Sartaj Restaurant

3.5
55 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Group Bookings
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About

We are a premier Indian restaurant in Covent Garden London WC2, established since 1979 we’ve been serving exquisite Indian Curry, Balti and Tandoori cuisine for the 34 years. Our authentic Indian food has prepared by the same chef from day one, so you’re guaranteed to always get the perfect blend of flavours.

Our menu offers a choice of classic Indian dishes, as well as great Pre-Theatre and Lunchtime special offers. Come visit us soon and don’t forget to order our renowned giant family nan bread.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian, Asian, Indian
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Hours of Operation
Open 7 days lunch 12 noon 2.30 dinner 5.30pm 12 midnight
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Phone number
020 7831 1413
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Anhar Miah
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Private Party Contact
Mahmod Ali: 07960 273157
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Catering
All our food is cooked by our long serving chef who has been with us from day one. We are one of a few restaurants that still offer an authentic Balti as wellt as classic Indian Curry and Tandoori dishes. Sartaj Restaurant is also the only place in the area you will get our unique giant family nan.
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Cross Street
Shaftesbury Avanue
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Public Transit
Just a few minutes walk away from Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square Tube Station.
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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3.5based on all time ratings
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had booked a hotel close by and had been looking online for somewhere close by to have an evening meal. Read reviews and thought we would give it a try. Wasn't dissapointed. Friendly welcoming staff and the food was yummy and not overpriced.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, friendly service and always accommodating.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the great food, particularly the Family sized garlic Naan! Great service too

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LM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Large group of us and we had a blast.

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VM
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Sartaj. After booking the table via Open Table and we were greeted friendly at Arrival. A table for 4 waited for us although we booked only for 2 People and the Restaurant was quite full.
Very friendly and promt Service. Quality of Food was very good and we like the Naans, although we did not order their huge Family naans.

Whenever we come back to London we will also come back to Sartaj.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite curry house- come here time and time again, with work groups, friends and my husband. The food is consistently good (especially their excellent breads), reasonably priced, and the staff are always so friendly and accommodating. Love it!

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with my family to eat in this restaurant after searching for an Indian Restaurant in Covent Garden. I am glad we did it, we ordered 4 different plates and they were all great. The Karahi lamb and the Butter Chicken were outstanding. We really enjoyed the evening and I recommend this small gem to anyone looking for a above averege Indian meal for a good price.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a shame! I have been to, and recommend this restaurant for over10 years now but tonight they really let themselves down. I booked using 'open table' earlier in the day and was told it was all booked. We arrived at the right time but they clearly hadn't checked their reservations, saying that we must have booked after 6pm. I showed them the confirmation email and they then said that we could have a table in 25 minutes time. We came back 30 minutes later and were told that they thought we weren't coming back so have let the table to someone else. The waiter then got stroppy with us and made out that it was our fault! Obviously we went somewhere else. A real shame that it came to that, if they don't need our business then fine but don't make it out to be our fault...just check your reservations!!!

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LM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual never a bad trip to Sartaj.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked this restaurant for our Department's Christmas do. First time we had been here and were pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly and the food was excellent. A few of the party will be returning here again in the future. Thank you for making our Christmas do so enjoyable.

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d
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2015
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Booked this restaurant based on previous reviews, big mistake, food was very disappointing. Samosa overcooked and dried out. Chicken Masala too sweet, tasted like a dessert. Lamb chewy and tasteless, my partner left most of it. Rice undercooked. My table booking was for 17.30, not a busy time. I dread to think what the standard would be like later in the evening.

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G
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor as we stood for 15 mins past booking . No one opened up and as we were going to theatre we found an alternative restaurant which was good .

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VM
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found Sartaj in the busy Siven Dials Area of Covent Garden, warm welcome and nice table in the dowstairas seating area. Very wide option of food, friendly service. All portions were quite large, quality of food very good. We enjoyed dinner and for sure will come back.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2015
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Flavourless food. Free drink on website not honoured. Service poor.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Restaurant temperature was warm. The family nan is great table share. Excellent value.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We visited Sartaj before going to see Mamma Mia. Lovely meal and plenty of it. Well worth the money and good service.

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SP
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location for a 'standard issue' in and out curry, good time and beer ++ portion sizes were good.

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CV
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The food was only average and the service was peremptory - we didn't see a smile from any of the waiters all evening. We wouldn't go back there even though the allowed us plenty of time to finish our beers.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Tandoori chicken is nice. Naan is very greasy, wouldn't it be better without oil on the top? Waiters are a bit over-warmed. A bit pricey overall.

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JB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My friend and I enjoyed our dinner at Sartaj, and the nan (for which the restaurant is noted) was large and tasty. The pre-theatre meal offers good value for money, and service was prompt if a bit perfunctory. Overall, though, the food wasn't especially memorable. I'd say this is a safe, fast and reasonably priced bet but not a terribly exciting one.

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NE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Supermassive family naan bread!

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J
London
21 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always and good family naan. Is my preferred central London curry house by far.

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c
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2015
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

If you are seeking a quick bite prior to theatre or otherwise, we recommend you look elsewhere. Other than the good service, there was nothing even approaching average. For us it's all about the food and sadly Sartaj did not deliver. This was very dissapointing since the on line rating for open table led us to believe it to be rated a s good as a Cinnamon Club or Chutney Mary. We assure you it's not even close. On the bright side, theatre afterword made up for a below average meal.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I arrived after my friends and had a hard time attracting a waiter. My son had ordered a glass of house white, which turned out to be incredibly sweet (as was all the food). I asked if they had anything else, and they said no. Fine. I said I hadn't ordered, and the waiter said, "So what do you want, then?" No menu. I ordered lamb saag. It was edible, but most of the other food people ordered wasn't -- they're clearly putting sugar in the dishes, and a "hot" dish was sweet as well. When my brother asked about it, the waiter said that they defined "hot" as English-hot, not India-hot.

We were able to reserve a table the same day for 9 people and now we know why .

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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

arrived a little early but table was ready and staff were freindly . good choice of food and drinks although service was a bit slow the food was enjoyed by all the group even the most demanding. overall very good and would go again

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was sweet and the dishes where small. We ordered chicken mains however there was just enough for one person. Chutney very sweet and so was the rest of the food. Left wanting to have a proper curry.

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CL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was tucked away and so can be easily missed. The food was very good, attentive service and a very good atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We booked this restaurant on line only because of the location as it was near to where we were staying,if we had waited and made our decision whilst passing by the premises we would have walked on as it doesn't have the best kerb appeal. We still decided to go in and thankfully the food was actually really good though,my spinach dish was cold but this was quickly dealt with and a hot dish was brought to the table quickly. The waiters were attentive and friendly. We were offered a complimentary drink to apologise for the spinach being cold. All in all we enjoyed the food, but wouldn't want to recommend it to our friends travelling from Scotland only because it can do with an upgrade and was tired and in need of redecoration, new carpets etc. And this could perhaps give a bad impression.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

brilliant food in a cosy atmosphere, very nice for a stay with friends or family

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f
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2015
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

I came back here because it was recommended to me last year and I had a great meal with friends. So this time I took some new friends but it was not the same....
Service was not good as we got a lot of "eye-rolling"
Food was ok but the one vegetable main dish smelled like it got bad. We didn't eat it and shared the other food which was plenty. When the waiter came to clear the table and asked how it was we said good, but the vegetable dish got bad somehow - it smelled "rotten". He asked us why we didn't say immediately and we said because we smelled it too late and we were busy with the other dishes.
No apologies, no offers of desert AND in the end it appeared on the bill and we even got charged for it.
This threw me off and I will not come back nor will I recommend it to anybody anymore

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is ok, not outstanding. The naan has a very sweet taste. Service is friendly and fast, and prices are reasonable. We were there on a cold night, and the temperature in the restaurant was warm and pleasant. No cold draft from the door. Close to several theatres.

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is the 2nd time we've visited this restaurant which is very close to the Seven Dials monument in Covent Garden. I'm not sure if they received my Open Table booking as I mentioned we booked but they didn't check. The restaurant itself is quite small. We went on a Saturday around 6:30 which was a Pre Theatre time although we was not going to the Theatre. Dispite the waiters being rushed off their feet, they coped well. The food was extremely nice and fresh. You can create your own dish which is what I did and I would highly recommend.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table online seeing it was the only restaurant close to me open and when I arrived it wasn't even open

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, but this means the service is good as they are not catering for a massive restaurant. Food was really good, we liked how you could get your curry made exactly how you wanted, if you wanted a Chicken Tikka Massala, but wanted to try it abit hotter, all you had to do was ask.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb! My husband is an avid curry fan and we have eaten at many good curry houses but this is amongst the best of the best! Generous portions, tender meal and moist and tasty naan! Service was attentive and food arrived swiftly, what more can I say apart from go book!

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M
London
30 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I love Sartaj. It's my go to restaurant for birthdays or meet ups with friends. The staff are always welcoming and able to cope with fairly large groups and all the frustrations that can entail.

The food is genuinely great, we originally went just because of the giant naans, thinking they were a bit of a gimmick but they are actually delicious along with all the other dishes. I can especially recommend the balti menu where the will make up pretty much any combination of meats, sauce and flavours you like.

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P
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding really enjoyed it and the naan bread was huge we only ordered a medium so there was one bigger!! abit slow on service but we were in no rush so it didn't effect us at all!! Staff were all really friendly I would definitely go back all in all a really superb experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

As visitors to London, we visited Sartaj twice, once on a Friday evening and then on that Sunday evening.Friday's experience was wonderful. The place was bustling. The service was quick and the food delicious. Our 13-year-old son ate a lot. That's high marks. On Sunday, the place was a third full, yet the service was sluggish and seemed perfunctory. Often we were waiting long periods...for the table to be cleared, to get the check. Maybe it was the B-team, but it compromised the experience. Food was still good, though. Not cheap, but good value, especially relative to some other Indian restaurants whose menus we considered.

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N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We enjoy eating out a lot and as it was my Mum's birthday, and she requested an Indian meal, I booked a table at Sartaj in Covent Garden for 1pm, hoping for a relaxing bank holiday afternoon meal. Rapidly after ordering a bottle of champagne, which was awkward as they didn't have a chilled bottle of the wine I initially chose, we were told we had to order as the kitchen was closing at 1.30pm!
The starters were OK. The main courses were far from OK.
Still feeling the chilly breeze of the initial hurried 'service' I got the bill. Their card machine didn't work so they directed me to a cashpoint.
In a clumsy attempt to salvage things they offered us a shared complimentary dessert and then a drink. But it really was all too late. Not good.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food although fairly mediocre - slightly bland, salty dishes and lukewarm temperature. Generous portions, friendly staff. Nicely presented restaurant.

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