The Delaunay

4.7
3046 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3046 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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vipLuvFood
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous as ever. 5* food and impeccable service. So reliable. Lovely ambience and no rush to finish.

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Sunhat
London
68 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It wasn't particularly cheap but worth it for the decor. We just had a prix fixe, limited choice, fairly plain but enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

A cover charge was added to the bill, as well as a 15% tip. The service was bad, we were late for the show but couldn't get a bill for about 20 minutes

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vipMarylyL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening which became more enjoyable as the theatre crowd cleared out and the noise level dropped. The food, while not exceptional, was good enough to make the experience acceptable. The greatest asset of this restaurant is the staff who are welcoming and friendly without being intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a beautiful experience, the food was lovely and the staff were really friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend if you are seeing a show in the area, service was speedy without feeling rushed

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vipGreyisgood
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Slightly odd you'd run out of Armagnac: a new take on supply chain issues!

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northernmonkey
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This isn’t what it used to be. We came to get the beef stroganoff. It was just warm, and the beef wasn’t great quality. We ordered cocktails and a bottle of wine to go with the main but they brought the wine first without checking the order. Overall it wasn’t a great experience and we were really looking forward to returning.

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Ryan
London
20 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This was my 3 visit in 4 weeks, as I enjoyed my previous visits. I decided to bring my wife for her birthday, they sat us by the entrance in the bar area which is not suitable for a occasion. When I request a new table as there were multiple empty ones in the main dining area, I was flatly rejected by the reception staff, then the service was ridiculously slow, after 2 courses, we then ordered dessert and we waited for over an age for it to arrive, I had to chase and the staff for an update, they informed me that there was an error in taking our order and the dessert was not prepared. But if we were prepared to wait longer, they’ll bring it out quickly, unfortunately the disappointing customer experience had dulled any appetite to wait longer. Ultimately a deeply disappointing customer experience to kick off my wife’s birthday weekend. Casual dining is fine, if it’s for a special occasion, be prepared to be disappointed by poor service. Overall this visit has ruined the previous positive impressions that I had of this restaurant.

Do not risk being being disappointed if you plan for a special occasion here, despite booking in as advance, they just sat us in the bar area by the entrance at a low bar table unsuitable for dining, near to drinkers/ non-diners. Just disappointing.

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vipfood1
Norfolk
12 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Not as good as it has been. Food was average but we love the restaurant. Maybe a blip

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vipSharonH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a brunch but would've loved more breakfast options at 11am.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We took our mother

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TamsinE
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Prix Fixe menu.Dervice by our server Miriam exemplary.

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RodrigoG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best eggs benedict I have ever eaten and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and lovely service. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff made just the right amount of fuss.
Room is a bit noisy, but not too bad. No need to shout. A great place for a swift but elegant pre-theatre meal.

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Maria
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovelg food, lovely service

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Ryan
London
20 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, lovely staff & beautiful surroundings. Definitely a regular visit is required.

Amendment: After my 3rd visits in 30 days, unfortunately the high praise that I previously provided needs adjustment, service is hi and miss. Do not risk being being disappointed if you plan for a special occasion here, despite booking in as advance, they just sit you in the bar area by the entrance at a low bar table unsuitable for dining near to drinkers/ non-diners. Just disappointing.

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vipyummy
London
58 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The restaurant was very noisy.
The food was not correctly described on the menu.

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MandyCave
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and every table busy - just like okd times

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JudyS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most stylish and discreet dining rooms in London. Impeccable service. Excellent food. A delightful and relaxing atmosphere.

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JJ22
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Great vibe, excellent service and delicious food; all at a very reasonable price. Will definitely book again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant just brilliant

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vipGarethD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best places in town

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ShermanW
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very bland

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PaulG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best place for schnitzels and Holstein

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vipJuwill
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome! Good service. Delicious specials. Great ambience. Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to The Delaunay many times and always have an excellent experience. Breakfast this time was as good as it always is.

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sarahe
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast with professional and welcoming service.

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vipLawrence
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday lunch.

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MatthewC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

They have taken out the afternoon tea in their menu and the extensive tea selection. There’s nothing worth going there for now unfortunately. It’s old, dark, dated.

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OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant and food, bit close to other diners....as in within 1mtr could hear them chewing. Apart from that nice venue

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vipEpicurean
London
156 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somewhere which excels with the classic schnitzel must be good! Great for everyday dining and business lunches. Attentive service and loving the formality of the venue.

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vipLaurieB
Kent
20 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Delaunay is one of my favourite restaurants in London. Always someplace my family enjoys as well. Highly recommend!

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PaulG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything has been marvellous especially their schnitzels. The only thing that disappointed me was the skinny oysters.

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vipNatsx
London
84 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luca always makes me feel welcome. The service is lovely, not cheap, but the portions are generous and they've skilled mixologists at the bar!

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vipWilliam
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very reliable, pleasant experience as good as it was before!

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vipDalia
London
81 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, fantastic service! We had a lovely dinner here. I’ve been many times and will definitely be going back

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vipLeilani
London
125 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Delaunay - An all-time favourite and the perfect place to celebrate the last evening before lockdown 3.0. As always, lovely food and charming service in the beautiful setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Great service and venue

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JackH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back. As always an amazing experience!! Food and ambiance perfect.

FAQs

The Delaunay is rated 4.7 stars by 3046 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.