The Delaunay

4.6
2863 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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Miami
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands birthday

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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
37 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good as usual, I could strongly recommend

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JS
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
8 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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AE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delaunay always at the top, food and service-wise! Great place for a business lunch, afternoon tea with your mother or a romantic date night. Love the Delaunay artistic theme

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HD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We visited Delaunay ‘s for Mothers day last Sunday. We were met with pleasant smiles and curteous attention. There were lots of people there, creating an exciting buzz but it was not so noisy that our own conversations were disrupted. We were given advice on the menu and cocktails not listed on the menus were made available when asked for. My son and husband enjoyed the peppered steak which they praised continuously on the journey home. Most unusual for my husband to have such high praise for restaurant food. We had such a pleasant evening.
Sadly we were far too full to sample anything from the desert menu, but I now have an excuse to return. And return I shal...
Thank you for a perfectly enjoyable Mothers day

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SC
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our first visit, to this venue with its stylish decor, very professional service and generally well dressed clientel.

We enjoyed the fish, and the range of choice from the vegiterian menu. A well mixed dry martini to wash down some meaty oysters, made the evening a real treat

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MR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was excellent. Lovely evening and look forward to coming back soon!

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t
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch, excellent service and very good food, let down by the noise level, which was quite high but the staff very considerately gave us a table by the window which had a somewhat reduced noise problem. Wouldn't stop us from a return visit!

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MK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food in a lovely setting. The staff are great too, very welcoming and very good service.

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TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Supreme breakfast fit for a king excellent from front of house to food served

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate a birthday. Everything was great! Attentive service, great food and nice atmosphere. Highly recommended !

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, relaxed atmosphere

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l
London
25 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant location, ambience, decor and layout is very good. The front of house service is also good, however the table service was disinterested at best and hard to get attention of waiters most times. None of the questions around if any help was needed with the menu, how the food was, any eye contact during service or any attention to see if we wanted to order food or drink. Given the clients to waiters ratio seemed okay for a Fri night, was disappointed with this.

Food wise, starters were good and main course was okay. I may continue going for coffee catch ups and breakfast meetings but unlikely to frequent for dinner in future.

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d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great venue for lunch with an "old" friend - she had not been there before and was very impressed.

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LL
London
115 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food quality has gone down. This is my usual safe option to meet business contacts and friends. But the food was just ok, did they change chefs? My grilled chicken was super oily. Thank goodness service was still ok.

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food.

Good choice on the menu, and wines.

Would be happy to visit again.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a relaxing brunch and catch up with friends.

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came across this restaurant by chance. Very pleasant experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and were given complimentary chocolates. Nice gesture.

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EK
London
276 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delaunay is great just like his siblings Wolseley and Fischer’s.
Warm and friendly front-of-house, lovely ambience and even better food that never disappoints.
They make one of the best kedgeree with a just perfect oozy poached egg.
Their sorbet is really pretty with two leaves of pistachio biscuits and dehydrated pineapple!
Thank you!

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, yummy food and delicious wine. An evening well spent.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of four had a wonderful evening before seeing Tina at the Aldwych Theatre. The restaurant's location is perfect. Most of all the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The ambiance was unique to what other places we visited during our week in London. I give this 5 stars!

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CH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staff and lovely food. Good value for the quality

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super food, taken care of well and a great time to celebrate an anniversary brunch

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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, that why I regularly return. A small but perfect menu. It excels in its consistency food and staff.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A large room but one that has a good atmosphere, just the right amount of noise and bustle. Service is attentive but the food takes a while to emerge. Worth the wait, though

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R
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal . Excellent discreet high quality service. Good buzzy atmosphere. Recommended

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PI
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good Sunday Roast with all the traditional trimmings. We loved it.
Thank you

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G
London
36 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Lovely ambience and vibe in the restaurant. Nice to show my wife one of my regular spots

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CJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful ambience.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a special restaurant for a special treat! First class good old fashioned service

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SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

In spite of mucking up our order the food, it was only ok when it arrived. It’s a nice venue and the service was friendly but not very efficient! Hence the 50% rating

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a shame that a restaurant with such a German/ Austrian menu does not have a beer menu to match. That said: a great meal in a lovely location.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well what a place! Loved it. Fine dining indeed,fabulous decor and style.
Great wine list
Having been to the Wolsey I can see the similarity
Food was fantastic
Will be back for sure
Would probably opt for private dining as rather noisy when busy
Too marks all round

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb restaurant! Extraordinary menu and wine list of best of well-known European cuisines (strudels, dobos torte, Riesling, Tokaji etc.). Timely services, attentive and friendly staff and chefs. Pre-show perfect. Perhaps a little booster than we would’ve liked, but not disturbing (it was a full house). Will visit each time when in London, for sure!

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RP
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice venue and food .
Just a little eager to clear finished items from table

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DJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Impeccable service, great food and exquisite surroundings.

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s
London
51 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and nice service in a beautiful settings. Big fans of the Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarrn in particular!

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