The Delaunay

4.6
2712 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
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, afternoon tea 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 07:00–11:30
Sat 08:00–11:00
Sun 09:00–11:00
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00–17:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30–17:00
Afternoon Tea
Daily 15:00–18:30
Dinner
Mon–Sat 17:00–23:00
Sun 17:00–22:00
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Phone number
020 7499 8558
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Lee Ward
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Private Party Contact
Michelle Chillingworth: 020 7659 9302
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Temple Underground
Covent Garden Underground
Holborn Underground
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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The Delaunay is the restaurant you want to be in when you just want to feel good. Sit in the amazing dining room or hit the cafe for a quick one.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 2712 People Are Saying
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J
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

lovely food . great service..a little noisy if you want to chat

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j
London
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a delicious meal, excellent wine and superb service.
Thank you SO much for looking after me so well while I waited for my friend to turn up (and sincere apologies again for his lateness !)
I always recommend you and shall continue to do so in the future.
A+++++

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EM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Felt comfortable in the surroundings, food was excellent and service amazing

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AF
Munich
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a business lunch ( 50 characters .....)

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F
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, pretty and cosy. A friend strongly recommended it for my mom's birthday.

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S
London
215 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal in a beautiful restaurant. Great service and the food was delicious

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g
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The speciality dish,Wiener schnitzel, was poor- tough meat and lacking in flavour. Plaice goujons and vegetables were good.
Buzzy atmosphere but very busy ( Sunday lunch)
Overall quite expensive for what it was.

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JP
London
24 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a delight to dine at Delauney. Top tip: Martinis are really excellent.

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch with a friend. The service was excellent and the large restaurant is beautiful with a wonderful ambiance. It has the “wow” factor! Meal was very good. Octopus Carpaccio followed by Seafood Paprikash, both delicious. Will definitely be visiting again.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Energetic business like atmosphere, busy but very much able to engage in intimate conversation. Fantastic food, and service. A super wine selection albeit a little pricey

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KF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Octopus starter was very salty and Wiener Schnitzel was tough and chewy. Otherwise good food. Smart venue with good ambience. Friendly and efficient service.

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service right in the centre of theatre land. What could be better. Fantastic cocktails too 😊 Yummy Raspberrytini

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent pre-theatre meal

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

I adore the Delaunay. Great food and wonderful service. Everything is just perfect. I have been lots of times and only ever had a brilliant time.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love coming here, though wish they would include chopped liver as a starter like the Wolsey!. This time brought a friend - her first visit and she loved it! Great table linen and also the fact that you, together with the Wolsey, always show people the wine when only having a glass (this time the Mercuery which was gorgeous). Excellent staff - thank uyou all.

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

Great location for Aldwych Theatre pre dinner. Large Brasserie style setting and noise level (though not intrusive on table conversation). Food menu varied with good vegetarian options. Good wine list. Attentive staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always!

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've always enjoyed this place - a great location, very good menu and brilliant ambience... can't recommend it highly enough.

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Room, Style without trying to be fancy. Great after theatre food

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A
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food in an exciting environment. Prices are reasonable for the excellent quality of the cuisine, and that also extends to the wine list, which is full of interesting choices that include Austria and Germany besides the normal French, Italian, etc. whites, rosés and reds. A favorite of ours, we always return to it when we visit London and it never disappoints.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our party was quite late and the staff were utterly delightful. Lunch menu was interesting, food excellent, service was swift and unobtrusive, coffee was good too. Will go again.

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v
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, portions too big. waiters and servers were terrific

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance and food , but waiter was very unfriendly and spoilt the lunch. Considering the service charge plus cover charge the waiter could at least try!

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m
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent service as usual and a good menu selection. Not the best value , especially the wine list, in the West End but consistently reliable and worth a visit.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere and a continental feel. It is elegant and buzzes with happy noise. The service is a heart-warming blend of efficiency, deference and friendliness. The menu avoids any modern silliness and the food is, in the main, good traditional fare, although the ambience is the main draw,

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JP
London
24 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, an excellent experience. Service, food, wines and atmosphere always contribute to make dining at The Delauney feel like a special occasion.

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A
London
47 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect breakfast spot, when in London I believe it’s a must try! I order fruits Ofcourse lol! And Potato Rosti with fried eggs, bagel with cream cheese and carrot with ginger to drink. Loved it all

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b
London
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoy the food, ambiance and the wonderful silverware that everything is served with. Service is always good and food very tasty with generous portions. Will return for sure!

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m
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable and efficient. A good choice of food and wine. Excellent for pre theatre suppers and brunches.

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J
Hertfordshire
62 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met for lunch with some "Foodie" friends and were not disappointed by the Delauney. Nice wine and very enjoyable meals. Too full for dessert sadly! Excellent service and careful concern for our various food-related issues, thank you

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening we try a different restaurant every time we come to London and we
Shall certainly return to the Delaunay.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I like the ambience of this restaurant and have been there on several occasions at different times of day. Only negative is that I don’t like being in a party of 3 and being seated at what is in reality a table for 2.

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MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved this place so much. Firstly, my friend and I were greeted with a lovely warm welcome at reception. My friend brought her son, and they gave him colouring paper and crayons. I had eggs arlington and pancakes (apple / rhubarb), the food was ridiculously good. We had a few people serving us throughout our brunch. One lady was excellent. The other lady's service was good, however she had a really bad attitude and didn't smile at all. This put a bit of a dampner on our experience. This aside, a lovely setting with delicious food. I can't wait to go back again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

60th Birthday after theatre dinner

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YM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Delaunay is my favourite restaurant in London. Delicious food and good service.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and my wife and I were made very welcome on our arrival.
The food and service was excellent and we had a super experience

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous afternoon tea, at an amazing price. Lovely gluten free options for my sister in law who really felt she wasn’t missing out on anything! Go for the glass of champagne to make it even more special
Highly recommended.

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IS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always great service and good food. The Viennese Breakfast was particularly good. Perfect spot for an early morning business breakfast.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

It is a good place to meet and have a meal but three out of 4 ordered Spatchcock and we thought it was tasteless and very disappointing.

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