Parsons

4.5
216 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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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 216 People Are Saying
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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always with exceptional food and the most delightful staff anywhere.

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LF
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. A really interesting fusion of Japanese and European fish cookery. This, for me, was better than J Sheekeys! Great for sharing plates. A very fun and relaxed atmosphere. If you love seafood, then get down there asap!

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NT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food quality and the design of the dishes was amazing. Simple cooking techniques applied to fresh high quality ingredients created dish after dish of perfectly cooked and presented food.
The head chef has used a variety of herb combinations that accentuate the main ingredients giving you a range of flavours that are unique and exceptional.

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TW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place to come for beautifully and simply prepared fish with complex and interesting sides. The clam chowder is a thing to behold - silky, smokey comforting perfection. charming lovely staff , excellent wine list set in a cosy restaurant you would have thought had been there forever.

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PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great fish restaurant. A good selection of fish that changes daily depending on what is available. The service was good and the staff very friendly. I would recommend booking if you want to be sure of a table. We went on a mid-week lunchtime and the place was buzzing!

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DS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy but very good. Great food and great service. Will definitely come back

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RI
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very high quality food , good selection of wines and attentive friendly staff . A tempting menu and we were tempted by the chowder and the fish pie . Both of very good quality . The atmosphere is relaxed , friendly . It is small and the tables very close together which can encourage chat with folk at the next table . Which it did .

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice staff and quality food. Value of money

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Use Open Table to booked for table for 2. Gets the smallest window seats while there are bigger tables around. 2 walk in customers got a table for 4. When the food comes, that’s not enough room for the side dishes as expected. The waiter told us to have the french fries after the main course. He can put them back to the kitchen. I nearly ask him to shore it up. The response is just unbelievable.

Food is forgettable compounded with service. Never again!

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good seafood -super fresh-but cramped but good atmosphere and excellent Muscadet

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TA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Before coming to the restaurant with my missus, I hadn't eaten fish in (around) 8 years. My missus LOVES, and I mean LOVES seafood. We were sat down and looking around in the small but packed restaurant, we found the main menus not on our table, but on the walls. Every seafood dish is different every day, and all of their fish and seafood are freshly caught. The service was slow, but it was understandable, they were packed to tbe brim, even on a Wednesday night, and patience is key sometimes.
The wine selection was pretty basic but had some interesting choices, and was catered mostly to pair with a range of seafood.
We were served a Lemon Sole between two, which was absolutely divine. It was juicy, slowed right off the bone and the vegetables managed to soak up a lot of its slightly salty tang. The seaweed and cucumber was basic but a great pairing.
All in all, this was a great feast, and for the price of what we had which totalled to around £50, very cheap. The waitress was knowledgeable and took us through every step on the way.

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M
London
18 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab as always, a comforting fish pie on an autumnal day. Would have liked a bit more veg if I was being picky

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Parsons was amazing and the two servers were impeccable. I couldn't fault the place. The price was very reasonable for what we had and I will be returning very soon.

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M
London
18 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very straightforward meal whether one course for lunch or three for a dinner (or vice versa). Always recommend to fish lovers as it’s so good. Hoping for skate wings this week 🤞

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S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Cosy place with small tables so danger of feeling hemmed in. Food was good and service excellent with wine recommendations and a table in 10 cases arranged post dinner. noise level was high but that may be a one off due to a noisy table

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AW
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Clever and perfectly executed small plates with a great wine selection alongside.

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OT
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
12 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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WR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Fantastic seafood and a great wine list (courtesy of 10 Cases across the road no doubt). Not the most comfortable restaurant ever as they've really crammed the tables in. When you're over 6 foot tall it feels like a challenge to squeeze into their seats, seriously I felt more cramped than I do flying economy. All said and done, I would probably go again as the quality of the dishes is superb.

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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
London
2 reviews
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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception here with a few of our friends. Everything was outstanding. The food is always special and the waitress recommended some great dishes that we would not have normally tried. It’s our second time here and it really was just as great as the first.

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E
London
37 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do you love Fish?
If you do visit The standard of skill demonstrated by the chefs is off the chart.
Each dish has massive taste, flavour and superb presentation
Service is friendly yet professional. I can’t imagine anyone could ever be disappointed here.

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k
London
25 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
177 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
4 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
3 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
3 reviews
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
4 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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