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The Delaunay, London,

The Delaunay

4.5
4.5
3056 Reviews
£26 to £40
European

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 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.

If you cannot find the table you are looking for, please visit the restaurant's website directly, or call 020 7734 4888. (Please note, The Delaunay no longer serves afternoon tea.)

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2 people

20:30


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Austrian, German

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 07:00–22:30 Sat 08:00–22:30 Sun 11:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    020 7499 8558

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Christian Turner

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Temple Underground Covent Garden Underground Holborn Underground

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,056 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • West End London

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  1. MS

    ManishS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Over eager and pushy service.. drinks came after meal ..
  2. l

    live2eat

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Out waiter was very surly & a bit sloppy when pouring the water & wine.
  3. LM

    LyciaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were going to the Aldwych so wanted somewhere for a quick bite and a drink before the show. The Delauney is right next door. My daughter was delayed so I propped up the bar and watched the barman concoct cocktails. Despite being furiously busy, he was calm and kind enough to explain what he was making. The restaurant is beautiful, classy, French 'old school'. There is a lovely doorman who sees you into the reception area where you enter an oasis of calm right in the centre of hectic theatre land. I was welcomed by the charming maitre d' who made me feel more like a welcome friend than restaurant customer. As we were short of time we had the 'menu rapide' (tarte flambée, wine, coffee) an excellent deal for those in a hurry. We shall be going back as soon as we have time to stay and enjoy the proper menu.
  4. O

    Oats

    London

    105 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely venue for breakfast and business meetings, but the portion of smoked salmon was outrageous! Quality of the food was excellent. Service good albeit a little inattentive.
  5. RC

    RogerC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great lunch venue. Will no one back for dinner very soon!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrew delivered fantastic service. He is recommendations were excellent and well explained. Food was lovely. Will definitely recommend and come again
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always perfect service and food, simple and great menu. Love this place
  8. A

    Alex

    London

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Tuna steak was dry like cupboard and service was mediocre
  9. OG

    OngG

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service , food , ambience were all very good
  10. j

    johnr

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    With a live band playing no more than 15 yards from our table, we couldn’t have any kind of a conversation. Food and service were fine - just not a place to go and eat if you are meeting friends
  11. L

    Lawrence

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff.
  12. EF

    EdandFamily

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always
  13. MB

    MarkB

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had been recommended this restaurant and it was a very good experience. From a pre dinner cocktail to an after dinner Armagnac and great food in between
  14. CB

    ChumleyB

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food, though some portions were quite large. We always love the venue and it didn’t disappoint. The only drawback was that our waiter, though polite and attentive (mostly), gave the impression he really didn’t want to be there.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    A lot of style over substance at the Delaunay. I had a fillet steak and when I say it was tiny...certainly not worth the £40 it cost. The other people in my party did not find their food to be anything special and not worth the price charged either. The waiting staff were quite poor also, constantly walking past us while we tried to grab their attention, it was a real disappointment. It cost £155 for three of us which was three mains and some wine. But really not good value, there are other places that are far better quality in terms of food and service for that kind of price.
  16. RD

    RoughDiamond

    London

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The Delaunay remains one of London's most agreeable dining rooms, and standards appear to have been maintained in the post Corbin & King era. Noise levels were pretty high for a business breakfast, but maybe that was because the Prime Minister was resigning just as our Full English appeared.
  17. AW

    AliceW

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Usually exceptional the food this visit was not great. The fish was over cooked and despite being deboned had a lot of bones still in it.
  18. EA

    EveA

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good as always, excellent breakfast, well executed.
  19. MW

    MichaelW

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favourite restaurant in London. Ambience is great, food is excellent and service is top notch!
  20. L

    Live2eat

    London

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As ever is a good place for meeting. But we had to move for another booking which knew about but isn’t always ideal
  21. JT

    JanT

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good value for money. I liked the 3 course menu and my son was happy with the Hot Dog. The fries weren’t tasty and the restaurant accepted our criticism and didn’t charge for them.
  22. D

    Deedee

    Dublin

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Very disappointing meal, as regular customers here and sister restaurants, overall not a great experience. Charged for ‘hold meal’ even though we did not hold meal, waiter was rude and never explained charge. Threw return of charge back on table and no explanation. Spoke to manager on exit and told the ‘powers above’ make these rules. Sorry we even paid the service charge on bill such a disappointing dinner and never heard of this type of charge for a restaurant of this standard. Also lack of customer service from manager and waiter really astonished us both after an expensive meal.
  23. R

    Recipeenthusiast

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Austrian food is quite heavy going. The sea bass was very good I am informed. The chicken schnitzel was on the dry side and could have done with some "included" vegetables to help it down.
  24. TO

    TracyO

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good and the service was excellent. Had a thoroughly lovely evening.
  25. S

    Smartstar

    London

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is and will continue to be my “go to” restaurant in London. I am a fan of the German element of the menu (long May it reign).. the food is prepared well and cooked perfectly, but I would caution their tinkering with traditional dishes. The stroganoff (whilst prepared and cooked professionally) was not a classic stroganoff, it was tomato based and more a beef casserole than a stroganoff, as a customer I expected a stroganoff to be include sour cream and white wine amongst its ingredients to be a classic stroganoff. The apple strudel was also tinkered with and arrived soft and with a lot of large apple chunks and in the shape of a large Swiss roll, should be made with crunchy filo pastry and be served in a more traditional size/shape. The ambience and service were excellent although sitting by the service hatch was a bit cramped at times.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite thing is that they had gluten free bread to have with my eggs.
  27. HB

    HowardB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Not enough staff. Very slow service. Overstretched. Chaotic
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time having breakfast at the Delaunay, having eaten here for dinner a few times in the past. It very much lived up to expectations. We both had The English. The food was great as were the coffees and juices etc. The service was top notch and the ambience was great on a Saturday morning. Really good experience. Hope to get back for breakfast again sometime.
  29. AM

    AnnaM

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I'm a regular at this restaurant, and it rarely disappoints. On this visit the duck was excellent.
  30. l

    luvfood

    London

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant with amazing ambiance, service and food. We especially enjoyed sitting at the cocktail bar before our meal.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Normally the service here is incredible, but on this occasion they really fell short. We were there for my wife’s birthday, and normally there’s a little complementary dessert with candle they bring out in recognition, but not this time. The staff was also very inattentive and when this was all brought to managements attention all we got was a business card and an apology. I certainly would have expressed more from this typically wonderful restaurant.
  32. TS

    TheresaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took two friends to lunch and it was their first time. We had a wonderful lunch and the staff were very helpful. The food was outstanding. It was a great experience and a very friendly atmosphere.
  33. JP

    JenPeta

    London

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight to dine at Delauney. As ever, we were warmly welcomed and an excellent meal served by very efficient and pleasant staff, made it another very special evening. Thank you all so much.
  34. M

    Mouton

    Kent

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food and excellent service - restaurant very busy too, which was good to see.
  35. C

    Clinker

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual - exceptional service and a maitre’d who is outstanding. A real favourite of mine
  36. H

    Huggie

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Usual efficient service and high quality food. Such a good pre-theatre option and they ask when you need to leave before you start so they can fit the service to the available slot.
  37. AB

    AdrianB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overall the Delaunay is a nice place to dine with good service and nice food, it is just a shame some of the traditional and iconic Austrian dishes it used to offer ( presumably like the staff who made them) e.g. Wiener Schnitzel and Salzburger Nockerl have disappeared from its menu since the lockdowns as too have the more comfortable recessed curved seating areas but I will still visit it again
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Apart from a little wait in the table, all went swimmingly and the food was of high quality!
  39. LB

    LaurieB

    Kent

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening at The Delaunay. Early dinner with my daughter. Delicious food in a stunning restaurant, and attended to by the best staff in the industry. Highly recommend.
  40. MP

    MichaelP

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and service as usual.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Delaunay is rated 4.5 stars by 3056 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:30


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB

Additional information

  • Area

    Covent Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 07:00–22:30 Sat 08:00–22:30 Sun 11:00–17:00

  • Cuisines

    European, Austrian, German

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Temple Underground Covent Garden Underground Holborn Underground

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Christian Turner

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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