The ultimate guide to Pre-Theatre dining

Looking for the perfect spot for a delicious Pre-Theatre meal? We’ve got you covered with our latest Covent Garden Pre-Theatre Dining Guide. Find some of the best dining in the heart of Theatreland, visit before your show or enjoy a post-theatre drink!

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Balthazar is an elegant Parisian style brasserie, with beautiful interiors, serving classic French cuisine in the heart of Covent Garden. Perfect for a romantic dinner date, power business lunch or family get-together - the extensive à-la-carte menu offers bistro favourites, from moules frites and steak tartare to garlicky escargots.

The pre theatre menu includes something for everyone. Start with a glass of wine and freshly baked French baguette with a generous portion of butter. We loved the delicious twice baked cheese souffle (to start), classic cassoulet and salmon with creamy mash (for mains) and save room for the creme brulee and chocolate fondant (to finish).

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Mrs Riot

Henrietta Street's newest resident, Mrs Riot. An ode to Kitty Clive, a pioneering feminist who transformed the London scene in 1700s. This experience led bistro and cocktail bar offering mind-blowing live entertainment every day of the week. Interiors designed by Hollywood film designer Sonja Klaus, Mrs Riot is not only a feast for the eyes but the soul. Whether its signature cocktail or a curated wine, Kitty will definitely be returning for an unexpected curtain call.

For pre-theatre diners, we highly recommend their signature Pinsa Romana (pizza with a lighter, crispy, delicious base) with mouth-watering toppings. [Pre-theatre pizza and a cocktail £25]

We also loved the fresh burrata drenched in truffle oil, pea and mozzarella arancini balls with preserved lemon mayo, to creamy gooey truffle mac & cheese to die for!

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RedFarm brings inventive Chinese food and super-charged dim sum dishes to London. Signature items include clever dim sum creations such as Pac Man Dumplings, Giant Soup Dumplings, Hamburger Spring Rolls and more!

Pre-theatre menu diners can choose from a huge selection of starters including - Crispy Kale Cutlets, BBQ Chicken Skewers, Spicy Crispy Beef, Vegetable Dumplings or Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup. Mains include a selection of - BBQ Scotch Prime Bavette Fried Rice, Chili Chicken Served with Jasmine Rice, Grilled Pork Belly Served with Wide Rice Noodles or Vietnamese Vermicelli Noodles served with Grilled Prawns. Save room for the Custard Lava Bao!

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Cora Pearl

Sister restaurant to celebrity favourite Kitty Fisher's, Cora Pearl is the younger sister restaurant that brings a touch of decadent dining and classy vibes to The West End.

The perfect place to visit pre-theatre for cocktails and delicious treats. Imagine hearty yet refined comfort food & handcrafted cocktails served in a historic, chic Covent Garden townhouse.

The pre-theatre menu changes on a regular basis. Other signature dishes include Devilled Eggs, Cod's Roe Crumpet, their insta-famous “Ham & Cheese Toastie”, NEXT LEVEL Potato Chips and seasonal specials. Save room for the fruit crumble with ice cream!

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Known for celebrating the culture & cuisine of Japan, Brazil and Peru - SUSHISAMBA is the perfect spot for a pre-theatre cocktail and a delicious meal in the heart of Covent Garden.

Surrounded by stunning interiors and a buzzy open kitchen, pre-theatre diners can enjoy a choice of tasty starters, mains & desserts. Starters include a choice of Vegetable Taquitos, Ribeye Anticuchos or Tuna Ceviche.

Mains include a choice of Shrimp Tempura sushi rolls, Salmon & Asparagus rolls, Veggie rolls, Robata Grilled Salmon or Poussin, or Mushroom Tobanyaki. Save room for the Yuzu & Coconut Tart or Assorted Mochi!

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Fine dining at it's best, discover the carefully crafted set menu from award winning chef, Gregory Marchand on Henrietta Street, Covent Garden

→ Frenchie Menu
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Set in the heart of Covent Garden, overlook the Piazza and enjoy a pre-theatre dining experience inspired by Italian flavours crafted by their head chef Filippo Bellani

→ VyTA Menu

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Pivot Mains


Curated by award-winning chef Mark Greenaway, Pivot epitomises British cuisine at it’s very best. Their Pre-Theatre Menu includes highlights such as the Chicken & Hazelut Terrine and Wild Mushroom On Toast

→ Pivot Menu
Tuttons Covent Garden


Overlooking the Piazza, join Tuttons for 2 courses for £19.95 or 3 courses for £21.95 with their Pre-theatre dining menu.

→ Tuttons Menu