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Cafe Des Amis
Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesamis.co.uk
  • Email: info@cafedesamis.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 379 3444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 11:30pm
    Sunday: 12pm – 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, European
  • Executive Chef: Fabrice Renou
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Long Acre
  • Public Transit: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 6:30PM parking is free on parking meters and single yellow lines. There is a public car park situated close by in Endell Street
A word from Cafe Des Amis
Tucked away from the vibrancy of Covent Garden and London's theatre district lies the cosy and romantic Café des Amis. We invite you to enter the warmth of our restaurant, and to experience exquisite French cuisine served with passion and finesse.
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Passable with the 50% off deal; at full price just not worth it."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "I've eaten at Café des Amis on several occasions; this was a treat for my 8 year old girl - I had been telling her about the "Chocolate Soup" restaurant for several years. Steak was cooked perfectly, the garlic mash was lovely, and then there was the indulgent soupe au chocolat - so heavenly decadent! Staff were wonderful, and 50% off all food and drink was fantastic."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Pre theatre menu was a good deal and plenty of choice for a set menu. We paid a supplement to have the steak but it wasn't worth the extra. Both our steaks were quite fatty. Good atmosphere- Restaurant was full despite it only being 6.30 which was great."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "This was me and my partners second visit, the first time my parents also came. Very busy when we arrived but were given a table for two by the window downstairs within 5 minutes of our reserved booking time. Our waiter, Chris was friendly and smiley! I had scallops to start, the crab risotto was a little bland. Preferred my previous starter of tuna carpaccio and prawns with ginger. The duck confit main was tasty and my partner enjoyed his chicken dish with a nice petit pois mash. A side dish of carrots and broccoli was generous and nicely cooked. I had chocolate soup and black pepper ice cream (again!) which is beautiful. We shared a decent bottle of Pays d'Oc all at 50% off, great deal!"
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service, the only let is the table layout..to close to neighbouring diners, this won't deter me booking again . Pumpkin ravioli is Devine ."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "After a Matinee visit to a nearby theatre the restaurant was a welcome experience. I felt comfortable in my seat and position in the upstairs dining room. The food was well cooked to my specifications. Overall a very good experience."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "We had dinner on a Saturday night the small reception area was very busy/crowded. It all seemed a little chaotic but we eventually got seen to and were taken to our table upstairs. Our friends who joined us a little later had to wait over 10 minutes to get seen to! Other than that staff were friendly and the food was good."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Treated the family to lunch before the theatre. Only downside is the 12.5% service charge. "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Three of us visited on a Thursday eve using one of the special offers. We asked three times for our wine which took a long time to arrive and for the money, the food wasn't that great"
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "I thought the food at Cafe des Amis was outstanding , really delicious, good value for money, service was excellent and lovely atmosphere. I will go again and again and introduce it to my friends !! In fact, my brother who lives in Paris is coming over with his wife in a month time and I shall take him there."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Quick service, friendly, knowledgeable and extremely good looking waiter, lovely food. All the dishes were extremely well presented."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "Our meal was pleasant with a good menu choice and efficient service. Somewhere that I'd return to but probably only with a TT deal..."
    dined on 09/12/2013
  • "Received a special offer by text from them. We were coming down to London to see a matinee and so booked to eat afterwards before our train home. Good food prompt service without being rushed."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Located in Covent Garden close to theatres and shopping. The staff were particularly friendly with no waiting time whatsoever. Good range of food, beautifully presented. The tables were close together but somehow didn't impose at all. It was a warm evening and despite several windows being fully open the ambient temperature was on the high side for my liking."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Average food at medium high price Tried to charge full price instead of special offer as booked on basis that offer applies to two courses per person which was not stated at time of booking "
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "Quick service with a smile. Not rushed but quick enough for pre-theatre food. Ate upstairs last time and ground floor this time. Both lovely. Food delicious and just the right portion sizes. Would always recommend this one!"
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times, and the food is always pretty good. With a deal (which it usually has) it is very good value. However, this time the service was terrible and we waited around an hour for our main course!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "We have been here many times, and it has always been very, very good, so it grieves me to say that this time the service was not good. We were shown to our table by a less than welcoming young lady. We were left sitting there for an age and then had to ask for the pre- theatre menu which took a long time to arrive and yet another long wait for our order to be taken. We were offered water when we sat down, but had to wait yet again for someone to take the drinks order. Once in the system, it was good. The meal was excellent, but the service let them down on this occasion."
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "Good food, ambience and service. Good place to spend the evening"
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "Had a great time in Cafe Des Amis, as usual the food was good and service excellent as it was Christmas. we even were able to swap tables as we sat near some noisy diners. "
    dined on 16/12/2013
  • "Boss enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Worked well for business"
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "Always good quality food - I'm a regular here. Have brought foreign visitors, parents and dates. Nice restaurant with a nice ambience, nice menu and lovely food. I love eating out (but only when the food is good) and here is a must."
    dined on 05/07/2013
  • "we had a meal with 6 people in the restaurant. I have been several times and the staff are wonderful. The food was disappointing this time - the 'fish soup' was really tomato soup with some fish in it. The risotto with truffle oil has far too much oil on it and tasted very pre-prepared. The fish cake was really nice. The waitresses are great and the service very fast (?too fast). I will go again but will need to choose carefully."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "This is the 6th time we have eaten here and every time has been different. The service is always exceptional and the wine good!! We will happily keep coming back!"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "We took our grandson and his partner for a meal after a show and we all had good food, plus there was 50 per cent off. Excellent value. I have recommended it to friends and been many times before and always been pleased"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "We used the 50% off offer for a pre-theatre dinner this weekend. Although the food was yummy - the service was pretty bad. We had a number of different waiters who struggled to understand what we were saying and then brought the wrong dessert. The (£9) service charge was already included on the bill, as well as an unidentified £6 supplement, so definitely wouldn't recommend unless you're booking for the offer"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Always a great stand by - the deals are good value and the well mannered and polite service and linen clothed ambience makes it feel special, even though - this time - it was a swift birthday lunch with work colleagues. Wouldn't pay full price though as the standard prices are somewhat inflated."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "Café des Amis was the ideal venue post theatre when you need something to eat quickly and nearby. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The staff were very helpful and happy to adapt food to our needs."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "I really like Cafe des Amis and will always be happy to recommend the service, food and general ambience; I will certainly go again. I do have some comments, though I recognise I am being very 'picky' and this should not put people off but act as a critique for the restaurant. This time we ate upstairs and found it a little too noisey. Also our table was right at the top of the stairs and we found it a little too warm - in the main body of the restaurant the temperature was perfectly comfortable, however. Also, I hope the staff get paid well as they seem to work very hard - rushing around all over the place - may be you need one or two extra to take the work load."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "This was OK if you want a fast turnaround and no frills. Food was OK , reasonable steaks. Not the place for a romantic or classy dinner but fine for pre/post theatre as we were."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "It was "OK". Disappointing lack of seafood in the linguine and lots of rocket and not much goats chees in the salad. Tasty but a little disappointing. We reckoned that it was because we were on a deal."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "My friend and I booked this for Saturday lunch. We have been using this restaurant for 30 years and it is definitely a shadow of what it used to be. I doubt we will return. The main course scallops and crab risotto - scallops were overcooked and cut in half so included just 2 and a half each. the risotto was sticky and not moist enough. Wine list is limited, Sancerre was not available. Tables are crammed in so it is difficult to have a private conversation. Service was slow so we went elsewhere for coffee. Small children running through the tables and babies crying. Glad we had taken the 50% a la carte offer or I would have rated the value as poor, even so it is barely acceptable."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "I've eaten in Cafe des Amis with my friend on Friday. The food was good, but the service was very slow. After the main meal, we were waiting to receive the desert menu for 55 mins and we finally had to stop one of the running around waiters to get one. And after the meal when we were paying the bill the waiter didn't even apologise when we mentioned the super slow service. We should have never been charged for service charge after such a bad service. But it was already included in the bill. There is many much better places in Covent Garden to go to, so I don't think I will ever return to Cafe the Amis again."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "I have been here several times and the food is always very good. We had the 50% offer which made it very good value for money. The service is very good; friendly and efficient. Lovely linen cloths and napkins make it feel very special."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner. Food was great. Good wine for a lovely dinner out..50% off!!"
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food and our waitress was excellent - friendly, informative and she knew when to come and when to leave us alone - good value"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "A nice ambience, but the main came exceptionally quickly and then service was slow after that. The meals were nice, but did feel a little like they had been cooked at lunchtime and kept warm until pre-theatre."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "We arrived to the smell of toilets. Our table was by the doorway to the kitchen, when there were other tables available. Perhaps top table customers get put on the worse tables?? We ordered our drinks, but we had to wait about 15 or 20 minutes before the waiter came back to take our order. Whilst waiting for our food, the waiters were constantly passing our table, nightmare table. Food not bad, but not your normal exceptional French cuisine. We had not long finished our starters when they brought out the main course. Didn't bother to stay for a dessert or coffee. With the 50% of the food bill it was ok, but I wouldn't recommend it if you were paying full price. I have been to few French restaurants in London and they have been superb."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "I have been to Cafe Des Amis several times and have always had nice meals. However on this occasion, I was disappointed. The table we were first offered was right by a door leading to the kitchen where we could hear the chef's conversations and also had to put up with a constant stream of people walking past. We asked to be moved and were moved to another table, which was a slight improvement. The main course of duck confit arrived within a few minutes and it felt like it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. While I appreciate that the food was good value, I would be reluctant to return."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Very good as always and excellent value with the 50% off deal. Wide selection to choose from on the ala carte menu"
    dined on 25/02/2014