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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LQ
London
204 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The 10 Cases is always a real treat. It can be quite noisy which is a minus if you are hard of hearing! But the food more than makes up for it. I had the delicious cauliflower soup followed by the soft shell crab with avocado--always a favourite. The service is impeccable and we really feel well looked after when we eat there. It isn't the cheapest place to eat, especially as you have to pay for the bread.

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CM
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

S
London
65 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

PO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

RB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu items and wine selection. Highly recommended

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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

FR
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

f
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

a
London
102 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

CE
London
65 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

c
London
58 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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!

TC
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

TK
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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 : )

BG
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

TL
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

CU
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

MW
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BB
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

b
London
77 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
Berlin
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

KL
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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