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#269 of 2,606 European in London
#620 of 16,828 Restaurants in London
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European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours

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Covent Garden
0.2 km from Trafalgar Square
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London's oldest restaurant boasts a fine collection of antique cartoons, drawings and paintings. Tradition continues in the menu, specialising in game ...
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Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful meal, outstanding service and safe during Covid. We arrived and had our temperatures checked in a non-invasive manner- using an iPad-style device rather than the guns! Service was immaculate and tables well-spaces. If it wasn’t for the face masks, you’d not have realised...we’re still in a Pandemic! Staff were relaxed and as attentive as always. All of the food and drink was superb, very well cooked, beautifully seasoned and presented. Just the right amount on the plates too. My favourite London restaurant by a country mile, a real treat when we’re able to go. The sense of occasion is well worth getting dressed up for!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really; really pleasant staff, but this restaurant is big on prices, but small on portions. Starter about £15-19 quid Main +£23.00 veg & pots £4.25 ? New potatoes (6 in total) Chips (15 in total) made the supplement charge a bit steep? Puds were £8.25...and lacked in flavor. They were busy; the menu, understandably was reduced, pity this was not reflected in the pricing?More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 days ago

As I can't eat wheat without suffering badly afterwards, I was so disappointed that my first visit to the famous Rules will have to be my last. We went for a special treat for my husband's 60th birthday. We were excited by the unique menu...including historic dishes such as steak and kidney pudding and pie and old-fashioned puddings for dessert. My husband had such dishes for his meal and thoroughly enjoyed them. I, on the other hand was guided towards salmon and fruit or cheese or sorbets. There were no adaptations of any of the dishes. I had rung and checked first whether there was a gluten free menu and I had been told the waiter would be my gluten free menu. I wrongly assumed this meant that the waiter would tell me how dishes coud be adapted for me. Whilst there's nothing wrong with simple food, it's just what I cook at home. When going to a special restaurant like this, I would hope to be offered one or two options similar to my husband's choices, the food the restaurant is famous for. If friends can kindly produce a delicious gluten free cake for me and my kind, why can't a famous restaurant like Rules? They did, admittedly, have gf bread.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautifully romantic setting and fangastic quality of food. All beautifully cooked. Myself and my husband had a great evening here and would visit again. Many thanks.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I choose to dine here on a Saturday night as we were staying locally and intrigued to see how the oldest restaurant in London was. It reminded me of Smith and Wollenskys in New York, very formal, everything runs like clockwork and...the team were professional. We both had potted shrimp and the rib of beef which were exceptional however with wine and coffee £250 was steep but expected due to where we were. The only reason I have scored a 4 star was the atmosphere felt a little lacking, uptight and stiff. This is only my personal opinion but feel now we’ve been here there are other places of the same price to try.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The last 6 months have probably been the longest period without a visit since I moved "down south" 30 years ago. Welcome back Ricky and team ?? My party of four on Saturday night was superbly looked after. Oysters, Champagne, potted shrimps, rib of beef,...Margaux, sticky toffee pudding, Sauternes. Bliss! Not sure about the 'Lipstick at Dawn' cocktail but my husband married me so clearly has dodgy taste! Also big thank you to Natalie our waitress. She has looked after us several times recently and is a true professional and a great ambassador for your business.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As always, rules does not disappoint. Apart from the temperature taking you would not know we were in covid rules territory. Tables are a little further apart (no bad thing). Food was excellent, grouse for me and pie for my husband. Service was extra special...and a couple of cocktails in the bar- not sure it could get any better under very extraordinary circumstances. Already booked our regular Christmas table. Well done rules!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i have been to rules on several occasions but this was the first since the start of the pandemic so worth commenting .The restaurants procedures are excellent they take your temperature and photo before you are seated.The restaurant has retained its structure and then there...is plenty of space so social distncing is not a problem.they have a oneway system when you need to use the bathroom which is upstairs.We were served by Nathalie a delightful lady.Rules is all about tradition but not about complacency the standard of the food and the standard of the service is superlative. We had jersey rock oysters as an appetiser which were excellent.For our main course we both had the steak and kidney pie with pommes dauphinoise and buttered greens.This is a rules classic the steak and kidney is superb it is full of steak and kidney and the sauce is served in the side as there is no room for sauce in the pie.The meat is very tender and full of flavour.For dessert i had the apricot tarte tatin and my friend had the steamed syrup sponge.These desserts are not for the faint hearted they are good sized portions but very tasty.This was a fantastic meal and i am already planning my next visit.This is a superb restaurant the service we received from Nathalie was excellent and i look forward to the next timeMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 6, 2020 via mobile

Great place and great staff. Have been coming for years and always get excellent service. Highly recomended

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed April 13, 2020 via mobile

I had heard about Rules. Was going to the theatre with my daughter It was a miserable cold wet night. We wanted dinner before we went. We didn’t book and were delighted when they offered us a table. Rules is warm and welcoming. Service and...food were exceptional. The fish pie was freshly cooked and delicious We had crumble for dessert and it was so good This restaurant is a gem in Covent Garden. Can’t wait to return!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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As superbe as this Restaurant is, maybe with a one year old its not such a good idea... but i can only speak for dinner time...
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This is no ordinary restaurant, I think that you could probably order off menu if you were a vegetarian.
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