The 10 Cases - Bistrot à Vin

4.5
1110 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • 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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DD
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
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
2 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
1 review
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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TJ
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

As always the wine was fantastic. The service was a little chaotic but the food was good if a little pricey.

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M
London
24 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Exceptionally busy, even on a Tuesday. Table bookings are only for 1.5 hours and that's almost how long it took the food to come. Tiny, cramped, wobbly table and utterly indifferent service. For a place that specialises in wine, they offer no suggestions unless prodded and then provide feeble guidance. No menus, you order from the chalk-boards scattered around the walls. Each plate took ages to arrive. Both the food and wine were excellent but didn't make up for the poor service. This place is a victim of its own success. It is so popular it seems they no longer need to put in any effort to satisfy customers. Too bad. It used to be one of our favourite meeting places. No more.

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DA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our second visit and far more busy during the evening than when we had lunch previously. It was packed and with so few tables it led to a very lively atmosphere. You could hear conversations around you but it felt right to join in! Not a place for an intimate conversation! Food was chosen off boards around the room with the menu changing daily. Consequently, I needed to ask a few questions because not all titles gave enough detail. The food was excellent although a little pricy for the cramped conditions. Service was a little slow to start, as they were so busy, but apologies were given.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for casual dinner before my brother and sister-in-law returned to New Zealand. Fabulous new innovative menu, excellent wine list and charming and knowledgeable staff.

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

lovely meal, excellent service from I think - Victor / Nathan ? - menu was a little rich for a hot summer evening ( eg rabbit with lentils) but cooking and wine selection were top notch. And we popped into Drop and bought a couple of bottles after a nice chat with the lady there too.

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

Lovely food as always with impeccable service, great place for an early evening meal.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as always: interesting wines, good advice from friendly and well-informed staff, food ranging from good to very good. Non-meat-eaters are catered for, but a bit more choice would be welcome.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Delicious food. No chips!

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LE
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I'm a repeat visitor to the 10 Cases, having had many excellent wine & dining experiences there. This was another well prepared lunch, although our wine (recommended by the waiter based on our food choice) this time was unexceptional. After our meal we were a bit surprised to be told the only coffee available was espresso or americano (no milk products, not sure if this was a temporary issue or new policy?). Minor complaints, and of themselves, would not put me off from coming back. However the introduction of a cover charge, although again not significant in the context of the total bill, was a further unpleasant surprise. I can understand a cover change when there is entertainment or if customers are not having a meal. However see no justification for it when dining in with starters, mains, wine, etc. As a result, I will think twice before returning to 10 Cases.

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B
London
32 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My third time at the ten cases - I was not disappointed. Very good food and wine, although I wish they would print a menu instead of making you look all over the shop at blackboards. It's always been that way, and I suppose it hasn't put me off, but it is mildly irritating.

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TI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

An excellent restaurante. I have been there several times and the food and the service and the ambiance is always first class. Particular mention for the rack of lamb, perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious - in fact as good (or better) than I have had in other restaurants. Five out of five - I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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k
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Consistently good service and advice on wine pairings.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has now become a firm favourite for a leisurely lunch when visiting London. Located just off Long Acre, Covent Garden it is ideal for whiling away an afternoon with friends. Food is excellent and value for money and staff are always friendly and offer excellent recommendations on food and wine.

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DA
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place in Seven Dials/Neals Yard area! I liked the menu which has only a few dishes but all fresh and tasty food. Excellent wine list. Seems to change regularly. Cosy in winter but they open up the front once weather allows so great for people watching too. Easy to order tapas/light bites or enjoy a three course meal. The food is excellent and the staff are cheerful and attentive but never intrusive!

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C
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Staff was not as friendly or the food as good as I remember it. There seemed to be little oversight by anyone senior. shame because I have recommended this place to many people, but not so sure now whether it has kept its end up. Please get back to where you were; one wonders whether ownership has changed, or whether the owners are still as hands-n as they were.

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E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a duff wine, never a dull plate. 10 Cases is perfect - the wines are always interesting, the food is always original. Enough variety and change to keep us regulars interested, enough of our favourites to keep us happy. Tagliatelle (home-made) with summer truffles and the mackerel escabeche - both new this month - were wonderful. And, of course, the staff are just lovely - they know their wines and are always happy to chat and advise. Nowhere nicer to drink or eat in central London. Which is why we keep coming back.

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p
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Unfriendly and terse service ( with one or two exceptions), very limited vegetarian choice and £100 for nibbles for three. Nice wine though!

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h
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal - with good wine choices - although the 10 cases were rather expensive, with the cheaper ones having sold out. Suggests balance a little off here, particularly as the food choices are so well priced. Nonetheless another great meal - highly recommend.

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BL
London
18 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely little spot. True Londoner’s hang out!
It would benefit from slicker service and descriptions of the wine tasting notes on the menu but overall had a lovely time. Friendly and relaxed with great atmosphere. Snacks are great and wine selection on point. Will go back.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It's relaxed and laid back. It has a fantastic wine list and great food. The staff are lovely and make you feel very welcome. This place is a real hidden gem.

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E
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointing! Booking made months in advance for four people, it was my birthday and friends visited from abroad, booking also confirmed that morning on the phone. Arrived at 10 cases where they told us that there was a system error and they had double booked their tables. Asked us to sit at the “cave a vin” which is not really for dinning as the tables are not big enough to put two plates on it. The waitress kept saying that it was the same as (bistrot a vin) that we originally booked which was obviously not the case and giving us unreasonable excuses as if they were doing as a favour! They could have at least let us know the issue with the booking before we arrived to the restaurant. Would have expected a different level of service and behaviour for a place like this! Really disappointed!

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Menu is on a blackboard but not all seated can see it. When asked for a paper menu the waitress did mention that they are trying to save on paper. Ok wine list and food variety was ok. Desserts not too exciting either, considering I am a dessert fan.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slightly different foods to choose from. Tasty but relatively expensive.

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