The Delaunay

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£26 to £40
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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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WI
London
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy the Delaunay with its lovely ambience and enjoyable food. Just love their tartes flambe and Wiener Holstein

OT
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an excellent meal. So good that I couldn't finish it all! They made our anniversary very special. I will visit next time I'm in London.

j
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! From the moment you are greeted by the lovely Luca it is a sublime experience. The room is gorgeous, great service and the food is excellent.

C
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wonderful Christmas atmosphere in a place that balances tradition with a lively atmosphere. The starters were outstanding, but some of our main courses did not land very well. E.g. the Duck Confit was on an overpowering tomato base with strongly flavoured sausages that overpowered the duck. Make sure you like the German kitchen before you go.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect Friday treat evening! Gorgeous food and drinks (I had the trout and my boyfriend had a wurst with potato salad, both excellent), really nice service - friendly and the right amount of attentiveness, without being pushy or too in-your-face, and we didn’t feel at all rushed even though the restaurant was very busy. And all in a lovely old-fashioned setting; proper foodie escapism, loved it :)

HA
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London with fantastic service and a beautiful menu.

CK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect for pre or post teathre

F
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are going to The Delaunay every year for our Anniversary.
We have been welcomed by a great member of the staff and we have been looked after by a nice Maître D’. His good manners have been spotted and appreciated.
I would definitely recommend the Delaunay to anyone looking for a great moment and to experience the pleasure to be spoiled.
PS: please look at the freshness of the scones ;)

v
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for afternoon tea. Food is delicious and our waitress was adorable

NG
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Delaunay is our favourite place for breakfast in London. Once again, it did not disappoint with great food and service.

We really must try it later in the day too!

R
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoy dining at Delaunay. Food is somewhat predictable middle European but of high quality. Service excellent. Medium price. It is very noisy but if can you bear it - it’s always fun to eat there.

FS
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie King is the king if it's about how to run a restaurant

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased a friend told me about this place. Great food and decor. Super staff.

TV
Hamburg Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

Q
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is quite conventional, but each dish was prepared carefully and to a high standard. We need more of these places

LT
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it’s the service - like “I will send the head waiter over to take your order” that made this visit so good. If you’ve not been before, the schnitzels are a good bet.

h
London
59 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent venue, great food, great service! Thank you.

s
London
60 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our anniversary night at the Delaunay. Members of staff went the extra mile to accommodate us. Food was excellent, portions generous. We loved the experience and the atmosphere and will definitely be back.

D
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at the Delauney many times and the food, service and ambience is always first class.
I would highly recommend the Black Forest gateau which I had for the first time and most certainly will
have again when I return in a couple of weeks.

I
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food. A bit slow on service.

MA
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A firm fab for breakfast. Good food and quick for business meals

S
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant buzzy dining room, oysters, wine, schnitzel more wine followed by coffee and brandy facilitated by slick service, what’s not to like. Shame about the absence of the Delaunay monogrammed hot breadsticks, but simple hut crusty baguette is an acceptable substitution.

J
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch catching up with a friend. Service was excellent not too rushed, restaurant was busy but our service was steady, the food was excellent and we were not rushed out of the door! A lovely ambiance with attentive staff. What more could you want.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Theatre with our teenagers.

d
London
89 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place for dinner in the area.

RI
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. We went pre theatre( the Aldwych is directly across the road) had the borscht and confit duck. My wife had scallops. All were excellent.
Very good but not over attentive service and the atmosphere was relaxed and reminiscent of grand cafes in Europe.
Highly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for meeting a colleague from the USA. He loved it.

EB
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding in every category. Only thing was it was VERY noisy, but it’s Friday night in the west-end in a very popular restaurant so it’s to be expected. Although I was surprised as I’ve not heard it that noisy before.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service a bit slow. One waitress for many tables. All the rest very good.

KL
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buzzy place for a nice evening out. Food and service is reliable.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We came here the last time we were in London 3 years ago and came back again!

a
London
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely buzzy spot, yummy food. Took a while to be served initial drinks and considering we were early for booking we went over our time slot and were (very politely) asked to move due to next sitting but considering there was only two speedy eaters, we wouldn’t have needed to be moved if initial service was quicker.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a buzzy atmospheric place for a comforting lunch or brunch with friends or family. Good for larger groups as well as smaller ones. Feels glamorous but the prices are wholly reasonable and the service brisk and attentive.

P
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and I loved it. The service is very good and very attentive waiters, they know there food and wines. Will come back

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A good place to meet with friends to catch up. Tables are far enough apart to not have to listen to other conversations. Lovely Austrian food and great service.

SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were delighted to find The Delaunay which felt more like a Continental European Brasserie than a casual London restaurant. We needed something with good food, especially interesting vegetarian options, where we could chat easily to our son who was catching a train back to Scotland late on a Sunday evening. Service was charming yet professional. Only downside was the noise level, even though the tables were spaced well apart.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner before meeting friends later.
The room was very busy with pre theatre diners so had very upbeat ambience.
The service however was impeccable with no sign of how busy they were.
The food was top quality and the bill reasonable, overall a very good dining experience which we will definitely repeat

m
London
55 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and a warm greeting on arrival. We had a pleasant table and enjoyed a delicious, beautifully cooked and presented meal.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriends birthday.. was fabulous..

1
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy The Delaunay. Good food and atmosphere, although quite noisy as most restaurants are these days due to lack of soft furnishings. My kedgeree was delicious.
They very helpfully changed my table for 3 to a table for 4 at very short notice. Well done and thanks.