Clos Maggiore

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SquareMeal Review of Clos Maggiore

Gold Award

“A special restaurant for a special occasion” Clos Maggiore simply oozes magic and romance – with an added soupçon of Gallic ooh-la-la for good luck. Love is always on the cards at this inviting Covent Garden hideaway which is often considered among the most romantic restaurants in London – especially if you’re lucky enough to bag a table in the desirable glass-roofed conservatory with foliage and blossoms climbing overhead, fairy lights a-twinkling and star-gazing opportunities on balmy evenings. The waiting list for this prime piece of dining real estate can be months long though, so our advice is to book well in advance.

If you’re unable to secure a booking in the deeply seductive conservatory itself, you can always decamp to one of the (slightly) less beguiling dining areas: either way, expect “superlative” French-accented cooking with rich, soothing overtones and some noticeable Mediterranean nuances.

Kick things off with pan-roasted Les Landes duck liver dressed with artichoke and hazelnut vinaigrette or a take on vitello tonnato involving fillet of Limousin veal, smoked tuna and anchovy mayonnaise plus pickled vegetables and croûtons. After that, keep things Gallic and seasonal with slow cooked cod ‘rougaille’ or roast squab pigeon and confit leg with a truffle and onion tart, plus a warm lentil and beetroot salad on the side.

Vegetarians might be offered a casserole of new season’s vegetables served with a crispy purse of smoked soya cheese and Provençal aromatics, while intricate desserts always feature the signature ‘caramelised Valrhona chocolate sensation’ with burnt honey ice cream and Armagnac jelly as well as, say, white chocolate mousse and fresh gariguette strawberry ‘volupté with Sicilian pistachios and wild strawberry sorbet.

Service is invariably on point, and Clos Maggiore’s “very extensive” (but accessible) wine list also warrants serious exploration. No wonder this theatreland stalwart has achieved “absolute favourite” status and a legendary reputation among its legions of fans.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cosy, Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Clos Maggiore

33 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JD

020 7379 9696


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-22:00

Reviews of Clos Maggiore

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67 Reviews 

Wendy P

06 August 2019  
I always love the classic French menu and the super romantic atmosphere. The food and wine are lovely - a real treat.


26 July 2019  
Again an excellent restaurant with good food if a little expensive spoilt by the fact it is so difficult to get s reservation especially for two.

Anne W

26 July 2019  
Food and Service superb, beautifully decorated.


26 July 2019  
Smart, romantic and chic. Fantastic food not overcomplicated. Wine list for all budgets and wonderful staff. Expensive but worth it.

Caitlin H

26 July 2019  
Simply faultless.

Terri D

08 July 2019  
Amazing food, great wine list and cocktails and a beautiful conservatory.

Iain S

28 June 2019  
The food and drink were excellent, we had the tasting menu with sommelier picked wines to accompany the meal. The service was fantastic and the conservatory was wonderfully decorated with blossom. Its a fantastic place do dine and enjoy.

Stewart E

28 June 2019  
Fabulous, intimate and romantic.

Edward G

06 May 2019  
Excellent food. Comprehensive wine list. Excellent service. Wonderful ambience. Expensive but worth it.


05 August 2018  
A beautiful setting. Lovely food.
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