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“Do not live up to its reputation”
Review of Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore
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Ranked #72 of 22,853 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $52 - $65
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Cross street: Bedford Street
Transit: Underground: Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Leicester Square
Description: If romance is in the cards, London's most romantic restaurant is Covent Garden's multi award-winning Clos Maggiore. Echoing the charming country inns of Provence and Tuscany, the warmly muted decor, low lighting and welcoming log fire were clearly designed with love in mind. The skylight is surrounded with twining, flower-starred branches to resemble an Italianate courtyard, a delightful faux-rural treat in the city centre. Seasonally inspired classic French cuisine coupled with impeccable service is the order of the day at Clos Maggiore restaurant, with a focus on chic presentation and bold flavours. The range of menus include a six-course "tasting menu" featuring such dishes as "Seared Wild Scallops, Ratte Potato & Winter Truffle" and "Pan Roasted Fillet of Cornish Cod, Olive Oil & Basil Pomme Puree". In addition Clos Maggiore serves a reasonably priced, regularly changing set lunch and pre-theatre menus. To find the perfect complement Clos Maggiore's extensive cellar includes over 2500 labels and was extended earlier this year to include an additional 400 wines at a low - mid price range. They have recently been awarded the "The Grand Wine Award 2014" by the Wine Spectator - one of only 70 restaurants worldwide to receive this accolade. Clos Maggiore has been voted in the "Top Ten" categories for "Best French Restaurants", "Best Ambiance" and "Special Occasion Restaurants" by opentable. Toptable lists Clos Maggiore as one of the most highly rated dining venues in London and Square Meal lists Clos Maggiore as one of the best restaurants with Private Rooms.
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Do not live up to its reputation”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I searched a lot on the net to try to get a descent French place to welcome a friend. My friend went for their A la carte and I went for their lunch set. The seafood was perfectly cooked but only a limited selection was available. Overall, it's a good meal but did not live up to my expectation of such a highly praised restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Romance in Covent Garden”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Dining at Clos Magiore in Covent Garden is a memorable experience. You will remember a beautifully decorated romantic intimate restaurant, particularly if you are seated in the conservatory. What we found interesting is that the food was secondary. The food is good – not great. But the service and ambiance is so polished and so welcoming that you can happily overlook any shortfall.

Both my duck in cherry sauce and my wife’s monk fish was very good. Although we found the choice of starters very limited and we both thought the choice of deserts was very disappointing and you need to love marzipan which we don't, if you like petits fours

The cost for 2 including one starter, one dessert and one glass of wine each was £120. Clos Magiore is definitely the place for a special occasion – just do not expect to be blown away.

A word of caution. If you decide to go for the beautifully presented Taster menu, as did the couple next to us, the regimented time slot to enjoy a number of courses and down an equal number of glasses of wine remains the same.

  • Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Crème de la crème”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Lives up to the title of the 'Most Romantic restaurant in London' and the conservatory room creates a certain atmosphere for your dining experience especially if your going as a couple. I would only recommend going to the restaurant if you can get a booking in the conservatory.

The weekend set menu had a reasonable amount of options to chose from for a very affordable price. The food was delicious and I would recommend the Devon Crab & Mayonnaise for Starters and the Pappardella Pasta for Mains.

  • Visited May 2013
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Spring Lake, New Jersey
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“Garden of Eden”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

The atmosphere and decor will truly impress you. This is a must for romantics and special occasions. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the service was impeccable. The food was extraordinary with a diverse and excellent menu. When i return to London I will be coming back to Clos Maggiore.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This place is great! The food and the service is excellent. However, I'd recommend asking for a table in the conservatory (it's the nice bit in all the photos!)

  • Visited March 2013
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