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Places to Eat in Covent Garden, London

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Belgo restaurant in Covent Garden
Belgo restaurant in Covent Garden
Covent Garden is one of the most popular tourist areas in London. This means that it is packed to the brim with eating options to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you fancy a lavish meal in a celebrity packed hotspot, a family feast in an affordable location or a quick snack on the hop, you will find what you're after in Covent Garden.

This page will provide an overview to the eating options in Covent Garden. You will find advice on what to look for when you are hunting for a place to eat. You will also find listings of a large number of Covent Garden restaurants.

Each listing links to a more detailed page where you will be able to find out about the location, contact details, what to expect, and how to book each restaurant. Each restaurant has been categorised by what kind of cuisine it serves, to make it easier for you to find what you are after.

You may not necessarily want to eat at a cafe or restaurant in Covent Garden. It is worth noting that many of Covent Garden's bars also offer snacks and bar food. To find out more about the bars in Covent Garden, see our Guide to Bars in Covent Garden.

Advice on eating out in Covent Garden

Neal's Yard area - off the beaten track in Covent Garden
Neal's Yard area - off the beaten track in Covent Garden

It is important to remember when you are eating out in Covent Garden that you are in one of the most popular tourist spots in London (and thus, the world!). Therefore, if you are not careful you can pay over the odds for distinctly average food. I have found, after years of practice, that one of the best things to do is shop around and head off of the beaten track. It is true that there are some real gastronomical gems in Covent Garden's main square (such as Tuttons - see below). However, if you head down the small cobbled streets that surround Covent Garden you will find some high quality places at more affordable prices.

Also, remember that in Covent Garden you are at the heart of theatre land. This means that if you are going to see a show you will not have any difficulty in finding places to eat that cater to your needs. You will find that many of the restaurants listed below offer special deals on pre and post theatre menus, so keep an eye out for a place that suits you.

Italian restaurants in the area

There is a whole wealth of Italian restaurants in Covent Garden. They often offer a cheap option for a family meal. Some of them are chain restaurant and some of them are independent and family run.

Fire and Stone Restaurant

Pizza Express Restaurant

Zizzi Covent Garden

Rosso Pomodoro restaurant

Prezzo Covent Garden Restaurant

Bertorelli Covent Garden

Sapori restaurant

Cafe Pasta Covent Garden

Sarastro Restaurant

French restaurants

Covent Garden offers a generous concentration of French restaurants. Many of these are traditionally French, offering old school French cuisine in typically French surroundings. There are others that take a more modern approach to French cuisine.

Clos Maggiore French restaurant
Clos Maggiore French restaurant

Chez Gerard Covent Garden

Cote Restaurant

Cafe des Amis

Cafe Mode Covent Garden

Cafe Rouge Restaurant

Boulevard Brasserie in London

Clos Maggiore Restaurant

Mon Plaisir in Covent Garden

American restaurants

Maxwell's American restaurant
Maxwell's American restaurant

Covent Garden offers American style restaurants ranging from themed diners full of memorabilia to classy Neo-American cuisine establishments.

Maxwells in Covent garden

Christopher's Covent Garden

Covent Garden Grill

Seafood restaurants

If you are having a fancy day out in the city centre, what better way to celebrate the occasion than with oysters or a platter of fruits de mer. Covent Garden offers a range of seafood restaurants, catering to different tastes and budgets.

Loch Fyne in Covent Garden

Livebait restaurant

J Sheekey in Covent Garden

British restaurants

If you are on holiday to London, Covent Garden's British restaurants offer the perfect opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine. Some of the restaurants and pubs in Covent Garden offer authentic old school British pies and meats.

Dial restaurant

Modern European restaurants

If you are in search of a restaurant that will cater to the tastes of a large group, a Modern European restaurant is an ideal option. It will offer you the opportunity to choose from an eclectic menu.

Browns Covent Garden

Tuttons Covent Garden

The Ivy in Covent Garden

Mexican restaurants

Wahaca is now a chain restaurant, but the original can be found in Covent Garden. It is a good place to sample authentic Mexican cuisine in modern surroundings.

Wahaca Mexican restaurant

Cafe Pacifico Covent Garden

Places for sushi

Crazy Bear is a member's bar in the heart of the city - a good place to try some high quality sushi.

Crazy Bear in Covent Garden

Other restaurants in Covent Garden

Covent Garden offers an eclectic range of dinner options. Take a look at the list below to find some of the more interesting alternatives.

Belgo Belgian restaurant in Covent Garden

Sofra Turkish restaurant

La Tasca tapas restaurant

Food for Thought vegetarian restaurant

On a trip to London's Covent Garden you will be sure to need some sustenance at some point in the day. There is such a great wealth of eating options in Covent Garden; it is worth taking a look at your choices before you go. This will allow you to book (a lot of themost popular restaurant will get booked up quickly at the weekends so it is worth calling in advance) or simply to have some ideas in mind. Enjoy your time in Covent Garden and be sure to feast to your heart's desire!

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