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Rules Restaurant

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#233 of 2,559 European in London
#573 of 17,192 Restaurants in London
Travelers' Choice


European, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Covent Garden
0.1 miles from Trafalgar Square
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MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

London's oldest restaurant boasts a fine collection of antique cartoons, drawings and paintings. Tradition continues in the menu, specialising in game ...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Met and exceeded all expectations. We have wanted to experience the delights of Rules restaurant in in Covent Garden for a number of years. Backed with an established history of over 200 years (established in 1798) we had to give it a go. The restaurant...serves classic British food (including game when in season) set in opulent ant Edwardian surrounds. We arrived around half hour early and had pre dinner drinks in the Winter gardens cocktail bar (worth booking table in advance of your table downstairs in the restaurant to avoid disappointment) Waiting staff were excellent showing us to our table (next to the table used in a scene in the 2015 Bond film) Excellent food well prepared presented and served (see receipt) without exception every dish arrived as described and was delicious. Overdid the extra accompaniments slightly (Some of the main course dishes are rather hearty (puddings and pies🤤 but delicious!) Excellent attentive service, food and experience Not disappointed We will be coming back! Thanks RulesMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect for pre or post theatre , Rules takes you back in time with a menu full of quintessential British food from steak and kidney pudding to rib of beef with all the trimmings. Cocktails are a speciality here and so are definitely worth a...try. The decor of the restaurant is stunning with every inch of wall space filled with pictures and paintings depicting the history and people who have dined at Rules. Service is formal with an ambience akin to a quiet hum in the restaurant - a bit too formal for us but befitting of the restaurant. Dishes such as the chicken and back pudding terrine and chicken and leek pie are exactly as they should be. Dauphinoise potatoes are luxurious and the chunky chips are perfectly crispy. Definitely worth a visit as Rules delivers a unique experience - it's been around for over 200 years and long may it continue !!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice food, service Ok but felt like we were on a conveyor belt, virtually no break between starter and main even though we hadn’t finished the wine we had ordered with our starter. Last time I came it felt special: waiters remembered your order without...writing it down this time waitresses didn’t get it right even when they had. The food was very nice it was the other bits that let it down.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well after over 18 months absence it was back to Rules on Saturday evening to celebrate my Daughters 19th Birthday......and what a treat with really excellent food .....the stand outs being the Dorset Crab salad, the duck, the rabbit ....let no one say that youngsters...don,t enjoy "real food". In fact the quality overall was as good as i have known it An additional delight were the grown up pre and post dinner cocktails in the Winter Garden room .......superbly mixed as my daughter said much much better than all the clouds of liquid nitrogen and other strange concoctions you get in the trendy cocktail lounges Now just trying to find an excuse to go again soon!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience Without doubt one of the nicest places in London to dine. Quality is great, atmosphere is of a bygone era, just brilliant. I love the old school options from the menu, I’ll always love this place. Of course there are many...great restaurants in London but only one Rules.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a Sunday birthday lunch here and what an experience, staff were professional, food amazing, just what we were looking for, would recommend for anyone visiting London.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to Rules twice, each visit was fantastic. Quality of food is first class as is the service. Second visit was with my wife who loved the experience and the food. If you like good old fashion English food go with the steak &...kidney pudding, best I’ve eaten and almost as good as my lovely mother use to make. We started with a drink upstairs in cocktails bar which was very chilled and relaxing. Sorry but can’t give a review on deserts because we were both to full to try one. But there’s always a next time. Well done to all at Rules for making our visit very memorable.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed June 22, 2021 via mobile

Food pretty good. Although not offered mint sauce on our Lamb. Historic building, staff rushing around like mad whole time. Seemed a bit unpersonal for the high price. Bit formal for me, Claridges Afternoon Tea much nicer and more relaxed and informal.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 19, 2021 via mobile

I was overwhelmed by the the whole Rules experience from the concierge on arrival polite friendly professional. We visited the cocktail bar upstairs and wow the manager is a star as are all of his staff their whisky selection is fantastic as are the cocktails....We went downstairs for our meal and everything was perfect the ambience the staff the food I could not fault. Thank you for an afternoon we will remember and see you again soon.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed June 16, 2021

Cam with three of my sons for a treat. was concerned that this would just be a restaurant trading on its history but i was wrong. Food was excellent, great choice of wines and service friendly, prompt but not overbearing. we enjoyed it tremendously.

Date of visit: June 2021
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I would probably not take a 1 year old, table near us had a 5/6 year old who was extremely well behaved so no problem.
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Yes, Rules Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Rules Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5