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Rules Restaurant

#313 of 17,850 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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very disappointing to say the least,we dined at this establishment as 4 lady's celebrating a birthday.we found the service to be of very poor standard,with members of the waiting staff having some real attitude problems and poor manners. The food itself we found of poor quality,one of our partie had to return the fish. The meat pudding was no better... More 

Thank pch1965
Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the oldest restaurants in London. All their food is from their own Estate or fresh from local suppliers. F you want to eat where Royalty, politicians and the rich and famous have eaten since the 1600's then do not miss the restaurant. Their Steak and Kidney pie is the best!!!!

1 Thank sblv65
London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rude. Ignorant. Shocking service. If you look at my feedback I am awlays complimentary and look for the good only. Never have I given a 1* rating until now. Avoid this overpriced restaurant with rude staff at all costs. So much better places to go

Thank stevegoodwin
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 4 days ago 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was taken here by my wife for my birthday. The food was decent enough although I felt a little overpriced (premium for the location and the fact it's the oldest restaurant in London, I guess). But the 1 star is due to the fact my wife is dairy intolerant, which she informed the restaurant of some weeks in advance.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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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
US$ 36
European, British
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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