Balthazar London

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3015 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French

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In the heart of Covent Garden, Central London, Balthazar is open all day, seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as an amazing weekend brunch. Our private dining room has its own bar and lounge and seats up to 60 guests.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BALTHAZAR: Please note that if you are booking for late dinner from 9pm, we are offering £150 menu and will be contacted to take payment and confirm your table. Prior to payment being taken, your reservation is provisional and will be held for seven days, from time of booking.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 3015 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EL
New England
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

I love the concept of Balthazar, a fun French brasserie with excellent food. Been to the NYC multiple times as well as the London site several times. My overall reaction to Balthazar London is very mixed.

Pros
Has the energy and vibe that I like in French bistros.

Food is fine. My escargot was fair at best (butter not garlicky enough) but my Dover sole was excellent.

Like the menu.

Cons
My biggest pet peeve of restaurants is they do not seat you on time when you are either prompt or early. Arrived 15 minutes early, so not that put off that needed to wait for a table. BUT then ended up being seated 10 minutes AFTER the reserved time. Total wait 25 minutes. Unforgivable. Shows management does not respect customers' time ... but then gets annoyed when customers no show or are late. Need to have reciprocity in respecting time.

Service was friendly but slow.

Very, very touristy place.

This latest episode is similar to my previous experiences at both the NYC and London branches. I only went because it is located next door to the Royal Opera House, so thought would give it another chance. Since was seated late and food service was slow, had a very rushed dinner.

Frankly, will not be going back the next time I visit the Opera.

G
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

Very rude waiter, forgotten to placed one of our order and by the time the kitchen is closed

OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal for my wife’s birthday. Very subtle birthday surprise at the end. Great food great staff great place!

LO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service , great food , Will recommend for friends and family

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food
Fast service despite being busy with Christmas lunches
Bit noisy

I
London
88 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Christmas lunch with friends at Balthazar. Great service, great food, great wine.

CA
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Very noisy service poor but food ok not particularly good. Location very good and space between tables good! We were allowed to sit at our table early which pleased us. Gave 4 stars even though food was not special. Not value for money and service needs improving. Probably 3.5 is a more accurate rating!

JP
London
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place - another memorable evening with great food, drinks, service and atmosphere..!!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE BEST BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH IN LONDON

FF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Very nice location, food is nothing special

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

very very loud, tables too close to each other, food very tasty, amazing wine

j
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience3

Have dined here on a number of occasions the staff are always very nice, polite & efficient.
The food is average & its nearly always very noisy so not always possible to have a conversation but its in a great central location.

D
London
30 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Been plenty of times, always a treat

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great restaurant lovely food and atmosphere. The waiter was great. If you are an ouster lover thats he place for you! Come here every time we are in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent, will go back.

MC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in London. Balthazar serves amazing food and the perfect atmosphere for mid-shopping lunch! I love it

A
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very buzzy place great location friendly staff and good food

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Used to enjoy Balthazar but based on my experience today, I think it’s easily trumped by more mainstream rivals. It’s lost it’s exclusive feel, tables are penned in next to each other like you’re in a Wagamamas on a Saturday.

Service was prompt until food was delivered and then nowhere to be seen. Had to go to the til and pay there as we were unable to get attention of waiting staff.

£85 for two mains, two bottles and a couple of sides. What a joke.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic- everyone was so nice to our toddler too!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Slow service, very loud, average food

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambience and food.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Salmon Tartare was superb.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. Highly recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday brunch which was amazing. Love love love Balthazar

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly, professional staff and the food arrived quickly

DA
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Hi, i ate filet de boeuf which was really mediocre to not good. For the price we paid, i do not recommend Balthazar anymore, the service was good, and everybody was friendly and smiling but unfortunately the food was not special for me. We paid 330 pounds 6 people, two bottles of wine included...

LD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Was very disappointed with my dinner and the service. I had contacted the restaurant beforehand to tell them it was my husband’s birthday. I was told they would decorate the dessert order and took his name. We received nothing on our dessert plate and even had to send food back for poor taste. Don’t waste your money there are better restaurants around.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I'm happy we were able to find a Thanksgiving meal in London, but the food was lackluster and the service not great. It was a very busy night and they seemed stretched. The Thanksgiving meal resembled Sunday roast more than traditional American style food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We didn’t like the afternoon tea sandwiches and some of the desserts

SB
London
24 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Sadly the service was very poor. Despite the restaurant calling the day before to confirm reservation and also confirming dietary requirements and that we needed to be fast in our service - we sat for 22 minutes without any service and weren’t given the right menus.

The table was also very cramped and we had a waiter stood next to our table once our food was served basically watching us eat - which was very uncomfortable.

The food though was delicious; but such a shame that the table and service was so poor which makes me not want to return; despite previously having great experiences here.

YD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Had to wait 20 mins for the table we booked and the lady managing booking was very rude about it.

Waitress was lovely though

E
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Average. Not as good as I expected

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic venue, service was excellent as was the food

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

service was below average and too noisy for a business meeting

CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The staff couldn’t cope with how busy it was and the tables are too close together

C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It is always a pleasure to eat at Balthazar! The lobster spaghetti is a must have experience...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were after theatre and Balthazar is always a reliable option... food was good , service polite and efficient so no complaints.. the wine list is fine if a little pricey but the house Corbiers surprisingly good!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always an amazing experience to eat at Balthazar.
My duck confit was delicious.

PR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed it very much. All was well up to standard.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very, very nice.