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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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
21 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!

SS
Chicago
3 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.

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
1 review
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
124 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.

G
Cornwall
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t rate this place highly enough. Fantastic all round. Excellent food, wines and service in a fabulous atmosphere

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic friendly service and the food is incredible... we have been going there on special occasions for over 6 years now and we have never been disappointed!

HF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great! Lovely authentic food - especially recommended the cuttlefish dish

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and enjoyed every meal. Overall, it was worth it!

SM
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat at our favourite Italian

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely team!

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing ! We had a late lunch reservation so we were a little rushed to order but everything was excellent!

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, everything was absolutely delicious and the service was great. We have been several times in the past - the menu is always good but a few dishes can be more hit and miss. However, this time every dish we ordered was exquisite. We had some fritti, the truffle radish salad and beef tartare to start; loved all of them, particularly the truffle radish salad which sounded experimental to us but worked extremely well. We then had 2 very rich primi - the black ink cuttlefish risotto and tajarin with duck egg yolk. Impossible to pick which was better since they were so different, but I can definitely say I will be getting them both again. The rice and pasta were cooked perfectly and the flavours were incredibly more-ish. Additionally we had the delicious caponata, some chilli and garlic mussels (very fragrant and fresh), and a side of the puntarelle. For dessert we had the gelato burger and the donuts with pistachio cream (an absolute favourite of mine), with some desert wine. Would highly recommend, was a truly lovely evening for a special dinner.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pre-theatre treat! Delicious food and service.

PH
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific as always. The rest of this review is to satisfy Open Tables absurd insistence on 50 characters

L
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was great but not quite generous volume. Service was also not bad

GS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time tried this restaurant after recommendation as being open on a Sunday evening.
Great Italian local food, well presented and very enjoyable.

Would go back again.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We wanted a quick in and out supper before the theatre, but were told that there was no pre -theatre menu offered in December. So we quickly ordered, but sadly after frequenting this restaurant for many years were disappointed. The portions have become really small, the sage leaf and anchovy anti pasti was claggy and dull. The deep- fried artichokes were overcooked and ended up tasting rather burnt. The pasta itself was average in flavour and lacked any depth. The Barberesca wine was fabulous but at GBP 14 a glass, frankly should be.
Sadly I think Bocca Di Lupo has just become another rather average establishment.

SM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food. A real mix of diners. Staff excellent. Even though I had to book places at the counter, when we arrived we were offered a table as one had become vacant. Staff took on board a slight complaint of one dish and the cost of that dish was waived.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is second to none - love it love it love it

RD
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good experience, excellent food and great atmosphere.
Eating at the bar was a bit uncomfortable for us, but was ok. Anyway I will be back maybe booking a table next time!