The 10 Cases - Bistrot à Vin

4.5
1135 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
The 10 Cases is an unpretentious buzzing little Bistrot with wine as its main focus. We only ever buy 10 cases of the wines that you will find on our short list in order to constantly try new things rather than settle for a list of old favorites.

We only have 10 tables, which you can book for lunch or dinner. We also have an outside terrace, bar counter and Cave a Vin next door which remain reservation free for drinks and snacks.

Our menu revolves around a monthly changing offering of tapas style dishes and sharing plates, 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts as well as a selection of daily changing specials.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, French, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Kitchen Hours
Monday to Thursday 12-3pm & 5pm-11pm
Friday and Saturday 12-11pm

Bar Hours
Monday to Saturday 12-late
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020 7836 6801
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AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Cathal O'Malley
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Counter Seating, Full Bar

Private Dining

Private Dining in The 10 Cases Cellar (8-14 people) No deposit required, no pre ordering necessary and no set menus. As relaxed or formal as you like. Simply order off the daily changing menu of the day for a set price of £38.50 per person for 3 courses.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great bistro and wine selection. Would highly recommend for a smart but no-fuss meal in Covent Garden. Well worth a visit.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly buzz on Friday evening. Tasty food served promptly and (relative to usual restaurant prices) well priced excellent quality wine. Attentive and friendly staff.

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L
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very interesting small plates to share. Waitress was very knowledgeable about wines. Croquettes were the only disappointment.

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f
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, wine-led bistrot. It's a lovely, cosy little bistrot, with attentive but not overbearing service. Amazing selection of wine; it's definitely a place for those who like to try new things. Food is really good as well, a great mix of small plates as well as larger mains. Particularly recommend the butternut squash and burrata! Given that the food and wine menus change on a very regular basis, that's enough of an excuse for future visits.

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CE
London
63 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit, and I'm not sure why I left it so long. The food is fresh, interesting and delicious, which is all the more impressive as this is a place that is ostensibly chiefly about wine. The constantly changing wine list is full of delights and surprises, (and nor is it marred by too many fashionable minimum intervention wines which are expensive and taste like cider). Had an excellent Pinot Blanc from the Mosel which I wouldn't normally have chosen but Alex was entirely right to recommend. Cheerful and efficient service meant we had plenty of time to have dessert (I'd recommend the berry cheesecake) before the theatre without feeling rushed.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was quite disappointed by this experience, we were kicked off our table after 90 minutes, which is really not enough time. Additionally we went for the wine, understanding from the website there were 300 to choose from, but on arrival were handed a meagre list of around 15-20, we picked a red, that had been chilled and had lost a lot of flavour because of this, so was very average, when we enquired about 300 wines we were offered a much better list, but then told we had to be moved to the bar because our time at the table was over. All in all, the service was abrupt and the experience was rushed, not relaxed and left an unpleasant feeling, I would struggle to recommend.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the wine bar / bistro. Great find! Will definitely go back again.

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c
London
55 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Took a friend who eats very little here as I was told they had lots of little plates. However there was not a very extensive choice so she finished up having a dessert rather than one of the tapas type plates. It is a convenient place to eat before going to the Royal Opera House and got busy very quickly around 6 p.m. The noise level was quite high. My spider crab was very good and the heritage tomato salad was also very tasty but they are quite pricey given the size of the portions. It was a definite plus that they gave us both still and sparkling water in large bottles without us even having to ask - and it was free! Would like to go again when I have more time and can sample the main menu preferably when I am not driving later!

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TC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed an excellent lunch with a friend. Service was attentive while the food was up to the usual very high standards. The more I come to 10 Cases the more I look forward to coming back!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place - been a few times now. Great staff who know about the wine they are serving. Wines you are unlikely to find elsewhere, and always changing. Nice food, but wine and the service is what makes it. Book to avoid disappointment.

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TK
London
18 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the third visit to 10 cases for me.
I like the ambience and relatively inexpensive but delicious foods.
It's always full so you need to make a reservation to get a table most of the time.
Service is okay but don't expect to much as all the waiters are always look busy and running : )

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10 Cases is a constant on our pre-theatre dinner favourites. Love the taps style sharing plates. The polenta chips with truffle oil are to die for! Always a fantastic and ever changing wine selection. Great unfussy service and staff are very knowledgeable about wine (bordering on obsessed, but in a good way!). Keep it up and for gods sake don’t take the polenta chips off the menu!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very helpful in suggesting the best wine pairing with one’s food selection. If you’re dining alone, I highly recommend ordering a few starters or tapas plates to try different flavors on the menu. My entire order was delicious! Even the bread was phenomenal. Definitely will be returning soon.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We chose the sharing plates. 'Seared beef' was excellent. Other sharing plates were less good - and rather poor value compared to similar selections I have experienced at other venues. Wine is expensive. Service was excellent and very friendly. Ambience and energy of the venue was very good.

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TL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal out; we used the sharer plates and starters as a tapas menu so had many of them. Can recommend the squid and soft-shell crab as stand-outs. Mains we went with Aubergine and the sardines, both of which were lovely. We ended up with a couple of bottles of wine off the list and they were more than happy to allow us to use the wine list from next door.

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

The food is exquisite, attentive service and an excellent wine list.

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good European style cooking, with very reasonably priced wine list.

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CU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything met our expectations except for the wines themselves, which was a primary reason we booked a table. Some of the wines were unusual, and interesting, but none that we tasted were exceptional or even memorable. Perhaps it was a problem of what we ordered, but with the wine-themed restaurant I was expecting more focus on wines and a broad array of quality wines. We would go back for the overall experience was good and the location is great. Maybe wines will be better next time.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Reasonable choice for those needing gluten free and the staff seem to understand the importance of this and the issues around cross-contamination. A pity that GF bread or biscuits (for cheese) are not available. Some true vegetarian dishes would be good as well.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food and wine served in a very relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

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BB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were so warmly received - as ever - and so enjoyed sharing small plates with good wine. Really lovely venue

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just fab
Very chilled place
Need to book really to avoid any disappointment
We love it

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant night with great food Took friends that hadn’t been and they loved it

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DD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favourite restaurants in London - food is brilliant and the vibe is great. Staff so friendly. And its a great wine place. Love it

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, in particular, was excellent. The waitress was knowledgeable and responsive. The restaurant was busy, but also perfect to catch up with an old friend.

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G
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time I went I was more impressed, this time the food was not quite as excellent as it was before. Good enough for a lovely evening and the service was great, but not the best.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list and amazing tasting food. Service is good fast and staffs are quite attentive.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at 10 cases. The food was delicious, wine was excellent & service great. Am definitely coming back!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used 10cases as a Friday night venue for dinner with friends. Relatively few courses on the menu. We were a party of 4 and decided to have 6 starters for sharing. That was practically everything on the menu, but we didn’t regret. All was very good. We had the rack of lamb, the buttermilk marinated pork and plaice as mains - all for sharing. Starters and mains accompanied by the Monthie Pinot Noir. A good but not great wine, but it was a good choice for the full meal. Everything cooked and seasoned spot on and very tasty. Apple tart and a devine triple chocolate cake for desserts enjoyed with a glass of sweet Riesling. All and all a very, very good meal with good service

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MC
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance with terrific food and wine. We visit each year (travelling from Sydney) we come to London. Great wine list which is thought about and very good menu. The food & wine just works her and the staff were delightful. Lovely tasty cheese board.

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AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely wine and atmosphere with friendly service. The food menu was small but with an interesting mix of cuisines- probably something for all tastes and appetites. Not cheap but a great little independent spot in a busy area.

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b
London
68 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in Covent Garden.

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MT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendly and attentive staff in a lively restaurant. Lots of choice on the menu and what we chose was very nice.

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d
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a really nice evening with girlfriends. Great wine and good food, though slightly disappointed by the service. Felt as though they were trying to rush us to leave!

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EG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great wine selection with sharing plates and cured meats. Not the place to go if you’re in the market for a huge meal. Excellent for snacks, a few glasses of wine and catch-ups.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Who doesn’t like a chalk board menu? Especially one that changes through out the night based on what’s available. Dishes were well balanced and wine (unsurprisingly) well selected by the staff.

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PA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small menu but exceptional quality.
Great wine list. Again small but good quality wines.

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p
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful ingredients, beautifully cooked. Great cheeses. Wines and service superb. The only flaw is a fondness for accompanying dollops of sauce so concentrated they are a little remniscent of 1970s frozen pancake flavours.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was recommended and we were not disappointed, the whole experience was fantastic, excellent staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Booked for pre theatre tapas and wine. Excellent food, best tapas we’ve had. Wine delicious albeit pricey, and they had run out of a couple of the more reasonably priced choices. Service was quick and perfunctory. Don’t expect a smile and do expect to he hurried on if not eating a full meal.

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