Starters were OK with the octopus being slightly overcooked and a bit rubbery. Also lacked seasoning and was lukewarm. Other starters such as the oysters and squid were fine.
- Main were very expensive. Especially the red mullet special was extortionate: a tiny fillet of red mullet on a huge plate with probably 5-6 snips of samphire, cherry tomatoes (?? not a winning combo), a random scattering of mussels and some lukewarm tasteless broth/sauce. Certainly a dish to forget. Admittedly my friend's lemon sole was very good
- Desserts OK, nothing to rave about

Total £210 w/ tip and 1x bottle of wine for 3 people - would not recommend as there are certainly better value / quality restaurants in the vicinity.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Delicious food, great service, lovely venue. Perfect Friday dinner.

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Friendly service, lovely ambience, exquisite food and very, very reasonably priced. As my nephews would say what’s not to like.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

The food was excellent. Will definitely go back again to try out the rest of the menu. We didn’t even order mains, just lots of snacks, starters and seafood specials. Definitely recommend ordering the grilled prawns.
The experience was let down by the service in the beginning where we had to flag down the waitress for water and but it improved after that.
An excellent seafood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

A really great place with great staff and service. Went with a colleague and had a very nice lunch sharing plates. A couple of the dishes didn't quite hit the spot, but the majority were fresh vibrant and exactly what you want out of a seafood restaurant. I will be going back.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

A great lunch. Strictly fish main courses. Everything brilliant, and exquisitely tasty.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great food - fish is very fresh and the uncomplicated cooking allows it to remain the star. Thoroughly recommend going here, as although not cheap is a very enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Had a lovely dinner. Very friendly staff, very convenient location.

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3.0Dined on 7 June 2018

I love the concept of catch of the day and sustainable eating. However, the lobster starter was undercooked - not great for shellfish and the one of the fish mains was sent back also because it was under. Parsons are a couple of mins cooking time short of success. If fish is cooked under then it should be described accordingly in the menu and give folk the opportunity to say that they prefer fish to be cooked through.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

My family,Wife, two adult sons and I celebrated a birthday on our first visit following encouraging reviews online.
This tiny wonderfuly atmospheric restaurant specialises in superb presented fish dishes and side orders plus starters of incredibly interesting tit bits!
We were on a short London break from Manchester and whilst we enjoy wonderful restaurants in our city, a branch of Parsons would be extremely popular
How about it Parsons?

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4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Excellent creative food, relaxed atmosphere, waiters know the menu, the wines, service . Feel welcome and appreciated.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Fantastic restaurant with amazing and friendly service. Fish was very fresh and all the food delicious.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

What a fun place
You must have the bread with seaweed butter. And the smoked cods roe. And the tartare of trout with Bloody Mary jelly.
We shared a lemon sole and some sides,
Bubbly to start, the Albariño.
Wish we’d realised the shellfish menu was above the kitchen area, would have had the cockles.
Next time!

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5.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Delicious food and great wine selection. Friendly staff and easy going atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

A small fish restaurant with a simple but very good quality range in its daily catch.

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Excellent restaurant serving great cuisine with first rate service and reasonably priced wine. Unfortunately on the Monday we went, not a great day for fresh fish, only plaice and cod was available which was a bit ordinary

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Have tried to book here several times and it has always been booked out, I can totally see why, a little gem of a place with lovely food, great ambiance and staff. Would definitely recommend for any fish/shellfish lovers. Great wine list and the Guinness bread was a treat!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Lovely food beautifully presented. We turned up for a late lunch booking and the place was packed, although it thinned out towards the end of our meal. The staff were friendly and helpful and we had a great meal.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Fantastic seafood and excellent service. We had prawn croquettes, octopus, and brown crab pissaladière to start, and all were fantastic. Mains were lemon sole and monkfish, both beautifully cooked. Asked for a bottle of Alsace riesling - wasn't on the menu, but the gent serving nipped over the road to 10 Cases to grab a bottle for us (go there for a glass or two before / after, it's great too).

This place deserves all the praise it receives. They keep a few tables for walk-ins, so chance your arm if you're nearby.

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2.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Very disappointing. Slow service. Fish nothing special.

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4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Great ambience, good food and service. Small and friendly

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Parsons is ideal for pre or post dining when visiting the Donmar Warehouse - or at any other time of day! Small and bijou, the quality of the fish is superb. With a daily changing menu according the the ‘catch’, this has to be one of the best fish restaurants in London.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Utterly delicious and fresh fish, cooked perfectly

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4.0Dined on 3 May 2018

the menu was perfect--the vegetarian options outstanding

we would definitely return

we would not get the wine pairings and order a bottle of their list

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2.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Really disappointed with the freshness of the plaice that I had. It was old and not tasty. The seaweed and cucumber salad was a big failure too. Stick to the snacks if you want something yummy. I had no opportunity to give feedback at the restaurant, as noone asked how our meal was.
I wish I'd saved my money and cooked fish at home. 😣

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4.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Had a very good meal here but didn’t realise when I booked that the accoustics would be so bad. As the restaurant is fully tiled the noise bounces off the hard services so it made it very difficult to have a conversation.
The food, wine and service were excellent and I would definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Starters, sides and deserts were very good, especially the lobster mash, salmon tartare, crab, and crayfish and the apple tart.
The fish of the day mains at approx £20-28 which we had, were all a bit diappointing and VERY overpriced for their size, plain cooking (mostly over cooked) and presentation.
The waiter took a desert off the bill to compenstate. Nice touch but it didn’t quite quell my disappointment I’m afraid. I won’t return.

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

The dishes were all well presented and fresh, however some of it was too salty which left us very thirsty the rest of the evening

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Visited for the 1st time this week, warm welcome ...best Oysters I've tasted for ages my partners starter Prawns & Samphire was also fantastic fish in mains was cooked to perfection.

We had heard that it could get very cramped, It was nearly full but we had no trouble, and it was more of a contented buzz than noisy ... not really anything more to add

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

An excellent fish restaurant, can't wait to go back. Very friendly service created a relaxed and cosy atmosphere in the small restaurant. The food was different and interesting and we loved everything we ordered. If only there were more restaurants like this.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Will certainly come again after a performance at Covent Garden

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4.0Dined on 26 April 2018

This was my second visit, and I was impressed on both occasions: great service, good location, nice decor (if a wee bit cramped, but the place is small), first class fish (good variety as well, such as the rarely seen in London megrim sole) and seafood, but also sides, such as the amazing seaweed and cucumber salad. Attention to detail in the finishing touches, such as spikes of fried tarragon on the brown crab pissaladière. And of course, good wines! I also like the default carafe of water, just a nice touch which should be ubiquitous.

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3.0Dined on 26 April 2018

Three of us went to catch up, and great seafood (oysters, crab, fries, croquettes) and wine. Upselling encouraged us to get more food than we could actually eat, including lobster mash (didn't live up to reviews we'd seen) and a bread basket when just wanted a couple more slices to go with what we had been given with the oysters. Service could have been more attentive as we had to ask twice for crab shells to be removed from the table and ask for water bowls. I won't give away the details on their water bowls, but suffice to say we are all still talking about that! Will definitely go back, but will be careful on how much food is ordered.

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4.0Dined on 23 April 2018

Great food from the appetizers to main courses and all in between. Seafood at its best.
the best fish pie ive ever had

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Easy location with great food, staff and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

Really enjoyed eating here. A good selection of fishy plates and wines made for an excellent lunch. We eschewed the mains and opted for lots of smaller dishes which was plenty to leave us sated; all were either very good or superb. Finishing the meal with a steak sandwich (which was near perfect) was about as good as it gets.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Fantastic meal, everything we ordered was delicious.
Will definitely be going back again!

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

great food and ambience. Staff were very attentive.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Relaxed and high quality. Everything was very simple yet tasted wonderful. And the service was genuine, friendly and professional.

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