RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2E

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Summary

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still great fun” – this easy-going American-style all-day restaurant sealed its long-running status as a key Theatreland venue a couple of years ago when it moved – lock, stock and resident piano-player – to a new Covent Garden address, after Robert de Niro requisitioned its former basement for his new hotel. “Excellent brunch” is the best bet food-wise – “dinner not so much” – although for a bite post-show it remains something of an institution. From late 2021, another option is a visit to Joe’s Bar, overseen by Russell Norman (who started his restaurant career here as a waiter in the 1990s). Top Tip: the off-menu burger is always available – this is, after all, a 1970s spin-off from the original NYC Joe Allen. (Note, founder Joe Allen passed away in February 2021, aged 87. His advice to would-be restaurateurs? “Think twice!”).

Summary

£51
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly relocated brick-by-brick, table-by-table” – this “casual and fun” haunt in Covent Garden’s (a 1970s spin-off from NYC’s famous Theatre District staple) moved a couple of years ago, leaving its original basement home for this new two-level location just a minute’s walk away. It’s a surprisingly faithful reproduction, and regulars of decades standing feel “it still works and seems unchanged”; and, as a place to refuel before or after a show, it still has a large fanclub, despite a “perennially ordinary” level of cooking…sadly also preserved in the move. Top Menu Tip – “the secret’s been out about the off-menu burger for many, many years now”, and it’s the best bet.

Summary

£51
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Seemingly relocated brick-by-brick, table-by-table” – this “casual and fun” haunt in Covent Garden’s (a 1970s spin-off from NYC’s famous Theatre District staple) moved a couple of years ago, leaving its original basement home for this new two-level location just a minute’s walk away. It’s a surprisingly faithful reproduction, and regulars of decades standing feel “it still works and seems unchanged”; and, as a place to refuel before or after a show, it still has a large fanclub, despite a “perennially ordinary” level of cooking…sadly also preserved in the move. Top Menu Tip – “the secret’s been out about the off-menu burger for many, many years now”, and it’s the best bet.

Summary

£55
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2
Average
3
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well done!”“The move from Exeter Street to nearby Burleigh Street looks to have paid off” for this famous and “fun” Covent Garden veteran, forced to relocate a year ago. “The iconic Joe Allen atmosphere has been almost totally recreated, with the help of most of the original fixtures and fittings from the old place”. “Service has moved up a notch or two” and while “the food can still be a bit hit ’n’ miss”, it’s actually rated as much more consistently dependable now. Top Menu Tip: the “hidden off-the-menu burger” is still the top menu choice.

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Joe Allen Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Joe Allen Restaurant in WC2E, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Joe Allen restaurant.
julian g
Better than ever in its new home, the place...
Reviewed 4 months, 7 days ago

"Better than ever in its new home, the place to go for drinks before the opera or dinner. It might not win prizes for the food but its a step up from the old days, and the live piano in the evening adds to the mood"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £27.50 £32.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£11.60 £18.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
2 Burleigh St, London, WC2E 7PX
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Opening hours
Monday4 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑8 pm

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