Welcome to La Ballerina, an Italian restaurant next door to the Royal Opera House

La Ballerina

Italian restaurant for fish, pizza, pasta and grills, plus pre-theatre menus amid opera and ballet themed decor

La Ballerina

Our Delicious Story

La Ballerina lies in the iconic Covent Garden, conveniently located next door to the Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera House holds acclaim both for its outstanding traditional opera performances and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, including Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.

The Royal Opera House forms a cornerstone of Covent Garden sitting next to the world-famous piazza. The Grade 1 listed building has an impressive frontage on Bow Street. It is actually the third theatre built on the site after the first two were destroyed by fires. This was a serious hazard in the days before electricity!


Featured Delicacies

we offer special menus; starters before, mains in the interval, and delicious deserts with coffee to follow

Margherita Pizza


Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Oregano

Gnocchi Della Casa Pasta


Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce or Sage

Calamari Fish


Tender Squid in breadcrumbs, served with Salad

Fiorentina Pizza


Tomato, Mozzarella, Spinach and Egg

Tagliatelle Al Salmone Pasta


Smoked Salmon with fresh chopped Tomato and Cream Sauce




They All Love Our Food

Ian Mather
Ian Mather
Great place right next to the Royal Opera House. So much nicer than Zizzi and other chains near by. Good food at reasonable price with quick service.
Mat Dodol
Mat Dodol
We stumbled across this restaurant after a long, long walk in town, and we were very happy that we stopped for lunch here! Firstly, the lady who greeted us was charming and thoughtful. We were very kindly allowed to sit outside with our pooch, and without prompting, the lady brought some water out for him. She continued to be very attentive throughout the meal with a really genuine smile. In fact, all the staff we interacted with were great! But I should also mention the food! The risotto and lasagne were delicious, and we thought very well priced. I really couldn't fault this restaurant, especially considering it's in a really touristy area. Would come again.
Lupe C
Lupe C
We had the pollo crema.similar to chicken alfredo,meat lasagna, and pepperoni pizza. We are from Arizona and this was delicious, service was good and we sat outside and loved it. We did not have reservations and were sat right away.
Divya Singh
Divya Singh
I really love the service over here. The staff made us feel really welcome sharing personal experiences. Also the food is amazing. I personally like mussels and my husband he liked the pepperoni pizza. Loved the outdoor seating in this beautiful weather. Thank you and will definitely recommend this place to everyone. Thank you.
Claire Abi
Claire Abi
Wonderful staff, welcoming, couldn’t do more for you. Nestled between big companies of pizza express and zizzi, but this wins hands down for Italian food!
Ingrid Panameno
Ingrid Panameno
If you have food allergies, this restaurant accommodates. Food is good and safe, loved eating here
Very lovely restaurant, lovely welcoming staff and waiters were so helpful in suggesting what should I try to order as a meal, I have asked their len opinion and meal was lovely. Nice cozy atmosphere, romenctic for couples or few friends.
Katarina Svihrova
Fantastic restaurant. They managed to fit our group of 6 in with no booking and cater for Gluten free dietary needs even though it wasn't stated on the menu. Food and service were both fantastic. The best little find in Covent Garden for food. We will most definitely return.
Matt Waller
Good friendly service. Varied Italian based food menu plus a good value and choice set menu.
John Kerswill
At La Ballerina, we understand that sometimes, you may prefer the comfort of your own home or office without sacrificing the satisfaction of a delicious meal. With Just Eat, we bridge the gap between our kitchen and your doorstep. Our menu, carefully crafted with a diverse selection of mouthwatering dishes, is now more accessible than ever.
Our collaboration with Just Eat ensures a seamless, reliable, and timely delivery service. You can enjoy your favorite dishes from our menu, expertly prepared by our chefs, without the hassle of cooking or leaving your home. We take pride in providing a hassle-free, secure, and efficient service, ensuring your meal arrives hot and fresh.