The Delaunay

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2944 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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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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
20 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
78 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
16 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
15 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.

GP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, the waiters were lovely and the hosts were very elegant and professional.

Thank you ♥️

RN
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very warm and friendly hospitality, excellent food, allergy alternatives, good atmosphere and best Schnitzel in town

R
Austin
51 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first visit to The Delaunay. We had several friends recommend it to us as a place "we would love!" They were right! Great service, really good food! We will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for breakfast ! Staff are lovely. Thank you

BM
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not a great spot if you want a quick lunch. Booking was 1:30pm was sat at 1:40pm another 10 minutes to order. Food was excellent and came out in good time but the lunch was rushed and not the best first time experience there.

GC
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quaint excellent service in beautiful surroundings always welcoming and polite a must for central London

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely as always. Bit quieter than usual and slightly less buzzy, but it was early ish and the summer holidays so perhaps expected.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant in London.

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d
London
68 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever a great lunch!

E
London
142 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was seated in a booth which was perfect for four people. Service was prompt and courteous and as it was Sunday, we had to have the roast beef which was cooked as requested with a huge Yorkshire pudding. The horseradish condiment was a perfect accompaniment and the extra jus went down very well. Unfortunately we were too full to try the desserts which were beautifully presented on the dessert table on our way in.

AN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dinner we had. Wonderful service and fabulous food. Highly recommended !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast place with good options

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