Nestled right in the heart of London’s West End, The Duchess Theatre Catherine Street has been treating theatregoers to captivating performances since 1929.
With its location on the edge of Covent Garden, there is a tremendous selection of celebrated restaurants just moments away, which can make choosing a spot for a pre-theatre dinner quite difficult. If you’re having a hard time deciding where to go before or after a show, take a look at our picks for the best restaurants near The Duchess Theatre Catherine Street.
1. Tuttons Book Tuttons
British, 200m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (3 min walk)
A hugely popular venue for pre-theatre meals in London, Tuttons boasts a lush interior by celebrated designer Russel Sage, and al fresco seating in Covent Garden’s famous piazza. Sumptuous British dishes on the menu include slow braised lamb shank, and native mussels in a white wine and cream sauce, while the bar mixes up classic cocktails and features an extensive wine list.
2. Boulevard Brasserie Book Boulevard Brasserie
European, 140m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (2 min walk)
Winner of the Bookatable Diner Award for Best European Restaurant in London 2018, Boulevard Brasserie is a wonderfully romantic place to eat near the Duchess Theatre Catherine Street. Simple, traditional French dishes include boeuf bourguignon and leg of duck confit, with a diverse selection of French wines and champagnes on hand to complement any meal. Dedicated children’s menus make this a versatile choice for families visiting the theatre, while the pavement seating outside makes for a great people-watching spot.
Star Deal: 3 courses & a Kir Royale £25 per person
3. MAMIE’S Book MAMIE’S
French, 50m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (1 min walk)
MAMIE’S is a true French crêperie in London that also boasts a bustling cidrotheque in the basement. Spread over three floors, authentic tastes of Brittany include savoury gluten-free galettes stuffed with treats like smoked salmon, egg, crème fraîche and red onion, and fluffy crêpes with home-cooked pairs and salted butter caramel. Move downstairs to the cider bar after a show at Duchess Theatre for an intimate nightcap, with ciders from all across France served.
Offer: Dinner for two, £34.95
4. Joe Allen – Covent Garden Book Joe Allen – Covent Garden
American, 200m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (2 min walk)
Serving London’s theatregoers, performers, artists and journalists since 1977, Joe Allen is a stylish yet easygoing brasserie, offering a great selection of American and European recipes. In a setting of dark leathers and walls lined with framed theatre posters, tuck into lobster bisque with garlic croutons, or a succulent steak from the grill menu, all to a soundtrack of live piano music.
Star Deal: 3 courses & a cocktail £24 per person
5. Champagne + Fromage – Covent Garden Book Champagne + Fromage – Covent Garden
French, 110m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (1 min walk)
A rustic French treat, Champagne + Fromage Covent Garden boasts a tremendous selection of champagnes, all with international awards. Generous charcuterie sharing boards are served alongside a line-up of more than 50 French cheeses, as well as classic dishes such as snails and frogs’ legs. A truly indulgent choice for theatregoers looking for where to eat in Covent Garden, there are also signature champagne afternoon teas, filled with sweet and savoury treats.
6. inamo Covent Garden Book inamo Covent Garden
Asian, 350m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (5 min walk)
Combining sumptuous Pan-Asian menus with cutting edge technology, inamo Covent Garden is a unique restaurant near Duchess Theatre Catherine Street. Diners use tablets to order colourful sushi and mouthwatering Asian tapas, while interactive table tops show live chef cams, games and animations. The Asian flavours continue at the bar, with a menu of colourful cocktails, imported sakes and beers.
7. Palm Court Brasserie Book Palm Court Brasserie
European, 400m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (5 min walk)
Overlook the iconic Covent Garden Piazza at Palm Court Brasserie, and enjoy sublime modern European dining in a setting filled with romantic 1920’s art nouveau style. There are French favourites like coq au vin, along with Moroccan flavours such as roast rump of lamb with spiced couscous, dried apricots toasted almonds and harissa, complemented with a diverse wine list.
Star Deal: 3 courses & a Kir Royale £25 per person
8. Maxwell’s Covent Garden Book Maxwell’s Covent Garden
American, 400m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (5 min walk)
Maxwell’s Covent Garden is perfect for theatregoers with big appetites. This American restaurant is housed inside a grand Covent Garden building, and serves hearty grill delicacies such as juicy ribs, BBQ chicken and towering burgers. Along with pre and post-theatre menus there are dedicated gluten-free and children’s menus too, while the decadent dessert line-up features thick milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and Nutella-glazed doughnuts.
9. Sticks’n’Sushi – Covent Garden Book Sticks’n’Sushi – Covent Garden
Japanese, 400m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (5 min walk)
An ultra-cool Danish venture that blends Scandinavian style with Japanese flavours, Sticks’n’Sushi Covent Garden specialises in handcrafted sushi and sizzling yakitori sticks. Premium dishes include white sturgeon Rossini caviar served with finely cut avocado, while the drink menu includes signature cocktails made with additions like homemade jasmine tea infused with shochu & elderflower.
10. Eneko Book Eneko
Basque, 90m from Duchess Theatre Catherine Street (1 min walk)
From the acclaimed chef behind the 3-Michelin-starred Azurmendi, Eneko is a chic, contemporary restaurant inside the One Aldwych Hotel. Modern Basque cuisine comes beautifully presented, with signature specials including slow-cooked oxtail with mushroom emulsion, and light peanut sponge cake with rich dark chocolate ice cream. From the bar, enjoy a carefully crafted Spanish wine list, and collection of traditional and modern Basque cocktails.