Temper Covent Garden

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277 reviews
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Steak
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  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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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RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

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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

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

Amazing service, amazing food!

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AS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a colleague in Temper Covent Garden, the food was delicious. It was good to see the inclusion of some vegan items on the menu.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

very noisy, kitchen not good, starters very small portions

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All handled very well from booking to seating us, place lacks a little ambience. Cocktails were pretty decent, food very good especially the steaks. Was bloody expensive, a not over the top bottle of wine, a couple of cocktails and some dinner was a bit over £230 for the two of us, sorry that's a bit strong for what it was. I've paid that for much, much better meals elsewhere...

Still, it was a pleasant evening and I may well try one of the other venues at some point.

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Over priced, over sold, in terms of the waiter’s ‘recommendations’, and over rated!

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A
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a really good time and we really enjoyed the food, especially the warm cookie dough at the end of the dinner.

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch spot! Good value for money, and very tasty vegetarian options too.

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FP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great cocktails

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but menu seems very limited.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very well cooked and as the menu said. Service could not fault, knowledgeable about the menu and willing to explain if needed. Really good value for money.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent pre-theatre meal. Burrata dish was fantastic.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Having also been to Temper Soho, I would say this one was not as good but was still a really enjoyable night. The quality of the food served to us was 5star, with the tacos being our favourite, but the menu itself could have been better. The service we received was amazing and we felt well looked after, even though they had 2 large groups in at the same time. It have a fun and relaxed atmosphere so don’t go expecting a quiet, intimate dinner.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but it took them over an hour to get 5 dishes out at 6.30 on a Saturday afternoon when it was quiet. Waiting staff apologetic and polite but the kitchen seemed hopelessly understaffed. When the food came it was great - we would have ordered more but were concerned it wouldn’t have arrived in time for our theatre booking. Shame.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was greatly disappointed with the menu which varied from the online version. Portion sizes where small and the food took a long time to come out.

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e
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Arrived early and were seated outside, as requsted. We were not offered either of the set menu options so believed these were not available on Saturday which was not correct. Long wait for drinks to arrive and we had to remind staff we had ordered them.
The steak was bland, the hake was very tasty if a little over done.
With so much choice in Covent Garden i wouldn't recommend this Temper which is a shame as we hade been looking forward to our visit.

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j
London
42 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time at the Covent Garden branch having previously had a great time at Soho Temper. Not disappointed. Service here is outstanding. We could not have been treated better. Staff confirmed there is a huge emphasis by management of providing great service and it shows. Engaging, helpful, and super friendly staff across the board. Food is also fantastic and the pre theatre menu is brilliant value. In fact, the whole menu is great value considering the quality and taste of the food. Must recommend the goats cheese tacos, a wonderful bbq taste to the taco itself combined with tangy goats cheese, and the hot cookie and ice cream desert is the perfect pudding. Could not resist a “cherry bakewell” from the Irish coffee section of the dessert menu - wow! Can’t wait to return for a steak (serious case of other diner envy on my way out despite being stuffed!). Get a table or counter upstairs if you can.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We started with the aged beef nachos, we sent it back as there was a layer of liquid fat over the surface that tasted like old beef dripping. The avocado nachos were ok but not spectacular. The meat ordered was a rib eye advised enough to share between two. It was full of fat and gristle just awful, our late dog would have enjoyed it, pudding of mescal and lime was ok but a tiny scoop of sorbet insufficient for the volume of mescal.
The rump steak ordered by our friend was much better.

I was put off eating here again as I witnessed one of the chefs mixing up a salad then tasting some of it, then using his hands to serve the salad without washing them. This alone is enough for me not to return.

The ability to have pizza here is dependant on where you sit. So if one person wants pizza you have sit downstairs and book the pizza and prosecco deal- if available.
Overall I would say overly complicated for in essence steak and chips (straight cut burger joint style and again nothing special).

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NG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and flavours but not stunning. We had a half price deal on food. At normal price, taco starters seem a bit expensive. Goat carnitas had tasty meat and flatbread was soft, but not sure they went together so well. My wife had a rib eye steak which had a good flavour. Good range of cocktails. Would go again at full price but would be choosy. Service was good and the right level of attentive and friendly.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was beautiful, we really enjoyed it. Very affordable too.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice looking place, friendly service but was left totally underwhelmed by the food. It’s okay, but not worth the price you pay.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food, especially the goats cheese tacos and beef skewers. Slightly different and unusual flavours which is good, would visit again.

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F
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Took 30 mins before getting a drink, 45 mins before having to flag down a member of staff to ask if we could actually order some food. Fillet steak arrived with sauce missing, and then when we finally asked for the bill, a further 15 mins later it didn’t arrive so ended up going over to the counter to pay there and then. Reasonable food, but such a poor level of service for a £130 meal for 2 people.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Couldn’t fault the quality of the food at all. The choices were, however, more limited than expected and although not overly busy, the noise levels were rather high. Buzzy, perhaps, but loud as opposed to ambient.

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Needed pizza for two young daughters and myself early evening. Place came up as pizza place. Turned up say down looked at menu no pizza. Pizza is separate booking downstairs. Didn’t really understand it. However manager sorted it out and we got our pizza which was very tasty so good on them for flexing.

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Quiet evening, seemingly new waiter. Service was slow to start, and then sometimes too efficient to take plates away. Some confusion with our order but quickly rectified at no expense to us. Nice place overall, and the food we got was tasty.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
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
2 reviews
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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