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Inspired by the bàcari – small local wine bars – of Venice, Augustus Harris provides some Venetian charm right in the beating heart of London, conveniently located on Catherine Street in buzzing Covent Garden. The place to go to share some cicheti along with a bottle of wine from the impressively curated selection, Augustus Harris boasts a casual and laidback vibe, with a menu of simple yet delicious small plates that could rival those of a fine dining establishment.
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With rustic wooden walls and furniture, Augustus Harris on Covent Garden’s Catherine Street combines the style of a traditional Venetian tavern with stylish, modern decor. Sit at the copper bar upstairs and watch as the buzz of central London goes on by around you, or take a seat in the cosy dining room with its mood lighting creating an intimate ambience, perfect for a romantic date. On the menu at Augustus Harris you’ll find cicheti – small tapas style plates – and rustic Italian crostini, with a handpicked list of wines and mouthwatering cocktails serving as the perfect accompaniment to them.
Share a board of salami, cheese or some spuntini like the grilled tomino and rucola (cow’s milk cheese wrapped in prosciutto with rucola and balsamic reduction) and pepperoncini ripieni (spicy cherry peppers with tuna) or tuck into some crostini with toppings like gorgonzola, pear, grapes & honey, and mackerel and pickled red onions. London may have no shortage of Italian restaurants but Augustus Harris is a name that stands out from the crowd with its casual Italian cuisine and stylish atmosphere. A favourite among Londoners and tourists alike, this Catherine Street joint draws in the crowds, so be sure to book in advance to avoid having to wait!
We ate at Augustus Harris before going to the Opera House just a few yards away. The service was attentive and friendly, the food excellent, the atmosphere lively but noisy and the prices very reasonable. A perfect pre-theatre venue. It looked busy and welcoming as we passed after the show but we didn’t have time to go in.
Lovely and lively atmosphere. Freshly sourced Italian meats and cheeses. Warm hospitality. The owner/manager spent a long time with us to help us choose our dishes. It’s kind of the Italian equivalent of Tapas. Great fun.
It is my second visit as I loved my first visit so much and had to return. Wonderful fresh food and fantastic service and staff. It will be my regular from now on.
a little disappointing with the table in the corner downstairs, no atmosphere but food and service excellent, ideal for pre theatre meal, would highly recommend.
Went to Augustus Harris in a group of 8, and I can say that this is easily one of the best Italian tapas restaurants I have ever been to in London. The menu is simple but perfect and the Italian house wine is wonderful. It's also great value - not what you expect in the heart of Covent Garden. The waiting staff were great - attentive - and a special mention goes to Tony who looked after us really well, and even gave me a sample of the cheese that I loved so much to take home :)
Ambience was good and tables downstairs quite intimate. Was unsure of the food choices as one needed to understand a bit about the cuisine on offer. To describe it, I suppose it is a bit like Italian cheese tasters in the Spanish tapas style. Plenty of cheese! The table next to us had ordered the meat platter and cheese board and their salad looked very fresh. We shared the cheese platter and the smoked salmon and had the tiramisu. The carafe of merlot was plenty for two people. Although the food was exceptionally fresh and of good quality, the bill was possibly a tad pricey. £63 for the two of us. Full marks to the establishment for not automatically adding the usual 12-1/2 percent service charge. We like to choose whether to leave a tip, not be told. In this case, service was quick, polite and pleasant. Would we go again? Yes, but need to be mindful of the type of food served here. A light lunch perhaps as opposed to a heavy meal. Probably perfect for pre-theatre light bites.
Fabulous food and service! The atmosphere in the bar is buzzy and vibrant and the downstairs where we ate was quieter and cosy which was lovely as we could actually have a conversation without yelling at each other! We had to wait in the bar for 5 minutes as the table wasn’t quite ready - not a problem at all for us but we were presented with a complimentary glass of Prosecco to compensate! What a lovely touch! The food was excellent and the cheese board, fantastic. We had a wonderful bottle of Primitivo. I’ve worked in London for years so why haven’t I discovered this little gem before?! Can’t wait to return!
Augustus Harris is a lovely bar serving delicious, good quality italian cicchetti, along with lovely cocktails and wines. The staff were just the right amount of attentive and the place was clean and welcoming. It didn't receive 6/6 only because 1) it was a little too warm downstairs, 2) the tables were slightly too close together and 3) it was really not cheap!
Excellent pre theatre wine bar for very tasty mouthfuls of Italian meats and cheeses with a small but well chosen wine list starting at around £24 for the house wines. The groundfloor bustling bar, offers seating for about a dozen covers, whilst downstairs caters for larger parties. We have visited several times over the past two years and service is always friendly and attentive. We always book for the early evening slot and notice many 'walk ins' are turned away so suggest reservations for the pre-theatre rush. This is a haven of good value in the rip-off Covent Garden scene.
The stuffed dates are one of the best things I've ever eaten! Extremely high quality ingredients cooked with care. Augustus Harris has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and in my opinion is a bit of an unsung hero in the Covent Garden restaurant scene