Opera Tavern
Verdict based on 10 critic, 5 blogger and 1 user reviews and awards
Restaurant Profile »

Address: 23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 7836 3680

Opera Tavern is a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, set over two floors, off Covent Garden. It’s the third venture by owners of Salt Yard and Dehesa.

This restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand

Latest reviews of Opera Tavern

Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

18 October 2012

Centre stage is an open grill producing smoky-tasting chorizo, burgers of ibérico pork and foie gras, and succulent little lamb cutlets. Upstairs is a cosy yet glamorous restaurant serving the mix of Spanish- and Italian-inspired tapas for which the group is rightly regarded…

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Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

21 September 2011

I have now had several meals here, and the cooking standard is consistently good.  On a recent meal i was particularly impressed with an excellent fig tart for dessert…

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Hugh Wright

Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent

7 August 2011

At these prices, I couldn’t in good conscience recommend Opera Tavern when there is an increasing number of as-good-if-not-better and cheaper alternatives springing up all across town quicker than you can say “I’ll have the croquetas and a glass of Amontillado please”…

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Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

6 July 2011

For my money I prefer Opera Tavern’s siblings or the always brilliant Barrafina but then none of those options offer that incredibly moreish mini Iberico pork and foie gras burger…

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What the Critics say

Time_Out

Time Out Editors, Time Out

18 October 2012

Centre stage is an open grill producing smoky-tasting chorizo, burgers of ibérico pork and foie gras, and succulent little lamb cutlets. Upstairs is a cosy yet glamorous restaurant serving the mix of Spanish- and Italian-inspired tapas for which the group is rightly regarded…

Read full review »
giles_coren

Giles Coren, The Times

25 June 2011

A look at the menu showed it to be a very unusual thing indeed: a tapas menu containing actual tapas, mostly from Spain. These days “tapas” can mean anything at all…

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RichardVines

Richard Vines, Bloomberg

31 May 2011

When you go to a place like Opera Tavern, you don’t need to go to Barcelona for tapas.” (…) This new establishment, a sister to Dehesa and Salt Yard, is a triumph…

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amol_rajan

Amol Rajan, The Independent

24 April 2011

It’s hard, too, to see how £4.25 could be better spent on a night out in London than on these stunning grilled scallops, with pungent butternut-squash purée, shallots, truffle dressing, and – a winning addition – migas, or Spanish breadcrumbs…

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metro

Marina O'Loughlin (Metro), Metro

5 April 2011

I would genuinely eat here night after night if I could. In fact, I’m almost devastated I can’t…

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zoe_williams

Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

27 March 2011

There was so much going on in every mouthful, and all the flavours were so individual, so characterful, it was like a hip-hop dance-off. Made of food…

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john_lanchester

John Lanchester, The Guardian

19 March 2011

The Salt Yard group are great aficionados of the Ibérico pig, and the porky things here are excellent, in particular the presa, a cut from between the shoulder and loin, served medium rare…

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Timothy_Barber

Timothy Barber, City A.M.

15 March 2011

Among the stand-outs were the deeply flavoursome Iberico ham carved in strips from the aforementioned leg; beef onglet served pink and bubbling hot from the grill on a skewer with porcini mushroom and winter truffle; and delightful mini burgers of grilled pork…

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davidsexton

David Sexton, Evening Standard

24 February 2011

It’s a nice enough space, with some exposed brick and a wall of wine bottles, well lit by a big piano nobile window, furnished with angular, modern chairs and tables…

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hardens

Richard & Peter, Harden's

14 February 2011

We had a reasonable variety of dishes (…), and everything was somewhere between good and very good – for an informal lunch or pre-theatre meal, this is pretty much the perfect venue…

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What the Bloggers say

Andy_Hayler

Andy Hayler, andyhayler.com

21 September 2011

I have now had several meals here, and the cooking standard is consistently good.  On a recent meal i was particularly impressed with an excellent fig tart for dessert…

Read full review »
Hugh Wright

Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent

7 August 2011

At these prices, I couldn’t in good conscience recommend Opera Tavern when there is an increasing number of as-good-if-not-better and cheaper alternatives springing up all across town quicker than you can say “I’ll have the croquetas and a glass of Amontillado please”…

Read full review »
Gourmet Chick

Cara Waters, Gourmet Chick

6 July 2011

For my money I prefer Opera Tavern’s siblings or the always brilliant Barrafina but then none of those options offer that incredibly moreish mini Iberico pork and foie gras burger…

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PickyGlutton

The Picky Glutton, pickyglutton.com

14 February 2011

He picked a corker with the braised short rib of beef served with polenta, sage and cavolo nero. The cavolo is a strongly flavoured, tart cabbage that blends together oh so well with the creamy polenta and rich, tender, flaky beef. One of the highlights of the evening…

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grumblinggourmet

Rich Major, The Grumbling Gourmet

5 February 2011

We finish our savories with the full set of three different pinchos morunos, squat charcoal grilled skewers, a little pricy at £3 a pop, but stickily well cooked. The Salt Marsh Lamb Leg with smoked paprika stands out as a favourite of the three, cooked to pink perfection within a charred carapace…

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