Joe Allen - Covent Garden

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

North American

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Main Course £16
Food Spend £25
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 23:45 Friday: 12:00 - 00:45 Saturday: 10:00 - 00:45 Sunday: 10:00 - 23:45

Great food and ambience, even on a Monday lunchtime. Outstanding service.

David Raeside 22 July 2014
From St Albans, United Kingdom

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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 breakfast, 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 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


(based on 310 reviews)

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  • romantic (169)
  • dinner (145)
  • entertainment (138)
  • large parties (122)
  • business (111)
  • lunch (96)
  • child friendly (90)
  • luxury (47)
  • breakfast (36)
  • value (28)
  • trendy (28)
  • private dining (21)
  • views (13)
  • afternoon tea (9)
  • al fresco (6)
1 August 2014 by Sue Stock from Chelmsford
My friend & I loved the whole experience of having our meal here.. we had Chicken & Sweet Onion Croquettes with Satay sauce for starters ..what can i say ..we would have been happy to have just had a plate of them ...they were gorgeous , loved them ...the rest of the meal whilst still fab didn't quite measure up to them. I wouldn't hesitate to return, a great find in the road around Covent Garden !
30 July 2014 by Donna Roper from London
Food was excellent, staff very friendly, service excellent, atmosphere very good. Would highly recommend.
29 July 2014 by Jean alison Thomas from Burton upon Trent
the visit to Joe Allen was super
27 July 2014 by Allen Sparksman from Blackheath London
Excellent location from Blackheath direct to Charing Cross and a short stroll to Exeter Street, looks from the outside quite insignificant but once inside it buzzes, went with my grandson and his partner so it suits all ages, service super, food great an extended wine list and a great choice of cocktails, arrived home very happy.
26 July 2014 by Mary Williamson from London
Not impressed lights kept dimming we joked it would
be pitch black all of had the same and all were not well as for the lemon drop cocktail awful we gave it back so sour
25 July 2014 by Christopher Greene from London
The restaurant is located in what looks like an alley and if it wasn't for the door awning you wouldn't know it was there. the dim lit atmosphere and decorations is quite nice so had high hopes for the star deal. the cocktail called a lemon drop came out and found it very sharp like they just poured a bottle of jif lemon juice into this small glass and wrapped sugar round the lip. so we order a couple of cocktails of the main menu which tasted great but for what you pay I've had lot more cocktail in other places for that price.
We ordered the pulled chicken starter which when it came we thought where is the rest. it tasted great though so maybe the presentation could be netter like a sharing plate? The burger and fries was excellent and presentation was good. For dessert my companion ordered the brownie which was nice and moist. I ordered the peanut butter ice cream and jelly waffle which was what I was looking to the most. Unfortunately it was a real let down and ruined the meal for me. I couldn't tell from the dim lighting if it was burnt but it was definitely over cooked. in fact it just tasted like jam on toast. the ice cream was nice but didn't do much to curb my disappointment. Other peoples meals around us seemed quite nice so maybe it was just the deal but I doubt I will return to this restaurant.
23 July 2014 by Lisa Thurgood from Welwyn Garden City
A lovely way to spend our wedding anniversary! Lovely restaurant with good food and wine, a great atmosphere and friendly staff. A glass of bubbly on arrival was a nice touch too, since we explained that it was our anniversary and that we had dated at Joe Allen over 25 years ago! They had a pianist playing will we dined - she was very good - perfect music. Overall, just as good, if not better than the last time we were there. We will go back again soon and will recommend to friends.
23 July 2014 by Pauline Hayes from Ilford
I brought my son and his girlfriend for lunch It was very pleasant the meal was enjoyable overall a lovely experience and I would recommend and go there again
22 July 2014 by David Raeside from St Albans, United Kingdom
Great food and ambience, even on a Monday lunchtime. Outstanding service.
22 July 2014 by Emily House from London
Service was dreadful, terrible experience. We booked the star deal including three courses and a cocktail for £24. Sat down at 7:15 and after receiving a ridiculously small portion of a starter of croquettes, then waited an hour for our main courses. We told the staff we needed to leave by 9 to attend a show and were forced to skip dessert due to lack of time. The response of management? Waive the cost of a gin and tonic and a diet coke!!!! We ended up paying £16 more than the advertised prices on the standard menu. Really disappointing, I will not be visiting again. A real shame as I have previously enjoyed dining here.

Joe Allen - Covent Garden

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

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