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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.

A pleasure to visit as always

Maureen Jennings 20 May 2017
from 🇩🇰 Denmark

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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
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Customer reviews for Joe Allen - Covent Garden

4.3 (((() (based on 1959 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (1462)
  • lunch (927)
  • value (547)
  • romantic (508)
  • large parties (467)
  • entertainment (440)
  • trendy (406)
  • business (361)
  • child friendly (261)
  • private dining (219)
  • breakfast (104)
  • luxury (102)
  • afternoon tea (51)
  • al fresco (30)
  • views (26)
  • ((*** 24 May 2017 by Darryl Broughton from London

    We were a group of 6 taking in a pre theatre dinner. 3 of the group ordered the steak of which two order were extremely poor. My partner took liberty to complain in private so as not to embarrass the group as he was so annoyed at the sheer quality of the meal. The steak was a lump of fat and gristle which had been grilled. Very surprised that the head chef allowed this to go. Normally, we would have got a new one but time was of the essence and we had to leave with two diners very hungry. They did take the steaks off the bill which was accommodating.

  • (((** 24 May 2017 by Sue Sharpe from London

    Lovely food and atmosphere. Food appeared very quickly - almost far too quickly as we hadn't even sipped our drinks. Unfriendly staff who just didn't take the time to listen fully. Staff should visit Boulevard Brasserie for examples of fine service and friendly attentive staffing. Shame as it was an 18th birthday family celebration after the theatre.

  • ((((( 24 May 2017 by Patrycja Gryz from London

    The dinner at Joe's was amazing as usuall. Food was delicious, waiters very attentive and helpful. And live piano music very relaxing.
    Well done Joe Allen.

  • ((((* 23 May 2017 by Peter Emery from London

    Friendly service, straightforward menu with enough choice to satisfy out party of 4. Food was great, service prompt. Lovely ambience in the restaurant.

  • ((*** 22 May 2017 by Kim Paz from Rickmansworth

    First visit to Jo Allen's and I loved the feel of the place and the pre theatre menu was good value and the dishes were all very nice, a little on the small side, especially the lasagna. I wanted to love it here because so many people have recommended it to me, but the waitress was so unfriendly, unsmiling and rushing us that it put a dampener on our meal. I know that we had to be out by 7.00pm as we had booked at 5.00pm but all the same we were very obviously being rushed and as it was my Mothers birthday I did not want it to feel like that. It spoilt it for me to be honest but don't worry I don't believe in writing negative comments on Trip Advisor!!

  • (**** 22 May 2017 by Stephen Janes from Austin, Texas

    Sorry to say, our meals were not good. The liver had an off taste, my friend ate only one bite. My baby back ribs were over sauced and the sauce might as well have been very sweet syrup. There were no concerns expressed by the staff when our plates were taken away very much as full as when they were first set down at the table. We love Joe Allen in New York City. The London one is poor.

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Tim Luckhurst from Chatham Maritime

    Relaxed, intimate and fun - as it always is. Joe's salmon fishcakes are superb.

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Patricia Ledger from Hook

    First visit for two out of the three of us. Much enjoyed: the setting/decor; ambience/atmosphere; quality of food/preparation and cheerful, prompt service made the visit to the restaurant just the ticket. We'll be back.

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Sally Marshall from Redditch

    Friendly staff & a Lovely meal will go again.

  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Sarah Dyas from Liverpool

    This was my third visit to Joe Allens and it didn't disappoint. Best Mojita cocktail, and great value with set menu. Friendly and helpful staff and we were not rushed in any way.

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