Cafe Monico

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Inspired by the original Cafe Monico, established nearby in 1877, we offer pastas, grilled meats and fish in a traditional brasserie setting. Our drinks menu features classic cocktails, traditional aperitifs and a large selection of vermouth's.

We're perfectly nestled in between two theatres on Shaftsbury Avenue, perfect for a pre or post theatre meal.

We cater for dietary requirements and food intolerances, including vegan.

Please see our menu for this season's selection including:

pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 1130am until 6.30pm)

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Sun 1:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 1:00PM - 5:30PM 7:30PM - 11:30PM
Sat 1:00PM - 3:00PM 7:30PM - 11:30PM

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OT
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dad’s birthday

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and great for the theatre's

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Don’t expect the food to be outstanding, but definitely worth a stop pre or post visit to the theatre for a drink & bite.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The atmosphere is lovely but the food was terrible.

MT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere, good food, quick service. Overall a very good experience.

NL
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My and my partner went here for a valentine's dinner last night - I'd heard good things about it and we like french bistro food. Unfortunately we had a terrible experience. We ordered drinks and got them fairly quickly. But half an hour in and we still hadn't had our order taken for food. It was difficult to get a waiter or waitress to pay any attention to us. Eventually after about 40 minutes we found someone to bother to come to our table but we were not very happy by then and could tell we weren't going to get good service or a good night. We promptly left. The only salvation for Cafe Monico was that they gave us the drinks for free. We would never go back.

FD
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was lovely but such tiny portions for the price (even through the price was pretty fair!)

DJ
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good for a pre theatre dinner. Good service, nice food

WP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location for pre Theatre meals. Good value as there is fixed price menu too. Beef bourginion very nice but rather too much for me so maybe the fixed price menu would’ve been better as I assume smaller portions for price. Would eat there again was lovely x

L
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Nice venue but service wasn’t great and pudding came out cold.

P
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Having made them aware that it was a pre-theatre booking and that we would need to vacate the table by 7:15 at the latest, it was disappointing how slow the service was. We arrived at our booked time of 6pm, it took about 10 minutes before we were seated and barely had enough time to eat a starter and main course before we had to leave. The food itself was good but I would stay clear of this one if you are on a time pressure, despite it's location being ideal for several theatres.

VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Lovely staff and nice setting but service slow, food ok but not great. Seems kitchen overwhelmed. Waiting staff great but a bit inattentive. Drinks were good. For the location, very reasonable but I wasnt wowed.

DD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was lovely and so was the service, but it was extremely noisy in the restaurant and very difficult to have a conversation with your partner. The lighting was too lower for me as I prefer to see my food clearly. In addition, I hate jazz so did not like the background music. I was disappointed after looking forward to the evening.

R
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Parsnip truffle oil soup was the biggest let down. V oily.
Ravioli was also very buttery.

The cocktails were fantastic and the service excellent. Great decor just a shame about the standard of the food.

I would go back but only for the cocktails.

CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Starter was ok burratta with salad. Main of steak and fries was awful. Asked for medium to rare. First pass was lightly cooked on the outside, with most of the steak cold and raw. Sent it back. Came back much better cooked, pink and rare in the middle, but was so tough impossible to cut, even with a serrated steak knife. I left it. Apple crumble was all overly sweetened apples, very little crumble, left most of that. Waiter was very attentive & obviously embarrassed by the food. He did his best, so he got a decent cash tip. Tourist trap, they aren't concerned about repeat customers, so don't seem to care about the food.

KF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant,ideal for a meal before going to the theatre.friendly helpful staff. Birthday great was a free pudding

AL
London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Will be back again to try something more adventurous!

F
London
33 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A beautiful restaurant. We were only having a pre-theatre snack but I look forward to coming for a "proper night out"

CW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Really disappointed, food was tasteless worse than a bad pub, certainly not restaurant quality. Kitchen was open view to the restaurant and kitchen smells was off putting. Final bill, 12% added for service, wine also expensive.

AB
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great spot for Sunday lunch (we had a near perfect Roast and Bloody Marys) however a tight labour budget on weekend afternoons is obviously in play. Lovely, friendly and professional staff however not enough of them. This became even more evident during handover when service became even more sporadic. Great local for us but needs improvements.

l
London
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow (45 minutes?) for 3 steak snd chips, otherwise ok

T
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was a bit poor, we were given our bill before we had been served our main course. I think staff were prob over stretched as waitress was very sociable and tried to do her best.
Our first choice of dessert had run out apple crumble was ok not great.

i
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was helpful accommodating us on our choice of table.

The waiter was great - but we had to wait a very long time for the main course to be delivered to the table.

Food OK

DS
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had the fixed price menu as a pre-theatre lunch. Good value at 2 courses for £17 and 3 for £21. Good wine. And enjoyed it so much we came back after the theatre for some food from the a la carte menu. Again, good value. Generous portions, speedy service. Waiting staff were excellent. Really good.

It's a great venue with a great atmosphere, right next to the Sondheim Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Very pleased with my choice. Would definitely visit again and highly recommend,

S
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not good, the 2 cocktails were served in thick glass tumblers crammed with mint, lemon & lime wedges full of ice so minimal room for any liquid & tasted awful anyway. So complete waste of money.
We had the all day menu as the set menu we were told were smaller portions, so when our starters came we all laughed and said we would hate to see the portions of the set menu. My prawn cocktail had 3 prawns in it & the 3 calamari ordered were minimal. The mains were the same I sent my Crab & Chilli Linguine back, it was stodgy pasta a scattering of raw chilli and about 3 small pieces of crab tasteless & stodgy . My granddaughter left hers after 3 mouthfuls the only thing good was the Fish & Chips and the 3 deserts ordered were just okay. We would never book this restaurant again. For what were served we thought the over £200 bill was not warranted.

E
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food took over an hour and a half to arrive after ordering! We ordered at 7:30pm and it was after 9pm when we finally got it. We had to proactively chase our waitress who did not apologise for the wait or offer us anything for the poor service. When the food did arrive the food was cold and poor quality. Will definitely never return and do not recommend. We missed the beginning of our event so if you’re heading to the theatre avoid!!! No wonder the restaurant was so empty!

JH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food with great service
Very well positioned for theatres

D
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sophisticated cafe in heart of theatreland. Comprehensive menu and superb service. A must visit before theatre

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pre theatre dinner. Very reasonable price and excellent service

SA
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food and ambience are very good - my only comment was that the service was slow and our drinks we ordered when we arrived were forgotten and I had to remind the waiter twice - there seemed to be some problem with the bar downstairs. I also observed that the waiting staff seemed a bit confused at times as to who was responsible for which table - didn't seem to be well managed sadly.

TF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent. Food was really good as well. It’s definitely going to be a regular or ours.

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

An excellent venue for pre-theatre dinner. We gave ourselves 90 minutes for 2 courses and coffee - which turned out to be a good choice! The menu is interesting, service, although a little slow, was excellent - the waiting staff were attentive, and the price was what I’d expect for Central London. Would come here again.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service was a little on the slow side as most diners were in for pre- theatre, we were not. I had beef bourgignon which was very good, my wife had crab linguine but had to send it back as it was tepid, she said it lacked crab, we were not charged for it (which defeats the objecyt of the excercise - we anded up eating our meals separately

Saw the pre theatre dishes, overheard one customer saying they were like children's portions, they were very small

Overall they just need to get their act together, a little expensive for what it is

SR
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

First visit here.
Liked the style a lot but music too loud.
Food was ok but steak was tough.
Service was fine but not excellent.
Reasonable value but better is available in London.

HL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had a reservation for 7.45pm, we waited 30 minutes until we were sat and that was after having to ask the host again which he seemed to have forgotten us. The waiter blatantly ignored us and spoke to tables that were sat after us and we had to ask to have our order taken. At this point were 45 minutes into our reservation and no where with anything. He came over after we asked and was out of the food of preference. We gave up and left, the staff (other than the bartenders) really didn't seem to care and it was clearly understaffed due to the host being on his own with no help and a lot of people waiting. We were left disappointed and hungry. Really unfortunate since we were really excited to try this place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was great and great value for money . Very busy evening had to wait to be seated for 20 minutes although had booked a table. Was sat near the door which was being constantly left open so was cold.

CT
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, really friendly service, a little slow but it was very busy. Very loud, don't go if you want to have a nice quiet conversation go for the fun, the buzz and the food.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and decor, really nice place to be. Food tasted good, I had the ravioli for my main. Very tasty however if I’d been given twice as much I’d of still thought it was a small portion.

B
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience! We were met by Jo the Maitre d’ who was delightful! It was my Husband’s birthday and we were made to feel very special! Highly recommend!

TO
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food