RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2

survey result

Summary

£95
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Get lucky and score a table in the conservatory and you’ve landed the most romantic rendezvous in town!” at this “lovely” oasis in bustling Covent Garden – for many years now, reporters’ No. 1 choice “for celebrating anniversaries, engagements, weddings, etc…”. The “beautiful glazed dining room is hung with blossom and has both a roof that opens in warm weather and a cosy fire for cold days”. And not everyone feels that all is lost if you don’t nab one of these prime seats (“everyone raves about the garden room but there is a small dining room upstairs that we love too!”). Though it has never been a prime foodie destination, the kitchen typically wins acclaim for its “accomplished modern European cuisine”, which is backed up by “the longest wine list ever seen” (although pricing of some vintages gave cause for complaint this year). There continues to be a school of thought that its food is “sadly not as good as it was pre-lockdown” or that “staff changes have made it seem less welcoming”. But ratings recovered well here this year after a dive last year, and on most of the very many reports we receive: “you always feel special here!”

Summary

£87
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The perfect way to a loved one’s heart” – this “oasis of calm and tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden” yet again tops our annual diners’ poll as London‘s No 1 spot for romance. “The best tables are in the conservatory”“intimate, elegant and florally stunning” – which is “like being whisked away to a beautiful spot in the countryside” (but don’t despair if you don’t nab one of the prime slots as there are also may “soft, dark and secluded” tables elsewhere). Another “star attraction is the wine list of biblical proportions”, showcasing its “brilliant” and “fairly priced” cellar. In prior years, we have always said the food and service are surprisingly good for somewhere with so many other competing attractions, and many reports do still laud its “very good modern British cuisine”. There’s no glossing over a big slide in ratings here though this year. No single complaint was to the fore, standards just weren’t rated as excellently as usual. Hopefully a blip.

Summary

£83
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I saw a guy go down on bended knee to his girlfriend… she said yes!” This “luxurious and magical” haven – somewhat unexpectedly located “in the heart of Covent Garden” – continues to “live up to its reputation as the most romantic restaurant in London”, and “for a meal with that special someone, you won’t find much better”, especially if you can bag a table (book months in advance) for the “blossom-festooned conservatory” (which some reporters feel is essential to a successful visit; to others it’s merely “the icing on the cake”). Unusually for somewhere “oozing romance”, standards elsewhere “are not compromised to deliver a memorable experience”: “the food might not be the absolute pinnacle of modern British cuisine”, but “it’s more-than-competent” and “the star gourmet attraction is a wine list of almost biblical proportions”. Top Tip – “lunch/pre theatre set menus offer superb value for the excellent quality”.

Summary

£83
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I saw a guy go down on bended knee to his girlfriend… she said yes!” This “luxurious and magical” haven – somewhat unexpectedly located “in the heart of Covent Garden” – continues to “live up to its reputation as the most romantic restaurant in London”, and “for a meal with that special someone, you won’t find much better”, especially if you can bag a table (book months in advance) for the “blossom-festooned conservatory” (which some reporters feel is essential to a successful visit; to others it’s merely “the icing on the cake”). Unusually for somewhere “oozing romance”, standards elsewhere “are not compromised to deliver a memorable experience”: “the food might not be the absolute pinnacle of modern British cuisine”, but “it’s more-than-competent” and “the star gourmet attraction is a wine list of almost biblical proportions”. Top Tip – “lunch/pre theatre set menus offer superb value for the excellent quality”.

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Clos Maggiore Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Clos Maggiore Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Clos Maggiore restaurant.
Peter C
Visited for lunch and service was as impecc...
Reviewed 5 months, 14 days ago

"Visited for lunch and service was as impeccable then as it always is during an evening visit. The set course lunch is really exceptional value and was perfectly prepared. Sitting in the beautiful conservatory makes for a wonderful experience. This restaurant never fails to impress."

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Peter C
Visited for lunch and found that this is ex...
Reviewed 5 months, 14 days ago

"Visited for lunch and found that this is exceptional value for the lunchtime menu. What is especially impressive is that the quality of food is as good as it is normally in the evening and the service is simply exceptional. to sit in the beautiful conservatory for a refined weekday lunch takes a lot of beating."

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Colin R
Returned again after a long time away from ...
Reviewed 8 months, 25 days ago

"Returned again after a long time away from London. It still offers a beautiful intimate atmosphere with food to match to make it my favourite restaurant in the West End."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £0.00 £0.00
Lunch £0.00 £39.50
Dinner £0.00 £0.00
Pretheatre £0.00 £39.50
SundayLunch £0.00 £39.50
Brunch £0.00 £0.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 75.00 Dinner only 5
Menu2 0.00    

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£14.50 £27.50 £7.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
33 King St, London, WC2E 8JD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm

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