Ping Pong Covent Garden

4.1
62 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Asian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Buzzing with the excitement of opera and theatre land, Ping Pong Covent Garden is located on Maiden Lane and is a short walk from both Covent Garden Station and Charing Cross Station.
Set over three floors, the restaurant features an incredible new design with an exuberant bar to greet guests on arrival, transcending into a welcoming, chic restaurant. Unique to Ping Pong Covent Garden is access to a mezzanine level private dining room, as well as the semi-exclusive basement floor, both perfect for functions and masterclasses. From Corporate Functions to Hen Parties, Ping Pong provides the perfect setting for all types of events. Pick from set menus or work with our Ping Pong Party Planners to tailor packages to your requirements.
What 62 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and restaurant is very nice

CB
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice place, quick service, not a lot of music. Went on a Wednesday night and it was nicely quiet. The food if delicious.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for being very accommodating when our group number went from 6 to 9 people.
Food was great and service was brilliant

TK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

While the food was a good choice, the level of service and attentiveness to needs was severely lacking. We had to find the waitstaff whenever we needed something, they did not pay attention to the dishes piling up on our table, food came in waves and there was no room to put in down.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Poor service, average food

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Have been here once before and whilst the food was good the service is shockingly bad, unfortunately it was the exactly the same. I don’t understand how waiting staff can ignore customers. I asked for water when we were seated and multiple times after but only got it at the end of the meal. They do seem to like talking to each other. One member of staff, who was dressed slightly differently, so I assume was a manager, not only had a permanent scowl on her face but also after nearly knocking out food over, spilling one of the drinks and getting the order wrong never so much as offered an apology. Surely it’s just courtesy. Anyway, chefs do a good job but won’t be rushing back here.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really average food and terrible service. Staff was not attentive to any request

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

service was a little slow at times

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was mostly very good but one of the large dishes came out late after 2 reminders - it was cold so had presumably been sitting there for a while. My elderly mother did not complain.
The waitress clearing the table dropped a dirty knife on one of our party and was unapologetic!
We had to ‘chase’ to order coffees and desserts.
Waitresses need to be much more customer service driven/friendly, smiley and helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Chinese food? 🤔 never eaten a similar Chinese food in all of my journeys around the world!

AB
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not many vegetarian options but what they had was very nice.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday night with mates. Service could have been better, not very attentive. We ordered extra dumplings after we finished first course and they never came so we had to cancel. They weren’t apologetic and came across a tad annoyed! Everything else was perfect, great drinks, good quality food, and lots of fun.

GM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I like Ping Pong however was disappointed with the Covent Garden restaurant.
Staff had no knowledge of my booking.
We waited for 20 mins for our drinks and entree to arrive only to find that half the order was missing. Staff were not very attentive, in fact I had to wave my arms around (only to be ignored by 2 members of staff having a chat about their weekend) before another lady came over.
We were not advised that portions came in threes (there was 4 of us) so when some dishes came out, we asked for the future dishes to come out with 4 portions and we would pay the extra. They didn't.

EL
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not having been to a Ping Pong before it would have been helpful to have had some guidance on how to order. You fill in a form and try and get someone’s attention. No one even seems bothered about taking your drinks order and only 25 mins after arriving did we manage to flag someone down. The food arrived quickly once ordered but attention pre-ordering really needs some work. Disinterested staff are not helpful to newbies. This is definitely somewhere you feel more comfortable in if you’ve been before and know the ropes.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent, although you should question the size of the servings. We were three people, and had we known that several items come in three pieces, maybe two dishes would have been ample.
They hand you a list to tickbox, but the lighting isn't really bright enough for this. The service is friendly but their paperwork is a bit chaotic!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early table booked and when we first got there it was quiet but filled up pretty quickly so I would recommend booking a table if possible.
Food was lovely and waiter and waitress gave details of food when prompted. The food was well presented and delicious. We ordered the shared set meal which was ample for two people and we also made the most of the happy hour offer of discounted Prosecco!

EY
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The ambiance was really nice but the food was not very good. The dim sum is not at all authentic and the dumpling dough was very heavy. Xiaolongbao should be served with soup spoons.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nobody seemed to be doing front of house but after we managed to get seated the food and service were great. Nice atmosphere although was a bit hot. Had a good meal and would go again!

NT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son’s 16th birthday and obviously a very important day for all the family. We had been Ping Pong before and always left with the best impressions.
The food was excellent and the staff made every effort to make us feel nice. They even arranged to come to the table holding a small cake with a lit candle and started singing Happy Birthday to my son. They made a great effort to create a nice atmosphere for this important day. We were really pleased and we think that they truly deserve a full 5*.

J
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff and the food was great . Got the set menu which was great value

NS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food and fairly quick service but not particularly attentive I.e. had to keep asking for water refills and for some soy as none on the table. Saying that menu is great and all food tasted great. Fairly noisy but great for a bite pre theatre

RK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not fresh. It seemed as if everything was reheated and stale. Did not enjoy my experience at Ping Pong this instance.

y
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was nice, the staff were friendly and attentive.

RL
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good social eating, good fun and great food

RG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ping Pong Covent Garden is an excellent dining experience. Well worth a visit.

f
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Top notch food. Good but not amazing service. Long thin restaurant felt like it maybe lacked a bit of ambience but food so good that we would go back

K
London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good but small portions and quite pricey

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was extremely slow and disjointed which lead to a bad experience when entertaining guests.

OQ
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

While the food was good, our service was poor. We felt like an inconvenience actually which is too bad. We booked there because we had a completely different experience at another Ping Pong at Wembley. We won’t be going back to this location at least. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this location to friends either.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good but slow service. Had to hunt down someone to take our order, especially when it came to ordering 2nds, dessert, extra drinks and getting our bill. However, the delicious food, when it came, made up for waiting for the initial service. More input from the servers in regards to orders. Things come in 3's and sometimes 2. We had a party of 6. They should have told us to double up on some of the dishes.

As mentioned, in the end, it was okay, as the food itself was enjoyable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, great food in a nice atmosphere..Lychee rose martini is my favourite!

BC
London
24 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, the clay pot dishes came on normal plates and not the clay pots like I have had in other branches. Service was awful, waitress even pulled faces when we wanted to add more to our order.

Food is fairly steep for the portions you get. I do like Ping Pong though and the food tastes good.

DA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While the food is what i'd expect from Ping Pong, I wasnt't particular impressed with the noise level. I have visited another Ping Pong restaurant closer to the city and that was great. The group sitting behind my group were extremely noisy and that ruined my evening. Would not be visiting this particular branch but would still recommended Ping Pong.

D
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not first visit, and have enjoyed it every time. Great food and service, a nice way to spend an evening.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Ping Pong (pre-Theatre) and we loved it so much we went back after the show for more! The vegetarian options for dim sum was excellent as were the prawn and chive dumplings, the Christmas special (crab and champagne) dim sum, the vegetable sticky rice, the cauliflower and broccoli dishes (peanut sauce)-all was incredibly delicious! Will definitely be returning soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very poor food and service! Extremely dis-satisfied.

TM
London
22 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Great dimsums! Service could improve slightly, but Hamza was great! Would return!

KT
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I used a £50 Red Letter Day voucher (meal for 2) to pay for a pre Theatre lunch for my first visit to the restaurant. The top floor of the restaurant was not full and it still took 20mins for the first Dim Sum course to arrive from the pre set menu followed by another 20mins for the final Dim Sum course.
The food was very well presented but minimal; 7 steamed Dim Sum for 1st course and 4 baked Dim Sum for the last course. Therefore ,one drink and 12 Dim Sum for £25 per person was disappointing given the food was very tasty
Overall , service was not great, Food was slow to arrive and meal was overpriced although enjoyable. I will not be returning.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday celebration and a good time was had by all! The food was superb and the service was brilliant. Thank you Ping Pong Covent Garden for a wonderful evening! :)

V
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went here to catch up with a couple of friends. We all ate one of the set menus which were good value and we didn't have to worry about choosing. All in all it was good, although one of the rice dishes resulted in an upset stomach for me, although my friends had no problems with theirs. In hindsight I should have mentioned it to the waiter but I was too polite! The range of teas was excellent, as was the service. I'd visit again.

1
2