The Delaunay

4.6
2802 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
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  • 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.

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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.
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PR
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant to go to after the
Opera.

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K
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked very last minute and still managed to get a table. Very good food and atmosphere. Great service too!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, very classy and friendly service...
Definitely recommend this venue

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was up to it’s normal high standards but the service was very disappointing

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RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! There is not thing I could fault.

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E
London
118 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful surroundings in a more informal environment than its sister The Wolesely. Service was pleasant and a tiny bit more attention to detail would be great. The fries were cold and they served me the wrong tea. Otherwise, the desserts were scrumptious and it was a good place for a catch-up with the girls.

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LK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant fault it! Service and Food were perfect:-)

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely superb food. Service could have been a little more timely but overall an excellent experience.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable pre dinner before theatre

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizer was excellent (pumpkin and goat cheese pierogi)
Beef goulash was not as good as we hoped for, but entrees were still good
Dessert was great
Overall very pleased with the experience!

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the afternoon tea here at the Delaunay. It was a terrific experience. The service was amazing. The create a very relaxing environment where we were able to enjoy our time together with a delicious spread of afternoon delights.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea which was really good value. The room was lovely and the service excellent.

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t
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I’ve been trying to get here for a while and it didn’t disappoint.

There was a good selection on the menu for all tastes and the quality was lovely. We all left empty plates.

The ambience was relaxed and informal.

I can’t wait to go again

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F
London
19 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, it ticks so many boxes. Interestingly the spatchcock chicken here is far better than the one in Fischers (cousin)
The Tarte Flambe is simply essential as a taster to share

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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious “beef straganouf”🙈

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JW
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal - good food, good service, good location.

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CP
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything you could want for a dinner out. There is a reason or rather very many reasons why The Delaunay is one of our favourite restaurants and why we go back again and again. Quality food cooked very well and served with old fashioned manners, style and class.

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K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Friendly and professional service, lively atmosphere and well judged food. Always delivers a stylish taste of middle European civility.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must say it was my first tine at The Delaunay, although the restaurant was very busy, the afternoon tea was amazing!, service was amazing! The price was very reasonable! It was so good that I will surely come back again soon.

Thank you so much for a lovely experience!

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d
London
63 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Kept waiting for a booked table. No where to sit so just left standing by the welcome desk. Seemed to be chaotic. All this for £350 for four people is not acceptable.

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l
London
20 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely Austrian fare served in a very buzzy dining room. Everything we ate was delicious, though we felt the starters were a little overpriced. Lunch for 2 with wine was £180 so it’s not cheap! (No puddings were eaten)

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S
London
44 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid dinner once again at Delaunay for a party of four. Despite being very busy service was exemplary as usual and the food and drink excellent. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Highly recommended.

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LC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in London. It's cosy, civilised and the service is outstanding. It's how I imagine 1920s Vienna to have been... a retreat from the hurly-burly of the 21st century where one can genuinely relax.

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IL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere and retro decor. Had to wait 15 mins for our table and the food was good but not memorable, would suit a casual laid back meal for friends.

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EL
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely meal but really bad table stuck in the back with interview style lay out made it an uncomfortable evening.

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SW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was excellent but be warned they charge a £2/head cover just to sit at a table (in a restaurant), as well as £2.50 for tap water, which I don’t agree with. Hence slightly lower scoring.

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E
London
47 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great to be dining here over the festive season as it feels just the right type of environment - lively and fun with just the right amount of Christmas cheer and decorations.

Good food and wine plus a cut above the usual restaurant scene.

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DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to delauney a number of times and always lives up to expectations

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant and incredible ambiance.

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AS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it! Fun 2 hours before the theatre. Great atmosphere, excellent food, good service and brilliant location.

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C
London
34 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The welcome, the food, drinks, atmosphere - it all creates a magical evening

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Elegant surroundings and usually great and unhurried service. Always feel taken care of from the minute you arrive at the door. An inviting buzzy atmosphere but not loud or intrusive. Separate vegetarian menu a real bonus.

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MW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre opera regular. We love this place

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RC
London
28 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening.

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GW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Disappointed not to be given a table in the centre of the restaurant as requested in my booking but otherwise the food and service were as good as usual.

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GO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a delight ...the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all

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CE
London
63 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been here a number of times and like the atmosphere and the location. The food was excellent, especially the Wiener schnitzel. The service is usually good, but somewhat less so this time. I'm never sure why it takes quite so long to get the bill. I'd have thought they'd be keen to free the table up for new guests. Instead I had to ask three times for the bill. It wouldn't normally have matter but my guest was anxious to get home.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails, great comfort food (reminded me of the food we ate when skiing in Austria as a child). Great night out. Would recommend

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

Very busy but great vibe good service nice staff

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AB
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed ourselves, thank you.

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