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Cafe Pasta - Shaftesbury Avenue

#11,202 of 17,835 Restaurants in London
Covent Garden
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184 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HB, England
+44 20 7379 0198
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2015

Today sitting outside listening to an acoustic set ( part of Covent Garden residence festival) you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. This small cafe style restaurant I understand is part of a chain ; that said you would never guess. The mushroom soup was definitely home made as was the tiramisu. The staff were attentive without crowding you. Excellent... More 

Thank Kittywhowearsahat
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101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

I've been here loads of times and every time the food is fantastic. The only down side is the limited space, so I recommend you book, you will not be disappointed

Thank Divya85
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2014

What a fabulous meal - I had the Chicken Thighs with a bean and tomato salad with crushed garlic roast potatoes, my Son has Peri Peri chicken with Fries, we had tomato and basil flat bread to share. excellent food and service, would definately recommend. Meal for 2 and 2 soft drinks £38.00 but worth it.

Thank melanie clark
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141 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had an early dinner so the restaurant was not crowded. We started with an appetizer of olives. Never had such good olives wish I could get them at home. I had ravioli stuffed with ricotta and asparagus- so good. It's in a great location for the theater district and just to sit down and enjoy a good meal at... More 

1 Thank Nancy B
Redhill, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

This has fast become our regular pre-matinee restaurant when in the Shaftesbury Avenue/Charing Cross Road area. It does get busy, so we usually get there just after 12 noon - any later and it's probably best to book. The food is always excellent (love the pesto & tomato bread), generally good service and good value for money. I say generally... More 

Thank Shirley M
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

What a delightful restaurant. The staff were really friendly and incredibly helpful. We were over an hour late arriving for our pre-booked table due to bad traffic, but they were really understanding and ensured our food was served promptly giving us enough time to enjoy our meals before our theatre performance began. The food was freshly cooked, well presented and... More 

Thank Sally J
Barrington, Illinois
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170 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

This has always been one of favorite little Italian restaurants in London. The name changed in May 2012, but not much else. It is always crowded at dinner when we go there, so reservations are recommended. My wife particularly loves their Pesto Linguini and garlic bread.

1 Thank travelingdoc42
Walsall, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Prices look OK but pizza was lots of bread (cheap) and not much topping (expensive stuff). Dessert was very small on a very large plate. Service slow. They seem to be more interested in selling bread and olives and starters that giving good service. Seemed to be recently refurbished so they are trying to maximise profit at the customers expense.... More 

Thank Nik2212
Fayetteville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Visited many times in 1990s and early 2000s, but quality has gone downhill. So sad, cuz it was one of our favorite dining places. Oh well, on to new horizons

1 Thank Susan S
Torquay, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

I ate here twice in the past week. The first time was quite good. Service good. Food enjoyable. Nice wine. The second time was a disappointment. Service slow and curt. Food horrible - had carbonara, the bacon was burned and there was no salt in it. The wine was nice again! Pity.

Thank Whilboro

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 184 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7379 0198

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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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