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Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS, England
+44 20 7836 3680
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Approaching from the street, it was not obvious that this was a Tapas Restaurant, as it's located in a refurbished old pub. Eating downstairs had a bit more atmosphere as the main restaurant upstairs wasn't busy. We've tasted better Tapas abroad, but they were all...More

Thank FlyingScotsman150
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is well located and the service was friendly and efficient. There was tap water for those that wanted (ie the table next door) but only 1 jug so had to wait for an idle moment to get some which disappointed our neighbours. There...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited last night with my Mum. Having ordered 'homemade lemonade'- I was disappointed when I saw the waiter pour it from a Schweppes bottle! The flatbread with honey didn't come with honey and the patatas bravas were basically potato wedges with a small pot...More

Thank Zoë J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a table for 5pm but arrived early at 4.30pm. Even though they were not officially open yet we were invited to sit at the bar and warm ourselves up with a drink. The bartender made us a lovely cocktail and offered us bar...More

Thank CJChivers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this place in advance based on previous reviews and recommendation. We visited on Saturday at 5:30pm (Pre Show) and by 6pm it was full. We were seated upstairs in the ‘dining area’. There is a nice little bar area downstairs where you can eat...More

Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely evening here. The service could have been friendlier but the decor and vibe in the restaurant was cosy and romantic. We tried a variety of the dishes, all were v nice, the artichoke panacotta was interesting and really enjoyed it. Really good...More

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not book and were not greeted warmly. It was as if we were not good enough for them. There were 6 of us looking for lunch prior to a theatre trip. We asked to sit at the bar, the answer was are you...More

Thank disabledcrip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were interested to try this place since it was rated as one of the best tapas bars in London. The staff are very friendly and attentive. Not all of the tapas that we ordered were great (I am comparing with tapas I have had...More

Thank Talampakan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stumbled across Opera Tavern post-theatre on a Saturday night and managed to get a seat at the bar. We're so happy we found it; the food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect - warm, bustling and cosy. We're already planning...More

Thank Leyla R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Average food, warm over-priced white wine, pushy male waiter (avoid his recommendations) and discretionary tip is at his discretion not yours. Gone downhill since a previous visit.

Thank davidh h
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
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Jackie L
5 January 2018|
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Response from masaccio | Reviewed this property |
You could have just googled it: 12–11:30pm
Heather h
26 October 2016|
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Response from inveteratetraveller6 | Reviewed this property |
Always wise to book. At 6pm you will be in the pre-theatre crowd.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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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