The Delaunay

4.6
2770 reviews
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£26 to £40
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European
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 07:00–11:00
Sat 08:00–11:00
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30–17:00
Sun 11:00–17:00
Afternoon Tea
Daily 15:00–18:00
Dinner
Mon–Sat 17:00–23:00
Sun 17:00–22:00
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Phone number
020 7499 8558
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Lee Ward
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Private Party Contact
Michelle Chillingworth: 020 7659 9302
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Public Transit
Temple Underground
Covent Garden Underground
Holborn Underground
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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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.
What 2770 People Are Saying
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AS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved it! Fun 2 hours before the theatre. Great atmosphere, excellent food, good service and brilliant location.

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C
London
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The welcome, the food, drinks, atmosphere - it all creates a magical evening

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

Elegant surroundings and usually great and unhurried service. Always feel taken care of from the minute you arrive at the door. An inviting buzzy atmosphere but not loud or intrusive. Separate vegetarian menu a real bonus.

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RC
London
26 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening.

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GO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a delight ...the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all

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CE
London
63 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been here a number of times and like the atmosphere and the location. The food was excellent, especially the Wiener schnitzel. The service is usually good, but somewhat less so this time. I'm never sure why it takes quite so long to get the bill. I'd have thought they'd be keen to free the table up for new guests. Instead I had to ask three times for the bill. It wouldn't normally have matter but my guest was anxious to get home.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails, great comfort food (reminded me of the food we ate when skiing in Austria as a child). Great night out. Would recommend

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OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very busy but great vibe good service nice staff

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AB
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed ourselves, thank you.

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T
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Delauney' - relaxed atmosphere. Presentation excellent. Loved the wine glasses - notice they are available to purchase at a price! Look forward to returning when next 'in town'.

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A
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a classic British dining room with good service and delicious food. We have enjoyed both breakfast and dinner there and will certainly return.

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D
London
44 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very up market ambience and pleasant service, although if you are not in a hurry you might want to slow it down. Food is good but not outstanding and portions are not big. until I have tried more of the many menu options it is difficult to give a definitive review, but I would return.

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EA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent place that I frequent regularly both with friends and work colleagues.

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FF
London
72 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Delaunay has the feel of a central European grand cafe with excellent, professional service, a lovely menu and a buzzy vibe. I come here with a friend for our catch up dinners. We love it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived just after 12 noon to find the place buzzing. We had a table reserved so that was good. The meal was superb. The service was superb & the champagne was also superb!
Beautiful place to have lunch.

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J
London
45 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely hideaway in the heart of London. Nice atmosphere- even when full you can still hear yourself think. And enjoy a lovely brunch.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable pre theatre meal

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GL
Leicestershire
36 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service superb, old fashioned courtesy and efficiency, spot on. Food very good, an ideal place to eat before opera at the London Coliseum. Not cheap, but wine in 500ml carafes helps, and if you wanted to be economical, that would be possible with careful choices. (And the loos are great too!)

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, very professional. Very good food and ambiance. Very helpful staff.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner before the show. The ambiance is beautiful, old world elegant. The service impeccable and fast. Great selection of wines as well as by the glass options. We will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - my favourite brunch place.

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Large bright comfortable seating area. Impeccable service. Starters: my wife sad the oysters were good; I loved my avocado quinoa salad. My son’s steak was spot on and his beau said that the mushroom stroganoff was good, but my cassoulet was meh (bit sinewy and bland). The desserts were disappointing all round. The wine choice was interesting and our choice (a Hungarian red ) was almost spectacular once it had time to open up.

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AD
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food as ever; prompt service and good coffee!

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent restaurant, particularly for theatre-goers and for business. Busy, as you would expect for this location and a reservation beforehand pretty much essential; slightly disappointed to be told our ‘slot’ was up after 90mins but at least we were told politely! Nevertheless - would definitely recommend to others

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All perfect, not cheap though.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed an excellent pre theatre meal. delicious food arrived promptly ad service was very good.

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BG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a very nice brunch at The Delaunay. Staff were extremely pleasant and the food was excellent. Coffee was well made. The complimentary cake to mark our anniversary occasion was appreciated. One of our party members was gluten free, my only area for improvement would be that staff take a bit more time to address gluten free options with customers. Of the two staff members she spoke to regarding options, they basically just said 'minus any gluten free items from the meal and then that's how it will come'. Not very helpful. Some gluten free bread would be a welcome addition at brunch also.

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ZM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nice Frenchy restaurant with Exelent welcome and service. Acording to food which we order a starter (prawne cocktail and mashrom soup) were amazing however main cours ( Viener shnicel) no season and under cook...price for this kind of restaurant acceptable

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MH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the food was great, but the schnitzel was way way too salty, which was a shame given its prominence in the menu

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HM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent post matinee meal. Pleasantly surprised.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely post matinee meal - food was delicious, the atmosphere was lovely and staff were very helpful and efficient.

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LT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked the new winter menu - especially the lamb cassoulet!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent restaurant.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, staff were friendly and very attentive. Would be happy to go back.

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A
London
26 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another lovely meal, and they added a happy birthday message in chocolate to my friend’s dessert, which was a really nice touch. We also enjoyed the Austrian red wine - not often seen outside the country.

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CD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and exceptional service making family feel very comfortable and welcome.

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B
London
32 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Sort of Wolseley lite, nice room and great service. But the menu was a bit weird, we all chose the same starters as nothing looked that appealing. Good choice of main courses especially fish, food was “okay”. Desserts, not that good.

It’s sort of alright, nothing really bad to report. But would I return? Probably not!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It was fine but it’s not the Langham

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good - will keep on returning. Good food and service

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