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Paul Hamlyn Hall Balcony Restaurant and Bar

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Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
+44 20 7212 9254
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“sea bass” (4 reviews)
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European, British
Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having dinner prior to a performance, and dessert during intermission is lovely. The food is tasty and the service is excellent. It is a bit rushed to get there at intermission for dessert. Pricey.

Thank Beverly R
Reviewed 21 December 2017

First class setting, superb service and delicious menu served in this rather unique restaurant overlooking the opera hall. Had starter and main before performance and then dessert during the interval. Marvellous. Watching the world pass by below.

Thank cliffers2
Reviewed 10 December 2017

A wonderful view over the atrium. You have to prebook food but it is beautifully presented and set up for dining prior to the performance. The only problem is getting to your seat if you are on the far side of the opera house. Pricey...More

Thank OldmanPaul
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Great place to have dinner whilst at the opera. The food and drink were great and the staff very helpful.

Thank Ian G
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I don't go often - it's a bit pricey - but whenever I do I have always enjoyed my meal and the atmosphere. The staff are polite and friendly.

Thank Myddle
Reviewed 27 August 2017

My wife and I had a pre ballet dinner here. Good views over the hall, good food and wine and very friendly service.

Thank Brian N
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I was looking forward to a nice meal before Swan Lake, but what was served was terribly salty, overcooked and uninspired. Not an experience I wish to repeat.

Thank Jmdouglas1
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I have been to Paul Hamlyn Rest. very recently. I was very surprised when we were served our main courses as they were just cold! I asked the waiter and i was explained that at that part of the restaurant only cold food was served....More

1  Thank Sin149
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We both really enjoyed our pre-performance dinner at Balconies Restaurant. Great service, great food, this is a slick operation - which you pay for but, heck, this is Covent Garden at its best. We had the creamiest Burrata for starters then an exceptionally well cooked...More

1  Thank David R
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Firstly, this isn't a cheap evening out but the atmosphere, the surroundings and the performance make this a very special evening. The balcony restaurant is beautiful and my husband and I adored the people watching element of the evening - what a selection of people...More

Thank MummyfromMK
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
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simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7212 9254
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