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Moti Mahal

#794 of 17,734 Restaurants in London
#859 of 18,659 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Covent Garden
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45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
+44 20 7240 9329
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant...
Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
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  • 265
    Excellent
  • 156
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 33
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good and Bad.

Excellent food, authentic Indian. However the service was a bit hit and miss and the portions are small, especially considering the price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, authentic Indian. However the service was a bit hit and miss and the portions are small, especially considering the price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Went there today with my girlfriend as we wanted to try something different. The staff are great with who always have a smile there face..but the food was as same as any other Indian restaurant's around London or jus that street.. and must admit a meal for 2 people with only 2 main.. 1 starter 2 nan bread and 1... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I took my partner for his Birthday meal and i have two words amazingly perfect. The food was fantastic being a veggie but oh my god their daal makhani is a must!!! The staff were very friendly, ambience great, service great. All rounder was brilliant. Being Daal makhani as my signature dish this is the first restaurant that i have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I have been here for my 2 anniversary with my wife and friends . We really like the lamb chops, egg paratha and dal makhni. The service was excellent. We had a great time at Moti mahal and I would definitely recommend and visit again

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Jeevan kumar R, We wish to thank you for your review. We are glad to know that you had a great dinner with your wife and friends enjoying our recipes. We shared your great words with our colleagues and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Planned everything for my wife's birthday, apart from the restaurant! Despite a mid afternoon call on a Saturday Moti Mahal were able to squeeze us in for an 1800 dinner. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly, as always. The food was sublime, from the melon and feta amuse bouche to the bhalla papdi chaat and the Ghosht Ka Salan... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Rich_JoH, Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are very happy to hear that you celebrated your wife's birthday with us and that you had a great dining time. We shared your comments with our staff and we look forward to welcoming you with other occasions too! Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Superb culinary experience !!!!! the chef's fixed menu reflects the richness and diversity of the Indian culinary culture. The service is unbeatable as every restaurant should be, warm, caring, professional and detailed oriented. Overall, one great London restaurant worth the experience and every penny............

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear G. D, Thank you for your time to review us. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tasting menu. We shared your great feedback with our team and we hope to welcome you again soon. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What a wonderful restaurant this is!! We were made to feel very welcome immediately. The food was absolutely delicious and plenty of it!! It was also nice to be able to see the kitchen. It is spotlessly clean, as is the restaurant itself. Must give a very special mention of our friendly and delightful waiter, BIBESH, what a credit to... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear trouty186411, We would like to thank you for your great review. We are very happy to know that you had a great dinner in our restaurant enjoying the pre theatre menu. We have shared your comments with Bibesh and the rest of the team and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This visit was early pre-theatre. We had the limited menu but chose one of everything so we could taste it all. As ever it was wonderful.

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Steven M, We would like to thank you for your nice feedback. We are happy to know that you had a good dining experience before your show. We look forward to welcoming you again for other occasions too! Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Service was impeccable. Food was exceptional and the overall experience was unforgettable. We celebrated my fathers 59th birthday at Moti Mahal and were extremely well looked after by all. Amazing!

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Alex M, We are very happy to know that we had the honor to welcome and delight your family for your father's birthday. We thank you for your great feedback and we look forward to have you again among our guests. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

On friends recommendation had dinner here before the theater. What a treat. Delicious food in a very elegant setting including crisp white linens and excellent wait staff. Since we were early we opted for the pre theater menu served between 5:30 & 6:30. Three courses with 4 optIons per course, including the wonderful lentil dumplings. Lovely meal but not a... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear TripAdvisor Member, We wish to thank you for your great review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our pre theatre menu and the restaurant's ambiance. We shared your comments with the team and we hope to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 62 - 92
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Staying in Covent Garden

Neighborhood Profile
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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