RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2

survey result

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”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deserving its accolade as London’s most romantic restaurant” – this “special and luxuriant” venue is an unexpected haven of “peace and tranquility”, despite being bang smack in the centre of touristy Covent Garden, and “just has that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to create vibes with your significant other”. “Try to get a table in the extraordinary conservatory” (“where the glass roof opens on summer days and a warming fire is lit in the winter”) as “that is how the magic happens” but NB – “it needs to be booked many months in advance”. The numerous other sections can be “memorable” and “cosseting” too, but there’s no hiding the fact that they do play second fiddle to the “headline event”. Given the emphasis on atmosphere, the surprise here has always been the high standards generally: the “professional” service, “classic and well-presented” French-inspired cuisine and the “immense wine list (you could get lost in it, look up, and find your partner gone!)”. But the formerly high proportion of reports of seriously good cooking here fell off sharply this year, and a few regulars have concerns: “Once I’d have overlooked a decidedly average meal here, but two similar experiences have left me wondering: is it starting to live off a great room and stellar reputation?”

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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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.
Colin R
Returned again after a long time away from ...
Reviewed 18 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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Nigel P
Disappointing meal - good service but compl...
Reviewed 4 months, 24 days ago

"Disappointing meal - good service but complaint ignored and management apathy - no response - overall a let down"

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Steven B
A return visit for lunch after a long break...
Reviewed 10 months, 14 days ago

"A return visit for lunch after a long break. Food even better than we remember! Set price lunch and pre theatre menu remains decent value and provides enough choice for most. Salmon starter had a special taste. Portions large enough especially with the bread offered. Staff a bit mixed, clearly training in progress. One dropped the cutlery down the back of my chair, others showed inexperience. All friendly. Main gripe is the price of wine. Nothing under £40 means that even a party has to take the (free) bubbly with set meals and perhaps a glass. Also a la carte is now up to the local level which means pricy. £40 a main course. "

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Victoria J
This was better than I remember before lock...
Reviewed 10 months, 15 days ago

"This was better than I remember before lockdown. the sea bass was soft and melted in your mouth. Wine list a bit on the expensive side in that there is little below £50 a bottle. Very comfortable well spaced tables."

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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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