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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n
London
103 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upmarket late breakfast with friends in the restaurant area of this all day dining venue. Great vegetarian breakfast, they helpfully substituted fried mushrooms for egg. Quiet mid morning but rapidly filled up by lunchtime. We could have stayed all day!

A
London
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a delightful experience as usual however I do think the restaurant is squeezing in more tables and it’s as a result the experience isn’t what it used to be. Also I found it louder than usual but it was an early sitting so I hope it was just that 18:00 time slot.

You can always rely on fantastic service and good quality food and a menu that covers some old time favourites please don’t change we like you the way you are !

k
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and staff were good at getting us fed in time to get to the opera house without chasing. Our only disappointment was our table location which they couldn’t change. Would definitely recommend.

HD
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my cousin as a treat. Loved the enviroment and menu was a reminder of our grandmother. Thank u we loved our night

a
London
42 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to the Delaunay mid afternoon Saturday when they were serving a number of menus - afternoon tea & the brunch. It feels like an all day brasserie. The restaurant is a classy operation and you pay for that. I would say that the charges are definitely on the high side eg charging a cover charge plus 12.5% service. But the service is slick and the food is good. A very reliable restaurant.

HM
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was quite slow but food was excellent and we enjoyed our pre theatre lunch.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Disappointing.

IJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was pleasant to be there and the mood was perfect!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great afternoon tea experience

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Staff are rude. They even got into a shouting match with a woman at another table who left something and came back for it after they’d stopped serving but had a lot of people still there. They told her she’d have to come back the next day to retrieve her purse. It disrupted the whole place.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

very lacklustre food and largely disinterested staff.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Excellent food, wait staff was disinterested at best.

JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I enjoy the Delaunay. It's always reliable. However, this time the service really wasn't up to much, and we kept feeling forgotten and having to call our waiter over who had priorities elsewhere. I'm hoping it's a one-off experience, so I shall be back.

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxed informal atmosphere with good service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always, good food and very good service. Love the ambiance of this place.

FS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect as all Jamie Kings restaurants. We love all of them

LB
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an early evening meal on Christmas Eve. Delicious food in a lovely environment.

SL
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First rate breakfast. The bacon and egg roll was seriously good!

OT
Austria
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service, and cozy ambiance

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Das Restaurant ist sehr gut besucht und belebt. Das Personal ist unglaublich freundlich, die Qualität des Essens hervorragend. Wir haben selten einen so guten Seeteufel gegessen und das Angebot für Vegetarier ist wirklich vielseitig.

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JB
London
53 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just superb - food, wine, ambience, service. Everything, Highly recommended.

j
London
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have dined here on numerous occasions & regardless of the time of day the food & service are always excellent & of a very high standard.
We would highly recommend you dine here.

G
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favourite restaurants in London. The decor is reminiscent of a lovely Grand European cafe and the atmosphere is buzzy without being too noisy. If you can, ask for one of the booths by the windows! The food is excellent. Can recommend trying the Tartes Flambées (a sort of very thin pizza) which are an excellent starter to share. The Schnitzels are delicious but worth nothing that the Chicken Schnitzel is served on its own so definitely worth having the endive salad as an accompaniment. If you still have room for dessert the Kaiserschmarrn (a sort of warm torn pancake with a plum compote) is sublime. Great restaurant for dinner with friends or family!

KR
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time, fab food, realistic prices and the staff were just lovely and went back the next day for coffee and strudel !! Cannot wait for our next trip to London and another visit here :)

EK
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The service was a little slow but the food and wine was delicious.

WI
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
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
11 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
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NG
London
25 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
2 reviews
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