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“Excellent singers, tasty food, a great night overall!”

Bel Canto Restaurant
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Ranked #39 of 22,375 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $69 - $96
Cuisines: French, European, British, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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!
Sao Paulo, SP
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“Excellent singers, tasty food, a great night overall!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2011

We had a lovely evening and are definitely going back. Great for a fun and original night out.
We had the specials of the day, pumpkin soup then fish, both excellent. For dessert, the chocolate gateau and sorbet, which were both excellent. Very glad we didn't go for the tiramisu, which looked very unappealing when it reached the table next to us.

  • Visited March 2011
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jpmaurel, Owner at Bel Canto Restaurant, responded to this review, March 6, 2015
Dear Edianem, we are so pleased you enjoyed your evening. Hope to see you soon.
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“Absolutely amazing evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2011

I went here for my birthday after getting a discount voucher and was very intrigued! It was absolutely brilliant, food was good and the singing was outstanding. We were worried that it might be a little intrusive but it wasn't at all, they sing about every 15 mins or so and it's beautiful. Great atmosphere and excellent service, would definately recommend it to anyone!!

  • Visited January 2011
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jpmaurel, Owner at Bel Canto Restaurant, responded to this review, March 6, 2015
Dear Anon, thank you for recommending us ! We are happy you enjoyed your evening !
We hope you will visit us again. Lyrically yours.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Bravo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2010

Bel Canto delivers much more than just a meal. The French inspired food would be reason enough to go, as it is beautifully presented without the excesses of foams, smears, and daubs which so many chefs seem to think are de rigueur.
Suspend your doubts about the concept of singing waiters/waitresses as these are seriously talented young professionals, many of whom will be stars in their own right in due course, having trained at top conservatoires. Apparently, the cast is drawn from a list of 60 performers so the repertoire will change each evening. Plus, it was a pleasure to talk with the singers after the 'show' as they clearly enjoy the experience as much as the diners. It is all very relaxed, with an interval every 15 minutes or so which allows for normal conversation to continue.
The only (small) niggle is that there are too many supplements on the supposedly fixed price menu, but this did not detract from an otherwise unique and hugely enjoyable evening. If you think of it as being a great meal in comfortable surroundings, with excellent service, and an integral show with genuine talent, then it becomes very good value. The evening really worked for my wife and I, and it looked good for small groups too. We left feeling sated and elated.

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jpmaurel, Owner at Bel Canto Restaurant, responded to this review, March 6, 2015
Dear Lombard,
We are so pleased you enjoyed your time again with us at Bel canto Restaurant and you loved our concept. We are incredibly proud of all of our kitchen, waiting, and singing staff.
We hope you will visit us again.
Lyrically yours.
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“Extra-ordinary!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

Quite a surprising restaurant! The waiters will sing opera themes during dinner and the effect is very vibrant, very powerful. The effect is not overwhelming at all as I was fearing but very entertaining - especially duets. You are even offered a glass of prosecco to toast with the team. Even better, I realised that my knowledge of operas, which I thought was close to zero, actually wasn't so bad.
Ideal for occasions, business dinners, taking the in-laws, Xmas dinners...
The food is French inspired and was very refreshing, very tasty. The chicken with prunes really is worth trying and the desert menu proposes cheese from one of the best cheesemongers in town, La Fromagerie.

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jpmaurel, Owner at Bel Canto Restaurant, responded to this review, March 6, 2015
Dear Chocoralie, what a lovely review ! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience in our Restaurant. We are extremely proud of all of our kitchen staff. We hope you will visit us again.
Lyrically yours.
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“Delightful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

I read about the original establishment in Paris and gave it a try at this London sister restaurant. We had a fantastic evening. Intermissions are well calculated i.e. not to disrupt the natural conversation flow at tables while serving was well time-managed. The singers were all pleasant, charming and fun to talk to. We had a chat with the owner after the dinner and admired his passion for his restaurant.s The whole evening was such a delightful experience. They have 60 singers registered, thus, we are looking forward to going back to listen to other singers' performance in the near future.
Only minor negative aspect, if I am to mention, was the display of stage costumes on top of / bottom of the staircase. They do bear some tacky feeling and I am afraid it has a negative effect when the customers are on their way to the restaurant. I would think that it would be best to keep those cosutomes within the restaurant space, which would make the space special.

Lastly but not least, the food was also fine and the portion was slightly on the lighter side, which we were very happy with.

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jpmaurel, Owner at Bel Canto Restaurant, responded to this review, March 6, 2015
Dear Lutecia, It was a pleasure to welcome you ! We are so grateful for our talented singers who love to share their passion with others.
We welcome your opinion. We hope you will visit us again.
Lyrically yours.
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