The original Balthazar opened in downtown New York's Spring Street in 1997. Balthazar London is situated in the heart of Covent Garden, just across from the Royal Opera House. Housed in the old Theatre Museum, Balthazar shares The Flower Cellars building with The London Film Museum. (The permanent flower market was originally built for the Covent Garden flower sellers in 1870 and this space was used for storage.)
Founder Keith McNally has endeavoured to remain as true to the New York original as possible, where bistro food, good wine and friendly service are the order of the day. Balthazar London has the egalitarian appeal of the brasserie – something for everyone all day long: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.
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Venue Details & Map
4-6 Russell StreetLondonWC2B 5HZ
- Public transport:
- Covent Garden, Underground
Went here for the mac and cheese as it was featured on Time Out's best mac and cheese spots. Food was lovely, and reasonably priced with good service and a nice atmosphere, although quite bustly and tables jam packed so good for a quick pre-theatre meal rather than a long romantic dinner!
Food - The mac and cheese was good but only one type of cheese so quite far off London's best! Wine was...more
Quick Review: A French brasserie with an old school steakhouse type of feeling. Standard dark wood traditional restaurant with great tasting food. Great service, set menu for large groups
Escargots (w/ garlic butter): it came with about 6-8 pieces but its a very rich dish so I would say a good enough portion for 1, maybe 2 if you just want to taste. Shell is included, a little weird...more
Although the food is terrific and delicious, the
service is spectacular. Waiters and bus boys are
Superb. It is a treat to meet delightful people
from a variety of countries. All were fluent in
English but we enjoy using our limited language
Skills in French and Spanish. Tonight will be our
third meal this week! My wife Caro' will return
next week for an encore!more
I love a poached egg, and they don't come better than at Balthazar!
The staff are very friendly and attentive, and although we were initially told it would be a 40 minute wait (we arrived at 11am on a Sunday without a booking), we were seated within 15 minutes. The food took a little while to come but when it finally arrived it was DELICIOUS. I had poached egg & avocado with a side of bacon,...more
I stumbled in here when looking for somewhere to grab a bite on my lunch break. Not realising where I actually was I ordered the French onion soup and a chicken BLT.
It took me a few minutes to realise that this wasn't your typical cafe. Bread lined the walls, the cakes on display looked ridiculously good - especially the donuts - and everyone (the staff) was speaking with a French accent! I...more