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Joe Allen

About Joe Allen

Joe Allen restaurant, down a London side street in the heart of the Theatre District, is a London institution that, like the London Eye, remains lively and fascinating. It used to be that you had to work to find the dark door and tiny plaque by the entrance, now a proper awning marks the spot. Descend into theatrical nirvana, an exposed-brick dark-wood New York-style complex plastered with show posters, photos, and programmes. The long bar, seasonally-changing North American menu, and seriously A-list regulars are all crowd-pleasers. Jimmy the resident pianist has been playing six nights a week since the doors opened thirty years ago. He knows absolutely everyone. Casual, reliable, and open from lunch til late, Joe Allen is one of the West End's biggest hits.

Sample a la carte


- Black bean soup £5.00
- Shrimp cocktail £7.50
- Scallop brochette with ginger and sesame dressing £6.50
- Black forest ham with beetroot, onions and gherkin £7.00

Other starters are available

Main Course

- Grilled cajun-spiced swordfish with sauteed purple-sprouting broccoli,black olives and roasted fennel aioli £16.00
- Fish stew with sea bream, scallops, prawns, mussels, new potatoes and garlic bread £16.00
- New England lobster rolls £13.50
- Barbecue spare ribs with rice, wilted spinach, black-eyed peas and corn muffin £14.00
- Grilled peppered lamb rump with spinach and balsamic roast new potatoes £15.50
- Grilled rib eye steak with steak fries £18.00

Other main courses are available


- Plum and almond tart with vanilla sauce £5.50
- Spiced apple cake with cinnamon cream £5.50
- Brownie £5.50
- Pecan pie £5.50

Other desserts are available

Additional Information


13 Exeter Street, WC2E 7DT

Nearest tube:

Covent Garden

Average Price:

£25-£34 / €35-€49

Opening times:

Mon - Fri: 8am - 10:30am & 12pm - 12:45am
Sat: 11:30am - 12:45am
Sun: 11:30am - Midnight

Dress Code:

Smart casual

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