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The Wine Place Covent Garden

3.7
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34 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
A small corner of Italy in the heart of Covent Garden.

The Wine Place offers an authentic Italian experience focusing on an unmatched range of Italian wines that can be purchased or tasted by the glass.

The wines, spanning all 20 Italian regions, can be enjoyed alongside meticulously sourced Italian cold cuts and cheeses or complemented by hot snacks.

The menu is simple and focussed on high quality ingredients. Best coffee and teas are also served throughout the day.

After the covid-19 emergency, since the 4th of July opening times have changed to 12 noon to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. We are closed on Mondays until end of August 2020.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back!

Salute!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 34 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.3
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TenorT1
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience3

Lovely staff - a really nice place for a late tryst

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Slow service and disinterested staff.

Wouldn’t come again.

SG
SharonG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed even though I had a booking on open table.

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Foodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely and cosy, particularly Christmassy with the carol singers outside.

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LauraSerra
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Wine Place has a lovely wine selection and yummy menu options, but is ridiculously overpriced considering the “simplicity” of the food. We spent £80 for a 500ml caraffe, meats and cheeses platter, focaccia bread (that should come with the platter, never as an extra) and 2 more glasses of wine. Could have had a full meal in any good quality London restaurant for the same price. I suppose they charge “tourists’ prices” given the location...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was poor, did not select the fact that I had booked through OpenTable. Overall service slow, had to move to counter to pay

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great wine. Great service. Okay food at reasonable prices for the area.

JD
JrDinesOut
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful location and excellent wine cellar. Try the meat and cheese platters as an alternative to typical mains. The staff are very knowledgeable -- follow their guidance!

AW
AngelaW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A good experience - efficient and very pleasant staff. Good food and especially lovely mixed breads. Excellent Lazio wine. We bought a bottle to take home. A calm haven in a very busy part of town in Covent Garden.

SB
StephenB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the venue, food was good. Very quick service

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Jule
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Booked for a nightcap two nights in a row. First night they told us on arrival they were closing as the night had been slow. Second night we were told at first they couldn’t find our booking then when they found it and we were 30 mins early after 20 mins we were told it was last orders. I asked for a coffee and was told the machine was off. Would not return.

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Sincerely
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wine was a little pricey (by the bottle), but the food first class and the staff more than friendly. If you can talk Italian you will chatting untill closing time. Wonderful evening.

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djy666
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a very poor experience as, when we arrived, we found that most of the restaurant was booked for a private party and the only table was a bench with very high stools close to the door. This was totally unacceptable as I am disabled and so we left to try to find an alternative restaurant nearby which fortunately we did. The staff were not very helpful and did not seem to very concerned that our evening was spoilt. There was also very poor access to the restaurant with a few steps with no handrail - totally unacceptable today.

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carlotta77
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was decent although lasagne pasta was very over cooked and stodgy. Service was average as we had to ask a number of times for things. Could have been more attentive. Great music outside in Covent Garden and pleasant setting inside.

JK
JillK
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food fresh and tasty with plenty of vegetarian choice. Good for what we wanted - pre-theatre drink and bite to eat in pleasant surroundings. The excellent busking group outside were a bonus. Big and unusual wine list but would have been nice to have a few more reasonably priced bottles but hey ho guess this is London and Covent Garden at that. Would come again.

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Vickyc
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal at Vini Italiani before going to the theatre. I would say quite rustic and a small menu so if you want something a bit special then probably not the place for you but my husband and I absolutely loved it and the food was fantastic and the service.

JH
JamieH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent spot for a lunch in the middle of Covent Garden. We even had an opera singer performing outside, so bound to be other acts that set up there for lunch time. Lovely food and really nice ambience. Lovely staff and very decent food. Would recommend.

EL
EdLu
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent couple of drinks at vini italiani - great service and great price, thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had booked table for my husband and myself on Sunday 19th of November as it was his birthday , I had previously visited vini’s with my son and loved it , I had the aubergine parmegianna and my son the lasagne which was amazing, so when I knew I was cling to London for my husbands birthday I was so excited to bring him to try the lasagne as it’s his favourite , we popped in on Friday afternoon for a drink and thought we would have some food unfortunately they didn’t have the lasagne(they had sold out ) so I had the aubergine and my husband had a toasty , I said to the the lady serving us that we were booked in for my husbands bday on the Sunday at 12.30pm and could she please make sure that they saved us some lasagne as they had sold out that day , she promised that the lasagne would be reserved ,however we were hugely disappointed upon our return on my husband’s actual birthday to be told again “I’m sorry we have sold out of lasagne “ I mention the server had reserved us some on the Friday ???? But no she didn’t ,I know it sounds silly but I’ve waited over a year to take my husband to the wonderful little
Italian I have raved about only for it to be far from wonderful . We were so disappointed we just left and then had to find somewhere to eat on his bday . I would till reccomend going as it is a lovely little place BUT to avoid disappointed maybe call ahead to make sure all the menu is available !

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vipsparky2luka
London
23 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delightful little Italian in the heart of Covent Garden . Mainly renowned for its amazing selection of Italian wines they also serve an excellent array of Italian food i.e. Breads , cheeses . Meats , pastas and salads. We started with Parmesan Lollipops just delicious then a selection of breads and pestos followed by some delightful meats & cheese before our mains which were a Porchetta Platter and Gnoc N Cheese yes gnocchi smothered in Cheese very tasty though . I would definitely recommend a visit especially if you fancy a nice glass of Italian wine a lovely meat and cheese plater or a nice meal and you can listen to some nice music outside aswell or just people in the buzzy atmosphere of Covent Garden

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Life2benjoyed
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Was very nice, table space is very small if ur having food or anything other than a glass of wine.
Otherwise great place.

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Equinox10
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The wine was lovely and pretty good selection. Limited seating indoors. So sat outside in covered courtyard. On show, not very private, very touristy. Although there was some pretty good entertainment with fiddle players and an opera singer.

KB
KristinaB
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This little spot has a very limited menu, It is more for wine and tapas. The live entertainment was fun, not a good place if you want to talk. It could be a fun, especially people watching and some local talent entertaining. However, unfortunately the night we went, someone burnt something in the kitchen and the fire alarm went off for the most part of our meal. The owner/manager was very apologetic and kind and comped our water and service charge.

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Canuckoverseas
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wine bar - great food and drink and wonderful service

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Alistair
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Lovely little Italian wine bar under the Covent Garden piazza. Good place for a first date over wine and a sharing board of cheese and meats. Busy, but not loud. Would visit again.

SC
SimonC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminds me of bars in Italy, lovely Puglian Settantacinque red wine and great food. Will be back.

MS
MartinS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately another patron scraped our cheeseboard with her coat as she brushed past the table. But for the most part it was a nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great wine, great service, not cheap but on par with the location. Loved that string quartet playing in the yard!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2016
Overall1food3service3ambience3

We booked a table for sunday evening at 19.00.
When we arrieved at the restaurant we were told that the kitchen would closed at 19.30. We would never had come to the resaturant if we knew that in advance!!!
When we asked for more bread at 19.35, the waitress answered: "No, sorry, the kitchen is closed". The meny in internett had also much more different food yhan the meny in the restaurant.

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vipValH
London
114 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

New winter dishes on offer are great (lasagne & aubergine bake were delicious). Wine selection is great if you are ordering a bottle but there aren't as many choices of wines by the glass as in their sister outfit in South Ken. Would return!

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Andrewbdc
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Best Italian wine list in London by far, but food service this time was poor - 2 out of 3 hot dishes were not available so we had to go elsewhere for our meal. We did enjoy two excellent and unsual bottles of white - a Vermentino from Sardinia and a Pecorino from Les Marches.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice cosy place with plenty of wines on offer. Friendly staff, only wish the place was a bit bigger. It is well located for central London with a lot of options around.

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Pietro
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Postitive was its a Great Wine Bar! - so many differnet types of good wines you could ask for!
Negative was the food was very bland and tasteless.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Unfortunately despite booking, the venue had booked a large party in over the top of the booking. This was rather disappointing as I had chosen this venue particularly for my parents prior to the opera. The waitresses did all they could to make up for the mistake but we left quickly.

FAQs

The Wine Place Covent Garden offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7240 7887.

The Wine Place Covent Garden is rated 3.7 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.