Wahlburgers Covent Garden

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Burgers, North American

Wahlburgers Covent Garden
Wahlburgers Covent Garden
Wahlburgers Covent Garden
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This new kid on the block comes courtesy of Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, who have left cheffing duties to brother Paul. Anyone who’s come in search of a bro-tastic version of Planet Hollywood won’t be disappointed: the walls are covered with pictures of the boys growing up in Boston, as well as Donnie in his NKOTB heyday, Mark in Lone Survivor and Ted, plus a black ceiling tile chalked up with the names of the brothers’ films and songs (we can’t help but hope that the restaurant’s location in a Grade I-listed building attached to the Royal Opera House is a nod to future musical ambitions).

Compared to some other US burger chains which have recently crossed the pond, Wahlburgers is slightly more formal, with waiter service at tables and chairs available as well as counter service and takeaway – though bright, bleak lighting is unlikely to make you want to linger. Reasonable prices, meanwhile, are on a par with other gourmet burger joints.

Nine types of Wahlburger range from a classic house burger (also available in double- and triple-decker versions) to a vegan option, though anyone following Mark’s punishing routine of two workouts a day may prefer the lean-protein Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with roasted butternut squash.

We stuck with the house version – a juicy blend of brisket, chuck and short-rib Angus beef as good as you’ll find anywhere on the high street for £7.95, with the extras (tomato, onion, lettuce) wedged underneath the patty so none of it falls out – a genius idea.

Elsewhere on the menu are chicken sandwiches, salads (Wahlbowls) and kids’ portions (Smahlburgs), though our non-burger items weren’t worth the calories which the menu helpfully displays. Smoked bacon mac’n’cheese was in fact penne, arrived lukewarm and tasted of almost nothing. ‘Thin crispy onion rings’, meanwhile, turned out to be a tangle of fried sliced onion – very tasty, but nowhere near as easy to eat with your fingers as a proper onion ring.

To finish, there are cupcakes and ice cream, though sugar-rush frappés and floats are a more all-American (Wahl-American?) way to go. And to drink, what else but a Wahlbrewski, an unfiltered Pale Ale from Boston’s Harpoon Brewery on tap in the bar?

This is the 31st Wahlburgers the brothers have launched and the first outside North America, though it’s unlikely to be the last: other sites are planned for London, with mainland Europe to follow. If you want to fully immerse yourself in all-things-Wahl ahead of your visit, there are eight seasons of the Wahlburgers reality TV show to binge on before bingeing here.

About Wahlburgers Covent Garden

US-based burger chain, Wahlburgers, has decided to locate its first London site in bustling Covent Garden. As the name might suggest, the brains behind the operation are famous actors (and crotch grabbers) the Wahlberg brothers, who already have 22 restaurants across the pond. The usual roster of burgers, shakes and sides is present and correct here, with options including bacon cheeseburgers, mac & cheese, crispy haddock sandwiches, and onion rings. The chain also has its own eponymous reality television show, which has aired Stateside for eight seasons.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Burgers, North American
Ambience
Fun, Themed
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Child friendly

Location for Wahlburgers Covent Garden

8-9 James Street, London, WC2E 8BH

020 3968 4446

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:00-22:00
Tue 11:00-22:00
Wed 11:00-22:30
Thu 11:00-22:30
Fri 11:00-22:30
Sat 11:00-22:30
Sun 11:00-22:00

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KeithT

Bland on all counts
05 July 2019  
  1. It's sparsely decorated and most of the seats are downstairs in the basement and it all feels utilitarian. Even the service and the food were pretty bland and basic.

    It's trying too hard and I didn't feel it stood out.

    I had the Dorchester burger, it wasn't cooked as asked and the only thing that had any taste was the bacon (and that wasn't much). My Coke was flat too.
     
    You also have to pay extra for Fries etc.  It's like the Five Guys model. 

    Could have been great but there are better burger places on London and even better indepeny Diners.

    If you're a Donnie or Marlie Mark fan then you'll enjoy the four posters and the Walhbergers TV show playing on loop but that's about it.

    Avoid.
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Amandac46

Great new place
17 June 2019  

lunch for two. The staff are really friendly and the service was good. The food is lovely and the portions are not too big. Can say we really enjoyed it and will go back again in the future 

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Ms/Mrs. Amy S

Awesome restaurant
23 May 2019  

This place is such a good shout. The prices are affordable, food is really good and you definitely get your money’s worth.  It’s a really good place for a Covent Garden shopping pit stop. It’s very conveniently placed as it’s slap bang in the middle of all the great shops. Loved the veggie burger (really nice relish), fries are actual proper fries and the Orange juice I had was served in a tall cup which I really appreciated as it meant I’d quenched my thirst without having to re-order. This being said I did try out the mud pie shake and it was lovely, you could taste  the Kahlua! The staff were all really nice, the trained American customer service vibe was served up in bucket loads.  I really appreciate it when a place employs enough staff to serve customers without making them wait. Will definitely go again. 

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