A beautiful former pub, the exposed brickwork, bold artwork and flattering low lighting help our two-story restaurant create the perfect atmosphere for a pre-theatre meal or drink. The ground floor houses a long bar with the open grill, and a few tables placed beside the theatre box windows, where guests can watch the world go by.
We specialise in Italian and Spanish influenced tapas and have a charcoal grill on the ground floor where we cook up all manner of tasty meaty treats.
A bit of a gem tucked away in the theatre district near the Lyceum Theatre. If you like tapas and want to share dishes with friends or just want a set menu for yourself, this is your place. The food is delicious and plentiful, you'll want two/three dishes per person on the tapas. The seafood is very well done (tiger prawns and the cod) and the meats very good (beef slices). Be sure to pre-book at the busy pre theatre times. Staff are very friendly and attentive.
Had not visited this one of the Dehesa/Salt Yard group and was very pleasantly surprised. Was a perfect choice for a friend's birthday dinner, being just a small group, and seated in the upstairs restaurant area. Great tapas, fabulous wine, good service and quite reasonably priced. I would definitely go back!
The new layout is very nice upstairs, and the new menu was interesting and very tasty. It was good before, and is now even better.
I popped in for a few tapas before a comedy show nearby, and had the pardon peppers, octopus, croquettes and mini-burger... all delicious and very reasonably priced! A lovely informal pre-theatre venue!
Great service and great food! Will def go back!!
Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us, we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team
Always lovely food. Go here for pre theatre meal. Friendly service
Hello Emily, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a star rating. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern
Great food. Service a little patchy but waitress was on her first week. Better training about the menu needed.
Hello Jane, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us and for your constructive feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team
We often eat hear before going to the theatre in Covent Garden and it was better than ever. Delicious food and attentive service
Hello Louise, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team
Good meal and service. Very welcoming and helpful staff.
Hello David, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team
Absolutely perfect for pre theatre. Staff friendly. Food delicious. Would definitely recommend to others as week as come back!
Our first time there and had a great experience. The acoustics in the top meant that a big group became very loud and that can make it difficult to hear. Apart from that Herat Might be worth telling diners that although the menu looks like sharing ‘starters’ etc everything does come at once so staggering the food order would be great.
Definitely will come again.
This is a difficult review to write....The food was outstanding; the service was wonderful -- very polite and accommodating, at a time when the restaurant was close to closing. BUT -- I had to use the bathroom first thing when I entered the restaurant, before knowing anything about the food or the great service. The bathroom was HORRIBLE -- a total mess. So bad, that the toilet seat had been removed (or fallen off) of the commode base, which left me with a choice of replacing it and sitting down very carefully or else sitting directly on the porcelain base (not terribly clean itself). And all this prior to eating at the establishment. Left me with a terrible impression of an otherwise great location.
Great tapas at a convenient Covent Garden location. Good food and friendly service - what's not to like?
Thank you Bart for your comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. Good service & good food
Really enjoyed the tapas couldn't believe they had burger on the menu!
Delicious and great value. Their salads are the best. Great before or after theatre.
It's nice that you can reserve a table, the atmosphere is nice and location is convenient. The food is decent but doesn't seem to be as good as the sister restaurant Ember Yard. But overall still a good tapas restaurant.
An extremely enjoyable experience on all counts. Delicious food and very friendly staff. Will be making a return visit.
It was so noisy we could hardly hear each other, bad acoustics. Love these restaurants but sister restaurant Ember Yard is much better if you plan on having a good conversation.
Fabulous food, cocktails and wine - well worth a visit!
We ate at the Opera Tavern before going to the ballet at RoH. Ideally suited for pre-theatre dining - and well geared up for it. Service quick, informative and friendly. Food good. A little on the pricey side for what it was, but would certainly go again. and recommend to friends.
Wonderful food and great service
Disappointing quality of fòod, tortilla overcooked, courgette flower had a very overpowering blue cheese,hadn't visited for a while and wouldnt return. Not a great wine list for a Spanish restaurant. Waitress was charming.
It’s our third time at Opera Tavern and second under now management. Everything was great, the food was tasty and service was great. Look forward to coming here again.
The food and service is excellent. Our waitress recommended what tapas dishes to have and they were an excellent selection. Perfect meal just before going to the Theatre, we will be back.
Great pre-show dinner. Tapas were wonderful. The service was quick and pleasant.
Thank you Barbara and we shall see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Great food and ambience. Full
Bodied wines all a bit on the pricey side.
Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to welcoming you in the future. With kind regards, Opera Tavern Team
Good for a pre-theatre meal. Delicious food well presented
Thank you Emily for your feedback, we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Wonderful tapas and drinks, friendly and attentive service! Right down the street from the play we saw in Covent Garden.
Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
A family meal before the theatre. We had a fantastic time, delicious food, excellent service and a great atmosphere. We will definitely recommend and return.
Thank you Rebecca, We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience before we went to watch Tina. I am also vegetarian and found there were several excellent dishes to choose from- my favourite was the courgette flower but the other dishes were also absolutely delicious. My daughter particularly raved about the prawns.
Our waitress was very attentive and worked very hard serving the various tables. I will definitely be back - bringing my husband this time
Thank you Joy for your lovely comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
We loved it - and would definitely go again when next in London. Friendly, attentive, warm staff, perfect timing on the service - which matters when you are going to the theatre! , and delicious, beautifully presented food. Just lovely. Thank you.
Thank you Yvonne for your feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Agnes
Superior Spanish food, very tasty and well presented. Good location, but restaurant now faded and untidy seeming, could do with an upgrade. Service also rather slow considering it was a quieter time during theatre hours.
Dear Victoria, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the service and the restaurant itself haven't met your full expectations. Please contact us on 0207 836 3680 as we would like to hear more details about this visit. Best, Nicola
Very welcoming, quick service before a theatre. Delicious food. No noisy music on speakers thank goodness, so one can hear those at the same table! Highly recommend this eatery.
Thank you John for your great feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
We had a lovely time and the food was excellent as well as the service.
Thank you Aisha, We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
Too noisy. We were sat next to an extremely noisy party of 8 people. Our servers couldnt hear us, We couldnt hear our servers and we couldnt even have a conversation amongst ourselves at the table. A table next to us asked to be relocated due to the noisy party of 8 people. The food was good but unfortunately we couldnt enjoy it. Its normal for a tapas places to be loud but this was ridiculous.
Dear Johanna, We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your evening due to too much noise. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680 as we would like to rectify this disappointing experience. Best, Nicola
Delicious tapas and fast service. Ideal for a tasty dinner before the opera or a show.
Thank you Matt, We hope to see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team
V tasty food and good service but portions (meant for sharing) are tiny and expensive. One prawn,(admittedly large) between 3 of us was v tasty but @ £10 was quite a lot to pay for a mouthful each!
Thank you Susie for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and service. Best, Opera Tavern Team
My partner and I took my Mum here for her birthday before going to see Tina the Musical. Nice enough place but service and food disappointing. Dishes seemed to come out slowly and sporadically, without any thought - we had finished eating our fish dishes before the potatoes and omelettes arrived. Food nicely presented and cooked ok but seemed overpriced. Drinks overpriced - a pint of their beer would cost £8.50 which is a bit of a joke really. Service was lax. Wouldn't recommend and definitely wouldn't go back.
Dear McGoo, We are very sorry to hear that you have not enjoyed your dinner with us. We would like to hear more details about this visit. Please contact us on 020 7836 3680. Best, Nicola
Very friendly and observing staff, good food, but the sizes of the portions are small - even for tapas.
Thank you Anne for your feedback. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team