Joe Allen

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT
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Review Summary from 1 review

13 Exeter Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DT

020 7836 0651


Other Branches
Joe Allen Group

Covent Garden

Nearest Station
Covent Garden (0.19 miles)


Opening Summary

Mon to Thurs: noon - 11:45pm
Friday: noon - 12:45am
Saturday: 10am - 12:45am
Sunday: 10am - 11:45am

Restaurant Facilities

Children Welcome

Credit Cards Accepted

Live Music Played

Booking Advisable

Named after himself it is the mirror image of his Joe Allen New York site, a subterranean restaurant, with crisp white table cloths, long aproned waiters and a long eat over bar complete with speed rail.

When Joe’s opened it was not only in theatre land, it was also all about a dining experience filled with theatre, where the waiters were wannabe actors, producers and directors and the cast and crew of the West End’s best theatrical productions would use it as their own canteen. Joe Allen rapidly became the place to hang-out, packed with every film, television, fashion, rock and stage celebrity.

Nothing has changed, the brick work walls are adorned with posters of classic musical and stage productions, famous American stars and the odd sporting icon (a nod to Joe Allen’s love of sport).

The food is always American. Steaks, grills and salads, appetisers and market fish. Ice cream, jellies and brownies.

The service is as always relaxed and informal complementing the all American beer menu and outstanding world wine list.

Open 7 days come and enjoy the ultimate American dining experience for brunch, lunch, dinner and of course before and after a show.

Our newly refurbished and flexible Private Room for between 24 and 50 guests with tailored menus for receptions, buffets and canapé parties. The perfect menu for group bookings.

All In London Review

Upmarket and very good, Amercian burger joint and grill

With its convenient location close to Covent Garden this has been a frequent haunt for business lunches and dinners as well as social nights out on the town. Many use it as a place before and after theatre and it’s location is ideal for this – especially if you are seeing The Lion King and need somewhere that is vaguely (older) kid friendly.

Just off the beaten track, immediately upon entering you go down some stairs into a vast, dark, cellar-like restaurant. I seem to remember a piano being there but can’t remember ever hearing anyone play – but maybe I was too engrossed in my conversation. And it’s definitely a good place to chat – the ambient noise is buzzy but you don’t have to shout at your dining companion.

In short it’s an upmarket Amercian burger joint and grill – but a very good one with a long standing reputation as the sort of place where you might spot a (minor) celebrity. I’ve only ever seen Christopher Biggins in there although I can’t say that I particular go there to watch for famous folk.

To be fair, there is quite a wide choice on the menu with burgers and ribs supplemented with tuna, chicken breasts and pork. And they appear to change things quite regularly. I usually have some wine when I am there but I can’t say whether a real expert would find much of great interest.

But Joe Allens is one of those places that you need to experience at least once in your London life.

Reviewed by KimT
Published on Jul 29, 2008

Best For

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Sit back, loosen your belt and tuck into about the best thing our US cousins have ever given us.

This basement venue opens all day long offering a mixture of American diner food and Mediterranean flavours. Their Sunday brunch menu has chicken wings with blue cheese dip and a pea, feta and cherry tomato frittata; washed the food down with a Bloody Mary or glass of Prosecco. Ideal for hangovers.

User Reviews

Reviewed by Luca Settimo
I had dined at Joe Allen on 17.11.04 with a small group of friends to celebrate a Birthday. To cut to the chase we found the service unfriendly and pressured and the food average for the price. And to top it all I was over charged by £80 and I am still having a task trying to get my money refunded. When it comes to eating out I have frequented all that Covent Garden has to offer I will not be going back.

Nov 25, 2004

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