The Delaunay

4.6
2917 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.
What 2917 People Are Saying
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M
London
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
15 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
140 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

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delaunay... a class act
Always a joy,
JB

B
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was not as expected. Seated there 10 mins without a menu, then another 10 mins nobody asked if we were ready to order. Very noisy and very hard to get any waiter/waitress attention while we were there. Almost ignored. Food was okay but far from delicious, not value for money...

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tea service!

K
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a bite before the theatre. Very nice atmosphere and staff

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were VERY dusappointed - we visit here quite regulary as we are always going to the theatre and like to eat at The Delaunay but this time we were really disappointed!! The food took FOREVER (we only had mains) and then when the bill came we asked what the £4.00 cover charge was and the waiter tells us "its for the tablecloths and things" !!!! We were utterly chocked and possible had one of the worst experiences ever there. We will not be returning!

PC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in just the right amounts. Great service: attentive but unobtrusive. Went for lunch and stayed far longer. Class.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in every way.

G
London
39 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good service and able to hold a sensible discussion over breakfast. Ambience was great and service discreet and unobtrusive.

ST
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff are really friendly and helpful, food not bad. Only issue is the noise level when the restaurant is full.

JP
London
27 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place for a celebration! We enjoyed celebrating our friend’s special birthday with good food, good wines and good service.

L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As ever always reliable and great central place to eat

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice brunch experience with friends on the day of arrival in London! Highly recommended!

NF
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance. Great food, and staff. Special

HA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service 👍🏻👍🏻

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Das Restaurant liegt gegenüber des Musical-Theaters Aldridge.
Die Speisekarte ist abwechslungsreich. Das Essen ist sehr gut und im mittleren Preissegment. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und aufmerksam. Wir mussten nicht lange auf unser Essen warten und hatten deshalb genügend Zeit, das
Essen zu geniessen, bevor wir ins Musical „Tina“ gingen. Eine Tischreservation ist ratsam.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection Great room. Great ambience.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mi experiencia con el afternoon tea fué altamente positiva. Calidad ( scones deliciosos) cantidad, servicio y relación calidad/precio. Volveré sin duda

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SN
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Very good ambiance.

GT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, the Delaunay is now my default choice for lunch with friends and business colleagues. The menu is just what I want - mainstream food with a wide choice and in particular, excellent seafood and favourites such as kedgeree and sea trout. Excellent wine list with some really interesting wines (excellent Riesling).

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual. a most enjoyable meal in an relaxing environment.

NL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Fairly disappointed by a £2 per person "brunch" charge, next to the general 12.5% service charge. When asking for the reasoning behind this £2 charge, the explanation was rather vague and did not make any sense ("This will allow us to keep the overview within the restaurant for the people who enjoy our brunch and to rectify the price of the menu"). In my opinion, there is no balance between the service charge/tip (£ 4.50 p.p) and the actual cost of the dish ~£10. The waitress deducted the service charge, but it still left a bittersweet feeling behind. Why would you charge 12.5% service over the brunch charge. That is tip on top of tip. Ridiculous!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! Perfect from the start. Great service, delicious food and very welcoming. Also not forgetting the smiley door man! We will definitely be back.

m
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good pre-thetre meal. Reception welcomed us and we were sat immediately. Professional and consistent service and the food was excellent. It is a large room and a bit loud. Perfect location.

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