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Rules Restaurant

#304 of 17,131 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
(020) 78365314
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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150 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On our fourth visit to London we finally added a visit to Rules to the "To Do" list. We regret having waited so long. This is one of those rare places where the very interesting setting just adds so much to the dining experience. Our server, Ugur, was very helpful, and spot on with his service. He made the whole... More 

Thank Michael P
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited London, on average, annually for many years. I always have a dinner and a lunch at Rules. The food and service are always excellent and the ambience is unique and incredible. Don't miss it.

Thank donfncarlos
大阪市, 大阪府
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80 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

価格からしても、普段気軽に手が出せるレベルではないのですが、せっかくの英国旅行ということで、公式HPから予約し訪問しました。 3日前くらいには、お店から直接Reconfirmionの簡単な電話がありました。 日曜日の12時に訪れましたが、ほぼ1番乗りで店内は店員さんだけでしたが、食べ終わった1時頃には20-30人はお客さんがいました。 ティーシャツを着用しているお客さんもいましたので、入店拒否されることはないでしょうが、店内の雰囲気や大半のお客さん(特に英国人)は襟付きシャツを着用していますので、カジュアルすぎる格好は避けたほうがいいかもしれません。 メニューに「Rib of Beef for two (850g) (per person) with dauphinoise potatoes, spinach & Yorkshire Pudding」と書かれたもののみ注文しましたが、とにかくおいしいです。こんなローストビーフ食べたことがありません。 特にわさび風味のソースで食べるのがあっさりして箸(フォーク?)が進みます。 ただ、20代男女2名で添付写真(2名分)を食べましたが、実はこのローストビーフの層が3段あり、もうgive up...という量です。 もしスターターでパンやスープを飲んでいたら、確実に残していたと思います。 いずれにせよとてつもなく美味しいローストビーフをとてつもない量で食べれることは間違いありません。 添付写真はメニューに下記のとおり記載されています。 Rib of Beef for two (850g) (per person) £34.95 (2名で食べたのでx2倍) with dauphinoise potatoes, spinach & Yorkshire Pudding

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok, if you are vegetarian or anti game leave now. Rules is not for you. However if you want to eat in a restaurant that sources it's food fresh from its estate in the north Pennines then this is the place for you. The oldest restaurant in London, Rules has been frequented by many over the years including the likes... More 

Thank Fiona B
Witham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my in-laws to Rules for lunch on Monday. Not eaten here for at least 5 years but had fond memories of my last visit. The food was as I remembered, hearty traditional British grub, elevated above gastro pub level. Service was relaxed but attentive. To start I had carpaccio of venison with quince and hazelnut dressing, which was probably... More 

Thank Captainbilos
London, UK
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's rare these days to find strictly traditional English restaurants, rarer still to find ones that have been mastering the art for as long as Rules. I was quite taken with the charming and sometimes eclectic decor, the atmosphere is refined and relevantly quiet. The service we received was first class and so was the food. Some people might consider... More 

Thank Aidan B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food: I understand you don't go to Rules for the food, but there was nothing here that would tax a good gastropub. The emphasis is on the range of meat and game available, rather than the cooking - which is good, but not noteworthy. Ambience: as to be expected from London's oldest restaurant, the decor is eclectic, interesting and gives... More 

Thank Frank B
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My second visit was as good as the first. First the food. It is all excellent. Be it the traditional Steak & Kidney Pie, any of the fish, you name it. It's all good,and the food is sourced by the restaurant itself. So it's fresh. Service is good. By that I mean unobtrusive, and occasionally slow. A meal at Rules... More 

Thank Bruce H
Belfast, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Dined here on a Friday evening. Even though the restaurant was very busy staff were pleasant and very helpful. The restaurant has definitely to be experienced and the food was amazing. Had a drink upstairs afterwards and, again, great staff who know their job and make a great cocktail!

Thank GillianSB
charlotte, north carolina
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ambiance/setting of the historic restaurant was wonderful. The service excellent. However our main courses (beef for husband and salmon for me) were average at best. Nothing special beef not so tender and my salmon was bland. Desserts were good. For the prices charged, I would expect an overall exceptional meal.

Thank boomernation

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
European, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: (020) 78365314
Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution and the oldest restaurant in London. Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The whole-hearted menu of traditional British food specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings, featuring game birds, roe deer and Belted Galloway beef fresh from the establishment's own High Pennines estate. The wine list is a French-led affair, or there are native draught beers served in silver tankards.

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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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