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“Attentive” staff know how to treat expense accounters at this St James’s Italian, whose dependable cooking and “absence of riff raff” appeal to local pinstripes (including for a working breakfast); it can also seem a tad “boring” and pricey however, and “all those hedgies make a lot of noise”.
“Good enough, without being spectacular”; this “efficient” St James’s Italian certainly has a handy location, especially for business, and it rarely positively disappoints; it can can seem rather “crowded”, though, and prices are “high”.
A “lush” St James’s Italian, under the same ownership as nearby Wilton’s, which has been inspiring impressively consistent reports of late; its “well-spaced” tables make it a handy business destination, if not a bargain one.
Situated at the St James’s end of Jermyn Street, Franco’s is surrounded by the many lifestyle boutiques, private clubs, art galleries and hotels of the area.
Open all day, the personality of the restaurant evolves from a quietly and gently efficient breakfast venue to a sharp and charged lunch atmosphere, to elegance and romance in the evening.
The lunch and dinner menus highlight carefully prepared traditional and more modern Italian dishes and the relaxed and friendly service ensures there is always somebody to greet you with a smile.
Stefano joined Franco’s as a senior chef de partie two years after the restaurant’s initial re-design in 2005. After successfully working in all the sections of the kitchen, he was soon promoted to the position of senior sous chef. Two years later when the previous head chef resigned, it was an easy decision to promote Stefano to Head Chef. Stefano continues to inspire and delight with new dishes on a daily basis. Although from the north of Italy, Stefano has a passion for many of the ingredients from central and southern regions. With Stefano’s thoughtful guidance, Franco’s continues to focus on ensuring the consistency and quality of all the products we serve.
Our private dining space offers many options and can be set up to suit your needs, for whatever the occasion. From board room style private meetings, product launches, presentations, seminars, cocktail and dinner parties, family re-unions, birthdays and anniversaries Franco’s is the perfect setting for your important event.