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Cafe Mode - Drury Lane
Cafe Mode - Drury Lane

Cafe Mode - Drury Lane Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafemode.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 831 2255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 5pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Holborn underground station
  • Parking: No
A word from Cafe Mode - Drury Lane
A fusion of tasty fresh Italian food & delicious grills. The restaurant has a maximum capacity of 200 diners.

Founded in 1996 in the heart of theatre land, we are a friendly local restaurant, renowned for fabulous service and high quality fresh food at competitive prices. Downstairs room available for parties with no minimum spend.Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "We visited as Grandparents and adult Grand children. Menu suited all tastes and alerted by reviews we made it clear that we were on a time schedule for the Theater and we exited 5 minutes before our time plan. The member of our party on crutches slipping on small step at exit the door was held open but a mind the step would have been useful. Ideal as a pre theater meal but not the best dinning out experience."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "NIBBLES-olives - very tasty; pistachios - had run out! But someone nipped out (to pub over road?!) and brought some in/STARTERS - king prawns juicy, nice rocket and ok piquant sauce; calamari - greasy batter but acceptable/MAINS-seabass - succulent and moist. Lovely aubergine,courgette veg side/- veg risotto - moist and creamy, little too al dente/DRINKS --- Peroni acceptable, not tip-top condition. BUYING HALF PINT costs lot more than pint/my wife had the dolce amore cocktail which was a nice bittersweet combo. MUST STRESS: at 50% off prices are fair - but full price definitely not worth it. Ppretty quiet, doors open. Friendly staff, but equally can see why there could be problems. Ok venue, if nearby & other places crowded."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "The service was appallingly slow the food was very ordinary it appeared that on waiter had an upset stomach as he seemed to spend a long time in the disabled toilets. Other customers complained while we were present and the staff appeared to be very disinterested."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "A group of us came here encouraged by the excellent 50% off food toptable offer and it did not disappoint. Good service, helpful staff, good food and great value for money. Would book again."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "It took a good 20 mins before the man even came to ask us for drinks. He then got on the phone and I had to go and ask him can he take out order. Food took ages but when we finally got it was yummy!!!! Not good if you're in a rush :)"
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "had a very pleasant meal.and live music too would recommend."
    dined on 04/02/2014
  • "We booked with the 50% off, the service was very poor and the food was awful. My wife had the steak and it seemed as if it had been microwaved. It was sent back and the second one was worse than the first. It does not always pay to go for a restaurant with a discount!!! would not return or recommend."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "Went here thinking it would be as good as one by the same name on Endell Road. Sadly not!! Service very slow, not ideal when going to the theatre after the meal. Waiting staff not particularly friendly. Bill eventually came, but with £30 of another tables drinks bill. Took lots of explaining and sorting out,, Eventually left and just made the theatre on time...won't be going back."
    dined on 06/01/2014
  • "We were looking for something in the theatre district that would meet the varied hunger demands of three generations, and Cafe Mode more then met them. Crisp, tasty thin crust pizza for our seven-year-old, spicy prawns for nana and papa, delicious, a subtle vegetarian pizza for mum and fresh pasta for me. All of the food (except for my daughter) was accompanied by an excellent red and white wine from their ample wine menu, and the service was friendly and subtle which is expected in an Italian setting. Dessert and coffee finished off the meal, and when the bill came we saved 50% on four meals as we had ordered both a starter and a main, and the Christmas special was still on--what a finishing surprise!"
    dined on 04/01/2014
  • "We went for a pre-War Horse theatre dinner last Friday and really liked it. It is unpretenious, good food, great service and very good value for money (i had my tastecard but still the prices were very reasonable). Thanks for a nice evening Cafe Mode!"
    dined on 03/01/2014
  • "had a very pleasant experience at cafe mode . tasty good value in nice surroundings. would reccommend."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "restaurant was tired and dated did not feel clean ,we were was sat by the window which was draughty,I ordered steak and my partner had salmon both were cold. the toilets down stairs were a mess the hand blower was missing off the wall in the cubicle with wires hanging out of the wall, all the spur sockets above the toilets were hanging off the wall.The floor down stairs was sticky and was in need of cleaning. The entrance was scruffy signs leaning up against the door and floor mats laying on top of each other trip Hazard. Complained to the waitress about the cold food who I must add was very good, but was not offered any sort of discount were given a free coffee though, I did not pay the 12.5% service charge. All in all a bad experience."
    dined on 01/01/2014
  • "Very friendly & helpful staff who didn't think it strange that two women wanted to move round the restaurant to find the quietest table."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "Met up with family group for quick meal after work. Great place for a quick meal - very good range of mains from pizza to excellent risotto. very reasonably priced wine list. Service was very good and very friendly. Will definitely go back."
    dined on 18/12/2013
  • "I and my friends booked the restaurant for a Monday afternoon and on arrival found we were the only one dining, however restaurant looked enticing (fairly modern) and we were welcomed in and looked after well all afternoon with good service. The food is mainly Italian and generally what you would expect from an Italian, however the prawn and pate starters were excellent and main courses of pizza, grilled chicken and lasagne all tasted very good with no complaints. Overall a good experience and if we are in the area again would revisit."
    dined on 02/12/2013
  • "Lamb Cutlets were fine, with the best Salad dressing I have ever tasted on a salad. However, my daughter & I had to squint to see the menu contents under the candle light. It was so daaaaaark!"
    dined on 22/11/2013
  • "Good dinner especially with the 50% off. Menu selection a bit limited as we were told the a la carte menu was not available. Overall, decent value."
    dined on 08/11/2013
  • "We were rather disappointed. We had eaten at the other Café Mode but this was quite different. The menu was rather more touristy than authentic Italian and lacked the nuances of herbs and flavours that we expect. We were glad that we had taken the special offer, so that we felt we had reasonable value. If we'd paid full price, we would have been very disappointed. Furthermore we were asked to move table as a large group had booked, but was larger than expected. Once we had settled at the table we were directed to (and we were thanked for moving), a member of staff kept disturbing us to fetch glasses for the large group. I mentioned this as unsatisfactory but nobody seemed to take much notice."
    dined on 07/11/2013
  • "Overall quite disappointing both service and food e.g. ordered a creme caramel for desert and it was out of a packet ."
    dined on 01/11/2013
  • "The food didn't taste anything and was not even warm in the middle. I got a piece of china in my ice cream and the waitor was very negligent."
    dined on 02/11/2013
  • "Restaurant empty but as soon as it had a few customers the service became very poor. Food unexciting and not worth the money."
    dined on 02/11/2013
  • "Poor service, substandard food and altogether disappointing."
    dined on 30/10/2013
  • "Lovely little restaurant, very friendly staff and the food was excellent. My friend was originally brought the wrong main but it was quickly rectified. Desert was especially nice, and as a vegetarian I had plenty of appetising choices. It's situated less than a five minute walk from the Royal Opera House which makes it perfect for an early dinner before a show."
    dined on 08/10/2013
  • "Food was nice, but overpriced. Service good because restaurant was almost empty. Hated the mismatched cutlery!!"
    dined on 13/10/2013
  • "I was catching up with an old friend, and they removed his plate long before I'd finished my starter, and then brought the mains before I'd finished! They may be used to pre-theatre, but this was Saturday evening and it wasn't busy."
    dined on 19/10/2013
  • "Really great selection on the menu and wonderful food. Restaurant was lovely and service great too! Thanks"
    dined on 19/10/2013
  • "So near to Coventry Garden, a pleasant ambiance without the madness of Coventry Garden. Staff very friendly and attentive and food just what was required for lunch. We were given plenty of time between courses and not rushed-fab. We were even given a free glass of wine! Well done and thank you"
    dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The service was impeccable and the food was very good value for money. I was amazed at the deal but also at the attention of the waiters and manager throughout the night. Excellent!"
    dined on 09/09/2013
  • "In a group of 20, it was pretty much chaos. Having told them we were there for comedy and they insisted it they'd tell us when it had started, we were still sorting out the bill when I found out the comedy had been on for 15 minutes already. They also took ages to work out the bill, served people food at different times and were very slow serving the food overall."
    dined on 27/09/2013
  • "This was probably one of the worst meals I have ever had in London. I'll start with the food - the starter was ok, but the main - I have had better frozen meals from a supermarket! The service was awful - the waitress consistently brought the wrong food to the wrong table, we ordered drinks - one came the other never appeared - but yet was added to our bill. When I pointed this out - no one even apologised! Cutlery was pretty much chucked on the table. The restaurant itself needed a bit of a clean there were small flies hovering around the table, and the background music seemed to be 2 songs on a loop. I would definitely not recommend this to anyone!!"
    dined on 28/09/2013
  • "Good food and service, quiet atmosphere, great central location. Nothing outstanding, but good value and quick, friendly service."
    dined on 26/09/2013
  • "The service was very slow considering we were one of only 2 other parties in the restaurant. We waited about 45mins for starters and then another half hour for mains."
    dined on 08/09/2013
  • "Booking for 7 pre theatre. Restaurant in Drury Lane so very close and convenient to theatreland. Service excellent - friendly and speedy, and restaurane twas full by time we left. Good value offer in 3 courses for £ 20 + kir royale and we all enjoyed our food and were very full. Thank you for a good meal - we'd go again."
    dined on 31/08/2013
  • "Average food, average restaurant - and one that could use a good clean. If we hadn't had a 50% off coupon I would have felt conned. Salads were disappointing, pizzas were bland, plates were shallow (so smaller portions than they appeared), and the cheesecake seemed to be dusted with Nesquik. On the plus side, friendly servers and a pleasant atmosphere. I won't be going back."
    dined on 30/08/2013
  • "A discount of 50% made the value just acceptable. The food was average, nothing to shout about."
    dined on 04/08/2013
  • "The food here was excellent in terms of portion size. I would be surprised / put off by the prices if we didn't have the Top Table deal - they seemed a bit excessive for some of the items at full price. Overall good service and good portions, with tasty food. Nice atmosphere as well - very relaxed and good music playing."
    dined on 02/08/2013
  • "Recently tried out this place, as it offered 50% off for large groups. The food was really food, although be warned the risottos are massive, nobody finished it. The atmosphere was missing, rather empty, and although the service was generally good, we only really see one (out of three) that actually worked. Overall, a worthwhile place for good value dining."
    dined on 29/07/2013
  • "what an experience...bad one...good starter but an awful main...I've ordered steak and I won't have another one ever again...other than in proper steak house...they scarred me for life. Service was ok and wine was nice. won't be back there."
    dined on 10/11/2012
  • "My daughter and I had dinner at Cafe Mode, Drury Lane before going to the theatre. The service was friendly and quick. We had home made burger and it was delicious, the best burger I've had in a long time. We also had a voucher for 50% off food so that made it even better."
    dined on 18/07/2013
  • "It was perfect for what we wanted - hens night and was quiet (we were only ones there) so we got to play games and catch up. Bit annoyed at the bill as the service bill was excessive - I didn't realise til we got home. Was 50% off food, but the service bill was based on the whole bill before discount and drinks were very expensive. Interior basic. Waiters disappeared when we needed them. Needs a bit of modernising."
    dined on 29/06/2013