Cucina Restaurant

3.2
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£25 and under
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
It’s all about location here at Cucina, a fabulous Italian restaurant so close to the London Eye and County Hall you can practically smell the pizza from 135 metres up above the Thames. Appropriately designed for its setting, Cucina is far less rustic than its name might suggest. Indeed the deep, masculine tones of the interior with its high stacked built-in wine racks, moody photographic prints and comfortable patio brings to mind a meeting of British gentlemen’s club and slick Roman hotel restaurant. Created to appeal to the many different types of diner who find themselves on the South Bank; from the tourists taking a meander to the pre-theatre diners heading to the Royal Festival Hall, local Londoners with kids in tow to businessmen fresh from the Shell centre or en route to Waterloo, Cucina has a relaxed, amenable atmosphere and welcoming service.
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l
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, mediocre food & still giving out plastic straws

SS
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Sold as an Italian Restaurant it really isn't . It is a rather grubby cafeteria, very noisy, grim food and absolutely no ambiance. being so close to Premier Inn they don't have to try because they know they will get patrons.

DD
London
61 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

When I arrived there was no reservation (although I had confirmation). I was seated, in a table to accommodate two, but I would have not given this to two people it had to ahve the chair on the side, not sitting in front of each other - this perhaps give you the gist of the size of the table and the fact that it was squeezed in not comfortable. I chose this resturant as my guest is vegetarian and the menu had several good salads for her. However these were not on the menu (along with quite a few other things). When I queried I was told this was the only menu (it stated express, but again on Opentable its not correct, its way off what is on the menu) this left ONE option for my guest to have. One toilet that is off the resturant, so queuing for the one toilet into the resturant. Its just not nice. I felt quite ill and the staff were kind to me, but apart from that I really didnt enjoy this experience at all. Not as listed!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottima cena con servizio accurato e preciso

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l
Warwickshire
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very accommodating as part of our party was late and they managed to rearrange for us. Food was good and reasonably priced. We were catching up and the staff did not pressure us to eat and leave. Great location for the south bank.

p
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I felt that there wasn't much value for money. The salads were tasty but small in size for the price paid.

GR
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is a sandwich bar not a restaurant as described. The booking was fir 8pm, they closed at 9h30pm

CC
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food ok but very worn out decor and furnishings. Expensive for what is provided.

LW
London
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very mediocre food, service poor. Very expensive for what it was. Poor facilities too.

m
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was ok. It came very quick. Only just finished my starter and my main course was there. They hadn't even cleared away the starters plate. The toilet facilities in this place needs looking into it was unclean and smelt like it hadnt been cleaned for a while.

ML
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent fare served by helpful, efficient staff. Good value

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food ok, overpriced for what you Get, tables sticky with dirt, furnishings grotty

MO
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Only downside was the seating could have done with a refurbishment as the covers were falling apart but that didn't spoil the occasion.

AR
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped here to get take away for the night. Food was quick, was able to have beer while waiting.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Booked Cucina through Open Table, was half an hour early but staff happy to seat us.
Starters and mains were tasty, we had ravioli and lasagne.
Decent bottle of wine.
Waitresses were friendly, plenty of customers inside and out so good atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I was there a total of 15 minutes. Sat at a table straight away, though the table had not been wiped down, and wasn’t during my visit. Covered in food and salt from previous diners.

Food was great, really delicious spaghetti bolognese and came very quickly, ideal for when going to a theatre show afterwards.

Many flies in the restaurant. Had to ask for cutlery. Asked for tap water and never received it.

SP
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

It would take a lot of convincing to eat here again

G
London
116 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Cuchina gets a mixed review from me. The food was fantastic, the price was great, the service was very friendly and the location wonderful.

We ordered our food, and when it came my meal had been forgotten. They apologised and said it would be 3-4 minutes. My food didn't come for another 15-20 minutes by which time my colleague and client had finished their food.

The staff were very apologetic, offered me a free beer and removed the cost of my meal from the menu (without me complaining or showing any annoyance) so they really made the effort to make up for it.

When we were trying to get the bill, it took a very long time to get anyone's attention. It's a lovely restaurant with great food at a great price, but I believe they might just be quite disorganised.

All in all a positive review

TH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nothing to review. Booked through Open Table. We arrived for breakfast on time to see a sign saying it was open, but the door was locked and all the chairs were on the tables. It was dark. It is the last establishment in the building and there was a man standing my the dumpsters looking at us at the door, but made no attempt to interact. May not have been staff. After 15 minutes and still no signs of life, we left. Also, no follow up from open table. When looking for another breakfast place the next day, we checked the site to see if we misread hour and saw the opportunity for review. I guess calling ahead would help, but then what would be the use of using Open Table.

YT
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Quite a disappointing experience. The restaurant has a strong pungent smell of the “sheeshah” cafe next door and the only Italian thing about this restaurant is a Godfather poster on the wall.

The food was average.

DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A nicely decorated restaurant. The staff were welcoming and friendly. We were pre theatre diners and the staff made sure we were served promptly. One criticism would be that the pizzas were on the small side and not that filling. I enjoyed my halloumi salad which could also have been a bit bigger.

JS
London
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff very helpful and a good value for money menu. Have made a group booking for later in the year

ET
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The restaurant looked nice from the outside and reviews so decided to choose this over the multitude of other Italian restaurants nearby. The service was average, only came to the table to take a single order and clear the table. There were nice check backs to see how our food was. Sharing starter was very nice and perfect for two. My ladies salad was nice but very simple, not much flavour. The steak I had was cooked perfectly to how I ordered (medium rare) but lacked any flavour. The devour is nice and feel good the restearunt is very enjoyable. Hoping this was a one off.

OT
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was a sad disaster of a restaurant... from half of the menu being unavailable, to serving flat soda that was obviously very old in the cans, to all three dishes we ordered looking like a plate of under Cooke noodles and watery sauce. The service was fine but you could tell they really didn’t care much what was going on. When I asked them to make sure to check us in on open table they proceeded to bring over the owners cell phone and show me that if they clicked check in they would be charged for the reservation. Ugh. But back to our food. We had to go to McDonald’s after to finish having dinner as the flavors and quality was so poor. And the sad thing was they seemed to be very proud of the garbage they were serving. Just sad.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We should have a nice dinner New Year's Eve. When we arrived we were given 1 hour to order, eat and out the door. We had thought we should enjoy a bottle of wine and have dessert. It was a bad experience for the start of a New Year's Eve when we had to stand in the cold and wait 3 hours at the fireworks.

MS
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Minestrone soup was tepid and watery . Pasta dishes were warm and tasteless

NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good service as we went in for pre-theatre meal (not a pre-theate restaurant) and managed to be served 2 courses within the hour easily. We were told which meals NOT to order due to length of cooking time.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the decor. The food was very good. We would dine there again.
The bathroom was tiny, Uni-sex and was always busy.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent place. Good value. Decent food and not too expensive

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My children's pizzas were a bit soggy in the middle & burnt at the edges, and so one of them left most of hers - the waiter didn't ask why. The starter of humus was generous, but there wasn't enough pitta bread to go with it - we asked for some more, which arrived with our main meal. Service was friendly but not completely competent. No decaff tea available, which I would expect to be available in a central London restaurant/tourist location. Pretty average as an experience.

EB
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Would definitely eat here again on next trip to London ,we stayed at the Marriott and this place is right behind it. Food was good and the people that work there were all very nice

LQ
London
214 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went to La Cuchina after seeing Witness for the Prosecution at the London County Hall across the street. I booked it for its convenience, and it certainly was that. We had some problems with our order--twice having ordered two of the same dishes, and twice having only one delivered, despite there being 4 people. They eventually served the second dishes, but it was a bit frustrating as we were all eating at different times while the others looked on. The food was good. I had a taster plate which was fine.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Having been in Sicily in the summer, this was a close match for the relaxed ambience, attentive service and fabulous food that we experienced there. We were spoilt for choice on all three courses ...we'll have to go back and try some more. We were going to a show at County Hall, so the restaurant was handy for that and not too far from Waterloo either.

S
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is the second time we have been at this rstaurant. We thought to give them a second chance. Our service was fine but nothing else was outstanding. A casual, place for a quick meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for an early evening (pre theatre) meal. Good selection of Italian food. Quite nice restaurant with an option of sitting outside. Considering its location it offers very good value. All the food that we had was very good.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal, choice and atmosphere when we finally found the place. The problem was that the address was not much help to us as that area of London does not have straight forward numbering like an ordinary High Rd. A bit of help in the form of 'next to' 'opposite from' 'to the left/right of' would have been particularly useful especially as there are so many landmarks in that area to use.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a 17 month old toddler and the manager and our waiter were very nice and patient. Super friendly service and good food as well!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant enough..bit noisy but OK. Not particularly exciting but food was fine and service very kind and pleasant. good workaday Italian fare atvreasonable prces.. Nothing much else to say.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good and hearty, just what I was looking for, but nothing out of the ordinary. The dessert was definitely the highlight! The tiramisu was absolutely delicious! The only drawback was it took 20 minutes for anyone to ask us if we wanted dessert. Thankfully it was well worth the wait.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiters a little chaotic (waiters never seemed to know which table the order was going to) but all very friendly, nice atmosphere, good food (menu a little limited), and good wine. Very convenient spot and a pleasant evening.