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#3,021 of 17,680 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Covent Garden
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33 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LS, England
+44 20 7240 6926
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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316 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I stumbled on this Portuguese cafe/restaurant in Covent Garden this morning and was the only customer. The charming waitress gave me a free Portuguese lesson. Lovely coffee and pasteis de nata!

Thank BrightonShredhead
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here with friends before a performance at the Donmar Warehouse. The staff were very attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is relaxed and chilled. We had the mixed starter platter. Very tasty. A long and very good wine list to choose from.

Thank Rumhill
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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Offering quite a small menu, this restaurant has a relatively limited number of seats and tables. The menu offers traditional Portuguese dishes, and there is an extensive Portuguese wine list. Staff were friendly, service efficient, and prices reasonable. My criticism is that the quality of some of the dishes just wasn't that great, which was a surprise as the menu... More 

Thank Drph24
Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A really friendly small restaurant serving Portuguese wines and food. Tables are close together so not overly private ....we had a chat with our neighbours! Food and drinks served very promptly.

Thank moot
London, England
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the heart of Covent Garden, yet slightly off the beaten track near Seven Dials is Canela - an uncomplicated small and cosy café / restaurant. The food is authentic and tasty, the wine from all parts of Portugal and the ambience friendly. It's not the cheapest place in town, but it is good value for money and definitely our... More 

Thank mgtfdjm
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Small, nice and cozy place. Even if the waitress was a bit inexperienced and her English was poor, hopefully the service with the Portuguese guy was completely different. He was friendly and helpful, so in general the service was good. The food was okay, really simple and not really flavored. The wine instead was really good.

Thank Susan_Sho_
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

A friend brought me here for a pre-theater dinner and it was exactly what I wanted. We shared a meat platter and a cheese platter, had a very nice bottle of wine and enjoyed chatting with the very friendly staff. The food was great (I could have eaten the bread all night...) and it was a nice, comfortable place. I... More 

Thank jjknyc
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We stopped by for a quick bite and were pleasantly surprised to get a table without booking, though it was a Sunday afternoon. The flavours were delicious and everything was delivered to a good standard in a nice relaxed environment. I would like to come back for dinner in the week and see if the evening menu is as delicious.

Thank mc0llett
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

A nice place, good service and good food. Staff more likely to be Brasilian than Portuguese and there is more than a twist of Brasil to the menu, but this cafe cum bistro is open for breakfast through to dinner. Good Portuguese food, freshly prepared. Nice decor and deservedly popular for 'shopping lunches' or pre-theatre supper. A tad pricey but... More 

Thank Gary W
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Service was good but communication was poor. Two of our party we told a dish was a sharing one but it was far from it and so was too small. Extra bread was requested but not given as a good will gesture. This did mar the experience. We were charged quite a lot for the extra bread on the bill... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$35
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 6926

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Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or 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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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