temper Covent Garden

4.4
718 reviews
£26 to £40
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 45 guests.

Please note we currently do not accept Open Table dining cheques.

Support temper Covent Garden during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 718 People Are Saying
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viprauk
London
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in the rain of mandatory outdoor eating the food and service was amazing- definitely will be back!

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vipEmmaH
County Durham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food here
The cookie dessert is the best

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Lozza
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good experience. Will surely go again.
Steak was nice.

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Alex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ordered the porterhouse - not sure why the outside was not crisp and the steak was slightly cool - very tender though so kudos to that. Parts of the fat in the tenderloin felt like they weren't exposed to any heat at all so that wasn't very pleasant. There was some tendons in the strip so that wasn't a very nice experience.


Great aged beef nacho chips though but I couldn't taste the "age"

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Anna
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was tasty. The outdoor seating was set up nicely as well with heat lamps and large tents, so weather changes were not a concern

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LondonDiner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Booked for 8.45, but we’re not seated until 8.55- we were then told we had 5 mins to order as the kitchen was closing. They also asked us to pre-order dessert. It was not made clear when we booked that the kitchen would close so soon after we arrived. My tip would be don’t book the later dinner sitting fo avoid being rushed through your meal.

We ordered a bottle of wine at around 9.45- we were then told we needed to leave by 10pm. We could not finish the wine which was a huge waste.

The food was tasty, and the staff friendly- but overall as a dining experience, it was poor.

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AmiA
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The service was good, food however was a little bland and generally underwhelming. Cocktails were nice

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ThaliaP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice and friendly staff. A great place for drinks and food to share.

WG
WeekendGroup
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Staff and restaurant has adapted well to the current situation. The food is only ok. Everything lacked something and unfortunately we won't be rushing back.

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Sofia
London
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We booked to have drinks for a hen do! Drinks were lovely, very nice outdoor space even though it rained it was covered. Only thing is they did rush us to leave a bit

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sums
London
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Temper City before so I knew the food was going to be good. The Covent Garden restaurant has a great outdoor terrace set up with heaters. A varied menu, with a lot of choice & everything was delicious loved the pork rib & paratha and the prawn tacos. Service by all staff was fantastic but special mention to Francesco for his attentiveness and great recommendations for food & drinks. It is on the pricey side but is worth it. Would definitely return

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DeniseF
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Very small portions & cheeseburger was raw inside & & basically 2 small meatballs

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JenniferY
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Disappointing food- ordered some small plates and nibbles- indistinguishable flavours despite the promise on the menus. Aged beef nachos had minced beef- why would you mince aged beef? And despite being over seasoned, did not taste particularly flavoursome. Pork and the lamb small plates looked and tasted more or less the same. Everything came sprinkled with chopped red onions, red and green chilli peppers. I suspect quality has been lost as it has expanded as a chain.

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BillM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food arrived late, and after ordering a substantial amount, we only had 90 mins in total from sitting down to leave. 25 minutes to eat and leave.

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OliverLM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic venue for delicious bbq food. It is definitely one for the meat lovers but their fish and vegetable dishes are equally delightful. Friendly and attentive service coupled with a relaxed and convivial atmosphere make this a venue I am sure to revisit.

Try the beef nachos as a starter and split a porterhouse with grilled cabbage and truffle chips on the side. You will not be disappointed.

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FT123
London
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This is a great choice for outdoor dining. Despite rain we were under an awning and with a very effective outdoor heater.
The food was delicious too. The only issue I did have was that when we were asked if we wanted another drink after we’d finished eating, it was delivered at the same time as the bill with a five minute warning that we needed to vacate our seats for the next diners. I don’t think a new glass of champagne should be offered, if you’re expected to ‘down it’ in five minutes!! It seemed like they wanted to maximise our spend, despite little time left to enjoy the drink and our booking.

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SteveQ
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s a must try and great place to visitor friendly staff very accommodating and helpful.
Food is great you have to try and I’m sure you will enjoy and want to go back.

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JJ123
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience! Food was delicious, fresh and came out quickly. Cocktails were delicious and waiters were attentive. Would definitely return :)

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ChrisW
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.......definitely have the tacos! Service was great and althogh not the cheapest for a quick bite, you get what you pay for and 100% worth the money. Would definitely head there again. We were outside due to covid but plenty of heaters and still great!

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CassiaG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was simply amazing!! The meat was so tender I checked twice to see if it was actually meat. And so delicious! All the tacos were incredible and every option was made gluten free 🤗

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PeterG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It had to be outdoors hence slightly lower rating there, but they ran out of the smaller and cheaper rump steaks we wanted at 1830. The ribeyes were fatty and not a great cut. It is pricey for what it was but that said I would go again after 17th May when it is fully open again as pre lockdown this was a great place

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BethanyW
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was amazing! I dream about the brisket paratha ❤

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Jnr1888
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very tasty food. Worked out very expensive I thought. Limited menu too. Lovely food nonetheless

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vipTerri16
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service.

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Cawky
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. Delicious food. Fantastic service. Will definitely be back :)

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PatrickW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Unusual, delicious barbecue. The goats cheese tacos were the surprise winner of the meal.

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Naomi
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, fast and polite. The food was great but have to say that it probably isn’t the best for value. Our meal came up to £100 for a starter, main, side and dessert to share + a drink each. Which you would normally pay for full course without having to share! We didn’t leave full. Can’t knock the atmosphere and the outdoor heaters.

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CGLondon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and vibes. Cramped tables, friendly staff

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Mazwills
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was disappointed because I booked for bottomless brunch based on the write up about temper filling up drinks quickly as well as the fact they had cocktails... it was also supposed to be £39 per person. The cocktails were absolutely tiny and a couple of times arrived half full with loads of ice, if I could I’d attach a picture of how small I mean, practically a large shot glass worth of drink (mostly ice). They took a long time to come. I booked the brunch for 3:45 and it was supposed to end at 17:15 but they told us our time was up at 17:00. The wings were cold as well which was disappointing, overall it was a nice restaurant however I was charged £96 rather than £80 which it should have been and it was terrible value for money given the size of the drinks. I could see they did normal size cocktails but obviously for outside of the bottomless brunch.

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LauraC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, delicious food and good service. Heaters were on too, which was lovely to keep the damp air at bay.

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Millie
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was excellent but we booked a table at 845pm and was immediately rushed to order by a pushy waiter. Throughout the meal we were always rushed and couldn’t finish our bottle of wine. If you have to close at 10pm, I would advice not allowing people to book a table at 845pm as the dining experience was affected by the rushed nature.

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RobertM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Inventive and interesting; and delicious. Good service too

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Donald
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good, nice ambience as well, although we were continuously reminded of the time we have left.

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vipSimonM
London
22 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Enjoyable meal despite being outside being rained on

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vipFoodieLexus
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from the team here at Temper CG. Divine food as always and such a fun atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
13 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to be able to dine even though outside. The food was good. Would go again

AJ
AngelJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely service! Definitely recommend the nachos and prawn tacos

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viptegel
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great to be out and about again but my gosh this place is overpriced. £13 for two prawn tacos? Even the ‘cheap’ £9 Cheeseburger one is basically just about 1/2 of a regular sized burger spread across two tacos. The pork tacos were best IMHO. Yes, they were tasty, but I felt 1) robbed and 2) still hungry. Looking forward to more restaurants being open!

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brokj004
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating arrangement was great

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Rachel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was top notch, a massive thanks to Benedict! He is absolutely amazing and really looked after us, he even managed to move us to a table next to a heater as it was quite chilly. The food was good especially the lamb kimchi and the pork bites. Thank you Benedict I will definitely be back because of you!!

FAQs

temper Covent Garden is rated 4.4 stars by 718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.