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It’s a “far cry from the area’s tourist traps”, but this secluded spot promises “the most romantic meal you'll ever have” – no wonder it’s a favourite for proposals and anniversaries. Key to Clos Maggiore’s appeal is an enchanting conservatory, where twinkly fairy lights, apple blossom and an open fire create a magical backdrop – though reservations aren't guaranteed here. Still, wherever you sit, you can take advantage of an award-winning wine list and polished menu of beautifully styled French dishes, cooked with consummate skill. The favourites here, such as delicate crab, prawn and scallop tortellini in a light Champagne velouté, or the signature braised rabbit shoulder pointed up by sweet-and-sour black radish and a punchy mustard mousseline, “never disappoint”, while mains include melting Ibérico pork loin paired with a moreish bone marrow and almond croquette. A dedicated vegetarian menu shows the same flair, and readers also swoon over the pungently ripe cheeses, delightful desserts and cracking Cognac list. On the downside, hurried service and table-turning irritate those wishing to linger.

Wine List Of The Year Winner

Clos Maggiore is well known for having an immense range of wines on offer. At almost 100 pages and (at a rough guess) around 2,500 bins, it boasts an impressive selection. And yet, for all the extraordinary range of wines on offer (including jaw-dropping verticals of some of the wine world’s biggest names), the most impressive aspect of this list is the effort that has gone into making it accessible.

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Clos Maggiore

33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Hurry up I want to go home

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May 2016

We booked a table for 2 at 1pm. We were ushered upstairs to a pleasant but small room and to a table where my seat was too close to the kitchen door, so plates of food were passing very close to my head as meals were served to other diners. The waitress was quite frosty, from the beginning we had the feeling that she couldn't wait to finish her shift. Rather than let us choose the bread we would like she tossed 3 types of bread on each of our side plates. We didn't want bread as it happens....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 7

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Clos Maggiore

33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Mostly magical Maggiore

by   platinum reviewer (203)

Sep 2015

Editor's pick It is a bold claim for any restaurant to make suggesting that it provides an ‘unforgettable dining experience’, and all the more so if you have also been voted London’s ‘most romantic’ restaurant. Such is the standard that Clos Maggiore is forced to live up to. My comrade and I certainly thoroughly enjoyed a recent Saturday night here, but perhaps not as much as our initial visit around five years ago. In some ways, Clos Maggiore has become a victim of its own success; customers go here expecting...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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Clos Maggiore

33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Just have to keep coming back!

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Mar 2015

Strategy a wonderful fresh and clean combination on the palet. Main excellent and the duck succulent. Sweet, had to have it Black Icecream there's nothing like it; not too sweet and lovely to finish off.

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

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An underestimated treasure?

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Dec 2014

Clos Maggiore has been around for many years, tucked fairly inconspicuously in King Street behind the Royal Opera House. Despite its well-appointed interior and charming door staff, you might just have a lingering initial suspicion that it's yet another over-priced, over-styled Covent Garden restaurant. You'd be wrong. This is the real deal: superb French food - with exotic Caribbean influences - and a magnificent wide-ranging wine list, all avaiable in a delightful, cosy, elegant setting...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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Clos Maggiore

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Dec 2014

We had an excellent meal for our anniversary yesterday. The restaurant is quite small and we had to wait a few minutes for our table. The service was excellent and the food we had was memorable; scallops on pigs trotters followed by loin of pork with delicious sauce.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Clos Maggiore

33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Early meal impresses overall

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Oct 2014

After a train down from the Midlands, a walk in the drizzle around the Tower of London to see the stupendous poppy installation, then to the National Gallery for the wonderful exhibition of Rembrandt's later works it occurred to me that a meal at 5 o'clock prior to our journey home might struggle to match the earlier part of the day. I needn't have worried as Clos Maggiore remains one of my favourite restaurants. A warm welcome then a chilled glass of champagne before our table was...

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

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33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Perfect for romantic dinners. But not just romantic dinners!

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Oct 2014

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I last visited Clos Maggiore about 10 years ago for dinner with friends and it was so good I hadn't been back. Sounds weird but I had it in my head that I should return for a really special romantic dinner and of course the 100% perfect excuse never quite arose. So I was delighted when a friend gave me another reason to visit when he booked the private dining room for a leaving-for-far-flung-shores lunch one weekend. It was the perfect spot for the occasion. There was just enough time and space...

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

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33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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May 2014

I saw a review of this restaurant in magazine and as it was dubbed ‘most romantic’ restaurant in London so my husband and I decided to book. We booked at the end of February for a date in May and when we arrived we were not seated in the main restaurant. Instead we were seated near the bar in what looks like an add on for people who just happen to pop in on the off chance. The website and pictures are very deceiving. I asked if we could move tables to be in the main part and was told that they only...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Still retains it's romantic magic

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Feb 2014

Over the years the romantic atmosphere has not diminished and the cosy, faux foliage and conservatory with it's fire and mirrors still deliver a special romanticism. The fixed price evening menu for either 2 or 3 courses with a choice of 3 dishes per course is excellent value and unusually for a “prix fixe” the dish sizes are the same as from the a la carte menu. Wines offered stretch over the price and global range. The only negative is the service can be rushed as they openly try to turn the tables...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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33 King Street ,London WC2E 8JD

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Sadly slipping lately.

by   platinum reviewer (125)

Oct 2013

Clos Maggiore used to be nothing short of magical. More recently, prices have risen, serivce seems confused and rushed and the overall quality of what used to be a bullet proof dining experience has begun to slip. It remains to hope that this is only temporary, but after a few disappointing evenings, it remains to be seen if this is a classical case of a restaurnt becoming the victim of its own success, or an internal change which might have upset the harmony here. The dining room remains pretty...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 4

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    Marketed, as London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden, is no fraud. It’s quite obvious from the outset that this is one of the most romantic spots in the capital, however, you don’t just have to take our word for it; amongst many accolades, Clos Maggiore has been awarded London’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Harden’s Guide 2014, Most Romantic in the UK by Toptable 2013 and “Sexiest Restaurant” in the UK by The Times 2012. And we can see why...
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    The Critics Guide :: The Critics Guide Clos Maggiore

    Marketed, as London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden, is no fraud. It’s quite obvious from the outset that this is one of the most romantic spots in the capital, however, you don’t just have to take our word for it; amongst many accolades, Clos Maggiore has been awarded London’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Harden’s Guide 2014, Most Romantic in the UK by Toptable 2013 and “Sexiest Restaurant” in the UK by The Times 2012. And we can see why...

    During our visit, we were fortunate enough to be seated at one of the seven most romantic tables in this subtly located, roadside restaurant....
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £56.00
  • Wine: £18.50
  • Champagne: £49.00
  • Private Dining: 23

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