Temper Covent Garden

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Steak
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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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Interesting and varied menu but slow and inattentive service and a lack of atmosphere.

BP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very welcoming/friendly/informative
Foo excellent and good value. Good atmosphere but difficult to talk to people other end of our group(6) as very noisy. But overall excellent night

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Good but nothing out of ordinary. It is not expensive but I can easily count several restaurants in their price range where I would say, “I will definitely get back”, I won’t.

My order was taken within 2 minutes after I walked in, my drink arrived like 15 minutes later and my starter arrived with my main after another 15.

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for bottomless brunch and it was absolutely amazing! Unlimited food and drinks at excellent quality! Had a great day!

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant bottomless brunch, would definitely recommend - and can’t wait to go back!

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I wouldn't recommend going on a Sunday evening, we were practically the only people in the restaurant and the staff were shutting down around us. As a result the service was very average (waited 20mins for water), and the food was also very average. We were made to feel very rushed and that the staff just wanted to go home (we were even asked to leave at 8pm even though we still had drinks on the table). We spent £350 for 4 people and I would've expected much better food and service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been to Temper Soho I had high expectations of their covent garden branch.... and I wasn’t disappointed. Welcoming, personable, enthusiastic and knowledgable staff coupled with great food and wine made for a great experience. Sitting at the counter meant we got to interact with everyone from the guys at the bar, to the bar manager, chefs and restaurant management, all of which were passionate about their product and happy to talk meat and booze and their choice of music made for a great atmosphere. Thank you, we’ll be back

RC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Modern lively restaurant. Good service. But menu poor at explaining dishes - had to ask about almost every dish. Very limited menu. Overpriced- for a restaurant that specialises in steak the steak wasn't great. VERY noisy for trying to chat. Wouldn't rush back at £65 per head.

LL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Was very poorly the following day so will not be going back

KF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter was lovely and the food was great! The wine was ok, the experience would have been 5 star if the wine was better.

HY
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and we sat at the seats looking at the chefs. This was great as we were by the chef cooking the steaks. He was very attentive and suggested the bananaramadrama for dessert which was incredible.

When we first arrived a lady came over to take our order but didn’t explain the menu. She took our drinks order and we were a little confused as to what to order. The man who I assume was the manager came over and fully explained the menu to us which was great. Another guy then took our order and helped us decide how much to order as we shared everything.

Great restaurant and fabulous food. We will be back

JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented! Great customer service from staff too.

M
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was interesting with a few differences which made a good surprise

BC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table was not ready so we had to wait quite long, though they offered the first round of drinks as compensation.
The food is tasty and clean and some of the dishes were really addictive like cheeseburger tacos and the cheesy potatoes.
Overall a very good experience, just short of 5 stars

A
London
61 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice ambience and food was good - spicy! Not sure what the concept is but nonetheless the food was good.

OT
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fab waiter she was super helpful friendly and accommodating to my colleague who had allergies

Great food

M
London
26 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The good things:
Great food - very tasty, full of flavours. Recommend the goat skewers and beef-fat potatoes.
Friendly service despite being slow. Took about 20mn to bring a bottle of wine but the manager personally came to apologise and did not charge it. Very professional and much appreciated gesture. Staff is very friendly
Great atmosphere - love the long bar

The less good things
Very pricey and relatively small portions.
A side of burrata is £9... literally one burrata ball with some sauce.
You can choose between normal or large portions for mains. The large is quite small so if you are hungry better go for a sharing option and bring a few dishes.
It’s a shame as it could be an excellent restaurant if it was more fairly priced

H
London
48 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A reasonably new, & good addition to the Covent Garden neighbourhood.
We were a table of 4 and ate from all parts of the menu. Our first seating was by the kitchen area, which became too hot to be comfortable. Our waiter was able to relocate us, with some juggling, to the outside patio. We returned indoors for dessert, due to the outdoor curfew.
Musical chairs- but great nonetheless.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere, our waiter was very helpful and made the evening special. Would highly recommend to family and friends

SC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak! Gorgeous food all round. Very helpful staff

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi SamC, Thank you for the great feedback - can't wait to see you here again for more meat and temper fun! Best, Jemima

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LA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere, excellent service

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 20 August 2019

Hey LeeA, Thank you so much for the feed back - hopefully we'll see you again soon!

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CP
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and food far too salty. Some of the staff were very efficient others not so much. Would not return unfortunately.

PH
London
16 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant with really nice food and excellent service.
The bbq brunch with unlimited drinks was reasonably priced and the ambience was great.
Big thanks to the staff who bought out the birthday cake for my mate, was really appreciated.

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hi PaulH, We loved hosting you guys for your pal's birthday - and great cake by the way! So pleased you boys had fun at our brunch. See you again soon for more bottomless fun soon. Team Temper

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible, very well priced. Would suggest cheese burger taco and aged beef with flat bread. Wouldn’t suggest counter service... one side of the counter seems very low down and uncomfortable although it’s a sizeable restaurant so you should find a table easily.

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hey JonothanB, We are so pleased to hear you loved our food. Sorry the counter was a bit low for you, we'll make sure we hook you up with a roomy table next time! Team temper

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S
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner here, every dish was great especially the grilled meats and the tacos. There are enough veggie options to keep everyone happy. We will be back

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hello Sioux, Please to hear you were in to our menu, gotta love those tacos! Can't wait to have you back soon.

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KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

it was far too loud to even have a conversation but food and service was good

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hey KirstenB, Thank you for the feedback on the music. Really pleased however that you did enjoy the service and the menu. Hopefully we'll see you again soon. Team Temper

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j
London
65 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My friend and I enjoyed our first visit to Temper. The food was all delicious, particularly the tacos (cheeseburger is great) ,the goat carnitas and the hispi cabbage (my new favourite side dish!). The desserts were also excellent.
The service was a bit haphazard - fine at first, but then the waitress forgot to order our second round of drinks and, even when we reminded her (she was very apologetic), it still took another 15 minutes for them to arrive.
One minor bugbear about the menu - you cannot call something nachos when it is just a pile of tortilla chips with a bowl of dip on the side. Not that they weren't tasty, but they are not nachos!

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hello jobo, Sorry to hear that the drinks service was lacking - we'll make sure we are MORE than speedy for you next time - and we'd love you to come back and eat all the cheeseburgers - they are delish, right?! Best, Team Temper

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a fantastic time at Temper. Wonderful food and outstanding service

Temper Covent Garden
Responded on 12 August 2019

Hi James, What kind words - thank you! If you'd like to share more details about the server that looked after you - we would love to pass on how much you and your wife enjoyed yourself! Team Temper

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l
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited over an hour for food to arrive- chased a number of staff. Think massively understaffed for a Saturday evening.

Food was good when it did arrive

To be fair they knocked off drinks on bill but the food arriving at almost 10pm having arrived at 8.30 more or less ruined the evening .

Having been to temper soho and thinking that was great this was a massive disappointment

AR
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fantastic service.
Porterhouse steak was incredible. Sides were very good.
Would definitely come again.

LF
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food again , made even better with the theatre of sitting at the kitchen counter. Will be back again.

JE
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went for a pre theatre meal and took advantage of their offer of 2 courses for £16. Both the fish and pork tacos were excellent, we followed this with the aged beef skewers on a flat bread which was unbelievably tasty. Service was slow but staff were completely apologetic and waived our drinks bill which was much appreciated. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Would recommend sitting at the bar rather than table so you can see the chef's in action, or if its nice, they have a nice looking outside area.
The Beef Carnitas tasted amazing, but order a large portion as you'll be left hungry even with a portion of chips. We also (on the recommendation of the waitress) ordered the Dorito Fish taco, which was really nice but really not worth the money as you only get a small piece fish each on a flour taco the size of a coaster.
With the four drinks we ordered, it ended up being really pricey even with a 50% off voucher!

Service although very friendly, was really slow for a restaurant that wasn't busy - we struggled to get a second drink and pay the final bill.

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The wait between starters and mains was ridiculously long. Then the sides arrived when we’d finished the mains, so we didn’t take them. Then, due to the delays we were offered deserts on the house, after 20mins we hadn’t received a menu to order deserts. So called it a day and asked for the bill, interestingly a 15% service charge was added, which we asked to have removed.
Having been and enjoyed Temper in the past, and it being a birthday celebration- don’t expect to rush back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The waiter was so rude honestly didn’t care.

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant a number of times for lunches which always went well. This time however was dinner with a crowd of 9 and it was a disaster. Long delays between getting seated, then ordering drinks, then ordering food, receiving food with bits missing and could not get anyone to take payment at the end. We eventually connected with the manager who did his best to pull the evening out of a nose-dive, but it will be a while before any of us consider returning. It's a real shame because the place is kitted out nicely and has really tasty food, just need to re-focus on customer service.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice dinner at Temper! Food was delicious, service was attentive and atmosphere was lively!

RL
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waitress was lovely, but we had chosen the pre-theatre menu in order to comfortably make our show at 7.30 and it took a really long time for our bill to come - in the end we had to walk up to the till and ask to pay, as did a couple of other diners in the same situation. Apart from that though, it was great!

J
France
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible had to constantly ask for the waitress, drop a glass right under our feet to smash everywhere, no one came to us properly, given the wrong bill. Just terrible service thou the chef was very polite and helpful

y
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing food!

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