Italian Restaurants in Mayfair
1. Theo Randall at the InterContinental London Park Lane Italian restaurant in Mayfair InterContinental London, Park Lane, 1 Hamilton Place - W1
“Exemplary Italian ingredients cooked to perfection” and “served impeccably by delightful people” has earned a glowing reputation for the English-born former River Café chef, whose dining room off the foyer of the 1970s-built Intercontinental Hotel tower near Hyde Park Corner provides some of London’s best Italian cuisine. The “soulless setting” always attracts adverse comment, although it is “much improved” since its renovation a few years back.
2. Bocconcino Restaurant Italian restaurant in Mayfair 19 Berkeley St - W1
In a prime Mayfair location, this “noisy”, Russian-owned Italian wins acceptable ratings, but divides reporters on the subject of value: fans hail it as “wonderful all-round, with a variety of choice and well-presented dishes” (including “top pizza”), but to sceptics “although the food is decent, it’s majorly overpriced, in particular the wine list”.
3. Murano Italian restaurant in Mayfair 20-22 Queen St - W1
With its “understated” style, Angela Hartnett’s “elegant-but-relaxed” HQ manages to be one of the most personal of the “luxury” central London restaurants run by a big name, particularly one in Mayfair. Under head chef, Oscar Holgado, the accomplished modern cuisine “with an Italian twist” is “first class”, as is the wine list: incredibly consistent and, “if not cheap, not wildly expensive”. But it’s the “professional service with a smile” that sets the seal on the experience: “warm, welcoming, and less pushy than at some other top destinations”. “I’d just returned from Rome and was worried I’d be disappointed, but in fact it topped things off with a level of refined luxury I enjoyed very much”.
4. Sartoria Italian restaurant in Mayfair 20 Savile Row - W1
This “formal” Mayfair Italian is “one of the best D&D London venues”, in a “beautiful, discreet and spacious setting”, with “expert service” and an “excellent kitchen” nowadays directed by ex-L’Anima chef Francesco Mazzei. All this comes at a price, of course, so while the formula might “work well for business-lunchers”, it can appear “expensive” to other diners.
5. Delfino Pizza restaurant in Mayfair 121a Mount St - W1
“Brilliant pizzas” (alongside “typical trattoria dishes”) are served at this Mount Street Italian: “good for quick business lunches” and offering notably “great value in the heart of Mayfair”. It “could do with some investment in decor and ambience” though.
6. Ristorante Frescobaldi Italian restaurant in Mayfair 15 New Burlington Pl - W1
“Beautiful cooking and a stunning room” set the scene at this “quiet Mayfair Italian, perfect for business”. The heavyweight wine list reflects its ownership by a Tuscan banking and wine dynasty stretching back 30 generations. “Why isn’t this restaurant more popular?” – perhaps because: “it’s better if you’re not paying for yourself – it’s pricey!”.
7. Cecconi’s Italian restaurant in Mayfair 5a Burlington Gdns - W1
2018 Review: Soho House’s “vibrant” all-day Venetian-style brasserie near Old Bond Street makes “a great place to relax, take your time, and watch the world go by” and is well liked – except by a few who find it “snotty” and “arrogant” – for its “professional and fun” approach. Even many fans think its food (“pleasant in a simple sort of way”) is “expensive”, but this place is a particular favourite “for an upmarket business breakfast”.
8. Novikov (Italian restaurant) Italian restaurant in Mayfair 50a Berkeley St - W1
Wreathed in the über-Eurotrashy environs and telephone-number prices of Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov’s well-known, Mayfair glamour-magnet, it’s hard to form a totally balanced judgement on its Italian dining room. It’s fabulously “overpriced” of course, but most diners do actually feel the “classic Italian cuisine” is “proper” and “delicious”.
9. C London Italian restaurant in Mayfair 25 Davies St - W1
2018 Review: “Maybe I’m just not the target audience, but that still doesn’t justify the bill!” – this eurotrashy Mayfair scene (forced to drop the [C]‘ipriani’ from its name in a lawsuit a few years ago) continues to live down to the low expectations formed by former surveys: “service is slow and condescending”, and “prices are outrageous for ordinary dishes” (think of a number, then double it).
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