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Johnstons Restaurant

#6,799 of 17,119 Restaurants in London
#7,285 of 17,997 Places to Eat in London
Covent Garden
Indian, English
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2 Burleigh Street | Strand, London WC2E 7PX, England
+44 207 497 4158
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good food served all day

A true brasserie style restaurant serving freshly prepared food for busy people. I liked it here and would always say its a safe place to eat nicely prepared food

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2014
Fareham, United Kingdom
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38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Fareham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A true brasserie style restaurant serving freshly prepared food for busy people. I liked it here and would always say its a safe place to eat nicely prepared food

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Whalton, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My husband and I went to dine there tonight to celebrate our ruby wedding anniversary after travelling down from the north east. There were only another two tables in at 6pm despite having a pre-theatre dining menu. There was not a great choice on the menu but we went for the chicken korma and vegetable alternative with poppadoms to start... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled on Daawats at Johnstone before going to the Savoy Theatre. What an unexpected find in this part of London, we did not realise that it was part of the Strand Palace until we needed the loos! The atmosphere is not typically Indian, and on reflection is like many hotel restaurants, but the staff were very welcoming, polite and attentive.... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This was a great experience the food was excellent and the staff were very friendly We went twice and both times we really enjoyed our meal.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We live locally and have been to many restaurants in the area. We were just having a walk and decided to try this restaurant on the spur of the moment. We were greeted straightaway and seated with menus promptly. The waiter was very friendly. We ordered our food which was very well presented and very good. Also the food came... More 

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you like a good English roast dinner that you do not have to cook yourself, then this is the place to go to eat! The food was excellent and the service was also very good. I would definitely recommend it to everyone especially foreign visitors who would like to sample English cuisine.

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Visited "Dawat" in April, 2013. This is an Indian restaurant housed in a very good and centrally located hotel "Strand Palace", a clear advantage indeed. But this restaurant didn't live upto my expectation. I ordered rice and a spicy lamb dish. The food arrived much later than expected although the restaurant was almost empty at that time. The proportion wasn't... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

The menu looked interesting, but the food was rather disappointing. Bit too much style over substance.

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Inverness Scotish Highlands
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109 reviews 109 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Sadly this restuarant at the Strand Palace has been converted into an Indian restuarant with no european food available. What a shame!

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

we decided to eat here popped in before the theatre, polite service, was quite empty so we selected our own table, the service was good not in your face, and recommendations were very well received, the wine was lovely, the food although limited choice was lovely ! well presented.i have tried to return but been distracted by other places on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Burleigh Street | Strand, London WC2E 7PX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 207 497 4158

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 113
  • Cuisine: Indian, English
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 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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