Balthazar London

4.4
2456 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Balthazar is located in Covent Garden in the heart of Theatreland and a very short walk from the Royal Opera House. It offers a French brasserie-inspired menu with an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes.

The Balthazar Boulangerie is housed next door serving its own house-made artisan breads, as well as a wide selection of homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away throughout the day.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 7:30am - 11:30pm
Friday 7:30am: – 12am
Saturday 9am: - 12am
Sunday 9am: - 11pm

Afternoon Tea is served Monday - Friday from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and on Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, with Petit Brunch from 9:00am and the main Brunch menu from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

KINDLY NOTE THE RETURN TIME FOR OUR TABLES IS AS FOLLOWS:
1 HOUR AND 30 MINUTES FOR BOOKINGS UP TO 2 GUESTS
2 HOURS FOR BOOKINGS OF 3 GUESTS OR MORE
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020 3301 1155
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MK
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff and host went above and beyond. Food and service was excellent.

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PB
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a great place for breakfast - however the seating felt cramped and when leaving the bench seating it was impossible not to disturb the neighboring customers. (Both for us and them) The remobval of one table would resolve this issue.

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LK
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Food as usual, friendly, good service.
It is ideal for after the opera!

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RC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The welcome here was just outstanding and staff on all sides absolutely terrific. Food was a little disappointing for this level of restaurant. Had the Iberico tomato salad to start which tasted of nothing at all. Over chilled and little or no dressing. Boeuf Bourguignon was beautifully cooked although a little more of the gravy, onions and mushrooms would have improved it further. Bottle of Fleurie was excellent and the coffee very good. Service was impeccable.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

As a frequent visitor to Balthazar, this was was a disappointing occasion. Everything was as good as usual, but on this occasion the French Onion Soup was only luke warm, the cheese balled up like chewing gum and the soup was tasteless and appeared to be diluted or watered down. I mentioned this to the waiter staff and bus boy, but received no response. Steak Frites was marginally better, but this just wasn't the usual, great experience at Balthazar. A little more attention to quality and standards please!

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LW
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great post matinee theatre bite to eat - great location - right by theatreland - love the traditional french brasserie menu - very good quality food and service!

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MN
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good food, super location, pre theatre menu’s

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MA
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Sadly service is slow and non-personal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Muy bueno todo el servicio no tanto
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MJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Balthazar’s in NYC is a secret pleasure of mine. Its a delightful recreation of a french brasserie from the Gilded Era but so meticulously and studied that I bet its combination of service and attention to detail in the food would be hard to fault even compared to the Brasserie Lipp or Vagenande. Usually I have steak frites but this time we ordered the burata and I had the Eggs Florentine. Did i say they have an on site bakery and you can’t stop eating the bread! The muffin of the eggs was homemade the spinach still firm and the poached eggs timed so that when served the yolks still warm and runny considering how busy the place was thats a miracle. The service was totally solid and when coffee and tea didn’t show up as ordered they comped them and couldn’t stop apologizing.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always nice to be there!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice everything The Food quality exceptional

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AO
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Balthazar pre-theatre and had a fantastic experience. We had the Prix Fixe menu which was great value and delicious. The atmosphere and lighting in the venue were spot on and the service was fantastic. The best we had experienced in London in quite some time.

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PS
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with first class service, a little expensive though not surprisingly so given its location.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was my sisters birthday and I wanted to treat her to lunch. It was fine enough. The server could have been a bit more inviting. Everyone else was fine and cheerful. Her main of chicken was enjoyable but my burger was a little too solid and with fries left me very full (I couldn't eat all). I didn't really like the dressing in the burger which had a strange taste. It was an ok lunch
I've been to Balthazur a few times and had lovely meals (mostly Brunch). I would come back but not for a while.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favourite place for breakfast and love introducing friends. Everyone enjoyed the food - ordered extra coffee but it never came so a wee bit disappointed.

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T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had pre-theatre dinner at Balthazar this week. Great, buzzy place for a quick meal before our play. I felt it was slightly on the expensive side at £50 per head which was three courses and 3 glasses of wine. But the quality of the food was fine and service was good.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a very nice brasserie feel . food was very good and excellent coffee - great range of breakfast options including more 'healthy' options and some slightly more unusual dishes . excellent service and my guest paid - what more can you ask ?

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice and excellent location. Good menu and wine list plus excellent service

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o
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best breakfasts ive ever had! will definitely be coming back soon

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

3 of us were seated at a table meant for 2. There was no space on the table for plates,glasses, bread and cutlery. That all led to a very crowded and uncomfortable experience. Service was ok. When my friend accidentally dropped his glass of wine due to the space issue on the table it would have been nice if a replacement glass would have been offered. Food was good although it doesn't say on the menu that lobster comes with fries so I ordered another portion for no reason.

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GW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a lovely buzzy restaurant with good food and super service. I asked for a quieter table as I was catching up with an old friend and my hearing isn’t great. The restaurant were great at acknowledging my request and finding us a quieter table in which we were still able to enjoy the atmosphere but also able to have a good conversation.

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EF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good service and great atmosphere as always

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was tip-top as usual.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

No fresh flowers anymore?
Restrooms smells :c
Wobbly table
Lamphoods had burn spots or just plain broken.
Waiter and waitresses did their job. No sparkels No empathy no Balthazar flair.

So when I will visit London next time, there’s no must for dine at Balthazar, for me, anymore.

Halloween decorations outside were amazing 🎃

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is usually very good there and we go often however, this weekend seemed busier than usual and the food wasn't as good and the service was very slow.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food & Service. One of my favourite ever restaurants in London. They have proper cocktails.

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l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Used to be great. Food is now nothing short of abysmal

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and good service

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Top, well managed restaurant centrally located in Covent Garden, the heart of London.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Every time I visit I am never disappointed. This was an autumn treat for my hubby and I, luckily we made our reservarion a couple of weeks ago. Started with brunch and cocktails then stayed for another. The very busy and bustling Saturday morning did not slow or spoil the speedy and attentative service. Thank you again Balthazar until next time.

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n
London
26 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s very busy and has its charming, however, the food it’s not outstanding for what we pay for. Service could be better as well.

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PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here for my partners birthday on a Friday a couple of weeks ago and the restaurant was very busy. We arrived early and were directed to the bar to get a drink. The bar area is small and with people seated along the length of the bar it was very difficult to get served with little space to stand without feeling like you were encroaching on someones conversation; so we left to get a drink and came back.

When we came back we were given a corner table, towards the rear of the restaurant, which was perfect for us. The menu was good for both food and wine; lots of variety and the service was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. We had the Jersey oysters with a glass of Champagne, steak tartare and garlic prawns to start. Followed by a rack of lamb washed down with a bottle of pinot noir and chocolate fondant for dessert. The food was good and portion sizes likewise. A nice gesture and post dessert touch was when my partner was served with a plate of macaroons and selection of petit fours with "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate and a candle to blow out.

Overall, good experience and we would go back.

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C
London
109 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. Service was great and the food was amazing. We got hassled a bit to leave the table but that was our own fault for chatting as we knew the turnaround time. Just a shame it goes so quick!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff and the birthday surprise done by the staff was wonderful

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DD
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Met a friend for catch up and lunch. Mains were excellent and I can personally recommend the lobster spaghetti/ linguini. Price reasonable for quality of food and location. The place was extremely busy which is to be expected of a restaurant in the middle of Covent Garden and there was a queue even for our reserved table. The dessert apple tart tartine was good but a little on the slightly warm side. Service was patchy. It was reasonable at the start but then deteriorated as the lunch service ended and they were clearly preparing for dinner (took us at least 15 mins to get anyone's attention to pay). All in all I would venture there again and even recommend (with a caveat on the service!).

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MC
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a beautiful room. Love the balance of classy but casual atmosphere. Excellent service. Confit duck and a good glass of Pinot with friends - perfect.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggs Benedict were amazing! Waiter was incredibly friendly. Balthazar is comfortable and warm restaurant. Service was impeccable!

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KP
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue with great food and great ambience. Only negative is the overpriced wine menu (£66 for a bottle of Sancerre is not great) but generally a great place to visit for a nice meal.

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CC
London
31 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful business lunch again! Great food with fast and very friendly service. The Balthazar chopped salad with chips is the best and the petit fours to finish with a coffee ends things perfectly!

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