The 10 Cases - Bistrot à Vin

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The 10 Cases is an unpretentious buzzing little Bistrot with wine as its main focus. We only ever buy 10 cases of the wines that you will find on our short list in order to constantly try new things rather than settle for a list of old favorites.

We only have 10 tables, which you can book for lunch or dinner. We also have an outside terrace, bar counter and Cave a Vin next door which remain reservation free for drinks and snacks.

Our menu revolves around a monthly changing offering of tapas style dishes and sharing plates, 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts as well as a selection of daily changing specials.
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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a huge fan of this place. Good quality food and thoughtfully listed wines. Very reasonable price. 5 star well deserved!

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CM
London
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to come here for awhile and so glad I finally did, as it did not disappoint. From the service, to the wine, to the cheese board, and the delicious mains, I can't recommend The 10 Cases enough. We ordered the burrata and cheese board to start, which were very fresh and varying in textures/flavours. For dinner, my friend and I split the beef cheek gnocchi and the sole, which were divine and both specials of the evening. The gnocchi was so tender and the sauce was perfect. My other friend had the vegetarian wellington which she loved. Lastly, the wine list is vast and intriguing. Absolutely loved everything we tried.

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S
London
64 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Always a good option for this area, I have to say the service at the Bistro is always more hasty than the cave a vin, however on a Saturday night if you want certainty of a seat there isn't much of an alternative than booking the bistro

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JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

great modern bistrot food with a great wine list. what's not to like.

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PO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service but very crowded and loud. Cool idea with the ever changing wine list amd meny!

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RB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Small space, bland food and abrasive staff made for a disappointing evening.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu items and wine selection. Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s a nice place in a nice area and the small dishes are excellent.
I thought the service was rushed and unnecessarily so as there was nobody waiting for the table when I finished my meal.
The food was nice, but the main dish described as a ‘sharing dish’ is expensive and unnecessarily so in my opinion.
Wine list is okay .

Would I go back? Maybe.
I think a quick bite at the bar and a glass of wine would be the way to go about visiting 10C’s

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FR
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, very buzzy, great friendly service, good food, super wine

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great bistro and wine selection. Would highly recommend for a smart but no-fuss meal in Covent Garden. Well worth a visit.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly buzz on Friday evening. Tasty food served promptly and (relative to usual restaurant prices) well priced excellent quality wine. Attentive and friendly staff.

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L
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very interesting small plates to share. Waitress was very knowledgeable about wines. Croquettes were the only disappointment.

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f
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, wine-led bistrot. It's a lovely, cosy little bistrot, with attentive but not overbearing service. Amazing selection of wine; it's definitely a place for those who like to try new things. Food is really good as well, a great mix of small plates as well as larger mains. Particularly recommend the butternut squash and burrata! Given that the food and wine menus change on a very regular basis, that's enough of an excuse for future visits.

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a
London
102 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The 10 cases always has an interesting menu and is perfect for pre-dinner before Donmar Warehouse. Food appears fresh and tasty, they have a decent wine list and service is relaxed and friendly.

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CE
London
63 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit, and I'm not sure why I left it so long. The food is fresh, interesting and delicious, which is all the more impressive as this is a place that is ostensibly chiefly about wine. The constantly changing wine list is full of delights and surprises, (and nor is it marred by too many fashionable minimum intervention wines which are expensive and taste like cider). Had an excellent Pinot Blanc from the Mosel which I wouldn't normally have chosen but Alex was entirely right to recommend. Cheerful and efficient service meant we had plenty of time to have dessert (I'd recommend the berry cheesecake) before the theatre without feeling rushed.

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LH
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was quite disappointed by this experience, we were kicked off our table after 90 minutes, which is really not enough time. Additionally we went for the wine, understanding from the website there were 300 to choose from, but on arrival were handed a meagre list of around 15-20, we picked a red, that had been chilled and had lost a lot of flavour because of this, so was very average, when we enquired about 300 wines we were offered a much better list, but then told we had to be moved to the bar because our time at the table was over. All in all, the service was abrupt and the experience was rushed, not relaxed and left an unpleasant feeling, I would struggle to recommend.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the wine bar / bistro. Great find! Will definitely go back again.

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c
London
56 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Took a friend who eats very little here as I was told they had lots of little plates. However there was not a very extensive choice so she finished up having a dessert rather than one of the tapas type plates. It is a convenient place to eat before going to the Royal Opera House and got busy very quickly around 6 p.m. The noise level was quite high. My spider crab was very good and the heritage tomato salad was also very tasty but they are quite pricey given the size of the portions. It was a definite plus that they gave us both still and sparkling water in large bottles without us even having to ask - and it was free! Would like to go again when I have more time and can sample the main menu preferably when I am not driving later!

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TC
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed an excellent lunch with a friend. Service was attentive while the food was up to the usual very high standards. The more I come to 10 Cases the more I look forward to coming back!

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place - been a few times now. Great staff who know about the wine they are serving. Wines you are unlikely to find elsewhere, and always changing. Nice food, but wine and the service is what makes it. Book to avoid disappointment.

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TK
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the third visit to 10 cases for me.
I like the ambience and relatively inexpensive but delicious foods.
It's always full so you need to make a reservation to get a table most of the time.
Service is okay but don't expect to much as all the waiters are always look busy and running : )

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10 Cases is a constant on our pre-theatre dinner favourites. Love the taps style sharing plates. The polenta chips with truffle oil are to die for! Always a fantastic and ever changing wine selection. Great unfussy service and staff are very knowledgeable about wine (bordering on obsessed, but in a good way!). Keep it up and for gods sake don’t take the polenta chips off the menu!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very helpful in suggesting the best wine pairing with one’s food selection. If you’re dining alone, I highly recommend ordering a few starters or tapas plates to try different flavors on the menu. My entire order was delicious! Even the bread was phenomenal. Definitely will be returning soon.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We chose the sharing plates. 'Seared beef' was excellent. Other sharing plates were less good - and rather poor value compared to similar selections I have experienced at other venues. Wine is expensive. Service was excellent and very friendly. Ambience and energy of the venue was very good.

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TL
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal out; we used the sharer plates and starters as a tapas menu so had many of them. Can recommend the squid and soft-shell crab as stand-outs. Mains we went with Aubergine and the sardines, both of which were lovely. We ended up with a couple of bottles of wine off the list and they were more than happy to allow us to use the wine list from next door.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exquisite, attentive service and an excellent wine list.

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good European style cooking, with very reasonably priced wine list.

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CU
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything met our expectations except for the wines themselves, which was a primary reason we booked a table. Some of the wines were unusual, and interesting, but none that we tasted were exceptional or even memorable. Perhaps it was a problem of what we ordered, but with the wine-themed restaurant I was expecting more focus on wines and a broad array of quality wines. We would go back for the overall experience was good and the location is great. Maybe wines will be better next time.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Reasonable choice for those needing gluten free and the staff seem to understand the importance of this and the issues around cross-contamination. A pity that GF bread or biscuits (for cheese) are not available. Some true vegetarian dishes would be good as well.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food and wine served in a very relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

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BB
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were so warmly received - as ever - and so enjoyed sharing small plates with good wine. Really lovely venue

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just fab
Very chilled place
Need to book really to avoid any disappointment
We love it

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant night with great food Took friends that hadn’t been and they loved it

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DD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favourite restaurants in London - food is brilliant and the vibe is great. Staff so friendly. And its a great wine place. Love it

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, in particular, was excellent. The waitress was knowledgeable and responsive. The restaurant was busy, but also perfect to catch up with an old friend.

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b
London
74 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a great place that ticks all the boxes.

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G
Berlin
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time I went I was more impressed, this time the food was not quite as excellent as it was before. Good enough for a lovely evening and the service was great, but not the best.

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KL
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list and amazing tasting food. Service is good fast and staffs are quite attentive.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal at 10 cases. The food was delicious, wine was excellent & service great. Am definitely coming back!

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used 10cases as a Friday night venue for dinner with friends. Relatively few courses on the menu. We were a party of 4 and decided to have 6 starters for sharing. That was practically everything on the menu, but we didn’t regret. All was very good. We had the rack of lamb, the buttermilk marinated pork and plaice as mains - all for sharing. Starters and mains accompanied by the Monthie Pinot Noir. A good but not great wine, but it was a good choice for the full meal. Everything cooked and seasoned spot on and very tasty. Apple tart and a devine triple chocolate cake for desserts enjoyed with a glass of sweet Riesling. All and all a very, very good meal with good service

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