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Summary

£66
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Wildly popular for its diverse offering of small plates of terrific and original Italian regional cuisine”: Jacob Kenedy’s “relentlessly busy” (“cramped and noisy”) West End venue is many reporters’ first choice for a favourite London Italian. Aided by a convenient situation, just a short stroll from Piccadilly Circus and “well-located for the theatres” – it’s become a regular feature in the list of Top-20 London restaurants in our annual diners’ poll. The selection of carefully researched and sourced Italian ‘tapas’ are “reliably original and sometimes surprising”; and matched with a “hugely varied” Italian wine list. The food rating slipped a tad this year, though, due to gripes of some dishes “lacking their customary perfection” or “leaning towards being overpriced”. “It’s a fairly small, intimate venue with counter seating at the front, where you can watch the chefs cook, as well as some more relaxed and comfortable tables at the back” (most regulars feeling it’s “best at the bar”). Top Tip – “superb negronis and stuffed olives and the risotto is always top notch”.

Summary

£66
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Absolutely oozing with regional Italian flavours” – the “exceptional”, “gutsy” small plates at Jacob Kenedy’s “perennial favourite” near Piccadilly Circus earn it a ranking in London’s Top 40 most-mentioned restaurants. His menu remains “very innovative”, with many offbeat dishes and “novel takes” on more familiar ones. (“You really can come here and slowly explore the entire wonder of Italian cuisine, from Piedmont to Sicily!”). “Really superb value too for such a central Theatreland location” including “a top Italian wine list, with many bargains”. “Chic”, yet quite tightly packed, many regulars’ favourite perch is by the open kitchen: “a stool at the chef’s counter is my happy place!”. (“Excellent home delivery boxes” also feature in many reports).

Summary

£61
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Italian peasant-food fit for a king” – Jacob Kenedy’s “exceptional and distinctive” fixture, a short stroll from Piccadilly Circus, has carved a massive foodie following with its “wonderfully eclectic and ever-changing range of traditional dishes from across the country” (categorised by region, and available in ‘small’ or ‘large sizes’), with the “exciting” results “so simple and delicious you cannot believe it”. “And they’re complemented by a staggering wine list” which “is itself a trip through Italy” (“it’s worth having a detailed conversation with the wine waiter to discover outstanding vintages at sensible prices” with “lots of interesting options by the glass”). “Unsurprisingly, the place is always jammed”, and the “busy, café-style” interior with “closely packed tables” is such that “while mostly delightful, it’s bloody noisy” (“if not slightly manic”). But the “efficient and friendly staff” help keep the mood upbeat. Some guests “prefer the counter”“there’s great kitchen theatre perched on the bar stools”.

Summary

£61
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Italian peasant-food fit for a king” – Jacob Kenedy’s “exceptional and distinctive” fixture, a short stroll from Piccadilly Circus, has carved a massive foodie following with its “wonderfully eclectic and ever-changing range of traditional dishes from across the country” (categorised by region, and available in ‘small’ or ‘large sizes’), with the “exciting” results “so simple and delicious you cannot believe it”. “And they’re complemented by a staggering wine list” which “is itself a trip through Italy” (“it’s worth having a detailed conversation with the wine waiter to discover outstanding vintages at sensible prices” with “lots of interesting options by the glass”). “Unsurprisingly, the place is always jammed”, and the “busy, café-style” interior with “closely packed tables” is such that “while mostly delightful, it’s bloody noisy” (“if not slightly manic”). But the “efficient and friendly staff” help keep the mood upbeat. Some guests “prefer the counter”“there’s great kitchen theatre perched on the bar stools”.

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Entertainments,Highchair,Portions
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Bocca di Lupo Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Bocca di Lupo Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Bocca di Lupo restaurant.
Jason T
We had the most amazing time here at Bocca,...
Reviewed 1 months,

"We had the most amazing time here at Bocca, we have been a few times before & it never fails to deliver on all fronts."

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Don J
Would award a greater score for food if it ...
Reviewed 1 months, 24 days ago

"Would award a greater score for food if it catered more for common allergies. But what one gets is always very tasty. Lovely staff but noisy."

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James A
Some of the food was great but it was certa...
Reviewed 2 months, 8 days ago

"Some of the food was great but it was certainly not up to the standard I had expected. The squid for example was soggy. The venison ragu was also very average."

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Steve C
Super dependable restaurant. Fantastic past...
Reviewed 3 months, 13 days ago

"Super dependable restaurant. Fantastic pasta and the beef is amazing "

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Steven B
A repeat visit to this amazing Italian trat...
Reviewed 6 months, 6 days ago

"A repeat visit to this amazing Italian tratoria. I asked how often they change the menu - "tonight" was the answer. So you can keep going for new experiences. As a regular, we seem to be very well treated but the manager visited all the tables for a chat with those who wanted. Service is also outstanding with plenty of staff who deliver the bread and olive oil ( free for once) as you sit down. Courgette flower filled with anchovy, crab on toast; spaghetti with squid; clam broth with bollotto beans ; torta (chocolate) - all superb. It is quite noisy when full..."

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Ian R
Lovely place for lunch with exceptional ser...
Reviewed 6 months, 6 days ago

"Lovely place for lunch with exceptional service but it’s not cheap and probably just about earns a ‘very good’ on food. Wine list was excellent "

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Geoffrey P
Excellent, friendly - a tad chaotic...
Reviewed 7 months, 18 days ago

"Excellent, friendly - a tad chaotic"

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Richard F
The food and service were impeccable. It wa...
Reviewed 7 months, 27 days ago

"The food and service were impeccable. It was busy and buzzing "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £22.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.30 £24.00 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 15.00%
12 Archer St, London, W1D 7BB
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm

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