The Delaunay

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2957 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European

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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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London
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely buzzy spot, yummy food. Took a while to be served initial drinks and considering we were early for booking we went over our time slot and were (very politely) asked to move due to next sitting but considering there was only two speedy eaters, we wouldn’t have needed to be moved if initial service was quicker.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a buzzy atmospheric place for a comforting lunch or brunch with friends or family. Good for larger groups as well as smaller ones. Feels glamorous but the prices are wholly reasonable and the service brisk and attentive.

P
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and I loved it. The service is very good and very attentive waiters, they know there food and wines. Will come back

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good place to meet with friends to catch up. Tables are far enough apart to not have to listen to other conversations. Lovely Austrian food and great service.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an early dinner before meeting friends later.
The room was very busy with pre theatre diners so had very upbeat ambience.
The service however was impeccable with no sign of how busy they were.
The food was top quality and the bill reasonable, overall a very good dining experience which we will definitely repeat

m
London
55 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and a warm greeting on arrival. We had a pleasant table and enjoyed a delicious, beautifully cooked and presented meal.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriends birthday.. was fabulous..

1
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy The Delaunay. Good food and atmosphere, although quite noisy as most restaurants are these days due to lack of soft furnishings. My kedgeree was delicious.
They very helpfully changed my table for 3 to a table for 4 at very short notice. Well done and thanks.

AS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London. Great food, great service and always a warm welcome. Home from home and thoroughly recommended.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food with many veggie options and a cheesecake to die for

ML
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly visit The Delaunay.
Always excellent
Great food and very good vegetarian menu too.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Staff seemed very unsure of the wheat and gluten content of certain foods - concerning given the recent high profile tragedies!
Otherwise a great experience

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre

M
London
55 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday brunch, weather your in the restaurant or cafe. Idiotic place

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, an all around terrific evening in one of London’s great dining rooms.

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to catch up with friends, buzzy atmosphere, excellent food and service, easy to chat as not too noisy.

L
London
29 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently a great restaurant with delicious food and fantastic ambience. Very convenient for theatre. Wonderful for friends gathering and a varied, interesting and wonderful menu. I love it.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal at the Delaunay. The staff were brilliant and the atmosphere spot on. I had the native lobster cocktail followed by some wursten and my girlfriend had the delicious chicken noodle soup followed by a Wiener schnitzel. Lovely food and great service as usual. We were provided with a truffle treat for my girlfriend’s birthday. This trip cemented the Delaunay as one of my favourite restaurants in London. Thank you.

F
London
12 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Quality of food is always consistent and of high quality. Oysters were excellent! Service started out well but as evening went on it deteriorated quite rapidly as if nobody suddenly was I. Charge of our table.

OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE WHEN THEY GIVE YOU A LOVELY, COSY TABLE FOR 2 LOOKING DOWN TOWARDS THE WHOLE DINING ROOM. LOVELY TARTES FOR STARTERS - ONE VEGGIE AND ONE BACON. MY LOBSTER ROLL WAS GORGEOUS, WITH FRESH WHIT MEAT, JUST ENOUGH DRESSING AND A SOFT BUN. MY FRIEND'S VEGGIE BURGER WAS GOOD, BUT TOO FILLING SHE SAID. WE SHARED AND APPLE AND APRICOT CRUMBLE FOR PUDDING - I WOULD HAVE LIKED MORE CUSTARD (PLEASE!). THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS DISCREET AND EFFICIENT. THEY NEVER GET ANY ORDERS WRONG AND THEY DON'T CHECK WITH YOU TEN TIMES WHETHER 'EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT' - SO ANNOYING IN OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS. WE FELT NO PRESSURE TO LEAVE AFTER 2 HOURS AND WERE JUST ALLOWED TO SIT QUIETLY TO FINISH OUR DRINKS. KEEP UP THE STANDARD! THE DELAUNAY IS SO MUCH BETTER AT FOOD AND SERVICE THAN BELLANGER IN ISINGTON.

A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my afternoon tea experience in The Delaunay. The scones and clotted cream were really good; the other food selections were yum and the teas were flavorful. Our server was attentive and friendly. I would recommend this place and look forward to returning on my next trip to London. Thank you!

RR
London
18 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, swift service and tasty food. Would recommend.

n
London
79 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent quality comfort food, fairly priced for quality and location, service was professional and on the slow side rather than exceptional

MW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here! Such a wonderful place and always best place to treat a special person!

a
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tea- food was delicious, service was warm, friendly and attentive and the setting elegant.
Actually enjoyed this more than our recent afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason which was more than double the price. Highly recommend.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, The Delaunay serves the best Full English breakfast in town.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Delaunay never disappoints!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love The Delaunay. I have been before for lunch when on business trips. This visit was a pre theatre (matinee) lunch with my 10 year old daughter. It didn’t disappoint. The ambiance is wonderful (think English brasserie) the wait staff accommodating and the food delicious.

SB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at The Delaunay and it was fantastic. It was recommended by my nephew and I'm glad he did.

M
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, impeccably served in a lovely setting.
The escalope holstein was particularly good.

AM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best for anytime of the day or evening

F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, lovely food, great atmosphere, wide choice of desserts - a really great place for a nice meal which feels a bit special, but not too formal.

h
London
56 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !! Can get noisy during busy periods, we did struggle at times to hear each other. But honestly, I love this place, it is brilliant... :-)

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing more to say; five stars all the way :)

B
London
36 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love this place and the food was excellent but getting service was a challenge, we would have loved dessert and coffee but could not get anyone to serve us and then we ran out of time

A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive and efficient staff on a reasonable quiet morning, reassuringly consistent quality

c
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Princess Natalia and I were very impressed at The Delaunay again. Lovely cocktails and lovely food. I had the burger this time and it had.a lovely flavour. The Princess had a big fish dish and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the banana split for dessert and it was heavenly. . As always everything went smoothly and the Princess was very happy. We will be back again in a short while and will becoming for afternoon tea.

M
London
22 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all found the spongy bench seats a bit awkward and uncomfortable. But apart form that, it was a perfectly pleasant dinner experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and impeccable service

CG
Brighton
16 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with classy decor and amazing service! Highly recommended for any occasion.

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