Tuttons

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821 reviews
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Tuttons is arguably one of the most famous and long standing restaurants in Covent Garden, situated on the east side of the historic piazza, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the markets.
Newly refurbished by lead interior designer Russell Sage, it offers a stunning new interior to compliment the enjoyable al fresco dining experience in fair weather, in what is undoubtedly one of London’s most unique areas.
Offering a classically English menu focusing on seasonal dishes from Great British suppliers, we offer traditional meals which showcase the variety and quality of the U.K’s food, from breakfast through to the evening a la carte menu.
Tuttons also offers a fantastic place to relax with a coffee or just enjoy a quick bar snack and cocktail before heading out to enjoy all that Covent Garden has to offer, and if you’re planning a party or more formal occasion, our private vaults, created from the old cellars offer a romantic and imaginative area to host in.
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible, rude, slow and unhelpful service. Food is ok but overpriced by 50%. If it was located anywhere else it would have gone bankrupt by now.

E
London
140 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A large restaurant with plenty of seats. We were sat in a little booth next to the door which was a squash having our bags at our feet and the welcoming cool air in the early evening turned a little too chilly as the evening wore on. A move brasserie type menu with a smooth terrine for starters and scallops stater portion for main with broccoli. Service was friendly and we got given our bill as the server was finishing their shift.

KR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. 6 empty plates (both main course and dessert!)

NN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location and good food

l
London
68 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good value pre-theatre menu in a great location near the Royal opera House

F
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Pre theatre menu. Not offered until requested. Trying to get the customer ordering from the more expensive a la carte? Also one of 3 starters on the pre theatre not available at 17.30, limiting choice. Not good!

l
London
68 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with a good value pre-theatre menu just near the Royal Opera House

RL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was luke warm, not the best tasting either. Pork cutlet was tough, ham bon bon tasted a bit sour. Applied pie dessert was tasty, but again cold, didn't think apple pie was supposed to be cold. The menu's changed a lot since my last visit in September, its seems to have gone downhill a bit, however the cold food seems to be a theme, it was cold in September aswell. Customer service was good, helpful staff, but I'm not sure if that's enough, surely the food must be top priority.

JS
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Value for money.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great was even able to outside dinning

l
London
68 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The pre-theatre menu is good value. Nice location

CH
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service in Tuttons. One of the most consistent restaurants I know in theatre land.

D
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the ambiance of Tuttons. It took a while for anyone to come to the table but after that service was good.
The prawn starter I thought was pretty average, but the main of Duck was delicious. I normally don't take dessert but couldn't resist toffee pudding which was absolutely fab!
My friend also enjoyed his meal.
We only had one large gin and tonic no other alcohol The bill was just over £100! So for atmosphere right in the centre of Covent Garden that is not bad at all.
Overall yes I would visit and recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great value for money

ST
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a confirmed booking through open table which they didn’t honour, we arrived and they just said they were fully booked and had no table, gave no empathy they just blamed the app so we had to leave and go and find somewhere else

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pre theatre meal, waited for table in bar as it was raining but very small area staff went out of their way to get us seated at our table as quick as possible. Amazing food. A bit near the door and very draughty when people coming in and out. Would definitely go again.

JB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food at Tuttons, however, on being charged£4.75 for a bottle of still water we felt that we should have been told of the price before it was brought to our table. How do they justify charging this amount. Especially as I suspect it was merely poured from the tap!!!

S
London
71 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tuttons is a classic Covent Garden venue, with a good atmosphere among old-fashioned fittings looking out to the old market building. I ate there with friends for the first time for a long time. Pleasant friendly service and good reliable food and wine.

AM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really super food! Excellent service - even on a busy pre-Christmas evening when so many restaurants think this "busy period" is an excuse for sub-standard service.

i
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Disconcerting to find that table not booked but staff quickly found a space. Service attentive and courteous. Food not as good as before but Ok for us before theatre.

R
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good value food for the centre of London. It's a shame that we felt squashed in which made it feel less intimate, hence only 4/5. Also service added onto the bill which does not go directly to the staff, at least that is what we were told! Swiftly removed so we could tip directly.

JA
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food. Waitress very friendly & helpful. Lovely lunch meet up with daughter & friend.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average for the price. Busy lunch service. Great location.

BB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere was awesome. Christmas lights and decorations were everywhere in the restaurant since this was only 2 weeks out from the 25th. We had the buttered haddock and shepherds pie, they were most agreeable.
The food was great and its location, just across the street from Coventry Square mall and many other stores, was wonderful. If anyone is interested, its also a 5 min walk to the theatre district.
That was the primary reason for choosing them , and it worked well.
The only negative was our waiter. He wasn’t efficient and had a somewhat lousy disposition and attitude. They will add a service fee to the bill which is OPTIONAL. We would have paid it except for the very marginal server.

PC
Berkshire
161 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good ambience and decor, but service was slow and not very attentive. Food was very good and reasonably priced, would be nice to have some specials

LO
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch at Tuttons! Service a little slow but very pleasant waiting staff and delicious food. Great location and ambience.

JM
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience and wouldn’t hesitate in going back

DP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable, great location, been coming here for years. A lovely Saturday lunch treat.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Visit London once per year and Tuttons is always the first night’s dinner.

a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location and lovely food.

VC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely cosy restaurant with heated outdoor area. Our shiraz came warmed, which was a pleasant surprise! We then ate from the pre-theatre menu which was delicious and excellent value for money. The staff were welcoming and friendly and provided excellent service.

h
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

I was astonished at how much we were charged for bread and olives which the waiter described in one voice but in actual fact Were separate and the dishes a lot of money.

KR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was patchy and we felt quite hassled at the beginning whilst we were still chatting and catching up. Don't know why this was as you say you allow 2 hours for lunch and we arrived at 1.30 and departed at 3.30 which is within this time frame.
Food was nice but a little expensive for what it was. Sides were expensive. The wine was good and the desserts fine but too many with ice cream - not a problem for me but if I was coming along with my husband who dislikes ice cream he would have had limited choice.
I really object to the service charge of 12.5% being slapped on the bill automatically so I have to ask for it to be removed, I will always ask for it to be removed and for two people it should not be added automatically.

a
London
30 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place great for big gatherings and celebrations

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor service and poor food

PS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went here before heading to the theater. Picked it as they had a kids menu and was near the theater. The food was good on average. I liked my dish and my child liked her selection from the kids menu. On the negative: the portion size on the chicken dish was small - small piece of meat & small amount of potato (and my wife rarely ever complains that portions are small) and the open mushroom ravioli was more mushroom than actual ravioli/pasta. The brownie we had for desert was very good although my son would have preferred it was warmed up a bit. Service was good. Overall, I think my impression fit with what other reviews have stated.

MH
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was fantastic although a little expensive. Restaurant could do with a better atmosphere as it is very similar to a Wetherspoons in that its very busy and just sounds like 10 conversations. Maybe introduce some music - even live music - to give the place a little background support. We were sat near the door too which is like a wind tunnel but they did close one door to cut this down a little. Maybe ask for a table away from the door or outside on a nicer day (weather wasn't great on our visit). The pork was lovely and the chicken fantastic and the special venison a nearby customer had looked lovely too. Nice place and friendly staff. It needs something extra to make you become a regular though as I would be more tempted with other places to try as there is so many places available pre-theatre. Ideal for a date or a business meeting. Kids menu just the same as anywhere so could offer 11 plus year olds a smaller version of the normal menu portions as an option maybe? Just a thought.

JE
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We reserved our table in advance. Upon arrival, all of the outside dining was taken so we were seated inside. The waitress then came and told us that there was an inside table but it was in a corner near two open windows and so we changed to sit at that one. It was very considerate of the waitress to think of us and come and offer the table by the window. Overall, good food and great atmosphere. Thank you!

m
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had brought my sister up to London to celebrate her birthday. She is not often able to spend a day out as she is a carer for her husband. I asked if it was possible to get an outside table as it was a special occasion (I had already booked a table) Immediately we were shown an outside table. A little later we were brought complimentary glasses of prosecco.
I cannot tell how much this meant to my sister and I. It made our day and my sister now has some wonderful memories. Thank you.

ED
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A Covent Gardens staple...
Great location,
We enjoyed the thoughtful hostess. Service is just fair, as our waiter was not memorable or classily trained. Food was better than expected. Great people watching venue.

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