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“Jo-jo 40-oh!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro 1

Bistro 1
33 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HE, England (Covent Garden)
+44 (0)20 7379 7585
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Ranked #1,746 of 17,041 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $37
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: If you are looking for exceptional food, friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of London's Soho and Covent Garden, then Bistro 1 should be your first port of call. With 10 years of experience, time and patience have gone into making a traditionally inspired Mediterranean menu; bursting with fresh fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Bistro 1 has pooled the historic flavours of the warm climate of Southern Europe into London's historic quarters. London offers residents and visitors a global perspective on life and the wine list exemplifies the cosmopolitan nature of this city. From Chilean Sauvignon Blanc to Argentinean Shiraz, Bistro 1 aims to delight even the finest wine connoisseur.
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Jo-jo 40-oh!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Absolutely fab restaurant!!! Initially, I was very anxious as it was very cheap and may not have been great.....how wrong was I to be worried!!! What a lovely find. A huge menu, and at £12.90 for 3 courses, who could argue?? The waiter was a darling who couldn't do enough for our large and rather merry group and we all ate some of the nicest med food I've had outside of Greece. Great atmosphere and really friendly staff who were good fun and attentive. Even better, they happily took a booking for 10, without insisting on pre-booking food/deposits/over-pricing. This restaurant really was the cherry on the icing to my 40th bash in the big smoke!! I am soooo going to go back next time I'm in town...loved it xxx

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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kent
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“very welcoming and helpful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

7 of my family and i visited for a pre theatre dinner between christmas and new year - it was quite 'cosy' but so friendly and welcoming that this wasnt a problem. The menu is large and they were very accomodating to 2 of my daughters who are wheat and dairy intolerant. All the dishes we chose were very tasty and you cannot beat the price !

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Worst Mediterranean Restaurant in London”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked a table for 3 but when we arrive we had to wait 20mins outside. Waiter was friendly and tried to keep us comfy but it wasn't a good start. Then we ordered food and drinks to another waiter but it took him sometime to take our order! Housewine is avarage, i can recommend but starter dishes wasn't great at all. My friend's main course arrived cold and when we finish our table food was on the table for almost 30mins. No one really came around and ask if we need anything.It's cheap and cheerful place but i still do want to get something worth for my money. I am not quite sure if i would go ever again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Bracknell
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“You get what you pay for!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

At £7.90 for two courses you can't really complain. Food was tasty - starters better than mains. Mash potato with the mains left a bit to be desired - very lumpy and runny. Wine was good and very reasonably priced. Tap water order at the start of meal never arrived. Restaurant makes its money by packing you in and feeding you fast. Not the place to go for a romantic meal but good for a quick bite. Avoid sitting near the door if you can - everytime it opens you will be freezing.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Very rushed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We booked this restaurant as we were staying in Covent Garden and the price was good. It was £12.90 for 3 courses but you were rushed to eat your 3 courses the couple sat at the side of us said that they had been in the restaurant for only 30 minutes and the bill was put on there table encouraging them to leave. The food was not the best don't get the fish cakes if you decide to try this restaurant as my daughter left hers she said the bread crumbs around the fish tasted funny. We noticed on our way out that someone else had left the fish cakes to. If you want to sit and enjoy a bottle of wine with your meal bear in mind you will need to drink it very fast as they want your table. We felt sorry for the waitresses as the head man seem to be encouraging them to get rid of us. We won't ever eat here again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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