The Delaunay

4.6
3070 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 3070 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous pre-theatre meal at Delaunay's on Saturday. The smoked salmon was superb - it's such a simple thing, but you forget just how good it can be. The vegetables were also outstanding. It's rare to have such a lot of creativity into the side dishes.

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Fable11
London
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for buzzy pre and post theatre dining.

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vipMagster
Surrey
102 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic place meal atmosphere everything

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Maximus
London
20 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we entered until the moment we left the experience was excellent. Superb food, attentive service, excellent decor.

CB
CateringBossman
London
28 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for a pre- theatre dinner, was asked on arrival if we had a leaving time so that they could ensure we were served in time. Food and service excellent. Menu selection varied and should please everyone.

HM
HadleyM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant serving a classic menu and great cocktails. It has a lovely ambience and is great for a special occasion. It's also nice to start the evening by having a drink at the bar! I had the confit of duck for dinner, which was delicious. The espresso martini for dessert was also excellent. It is a pricey place though, and considering the money we spent, I didn't feel our server was as attentive as he could've been. He was lovely but for the price, I expect someone to be checking in regularly and not to be looking to get their attention.

NI
vipNickInLondon
London
29 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I eat here periodically. Service is usually quite good. Most of the menu is well done. Clearly the schnitzel and related dishes are their specialties. The place is good for groups and dates, I think. My date complemented the place and she isn't easy to impress.

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Yo88
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always excellent at This gorgeous art deco west end gem

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vipDispapointed
London
34 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Changed waiter about 30 mins after we arrived and we struggled to get anyones attention for anything.

Waited 25 mins for our table initially without explanation.

Disappointed.

GZ
GandZM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent way to end the year and start celebrating the new year
Great food- had soufflé main and chicken schnitzel main plus spinach and frites sides. Delish! Great portion sizes.
Coffee is also excellent. I’ve been there a few times before. Always enjoyable. Was good to see the restaurant was fairly busy so people comfortable going out to eat 👍

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Gibson60
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab dining room , great menu and the Furmint wine is highly recommended.

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Cole
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another excellent evening at The Delauney. Always a great buzz; the way the restaurant is laid out and its decor adds to making every visit special.

This time the service was a little slower than expected not quite up to the very high standard previously experienced. However, this did not detract unduly on our evening of delicious food and wine.

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Malyblue
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Just excellent ambience service and food

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Steve
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre theatre dinner - thanks to all the staff for a fantastic dining experience 🥂

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HEIDIC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy, elegant, great food choice with tip top staff and service. Location perfect for theatre district.

MK
MaggieK
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here, nice choice of food to suit everyone.

MW
MichaelW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. I absolutely love this place. Thank you.

NM
NeilM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Busy as always and staff who were all excellent were kept very busy as a result. We were in no rush but it might not suit those who were tight for time.

JG
JohnG
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Delaunay for a family celebration as we had done in the past, and were not disappointed. We were warmly welcomed, shown to a good table and served efficiently and courteously. The menu is varied so each of us could enjoy what we wanted, accompanied by interesting wines. All in all, a most enjoyable evening - and we will be back.

KL
KLee
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place so so much! The food is delicious and atmosphere magical.

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Lucy
London
11 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been for a few years, but it didn’t disappoint. Great Service, good food and cocktails. Very happy with our visit and would return!

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Mandeline
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was meeting a friend after a long break due to the pandemic. He ordered well, German style sausages with sauerkraut and potatoes. I ordered a chicken schnitzel with a side of pickled cucumbers. I should have complained at the time as the chicken was gristly and tough. I didn’t complain because I didn’t want to spoil our evening by taking up precious time. I wish I had said something, as for the price, it should have been tender.

BS
BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual it was a very enjoyable meal, introducing my goddaughter and her daughter from Oslo to your fine dining which they also enjoyed very much
The Delaunay has never disappointed me or my guests

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A pleasant meal, a couple of items arrived tepid or cold but the waiting staff were busy so hard to grab the attention and get it rectified before the remaining meal went cold.

A little more expensive than we were expecting £100 a head including a cocktail each and a glass of wine seemed steep for the overall quality and service.

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vipSohoqueen
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a birthday dinner and catch up. We didn’t order desserts but the waiter overheard it was a birthday and brought over a special dessert for the birthday girl. Very kind and made her evening.

GP
GaynorP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous staff so friendly, from the booking to the greet & the service was a joy.
The restaurant was very clean and the staff constantly cleaning.
We will be returning next year for another visit.

LB
LoveBrunch
London
26 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Delaunay is always a lovely treat with good food, service and ambience. A friend and I went for breakfast. I rarely have anything negative to say about the Delaunay but it is worth noting that the menu is very traditional. By that I mean there are not any hot vegan options, everything comes with eggs! If you eat eggs, then you’ll have a lovely time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Sad to report that tales of the demise of this once fine establishment are very much true.
Sloppy drinks service, mediocre food and a frankly laughable 15% service charge ( what service?).
Truly abysmal experience.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as usual

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff were excellent and very attentive. Loved the ambiance. We ate early due to theatre booking. Would love to have stayed longer to enjoy more courses!

DR
vipDRF1
London
70 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service in a wonderful atmosphere with delicious food and wine.

MD
MarianD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our second visit to the Delaney recently. We were shown to our table punctually and our server was polite and good at her job. We felt both times that nobody cared if we ever dined there again. I’m aware it was busy but a more grateful goodbye would go down well with me

ST
SueT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! Felt really special and food cooked really well .

KJ
KateJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit. Delicious food and great atmosphere.

CL
ColinL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb, food, service, ambience just great.

B
vipBluecat
San Francisco
20 reviews