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Rules Restaurant

#309 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been going here on and off over many years, last time three years ago. It’s a great place to take friends and clients whom have not been before especially if they are from overseas. As a nice change we were taken here this time. Rules offers a traditional British affair with some great history, do visit the bar upstairs it... More 

Thank pbjmclean
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Despite being told that we did not need to book a table at Rules to enjoy the delights of the Cocktail Bar upstairs, it was the first question I was asked upon entering the Restaurant. However we were ushered up stairs by the very polite Maitre d. For this who have never experienced Rules (and be clear, its not to... More 

Thank Stewart N
Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a recommendation from friends, I booked this restaurant for early evening last week and the food and table service were excellent. Watching a couple of foreign guests experiencing their first taste of Yorkshire Pudding was a delight!! A couple of observations rather than criticisms. The young lady who welcomes you to the restaurant should learn to smile and be... More 

Thank Andy B
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think I first went here 40 years ago. Then it really was something special. I think it started going downhill when they introduced plastic menus about twenty years ago, the sort of thing that they use at my local (excellent) kebab shop. The decline has continued. Yes, the location is great and the decor special but can a Dover... More 

Thank Newsbunny
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Actually my favourite restaurant (by visit frequency) is Nando's but if I was loaded and could work the calories off, I would go to Rules weekly. Reputedly the oldest restaurant in London I started going here when I was 21 and 20 years later I'm still hooked. A wonderful restaurant that steps out of another century. The food is usually... More 

Thank Bill S
London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited Friday evening, had a black velvet whilst we choose, straight to mains, steak for me duck for her. Both perfect, service was excellent attentive but discrete, wine was very good, finished with desserts and coffee again both very good. Overall a very enjoyable time and an "experience" OK it's not cheap £150 including service, but we are not going... More 

Thank mark1162
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125 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this famous restaurant with my 2 friends. From the moment we arrived we were treated so well. Cocktails were lovely and the food cooked to perfection. No time limits on the table like some restaurants - we stayed nearly 4 hours. Of course it is expensive - but really worth the money for a special lunch.

1 Thank bluevcone
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149 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Service was not up to par this time. Less experienced staff who did not make us feel particularly special despite regular custom. Food good but not great.

Thank Keith Makepeace
Worminghall, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were here for a business lunch, great atmosphere, lovely character, excellent service and great food, could really ask for much more

Thank Carl M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A business dinner for our American friends. Wow the food was amazing but let's start with the restaurant, beautiful old building with class and style, a nice bar on the 1st floor. The menu had a lot of choices and the food was excellent, cocktails were exceptional. Dessert was classic British best, I loved it all and so did our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
European, British
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7836 5314
Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, Rules is a Covent Garden institution and the oldest restaurant in London. Tuxedoed waiters glide around the formal interior, decorated with antique sketches, where plush banquettes offer a discreet retreat from the main dining room. The whole-hearted menu of traditional British food specialises in classic game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings, featuring game birds, roe deer and Belted Galloway beef fresh from the establishment's own High Pennines estate. The wine list is a French-led affair, or there are native draught beers served in silver tankards.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Covent Garden
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