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Dishoom Covent Garden

#238 of 17,939 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Covent Garden
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12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9FB, England
+44 20 7420 9320
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 23:00
Fri 08:00 - 00:00
Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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638 reviews
610 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 423 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Went for dinner on a weekday night arriving at 8.15pm. They only accept reservations for groups of 6 or more people, so as we were 2 people we joined the queue outside. It was March and really cold, so I guess it´s a nice touch that they offer the people queuing a glass of hot mint tea, or sherry. We... More 

Thank mw741002
Victoria, Canada
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

1. Reservations. Without them, you have a long wait. We booked a table for 6--and with this reservation we were magically whisked to out table upon arrival. 2. Willingness to share dishes. The dishes are not large, but are tasteful. 3. An understanding of history. I read a review about the dish names ("how could it be called Chicken Ruby??").... More 

Thank Rhuizinga
London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The one thing every Londoner knows about Dishoom is that you have to queue to get in. Having visited this weekend, and watched how the restaurant operates, I came away with the belief that they work that queue as if maintaining it is the most important part of their business! When we arrived they said it would be a maximum... More 

Thank 800MeganG800
Brighton, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited Dishoom for a birthday meal. We had a reservation so avoided the long queue in the cold for a table. Even with a reservation the doorman was reluctant to let us in straight away. It seems like the wait is part of the experience. Our waiter suggest we order food to share and warned us food arrived as it... More 

Thank Jetlagged55
Boston, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Dishoom is one restaurant that we will visit every time we travel to London. If we lived in London we would visit it every week! From the moment you enter until the time you leave you are transported into a magical world. The restaurant was filled with happy customers and a lot of laughter. The whole place is eclectic- the... More 

Thank arunavedula
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is our regular girls meet up and as always the food and service was great. Cool vibe, delicious food, good service and amazing chai!

Thank MPfemale1982
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a fan of Dishoom and was not disappointed as always the service is great. We went on a Saturday at 2.00 my advice - book! this place gets busy and you don't want to be outside waiting in line for a table. They have such a variety of dishes and the bottomless chai is yummy... Lunchtime must for... More 

Thank MissRink
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I got to the restaurant after receiving a wonderful recommendation. I was amazed from the food (and I don't even like Indian food 😀). The atmosphere and the team were amazing as well. Don't miss eating here!

Thank Artzy T
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my third time at Dishoom - the first two visits were at the Kings Cross location. This time, I was traveling with my wife and was excited to share the experience with her. The food, as usual, was amazing. The prawn special was one of the best dishes that I've ever had and the chicken ruby and garlic... More 

Thank Corey G
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Dishoom yesterday for my husbands birthday lunch for the first time and the service was brilliant throughout and staff went the extra mile to make it special for us. We will definitely be returning in the future to try more of the menu and highly recommend to all!

Thank Haroon M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$31
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9FB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7420 9320
The original Bombay cafes have almost all disappeared. Their faded elegance welcomed all: rich businessmen, sweaty taxi-wallas and courting couples. Fans turned slowly. Bentwood chairs were reflected in stained mirrors, next to sepia family portraits. Students had breakfast. Families dined. Lawyers read briefs. Writers found their characters. Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred cafes at their peak in the 1960s. Now, fewer than thirty remain. Their loss is much mourned by Bombayites.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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