Balthazar London

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£26 to £40
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In the heart of Covent Garden, Central London, Balthazar is open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as an amazing weekend brunch. Our private dining room has its own bar and lounge and seats up to 60 guests.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BALTHAZAR: Please note that if you are booking for late dinner from 9pm, we are offering £150 menu and will be contacted to take payment and confirm your table. Prior to payment being taken, your reservation is provisional and will be held for seven days, from time of booking.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2974 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very, very nice.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had been only the previous week and this time they served us the onion soup (which were were so looking forward to) as it came it was a 1/2 size portion in a totally different bowl, it was very disappointing and we had to ask what was going on which made us feel very awkward

RO
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic so busy but service and food excellent
Had prix fixe menu. Excellent and good value
Will come again

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tourist trap. Enough said. You make an effort to go to a nice restaurant and end up in a train station bistro.

CM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made advance booking with OpenTable for a special occasion. Wasn't seated where I originally intended, but was shown to what the host acknowledged as the best table - thank you. As repeat clients, the service did not disappoint. Even an unfortunate spill of the tray carrying all of our entrees didn't slow the Balthazar staff down. Other guests were re-seated and the area was made tidy in under 2 min. Freshly made entrees reappeared for us in just 10 min, not missing a beat. This outing brought the discovery of Balthazar's hidden gem of a Sommelier. The magic of our evening was magnified by his intellect, charisma and vast knowledge. Of course, we will return many times more.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went above and beyond to look after us when I was struggling with two toddlers. One very kind waitress even volunteered to entertain our children while we finished our food.

MP
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and food, but the table was a little bit small for a party of 4

RB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Were there for breakfast. Food was ok, but not more. Service a bit lacklustre. Has become a tourist trap. Too expensive for what it is

A
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It is a busy restaurant with a good buzz/ambience. The food was very good and the sort of price you would expect to pay in Central London. The staff were friendly and service was moderately efficient. We waited a while for menus and then a while to order. Great decor and on the who.e a good experience

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed it. Particular compliments to waiter Charlie. Great style and warmth. Thank you.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very busy evening celebrating our daughters birthday.
Starters and bread great,
We’re still rating starters when main course arrived. Waiter tried to serve !
We didn’t want to be rushed
Server took away food and reappeared with it 5 mins later
Food Luke warn and steak quite dry compared to previous visits
We should have said something at the time but didn’t!

OT
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow
Was left sitting for a long time before anyone came - glasses on the table however no one ever brought any water

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Balthazar was fabulous.
This time it was breakfast and again food was amazing.
Will always return
See you all soon

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Sadly the food was rather appalling thrown on the plate and I can only say that I could have been in McDonald’s.
The floor was disgusting I nearly fell over on sandwiches on the floor. They were cleared up, eventually.

It was expensive and I would rate Bill’s as 5star compared to this. Nothing like the New York Balthazar!

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Demasiado ruido y poco espacio. Muy agobiante todo pese a la buena comida

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MA
London
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

There are a lot of alternatives to this brasserie on the London restaurant scene. Unfortunately the beautiful location is not matched by either the service or the food choice and quality. This is probably due to the size of the venue. With a room that large there is bound to be a trade off. Add to this the fact that it is open very late then service becomes a victim. Everyone at the restaurant is friendly and polite but also overwhelmed and exhausted....come if you must but avoid if you can.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stupendo come sempre. Cibo ottimo e atmosfera magica! Il nostro brunch a Londra!

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FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice location but have to come early, at night you lose quality!

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Good food, the guys at the bar have been amazing, but the service at the table has been poor.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our experience in the stylish and buzzy restaurant with great ambience. My bouillabaisse was delicious and my friends enjoyed their duck confit and stone bass. The special chocolate ball dessert made to look like an eyeball which melted when hot sauce was melted on it for Halloween was exciting. The staff were efficient but possibly too efficient for an evening meal, although we understood that's it's hard to find a balance between promptness and allowing guests to linger.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a casual rush meeting with my friend. We managed to have three courses meal in 90mins. Good service, nice food, it is perfect.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have been many times to Balthazar both in London and NYC. They have both been consistently good but i always preferred NYC but I have to say that the energy in the London restaurant is just a fun and buzzy. looking forward to my next visit.

EL
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service . Long waits for food and all staff were rude , inattentive and aloof. Would not ever go back. Nothing like nyc one

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just lovely . Anniversary date and they had a booth reserved for us with complimentary sweet treats . Perfect

N
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent and a lovely buzzing atmosphere. A delicious lunch with friends

a
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We got the feeling the service was rushed and they wanted our table back as soon as we sat down We order cocktails as our starters and advise the staff that we would want our food after the cocktails unfortunately the food was ready 10 minutes after ordering I have visited this restaurant many times before and this was a disappointing experience as we were celebrating a friend’s birthday

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Balthazar’s, it was my second visit and everything was perfect. Beautiful food, great atmosphere and attentive staff.

JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited London

S
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I just dined for 2 at Balthazar this afternoon and was sorely disappointed in the quality of the service I received. Your team appear to be staffed by unsmiling, borderline rude, unhelpful Polish team members who couldn't give a care what customer service actually entails, much less service with a smile.
The waitress took the order wrong. We asked for onion rings, and they never turned up. The main course took 45mins to turn up. When we asked for it, we were rudely told, its coming, and we were given the impression why were you even asking. Its worse than British Airways service and that is saying a lot. Service was begrudging and we were made to feel as though we were an inconvenience to the service staff the entire time.
When leaving, at the coat check, I asked for my coat back. A lady - unsmiling - who a waiter later told me was the manager (shocking), took the ticket and looked at me as though, what did I want from her exactly?
I said to the waiter, it’s a tragedy belonging to the Covent Garden opera that no one smiles. When I pointed out the lady, he said, I can't wait to tell her. She's the manager.
I said I felt sorry for him.

Addtionally, the food was particularly poor value. I got barely 3 bites of Lobster or £21 (vs the whole one at Burger & Lobster). I felt the entire experience was a ripoff and took longer than was necessary to be ripped off.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful thank you.

TW
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

A little disappointing this trip; the restaurant was very loud, tables felt more packed in than our previous visit, and service was quite slow. When we did get it though, we did really enjoy our food.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always, food was fantastic.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nice menu selection, accommodated seating request, good food, felt rushed as tables turn over every two hours. No time for coffee or liqueur.

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Balthazar never fails to impress. Food quality is always impeccable. My favorite in London is going for the afternoon tea.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and always great food and service

CG
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The second time in recent weeks that I’ve eaten here and really enjoyed it on both occasions.
Great buzzy vibe so maybe not ideal for a more intimate date but perfect for friends getting together, parties and business.
The service was friendly and efficient, food delicious too. The menu is varied with something to suit all tastes. Of particular note is the seafood. I had the crab to start on both visits and it was excellent.
I would certainly recommend to others and will eat there again.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have to admit having eaten here a number of times in the past, I was disappointed by the quality of the service and the friendliness of the staff. It used to be a place that made you feel a bit special, when you arrived, but the sense of conveyor belt this time was palpable. It is a shame because it is still a great space and atmosphere on a Friday was buzzing but it has lost a core element of its old warmth and welcome.

MN
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Mussels were a bit difficult to extract from the shells but apart from that, brilliant meal.

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Ok, good food but service a little slow