30 Great Queen Street , London, WC2B 5BB

Wolfe's restaurant salmon with poached egg

SquareMeal Review of Wolfe's

Wolfe's closed permanently

Wolfe’s started out in Park Lane back in 1975, before graduating to this prime Covent Garden site just off Drury Lane – the ground floor of a listed building that was once home to the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls. Inside, it’s flamboyantly done out with banqueting-style raised seating, gold-tinted mirrors covering the ceiling and panoramic views of the kitchen through a large window. Signature burgers, steaks and grills are the main event, but the wide-ranging international menu also brings on board the likes of grilled chicken with salsa verde, pan-fried salmon with mushrooms and fennel and seared seabass with tiger prawns and sauteed potatoes. After that, find room for a classic pud – perhaps chocolate fudge cake, Eton mess or a panettone tiramisu. Cocktails and snacks are served throughout the day in the bar.

Wolfe's Location

30 Great Queen Street , London WC2B 5BB

Opening times

Mon-Sat 11am-12M

Wolfe's's Reviews


Food & Drink: 4.7


Service: 5.3


Atmosphere: 6.7


Value: 5.3


Food + drink: 0

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

02 May 2016

I had friends visiting from overseas and thought this looked like a nice place to bring them. First up, the waitress didn't introduce herself, didn't offer to get us drinks, and no water for the table (the latter we asked for and still didn't receive). We were then told we HAD to order from the offer menu, and were not allowed to substitute the glass of free wine for anything else, so were charged extra for apple juice despite not having the wine. Once we'd placed our order, our waitress disappeared and came back 10 minutes later to say three mains we'd ordered were not included on the offer menu so would be a different price - perhaps she should have pointed this out when she handed us the menu. I had the crab cakes, which were delicious inside, but ruined by an over-powering chili sauce. The bed of noodles were wither old or over cooked as they were clumped together and hard. At no point were we offered a refill, or asked if everything was OK with the food. The seabass main was tasteless, the fish itself hard and overcooked, and the roast potatoes still almost raw. We didn't stick around for dessert. The restaurant was not busy, but it still took over an hour before our starters arrived, and the music did not fit the tone of the restaurant. Very disappointed and embarrassed to have suggested this place. Will not be returning. It's a shame because the restaurant itself is designed to a very high standard, but the staff were rude, gave very poor service, and the food was terrible.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

01 February 2016

The fixed price menu of £25.50 offering a wide range of starters and main courses with a glass of wine looked really interesting and promised a tasty dinner on a quiet Sunday evening following a visit to the British Museum. We were greeted warmly by a friendly waitress and shown to a table in the window. There were a few other diners present but the restaurant was relatively empty and service was very quick and efficient. A selection of bread rolls with butter were offered before we ordered, they were fairly fresh but would have been much tastier warm. My Provençal tart with Brie looked good and the filling was tasty but the pastry was soft and rubbery as a consequence, I think, of having been reheated in a microwave, which was a real shame. The salad garnish and sweet chilli dip were tasty. My wife's duck and champagne terrine with toasted brioche was meaty and tasty. My main of sea bass was a little over cooked and, sadly, the skin was not crisp, so I removed it. The sauce was flavoursome but a little thin. The prawns were juicy and well cooked as was the fennel and sauteed potatoes. My wife's vegetarian Wellington was crisp with a tasty filling. The accompanying vegetables of the day turned out to be a salad which we thought was a little strange with a hot pastry based protein in the winter. The included glass of wine was Chilean with a choice of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot Rose or Merlot. We had a glass each of the first two and they were as described in the menu, fruity with some acidity and made suitable accompaniments to the chosen menu. Overall, I was disappointed with the texture of my two courses though the taste was good. If chosen carefully from the range on offer, the menu promises to provide a tasty dinner, with a glass of wine at a reasonable price in pleasant surroundings with good service.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

22 December 2015

I booked for a special Xmas treat lunch then theatre with my daughters in law, two meals were fine but the third was not good. Teriyaki beef skewers had three pieces (half the portion) of inedible, gristly meat. Both girls ordered burgers and it states on the menu they cannot be cooked less than medium. They were not asked for cooking preference. One was almost rare in the middle but the second was verging on raw. Totally unacceptable. After I pointed it out to the waitress we were not charged for the skewer and one burger so up it was at least dealt with correctly with profuse apologies. However the restaurant was quiet, so I can only assume the chef had no dea how to cook meat properly or just wasn't paying attention. The rest of the meal was fine but it did take the shine off a special occasion. I probably wouldn't risk going again.