Joe Allen - Covent Garden
13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT +44 2036417956
- 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.
30 September 2015
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
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Customer reviews for Joe Allen - Covent Garden
((((* 4 October 2015 by Jackie from London
The offer was very good value and high quality products. We were served by friendly staff who were very unobstrutive.
((((* 3 October 2015 by Richard Griffiths from London Borough of Hackney
The lunch was excellent. Staff were attentive and always service with a smile. The steak was fantastic and my friend raved about the fishcake.
((((( 30 September 2015 by Ian Buchanan from Londonderry
((((( 29 September 2015 by Anne Jones from London
Great place as food good and atmosphere buzzy and fun. The piano is a fun touch and adds to the mood.
((((( 27 September 2015 by Rob Ditch from London
Absolutely amazing, the quality of the food was amazing and the service was just as a good. The atmosphere in the Resturant was really good too faultless Resturant would definitely go back again.
((((( 25 September 2015 by Elaine Kilby from Market Harborough
Threeof my friends and I had the offer of 3 courses and glass of champagne for £24. The food ,service and ambience were amazing. We really enjoyed the food and the portions were really good. Will definitely eat here again.
((((( 23 September 2015 by Carol Heath from Stoke-on-Trent
I had visited the restaurant during the week with some friends (who had previously been and recommended we visit). I was so impressed I booked a table for my husband and myself on the Saturday night. Wasn't disappointed - food was excellent. I had the sea bass which was delicious. Service was great from start to finish - staff very attentive and courteous. They bought everything we asked for including water - didn't hassle us while we were eating apart from asking if everything was okay.
Loved the atmosphere in the restaurant. On the Tuesday we had sat in the larger area, but I asked for a table in the smaller section so that we could hear the pianist.
The only negative comment I would have is that the lady pianist on Tuesday played actual tunes which was really good, and on Saturday the gentleman pianist seemed to be playing just background music which was a shame.
Overall thought a great place and would certainly visit again - but would recommend booking in advance.
((((( 22 September 2015 by Mike Taylor from Peterborough
Joe Allan's looks nothing from the street - in fact it's just a door. But you go in, down some steps, into the restaurant and you're in and could easily be in New York. Ambience is super. Table not too tightly packed in, gentle hum of conversation, nothing too loud. Attended to very quickly. Food arrived promptly, tasted lovely. All the food was fine in fact as were the drinks. Typical New York diner style but with that extra something., Useful for the theatre goer. We were there at 5.30pm on a Sat afternoon and the place was pretty busy so booking is advisable.
((((* 19 September 2015 by Jean Grubb from London Borough of Croydon
Very tasty food. Set Menu a bit limited.
(((** 15 September 2015 by Geoffrey Paget from Covent Garden, London
We nearly enjoyed our early evening visit. The service was attentive and good. Our main courses were steaks so nothing much to go wrong. However, my starter was a lack lustre and expensive £8.50 Crab and Avocado Mousse. It was fairly tasteless and sitting in the middle of a very liquid sauce accompanied by two very tiny pieces of toast. - there must be a bread shortage in Covent Garden. Overall, our bill totalled £102.00 including a bottle of wine but without coffee or dessert
In conclusion ... we arrived about 5.30pm but the restaurant felt stuffy and warm. Sadly, no air conditioning evident ...
I visted Joe Allen's many years ago when it first opened but I think it needs to recapture the original sparkle it once had!
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