Bocca Di Lupo

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£26 to £40
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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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AP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bocca Di Lupo for a pre-theatre supper and were treated, right from the start, in an efficient, informed and welcoming way. The young man who was assigned as our waiter quickly established our needs and preferences and led us through a range of suggestions from the extensive menu. We were in his hands completely and grateful to have his suggestions.
The food came out rapidly and steadily as we finished each plate (tapas style). Simple and complex all had an authentically fresh taste that set each apart from another. A pairing with a Sicilian red wine worked perfectly. Finishing with swift desserts and good coffee we were just in time for the start of the first night of Upstart Crow.
Next time we’ll come back and make use of the Bocca Di Lupo gelatiria across the road too. This was a real find and we loved it.

JF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you...we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch for two at the bar. Loved the 'small' options.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very lively place with an excellent and unusual menu with regional Italian dishes good as sharing plates. Not a place for a quiet restful evening but good for post theatre by which time most of the other diners were very loud. They kindly offered us a table tho' the only option on-line had been the counter, though i like that too - watching it all cooked right in front of you. The desserts look good but had ordered too much earlier! The plates are generous.

ZL
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat at the bar to eat which had a great atmosphere. The service was super efficient without making us feel rushed and the waiter gave us good advice in relation to what size plates to order and which wine. The food was beautifully cooked and it was nice to share all the plates. The only reason we haven't given the food five stars was that we found the langoustines slightly disappointing. But the ravioli was out of this world.

b
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant. We had a wonderful meal, great service. Will definitely recommend and will be coming again (and again).

AS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and atmospheric. The perfect pre show meal.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food and lovely atmosphere, would definitely visit again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant is nice but very chaotic

W
London
177 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Bocca is one of my favourite places but this visit lacked something. The food was not quite as tasty as previously. Good, not great

BN
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent evening all supported by attentive and professional staff

L
London
67 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food as ever. Professional and responsive team

TR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Superb food but the restaurant staff made a very big issue out of us needing to take no longer than 2 hours and rushed us through the whole thing. No time for an aperitif and no time to linger at the end over coffee. That is ok if you are not paying £80 per head.

DS
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food, ideal for sharing which means you get to try a great selection of wonderful small plates. Went for a birthday lunch with friends and we all decided we will celebrate there again next year!

j
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Early dinner after a show with 3 small plates, squid, scallop risotto, and polenta with wild boar. All excellent. Service good and enjoyed it all.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was fabulous and a great value. I did feel a little rushed sitting at the bar.
I will be back.

j
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Single dinners are seated at the counter, where the seats are too low. But that's the only downside here: the food is fantastic, the wines by the glass great, and the staff pretty good at paying attention in a busy space. Noise level is high.

EG
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bocca Di Lupo was an excellent choice for dinner, the food was delicious and the service was lovely. If you’re lucky you will catch Carolina who was immensely helpful when it came to the menu or any other needs we had.

TC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, attentive service, lively atmosphere (not a quiet, getting to know you, first date spot). Do yourself a favor and sit at the counter on the chefs end. The Roman Tripe is exquisite. Frito misto selections also top notch.

OT
London
24 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg - the pasta is to die for

s
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and atmosphere, good service thanks

TS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was extremely good as was the service, would definitely eat here again!

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

After booking my reservation, I called Bocca di Lupo (which I've previously really enjoyed) to ask if they could accommodate gluten free. The person on the phone confirmed that we would have at least 6-7 choices and that they would make a note on our reservation. When we arrived there was no information and our waitress showed up with bread for the table, but that's not an issue just an illustration of the lack of them actually noting the reservation. When we went over the menu with the waitress she ended up highlighting 4 items that we could eat and one of them had contamination risk so that was out of the question for me. For a high-end restaurant in central London in 2020 to not have better options for allergens and not to even bother to try and be accommodating is ridiculous and unacceptable. We should have been told not to come in if the restaurant couldn't actually accommodate gluten free dining.

UPDATE: The manager of Bocca Di Lupo left a voicemail (presumably to discuss this review) and upon returning his call I was told to call back the next day...this happened twice before I decided it wasn't worth my time. It seems like the staff is out of touch with how proper customer service works.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Bocca Di Lupo are always excellent and never disappoint. It serves seasonal dishes and there are always a few surprises which ensures fresh ingredients and an ever-changing menu so you never get bored. Definitely my fave Italian restaurant in London.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

But sit at a normal table, the bar is too cramped and not comfortable.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat to go to Bocca di Lupo. Fantastic food, good wine selection and very welcoming service. Although the tables are close together, they are arranged so you can enjoy your party’s conversation without being overwhelmed by any other noise. The cannoli abs affogato were so good we skipped our planned stop for London’s best gelato at their sister store across the street

DH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly my favourite London restaurant for all the above reasons

C
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was recommended this place a lot but a bit disappointed. The pasta we ordered were tiny and sticky. Not much decoration or taste and not much in the plate... same for the cake... very tiny slice. Overpriced.
We never got our change. The manager was very fiendly tho. Not amazing as we excepted

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

had a late lunch, so little quieter restaurant. service not rushed despite being closing time, enjoyed all we ordered (except for pigeon) which was squid, lemon pasta, salt baked sea bream and polenta - really yummy. also had cannolis with coffee - both great. entertaining waitress and chatty chefs, will be back.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not easy to have working lunch due to noise but service and food are very good value for money

AW
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great, as ever

BL
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AMAZING, the vegetarian options are sooooooooo delicious, their wet polenta is to die for, the service is great, the wine list fantastic. I love the place. And for London prizes is extremely sensible.

OT
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals in London! Outstanding! Grazie!

DN
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very average Italian food. Not the best! Expected a bit more.

t
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having heard and read a lot of good things about this place, we weren't particularly blown away by the quality of the food in the context of the restaurant's price bracket. This place has been open for a few years now and since then, a lot of places in London have opened which have significantly raised the stakes in the small plates dining game. This place is tries to be all things to all people, but doesn't do any of them fantastically well.

They take reservations but also have walk-ins for the counter. The menu is laid out fairly typically for an Italian restaurant, i.e. small bits and starters (which can be ordered in small and large plates) followed by pasta (i.e. primi) and then bakes and stews (in the fashion of 'secondi').

The real faux pas of the evening was that after having told the waiter that we didn't eat pork, he omitted to tell us that the partridge we had ordered came covered in bacon. Instead, as he brought it over and he recalled what we had told him, we spotted him hurrying back and re-emerge with the dish without the bacon but with no comment that the dish actually had bacon on it. In fact we weren't told until we specifically queried this fact - having spotted the dish on another table with bacon. Instead the waiter claimed our one never had bacon (!).

Finally, as is always the trouble with two seatings per table over the course of an evening (which has sadly become the norm across a lot of restaraunts in the capital these days with rising rents), if one books anything before 8.30pm one always feels harried by the staff as much as they attempt to do so as dicretely as possible. Subtle noises that they want your table back become increasingly apparent once you've polished off your mains. The real skill of course is in how this message is delivered, whether or not it is explicitly stated and sadly this place hasn't quite mustered the tact and discretion (we were asked no less than four times what we had decided to do for dessert).

ND
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brilliant authentic Italian food and wine from all the Italian regions

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There isn’t many options for vegetarians and the one option that the waiter highly recommended tasted of nothing but salt. Starters were average.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

love it here. but please watch the salt - had the orchiette with rapini twice and it's been exceptionally salty both times.

JH
London
126 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went with friends for a pre theatre meal. We were all really pleased with the food we ordered - lovely small plates and then larger mains. The squid, anchovies and liver were particularly good. Nice value wine as well. Friendly service.

2
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in London. Food and service always excellent. Love Bocca!

IB
London
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food and wine! The ambiance is really elegant, ideal for a date as well as a dinner with friends.