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24 July 2014
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Opera Tavernone star

23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS

£50.00 Spanish , Tapas Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £76.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -3pm)

Square Meal Review of Opera Tavern ?

Like its siblings Salt Yard and Dehesa, this converted theatreland boozer has seduced readers with its ‘interesting' tapas and perfectly pitched Spanish/Italian wine list – including a cracking selection of sherries. Expect impeccably sourced charcuterie and cheeses, alongside a regularly changing menu that might yield moreish Gorgonzola and date croquetas (creamy and crispy in equal measure), char-grilled octopus on a chickpea fritter with vibrant mojo verde, ‘gooey-on-the-inside' tortilla and juicy pork belly on cannellini beans, plus specialities from the robata grill. Friendly staff are ‘well-informed, helpful and keen to advise', while the buzzy interior boasts original features including theatrical front windows and a handsome Edwardian bar. The odd dissenter bemoans small portions and rather over-complicated ideas, but most reckon that the Opera Tavern is well worth a repeat visit – especially if you go in a group.

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  1. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Madhur R.

    Most innovative combination Spanish & Italian tapas

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  2. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Sanna P.

    Opera Tavern - a visiting veggie.

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  3. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Monikasays

    Tapas heaven

      Gold Reviewer  (36)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Vincent V.

    Nice but not amazing

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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  5. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Becky C.

    Great Venue

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  6. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Maggie

    Opera Tavern

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  7. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Neil M.
      Gold Reviewer  (55)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  8. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Continental Diner
      Platinum Reviewer  (110)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 1

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  9. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Michael T.
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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 1

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  10. Opera Tavern

    23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    BoatLady
      Platinum Reviewer  (157)
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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    My boyfriend and I are developing a few of our own Valentine's Day traditions. Firstly, we stopped celebrating it on Valentine's Day and instead do it the day before (or after) so that if we want to go to a restaurant we aren't forced into choosing from a special Valentine's Menu and the place isn't full of sickening couples. Secondly, we seem to end up at slightly weird places (last year - Naked Girls Reading, the year before, a war memorial). And thirdly, my boyfriend buys 'me' some chocolate from Paul A Young (which he gets to share of course). This year we took the day off and went for lunch at the Opera Tavern for the first part of our celebrations and then went to the Romantic Misadventures event in the evening (see next post about that)...
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    Thankfully there’s been a tapas renaissance of late. Brindisa, the marvellous Jose and Barrfina are all leading the way. Although, Opera Tavern could easily be a noteworthy trailblazer. Above the rest, Opera Tavern has a fantastic formula that makes it very appealing. The menu is refined and thankfully goes beyond the later ‘holy trinity’. You can dine like a king or as modestly as you like. Sit amongst the gaggle at the bar or sit snuggly amongst other dinners at the tables (much like its neighbour Mishkins, it is intimate on space). The wine list is broad and far from intimidating, with only three mentions of the damned Rioja. The staff are conscientious, efficient and will happily divulge their personal recommendations with confidence and vigour...
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  5. Published : Thursday, 26th September 2013

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