The Delaunay

4.6
2899 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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tea service!

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Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a bite before the theatre. Very nice atmosphere and staff

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were VERY dusappointed - we visit here quite regulary as we are always going to the theatre and like to eat at The Delaunay but this time we were really disappointed!! The food took FOREVER (we only had mains) and then when the bill came we asked what the £4.00 cover charge was and the waiter tells us "its for the tablecloths and things" !!!! We were utterly chocked and possible had one of the worst experiences ever there. We will not be returning!

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PC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in just the right amounts. Great service: attentive but unobtrusive. Went for lunch and stayed far longer. Class.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in every way.

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G
London
38 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good service and able to hold a sensible discussion over breakfast. Ambience was great and service discreet and unobtrusive.

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ST
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff are really friendly and helpful, food not bad. Only issue is the noise level when the restaurant is full.

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JP
London
27 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place for a celebration! We enjoyed celebrating our friend’s special birthday with good food, good wines and good service.

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L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As ever always reliable and great central place to eat

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice brunch experience with friends on the day of arrival in London! Highly recommended!

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NF
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance. Great food, and staff. Special

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HA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service 👍🏻👍🏻

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Das Restaurant liegt gegenüber des Musical-Theaters Aldridge.
Die Speisekarte ist abwechslungsreich. Das Essen ist sehr gut und im mittleren Preissegment. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und aufmerksam. Wir mussten nicht lange auf unser Essen warten und hatten deshalb genügend Zeit, das
Essen zu geniessen, bevor wir ins Musical „Tina“ gingen. Eine Tischreservation ist ratsam.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection Great room. Great ambience.

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TM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mi experiencia con el afternoon tea fué altamente positiva. Calidad ( scones deliciosos) cantidad, servicio y relación calidad/precio. Volveré sin duda

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SN
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Very good ambiance.

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GT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, the Delaunay is now my default choice for lunch with friends and business colleagues. The menu is just what I want - mainstream food with a wide choice and in particular, excellent seafood and favourites such as kedgeree and sea trout. Excellent wine list with some really interesting wines (excellent Riesling).

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual. a most enjoyable meal in an relaxing environment.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Fairly disappointed by a £2 per person "brunch" charge, next to the general 12.5% service charge. When asking for the reasoning behind this £2 charge, the explanation was rather vague and did not make any sense ("This will allow us to keep the overview within the restaurant for the people who enjoy our brunch and to rectify the price of the menu"). In my opinion, there is no balance between the service charge/tip (£ 4.50 p.p) and the actual cost of the dish ~£10. The waitress deducted the service charge, but it still left a bittersweet feeling behind. Why would you charge 12.5% service over the brunch charge. That is tip on top of tip. Ridiculous!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Perfect from the start. Great service, delicious food and very welcoming. Also not forgetting the smiley door man! We will definitely be back.

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Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good pre-thetre meal. Reception welcomed us and we were sat immediately. Professional and consistent service and the food was excellent. It is a large room and a bit loud. Perfect location.

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K
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for our anniversary. I had been several times before with friends and it’s always my top choice for my birthday. Can’t fault it. My husband was very impressed and that takes some doing. When booking we were asked if it was a special occasion and as a result were treated to a little celebratory after dinner surprise. Only trouble was that the portions are massive. We should have shared a starter as we just couldn’t manage a pudding by the end of it. We shall definitely be back !

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M
London
32 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything for a pre theatre and in my view any other meal. It looks good, it tastes good and it is charming form beginning to end - my favourite of the Corbin and King stable.

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Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great downtown place for pre or post theater (or whatever). Been twice & l’ll be back again

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast in London by far. Only 5-star hotels will compare.

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JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food at the Delaunay is 'Germanic' hearty robust but very tasty and well done. We have eaten here a number of times and like it for its comfort food style and also for the great ambience which is a restaurant with a genteel buzz. Service is good wines are good its great for a brunch or lazy lunch in our opinion, admittedly we haven't tried dinner yet and its smarter than a lot of other brunch venues.

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KB
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always fantastic service and food, always a winner

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LL
London
92 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Booked a theatre/dinner deal which was good value - set menu was limited but nice. We both had the salmon tartare to start which was really divine; the chicken schnitzel was MASSIVE (we seriously could have shared one portion) and nice but served with just a green salad and VERY green dressing so a bit dry after a while. Lovely glass of Corbieres though to wash it down. I would love to go back and try more of the menu - it's a gorgeous venue.

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DK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food in a quite noisy environment. Good for a business lunch

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent as ALWAYS and I particularly like the "feel good factor" regarding the ambience.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Good service. Everything was very very good.

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Miami
32 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands birthday

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F
London
59 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My safe bet for years, this is the place you go to when you're meeting the parents for the first time or want to impress your date. Actually no excuse is needed to visit The Delaunay, because the food is delicious, the service impeccable, the surroundings gorgeous. It never fails to impress.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a superb location for breakfast with excellent service and food

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful place to go and soak up the atmosphere as well as the best afternoon tea ever.

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PH
London
39 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good as usual, I could strongly recommend

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RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance, food lovely and service efficient and friendly. Would recommend it!

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MS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

I visit the Delaunay fairly regularly - faultless service, superb food. I invited two guests from Italy to enjoy a quintessential afternoon tea.

On arriving I was told my table was not ready (I arrived 5 mins before time) but walk in tables of the same party size were seated.

I was asked to wait at the bar; my guests then arrived who they then sat at the table without telling me, and I had to go to reception and ask where they were as they had messaged me to say they were at the table, and where was I. When I asked the receptionist why this happened she grimaced.

We then ordered two afternoon teas, and one tea. The tea arrived promptly, and at the same time a couple were sat an adjacent table. After 15 mins, the adjacent table had relieved not only their tea but their afternoon tea as well. We still did not have our own afternoon teas. After a further ten minutes we asked the waiter where our tea was, to be told it was being made. They then brought three afternoon teas, not two.

When we repeated that we only wanted one two afternoon teas, and asked them to take one of them away (my female guest didn’t want to eat, which is why we had ordered two in the first place) we were told “we will gift you a cup of tea”.

This missed the point: I didn’t want anything gifted, I wanted faultless service - and this was a car crash at a venue that I had specially selected for my visitors, and had said at some length in advance how special it was.

I left feeling very upset indeed. Anyone can make a mistake, two at an utter push, but this was like faulty towers from start to finish.

I now question whether I will return again, which is a shame as this was previously a favourite

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