Temper Covent Garden

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Steak
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  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
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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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

unbelievably different to the Soho one,not going to go there again.Great staff rubbish food.

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NW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good however I would question the size of portions provided. The fish tacos are only 2 small tacos, the meat skewers came with 2 skewers and some flatbread. I would go back as the food was yummy but I would definitely order more as I left still hungry.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We reserved for the regular seating but were instead sat at the counter. The menus were different and we ended up having a much more limited choice of what could be ordered as a result.

The wait staff were slow and we ended up waiting for an extra fifteen minutes for the bill.

For food was OK but for the price, it wasn't good value for money.

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GC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

VERY NICE STAFF - VERY WELCOMING. BRILLIANT COCKTAILS!
THE' STARTERS' ARE BY FAR THE BEST THING ON THE MENU. THA FLAT BREAD MAINS WERE ONLY 'OK' FOR US, WITH THE PORCHETTA BEING VERY FATTY AND QUITE DIFFICULT TO EAT.
WE HAD TO WAIT A VERY LIONG TIME BETWEEN OUR STARTERS AND THE MAIN AND HAD TO CHASE THIS UP WITH OUR WAITER... WHICH WAS A SHAME, BUT THEY JUMPED ON IT STRAIGHT AWAY AND WERE SORTED OUT VERY QUICKLY, AND WERE GIVEN A FREE DESSERT TO SHARE, WHICH WAS LOVEYL!

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PB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Forgot one of our main courses, otherwise good.

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MP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent but we ordered from the pre theatre menu (main and dessert) which seemed like good value. We were there for over 2 hours and our dessert never arrived. We had to leave to get to a show so we asked them to cancel the dessert and take off the service charge as service had been very slow throughout the meal, which was a shame as we had enjoyed the food. The staff did say there was a problem with the kitchen.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good, had to ask for the set course menu as it wasn’t given to us upon being seated. Would recommend.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. It was quiet when we arrived but didn’t feel uncomfortable. Great service. Great food. Took a client for lunch and we had a great time!

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a
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Tacos were nice, the burger was good, however we were one of the first reserved tables there and asked to be seated in the corner away from the door, but the staff couldn’t be bothered to accommodate us so not giving them a good service rating!!! If we booked a table and got to the restaurant first then I think we should be entitled to an unoccupied table!!! Not happy!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Definitely recommend this dining experience. Will be back😊

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N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This completes a full house of the Temper restaurants, and each has been mildly disappointing. This newest one doesn’t have the draw of cooking over coals, and after each outpost seems to have converged their previously distinct menus, the ‘USP’ of Covent Garden is Detroit pizza. There’s little done badly, though cocktails were a source of frustration ... one, a ‘Badanas’ so underpowered and insipid it was was just left undrunk, and the other, a (very short) mescal negroni served in a lowball so skinny that a sip meant ice up your nose and a garnish in your eye ... how can something so simple not be nailed on? My biggest gripe is just that nothing really hits the price point it’s offered at: the food is good - and if everything were 2/3rds the cost, you could forgive the lax service, the gale blowing in through the door etc ... but it’s just too damn expensive to justify the evident lack if though of it all. A small plate of porchetta flatbread was £16 with ONE. SLICE. OF. PORCHETTA. That’s some serious pricing, even with a very fine mole sauce. And whilst there is some reasonable wine on the menu, there is not a lot of variety at the entry point. So ... still meh, still ‘could try harder’ - and should.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is perfect. Food is awesome and staff were friendly and helpful. I would def come here again

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HW
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very helpful and friendly, advised us on items on the menu and was polite and happy. The price was very reasonable compared to other similar places in the area. The menu isn’t extensive and will suit those with particular tastes but we enjoyed it.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I've been to other Temper restaurants - and nothing beats the Soho branch. The ambience in Covent Garden restaurant was not great - air con noise, cold, half empty at lunch, yet service very slow. Sadly, wouldn't go back even though food was good.

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R
London
19 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was expensive for quite bland food. I won’t be going back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not the first visit and on this occasion like many others, Temper does not disappoint. The food is outstanding, the Urban feel of the restaurant and the polite and attentive service of the staff is top class. The pleasure is mine as always. A++++++

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MW
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tucked away on a quite lane the moment you walk into Temper you are immediately taken by the island bench tops surrounding the busy chefs busily working away. You are then greeted by an amazing team of waiters who take care of your every need. Whether dining for 1 or in a group I would very much recommend coming to Temper if you enjoy quality ingredients and delicious and flavoursome food.
Will be definitely coming back again

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DS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and a knowledgable waiter. Lovely cocktails but food a bit underwhelming.

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R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food in an open and fun restaurant. Staff are brilliant - really go out their way to look after you.

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S
London
23 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unusual but tasty food. Excellent attentive service. Would definitely go again.

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OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, the deep dish detroit style pizza was so nice and crunchy. Tapas were delicious and the presentation and service was very good. Big selection of vermouths as well, first time trying such spicy wine drinks. Recommend to anyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cocktails and service!

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S
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food with levels of flavour to die for, great to see simple food letting quality ingredients do the talking great venue and service bone marrow pizza well worth t(e visit

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

The kitchen seemed careless about diners with allergies. I had a reaction despite not being served anything containing nuts. This was raised the our waiter who was unapologetic, stating that no nuts had been used. Usually servers have a level of sympathy to this but it was not present here. This is the first time I have not wanted to pay the service charge. Will not come back.

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LC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came along in February to try the pizzas but the menu had changed. As soon as we saw they were back we booked a trip to London. We had the cheeseburger tacos and a cheeseburger pizza. Both were fantastic.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Several times we had to chase the waiter. In addition the food was over seasoned (steak), over sauced (burrata flatbread) and over cooked (fried fish tacos). For the price of the food made it over priced and there are far better and cheaper restaurants than this in central London.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was very disappointing. Once they had taken our order they seemed to forget about us with dirty glasses and plates left unattended.

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat, food was excellent, staff were lovely and was really nice to see chef there too . Highly recommend

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to Temper Covent Garden for a small birthday dinner with a few friends. Service and food both very good, with the cheeseburger tacos a notable favourite. Drinks were mixed in quality: the 'smoky' mezcal margaritas and negroni tasted mostly of smoke, but some of the fruitier drinks were better. We were seated downstairs, which probably lowered the overall volume, but by the end of dinner the ambient noise meant conversation with anyone not seated next you was a bit of a chore.

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VB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was super friendly and helpful. We weren't offered the theatre menu right away though, and had to request it. Food was lovely, arrived relatively quickly. Nice atmosphere. We were initially going to be put downstairs but we would have been the only ones down there and it was very quiet. We requested a move and they were very accommodating.

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

Mother’s Day treat . Food was excellent . Service a wee bit slow but overall worth a visit

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H
London
425 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had three of the taco dishes, with a couple of tacos of each: the cheeseburger, the soft-shell crab, and the tuna poke. All of them were big on flavour and it was enough of a meal for a solo diner, sat at the dining bar overlooking the kitchen

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NJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The pizza was like nothing we've tried before; not your average pizza, but tasted amazing. The tacos were also excellent. The staff were very attentive and helpful, and happy to offer some suggestions based on what we liked. Also, not too unreasonably priced for London, coming from elsewhere in the country. Will definitely be visiting again!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service from the wait staff & the food was lovely but it just took too long to arrive at the table.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant night amazing food. Shame a fire alarm went off locally meaning we was given our bill and asked to leave whilst still eating. But that wasn’t of any fault of temper or the staff. My partner says it was the best steak he has ever had!

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MG
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Soho restaurant much better.
Sat downstairs- no atmosphere.
Food quality good but service slow, waiting staff seemed embarrassed.
Go to soho instead- have had fantastic meals there.

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SQ
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

excellent atmosphere, particularly enjoyed the music. Didn't find the food all that appetising. Ordered a bottle of red wine but it seemed as though it was decanted into another bottle. It had no taste at all.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice buzzy atmosphere. Looked after well by the waiting staff. I had the soft shell crab taco and it was ok. Crab was massive, taco tiny so I had to eat it with a knife and fork. It was ok, but not as nice as I’ve had elsewhere. I would go again but try something different!

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C
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

TLDR; if you feel like over spending on tacos, get the al pastor tacos then go try a different restaurant.

The guacamole was incredibly bland. Had no salt or pepper it seemed like it was just smashed avocados- but then whilst my husband was eating it, he found a large chunk that wasn’t even smashed. The hamburger taco was bland and under cooked. The al pastor tacos were delicious. The chicken skin poutine was not memorable- fries were limp, the gravy was tasteless. Had the rib eye - sent it back twice. Asked for the steak to be medium as I am pregnant and was only going to have a bite or two around the edges while my husband had the good bits. The steak when it was first delivered was completely blue. The outside was seared and when my husband checked to see which pieces I could eat he told me off because the steak hadn’t been cooked long enough for the fat to even be rendered in the slightest - it was still completely red in the middle with the fat still white running through the rib eye. We told the waiter we asked for the steak medium - he came back and the steak was completely charred and well done. Asked for a manager who informed us as this is a high end restaurant that served aged steak that we might not be used to, this is how steak looks.

I’ve had plenty of high end meals where the steaks are aged.... how does that effect the fat from rendering or from the steak being completely raw? Not a good experience what so ever especially after being told they serve such high quality food. Where was it? But even if the food wasn’t amazing that night the customer service was awful. Did not even finish the meal - had to go somewhere else. Such a shame I forgot the managers name.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food generally (although our Margherita pizza was somewhat sub par, but everything else was great), love the place and the decor, only problem was the music levels were crazy loud, much louder than the last time we were there, which was a weekday. Im all for lively weekend atmosphere, but we felt this was too much. The staff were really helpful and accommodating, they moved use to a table that was somewhat better, but still loud, we got tired of trying to shout at each other

Overall great place, good food, great staff, maybe do something about the music levels.

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