Hovarda

4.4
175 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
A bar and restaurant with Greek and Turkish cuisine inspired by the flavours of the Aegean sea.

The cocktail bar and lounge serves the full a la carte menu in an informal, fun environment. A roster of international DJ's recognisable from Ibiza, Mykonos and Burning Man entertain with Ethnic Deep House music from 10:00pm until 1:30am 7 days a week.

The more formal 70-seater ground floor restaurant includes counter dining with a view of the open kitchen and the chefs at work. Located in Theatreland with the kitchen open all-day from 12:00pm until 12:00am Hovarda is perfect for pre and post theatre dining and offers a fantastic value set menu.

Weekends is time for Bottomless Brunch with breakfast and lunch offered from 12:00pm until 4:00pm.

With a strong emphasis on seafood Hovarda has a good selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Special Offers

Brunch Set Menu: 2/3 courses £24.50/£29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Includes Tax, excludes service. Plus Unlimited Prosecco for 20 Pounds.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 April 2019

Ends: 20 August 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:45
Sat 12:00-15:45

Lunch Set Menu: 2/3 courses £19.50/£23.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 10 April 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

Theatre Set Menu: 2/3 courses £24.50/£29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Please be advised that guests must be at least 13 years of age for all reservations from 7.00pm onwards.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 19 November 2018

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Daily 17:30-19:00

What 175 People Are Saying
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RD
London
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

I felt a bit sorry for Hovarda. Vast sums have clearly been spent on the interior's utterly opulent decor, the food is outstandingly good, and yet the place was pretty much deserted on a Saturday evening when the rest of South Soho was utterly heaving. What's gone wrong??
I think the problem is simply location, location, location. This is a nouveau-Mayfair type restaurant, pitched squarely at the wealthy and the ostentatious. It would no doubt go great guns next door to Novikov, but it is clearly struggling in vibier and scuzzier Rupert Street.
We ate really excellent squid, a roasted beetroot salad as good as anything at Hovarda's super-successful next-door-neighbour Palomar, OK-ish grilled chicken and possibly the best (and tiniest) kleftiko I've ever tasted. Thank heavens we ordered from the pre-theatre menu, which was a snip at £24.95 each. The a la carte pricing is off the charts.
The dining room is a tranquil oasis of calm, and the bar is ideal for a peaceful and reflective cocktail in utterly extravagant surroundings, but I don't think that's what the management were shooting for when they splashed the cash on decking Hovarda out like an adjunct to a seven-star Dubai hotel. There was consequently a whiff of desperation about the glamorous, black-clad waitstaff. Please come and see our cocktail bar! Please order a dessert! Have some more wine! And the pre-theatre menu was naughtily withheld until we asked for it. We left thinking we'd somehow let Hovarda down by not qute spending enough.
If you fancy an evening of top-quality Greek-Turkish food with a chunky side-order of weirdness and desperation, then I couldn't recommend Hovarda highly enough. You'd better hurry, though: I don't suppose it will be around for long.

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SO
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've heard a lot about Hovarda and it didn't disappoint! Friendly excellent service. Delicious food (especially the starters and the lamb main which just melts in your mouth!). Nice setting.

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A
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It's not terrible but it's not what we wanted it to be. We came for the pre-theatre menu. The starters were good. The wine was overpriced. The mains were tasty, but really tiny. The music was weirdly over loud despite us being the only people in there. Some staff were friendly, but also overattentive. They got us out in time for the theatre which was good. Overall feels like we spent a lot of money but not sure we enjoyed it. Toilets were nice!

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Previously I have only been to Hovarda in the evening and it has a fun, lively atmosphere. Service is always very good but can be a bit too attentive at times. This was my first visit in the daytime and I had been told it was much quieter at lunch which is good because I was dining with elderly family members. The set lunch menu is remarkably good value - we tried the squid, greek salad and beetroot starters, plus all of the main courses (lamb kleftiko, aubergine, seafood pasta and chicken). All of the food was excellent. My main criticism is the portion sizes which were very odd. The starters were of a very generous size (as big as mains) but the aubergine and lamb kleftiko mains were really small with no vegetables/potatoes or garnish on the side, compared to a huge bowl of seafood pasta and a nicely proportioned chicken dish. The set lunch menu does not have side dishes listed as an extra but you really need to add sides for some of the mains so I think these should be added to the menu or offered by staff on ordering. We had 4x set lunches, plus 2 glasses of wine and 2x beers and with service it came to just under £120 in total (£30pp) which is very reasonable for the location, setting and venue. A great place for a quiet lunch in Piccadilly and particularly good for pre-theatre meals (either at lunchtime or early evening).

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RS
London
38 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for brunch for wife's birthday and now this is my favourite restaurant! Exquisite food, great service (thanks Antoine!) and great ambience. Nice, helpful friendly staff. :-)

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

The food I’d say was mediocre and overpriced for what you get. Not many options for vegan/vegetarians so I certainly won’t be returning to eat.
The bar upstairs gets lively around 11pm, really cool vibe. Would return for drinks at the bar however again quite pricey but guess you pay for the entertainment as there is a dj on

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E
London
29 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant restaurant and bar, absolutely everything was on point and I would certainly recommend. It isn’t cheap though so I would keep that in mind next time.

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y
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and good food. We ate from the pre-theatre menu - 2 courses for £24.50 or 3 for £29.50. Choice of 3 dishes for starters, mains and desserts. The food arrived quickly, was beautifully prepared and tasted delicious.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food at Hovarda was nice enough. The mood on the evening however was dampened by the pretty awful service. Six of us were out for a joint birthday dinner. Every couple of minutes we had someone ask whether we were ready to order. This feeling of being rushed lasted all throughout the meal. Even after the main course - whilst a couple of people were not at the table - we were asked twice whether we'd like to order pudding. Table was too small as well. Constantly arms reaching in and over us to add, move and remove plates and glasses. All in all: chaotic, bad service and at the price you can find much better restaurants in London. Don't expect this to survive long in its current format.

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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to meet friends and hold a conversation. The ambiance is very nice, the food was excellent, and the service was perfect. We felt comfortable enough and stayed for four hours. I would definitely go back again just for the delicious food.

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

We had really lovely time! Would recommend for everyone! Will come back there for sure!

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LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

A beautiful decor and interior are the only things that’s worth seeing at this restaurant. Service is immature and non-coordinated. Staff seem to be confused and unprepared. Either the lack of training (or absence) or completely wrong people in the wrong places. Food, despite inspired by beautiful cuisines of Greece and Turkey is very blunt and non-imaginative. And finally price - you do pay a substantial premium for being in West End, thats for sure, but this place is really not worth it. Howarda is a basic casual dining restaurant charging premium prices pretending to be something it is not. Disappointing visit.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Very bad experience overall. Despite the fact that we made reservations well ahead of time the hostess picked for us a place on a high table by the kitchen. We were constantly hearing the yelling from the staff in the kitchen. We did not get the menu for at least 15mn after taking our seats. When we asked to change tables we were told that if another spot opens up we would be the first ones to move but despite the place being half empty, the staff did not offer us to change tables. Rather than having dinner with a nice bottle of wine, we ended up having one drink and some appetizers and left.

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

It was absolutely delicious. Gorgeous setting, great vibe, food and music. My mom thought the music was a bit loud, which indeed it was a bit around 11pm. Still a lovely place, def will be back.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Cool place, very expensive, great atmosphere in the weekend, few people during the week.

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GM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always excellent food in Hovarda
3x the lamb at our table ………super!
Maxim’s service was outstanding
Top Sunday night dinner

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PL
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A restaurant offering wonderful food, great service, excellent wine/champagne and delicious cocktails! I'll certainly be back again soon!

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VA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. It was perfect for our occasion. It was a business dinner and the ambience was perfect for having conversations.
Location is great.
Our waiter was very helpful when advising for wine alternatives, ensuring guests were looked after and even providing guidance and information about the menu.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Very loud, poor service and food

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RS
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Excellent food. Maxim, our server, was attentive without being intrusive. Great choice for a pre-theater dinner.

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B
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Price performance ratio is low
Ambiance is good for restaurant but environment at the bar is not reflecting the elegance of the environment

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CK
London
47 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Hovarda exceeded expectations from a food and service perspective, our waiter was attentive and meticulous with his recommendations from food to wine. The food was delicious an honest 5/5! The only thing I found strange was the restaurant was rather empty for a Thursday lunch service, perhaps the marketing/PR team need to advertise the deals harder. Wasn't the most cost efficient but was happy to pay for the service and great food. Highly recommend!

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had a great evening the only problem the music was so loud I was shouting to be heard. Other than that amazing food, service and atmosphere. The music was only loud because we were there when the DJ came on which is past 10pm so I am sure it would be fine before then.

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Istanbul
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Music was good

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Great service. Great atmosphere. Overall highly recommended - the perfect place for weekend, special occasions or celebrations!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and fabulous ambiance on Thursdays. Great DJ. Strongly recommend

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Avoid this place at all costs.

The service was somewhere between indifferent and inadequate. I’ve had more attentive and thoughtful service on Ryanair.

The food here wouldn’t be out of place in a late night Turkish diner, but there it would come out at 1/10th the price. And maybe they wouldn’t burn the cheese.

The wine was tolerable, but the price was ridiculous, and the overpriced sugary cocktails almost felt bearable in comparison.

Finally, the music. Although it got progressively louder, they “can’t turn it down because we’ve got a DJ”. Whatever that means.

The only way in which this place is impressive is the chutzpah they exhibit in charging so much for so little. So they’ll probably do fine - just don’t let them do it to you.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, great service, especially Maxim

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N
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Good restaurant in Covent Garden for general ambience. I wasn’t impressed by the dinner menu. I was pleased with most of the dishes but I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for delicious food. Food was okay. Good restaurant if you’re looking for a great ambiance. Service was excellent!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we loved all of it

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is really good. Tomato salad incredible. Very fresh produce.

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KY
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent pre-theatre menu, great West End location, great service and taste

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AG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, friendly staff. The food was delicious and it arrived very quickly. The atmosphere was great, and the price was good-value-for-money. We went for lunch so not sure how this applies to dinner.

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OP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Went there for brunch. The place was empty yet the service was very slow. Both my eggs and fish were overcooked and not seasoned. I would not recommend this place for food and will not go back again unless it's to get drinks.

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e
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hovarda is a large restaurant located in the centre of London. It serves beautifully presented and tasty mediterranean food. We liked the different colours and textures of the foods, and also that they were variations of the typical Med food like hummous etc. Not just standard but everything with a twist of flavour. The service was friendly and efficient. They messed up our cocktail order and brought us two of one thing but instead of making a big deal of that they just left both and brought the correct thing as well. There is a nice buzz to the well-decorated restaurant. We really enjoyed the evening and would recommend it and go back again!

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FA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very expensive! The food is good, not outstanding.

The bar upstairs is perfect!

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Atrocious music playing during brunch - EDM should have no place in a Central London restaurant. Tasty but tiny portions. Service charge is at a punchy 13.5%. Overall not good value for money.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We were the only people in there and had to get their attention for any service.

The mains took over an hour to come out and when the bill came for what was a distinctly average Greek/Turkish meal, we were absolutely shocked at the extortionate bill.

To top it off they put a £50 service charge on!!!

Would never go back

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great setting, the dolma wasn’t that great

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