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Joe Allen - Covent Garden

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT +44 2036417956

((((* North American
Main course: £16
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 00:00
Friday: 12:00 - 01:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 00:00.

Everything was really good

Andrea Green 30 January 2016
from London

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A hidden gem surrounded by the shops and theatres of Covent Garden, Joe Allen is a highly regarded restaurant serving a selection of American and European specialities.

Ideally located for a pre-theatre meal or for dinner after the show, Joe Allen is quietly tucked away on Exeter Street just a five-minute walk away from Covent Garden underground station. Nearby theatres include The Lyceum, Novello Theatre and Duchess Theatre, as well as the Fortune Theatre and Theatre Royal. Joe Allen is also a great destination for a special brunch, lunch or dinner when shopping or staying in one of the hotels around Covent Garden and on the Strand.

Opened in 1977 as a stylish London dining venue for theatre-goers, artists, journalists and performers alike, Joe Allen has a relaxed, casual feel throughout. Today the healthy cuisine and friendly atmosphere attract an eclectic clientele of the West End's young and trendy crowd, romantic couples and families.

Joe Allen - Covent Garden

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT

Contact +44 2078360651
Reservations +44 2036417956

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Customer reviews for Joe Allen - Covent Garden

4.2 ((((* (based on 680 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (274)
  • romantic (247)
  • large parties (211)
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  • child friendly (130)
  • value (120)
  • trendy (117)
  • private dining (69)
  • luxury (57)
  • breakfast (47)
  • afternoon tea (19)
  • al fresco (14)
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  • ((*** by from London

    Not great! Over-priced and relying on its faded 1970s reputation. Food was average for the price. Portions minimal. My glass of Brooklyn beer tasted of soap where the glass hadn't been rinsed out properly - unless that's what Brooklyn beer actually tastes like, but I doubt it. Service was just about OK but a smile or two would have been appreciated. The table was booked for 7.30pm so it wasn't really the end of a long, arduous day for her. I see the service charge was already added to our bill, it would have been different if it hadn't. Disappointing just about sums up our total experience.

  • (((** by from London

    Average food. Overcrowded. Living on its' name.

  • (((** by from Bedford

    Initial impressions were good,however the food was not as expected. The menu had no descriptions of the individual dishes which would have been useful, the staff did not seem to be able to describe the dishes accurately.

  • ((((( by from London

    Very good service, excellent ambience. Good food beautifully presented. And excellent cocktails!

  • ((((( by from Beaconsfield

    We really enjoyed our dinner at Joe Allen. I have been there often over the past 30 years or so and it has always been a wonderful experience. I was very happy to discover that it is still as good as I remember. Great menu and well prepared food. Our table was ideally situated so that we felt we had privacy whilst enjoying the buzz of the restaurant. We stayed behind for cocktails afterwards, which were also fabulous - my partner loved his Singapore Sling and compared it favourably to the one he had at Raffles!

  • ((((* by from London

    Excellent lunch - great fun atmosphere throughout!

  • ((((( by from London

    Wondeful asalways

  • ((((( by from Glasgow

    Excellent food & service

  • ((((( by from Bristol

    Very good varied menu choice, food was well cooked and presented and service was excellent.
    The restaurant itself has a great atmosphere and ambience. This was my first visit but I will certainly go there again.

  • ((((( by from Sussex

    Wonderful as ever. Great cocktails, delicious food, lovely service and a brilliant atmosphere. Thanks and see you soon!!

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