Cafe Mode - Endell Street

3.8
2309 reviews
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£25 and under
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Mediterranean
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A fusion of tasty fresh Italian food & delicious grills. The restaurant has a maximum capacity of 160 diners.

Founded in 1996 in the heart of theatre land, we are a friendly local restaurant, renowned for fabulous service and high quality fresh food at competitive prices. Downstairs room available for parties with no minimum spend.
COMEDY EVERY NIGHT (booking for comedy by email only on contact@coventgardencomedycellar.co.uk)
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London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The service was friendly however the food was so evidently precooked and expensive for the quality that had.

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RD
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We had a pizza and salad before going to the theater. The pizza had a thin crust (which we liked), but it was soggy, not crisp. The caprese salad was excellent.

In short, the food was OK, but not a value for 50 GBP's.

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KT
Surrey
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We ordered 4 starters and some water plus lagers. The water never arrived and the starters were 50% incorrect. We all had risotto which was very bland. Overall very disappointing.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I enjoyed a pre theatre meal with my sister. Value for money, tasty food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I would definitely return to this place.

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p
London
155 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A nice little Italian tucked away from the hurly burly of Covent Garden. It was very unhurried and we really enjoyed being able to catch up without being pressurised.

The food was good too, the usual pizza and pasta but seemed freshly cooked.

The only odd thing was that when we came to pay, all the staff had disappeared! We could easily have left without paying, but someone from the kitchen helped us out.

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d
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant itself is in need of freshening up but the food was excellent.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Everything about this was horrible. Didn't even get a chance to taste the food, since the service was horrific. One of the guys is lovely and cheerful but a couple other staff come across rude, our wine glasses were dirty (bits of old food on them) - so we asked for a replacement and we got a wine glass with bits of food inside the wine instead! DO NOT RECOMMEND. So many nicer places around this one.

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KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Overall a very disappointing experience: we left after the main course and a half cup of watery coffee served from a dirty machine. The place needs a good clean - the waiter picked up a fork from the floor and put it back on a table, and there were food stains splattered up the wall. The service needs to be greatly improved, and everything on the menu needs to be in stock - it’s unusual for an Italian restaurant not to stock ice cream.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food was not particularly hot but it was a busy lunch service which might explain it. The taste was fine, and we would have discussed this with Staff but we were in a rush to get to the theatre. Location and service were great.

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M
Orlando
65 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a pizza. Good, nothing spectacular. Saturday night had some free entertainment at the table across. Loud party.

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f
London
42 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I remember Cafe Mode from years ago when it was less than half the size it is now. I hadn't been for a while but the menu was still as varied and the prices good for the area. Nice to see an independent restaurant still surviving after all this time, especially in Covent Garden.

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F
London
24 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Family birthday meal. Just off from Covent Garden. Relatively cheap meal for party of 10. Friendly service. Not posh or extravagant but fine for larger party looking for value meal

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C
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The restaurant is a bit run down and food very average.

The gourmet burger wasn't much up on a burger van.

It was quiet when we went so not much ambience.

I like to try independents but feel we would have had a better experience, value and service at a chain like Pizza Express or Zizzi on this occasion.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great location, very welcoming staff. Very recommended

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always come to this little place, i never leave without a smile. Food tastes authentic and the atmosphere is perfect for the heart of covent garden. It was a date night and i had a great evening... In most part because of resturant...

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GR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

We visited this recently due to it's location but unfortunately was a disaster.

I am lactose intolerant and informed when ordering the (bruschetta) meal to please make sure that nothing extra was added.

Unfortunately, the first meal came with a ton of pesto all over it (plate was returned) and the second time the bread was covered in butter.

My 'eat anything' friends were not very happy either with their standard meals.

They also sat us next to the window and people were sat directly outside, smoking heavily with the Windows wide open.

For these reasons, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a good find. I live locally and have started coming here on a regular basis. Good food and atmosphere, friendly staff and overall easy dining. The pizzas taste so good and its really affordable for the center of london. Has a cosy feel, with a mixture of customers and surrounding coversations, its the perfect little london dining experience. Would recommend If your in the area.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

had a great evening met up with friends and the comedy was great fun .
good value for money ..very friendly

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant wasn't open! So angry about this, not happy.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a good evening!
Friendly staff and great atmosphere. I had a pizza with dough balls and bruschetta to start.
Brilliant value in the heart of covent garden. Good find for group and solo finding - would recommend to anyone in the area.
Evening comedy is quirky and fun.
I will be returning very soon!

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

This place has great potential but there were too many things that let it down on the night we went. It's quite tight for space and there's no obvious entrance so we ended up barging into people eating. It was very noisy and the group next to us were so loud we couldn't have a conversation ourselves. Food was mediocre. Risotto was hard and my finger bowl was a teacup of scalding hot water! Staff were friendly though!

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

It was not very nice at all, place was empty we were the only people there and I understand why. The food was horrible. Place seemed shoddy, pizza seemed like a safe option but they were burnt. Looked like oven pizzas from a cheap store. Chicken burger was very dry and also overcooked was a struggle biting into it. The new potatoes were ok but slightly undercooked. If we didn't have a taste card the bill would've been £80 which is ridiculous for what was served. I mentioned the overcooked food as we left and they did offer a complimentary pizza on next visit but this is an offer we will be turning down..

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible place I went here and the service was very bad and the comedy was awful also found a hair in my food very small one wouldn't recommend this place I rate it a 1 star and that's too much I am surprised that anyone would dine here under any circumstances.

Furthermore on closer inspection the glass I was given had a mark on it with lip stick stains and I was handed this glass to drink from absolutely awful. Food also arrived cold and in a bad way.

This was booked as my partner date for us and was ruined at this restaurant so upset, after coming here and also the next day didn't feel to great with the chicken I ate here under cooked.

Overall my experience here was very very bad from the staff to the food and the comedy was crap to be honest didn't make me laugh once.

Don't come to the restaurant under any circumstances avoid at all costs if you can or think of booking here!!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and ambience was lovely candles and a relax chill

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London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Girlfriends birthday had a lovely night they bought me a cake and and made in special occasion for us very mice

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London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good evening had amazing cocktails and dinner the staff are so lovely and kind and some good music also.

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London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service at cafe mode this evening the waiters where so nice and funny and they Evan had comedy super night! Highly recommended! 👍🏻

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London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food here today really enjoyed it proper Itialian food

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London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good people and also loved the food and staff are all friendly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good dinner and food was amazing

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London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved my evening here all the staff are super friendly and food was great.

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I
London
32 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We have been going to Cafe Mode for years but this time (as also happened with other customers), they were told on payment the Open Table booking hadn't registered even though they had our bookings when we arrived. We were then over charged which they then said they would correct though they only did this partially. In the end we just paid the bill even though it was not in accordance with the offer in order to leave.

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London
32 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We have been going to Cafe Mode for years but this time (as also happened with other customers), they were told on payment the Open Table booking hadn't registered even though they had our bookings when we arrived. We were then over charged which they then said they would correct though they only did this partially. In the end we just paid the bill even though it was not in accordance with the offer in order to leave.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good experience at cafe mode dinner was really good here Itialian food all over the staff was very funny as well.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a lovely experience at cafe mode was a good dinning experience.

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London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Me and my friends had a really good dinner here food was Itialian and they also had some comedy which was a laugh the staff was all friendly to us as well.

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e
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A pleasant cafe style, small restaurant. Has a comedy show downstairs and there was a constant noise background from that, but didnt spoil the evening. The waiting staff were attentive, allowing us plenty of time to chat over our meal. Our starters were good (mine the smoked salmon) and my main of risotto was excellent and desserts were fun. I had a lovely evening with my friends catching up on news and gossip, this was an excellent place as we didn't feel under any pressure to rush. Liqueurs and coffees also went down well. Excellent service and overall rated as a fun, relaxing night out.

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London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good and staff was really friendly had a good night at cafe mode tonight

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London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for a business meeting with my work mates was lovely and the staff was very friendly highly recommend this place.

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London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing meal this evening at cafe mode the staff was very friendly and the food was to my taste I met up with a friend here and had an lovely evening in this restaurant. Also saw the comedy at cafe mode and was a real laugh.

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