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Rules Restaurant

35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
+44 20 7836 5314
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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35 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7LB, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Love this beautiful, elegant restaurant. As the oldest restaurant in London, it retains an elegant charm without feeling stuffy or over priced. The staff are attentive, the surroundings are straight out of a scene from ‘Downton Abbey’ and best of all the food is top...More

Thank Jools1402
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had my second birthday dinner here (the first was in Rome), and I could not have had a better experience. We shared a fabulous ribeye and got several bottles of fabulous claret. I can't wait to go back to Rules. It never fails.

Thank Jeffrey W
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great experience with friends without however big surprises. Rates are a little high, the service is attentive

Thank jules302
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious English food and fantastic service from warm and friendly waiting staff. Very traditionally English in décor and menu.

Thank rosa920
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rules is a very British institution. There is a clubby feel to the restaurant and, although buzzy when full, the carpets and soft furnishings deaden the background noise sufficiently for customers to be able to chat with their guests without straining to hear. It is...More

Thank Le_Dap
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rules is the oldest restaurant in London...it is warm and cozy...it is well-established...it is in the heart of Covent Garden...EVERYONE has dined here...and now it is our turn. We are greeted briskly as we enter the restaurant. . .the host is a Hungarian guy who...More

Thank stardust2newyorkcity
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with American friends to Rules, I have been here a good few times before. While the service, as ever, was excellent in both the restaurant and cocktail bar the food was extremely pricey and disappointing. The Dover Sole is now £42! My wife and...More

Thank BobStamford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This reviewer first visited Rules in the distant past when a poor undergraduate could still afford to eat there as a special self-indulgence! Alas, that is probably not the case now, but the lure of this fantastic restaurant remains very much alive. Thomas Rule opened...More

Thank SobermanUK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is the oldest in London, so it is stooped in history. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Definitely worth a visit.

1  Thank HonourShropshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Started with the crab and the quail both of which were cooked and presented perfectly, though not sure about the cucumber jelly with the crab! Mains - feather blade steak cooked beautifully and of course had to have the Steak and kidney pudding for which...More

Thank PetGill17
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
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4 March 2018|
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Response from JanBristol | Reviewed this property |
We were a party of 4 and were allocated a booth. It was not massive, and I would imagine if they were not too busy and you asked for a booth specifically, you would probably be lucky
16 February 2018|
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Response from Michael B | Reviewed this property |
Very easy. Black vans are feeling the pinch of competition from Uber and will be freely available.
14 February 2018|
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Response from Natalie B | Reviewed this property |
Yes that's fine, smart casual is OK, no jeans or trainers.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 36
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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
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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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