2 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PX
Joe Allen is one of theatreland’s favourite restaurants, hidden away on Exeter Street in London’s Covent Garden. Opened in 1977 after the huge success of the original Joe Allen in New York’s theatre district, Joe Allen London is a magnet for many of theatreland’s stars who fill the tables post show as well as the ideal venue for a pre theatre meal.
The style of this classic Covent Garden eatery is pure NYC with plenty of exposed brickwork and walls adorned with theatrical posters and photos and the long bar is a top spot for a relaxing drink. As for the food, it’s North American comfort food all the way at Joe Allen with dishes such as BBQ spare ribs with rice, wilted spinach, black eyed peas and corn muffin, buffalo wings or Caesar salad all crowd pleasers. Desserts like caramelised apple and hazelnut tart with hazelnut sauce certainly end things on a high.
Jimmy the resident pianist has been playing 6 nights a week for over 30 years now and is very well loved. Discover theatreland’s best kept culinary secret and dine amongst the crème de la crème of the theatre world at Joe Allen.