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“A fun night out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bel Canto Restaurant

Bel Canto Restaurant
1-7 Lancaster Gate | Corus Hotel Hyde Park, London W2 3LG, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44 20 7262 1678
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Ranked #18 of 16,489 restaurants in London
Price range: $39 - $157
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate 
Description: Located just a few minutes from Lancaster Gate tube station, Bel Canto is suitable for all events and celebrations including birthdays and romantic evenings. Our opera restaurant attracts everyone from opera enthusiasts to curious tourists and culinary explorers. The classic French menu changes seasonally, and is complemented by a diverse selection of both French and Italian wines. Bel Canto has approximately 60 artists on rotation. Every evening 4 singers and a pianist will perform a variety of arias from celebrated operas. The talented waiting staff will belt out everything from Verdi to Wagner while serving fine French cuisine! During the evening you will receive a glass prosecco to join in with the artists to toast with them for the "Libiamo" of the "Traviatta"! Bel Canto is an intimate Restaurant and is decorated with ruby red wallpaper, ornate opera costumes and crisp white linens. Bel Canto offers truly unique and intimate dining experience - the whole team cannot wait to share with you!
Newbury, United Kingdom
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“A fun night out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We were a party of 11 people and had to pre order because of the numbers. No problem and individual menus were prepared showing the choices for each person. A nice touch.
The first course was a little slow to arrive but thereafter everything ran like a Swiss watch and the food quality was very good.
My recommendation would be to have complimentary bread / bruschetta / olives etc while waiting for the first course to arrive - so few restaurants seem to do this in the UK but in France/ Spain/ Italy it is commonplace.
Waiters were great and it we all had a very enjoyable evening

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chepstow, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The food complemented the outstanding entertainment - highly talented and professional opera delivered in an interactive and lively environment. They would burst into song every twenty minutes or so, between meals or in the middle of the meal but it was such high quality and the acoustics were perfect. These are trained professional opera singers, who are starting their careers and you can see that they and the audience are having a wonderful time.
A real must, a real experience.

  • Visited July 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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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“A very unusual night out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a great and very unusual night out. The food is good, the service excellent and the opera superb. The basic idea is that the waiters and waitresses stop serving every 20 minutes or so and then present a very high quality opera performance right around the restaurant tables. The real surprise is the quality - the singers are all professionals, and Bel Canto is what they do in between other engagements with a range of London and European based opera companies. Although the restaurant is in a basement, this does not detract from the overall experience, which on the two occasions we've visited was very special indeed. Parking in the area is difficult, so would suggest you go by public transport - Lancaster Gate tube station is just a few minutes away. Overall, this is a unique London night out - highly recommended!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“great night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Perfect combination of delicious food, lovely service and excellent singing! I will definitely go again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A real value for the opera lover”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

London is an expensive city and when a dear friend gave us gift certificates to the dinner and opera experience at Bel Canto, I was not sure what to expect. My brother had been there before and being a true opera aficionado, he had told us that he had thoroughly enjoyed the evening. However, I thought that if the musicians were good, then the food would just be so so. What a surprise!! The evening started out with a wonderful pianist playing selections from Mozart's opera. Dinner was a selection of 3 courses (which is what was on our gift certificate) although you could have a choice of 2 (starter and main) or even 4 courses. In between courses, our servers became our entertainers and sang selections from Mozart, Puccini, etc/ They were mostly Italian operas and as the evening went on, they also sang as duos, quartets and of course solos. There were 2 tenors, a soprano and a contralto. All of them were wonderful!! They also chatted with us and it was fun learning where they were from and what they did when they were not at Bel Canto. By the way, these singers do not stop singing until the last patron leaves. Although I wanted to stay till the end, we were the 2nd to last to leave and it was 11:30pm. I would say it was very good value for the money and I had to give these incredible musicians a very good tip - please be generous and do tip them!

We went by bus and I agree with another reviewer in that parking is difficult and the best way is by public transportation. If you love opera or just love music, this is a restaurant you must go to!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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