The Delaunay

4.6
2821 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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m
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delaunay much enjoyed, and as with other visits, a great place to bring friends for a meal. Its always busy, atmospheric, and an impressive setting for any occasion. The menu is one of those 'has something for everyone' but those somethings are all interesting, slightly different, worth trying. Wine list errs on the expensive but our viognier (a cheaper choice) slipped down our throats and has us pulling out the bottle to see the details. Waiters are helpful, attentive and the evening a delight.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit rushed (I hate the constant topping up of wine glasses after you’ve taken one sip) but the food and ambience was reliably good. Always good for celebrity sightings (not Dua Lipa-type celebrities but novelists, MPs and business leaders). It has the lighting just right: dark enough to create an atmosphere but bright enough to be able to read the menu without the light on your iPhone.

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M
London
51 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place and have visited many many times for one of the best brunches in London.
Today however I noticed a £2 per head “brunch cover charge” on top of the 12.5% service charge. I’ve never noticed this before, so don’t know if it is a new concept but seems strange as surely it is the same as a service charge? It’s not like we were eating off the menu so diners beware of this hidden charge.

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RD
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's always a treat to return to The Delaunay. Schnitzels + champagne = a perfectly hedonistic lunch. The lighting, ambiance, service and food here all add up to a wonderful pampering package.

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ME
London
23 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like a bit of Austrian flavour, so the Delaunay was a must-visit after Fischers. And it's better than the Marylebone eaterie on almost every score. Excellent and generous steak tartare starters, traditionally large schnitzel and a really very nice spatchcock chicken were highlights. The menu isn't tricksy or complex - but I much prefer places that settle on a relatively limited selection of standards and execute well, rather than try a menu that's too big or too flashy to deliver reliably. I didn't choose particularly well on the wine - a Gruner Veltliner that was a little on the tart side and an Austrian Pinot Noire that was a pretty underwhelming for the price - but that might be more my inexpert use of the wine menu than over-pricing by the restaurant. We'd definitely go back - but choose more wisely on the booze!

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GL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good value for afternoon tea in central, the tea was great but the cakes were average.

Service was okay.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dine at The Delauney regularly and always enjoy it. Very reliable with great service and decent food of Brasserie versus fine dining quality. It represents told value for money and is always a nice evening out.

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y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for business breakfast, staff are friendly and the food is very good.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Delightful as always but the service was WAY OFF and nots its usual 5-star experience

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service,great food but best of all there was no pressure on us to move despite the fact that they were really busy. We left after 3 hours having enjoyed our visit very much.

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SJ
London
27 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magnificent Art Deco style Viennese grand cafe with fantastic food (I had the Wiener Schnitzel) and polished yet friendly service. Excellent Sommelier too. Would go again tomorrow.

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l
London
181 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent breakfast the eggs Benedict amongst the best I’ve had

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KL
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic London breakfast spot

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and no pressure to vacate the table.

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W
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable and the service was superb

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PR
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant to go to after the
Opera.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked very last minute and still managed to get a table. Very good food and atmosphere. Great service too!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, very classy and friendly service...
Definitely recommend this venue

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A
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was up to it’s normal high standards but the service was very disappointing

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RK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! There is not thing I could fault.

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E
London
120 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful surroundings in a more informal environment than its sister The Wolesely. Service was pleasant and a tiny bit more attention to detail would be great. The fries were cold and they served me the wrong tea. Otherwise, the desserts were scrumptious and it was a good place for a catch-up with the girls.

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LK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant fault it! Service and Food were perfect:-)

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely superb food. Service could have been a little more timely but overall an excellent experience.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable pre dinner before theatre

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m
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great pre theatre dinner with familly. Consistently good

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizer was excellent (pumpkin and goat cheese pierogi)
Beef goulash was not as good as we hoped for, but entrees were still good
Dessert was great
Overall very pleased with the experience!

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the afternoon tea here at the Delaunay. It was a terrific experience. The service was amazing. The create a very relaxing environment where we were able to enjoy our time together with a delicious spread of afternoon delights.

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea which was really good value. The room was lovely and the service excellent.

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t
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I’ve been trying to get here for a while and it didn’t disappoint.

There was a good selection on the menu for all tastes and the quality was lovely. We all left empty plates.

The ambience was relaxed and informal.

I can’t wait to go again

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F
London
19 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, it ticks so many boxes. Interestingly the spatchcock chicken here is far better than the one in Fischers (cousin)
The Tarte Flambe is simply essential as a taster to share

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OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious “beef straganouf”🙈

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JN
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal - good food, good service, good location.

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CP
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything you could want for a dinner out. There is a reason or rather very many reasons why The Delaunay is one of our favourite restaurants and why we go back again and again. Quality food cooked very well and served with old fashioned manners, style and class.

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K
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Friendly and professional service, lively atmosphere and well judged food. Always delivers a stylish taste of middle European civility.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must say it was my first tine at The Delaunay, although the restaurant was very busy, the afternoon tea was amazing!, service was amazing! The price was very reasonable! It was so good that I will surely come back again soon.

Thank you so much for a lovely experience!

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d
London
63 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Kept waiting for a booked table. No where to sit so just left standing by the welcome desk. Seemed to be chaotic. All this for £350 for four people is not acceptable.

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l
London
20 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely Austrian fare served in a very buzzy dining room. Everything we ate was delicious, though we felt the starters were a little overpriced. Lunch for 2 with wine was £180 so it’s not cheap! (No puddings were eaten)

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S
London
44 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid dinner once again at Delaunay for a party of four. Despite being very busy service was exemplary as usual and the food and drink excellent. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Highly recommended.

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LC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in London. It's cosy, civilised and the service is outstanding. It's how I imagine 1920s Vienna to have been... a retreat from the hurly-burly of the 21st century where one can genuinely relax.

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IL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere and retro decor. Had to wait 15 mins for our table and the food was good but not memorable, would suit a casual laid back meal for friends.

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