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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 - 22:30.

Hidden gem!

Katie Hitchen 20 August 2016
from Manchester

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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

4.3 (((() (based on 1182 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (848)
  • lunch (528)
  • romantic (350)
  • large parties (323)
  • entertainment (293)
  • value (287)
  • trendy (241)
  • business (230)
  • child friendly (185)
  • private dining (134)
  • luxury (73)
  • breakfast (68)
  • afternoon tea (32)
  • al fresco (21)
  • views (20)
  • ((((* by from Torquay

    Staff very good, as usual.
    Our table was stuck behind a pillar, which I didn't like.
    Food good, although I ordered a vegetable side dish but it never arrived (we weren't charged for it).

  • ((((* by from Saint Albans

    Had a fabulous pre theatre dinner. Very atmospheric restaurant. Had the 2 course theatre menu and options were tempting for all 5 of us including the children. Food was delicious. Service was quick and friendly.

  • ((((( by from London

    The cocktails were brilliant, the hot dogs astounding. Live piano added to a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it and am just booking to go again.

  • ((*** by from London

    Good ambience with memories of 1970s glamour. But the service falls well short of the mark. Food fine but not special.

  • ((*** by from London

    There was a family next to me. The Father was on his iphone and his child on an ipad. With the beautiful dim lights of the Joe Allen, the child's ipad was very distracting. I sit infront of computers all day and paid for the discomfort of more screens at dinner. Very disappointing.

  • ((((* by from London

    Overall very good excellent service

  • ((((* by from London

    Thoroughly enjoyed the evening - lively atmosphere and good grub

  • ((((* by from London

    Good setting, lovely ambience, not too larger a menu though still a good selection and choice, attentive though not intrusive service, thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal.
    Planning to return soon

  • ((((( by from London

    We had an amazing meal at Joe Allens. The atmosphere was relaxed, the food amazing (especially the crab and avocado starter salad and rib eye steaks) but most importantly for me the service was excellent.

  • ((((* by from Brighton

    Great atmosphere, good friendly efficient service, however, the quality of the food did not live up to the quality of everything else. Also the bar is a big feature of JA's in Covent Garden and it needs to be re-stained and varnished as its in a sorry state. I have been going to this restaurant since the 1980's and I haven't been there for a number of years and I think it could do with a little work in certain areas, just a service really.

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