Opera Tavern

4.3
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179 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Opera Tavern is a beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant in the heart of central London’s theatre land. Located on Catherine Street we are opposite the Drury Lane Theatre, seconds from the Opera House, a stone’s throw from The Strand and a lovely walk across Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank.

A beautiful former pub, the exposed brickwork, bold artwork and flattering low lighting help our two-story restaurant create the perfect atmosphere for a pre-theatre meal or drink. The ground floor houses a long bar with the open grill, and a few tables placed beside the theatre box windows, where guests can watch the world go by.

We specialise in Italian and Spanish influenced tapas and have a charcoal grill on the ground floor where we cook up all manner of tasty meaty treats.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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MN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed my lunch at Opera Tavern. I like the fact that the staff didn't rush us out. The food was good. However for the price the portions could have been bigger.
Plus, in the toilets no soap and no toilet paper.

EY
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing. The service and the staff were lovely. It's cosy. I liked the atmosphere.

BQ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A bit of a gem tucked away in the theatre district near the Lyceum Theatre. If you like tapas and want to share dishes with friends or just want a set menu for yourself, this is your place. The food is delicious and plentiful, you'll want two/three dishes per person on the tapas. The seafood is very well done (tiger prawns and the cod) and the meats very good (beef slices). Be sure to pre-book at the busy pre theatre times. Staff are very friendly and attentive.

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had not visited this one of the Dehesa/Salt Yard group and was very pleasantly surprised. Was a perfect choice for a friend's birthday dinner, being just a small group, and seated in the upstairs restaurant area. Great tapas, fabulous wine, good service and quite reasonably priced. I would definitely go back!

E
Oxford
80 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The new layout is very nice upstairs, and the new menu was interesting and very tasty. It was good before, and is now even better.

H
London
446 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I popped in for a few tapas before a comedy show nearby, and had the pardon peppers, octopus, croquettes and mini-burger... all delicious and very reasonably priced! A lovely informal pre-theatre venue!

h
London
19 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food! Will def go back!!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hello, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us, we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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E
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always lovely food. Go here for pre theatre meal. Friendly service

Opera Tavern
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hello Emily, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a star rating. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Service a little patchy but waitress was on her first week. Better training about the menu needed.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 7 October 2019

Hello Jane, Thank you very much for taking the time to rate us and for your constructive feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We often eat hear before going to the theatre in Covent Garden and it was better than ever. Delicious food and attentive service

Opera Tavern
Responded on 23 September 2019

Hello Louise, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good meal and service. Very welcoming and helpful staff.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 11 September 2019

Hello David, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us some feedback. We hope to welcome you again soon! Best, Opera Tavern Team

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely perfect for pre theatre. Staff friendly. Food delicious. Would definitely recommend to others as week as come back!

HJ
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first time there and had a great experience. The acoustics in the top meant that a big group became very loud and that can make it difficult to hear. Apart from that Herat Might be worth telling diners that although the menu looks like sharing ‘starters’ etc everything does come at once so staggering the food order would be great.
Definitely will come again.

B
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

This is a difficult review to write....The food was outstanding; the service was wonderful -- very polite and accommodating, at a time when the restaurant was close to closing. BUT -- I had to use the bathroom first thing when I entered the restaurant, before knowing anything about the food or the great service. The bathroom was HORRIBLE -- a total mess. So bad, that the toilet seat had been removed (or fallen off) of the commode base, which left me with a choice of replacing it and sitting down very carefully or else sitting directly on the porcelain base (not terribly clean itself). And all this prior to eating at the establishment. Left me with a terrible impression of an otherwise great location.

BC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great tapas at a convenient Covent Garden location. Good food and friendly service - what's not to like?

Opera Tavern
Responded on 19 June 2019

Thank you Bart for your comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. Good service & good food

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed the tapas couldn't believe they had burger on the menu!

Y
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious and great value. Their salads are the best. Great before or after theatre.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It's nice that you can reserve a table, the atmosphere is nice and location is convenient. The food is decent but doesn't seem to be as good as the sister restaurant Ember Yard. But overall still a good tapas restaurant.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An extremely enjoyable experience on all counts. Delicious food and very friendly staff. Will be making a return visit.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

It was so noisy we could hardly hear each other, bad acoustics. Love these restaurants but sister restaurant Ember Yard is much better if you plan on having a good conversation.

CH
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, cocktails and wine - well worth a visit!

BW
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We ate at the Opera Tavern before going to the ballet at RoH. Ideally suited for pre-theatre dining - and well geared up for it. Service quick, informative and friendly. Food good. A little on the pricey side for what it was, but would certainly go again. and recommend to friends.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

SC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing quality of fòod, tortilla overcooked, courgette flower had a very overpowering blue cheese,hadn't visited for a while and wouldnt return. Not a great wine list for a Spanish restaurant. Waitress was charming.

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s our third time at Opera Tavern and second under now management. Everything was great, the food was tasty and service was great. Look forward to coming here again.

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is excellent. Our waitress recommended what tapas dishes to have and they were an excellent selection. Perfect meal just before going to the Theatre, we will be back.

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great pre-show dinner. Tapas were wonderful. The service was quick and pleasant.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 8 April 2019

Thank you Barbara and we shall see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience. Full
Bodied wines all a bit on the pricey side.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 8 April 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to welcoming you in the future. With kind regards, Opera Tavern Team

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E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good for a pre-theatre meal. Delicious food well presented

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Emily for your feedback, we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful tapas and drinks, friendly and attentive service! Right down the street from the play we saw in Covent Garden.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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RT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A family meal before the theatre. We had a fantastic time, delicious food, excellent service and a great atmosphere. We will definitely recommend and return.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Rebecca, We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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JO
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience before we went to watch Tina. I am also vegetarian and found there were several excellent dishes to choose from- my favourite was the courgette flower but the other dishes were also absolutely delicious. My daughter particularly raved about the prawns.
Our waitress was very attentive and worked very hard serving the various tables. I will definitely be back - bringing my husband this time

Opera Tavern
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you Joy for your lovely comments and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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YD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it - and would definitely go again when next in London. Friendly, attentive, warm staff, perfect timing on the service - which matters when you are going to the theatre! , and delicious, beautifully presented food. Just lovely. Thank you.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Thank you Yvonne for your feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Agnes

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V
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Superior Spanish food, very tasty and well presented. Good location, but restaurant now faded and untidy seeming, could do with an upgrade. Service also rather slow considering it was a quieter time during theatre hours.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Dear Victoria, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the service and the restaurant itself haven't met your full expectations. Please contact us on 0207 836 3680 as we would like to hear more details about this visit. Best, Nicola

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JR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very welcoming, quick service before a theatre. Delicious food. No noisy music on speakers thank goodness, so one can hear those at the same table! Highly recommend this eatery.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 25 March 2019

Thank you John for your great feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time and the food was excellent as well as the service.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Aisha, We are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience1

Too noisy. We were sat next to an extremely noisy party of 8 people. Our servers couldnt hear us, We couldnt hear our servers and we couldnt even have a conversation amongst ourselves at the table. A table next to us asked to be relocated due to the noisy party of 8 people. The food was good but unfortunately we couldnt enjoy it. Its normal for a tapas places to be loud but this was ridiculous.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear Johanna, We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your evening due to too much noise. Please contact us directly on 020 7836 3680 as we would like to rectify this disappointing experience. Best, Nicola

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious tapas and fast service. Ideal for a tasty dinner before the opera or a show.

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Matt, We hope to see you soon. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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SB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

V tasty food and good service but portions (meant for sharing) are tiny and expensive. One prawn,(admittedly large) between 3 of us was v tasty but @ £10 was quite a lot to pay for a mouthful each!

Opera Tavern
Responded on 18 March 2019

Thank you Susie for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed the food and service. Best, Opera Tavern Team

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