Bodean's BBQ - Covent Garden

25 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS
$$ Bar-B-Q

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 25 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS
  • Cross Street: Russell Street, Tavistock Street
  • Cuisine: American | Bar-B-Q | Steak | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 0207 257 2790
  • Features: Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Happy Hours, Free Wi-Fi, Big Screen TV,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 22:00
Friday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday
Main Restaurant 12:00 - 22:30

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
We accept bookings online through our website (www.bodeansbbq.com) or via email to [email protected] On completion of your booking you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of making your booking please contact the restaurant directly so we can make sure your booking is in our system.
We recommend making a booking if you would like a guaranteed table. We will only be accepting bookings online or via email. We do keep walk-in tables open and depending on the demand there might be a waiting time on tables. Currently we only accept bookings up to 6 people, if you book several tables we cannot guarantee that you will be seated next to each other.
If you need to cancel a booking please do so via Table Agent, email or via a phone call with as much notice as possible. No shows may result in you not being able to book again in the future.
All tables later than 15 minutes will be considered cancelled and the table will be given to other guests if we have not received a phone call prior to your booking time. Although we will try our utmost to find an alternative table for you.
Covent Garden tube station
We are a family orientated restaurant and welcome children of all ages. Children under 12 years have the option to eat off the kid’s menu (3 course meal with drink for £4.95). We can supply high chairs, just inform us when you arrive or alternatively when making a booking online.
Unfortunately we are unable to heat up baby food or milk bottles. Your safety is our priority and we wouldn’t want to harm you or your child in any way as we cannot guarantee the right temperature. However, if you require , we can bring you a bowl of hot water to your table so that you can heat up your baby food or milk bottle yourself.
All our restaurants have options for vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements. Our Front of House team is fully trained and equipped with information regarding different dietary requirements.
Please inform us when making your reservation for any dietary requests. We always try our best to accommodate special requests and can provide allergen information upon request.
If you are celebrating a birthday or any other occasion please let us know when making your reservation or inform your server upon arrival - we will always try to make your special occasions memorable (dessert with a candle and birthday song or a glass of sparkling for the celebrant).
If you wish to bring your own cake please give us a ring and let the restaurant manager know. No beverages, except those supplied by Bodean’s are permitted to be consumed on the premises.
Unfortunately our foods are not halal certified.
All our restaurants offer Takeaway service - easily place your order on our website (www.bodeansbbq.com) or alternatively call the branch and place your order with one of our staff members. For deliveries please head over to UberEats, place your order and wait for your order to arrive.
We’re sorry to hear that. Please let us know if something wasn’t quite up to standard and we will do our best to sort it. In the first instance, you should speak to the restaurant manager. If you feel you haven’t been heard, feel free to contact us via email ([email protected]).
For tables larger than 6 people and All day Friday and Saturday we require a credit card to guarantee your seats. Cancellations less than 2 hours in advance or No Shows may result in a £10 per person No-Show-Fee.
All reservations must be cancelled at least 2 hours prior to your booking, either via your online account, phone call (0207 257 2790) or email ([email protected]). Cancellations less than 2 hours in advance or No Shows may result in a £10 per person No-Show-Fee.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.27 out of 5 stars based on 1315 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 03, 2022
Georgia G.
Very nice food and lovely restaurant. Will visit again!

Overall: 1/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 1/10
Ambience: 1/10
Value: 1/10
Feb 20, 2022
Daniel D.
Cocktails weren’t filled up much We were never checked on through the stay as had to get someone’s attention for another drink I wanted chicken thighs not chicken wings but was never asked when we ordered the mix platter The ribs weren’t as tender as they could be Did not think it was worth £94 at all

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 05, 2021
Peter S.
Everything was great! Thanks

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Nov 26, 2021
Magnus S.
Great service!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 3/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 27, 2021
Emma S.
Food was very good and tasty, 1st experience let down by very poor service, had to ask to order, and find people to ask for things, no one came to check on our table, not very friendly.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 16, 2021
Travis S.
The food was phenomenal as always, it was juicy and tasty and just purely amazing. Myself, my guest and my mom were all surprised and very happy with the fact that my mom was given a chocolate browny for her birthday. That was a lovely touch and we were very happy with that.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 05, 2021
Lorna W.
This is a great smokehouse menu with all the favourites on it. I'm a fan of the Texas sausage and wish you'd offer this on smaller plates or as an extra side as I nearly had a heart attack eating all of the food. Great beer selection (we're a fan of IPAs). Also wish you had restaurants outside of London so I could visit more often. Keep up the good work!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 15, 2022
Michael K.
The server was attentive and asked if we were ready for our meal after a starter. The food was good and was the best burger I had in a long time. Enjoyed the meal and experience of eating there.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 03, 2021
Michelle B.
Very pleasant and friendly staff, lovely food, can't say much more!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 2/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Oct 28, 2021
Helen G.
I appreciate it was very busy but not even a smile from any members of staff, despite our best attempts to be overly pleasant with them. no check backs on our food or asking if we would like any more drinks! Food was pretty much thrown at us! A real shame because the food was decent, and we loved the layout of the restaurant, but due to staff we wouldn’t return

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jan 25, 2022
Matt P.
Service was friendly enough just a little bit slow at times and lacklustre. It was on a Sunday so you can forgive that. Food was average. Ribs were dry and pulled pork also. It’s London so expect to pay a premium which is fine but wouldn’t say it was particularly worth the price and the quality just wasn’t there. That said it wasn’t the worst food I have ever eaten and the restaurant itself is pretty cool. The style feels very American which I personally like but once again food wasn’t too shabby. Would be unfair to say a totally poor experience but not the best. Let’s just say average. Honeycomb milkshake was on point. Probably best part of the whole meal. Waitress smiled but looked shattered. Felt sorry for her included tip on top of service but didn’t go out of her way to earn it. Hate to sound judgemental but just saying service was below standard.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Oct 24, 2021
Sep V.
Was OK I thought slightly over priced for what we served

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 06, 2021
George G.
Best restaurants I've ever been to staff where excellent, the music was banging and the food was out of this world. Can't wait to go again

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Jan 18, 2022
Jon P.
Staff pleasant , no real ambiance to the place, rack of ribs ridiculously expensive for what you got.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 1/10
Ambience: 2/10
Value: 5/10
Aug 09, 2021
Terry I.
Very poor service... Table right next to the door and would not move us, even though I booked it 1 month ago. Ordered drinks and t waited 40 mins for milkshakes only to be told that we are busy... Not a memorable birthday

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Dec 06, 2021
Malcolm M.
Fantastic, we will be back and will recommend to others.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 11, 2022
She'miah H.
Great food. Vert tasty.

Overall: 0/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 0/10
Ambience: 0/10
Value: 8/10
Jan 22, 2022
Cathy B.
Awful service, awful team of staff, very rude and antagonising and pink chicken

Overall: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 4/10
Jan 24, 2022
Russ W.
Food was not hot but warm which was vey disappointing. The starter of pull pork nachos was swimming in oil. My family and I couldn’t recommend Bodeans and I think we will certainly avoid them again.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 11, 2021
Nicola R.
We ate at Bodeans prior to seeing Frozen and it was the perfect spot. We had three young children and the staff were amazing and their children a menu was great. Would definitely recommend and go back.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Feb 28, 2022
Paul T.
We had a lovely experience before seeing Pretty Women, very friendly staff, I loved the 80s music, showing our age, seriously was very pleased great food at a reasonable price for west end

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 23, 2021
Emma P.
The food was incredible! Great value for money, friendly staff and quick service. We will definitely be going back. This place is great for a date night, night with friends or somewhere to take the kids. We can't wait to go back again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 30, 2021
James M.
Service charge. Maybe pay ur staff more?

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 24, 2022
Louise F.
Our server was new to the job (sorry I can’t recall his name) and he was excellent. He was being closely supervised by another member of staff - but he was great

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 08, 2022
Pauline B.
The service was very good and the foid was delicious. I was surprised to see a service charge on the bill (only 4 in the party) and to be honest if it wasn't there the tip would have probably been more, but we were happy to pay it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 19, 2022
Emma M.
10/10 food was delicious and the Olaf milkshake was a hit right before the show too!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 08, 2021
Aneesha J.
Excellent - great food, and wonderful service!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 06, 2022
Kieran F.
Service from the waitress was first class, she was attentive and done everything right. Food tasted great however it could have came out a bit hotter as it was warm. The table by the door wasn’t the best as it had a cold draft coming from the door. If it wasn’t for the great service from the waitress, I wouldn’t have paid my service charge.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 25, 2022
Shaun J.
Fantastic, met my NHS colleague for dinner, drinks, and an epic catchup. The Bodeans Covent Garden experience did not disappoint. Went to All Bar-One for post Bodeans drinks. Great evening thank u! Shaun

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jan 05, 2022
Angus B.
Good food and service quick and no nonsense

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 28, 2022
RICHARD B.
Had a fantastic meal here last for Birthday, staff helpful and attentive, but not over the top. Food excellent, will definitely be back.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 11, 2021
LINDA B.
Food was amazing, staff were very polite and helpful, good value for money. Only one fault, the side of our table, the edging strip was coming away from the table, kept catching my hand on it. Would definitely go there again.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Sep 17, 2021
David F.
Excellent service - efficient and quick, but not too quick. Great food - good range and very tasty :-) Beers on tap and in bottle are very good too. So, overall just as expected and we'll be back again.

Overall: 2/10
Food: 2/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 2/10
Value: 2/10
Nov 14, 2021
Julie A.
The chips had paprika all over them ( wasn’t told and nothing advertised ) burnt my mouth so much I had to order icecream couldn’t eat anything else , given side plates to eat as no room in the table for large plates , ambiance awful as so near the next table I could hear their conversation and then us , an all round awful experience for us and won’t be coming back , may out the review online too to warn everyone else

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 05, 2022
Janet C.
The quality of the food was good, service was quick and efficient, premises were clean. The ambience scored lower than the rest because we were eating quite early so it wasn't that busy so it's not really a negative. We are looking to return when we are back in London in July - you are definitely on our fave list! Thank you :)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 15, 2021
Sheila W.
Really tasty food. Service was quick and pleasant. A little bit surprised with the "discretionary service charge" which was added to the bill. But overall a good experience

Overall: 3/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 0/10
Ambience: 1/10
Value: 3/10
Oct 24, 2021
Michael W.
Food was ok. Small portions for the price. Service absolutely shocking. Pretty much forced into paying the service charge. Asked to swap one basic item on the big platter and was told a very blunt no! Will never be revisiting this restaurant.

Overall: 3/10
Food: 4/10
Service: 3/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 3/10
Jan 04, 2022
Samir K.
Usually a big fan of bodeans, but this was a bad experience. The menu was completely inflexible I.e. couldn’t even swap mash for chips on kids menu, they had a special offer cocktail, which they said, and I quote, “that offer runs out tomorrow so we’re not doing it today either”. And it seems that the people who ate the prawns got food poisoning. Not good.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Apr 12, 2022
Steven L.
The young guy serving was spot on. Very good at his job with great attitude will be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 09, 2021
DIANE M.
Wonderful food. Asked for recommendations from server, just sorry I didnt get his name. Tried something new. Cant wait to return!!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 04, 2022
Emma P.
Really lovely food and good service. Price ok too. We were sat by the door so it was cold when other customers came in and out…there is a curtain up but still gets draughty. You can also smell cigarettes when sat by the door when people smoke outside which isn’t great.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Jun 30, 2021
Russ A.
Try and influence council to enforce speed restrictions on the road, often vans drive 40mph+ within 50cm of diners. Quite unsafe when dining outside.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 13, 2021
Oliver C.
Lovely food and restaurant, a little disappointed that it was advertised they played the NFL but didn’t, as that is the reason we booked in there.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Feb 14, 2022
MARK W.
Absolutely lovely meal and the service was brilliant. Would well recommend Bodeans in Catherine Street, London.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 25, 2021
Lesley E.
Excellent service food was amazing highly recommended will be returning

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 01, 2021
Nigel P.
Great find in London for a weekend stay. Food was AMAZING and very friendly place!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 10, 2021
Fil s.
Great place food was excellent will definitely come again

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Oct 18, 2021
Noah C.
Really super restaurant- but for the american experience… large portions for reasonable prices and normalities like soft-drinks! no point having horns on the walls but charging per soda

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Nov 15, 2021
Adelle A.
We arrived a little early for our booking, but it was no problem and got seated straight away. At the end of our lovely meal my husband was gifted a delicious pudding for his birthday! Was a nice surprise.

Overall: 6/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Mar 08, 2022
Emma T.
Our table was stuck in a corner of the restaurant. Drinks took ages to come. The waitresses were not very attentive, we had to call them over. The nachos were cold, I expected it to be hot. The macaroni balls and chips were extremely salty and I couldn’t eat them. For an £80 meal we were very disappointed.