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The Delaunay, London,

The Delaunay

4.6
4.6
3143 Reviews
£26 to £40
European

Inspired by the grand cafés of Mittel-Europe, The Delaunay is an all-day café-restaurant located near Covent Garden on the corner of Aldwych & Drury Lane. Offering a varied selection of classic European food, it is open early for breakfast through to lunch and dinner – two Private Dining Rooms are also available and well suited to all manner of events.

Located in the heart of London’s theatre-land, The Delaunay is perfectly placed for enjoying a meal before or after a nearby performance – a number of ‘Dinner & Show’ packages with nearby theatres are also offered throughout the year.

Open from early until late, seven days a week, reservations are recommended but tables are always available on a first come, first served basis.

If you cannot find the table you are looking for, please visit the restaurant's website directly, or call 020 7734 4888. (Please note, The Delaunay no longer serves afternoon tea.)

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    European, Austrian, German
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 07:00–22:30 Sat 08:00–22:30 Sun 11:00–17:00
  • Phone number
    020 7499 8558
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Christian Turner
  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Temple Underground Covent Garden Underground Holborn Underground
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,143 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    European

3,137 Reviews
  1. Leah

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good quality of food . Staff polite kind and friendly

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  2. JEFoodie

    London

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went as a work colleagues catch up. The restaurant was very buzzy and the waiting staff were very attentive and helpful. The food was good, came quickly and was tasty. The schnitzel and salmon special was good. It was lovely evening and would go back

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  3. CDFoodie

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Given the extremely high price point of this chain my rating has dropped one star across the board. On all levels it ‘missed’. Service is good but delivered with an air of indifference. Three times we had to ask for condiments which failed to be delivered twice. Beautiful restaurant with a grand feel but it lacks visual atmosphere. Food is good but not exceptional. Could be better if like it to be.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is consistently a good experience.. highly recommended

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  5. artlover

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go-to for a convivial catch-up with friends, lubricated by delightful food, excellent service and a chilled, yet buzzy and friendly atmosphere.

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  6. Antonia

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and it has a good atmosphere. However, the menu feels very limited. I struggled to choose anything, eventually deciding on the aubergine schnitzel. This was an odd dish, which consisted mainly of a very thick fried bread crumb layer. Not tasty at all. Tasted like something from a school canteen.

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  7. AllisonL

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Aubergine schnitzel was incredible. Lovely old school European vibe.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and ambiance. Attentive staff. My only slight criticism is our table was right near the entrance.

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  9. EleanorW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, food and serve, perfect for special occasions.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Looking forward to returning.

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  11. BobP

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a reliable spot regardless of time of day. Well executed menu with pleasant service and a nice environment.

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  12. JeffElk

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best spots in London for lunch - spacious dining area with an old world vibe.

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  13. AnneO

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Year’s lunch with two girlfriends, perfect place for a catch up, relaxed, good food, friendly service. Had brunch here recently, to die for pancakes.
    The DelaunayResponded on 15 January 2024
    Dear Anne, Many thanks for your 5 star rating. We're so glad to hear that you had a very enjoyable lunch with your girlfriend at The Delaunay! We look forward to your next visit!

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  14. Londoneater

    London

    144 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Buzzy brasserie full of character. Lots of crowd pleasers on the menu - tasty schnitzels with delicious pickled cucumber side. Service generally efficient.

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  15. SpyrosK

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very good experience. Desserts arroved slightly later than expected, hence 4* rather than 5*.

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  16. Sand

    London

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to place when in Aldwych or trying to avoid the hustle of Covent Garden. The food is not exceptional but good enough, the service always impeccable. This is suitable for business meetings as well as a great place to have a drink with a friend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, food is good quality but a little bit overpriced. Service is not the best part of the experience.

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  18. Rmmr

    London

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service not so great. Hard to get the waiter at all times. They were over stretched.

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  19. Parky

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere - very buzzy and cosy on a winter night. Food was tasty but let down a bit by the service on this occasion. But that’s not typical of my experience here, so a recommended restaurant if you’re in that part of London.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing fast becoming my favourite restaurant , a classy and easy night with great food and service

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  21. CharlotteE

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Told on arrival that i had the table for an hour and a half, which was fine. Ordered the roast beef and advised the waiter i have an intolerance to rosemary. When the meal arrived i was told that the roast potatoes were covered in rosemary, so instead i was given chips…….. with a roast dinner….. when other meals came with mash. However, the dessert more than made up for that, kaisermarrn with plum compote was LOVELY.

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  22. Juwill

    London

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience-always feels like an occasion. Service was good Food delicious as ever. The Delaunay doesn’t disappoint.

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  23. PeterR

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I booked a table for four at 3.30 pm in the hope to have afternoon tea with my visiting friends from abroad. To be told that this service was stopped during Covid and then NOT re-instated was very disappointing. The food was fine but we did not plan to have dinner at 3.30pm.

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  24. AndrewM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great special nite out x lovely experience !! Must do again !!

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  25. ColinG

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmospheric with a wonderful ambience , especially on a wet dreary December evening. Staff very attentive . Food is good although I’d prefer if some of the lunch dishes also appeared on the evening menu. It’s a welcoming venue which allows guests to dine and chat comfortably.

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  26. JohnG

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, as always. The Delaunay is well situated for concerts at the Middle Temple so we eat there beforehand. There is plenty of choice on the menu and the quality of the food is consistently good but we tend to plump for our favourites.

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  27. Bonnie

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been coming to this restaurant over many years and the atmosphere is still very lively and buzzing and the food is nice.

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  28. Glo47

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location for pre-theatre dinner. Service was fantastic and food very good. Would highly recommend

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  29. MaeveM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, able to accommodate preferences easily. Lovely staff.

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  30. MigL

    London

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An excellent meal and outstanding service. I would definitely return and also recommend it to others. The friend accompanying me was visiting from abroad and was very impressed.

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  31. Doosie4

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrific restaurant. Great service and delicious food. Always a winner.

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  32. TommyB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice menu and friendly service.Wonderful spot for after the theatre.

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  33. DougB

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal with a buddy. Food from teh set menu was excellent. Wine list isn't bad. It's kind of interesting as slightly different from other similiarly priced restaurants.

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  34. BobF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A “Central European” restaurant near Covent Garden and the adjacent theatres offering good food and efficient service in welcoming surroundings. The menu ranges from Goulash to Fish to Steak with vegetarian options and various dessert options from the simple to the more ornate. An excellent place for pre-theatre, or simply for dining out somewhere a little different.

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  35. Aliya

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The chicken shnitzel was huge but a lot it was tough and dry. Took ages to get to pay the bill too Positive was they were quick to serve the food

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  36. allisam

    London

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant full of old world charm. It has an Austrian twist so a bit of soused stuff and pickles on the menu. Disappointing to see no GF menu on offer - I am used to picking my way around a menu but always good to have some obvious signposting. I had the wedge salad (no croutons) which was refreshing and gorgeous. My friend had the watercress velouté which she said was delicious. I had the sea bass to follow which was full of flavour and meat and wonderful fluffy buttery mash with it. Yum!

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  37. JaneT

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great for business meetings. I enjoyed dining here.

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  38. RobC

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive friendly service and good food in a relaxed and quiet setting

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  39. StewartD

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic every time I go, well done keeping the standards up 👏

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  40. ClaireI

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely lunch with brilliant service, and a great fuss made of my guest celebrating her birthday. She was glowing as she left. Thank you!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Delaunay is rated 4.6 stars by 3143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB

Additional information

  • Area
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 07:00–22:30 Sat 08:00–22:30 Sun 11:00–17:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    European, Austrian, German
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Temple Underground Covent Garden Underground Holborn Underground
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Christian Turner
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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