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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4-6 Russell StreetLondonWC2B 5HZ
- +44 (0)20 3301 1155
- Public transport:
- Covent Garden, Underground
After wandering around Covent Garden on a Sunday morning looking for somewhere to have an early lunch we ended up in Balthazar. We were told it would be a 45 minute wait so headed to the bar to get a drink. After an 'interesting encounter' with a couple having brunch at the bar (it was a bit squashed..) we were told our table was already available (less than 10 minutes later!) So, we were...more
For breakfast, this place is hard to beat. It is very similar to the NYC restaurant that it is spawned from; in fact I really felt like I was in New York. The portions were very American sized, without sacrificing the quality. I would happily come here every week for brunch.
I tired the English Breakfast and was only able to get through about 2/3 or it so make sure you come hungry.more
After searching for a place to have brunch in both Angel and Convent Garden with no luck whatsoever, my friends and I decided to try balthazar as it was 1:20pm and hungry. Although we waited for 15 mins (to be fair we were told it would be a 20 mins wait) we got seated and ordered. I opted for the eggs royale but was told by the chef via a waiter that it contained alcohol which i'm allergic...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
Main reason for the mediocre review is I felt really rushed though my meal. I can appreciate wanting to ensure I made my show time (reservation at 6pm, show at 7:30), but still I had an appetizer and my main in front of me by 6:20pm... and that was after leisurely looking through the menu! Also, the restaurant itself gave a very cramped feeling. So much so the couple next to me and I commented...more