Opera Tavern, Spanish-Italian small plates restaurant in Covent Garden, has now reopened following a redesign and with a brand-new menu and Head Chef.

mcith_opera2.jpgSister to London’s Spanish/Italian tapas restaurants, Salt Yard, Ember Yard and Dehesa, Opera Tavern opened in 2011 in a former pub in the heart of theatreland. It quickly became something of an institution, attracting both rave reviews and loyal customers.

Outside, the restaurant has had a full redecoration the façade is now a pale grey colour, offset by a pink awning and a neon swing sign.

Inside, the stylish bar is now the main focal point of the room with a  communal table and counter seating. 

Upstairs, the more formal 45-cover restaurant has its own serviced bar and is available for private hire.

The new cocktail menu has a collection of fresh seasonal drinks inspired by Spain and Italy and varying from region-to-region, from Spritz serves to long drinks plus a variety of hand-picked wines, sherries and new range of ciders, draft and Spanish craft beers.

Brand-new Head Chef Lukasz KieÅ‚basiński, formerly of Daphne’s and Michael Nadra Primrose Hill and Chiswick, has spent the last two years working as the senior sous chef at Salt Yard and is now Head Chef at Opera Tavern.


Lukasz and his team have been busy creating anew menu, Sharing plate of Iberico pork served with piquillo pepper relish & pork glaze.

In addition, there is Chicken saltimbocca, aubergine, capers, marsala; Welsh lamb belly, summer vegetables, hazelnut & cabra pesto; Lemon sole, courgette, basil & brown shrimp sauce and Chargrilled paleta, tropea onion, bone marrow.

Elsewhere, think Linguine nero, calamari bolognese, Slow cooked Galician octopus, saffron aioli, datterini tomatoes and jalapeños.


23 Catherine Street



Opening times:

Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Thursday – Saturday: 12pm – 11:00pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12pm – 9:30pm