Temper Covent Garden

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179 reviews
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Mexican
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temper Covent Garden is the third restaurant in the award winning temper family. All the restaurants buy whole animals from local farms and butcher everything in house offering the best meat in town at the best value.

Covent Garden sells these meats on corn tacos and cooks in a huge wood-fired oven and robata grill, placed in the middle of the restaurant.

The restaurant also boasts a central cocktail bar with a huge range of vermouth and agave. temper was recently voted the best cocktail restaurant in the UK and Covent garden is no exception.

temper Covent Garden has booths, banqueting tables for up to 20, bar seats where you can watch the kitchen and semi-private space for up to 40 guests. Outside we have space for 20 guests in the peaceful courtyard of Mercer Walk where you can catch the best of the British summer or wintertime.
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Singapore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Meat was dry and cold, although good drinks and service, though not enough to make up for the poor quality and over priced food

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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Having been to Temper CG several times previously, I was excited to take a visitor there for their birthday. The menu had unfortunately been completely revamped the week prior and it was extremely disappointing.
Overpriced steaks with little to no flavour, tasteless appetisers.
The restaurant has lost its identity. Mexican style appetisers, weird flatbreads for mains as well as 3 varieties of 500g steaks which we were told come medium rare with no chance to request otherwise.
Overall we were very disappointed and won’t be returning.

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A wholly average experience. The dining room was well laid out, but fairly empty, which for 7pm was a bit of a surprise. I'd been to the Temper in Soho a couple of times and had a great experience, but this restaurant seems to have missed the mark. The menu was very limited, which i'm usually not that worried about, but it seemed to be missing substance. One of the group was vegetarian and the options were really limited; being one starter and one main, both of which were based on the same Mole sauce. Service was shaky and the steaks we ordered were served on a thin metal plate, which was cold within a couple of mins; fries on the side felt like they'd been left out for a while under a heat lamp before getting to the table. Not great and won't be going back.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was really slow. We were waiting 45 mins until we even got asked for a drink

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a
London
22 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall I liked Temper Covent Garden. The ambience is fun and trendy and buzzing. But precisely because it is so trendy, the service is spotty. Some of the drinks took a long time to arrive, as did some of the food. Then oddly the tacos arrived super quick and all at once. The main dish (goat carnitas) arrived cold...we were sitting close to the plating section of the kitchen and we noticed that a lot of the main dishes were just sitting around, so other diners probably received it cold too. However, despite those hiccups, I would still go back but I would stick to the tacos and maybe go during the week rather than on a Saturday night.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The starters were perfectly tasty however they took a while to arrive. We ordered a rib eye steak as one of the mains which arrived well before all the other mains so was cold when we came to eat it. At £37 a steak this isn’t acceptable. 2 of the sides were missed and we had to ask for them to be brought - this took 10 minutes.
The biggest disappointment was the service. When our mains arrived, the starter plates hadn’t been cleared so we had to stack the plates at the end of the table, like it was a school dinner. As well as it being slow (our wine came after the starters, and we followed up 3 times) the waitress overseeing our table was rude. Her attitude was poor, and it felt like she was doing us a favour any time we asked for anything. There was no apology for delayed arrivals or missed orders. She was clearly very stressed, and was seen having a fraught conversation with the manager (our table was next to the till) but this attitude should not have been conveyed to us.
We were especially disappointed as it was for the 21st birthday of one of our party.
We will definitely not return.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

There were only 2 main course left even though we went there with booking.

Asked for 2 medium to well steak 1 of them came rare with fully blood.

Concept of food serving;
If you order steak that’s all you got :) no chips or salad. I don’t even think it was a steak knife I am given

You can’t say no to waitress she gets upset :) but she was ok overall

I won’t go again even though steak was delicious

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was expecting a lot more from our meal. We were seated downstairs, where the ambiance is stale and the service is somewhat of an afterthought. It is almost like the forgotten part of the restaurant that was created because they simply needed more seats. The food, which is most important, was bland and rather expensive. The steaks were underseasoned and the tacos / nachos were nothing special. Overall it was a disappointing meal.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Over priced. Attempting to compete with the likes of Hawskmoor or Gaucho but not even in the same league.
One of 4 steaks was returned as the medium rare was served with nothing more than mild sunburn, a good vet could have revived it.
Serving staff had limited knowledge of the menu.
Cocktails were good. Manager discounted bill appropriately

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l
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Read good reviews about the Soho branch of this restaurant in the FT and Guardian couldn’t believe how disappointing the food was.
The place was quite empty on a Sunday evening so can’t talk much about the ambiance but it was the food we came for and let’s just say we shan’t come back for more.

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T
London
27 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tacos - great selection. Each serving is two small corn tacos. Tried goat, goat’s cheese, fish, octopus, soft shell crab and mushroom. Mushroom flatbread also spectacular.
Excellent cannoli - honey and crunch nut. Then the incredible Nutella cookie, baked with peanut butter ice cream. Couldn’t taste the Nutella but still delicious.

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AI
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Experience was good and the food was good quality. Service was great too. The Nutella cookie dessert was amazing.

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LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - food amazing and service always brilliant and friendly

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CB
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

food is usually very good but today it all felt very rushed, despite a 45 minute wait for food whilst the restaurant was half full. the Detroit square pizzas were the star of the show so a little sad to seem them being taken off the menu, although with that said they were certainly not at their best again due to long wait/rushed staff, the pizza base was undercooked and the dish became quite underwhelming, a shame to have this as a last memory of what was my favourite pizza in London.
service was slow, seemingly nothing we could do to get our waiters attention, even whilst staring at him for 5 minutes. when the order was finally taken, it was not put through the system, we were told 20 minutes later and then had to wait another 30 minutes for our food.

ive been in 4 or 5 times now and always have a good time, but feel that the standard has dropped across food quality and service, i cant see myself recommending to a friend as i once would have.

chris

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PW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was very quiet but we went at Six on a Friday pre theatre. Lacked atmosphere

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RJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food tries too hard, what should be a delicious lamb and flatbread dish was bland and boring and for the price, small. The pizza with crab, don't bother going there - the flavour didn't work, and we got bored eating it after a while, as once again it was bland. Disappointing, although the vibe seemed promising. They need to rethink and simplify their flavours.

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been 4 times to covent garden now, always have a good time and the food is great. I took my sister and her husband on Saturday and the only thing that let it down was the speed of drinks service. We ordered white a few cocktails and each time they took 20 minutes or so to come.

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FP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish tacos were amazing. Polenta was outstanding. Loved the flavours.

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A last minute early evening Tuesday treat. Very tasty food, two starters, two mains and a side - not that filling but good service and very tasty.

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AE
London
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was ok but to be honest I was a bit disappointed given the rave reviews of the Soho branch. Service was very nice and the fit of the restaurant is lovely with the kitchen in the middle. Unfortunately the food mostly didn’t live up to the hype for us. The cheeseburger tacos were a bit bland but the goat was delicious. Everything seemed like it had masses of raw onion on it, and too much going on in general so you couldn’t appreciate the meat. The ox cheek came with a great big inedible lemon half taking up a quarter of the bread. It was just all a bit style over substance, and really overpriced.

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed it (although migbt just share a pizza next time). Deep dish deliciousness!

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s
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb evening with a top host making plenty of recommendations, which certainly made for an enjoyable evening out. Personal favourite would recommend the crab tacos, lamb flatbread and porterhouse steak to share accompanied by a cheeky monkey 47 gin!...Music was old school 80s and made more of an upbeat feel in the restaurant...only slight negative would be positioned by the door so had the occasional wind chill blast as customers came and went but very minor groan as didn't dampen the experience. Overall I would highly recommend a night out at Temper as you won't regret it!

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JS
London
16 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tapas with a twist. The meat was wonderful and the courgette was great (still not sure how it was cooked). Staff were friendly. We will definitely be back to try some more.

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CK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was amazing! The food was tasty, service was brilliant as was the atmosphere. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it - best meal we've had in ages!

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small portions for food, and so a little pricey as you need quite a few dishes!

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R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was really really good and so was the service.
The only things we didn’t found as good was that we ordered 2 starters with 2 cocktails and 2 mains meal with wine, we received everything at the same time unfortunately our mains was a little cold when we finished the starters ...

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Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food on a quiet Sunday night! You have to try the beef cheek tacos and the cheeseburger pizza!! Friendly staff and nice vibe.

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OT
London
60 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Service patchy, one excellent, one less so. But I would go back.

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AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fun, good engaging service. However I do agree that the food is quite expensive for what it is. It is very nice but could do with coming down a little.

Great atmosphere

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was very average and service was appalling. Ordered White Wine, got red. Food was just thrown on table.

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JW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Great venue but terribly mediocre food!

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Waiters had very little idea on how to cater for a gluten-intolerant customer. Nice food (except for the aubergine taco dish which my friend described as 'mush') but too expensive for the small size. Great ambience though - we really wanted to like this restaurant but it didn't quite meet our expectations.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for the portion you get. Having eaten at Temper City these portions seem much smaller. The flatbread is priced like a main but is absolutely tiny, it's barely bigger than the tacos.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! Will definitely recommend

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ON
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Has gone downhill - service isn't great and food is average at best. Over priced for what it is.

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OT
Oxford
15 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Absolutely lovely meet & greet man who made the experience.

Otherwise food was a bit average for the price, and table service slack.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and excellent menu, great variety.

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PJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting concept, dedicated people, loud Music if you are 50😆

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h
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

A group of us had dinner at Temper in Covent Garden the other day. I was a bit disappointed overall and wish I had booked the Soho restaurant which just looks like a lot more fun. The food was ok – some nice flavours, but really nothing remarkable and some of it was even a bit on the cold side when it arrived. My biggest gripe was the service – I had one of those evenings where I was constantly looking for a waiter as we kept running out of wine! It really shouldn't be that hard to spend money in these places. We still had a good time overall – largely because of the company – but the atmosphere downstairs here is zero, no effort had been made to make the restaurant Christmassy and, again, the service was consistently poor.

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