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Opera Tavern

#365 of 17,939 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Covent Garden
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23 Catherine Street, London WC2b 5JS, England
+44 20 7836 3680
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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New Forest
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81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this restaurant following a recommendation and enjoyed a very pleasant meal. The selection of tapas-style dishes was varied, well-cooked and tasty and we were given a good recommendation for a wine to accompany the meal. The service was friendly, cheerful and efficient and we will return to work our way through the menu!.

Thank Forest54
Brighton, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were looking for a place to have a pre-lunch drink. We saw the sign Opera Tavern and assumed it was a bar, but it turned out to be a restaurant. They were happy to serve us drinks only but we were shown to stools by the window, not a table, even though the place was empty. When we came... More 

Thank Jetlagged55
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Finally went there on Friday night, having heard very good things about the place, and I can honestly say I couldn't have asked for a better evening! The food was sensational, by far the best tapas I've had in town! I went for the octopus, the mackerel and courgette flowers (my favourite), all of which were simply delicious: great presentation,... More 

Thank EleonoreVanW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cosy restaurant, with very attentive and welcoming staff. Wine recommendation met our taste perfectly. Great selection of food for both meat eaters and vegetarians and the food was delicious! Perfect atmosphere throughout the evening. Highly recommend and definitely will be coming back there soon.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Watford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If I could pick no stars to rate my experience, I would. Visited this restaurant today for the first time on a recommendation, however I must say the experience was horrendous. It was supposed to be a Mother's Day treat, before a visit to a show however we all left disappointed and hungry. We ordered the flat bread, the selection... More 

Thank mkprince
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Never been before, but we were a large group of 10 people and so went for the group sent menu (which was dreamy coz it saved me making any decisions). The selection of tapas as the main was the highlight for us - the wood pigeon was AMAZING!! Our only complaint was there wasn't enough of it, but that's us... More 

Thank BenHam201
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A decent place, good atmosphere and lovely waiters. The food is OK, they have a couple of vegan and GF options, nothing too special. We were a bit disappointed that we were almost kicked out after the 2h booking slot ran out. I appreciate everyone has their own rules but think it could have been handled better, so will not... More 

Thank Elina L
Hereford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked for ten o'clock after theatre meal, seem to be rushed from the moment we arrived, we started with Guindilla Peppers, main course of Pan Fried Tiger Prawns and Italian cheese's to finish all very bland and small portions, and over priced.

Thank Vince M
Anna D, Manager at Opera Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Vince, Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with a feedback on your experience at Opera Tavern, I'm sorry to hear your left disappointed. We work hard to encourage our team to make all guests welcome in our restaurant but clearly we did not meet to our own high standards on for that I truly... More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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352 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit this place frequently and on my most recent visit I was not disappointed. Hubby and I had a selection of steamed sea bass, roast tiger prawns, very good baked beetroot & taleggio gratin, chicken thigh and pork belly. The atmosphere is buzzy, and it is supremely convenient for the Royal Opera House. Cheap it is not.

Thank lauran1902
Reading, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere with pleasant but not overly helpful staff. Food was nice, especially the Venison meatball special, however very expensive for the amount of food you get. It was initially quiet when we arrived but soon filled up. Will we go back, sadly no.

Thank SteveR361

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Catherine Street, London WC2b 5JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 3680

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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