temper Covent Garden

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temper Covent Garden is in-house butchered steaks, corn tacos and barbecued meats. Sit around the open kitchen and watch the chefs making your food or order cocktails from the central bar.

Situated on Mercer Walk, temper Covent Garden it is a great lunch and pre-theatre location, with dedicated menus for both and a spacious outdoor terrace to enjoy them on.

Larger parties of up to 24 can make use of the upstairs Feast Table or, for something more exclusive, private hire is available downstairs for up to 55 guests.

Please note we currently do not accept Open Table dining cheques.
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London
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice barbecue place for meat lovers. Reasonably priced and good ambiance.

h
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Very slow service but was valentines weekend!

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were in the basement. Oppressively loud, inappropriate rap made it almost impossible to speak to the staff. We saw several people arrive, sit for a moment then leave again to ask to be reseated. In retrospect we should have done that too. The room lacks the ambience of the upstairs area, is generally uncomfortable to sit in and is poorly furnished for service. Worse, the staffing ratio is far to low and our (excellent and delightful) hostess was run off her feet trying to serve everyone.

The food is .. quirky. Tasty, there's no doubt, but when they talk about "flatbread" what they mean is a 5cm thick mini pizza base slathered in sauce and topped with a morsel of meat. All this experimentation with the customer doesn't come cheap, either.

Overall, a disappointing date and we'll not be back.

temper Covent Garden
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Simon, Thanks for the review. Our concept is indeed quirky but also theatrical - therefore the music and atmosphere is such. Whilst maybe an additional team member in the basement could of aided service, i am under no doubt the team ensured everyone was looked after to the fullest extent. Hopefully the experience has not deterred you and a request to sit upstairs in future would 100% be possible. Hopefully see you soon. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience from the staff to the food to the value for money. Highly recommend

temper Covent Garden
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Anonymous, Glad you had a great time!! Hopefully see you again soon.. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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CB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff could not have been more accommodating - I had messaged ahead via opentable.co.uk requesting a chair rather than a stool due to health problems and they came up trumps! Courteous and friendly. Food wonderful and prompt service as had theatre booking. Beef skewers and flatbread delicious. Would definitely go again.

MK
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table at a recommendation from a friend.
We were greeted by a lady who informed us that we had no table booked.
I showed her my booking confirmation and she said she would find us a table.
We say and were given a menu but not what we had seen on website so we left.
The lady on the door was very dismissive of us .
We left the restaurant and went to a lovely restaurant just round the corner which had great service and food

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 13 February 2020

Hi MartinK, Firstly i apologise for what seems to be a strange visit to us. My host on the evening informed me of this and the booking must of been missed via a third party system, however we quickly rectified and organised an appropriate table. With regards to the menu - id love to hear more as our menu online is a 'sample' and i'm curious to know which menu you were after as i'm sure we could accommodate where possible. Mark Girdlestone, General Manager

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Slightly expensive but a good location, nicely designed, tasty food.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 10 February 2020

Hi Alexander, Thanks for the feedback! I also love the design and the food. We are priced competitively for the area but above all else, our food is fresh and from some amazing suppliers - we believe in quality! See you again soon, Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was great and margaritas were a great addition!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 10 February 2020

Hi Ashlyn, Thanks for the great feedback! Do let us know what we can do to hit the infamous 5*s... Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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HH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nice starters but didn’t posted with the porter house steam, wasn’t impressive at all! Loud and they charge 12.5% service which I thought was ridiculous for the service received

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 10 February 2020

Hi Harry, Thanks for the review - Id love to hear more regarding the Porter House Steak. We offer a great variety and cooked by some of the best trained chefs so any feedback will help only improve moving forward. The venue is a lively venue, especially on a Friday evening. As for the service. Our team work hard to delivery an exceptional experience to our guests - the charge is always discretionary. Hopefully we will see you again soon - Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was fine, except I ordered the beef roast potatoes and had boiled potatoes with cheese and onion, I don’t know how. Been to better restaurants in the temper chain, fell a bit disappointed ☹️

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 10 February 2020

Hi Amandac, I do apologize that some of our food did not live up to expectation. Customers always love our Beef Fat Potatoes and i will be investigating further with the kitchen! I do hope this has not deterred you from visiting us... Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and the service was brilliant, staff genuinely knew the menu and were just the right side of ‘attentive’

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Hi Scott, Thanks for the great feedback! The staff will be very happy with the review... Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant.The food was wonderful
Great atmosphere and good quality wine .Staff were attentive without being overbearing.Will definitely go back

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 February 2020

Hi Rachelle, Thanks for the great feedback! I will pass this onto the staff and we are excited to see you again. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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IB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great service from Chloe! Excellent steaks, sides are limited.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Interesting food options and really lovely attentive service!
I had the hake which was perfectly cooked and delicious, although did seem odd it only came with three tiny tortillas for such a large fillet of fish.

Would definitely recommend!

HW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a great menu. The staff were brilliant and attentive, the food was amazing, a twist on a Sunday roast. Will definitely visit again and try the normal menus next time.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Hayley, Thanks for the great review. Our sharing Roast is a unique concept which allows everyone to try everything! Cant wait to see you again soon, maybe try our Steak Supper club or Bottomless Brunch in future? Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the beef rib Sunday roast. I shared it with my wife and it was more the man enough for both of us. We then had their home made cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top which was amazeballs I will definitely be visibly temper again.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Anonymous. Thanks for the review on the Sunday Road. Sundays are one of our favourite days and im sure you agree - Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved it! Treated so well from the moment we stepped in until we left. Food was yummy, service was exemplary and venue modern. Have already recommended it to friends and family.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi MeiM, Thanks for the great review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was amazing, the service absolutely atrocious. Likely would not return as this was the second time I had this experience. The first I thought was due to one awful server, but it appears to be the norm. Unfortunate, as it seemed they were very well staffed and the food was quite good.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Anonymous, What a shame that twice you seemed to have a poor experience. I assure you our team are fully trained and ready for service every day - exuding passion and drive. Id love to hear more regarding the visit as this does sound very out of the norm! Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waited for more than 20’minutes after reservation to be seated, s waiters were hard to get a hold of, cocktails were mostly ice. For what you get, price is too steep, especially since they add an automatic service charge

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Anonymous, This does seem out of character for Temper Covent Garden. We pride ourselves on a speedy delivery and excellent quality in drinks. I do hope you return again soon to sample both of these. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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DP
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came across this after having to cancel another booking elsewhere. It was an amazing find and couldn't have been more friendly or welcoming after making the booking only 1 hour before arriving. Top marks and WILL be back.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi David, Thanks for the review! Im so glad you found us tucked in the back streets of Covent Garden. Our hidden location makes for us to be quite the "find" among many. Look forward to seeing you again soon... Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I arrived at the restaurant at 21.30 with my girlfriend to find out that the restaurant manager did not allow us to have dinner there because of some issues they were having in the kitchen. I was told that someone should have called me to let me know but it did not happen, and I was also told by the restaurant manager that he was very sorry and would have contacted me through email to invite us to have dinner another time there for free. Until now I have not been contacted by anyone and my experience was very disappointing and unprofessional

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Anonymous. Thanks for the review. There was a one off incident which caused some issues - however i appreciate the frustration. I believe we are now in contact via email and hopefully i can have you down to experience Temper Covent Garden at its best (which is pretty much most of the time!) See you soon - Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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GR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Were not equipped to serve. Short staffed and disorganised.

They would have been better off turning people away rather than accepting and spoiling their reputation. The staff were very apologetic and i felt bad for them but i waited for over two hours which ruined my dining experience.

We eventually had to book a table at Hawksmoor.

GM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Nice restaraunt inside. Food was average for price. Nice staff but slow and disorganised.
Too many other restaurants in London to try so wouldn't return.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Geoff, I do apologise as it seems we missed the mark on this one! Id love to hear more regarding your experience, as i assure you we are one of the best places to come and dine in Covent Garden. That could be me being bias... Hopefully i will hear from you soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really nice restaurant and great atmosphere. Drinks quite expensive. Food was good but the waiter didnt mention thered be a spicy sauce on my sons food when it arrived... it was quickly sorted though. Only disappointment was the coffee. The flat white was tasteless so I ordered an espresso instead and it tasted disgusting. I'd definitely return though

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening for my girlfriends birthday, everyone was really welcoming and attentive.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Anonymous - Thanks for the 5 star reviews. Although we all have one a year, we here at Temper believe that everyone should be made to feel extra special on that one day of the year. We cant wait to have you back, i will pass on your feedback to the team. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, look fwd to returning! Fav dish was the soft shell crab tacos!

CB
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant has a nice vibe - although we were seated in what seemed like an 'overspill' are where there were just 4 tables (2 empty) - away from the main seating, bar & cooking area, even though the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived. We would of preferred to sit on the other side of the restaurant where it seemed a bit more exciting!

However, the food was great and our waiter was super friendly and attentive.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Chloe - Thanks for your review! I do apologise that you were not in the middle of all the action. I personally promise to have you ringside the next time you visit us at Temper Covent Garden. The team is looking forward to impressing you once again. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous waitresses and really great service. Food was excellent and the drinks delicious!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Olivia - Thanks for the great review! We have a variety of amazing waitresses so im glad you were impressed. We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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FT
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good great service is okay definitely would recommend to friends and would return. If you don’t know what this restaurant IIS about I would describe it as a Mexican fusions restaurant....funky cool and adventurous. Definitely worth a try

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi FelegT - Thanks for the great review. We absolutely love the word fusion and would agree we offer that style of food. From Sunday Roast to our epic Carnitas, we have something for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was shocking and we had to wave thoroughly to get the waitress attention each time we wanted anything, however the booth we had was quiet which was essential for older family member. Food delicious but took ages to come so order quickly!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Sw310 - I really do apologise for what seemed to be a poor experience with us! We aim to please all our guests and ensure we are polite, attentive and above all else - speedy. I have noted this feedback and will be making sure we keep up with our guest expectations. Hopefully we will see you soon - Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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K
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had a lovely evening at Temper however the service was very slow and we had to constantly ask for water, to order, never got a check back etc. Our wine didn’t come till we had finished eating which was a shame!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi KatieP - Firstly id like to apologise for the slow service. No excuse given, however being a lively venue somethings we do go a little slower than expected! Ill kick it into second gear and bring my team along with me. Looking forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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FL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent addition to Covent Garden . Lighter and friendly than the soho branch but the the same exquisite food and excellent service

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Omg just wrote a terrible but honest review of this place which might have been helpful feedback for the restaurant and the OpenTable app lost it. Brilliant. Anyway, in summary - don’t bother - they have the makings of a great place but it’s badly executed and they aren’t thinking through their flavour profiles. Small changes could turn this place around. Service staff are excellent though and it is good value but you can taste the shortcuts. Would someone in that restaurant please learn how to cook a Taco!? If you can taste the flour....it’s not yet cooked. Quite empty at 8pm on a Sat night, says it all.

S
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited for my birthday meal as a London tourist. The food and service were outstanding from start to finish. I was even presented with a complimentary glass of prosecco (as was my partner) for my birthday. Thank you for a birthday meal to remember. It was possibly the best steak that I have ever eaten. We will definitely be recommending you to our family and friends.

V
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The offer of the pre theatre menu doesn’t work on the weekend. So be careful when booking for that. Apart from that the food was good and not too expensive anyway!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 January 2020

Hi Visitor444 - We do believe our menus offer great value for money, whenever you decide to head on in! Unfortunately your right - we don't offer on a Saturday as we are buzzing with our Bottomless Brunch for only £35 per person. Come and try the brunch, we promise it wont disappoint. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Food is ok but could not understand a concept. Spicies used in the food are weird and i expected coal oven used in a differemt way. Food is spanish or greek or medditereanan

TN
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Showed waiter email with offering complimentary drinks. Said he’d never seen this before! Wouldn't approve it. Had to get the manager to come over, Staff should know what type of emails are sent to customers with the offers, All basic stuff. My companion ordered cheeseburger. I asked him how it was later that evening. Said it was the worst burger he has ever had I was disappointed as meal was for his birthday. We wont be going back.

B
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue well worth a visit you wont be disapointed . Food was lovely well presented . Drinks are a little expensive but it is London.

BH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

the service was really bad. The meat had to be sent back 2 times because it was not cooked. No gesture was made while we waited more than 30min to be served.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Italian waiter that serve us was awesome ! He gave us the best tips and the service was perfect!!