The Delaunay

4.6
2672 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Located behind an imposing entrance on the corner of historic Drury Lane and The Aldwych, The Delaunay is an all-day café-restaurant inspired by the grand cafés of Europe. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning coffee and afternoon tea are also served seven days a week, alongside a Take-Out section with a local delivery service.


Booking is recommended but a portion of the tables are available for walk-in customers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation


Breakfast:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 11am; Saturday: 8am – 11am


Lunch:

Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm


Afternoon Tea:

Monday – Friday: 3pm –6pm; Saturday - Sunday: 3.30pm – 6pm


Dinner:

Monday – Saturday: 5pm – 11.30pm; Sunday: 5pm – 10.30pm
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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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Public Transit


Temple Underground
Covent Garden Underground
Holborn Underground
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 2672 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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JA
5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

We enjoyed the very traditional setting of the room with white linen and impeccable service. The food were delicious and cakes to die for. A very good location to theatres.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

I came here for dinner before a gig at Somerset House. It is a wonderful dining room, my baby octopus starter was delicious, and my sea bass main equally so.

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n
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The presentation and quality of food was outstanding! The special birthday cake was delicious and very thoughtful. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will recommend The Delaunay Afternoon Tea to friends. Although the head waiter was very kind and accommodating, we found the other staff to be somewhat cool and distant. Overall though, we were very happy. Thank you!

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JJ
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Excellent in every way
Great Food. Exceptional Service and such a Beautiful Setting

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r
4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Met up with friends here for a pre-theatre drink and dinner.
Great menu, delicious food and exceptional service.

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BJ
5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

As always, wonderful food and immaculate service.

When the restaurant is full, it can be rather noisy.

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SC
4.0Dined on 3 July 2018

It was a very nice restaurant would recommend but also a bit pricey for every day dining

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DC
5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Great service, good lunchtime meal, and as it was my wifes' birthday, a little recognition of gratis chocolates with the coffee..
Thank You

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JR
5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

I just love the Delauney - the brunch menu is excellent and very good value.
The tableware is elegant and the staff are efficient and friendly. It is not stuffy but you feel special there.

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CW
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Wonderful experience for a traditional British cream tea. Looks like a French brasserie, with a charming menu to boot.

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J
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

I booked The Delaunay because it is across the road from Tina The Musical, so in a great location.
The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The food was delicious, the ambience was perfect and the decor glamorous. Definitely worth 5 stars.

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d
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Always a good experience here. For a smarter night out The Delaunay never disappoints. Staff friendly and excellent food.

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JA
5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Delaunay never fails to deliver excellent service in a fine interior.

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OT
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Delauney is the perfect restaurant to go to after the opera at Covent Garden. It never lets me down. The staff are charming and it’s my sort of food.

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CL
5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Excellent menu choices.Food was superbly cooked and presented.All the staff friendly professional and attentive. Superb choice of wines. We had a pretty theater meal and will go again.

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EL
4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Another excellent brunch at the Delaunay, with attention to detail and strong service from the waiting staff.

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

The service was exceptional and the food was delicious. The gentleman who served us was so kind to add another two places at our table and made everyone feel very at ease.
Well done!

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SF
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Once again we had an amazing experience, the our waitress was very good and nothing was to much trouble. We have been to the restaurant many times and never had a bad meal.

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s
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Brilliant. Amazing staff, great range of food and a real treat before the Tina musical show. Thanks for the perfect afternoon.

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j
4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

The usual warm welcome and friendly buzz on a return to the Delaunay for lunch with a friend. Service was good throughout but, although my friend's cod goujons were excellent, I was disappointed with my escalope veal holstein. It was not up to the usual excellent standard. It was dry and this killed a lot of the flavour.

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OT
5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

We had incredible service and the food was delicious.

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C
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

This was a birthday dinner and the restaurant was excellent in every respect. Food, service, ambience and quality all first class. Best of all - NO MUSIC. One of the few restaurants in which one can hold an actual conversation instead of shouting over music (so-called). I can not recommend Delaunay highly enough. The food is delicious and creative, linen napery, silver tableware and top quality waiting staff. A really memorable experience and I will return many times to this and the others in the group - Wolseley and Fischers.

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BG
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

I love this place. The food and service is incredible.

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SH
5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Always first class food & service, good range of wines & drinks coupled with a great atmosphere

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SC
5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We were visiting at the suggestion of a friend. We had eaten, many times, at The Wolsey and discovered this was a sister restaurant of the aforementioned.
The further co-incidence was that we were going to see a matinee performance of "Tina" and Restaurant was nearly a 10 yard walk from the theatre! Wonderfully convenient combined with excellent food and drink with great hosting.

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KP
5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Beautiful old world setting. Excellent food. Charming service. A little more expensive than a regular place for breakfast, but the extras more than make up for it.

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LP
4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Great to have finally visited as had heard great things - and wasn't disappointed. Really lovely welcome and nice relaxed dining 'away from the world'

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OT
5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Went to The Delaunay for a pre-theatre meal as it was next door to where Tina the musical is playing which is out of this world! I was pleasantly surprised by The Delaunay; the food was really good and the service was outstanding. I would definitely return.

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OT
5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Delicious & different vegetarian menu - chosen even though I’m not a vegetarian!
Service faultless from start to finish.

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p
5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Delaunay never fails to disappoint- consistently good food, attractively presented by attentive but not intrusive wait staff. It has become our ‘Go To’ restaurant whenever we are in London.

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OT
4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Lovely schnitzel strudel and Black Forest gateau good service not bad wine list

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MF
4.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Have gone here several times for breakfast. Love the buzzy atmosphere and the extensive menu. Service is quick and friendly. But was a bit disappointed by the avocado and poached egg on toast. The toast was so hard we could barely cut it and at one point the egg and avocado went flying! Otherwise loved the place.

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l
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We had a really lovely pre-theatre meal. The service was attentive, but relaxed, and the venue is lovely olde world elegance! This will be our regular pre-theatre hot-spot now!l

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MH
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

As a venue for a surprise birthday treat, part of a theatre trip, The Delauney was just a perfect oasis of refined calm on a hectic Saturday featuring a royal wedding and a cup final.

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RD
4.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Excellent, as always. Attentive and professional staff, great food, spot-on cocktails.

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OT
5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Excellent restaurant, service, food, wine and the overall ambience was brilliant. We were going to see Tina next door at the Aldwych so it’s location was perfect.

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s
5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

The perfect place for a great Sunday brunch with friends visiting from out of town. The food, the ambience, the service - absolutely everything was right. Would recommend without hesitation.

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AL
5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We booked late but they still found us a table on a busy Saturday night. Service was excellent as was the food. Would go again without any hesitation

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c
4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Great location for Covent Garden and the Theatres after and before the shows

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