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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.

Excellent service, staff were very friendly food was magnificent really enjoyed our afternoon there.

Patricia Manicom 18 August 2015
from Essex

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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 379 reviews)
88% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (203)
  • romantic (192)
  • entertainment (149)
  • large parties (146)
  • lunch (134)
  • business (119)
  • child friendly (99)
  • luxury (50)
  • value (44)
  • trendy (40)
  • breakfast (38)
  • private dining (32)
  • views (13)
  • afternoon tea (12)
  • al fresco (8)
  • (((** by from Bedford

    Great service, very attentive staff. Food was just right too. Environment was perfect. What a hidden gem!

  • (((** by from Essex

    Nice restaurant in a good location. From the outside of the building you wouldn't even know a restaurant existed. I would like a little more lighting to see what I am eating. The offer 3 courses with champagne for £24.50 was very nice. There was a man playing the piano which was a nice background music. Good portion sizes. I had the steak which was served medium but the piece of steak I had was very thick so it was too bloody for me to finish it. When the waitress came to clear our table she asked if I enjoyed my meal and I explained the steak was a little too rare for me to finish. She asked me if I wanted another meal ( I just wanted another piece of steak cooked medium to well) and without any fuss within 5 minutes there was another complete meal. The steak was cooked perfectly this time and I really enjoyed my meal. The pudding was delicious.
    The staff were good but the service was slow.

  • ((((* by from London

    Attentive service and good food in a character-filled environment that is definitely reflective of the surrounding theaters. We were also lucky to have the table for well over 2 hours, which was an added bonus we weren't expecting but most appreciated since we were giggling like school girls with so much to catch up on. Great atmosphere, would definitely go back.

  • ((((* by from Cheshire

    Very good will definitely go back.

  • ((((* by from London

    Food was amazing really liked my experience at this reataurant.
    The only thing I would say is that the service was a little bit slow waiting an initial 45 minutes after ordering for our starter and wine but once the starter had arrived the service improved.

  • (((** by from Norwich

    Good atmosphere, very busy but it was a Saturday night. Service friendly, quick to bring drinks but rather slow to take order and very slow to bring food. We thought it was expensive for what it was but guess that is the problem with eating in Theatreland. For example, we ordered a portion of garlic bread for a starter - this was two slices of garlic bread, absolutely delicious but cost £3.95! I had one salmon fishcake on a small bed of wilted spinach, a grilled tomato and small pot of hollandaise sauce and it cost £14.95; a small bottle of cider cost £4.95. One of our party had a rib eye steak for £19.50, which came with chips but nothing else. We had tickets for the theatre and this was very convenient for dinner beforehand. We had thought that, as it marketed itself as an American style menu, there would be some high quality burgers but unfortunately not. Good choices for vegetarians.

  • ((((( by from Sydney

    Good food - great value-nice atmosphere.

  • ((((( by from Essex

    Excellent service, staff were very friendly food was magnificent really enjoyed our afternoon there.

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Bromley

    Booked for 6.30 and when arrived for a table with 3 people we found the place was really quite busy. We were shown to our table quickly and the staff were all polite and friendly with a good sense of timing as to when to come to the table for anything. The food we had was from a set Bookatable deal and was really nice. We were all satisfied and pleased with what we had chosen. The wine list had a perfectly good choice which was not over the top expensive which turned out to be very good.
    A great atmosphere in this basement restaurant which has nice decoration as well. We would go back. The person who was with my wife and I said it was one of his favourite restaurants and was very pleasantly surprised when we said we would take hime there for his birthday. A successful evening.

  • ((((* by from London Borough of Camden

    Most enjoyable with good service

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