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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3.8
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4.1
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4.2
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jules2007
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As ever, Cafe Monico was excellent - the food, service and value for money.

It was a bizarre situation as my friend and I visited just before the Government imposed the various coronavirus restrictions and I think we were the only customers. It was extremely quiet.

I hope for the sake of Cafe Monico and all the staff normality returns soon - I will certainly be heading back as soon as I can!

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LauraC
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The service was good and food delicious. When we arrived, we’d been assigned a table upstairs. Mum and I have mobility impairments so asked to sit downstairs. This was no issue.

The service was prompt and staff polite. Mum wanted an omelette and we were glad there was in the menu. Mum loved her food and finished it all off.

I had lemon sole and a side of beans. I needed the beans as the fish didn’t have anything with it. Both were delicious.

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Miranda
London
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre theatre dinner. Good meal, second time we’ve been.

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SallyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Cafe Monico is very handy for the Gielgud Theatre and the Prix Fixe menu good value for London. I would certainly eat here again next time I'm in Shaftesbury Avenue.

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just next door to the Gielgud Theatre - terrific ambience, decor very stylish, like being in a swish club with the central square bar, some banquette seating and good lighting (love the lamps on the bar!). Food very good, as it was quite late after the theatre I chose a salad with chicken, avocado, crispy panchetta and egg. It was fresh, very tasty and huge ! Sadly could not eat it all there was so much. Husband said his Salad Lyonnaise was delicious. Great value for money. Waitresses excellent. We will return.

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AnaC
London
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a lovely experience. The steak tartare was wonderful.

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Ally
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Easy bistro menu with something for everyone. Good selection of Italian and French wines. The lighting is quite dim, especially for early evening and the music was very noisy. Hard to have a conversation without shouting. We had a great waitress and service was prompt.

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vipFionaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Beautiful cafe, great location. Staff very good, food was ok, had to send a main dish back as the quality of the steak was poor. The place was very quiet for 9pm on a Saturday night and it lacked atmosphere, which is a shame as it is beautiful cafe.

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ChoirGirl
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

As TripAdvisor suggested, this venue has too little light and too loud music! Food good, but hard to enjoy as a table of six when we couldn't even speak across the table, never mind along, or really see what we were eating. We had reserved but table not ready. '

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JackieN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect location, charming staff, lovely food. Many thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great from start to finish, great food and service for a reasonable price. It’s great to sit up starts and look down at the bar

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none
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Pre-theatre menu selection fine but main meal portions small for prices and vegetable sides warm rather than hot. Came quickly though and waitress service throughout excellent. No quiet spots possible in design of layout so not really suitable for the hard of hearing what I am. Would not look to return mainly for that reason.

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AdeleB
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was more expensive than anticipated and although my husband, whose birthday it was, enjoyed his main immensely I didn't as I had not realised the fish would not be filleted and therefore got mouthfuls of small bones. There wasn't a great deal of choice. It was also dark - as mentioned by other patrons - but I didn't find it too bothersome although one did have to use ones 'phone to read anything. I wouldn't say it was a restaurant to make a fuss about - or to pay so much money for. With its central bar it did remind me of authentic French bars.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The size of the fish on the fixed menu is tiny, apart from that we had an enjoyable evening and the waiter was very helpful

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Krt13
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great service staff, friendly and efficient
Starter of burr at a and pesto was lovely, the Primitivo wine was as you would expect. The rump steak was small (that was Ok) but a quarter of it was gristle and the medium rare did not render it tender even with the help of a steak knife, The staff did not respond to my observation.
The fries stayed lovely and hot to the end and the sides of spinach and beans were very nice. Great tasting coffee

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GillianH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Prix Fixe meal, at a good price. The table was perfect, overlooking the bustling Shaftesbury Avenue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The croque M - was a little disappointing - it's wasn't grilled enough on top.
The salmon starter didn't have enough going on. Maybe 4 pieces of cucumber to alot of salmon but not much dressing - could have another element - a crisp perhaps.

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vipleslie
London
203 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really convenient for Théâtre it’s next to Gielgud has low expectation but meal was good service was friendly food was a little slow but enjoyed it overall

Was very disappointed to be hugely embarrassed when staff refused or did not recognise the open dining cheque other restaurants have the courtesy to advise whether they accept cheque or not I was hugely embarrassed in front of my partner I saved it for tonight now perhaps will run out of time to use it
So the restaurant likes the booking but said did not understand the cheque never seen one before so be wary if you plan to use a cheque

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KarenD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good value for money set menu.
Staff were friendly and attentive.
Online booking request for specific table was granted.

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KellyW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my husband had a fantastic time the staff was attentive but not over bearing, food was lovely and the cocktails we would definitely go again

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DeliaC
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have eaten there twice recently and I would definitely recommend it. The service and food were great and the ambience is perfect.

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WilliamS
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable visit. Steaks and fries over-salted.
Service could not be faulted

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lrlondonvisitor
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner before our show. All of the service was great, and the personnel, friendly. The ambience is great. I wish we could have stayed longer. I would definitely return to Cafe Monico.
P.S. The tiramisu was amazing!!

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coquette
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food very dissapointing, really small portions (smaller than childs portion), complained to the management and was resolved by giving a full refund, was very upset because it was for my 65th Birthday and cannot bring that back, would not go back there, it is a beautiful place, but the food badly lets it down, would not reccomend, with that said the staff were wonderful.

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MaxW
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Perfect place for a business lunch. Food is fine, the house red is really good, the service was superb. The decor is impressive and it's really quiet so you can have a conversation.

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Macfoodie
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We chose Cafe Monico partly due to the location near theatres, and because it looked the ideal kind of pre theatre dining experience - we were not disappointed. The prix fixe is good value and good food - the creme brulee is excellent. All served quickly and efficiently - pleasant staff. Would go again.

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Marrowontour
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Third time here. Very accommodating to my special request ( a table that could easily host blind people (ie accessible and not too noisy). Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere good good relaxed meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews