temper Covent Garden

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Pre/post Theatre
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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What 457 People Are Saying
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NickiM
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were recommended Temper by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. The waitress was really friendly and helpful, food was delicious and the ambiance good. The only thing I didn’t understand was the need to state on the booking form whether it was for a celebration, as I said it was (it was for my daughters 21st birthday) and yet absolutely no reference was made to the fact. I didn’t expect anything in particular, just thought it might have been referred to at some point.

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sophied
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is OK but vastly overpriced for the quality and flavour. Service is poor as it seemed there were not enough staff and they seemed overwhelmed or poorly trained. Certainly not good enough for the price per head. The restaurant is also incredibly loud due to very loud music.

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Responded on 10 March 2020

Hi SophieD, Firstly id like to apologise for the service received. This is certainly not to the temper standard as we rigorously train all of our team on our products and service standards. I admit, the restaurant is lively on a Saturday night. We spend a lot of time preparing, choosing and perfecting our recipes so id love to hear more on which dishes you had to see why the rating would be so low. Hopefully i will hear from you soon. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I felt front of

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 10 March 2020

Hi Anonymous, Id love to hear more on your service and experience with us. Please do get in touch. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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LJ89
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great place. The chef really made our night- giving us little tasters, chatting to us, and making sure everything was good.
Fantastic experience and would really recommend!

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi LJ89, Thanks for the great review. Lovely to see our kitchen team interacting with our guests - this is definitely one of our unique selling points at the temper brand! See you soon - Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was delicious and such a great vibe. I’ll be back for sure! The beef carnitas was delicious.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

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

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CantResi
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perhaps something less spicy for kids would be beneficial. Our food was good though. Our waitress was particularly good - very friendly, helpful and great with our children. We would visit again.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Afternoon CantResi, Thanks for the review. I will pass this onto our waiting staff. We have a variety of less spicy options available on the menu, it may just need some adjustments! Hopefully we will see you again soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was good - although they do not actually do the pre-theatre menu on Saturdays, we showed them that the open table app said they did. They straight away gave us the menu with good grace.
Other reviews have said the service was slow but we did not find that at all. Overall very pleased 😊

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Anonymous. Thanks for the review. We aim to provide a quick and efficient service across all Temper branches so im glad you could see that! Hopefully see you soon Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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JulieG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

It's a shame the brunch menu isn't a little bit more brunch.

Having said that the location, atmosphere and service where all good. I would go back but stick to the a la carte menu.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Julie G, Thanks for the feedback. Our brunch is a twist on the traditional brunch - is everyone not sick of Avocado on toast yet? Hopefully we will see you again soon - maybe for our Steak Supper Club or Pre Theatre Menu! See you soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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NaldaP
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, outstanding service. A gorgeous lunch, will definitely be returning!!!

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Responded on 5 March 2020

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

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AlexP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was very nice and the service was generally good, however it was let down by our side orders not arriving with the mains. We had to ask for them 3 times, they eventually arrived after we had finished our meal.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Alex, Apologies for any delay with the food. Our sharing concept generally ensures all food hits the table at the same time, however on occasion we may stagger depending on group size etc... Hopefully we will see you again soon. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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BenJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, outstanding service. One of the best meals I’ve had

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Responded on 5 March 2020

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

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MargaretO
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Would be good if you could include side dishes such as chips into your burger and steak meals. As separate pricing is a bit disappointing

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Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Margaret, Thanks for the great review on the food. I do apologise for the confusion in pricing however as our menu is designed to be a 'sharing' concept, we ideally price everything individually to allow for this. Hopefully we will see you again soon to try our Tacos / Meat on bread! Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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lovefoodcom
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Anniversary

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Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Lovefoodcom, Im sorry to see your experience was not up to standard. Id love to hear more so we can improve on any areas which may have fallen short on the night. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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vipJonathanC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was abysmal, with food taking an hour to arrive at our table. Waiters kept forgetting items/drinks and needed reminding.

Food is horrible and feels very unhealthy, despite this being a "BBQ restaurant".

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AndyB
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First visit, good decor, good vibe, music playing but not overbearing. Service friendly and efficient, food good, 2 of us had fish which was excellent, enjoyable experience.

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Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Andy, Thanks for the feedback. The atmosphere is key in the restaurant industry and im glad we delivered. Looking forward to seeing you again soon - Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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Guest317
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love the vibe of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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SusanF
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. We were seated immediately on arrival and a waitress attended our table within minutes.

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SarahH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went with my son for his 21st. Service was slow, however, the food was good, one of the best steaks I’ve had. The server also realised it was my son’s birthday and gave him a free glass of fizz. Lovely touch, thank you

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Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Sarah, Thanks for the review. I apologise if the service was somewhat slow when you were here - we usually pride ourselves on the efficiency of our kitchen and waiting team. I do hope we see you again soon - Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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victorialad
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Victoria, Thanks for the great review. Do let us know what we can do to hit 5*'s in future. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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harrieth
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

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Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Harriet, Thanks for the review! Valentines is understandably a busy night so i apologise if service was a little slower than usual. Hopefully we will see you again - maybe for our Bottomless Brunch or Steak Supper Club. Kind Regards, Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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vipSimon
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 on 17 February 2020

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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OpenTable Diner
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 on 17 February 2020

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

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ChristineB
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.

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Christine. Thanks for the great feedback! The Beef Skewers are hands down my favourite item on the menu. See you soon - Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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MartinK
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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food took more than an hour, drinks in between took too long too. Waiter said it was his second day - looked like the place was understaffed. Temper Soho much better experience

temper Covent Garden
Responded on 24 February 2020

Hi Anonymous, Thanks for the review. I do apologise for what seems to be a uncharacteristic experience here at Temper Covent Garden. I assure you we value all forms of feedback as we ever aim to improve on all areas of the business. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Mark Girdlestone General Manager

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Alexander
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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AshlynH
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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HarryH
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

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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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Amandac
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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ScottW
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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Rachelle
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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IanB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

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Cm714
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!

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HayleyW
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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OpenTable Diner
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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MeiM
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
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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DavidP
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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