Big Easy Covent Garden

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BBQ & Lobstershack. We're a local institution, with an international following, this powerhouse of a restaurant is set over 2 huge floors in Covent Garden boasting a 9m wow factor bar on the ground floor & a more intimate speak-easy style shelter bar on the lower deck.

We proudly offer a large slice of easy going living, inspired by the Gulf Coast, with live bands 7 nights week, a friendly welcoming atmosphere, fresh cocktails, ice cold beers and generous portions of
good old home-style cooking offering Home-Smoked BBQ & Fresh East Lobsters.

Fast forward to today and we continue to uphold those time-honoured traditions; social occasions of the bygone age, friends getting together over great fresh food, plentiful drinks and music - these never go out of fashion.
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I liked this place a lot. But if you need quiety, this is not your place. If not, this is, because it has live music. In addition, I liked the food, although I would add some more things to the menu.

RA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was terrible and the waitress was very rude. Food wasn’t great and there was a lot of waiting around

F
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy and noisy, but good food and service, and perfect for younger people!

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was good as always has been in my experience. Table service was a little slow.
I would highly recommend having am electronic buzzer system for diners waiting at the bar for tables. We had arrived a little early for our booking so we're told to check back at our booked time to see if the table was ready, to which we then found out it had been ready a while!

P
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a bit too hot in there as there were many people and the BBQ but rest everything was great.

We had a bit of a situation with our food but the Manager was kind enough to offer wine for two us on the house as gesture

L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service despite the fact it was very busy. Some of our party opted for the boozy brunch and others the main menu and everyone was happy with their food. Good amount of food available for the bottomless and the mojitos were amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good atmosphere though tables well packed in.
Nice house wine though listed under sparkling / champagne as a frizzante and it was certainly not proper sparkling wine. Bit misleading. Prosecco is apparently available but was not on the drinks menu.
Toilets were horrendous. One leaked, one no loo roll, one full of you know what and generally in poor condition really let the place down.

CQ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had the boozy brunch. It was great value for money. The food was fantastic and the bbq but was bottomless as well so can eat as much as you like. The service was a little slow at times but that was to be expected really as they were so busy. But a lovely place and I will definitely return. THANKS BIG EASY!!! :)

LC
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food took nearly an hour. Got drink order wrong twice. Staff unhelpful

FE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Excellent food! Unfortunately slow inattentive service (could be different if you're a smaller group, there was 8 of us). We were seated at 7:45 and drink orders were not taken until 8:25 (this is after we had asked several times. We were told the table had to be 'handed back' at 9:15, this was annoying given the slow service. We skipped having a started because of this. We were served a pitcher with broken glass, there was no apology and the waiter didn't seem to notice (or care). Food was great, but won't be back as the service was so bad. Could be better on a less busy day, it was a Friday night.

RL
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You can only order happy hour drinks from the bar even if you have a table booking which is a bit of a pain. But for £3.50 for a glass of Prosecco, it’s worth queuing up!
The lobster is amazing but the walnut crackers made it difficult to get the meat out. We also had cheesy chips and sweet potato fries which were good.
The bar area gets very over crowded and it’s difficult to get through from one side to the other and find a space if you need to. The ambience is great and it’s very busy in the evenings.
Over all the food is so good, especially the lobster, and it’s good value too.

NR
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab time, great food. Huge portions, very enjoyable.

TB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasty food . Lunch time deal is definitely good value for money.

N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food5service3ambience3

Ordered off the lunch menu but charged full price, £60 rather than £20....

JJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I don’t mind paying the going rate for quality and service but when the bill is nearly £200 for 3 minuscule starters, 4 average burgers and cocktails full of ice I am not happy. Also waited an age to be served and for the food to come. Watch out for the small print too although the Big Easy website says its ‘happy hour’ until 7 this is only at the bar. Didn’t have time to complain as we were running late for the theatre and we were there with my niece to celebrate her 18th so didn’t want to embarrass her. I wouldn’t bother coming here unless you want very average chain restaurant food and are happy to pay a premium for it.

MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lovely decoration however was very dark so was unable to read menus , very loud so couldn’t hear each other speak even when right next to each other , service was quite poor felt neglected took ages to just get a drink order and then once the order was taken it was 20 minutes before we received the drinks and took an hour for our mains to arrive however despite this it was busy so may have come at a bad time

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service is not good, had to ask server to take order, waiting she’s got mains and sides missing and arrived too late for mains. Food was tasty but not hot. Service charge 12.5% added to bill could be missed as added to total but not compulsory, meaning you could end up tipping twice if not noticed. We were put on table in front of band and noise was unbareable, moved upstairs but still very loud.

MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We attended to celebrate a family 21st birthday, our first visit to the chain. We were sat in the basement right next to the stage with live music. The music was fine, far better than the loud piped music that it interrupted; however, sitting 2 yards from the singer/pianist with him facing you as you eat your steak is a little off putting. With the acoustics and volume of persons the noise was loud, so much that we couldn’t hear all that the waiting staff were saying.
We ordered our drinks which must have been prepared in another building despite there being a bar in the cellar. We waited a ridiculous time for these drinks to arrive. Food, when it arrived is pretty basic. We were offered two other meals which we didn’t order by waiting staff we had yet seen but who didn’t appear pleased or bothered to be there. I had a steak which arrived on a plate so full of grease and fat that I ended up wearing several splashes down my shirt. Far better places to eat with better atmosphere and better value. One to avoid.

KP
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, sometimes slow to get waitress service. Is very noisy in there so not easy to have a sensible level of chatting.

P
London
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Greeted by by Christian name (too informal) and a shouted ... “YOU ONKY HAVE THIS TABLE FOR 90 MINUTES”

Food ok value but poor quality. We won’t be returning.

JO
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good good good, bit slow on the service but overall good.

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Great spot for good value food and drinks. Lobster roll was amazing. Only downside was that restaurant marked us as a no show with open table when we had been there!

LO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff who moved us to a different table when I asked to be moved

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good and staff are good but it’s just way too noisy. I used to visit a lot but it just getting worse, all my friends complain that we have to shout to each other in order to “talk”. I don’t think I would come back anymore, especially the menu is changed.

SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food as always

CM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Really disappointed, food was average at best, sat us downstairs, we were the only table down there, no atmosphere whatsoever.
Will not be returning sadly.....overrated!!

JC
London
52 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great as ever......

LS
London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Good variety for the pre-show meal and good value for money.

TT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Waiting a while for drinks menu asked to change table as was at top of stairs with people edging past,was told no other tables available then watched as two other couples were seated separately on a table for ten
Then again long wait to order dessert
And even longer to pay bill .

R
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was lovely but the service lacking . Once we had our food it was like we were not even there. We had to keep getting someone attention
The building itself was nice but the toilets were nasty no soap and two toilets were blocked while one was leaking .

OT
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Can’t fault the food and the feel of the place. Got the feeling the staff were tired though (we had a later booking) so were not particularly attentive. Wrong drinks order at first, had to remind for cutlery and then again for the side orders. But the team were still friendly apologetic and were quick to resolve everything. Good overall! Still love this place as been a couple of times before.

l
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food good service lively atmosphere and great selection of food and drinks

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

In Big Easy they give you a table for 2hrs. When it reach 2hrs they tell you to leave. I enjoyed the food however when it reach 2hrs they waitress told us we have reach our limit and we need to hurry up because we need the table back. I'm was really disappointed. I don't believe they should treat anyone in that manner. I have been to other Big Easy restaurants in london and they have never treated me like that. I'm really disappointed in Big Easy Covert Garden

EM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Bit of a mixed bag, all in all. On the food front, some of our dishes (looking at you, lobster) were cold as if they had been hanging around while the kitchen cooked the rest of the order. The calamari was undercooked and soggy, there was a general feeling that portions were being kept to a small size. The initial welcome from FOH was frosty, although our waiter was top-notch.
The "background" music was far too loud to count as background - and every single song was basically the same blues-rock cliché.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner with my husband then to theatre food was amazing 100% will be going back ..... great staff... everything was fantastic.... would recommend 100%

JG
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere, great beer and cocktails, great everything. 10/10

SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

50th birthday celebration dinner
Great food
Quite noisy

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drink was lovely and great value

DP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we were full until the morning which is rare for us. Waiter was very polite despite working all day and he had great energy.

f
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Valentines night so earliest available booking was 22:15. Arrived at 22:00 and the table was ready. An aperitif each one was made badly and sent back. The mixed sharing starter. And a lobster main course one was surf and turf. Virtually no meat on the half lobster served with the steak however the quality was excellent. Service was efficient but obviously the kitchen had one eye on the time as the mains were served as the starter plates were being removed so dallying on our part. Main courses finished and we asked for the desert menu. Sorry no deserts as the kitchen is now closed was the retort. Very disappointed as I’m a pudding man. An espresso and macchiato ordered but milk machine broken so 2 espressos. Decided to complain to the manager about not being warned that with a late booking desert was not going to happen. Manager dealt with the issue sympathetically and removed the wine charge and service from the bill although the waitress did then ask if I wanted to add a tip. Overall a fun venue with really good food but advice is if you have a sweet tooth don’t take a late reservation.