The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square

4.8
896 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary European

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Pre/post Theatre
Our beliefs are simple - in a world full of so much terrific food and wine, why settle for a slab of quiche and a glass of boring plonk? Our food is innovative, fresh and tasty... and available at all hours. The wine list speaks for itself - "Legendary for its iconoclastic notes. It doesn"t necessarily tell you what the wine tastes like - you have to make your mind up. It's there to provoke interest", says Harpers, the wine trade magazine. As Barossa wine making supremo John Glaetzer puts it so succinctly, "Don, this is not just a wine list - it's a book". And a readable one at that!

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  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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What 896 People Are Saying
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vipStuart
London
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Still great after 50 years, with the addition of incredibly welcoming and lovely staff

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SueH
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere and great food. Small but varied menu

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HilaryB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still a super venue, great food & service. We arrived pre theatre at 5pm so still quiet. Cheeses wonderful. As are wine chouces. Cheery venue.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection, delicious cheeses, friendly staff.

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KarenO
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spent a lovely Saturday evening dinner at this restaurant. It was very busy & there is very little space to wait whilst waiting for your table. However , once our table was available, we were ushered into a lovely , spacious alcove. Table 10. The food was very good & value for money in a Central London restaurant. We will return.

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PeteR
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - so glad to be able to come back

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mags
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A lovely little wine bar tucked away in the heart of Leicester Square. Great range of wines and spirits and a lovely ambience. Basic menu offering small plates and a small range of main meals. We just has the Hummus and Pitta and scallops - but the menu included shepherds pie, veal , sea bass - very reasonable for pub grub. The service is excellent - a good place for a pre-theatre supper or for a nice glass of wine away form madness around Leicester Square

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vipScottov
London
18 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been going for 20 years, a nice little bolt hole in the middle of Leicester Square. Decent food and interesting wine

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vipMoragR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely cosy spot, busy on a wet Saturday night - attentive but not intrusive service, great wine and lovely food. This is a spot we'll be going back to!

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PaulineM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. Good and drinks were very good. It was early on a Saturday evening but extremely busy. As we were seated near the bar/ entrance we were aware of walk- ins looking for tables which added to the noise but probably added to the vibe as well.
We chose to go for small plates and a cheese selection and were pleased with the choice.
Definitely a good idea to book if you want to go at a busy time.
We will definitely go back.

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ELIM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good wine, good food (and fairly priced), good dessert, friendly and smiley staff.
I would recommend this hidden gem to anyone!


They are respecting the necessary precautions but I personally found there were too may people in that space, it was quite packed.

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KathyRYorkshirecritic
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing, quirky place! Fabulous cheese & wine with a great atmosphere and very attentive, friendly staff. Will definitely book again on our next visit to London!

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vipMugatu
London
33 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rare gem in Leicester Square. Basically the only place around there worth visiting. Charming service, great food and top-notch wines. Must go more often.

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Graham
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun as always 🍷😎

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome 👏 place to eat

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DavidK
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hi - great atmosphere

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SandraJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Re visiting after some time. Lovely to be back food and service excellent and we were able to sit in the little booth. They were very busy and short staffed and every one was going on to the theatre so lots of pressure for them. They did very well and kept smiling through

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KymH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to the C&B for nearly 30 years - enough said!
Always a fabulous experience, with great staff, great wines/food and ambience.
If you haven't been you should go!

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AnnG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't believe we haven't found this place before - will definitely be back. Great food, lovely staff and a mouthwatering cheese display.

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EmmaC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so happy to see Cork I've never had a bad experience, the food and wine is always delicious and the service friendly but not intrusive

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AndrewB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful traditional London wine bar, lovely little alcove to enjoy lovely wines, cocktails and great food. Service was superb, we felt very privileged and spoilt!

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StevenH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back in the Cork and Bottle. Food as good as ever. Nice portion size and good flavours. Wine excellent and well presented. I'll be back...and hopefully soon. An oasis in the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square.

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CanD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music choice(80s&90s pop) was a bit unnatural to the place and the ambiance. Other than that, everything was PERFECT!

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SharmillaF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and good food excellent wine knowledge will definitely come again

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HiddenGem
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The unobtrusive entrance leads you downstairs to warmth, ambiance and a cavern full of atmosphere
Food fabulous
Wine delicious
Service - 1st class

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vipPari
London
152 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oozes character and an impressive selection of wines - both by the bottle and glass. The staff is thoroughly knowledgable and gave great recommendations for botth wine, cheese and food. A hidden gem in an otherwise touristy area. Highly recommend!

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JaneM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always, great choice of wine and spirits, excellent and very friendly service. Much airier than we were expecting on a warm evening with rear doors open. Lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, fabulous staff, great wine menu, excellent food, a hidden gem in the heart of London. Well worth a visit

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MADGESMUM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I chose the Cork and Bottle as the images reminded me of French wine bars and I wasnt disappointed! The ambiance was great and the wine list amazing!

Food was very good and the menu was diverse.

Staff were both friendly and attentive.

Would thoroughly recommend this place and next time we are in London we will be back!

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat outside in the sun very helpful staff , noise from next door shop but was not too loud. Food very tasty

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johnK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, wine and food I would highly recommend the Cork & Bottle.

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VBD1234
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good value, nice atmosphere, very friendly staff.

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CarolR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we wanted - very good food and wine away from the busy streets of Central London - the fact that this bar is below street level gives you the impression you're in a cosy French bar. Excellent friendly service. Would wholeheartedly recommend the duck pate - delicious!

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Sarrie
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely underground wine bar below the hassle of Leicester Square. Good selection of wine for all pockets and nice food. Good level of back ground music. You can easily waste a few hours here..

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KazS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite places. Never disappoints - thanks C&B team!!

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cfoody
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit since reopening and very pleased to find it just as good value as before, excellent service and food and really good value quality wines. Food menu more limited than previously, but they have only just reopened and everything was freshly prepared and well presented. Wine menu still very extensive and lots of wines by the glass. Still one of the best wine bars in London without doubt.

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EmilyD
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and flawless vibes. Very pretty and quiet inside, helpful staff. Didn't eat the food but the pie looked amazing.

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hieveryone
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, hidden gem in Leicester Square. Fab wine list, lots of favourites and new things to try at a wide variety of price points. Schnitzel was sold out but we were introduced to the phenomenon which is cheese and ham pie, try it!!! Also had melty cheese and garlic and rosemary and extra bread and tuna nicoise. Staff are super friendly. Will be back.

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Ryan
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely hidden away wine bar with a great selection to offer as well as knowledgeable staff to guide you around the wine list!

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FourLG
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long-standing, hidden gem; atmospheric and friendly; somewhere you can converse at a normal volume, whilst enjoying superb wines and satisfying food for a reasonable price.

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You can order delivery directly from The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square using the Order Online button. The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7734 7807.

The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square is rated 4.8 stars by 896 OpenTable diners.

The Cork & Bottle - Leicester Square does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thecorkandbottle.co.uk/product-category/gift-voucher/.

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.