Temper Covent Garden

3.9
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£26 to £40
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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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Sun 12:00PM - 7:00PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 11:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 11:45PM

What 410 People Are Saying
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4.0
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3.8
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4.0
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

S
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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!

FL
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
London
13 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!

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.

v
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!!

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This was a nice venue/location and some of the food was nice but the service wasn't great. We had to ask for water three times before it eventually came. Our food took longer than usual to come, and so did our bill. However the staff were friendly and nice but just seemed like they were too busy. Quite a few things on the menu weren't available which is understandable but just disappointing on top of everything else. We did really enjoy some of the sides we ordered but the mains were not great despite waiting a while for them to come.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food, particularly the steak and fries, let down by inattentive service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Closed early on Sunday and rushed us to order and to leave.

Would also not separate meats for the two couples who ordered different things.

Poor service

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing for the money spent!!! We had roast on a Sunday. The ‘smoked’ pork and especially the ‘smoked’ beef was more like last week’s leftovers reheated to the texture of croutons. We should have returned the meat to the kitchen but the service was so slow and borderline rude we just wanted to eat and leave.

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Cold plates already on the table. Meat came on a platter and was just warm so went cold straight away on the plate. The waitress argued the point and the Manager was called who dealt with the complaint in a very professional manner and brought a new platter out and took some off the bill to compensate.

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went in to Temper with my family. Basically dreadful. Nothing much on the menu, and when it did arrive it was over cooked nonsense. The whole meal was over £150 and had to go to somewhere else for supper and family didn’t each much.

BB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

 Sadly a birthday meal to forget. A very poor experience at Temper Covent Garden. Orders:two steak's, one rump and one porterhouse. What arrived was two rumps, brought this to the attention of the waiter who really didn't seem to know the difference, first red flag of the evening. He said he would check and be straight back, I never saw him again. After a few minutes I was able to bring it to the attention of the person who took the order. They apologised for the mistake and said that the Porterhouse would be out soon. They did ask if we were ok eating at seperate times, I said no and both plates were removed. After about 10 minutes both steak's arrived. It was apparent the original correct rump was returned so was no longer as warm as it was. The Porterhouse was clearly rushed and more raw than medium rare. This time the fries were missing , these arrived after a few more minutes. A Manager offered us a complimentary glass of wine, one of which was served in a glass with a very large chip on the rim of the glass! Our server presented us with the bill, this contained items we had not even ordered or received. At this point the Manager came back and apologised, adjusted the bill to remove these items and the service charge. We spoke about the extremely disappointing experience. He offered to arrange to send us some vouchers via email as a sorry. Even going to the effort of taking our email address.As expected nothing has been received. I take it they had no intention of doing this. So over all if it could go wrong it did. This was bad enough but the terrible service made this experience even worse. London has many great Steak places, this is not one of them.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had a very mixed experience at Temper.

The food was very good, however, for the price the service and experience could be a lot better.

It was a very busy night and the restaurant was extremely loud, our waiter seemed to be in a terrible mood so he was pretty rude and condescending and didn't seem to be able to answer basic questions about the menu. We informed him of a food allergy so he handed us the allergen menu but it still didn't list what ingredients were in each dish and it wasn't included in the allergen legend. Thankfully, the manager came around later and was able to tell us what was in the dish.

After ordering, they then told us that because the restaurant was so busy we were going to have to wait an extra 15-20 minutes to get our food. Looking at other reviews now, it seems this is a pretty common occurrence at Temper so maybe they should get more kitchen staff?

Our drinks then didn't show up until after the starters arrived. To his credit, the manager was nice and apologised for the mishap and took them off our bill which made us feel a bit better.

We had also asked to order a bunch of tacos and two mains together so we could all share, but was told this wasn't possible because it would confuse the kitchen and needed to have tacos as starters instead. A bit weird as this seems like it would be a fairly normal request and it also felt like we were being bullied into ordering more food than we wanted.

I made the reservation for my boyfriend's birthday through OpenTable. The restaurant called to confirm it was a for a birthday the day before and I asked for a candle or something on the dessert which they said OK to, but when the one slice of chocolate tart arrived there was nothing.

All told, we did enjoy the food but the celebration was a bit dampened by the service and atmosphere. I would maybe try another one of their locations and avoid the Covent Garden one.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Terrible service.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I could see that already at 5:45pm that the restaurant was busy with parties and get-togethers. I have heard of the amazing food cooked on barbeques which was the reason I visited. I was seated at the long bar table and could get a bird's eye view of the cooking of the meat. It was quite interesting watching the chef grill the meats.

Service at that time was very prompt though less so as the time got to 7pm and I had to patiently wait for the bill.

I was in time to order from the pre-theatre menu and had spicy pork tacos, the burger (which I ordered with a side of fries) was very tasty and the chocolate torte with peanut butter ice cream (which wasn't too peanuty).

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really enjoyable and relaxed meal at Temper London. The food was delicious (pork tacos and beef skewers particular favourites). The drinks were also great, I’m going to try to recreate the Gingerbread Negroni!

MO
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The soho temper restaurant is amazing so I assumed the same of Covent Garden but we didn’t get that at all!
Unfortunate with the waiter we had, but the food didn’t get put through the till so we had to wait an hour for our mains. When they arrived some of the order was wrong (which they did give us on the house) but then some dishes just never turned up.
We were asked to leave the table by 8, but then the food didn’t arrive until 7:45 so we were given another 15 minutes at best.
If you want to enjoy Temper then go to the soho one where the food and service is excellent!

DW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We would recommend outside of busy times...the service team simply couldn't cope with how busy the restaurant was and we were made to wait 30 mins extra for the table we had booked. Food was very good though but ruined our team Christmas night out due to service.

CC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

In short I had booked a table for 8pm for 4. I thought if I booked through Open Table it would be guaranteed. When I arrived at the correct time there were no tables available at Tempur. We waited for 45 mins and were told a table might be available soonish depending on when another table left. I know its Christmas but Tempur/Open Table should not accept table bookings if they are unable honour them. In short a ruined evening and my business clients and went back to their hotel without eating.

RT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To quote Liam Gallagher - it was biblical

S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very underwhelming. My friend and I had been looking forward to trying temper for quite some time but were sadly disappointed. The aged beef nachos were delicious but swimming in oil. The guacamole nachos and grilled hispi cabbage were both extremely salty. The beef carnitas was overcooked and chewy. Perhaps the only decent dishes were the soft shell crab tacos and the honey-sriracha chicken wings, and the cocktails were nice as well. Fortunately, we had a TimeOut voucher meaning the food was half-price. Definitely won't be coming back!

EP
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Almost Everything was geat! Just one thing to improve, the menu should be more comprehensive.

BR
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I attended for bottomless brunch. The food was described on the menu as a platter per person, when the food arrived it was only 1 platter. We questioned why there was not 2 to be told that they had put it on 1 for us. This did not make sense as there were 2 burgers but only 1 of the rest of the food to share between 2 people. I also expect my drink to be topped up once empty at ‘bottomless brunch’ however after 35 minutes we had to ask for a refill as we had only had one drink! Very bad value for money and would not return.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I brought some friends back here because I enjoyed it so much the first time and we had amazing service from Yurij. However this time we were served by someone different and it wasn’t quite as good. Food was great, the wine was nice but we had to regularly ask for top ups and were left waiting on quite a few occasions. We were even told our 90 mins was up an hour into our booking. The service wasn’t bad but just not as brilliant as my first trip there.

ZJ
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! After following them on Instagram for a while I was very excited to actually visit and we were not disappointed, it was everything I could want and more, hands down the best steak I have had in many many years, all the food we ate was first class, looking forward to returning to London to do it all again very soon.

CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overall the experience at 53 Temper was fine.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service so-so (drinks forgotten, slow) and staff not educated on the menu which meant orders had to placed again once we started eating. Extra need arrived and it was totally well done vs the first lot of beef that came out, so had to send back and wait again. Gravy refills only allowed once the jugs were empty so two people in the party left with a roast with no gravy (ie inedible until it arrived) plus it was really salty once we’d coated our food in it. Roast garnishes not impressive and hard to divide fairly between six people. Overall expensive for what you get and service sub-par. Would not go back

GW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, loved the tacos especially the fish and pork ones. Steak was very good.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All round great experience. Staff very friendly.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and a wonderful atmosphere!

NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant in the heart of town. Popular with a lively ambiance and good for groups. Food was great and the steaks in particular were well cooked and delicious. Waiting staff were knowledgeable on food menu. No draught beer, so only bottled beers. It was relatively pricey for starters and mains. However, would recommend a visit.