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LuxePrivé's Top Pre-Theatre Tapas

From the tapas supremos behind the popular Salt Yard and Dehesa comes The Opera Tavern. Housed in a former pub in Covent Garden that dates back to 1879, the restaurant retains some of the historic features like the theatre box windows that give it a cosy charm. Split into two sections, the upstairs dining room is airy whilst downstairs  is dominated by a long bar with low-lighting and intimate wooden seating. Like its sister restaurants, Opera Tavern serves a Franco-Spanish inspired tapas menu that focuses on well sourced charcuterie and cheeses. Select from a seasonally changing menu or leave it to the knowledgable and passionate staff who are also trained as 'mini-sommeliers' to select a well-balanced culinary odyssey. Meat dishes, all sourced from East England and Wales free-range or organic farms, are given a deliciously smokey flavour from the Robato grill. Standout dishes include the Pinchos Morunos charcoal grilled skewers - the aged beef sirloin with confit aubergine and marjoram with its Moorish flavours was rich and melt-in-the mouth tender. The other meat speciality is the Ibérico pork, direct from Spain which is given a zesty flavour with the addition of capers and lemon or as succulent mini burgers with Foie Gras. Plate sizes can be deceptive: small plates manage to pack in flavour, like the signature dish of goats' cheese stuffed courgette flowers drizzled with honey. Puddings feature interesting flavours, such as the chestnut panna cotta with pomegranate sorbet or opt for a meticulously selected choice of cheeses. Perfect grazing pre or post theatre.


Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street


0207 836 3680



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