The Delaunay

4.6
2845 reviews
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Inspired by the grand cafés of Mittel-Europe, The Delaunay is an all-day café-restaurant located near Covent Garden on the corner of Aldwych & Drury Lane. Offering a varied selection of classic European food, it is open early for breakfast through to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – two Private Dining Rooms are also available and well suited to all manner of events. Located in the heart of London’s theatre-land, The Delaunay is perfectly placed for enjoying a meal before or after a nearby performance – a number of ‘Dinner & Show’ packages with nearby theatres are also offered throughout the year. Open from early until late, seven days a week, reservations are recommended but tables are always available on a first come, first served basis.

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The Delaunay is the restaurant you want to be in when you just want to feel good. Sit in the amazing dining room or hit the cafe for a quick one.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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LL
London
115 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food quality has gone down. This is my usual safe option to meet business contacts and friends. But the food was just ok, did they change chefs? My grilled chicken was super oily. Thank goodness service was still ok.

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food.

Good choice on the menu, and wines.

Would be happy to visit again.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a relaxing brunch and catch up with friends.

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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came across this restaurant by chance. Very pleasant experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and were given complimentary chocolates. Nice gesture.

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EK
London
275 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delaunay is great just like his siblings Wolseley and Fischer’s.
Warm and friendly front-of-house, lovely ambience and even better food that never disappoints.
They make one of the best kedgeree with a just perfect oozy poached egg.
Their sorbet is really pretty with two leaves of pistachio biscuits and dehydrated pineapple!
Thank you!

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, yummy food and delicious wine. An evening well spent.

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of four had a wonderful evening before seeing Tina at the Aldwych Theatre. The restaurant's location is perfect. Most of all the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The ambiance was unique to what other places we visited during our week in London. I give this 5 stars!

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CH
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staff and lovely food. Good value for the quality

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super food, taken care of well and a great time to celebrate an anniversary brunch

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

Always a pleasure, that why I regularly return. A small but perfect menu. It excels in its consistency food and staff.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A large room but one that has a good atmosphere, just the right amount of noise and bustle. Service is attentive but the food takes a while to emerge. Worth the wait, though

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R
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal . Excellent discreet high quality service. Good buzzy atmosphere. Recommended

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PI
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good Sunday Roast with all the traditional trimmings. We loved it.
Thank you

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G
London
36 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Lovely ambience and vibe in the restaurant. Nice to show my wife one of my regular spots

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CJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful ambience.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a special restaurant for a special treat! First class good old fashioned service

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SB
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

In spite of mucking up our order the food, it was only ok when it arrived. It’s a nice venue and the service was friendly but not very efficient! Hence the 50% rating

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a shame that a restaurant with such a German/ Austrian menu does not have a beer menu to match. That said: a great meal in a lovely location.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well what a place! Loved it. Fine dining indeed,fabulous decor and style.
Great wine list
Having been to the Wolsey I can see the similarity
Food was fantastic
Will be back for sure
Would probably opt for private dining as rather noisy when busy
Too marks all round

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb restaurant! Extraordinary menu and wine list of best of well-known European cuisines (strudels, dobos torte, Riesling, Tokaji etc.). Timely services, attentive and friendly staff and chefs. Pre-show perfect. Perhaps a little booster than we would’ve liked, but not disturbing (it was a full house). Will visit each time when in London, for sure!

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RP
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice venue and food .
Just a little eager to clear finished items from table

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DJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Impeccable service, great food and exquisite surroundings.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food. Service was ok. Good experience all around.

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delaunay much enjoyed, and as with other visits, a great place to bring friends for a meal. Its always busy, atmospheric, and an impressive setting for any occasion. The menu is one of those 'has something for everyone' but those somethings are all interesting, slightly different, worth trying. Wine list errs on the expensive but our viognier (a cheaper choice) slipped down our throats and has us pulling out the bottle to see the details. Waiters are helpful, attentive and the evening a delight.

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RN
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit rushed (I hate the constant topping up of wine glasses after you’ve taken one sip) but the food and ambience was reliably good. Always good for celebrity sightings (not Dua Lipa-type celebrities but novelists, MPs and business leaders). It has the lighting just right: dark enough to create an atmosphere but bright enough to be able to read the menu without the light on your iPhone.

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M
London
51 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place and have visited many many times for one of the best brunches in London.
Today however I noticed a £2 per head “brunch cover charge” on top of the 12.5% service charge. I’ve never noticed this before, so don’t know if it is a new concept but seems strange as surely it is the same as a service charge? It’s not like we were eating off the menu so diners beware of this hidden charge.

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RD
London
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's always a treat to return to The Delaunay. Schnitzels + champagne = a perfectly hedonistic lunch. The lighting, ambiance, service and food here all add up to a wonderful pampering package.

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ME
London
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like a bit of Austrian flavour, so the Delaunay was a must-visit after Fischers. And it's better than the Marylebone eaterie on almost every score. Excellent and generous steak tartare starters, traditionally large schnitzel and a really very nice spatchcock chicken were highlights. The menu isn't tricksy or complex - but I much prefer places that settle on a relatively limited selection of standards and execute well, rather than try a menu that's too big or too flashy to deliver reliably. I didn't choose particularly well on the wine - a Gruner Veltliner that was a little on the tart side and an Austrian Pinot Noire that was a pretty underwhelming for the price - but that might be more my inexpert use of the wine menu than over-pricing by the restaurant. We'd definitely go back - but choose more wisely on the booze!

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GL
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good value for afternoon tea in central, the tea was great but the cakes were average.

Service was okay.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dine at The Delauney regularly and always enjoy it. Very reliable with great service and decent food of Brasserie versus fine dining quality. It represents told value for money and is always a nice evening out.

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y
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for business breakfast, staff are friendly and the food is very good.

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N
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Delightful as always but the service was WAY OFF and nots its usual 5-star experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service,great food but best of all there was no pressure on us to move despite the fact that they were really busy. We left after 3 hours having enjoyed our visit very much.

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SJ
London
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magnificent Art Deco style Viennese grand cafe with fantastic food (I had the Wiener Schnitzel) and polished yet friendly service. Excellent Sommelier too. Would go again tomorrow.

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l
London
181 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent breakfast the eggs Benedict amongst the best I’ve had

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KL
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic London breakfast spot

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and no pressure to vacate the table.

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W
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable and the service was superb

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PR
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect restaurant to go to after the
Opera.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked very last minute and still managed to get a table. Very good food and atmosphere. Great service too!

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