Balthazar London

4.4
2805 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
Balthazar is located in Covent Garden in the heart of Theatreland and a very short walk from the Royal Opera House. It offers a French brasserie-inspired menu with an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro dishes. The Balthazar Boulangerie is housed next door serving its own house-made artisan breads, as well as a wide selection of homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away throughout the day.
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JB
London
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Rather disappointed with this. Ordered sparkling water. Given tap water. Asked for fries with the meal. Didn’t arrive even though we prompted one of the waiters. Rather overpriced and very noisy. Struck me as a bit of a tourist trap.

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MH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Balthazar is very overrated. I’ve eaten there several times in nyc and recently in London. Our experience in nyc was nice but the London location is pretentious, impersonal and as felt rushed. In fact when confirming our reservation the woman stressed that we had to be out in 90 minutes. Waiter took no time to explain anything to us and we felt like we were inconveniencing him. Considering how expensive the food is please take a bit more time with your customers.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!!!

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IP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had breakfast and the food was brilliant. Just slightly overpriced in my opinion.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Too noisy but very nice
I visit regularly Balthazar ‘s London
And love in autumn and winter
Best

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We had a really nice dinner at Balthazar. The décor is very art-deco and the atmosphere is lively. The range of food is excellent - and very high quality. The service was excellent. It's not somewhere to go if you are looking for somewhere very quiet. But otherwise I would highly recommend it.

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B
London
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Always a safe bet, but service was slow which was a shame as it wasn’t only half full.

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Dallas
141 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I have been in Balthazar NYC maybe 3 times and never were impressed. This time, I wanted to give London a shot. Overall everything was subpar, worse than NYC to the point I expressed my disappointment with the manager who quickly offered about a 20% discount. That was nice and that is why I bumped my overall rating to 3.

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H
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great as always, its a classic, great for dinner or lunch...

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DB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure

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m
London
19 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, really busy and therefore noisy but staff were attentive and lovely.

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AS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always a good place to meet friends

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The best, fastest and best value for money place in London.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great wine - good food

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CW
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and very much enjoyed the food. Service was a bit spotty - we would get ignored for long stretches, then would have different people come to check on us. We had to ask several times for bread. Not the best service given the high prices.

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JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great and super friendly service, great atmosphere

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, amazing staff, fabulous service, great food and delightful setting

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M
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have eaten in Balthezar NY many, many times. When my brother told us that there was one in London, we had to go to try it. Walking in was like walking into our home-familiar smiling faces and welcomes, VERY familiar layout, Bar on the right, huge hanging mirrors, well-placed tables giving people the sense they have privacy, but among friends eating close by.
Liam, who we knew from his NY days brought us to our table where we were taken care of wonderfully by Reuven. Steak Frites prepared PERFECTLY, cheese burger, the same. Creme Brûlée cool inside and crackling hard on the top-PERFECT. Ice cream smooth and creamy, no ice chips floating around inside-PERFECT and wonderful cappuccino and tea.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! But what should I have expected from Balthezar-PERFECTION? Yes!

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Lamb was amazing, lobster pasta was so so.
Beef tartare was below average and the service was amazing.

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CG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Very loud, had early booking so not peak hours and still had to shout all the time. Sent back a dish as had zero flavour and mediocre(baked cod). Ordered beef stroganoff as recommended a popular dish was pretty bland. Moules frites was good. Pretty underwhelming for the price and location. Staff good, quick and attentive though.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

I didn't like the sports on the screen. Wrong for this venue in the middle of Covent Garden. Music also too loud. You don't need music! Everything else good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Very poor service - inattentive and disinterested

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z
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice menu. Good choice. Food envy every-time a server walked past with a plate. The avo toast, full English and pancakes were all very good.

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CH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was alright but the service was very huffy and disinterested.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really welcoming, great food and fast service in a perfect location.

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Israel
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is relaxed, a bit above casual but definitely not pompous.
The courses were classical french and extremely tasty.

This place is highly recommended - suitable for small groups or families but also for couples.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great and lively place to eat after a show It is -unlike most places in London- going at full pace at 11.00pm and later
A great addition to Covent Garden

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Fantastic food, very tasty brunch options! Service a bit slow at times, but good ambience and vibes.

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AB
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice lively atmosphere, great food and really fast service.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our best experience ever, my guests were so happy about everything especially the new guy that he said started only one month ago to work there...absolutely super star!

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Austin
64 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great location and good french bistro menu. It was extremely loud and busy when we were there - and we were a group of 5. The service was a little slow and there was a mix up of one order. But for our needs that day Balthazar was a good choice.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

We waited 30 minutes before anyone approached us for a drink order. The waiter was very nice but overwhelmed with a large number of tables in his area. Once we complained to the maitre’d we received prompt attention and he did most of the serving. The food was just adequate. We had a better experience in NYC.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great atmosphere food v good , location easy to get to . Staff busy and some trainees but service overall good . Would go again and recommend to other people . You

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best late night burger in town.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for making it a memorable anniversary meal. Nice quiet corner table was chosen for us. Great menu and I loved the beetroot salad as a starter and the salmon as a main - shared a creme brulee, which had a Happy Anniversary piped around the plate edge - nice touch.
We were made to feel welcome, had great service from our waitress and wonderful food - I would not hesitate to recommend Balthazar and we will return ourselves at some future time.

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous! From the Welcome, and then the table, staff, service, wine, food and ambience. I had flowers with me and the wonderful staff put them in water. I love this restaurant - have been three times now and never disappointed. New York is also good! The wine is expensive but hey ho. Lovely for drinks alone too. Cool in the best of ways. Try it. J

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Service variable. Felt like we weren’t important enough

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EE
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite meal of our trip to London. The food was excellent—beef stroganoff and beef Bourguignon. We were so happy. Our 8 year old loved the spaghetti. Great service.

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SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was fantastic - attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious and the restaurant had a great ambience.

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PT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Usually dine during the week with colleagues, but went on a Saturday night with family. Food was very good but service was very inattentive. Had to flag down the waiter for everything. Would go back but likely avoid the weekend.

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