Bocca Di Lupo

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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened Bocca di Lupo in November 2008. The restaurant has since received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. Despite the buzzy feel and glamourous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart.

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is carefully sourced from Italy. A selection of Italian wines and home-made and imported foods is available for delivery, along with our famous gelato, from Gelupo.
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London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Used to be very good, not anymore. A bit disappointed

AG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

good prices, allows you to try many things from menu, small pasta dishes to share.
very good flavours and very welcoming, attentive staff
would definitely return

SM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my favourite restaurant, never disappoints, the food is fantastic, I love all the exciting flavours!

CA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food. Delicious, inventive, beautiful. One of the memorable meals of my life.

SE
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service and ambience were excellent, it was just a bit uncomfortable sitting at the bar, where the seating isn't really set-up at the right height for eating. I'm sure as a drinking bar, it would be fine, but as an eating bar, the tools and bar are at the wrong height for normal sized people.

EW
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - wonderful service. Only downfall is that sitting at the counter you are quite low to the table & it’s quite tight so there’s a bit of elbow bashing!

E
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great value and great service. The food was delicious and we had a really lovely and memorable time. The only thing was the restaurant at the back is quite loud (but this also makes for a great atmosphere). Will be coming back for sure!

AI
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food never disappoints. It’s authentic, always very fresh tasting and also inventive. The service is always top class and the waiters are always extremely knowledgeable. Unfortunately the restaurant is quite small and they do pack people in. There’s hardly any room to move and the noise level from people chatting makes it a challenge to hold a conversation.

D
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, incredible bread and great service. We’ll be back!

BB
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been here a few times before and the food did not disappoint. The service was also great except for the fact that we had to wait a bit for our table. Love this place.

BL
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good all round experience. A wide choice of dishes and the option of small or large portions is an excellent idea. Very good local wine at a reasonable price. Service was excellent, attentive but not overpowering.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was very hit and miss, bland with nothing too memorable or exciting about it. Worst of all of was seeing a customer personally thank the chef on his way, and then all the staff were taking the mick out of the customer. On top of that, the constant swearing at the passe is not so nice to hear when you are sitting right next to it!

AW
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for per theatre drinks and a meal. Excellent and friendly service and the meal was outstanding.

JS
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seats at the chefs counter/ kitchen amplified the experience in appreciating the food and the cooking skills to present excellent food, hot, timely, great quality and value paired with wines from the Sommeliers knowledgeable recommendations .

MV
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and food. As always such an amazing time!

MS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Couldn't fault it in anyway. The food was excellent the drinks menu was great and the best Negroni Blanco ever.

TY
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It was very nice experience. The steak was perfect- recommended.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Value for money for such outstanding food in London

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth visit - this time with two friends so we sat at the back of the restaurant, rather than at the bar.
Service was excellent as usual with the waitress providing her recommendations and input.
The ragu is a firm favourite as is the sea bream carpaccio.
Our favourite Italian restaurant in London.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant for dinner before the theatre and the staff was outstanding- attentive without being overbearing and it was clear they work as a brilliant team, with much humour! The food was delicious too- we will be back!

CH
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food - wonderful grilled mussels with chilli oil, caponata, prawns with squid and delicious wine all complemented with great service. Will be back...

T
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A wide ranging menu and wine list. Also do wine by the glass or carafe. A great "buzz" in the restaurant it was busy but that had no negative effect on the service. Loved it.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every respect

SK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Took my parents here for their 40th wedding anniversary. Most of the food was excellent, pasta was a little cold and small portion could be better described as bite size. Restaurant was extremely packed with tables very close together. I couldn't get my chair in properly as the man behind me was so close, kept getting bumped by customers and staff. Very small table for 4 people, very little room for food and drinks, had to keep rearranging. Insanely loud, couldn't hear each other talk. Specials were sold out before 7pm which was disappointing. 12.5% service charge added automatically. Overall was disappointed, general ambience did not make this a good spot for a special occasion.

JA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding service and beautiful food.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fab little Italian and loved the tapas style menu. Gorgeous food and atmosphere pre-theatre.

B
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxed but upmarket setting. Great selection of wines and dishes. Service was friendly and swift. Could have been better with recommendations. Food was delicious. especially the porchetta.

E
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bocca Di Lupo is alway fantastic. The food the ambiance and the service are wonderful and still one of our favorite restaurants in London.

D
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to visit for a pre theatre meal busy lively Italian restaurant we sat at the bar which was nice especially watching all the chefs cooking lots of lovely Italian dishes wine was very good bit pricey but you are in London so what to expect I suppose overall great experience definitely book a seat at the bar

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always!

LP
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always have an enjoyable experience! Today I had the spaghetti and squid ragu, the daily special. Nice atmosphere and staff efficient and polite.

CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

A hard reservation to make. Bocca Di Lupo has an interesting menu with some very specific regional specialities. The pace is frenetic and the service erratic. The bar stools do not have backs and the table are crowded. The good food helps to compensate for the noise, crowded dining space and less than superb service.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very good value for money! One minor point was it's a bit cramped in bar but still acceptable.

SV
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! This is a proper sit down, fancy dining place, but at a moderate price point. They offer small and big plates for most dishes so you have an option to order smalls and try different things.

K
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant I would eat there every night!
As good as my Nona’s cooking... delizioso!!!!

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value and excellent service

C
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent place ...food amazing and atmosphere conducive to a business discussion

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal and great services. I'll be back. Yum!

NG
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively buzzing restaurant. Loved the way the menu indicated where in Italy each choice originated. Super excellent wine list and sommelier. Sat at the bar so was happy to watch the chefs preparing the food. Not fussy, but great down to earth top quality Italian food.

D
London
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another visit to a favourite venue resulted in another long, lazy lunch. By slowly going through the menu with small tasting plates paired with the wines on offer we managed to sample delights from marinated sea bream, fresh pasta, fresh vibrant salads and grilled fish that fell away from the bone. Finished the meal with an Expresso Martini, fresh fruit, gelato and cannoli, perfect. Great service and helpful and knowledgeable sommelier. I will be back sooner rather than later.