Joe Allen - Covent Garden

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT

North American
Main Course £16
Food Spend £25
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 00:00
Friday: 12:00 - 01:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 22:30.

Brilliant. Great staff, perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner. Beautiful piano music in the background. Great grilled platter to share. Lovely meat and food. Will go again!

Claudia Barba 25 March 2017
From London

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More about Joe Allen - Covent Garden

A hidden gem surrounded by the shops and theatres of Covent Garden, Joe Allen is a highly regarded restaurant serving a selection of American and European specialities.

Ideally located for a pre-theatre meal or for dinner after the show, Joe Allen is quietly tucked away on Exeter Street just a five-minute walk away from Covent Garden underground station. Nearby theatres include The Lyceum, Novello Theatre and Duchess Theatre, as well as the Fortune Theatre and Theatre Royal. Joe Allen is also a great destination for a special brunch, lunch or dinner when shopping or staying in one of the hotels around Covent Garden and on the Strand.

Opened in 1977 as a stylish London dining venue for theatre-goers, artists, journalists and performers alike, Joe Allen has a relaxed, casual feel throughout. Today the healthy cuisine and friendly atmosphere attract an eclectic clientele of the West End's young and trendy crowd, romantic couples and families.

Customer Reviews for Joe Allen - Covent Garden


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29 March 2017 by Sean from London
Great food, great location great decor. Let down by poor service. Felt I was being rushed out the door from the moment I sat down.
29 March 2017 by Ann Farrell from London
I have been going to a Joe Allen's all my life -- NYC and here. This was my worse experience but it was much worse for my friends. A waiter poured a glass of champagne down a woman at the next table and my friend's coat got caught in the cross fire. I heard the man say he was sorry to the poor woman next to us, but he only nodded to my friend as she moved her coat out of the line of fire. That's a dry cleaning bill. The same friend couldn't eat all of the chicken in her salad because it was too hard to cut? How did that even happen! Later a plate was broken by the kitchen and smashed. A piece of the plate flew across the room and into the chin of my other friend. None of the restaurant staff even looked up to see if anyone in the place had been injured. Granted no one was hurt, but the staffing issues were blatantly obvious. Maybe it is time for Joe Allen's to go -- how sad. I ticked 'No' to recommendation below, but I will admit to sitting on the fence as I've been so often.
29 March 2017 by Fiona Paterson from herefordshire
Great service, great atmosphere, good pre-Theatre food.
28 March 2017 by Lynne from London
Good service and food
28 March 2017 by Sandra from Newtownabbey
Lovely food , good atmosphere, friendly staff and the added bonus of free meal and flowers because it was mothers day. Thanks a lot.
27 March 2017 by Judith Becker from London
We were a party of 8 for Mother's Day and had a lovely time. The staff were consistently charming and efficient, the atmosphere as always was great (love the piano playing) and the food was fine. Joe Allen is now our venue of choice for family get-togethers (from south-east and west London respectively) but we also enjoy it for pre- or post-theatre suppers for two.
27 March 2017 by Kay Ashley from Hitchin
I'm so pleased we decided to come to this restaurant. It was recommended by Steve Allen on lbc radio who always had only good things to say about it, so of course you go by recommendations.
My son enjoyed the dinner he had squid and a chicken main dish, I had a lovely prawn cocktail and ribs and as it was Mother's Day I just had to have a brownie and ice cream for dessert. It was beautifully presented,all of it.
I had a lovely glass of Chardonnay which complimented my lunch and to my surprise to make the day complete there was a comlpementary bunch of daffodils for all he ladies. Overall a lovely time. The restaurant has really lovely decor,very warming feeling when you go in. We will definitely visit you again, that is if you are still there as we have heard that they are building a hotel where you are. I hope this is not true. Thank you
Kay Ashley
27 March 2017 by Andrew Lees-small from Harrogate
Same as it's been for the last 30 years, does what it does perfectly
27 March 2017 by Keith Packman from London
Joe Allen was very accommodating for the 11 of us who arrived. Food was good and the service was reasonable. Thank you very much for the little touches of flowers for all the Mum's, nice.
27 March 2017 by Lesley Sharp from Leeds
Thoroughly underwhelming. I mean, it was vaguely edible, although I nearly choked on a stringy, slimy spring onion... but the dishes I ordered looked and tasted like something I used to take home from cookery class when I was thirteen. Yeahhhh... NOW I understand that wide-eyed, fixed-smile nodding thing my mum and dad used to do when I brought my culinary creations home from school and expected them to tuck in. Perhaps I'm wrong in expecting better, even in ordering from a set menu. I guess their rent is exorbitant right there in Covent Garden, so maybe they can't afford to hire a better chef and buy better ingredients/wines.

Joe Allen - Covent Garden

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT

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