RestaurantsLondonCovent GardenWC2

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San Carlo Group opened Cicchetti at 30 Wellington Street, Covent Garden London in 2014.

A chic all-day dining venue with a buzzing atmosphere, Cicchetti (pronounced Chi-KET-tee), serves freshly prepared regional small plates typically eaten in bars in Venice. It is a traditional relaxed style of Italian eating with tapas dishes bought to the table when ready - perfect to share with friends or enjoy alone, with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail.

The extensive menu includes meat, fish, pasta and pizza as well as speciality seafood and seasonal specials.

Much of the food is sourced from the best producers in Italy such as Bottarga from Sardinia, Burrata from Naples, Culatello from Parma and, of course, Autumn white truffle from Alba. This Italian produce is also the basis for the restaurant's stunning, artistic window displays of breads, seafood, fruits, vegetables and fine wines.

Each season Cicchetti launches an expertly crafted menu, with new creations featuring alongside the restaurant's long-standing classics and established favourites.

San Carlo Cicchetti boasts an enviable reputation for outstanding food and impeccable service and has achieved numerous awards and accolades. As with all San Carlo Group venues, the Covent Garden restaurant attracts a wide mix of customers from tourists and families to business people and well-known celebrities.

All restaurants in the San Carlo Group offer a true Italian experience and epitomise all that is best in genuine Italian hospitality.

San Carlo Cicchetti Covent Garden has a sister venue Cicchetti at 215 Piccadilly, London.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£8.20 £15.80 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.75
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £5.50
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

No dress code

San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of San Carlo Cicchetti Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of San Carlo Cicchetti restaurant.
Janine B
Lively, attractive venue but hard to avoid ...
Reviewed 9 months, 10 days ago

"Lively, attractive venue but hard to avoid sitting on an aisle with bustling traffic. Food disappointing. Gnocchi gorgonzola better than Spaghetti Carbonara. Nice selection of wines by the glass from major regions of Italy."

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survey result

Summary

£68
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be put off by the tourist location or the gold frontage” if you visit the flagship branch of this successful Italian chain near Piccadilly Circus (which is due to double in size over 2023). For a national group, it and its siblings deliver a surprisingly high-quality formula that mixes “a great range of Venetian-style small plates” with “friendly and efficient” service and “bright and vibrant interiors” which create a “wonderful and buzzing atmosphere”. Top Tip – “super for pre-theatre eating”.

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

These “slick and professional” Italians (offshoots of the national San Carlo chain) are “buzzy and convenient sorts of places, where you can enjoy an upbeat bite without hanging around too long”. They serve “an extensive menu of small Venetian sharing plates”: “at best they’re excellent” and almost invariably a meal is “good fun”. The best known outlet is steps from Piccadilly Circus – “it might look like a tourist trap in its prime location but it’s a reliable and smartly decorated venue”.

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£62
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “vibrant atmosphere (especially good for a group)” helps underpin the appeal of these “glitzy and lively” spin-offs from the San Carlo national chain of glam Italians, whose most central branch – just off Piccadilly Circus – is decked out with “marble tables and stylish chandeliers”. “Very tasty small plates” that are inspired by Venetian “cicchetti” are “served speedily”. In late 2021, they are due to open a second Knightsbridge branch, just across the road from Harrods.

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£56
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Don’t be fooled by its prominent location, just off Piccadilly Circus, that it’s just one for the tourists” – this “bustling, noisy and so-atmospheric” Venetian brasserie (which also has a similar sibling, more tucked away in Covent Garden) “looks like a tourist trap, but offers an authentic culinary experience” with its “delicious small plates” (cicchetti) – “a format that caters to all appetites”, all at “reasonable prices”. Staff are “enthusiastic and professional” and “feed off the buzz of the place”, which “feels smart, even if tables are very close together”.

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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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