The Opera Tavern


| Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

From the same stable as Salt Yard and Dehesa, this serves tapas-style dishes in a refurbished pub setting. Their teeny Iberico pork and foie gras burgers are worthy of the trip here alone.

Restaurant details

23 Catherine Street, London WC2
Nearest tube: 
  • Covent Garden
Telephone number: 020 7836 3680

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Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on June 25, 2011
"I’d put up with any room in the world for the mini Ibérico pork and foie gras burger, soft and lush and sweet and rich." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on May 31, 2011
"...I would want a minimum of two mini-Iberico pork and foie gras burgers. These are of such magnificence, sharing is almost impossible." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Amol Rajan Independent
Reviewed on April 24, 2011
"Executive chef Ben Tish and head chef Jamie Thickett seem to me not only talented cooks but perceptive business brains too. They have produced a menu that will satiate the luvvies of Drury Lane and tickle the fancy of recession refuseniks." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on April 06, 2011
"I would genuinely eat here night after night if I could. In fact, I’m almost devastated I can’t." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on March 27, 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." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
John Lanchester Guardian
Reviewed on March 19, 2011
"...Opera Tavern is good news in an area that has long been short on restaurants appealing to anyone other than theatregoers on the verge of hypoglycaemia." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Timothy Barber City AM Estimated score
Reviewed by March 15, 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 and foie gras..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on February 24, 2011
"The likelihood is that you will end up with a bill much higher than you had anticipated... for a pleasant enough but not memorable meal." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on January 28, 2011
"...this place is already the worst-kept secret in Covent Garden, which could turn your quest for a table into a drama. Book well ahead." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Hermano Primero Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on January 26, 2011
"The mini Iberico Pork and Foie Gras Burger was a winner too. The patty came medium rare and was topped with delicate little onion rings and was a rich, meaty mouthful. Nom Nom as the kids say." READ REVIEW