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Summary

£50
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “robust and lively” Bloomsbury fixture, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, “feels like you’re really in Italy” with its “great food and atmosphere” – and it “can’t be beaten for cheap and cheerful”. “I had my 40th here just before lockdown – a long table for 30 people – and it was wonderful”. It’s a “fun, noisy place, ideal for a group of friends, not a date” – although nobody told Boris Johnson, who wooed Jennifer Arcuri here over chips and red wine when he was mayor of London.

Summary

£48
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “time-warp classic Italian trattoria” – a Bloomsbury fixture for more than 35 years – is “fun, bubbly, and has food as Mama would have made it” (somewhere between “delicious” and “not bad”). “The buzzy atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve stepped in off the streets of Rome”, and with its “1970s food at 1990s prices, the place deserves a medal” for value. Top Tip – “charming with young children”.

Summary

£48
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “time-warp classic Italian trattoria” – a Bloomsbury fixture for more than 35 years – is “fun, bubbly, and has food as Mama would have made it” (somewhere between “delicious” and “not bad”). “The buzzy atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve stepped in off the streets of Rome”, and with its “1970s food at 1990s prices, the place deserves a medal” for value. Top Tip – “charming with young children”.

Summary

£44
    £
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “ever bustling traditional Italian” has brought an affordable taste of ‘la dolce vita’ to Bloomsbury for 35 years. The “standard” food “is pretty good for the reasonable price”, “but is not really the point”: it’s “very cheerful” with a “superb buzz”. “Perfect for a family get-together with children.”

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Highchair
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Ciao Bella Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Ciao Bella Restaurant in WC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ciao Bella restaurant.
Ian L
Been here a few times and it is always the ...
Reviewed 7 months, 11 days ago

"Been here a few times and it is always the same great food, good prices, great banter with the staff and always busy - even on Mondays! Sat outside in late November with heaters on and it was lovely!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.00 £18.50 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 10.00%
86-90 Lamb’s Conduit St, London, WC1N 3LZ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:45 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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