Parsons

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From the guys who brought you The 10 Cases just over the road, Parsons is their unassuming little fish restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. We offer a wide range of seafood, freshly landed fish, as well as more classic fish dishes inspired from the British Isles and beyond.
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D
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining at Parsons - would absolutely visit again! We had some delicious oysters and the skate wing, which was very decadent. The bread basket is also a must (the Guinness bread!!). Fantastic wine list.

S
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Parsons is a lovely place. The food and wine is delicious, if pricey, and the staff can’t do enough for you. The only problem is space. It’s tiny and feels squashed. Although the upside to this is that you get to chat to your fellow diners and ask if they’d recommend their food choices should you feel so inclined. 😊

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were brilliant. We tried the lobsters and really enjoyed that as well

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish in town

FR
London
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Perfect for post-opera supper -- no one else there! But they took the trouble to cook our sea trout and mussels expressly for us, and wonderfully done

CK
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Certainly one of the best restaurants for seafood in London. Great wine list by the glass which changes daily. Nice causal vibe.

MD
London
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place - this is the second time we’ve been, and we’ll definitely be back!

a
London
114 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent fish and seafood restaurant not far from Covent Garden. The fish is always fresh and to a very good standard here.

1
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was more difficult than I expected to find a seafood restaurant in London. By that I mean one that really concentrates on fresh, simply prepared fish and shellfish. Bingo. Charming spot, in jam packed Covent Garden. Friendly and relaxed and wonderful fish.

AC
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Well located and charming with a good selection of seafood although desert was distinctly average. Reasonable pricing given the location. Friendly and helpful service.

ML
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!! Love this place!
Seafood is always fresh and done well and great value as well.

N
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely little restaurant , food was good and the service is excellent, will be going again.

RH
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A fabulous little friendly fish restaurant, full of character. The food was excellent the only negative was the value for money! Both against portion size and also the drinks are on the expensive side of fair.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant in all of London!!

m
London
75 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Smoked cod’s roe starter was creamy and delicious, and the marinated anchovies nice. We shared a piece of grilled turbot, excellent, so too the shared fish pie. A side order of broccoli had what I felt was an unnecessary amount of a sour lemony dressing.
A glass each of white wine worked well, especially the Cretan one which we preferred to an Italian. We shall have to return to sample the apple tarte fine, as we were too full, and come earlier in the evening before the specials have sold out. Very enjoyable, though quite cramped and noisy.

LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a stunning meal at this bijou fish restaurant. Staff were friendly and helpful with wine recommendations and the food was so lovely. The potted shrimp croquettes were so full of lip smacking flavour, we wanted to order more as soon as we’d devoured the first three! The fish pie is also a stunner. Highly recommended.

CW
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un fussy food and environment, excellent service and delicious fish

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh fish . Side dishes - squid and stuffed cucumber were also excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing taste! Everything we tried was delicious!

CW
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second delicious meal I have had at this restaurant

AS
London
47 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely fresh seafood. More natural wines would be great.

HB
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed, delicious and delightful. Enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the chef work. Went for a selection of starters to share and crisp white wine. Reasonable price and relaxed experience.

s
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Fish, lovely wine list, excellent & warm service.

OT
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally awesome as usual. Rock on.

s
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great fish and good service, at a price.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was really nice and creatively done. The staff were really friendly as well

RR
London
100 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant - very intimate, good atmosphere and delicious food

D
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Great food and service, just way too loud to make it an experience worth repeating unfortunately.

AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always with exceptional food and the most delightful staff anywhere.

LF
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. A really interesting fusion of Japanese and European fish cookery. This, for me, was better than J Sheekeys! Great for sharing plates. A very fun and relaxed atmosphere. If you love seafood, then get down there asap!

NT
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality and the design of the dishes was amazing. Simple cooking techniques applied to fresh high quality ingredients created dish after dish of perfectly cooked and presented food.
The head chef has used a variety of herb combinations that accentuate the main ingredients giving you a range of flavours that are unique and exceptional.

TW
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place to come for beautifully and simply prepared fish with complex and interesting sides. The clam chowder is a thing to behold - silky, smokey comforting perfection. charming lovely staff , excellent wine list set in a cosy restaurant you would have thought had been there forever.

PR
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great fish restaurant. A good selection of fish that changes daily depending on what is available. The service was good and the staff very friendly. I would recommend booking if you want to be sure of a table. We went on a mid-week lunchtime and the place was buzzing!

DS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cosy but very good. Great food and great service. Will definitely come back

RI
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very high quality food , good selection of wines and attentive friendly staff . A tempting menu and we were tempted by the chowder and the fish pie . Both of very good quality . The atmosphere is relaxed , friendly . It is small and the tables very close together which can encourage chat with folk at the next table . Which it did .

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff and quality food. Value of money

KW
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Use Open Table to booked for table for 2. Gets the smallest window seats while there are bigger tables around. 2 walk in customers got a table for 4. When the food comes, that’s not enough room for the side dishes as expected. The waiter told us to have the french fries after the main course. He can put them back to the kitchen. I nearly ask him to shore it up. The response is just unbelievable.

Food is forgettable compounded with service. Never again!

DW
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good seafood -super fresh-but cramped but good atmosphere and excellent Muscadet

TA
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Before coming to the restaurant with my missus, I hadn't eaten fish in (around) 8 years. My missus LOVES, and I mean LOVES seafood. We were sat down and looking around in the small but packed restaurant, we found the main menus not on our table, but on the walls. Every seafood dish is different every day, and all of their fish and seafood are freshly caught. The service was slow, but it was understandable, they were packed to tbe brim, even on a Wednesday night, and patience is key sometimes.
The wine selection was pretty basic but had some interesting choices, and was catered mostly to pair with a range of seafood.
We were served a Lemon Sole between two, which was absolutely divine. It was juicy, slowed right off the bone and the vegetables managed to soak up a lot of its slightly salty tang. The seaweed and cucumber was basic but a great pairing.
All in all, this was a great feast, and for the price of what we had which totalled to around £50, very cheap. The waitress was knowledgeable and took us through every step on the way.

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as always, a comforting fish pie on an autumnal day. Would have liked a bit more veg if I was being picky