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survey result

Summary

£99
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“An oasis of calm just outside the hustle of the City” (north of Smithfield Market): this “beautiful” bar and restaurant (linked – but you’d never know it – to The Clove Club) is increasingly recognised as “one of the top Italians in London”, and a “special” overall experience (“everyone seems so happy just to be there!”). Even fans acknowledge it as being “on the expensive side”, but there are no quibbles about its “elegant and refined” cuisine which “never fails to hit the spot”. And it’s “also a good place for business”. Top Tips – “the Parmesan fries are dreamy”; and “the bar has a great set lunch menu and wonderful booths”.

Summary

£90
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Subtle and original” cooking (from “the highest quality of ingredients”, all of them British) wins high ratings at this “discreet, classic high-end Italian”, which inhabits rambling and lovely premises north of Smithfield Market, complete with a beautiful rear conservatory. Other than being “a really special place”, it bears no comparison to its sibling, The Clove Club. Top Tips – the Parmesan fries are a trademark; and it’s “great for a business lunch”.

Summary

£90
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Love it every time”, agree fans of this Clove Club spin-off in Clerkenwell that uses prime British ingredients to create “elegant Italian dishes”. “The menu is always original, and whether you sit in the cosy booths at the front or amid the light and glass at the back”, where there is a gorgeous conservatory, “the ambience is great – fun, but serious about the food”. It’s also “excellent for business”“smooth, polished and reliable”.

Summary

£88
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Upscale” three-year-old in Clerkenwell that’s an “unassuming-yet-special-feeling” cousin to the famous Clove Club, and whose quirky layout – “lots of different ‘zones’ in the restaurant, with a cosy bar at the front” and “funky” conservatory to the rear – creates a “delightful” setting for a meal. Its distinguishing culinary feature is the use of British ingredients to produce Italian cooking, alongside an “extremely pleasant Italian-biased wine list”, and fans say results are “incredible”. “The one gripe: as good as this is, it’s pricier than you’d expect”. Top Menu Tip – “love the Parmesan fries”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
26, 10, 8
No dress code
130

Luca Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Luca Restaurant in EC1M, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Luca restaurant.
Robert G
Super reliable - premium food and premium-i...
Reviewed 8 months, 7 days ago

"Super reliable - premium food and premium-ish price"

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Philip B
Must be just about the best up-market Itali...
Reviewed 10 months, 26 days ago

"Must be just about the best up-market Italian restaurants in London"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £26.00 £30.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 4

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£18.50 £38.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 15.00%
88 St John St, London, EC1M 4EH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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