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This classy Italian off Drury Lane is the result of years of impressive networking. Co-founders Nicolas Jaouën and Paulo de Tarso certainly know their hospitality: de Tarso spent nearly six years as maître d’ at Bar Boulud, while Jaouën was the first general manager of Balthazar. Still, almost four years after opening, Margot doesn’t need comparing with the pair’s previous projects and has established itself as one of the most reliable bets in Covent Garden.

Margot is an impressive-looking proposition, a handsomely appointed, high-ceilinged space occupying a plum corner spot near the Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal.  Attention to service is the top priority, from the white-suited Italian bar staff who can rustle up a classic cocktail to the eye-catching crockery and the attentions of the charming waiters.

We kicked off with uovo in camicia, a soft-poached duck egg that burst forth its rich, fondant-textured yolk over a parmesan polenta that was almost like a chunky cheese soup, with peppery seasoning courtesy of fresh watercress. Perfectly timed pan-fried scallops, meanwhile, came crusted with spicy nduja, some cauliflower purée offering a welcome blandness to offset the heat.

Pastas come in main-course portions; the chewy lobster in a tangle of tagliolini, alas, didn’t display the same sure touch as the scallops, though the pasta itself was excellent. Ossobuco was much better, a slab of tender veal shin sitting atop a golden saffron risotto soaking up veal jus and the sticky marrow from inside the bone.

Generous portions – including multiple visits from a waiter bearing a bread basket containing addictive focaccia – mean you might not make it to dessert; we’d recommend sharing a salted caramel semifreddo with gianduja cream, which delivers a hit of sugar without any heaviness.

With pre- and post-theatre menus, Sunday roasts and a 350-strong wine list boasting Italian heavyweights and 20 by-the-glass options, there’s much to enjoy here.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Glamorous, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

Location for Margot

45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AA

020 3409 4777


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:30
Tue 12:00-15:30
Wed 12:00-15:30
Thu 12:00-15:30
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-15:30
Mon 16:30-23:00
Tue 16:30-23:00
Wed 16:30-23:00
Thu 16:30-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 16:30-22:00

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4 Reviews 


A special place - hidden treasure
29 December 2019   - Verified Diner

Second time I visited and everything was lovely. Excellent Menu choices, service, sommelier recommendation (tactfully wise on the pricing as the wine list goes from £62 to £640 per bottle in one line - easily confused!!)

all in all a perfect end to an evening at the theatre. 

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Pamela C

06 August 2019  
This restaurant is nothing short of perfect. The ambience, the people, the food, the service. Its juts perfect.


27 June 2018  
A genuine Italian experience - great service, authentic food & warm atmosphere.

Kathy S

A great restaurant
08 November 2017  
Excellent service by all staff. Went with my daughter for her birthday and it was ideal for special occasion. Food was amazing, particularly tiramisu was delicious. Quite expensive but would love to return.
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