Franco's

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£26 to £40
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Italian
Franco’s boasts a colourful heritage and loyal client base thanks to its legendary relaxed style, friendly service and fantastic food thanks to Italian Chef, Stefano Turconi, who presents genuine, refined cooking, presented with a modern flare. Breakfast offers a continental or full English breakfast. Set lunch at £24 for two courses and £28 for three is popular as are the changing daily specials and varied lunch a la carte menu. Afternoon frequenters enjoy a cigar on one of the outside tables along with Afternoon Tea. For those going to the theatre, arrive from 5:30pm for the theatre menu priced at the same cost as the set lunch. The a la carte dinner menu offers something for all with salads, grilled meat and fish along with pastas.
Franco’s beautiful private dining room which can be split in two separate rooms accommodating 34 on one long table, 55 in the whole of the lower ground or 16 in the wine cellar.
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SK
London
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The pasta with white truffles was great and although it
was white truffles at £ 80 the portion at this price was I felt still too steep !
My steak was super and appreciated the chef adding some white truffles as they had run out of veal chops which I added ! Overall a great meal but a bit steep !

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Honestly, the food was fine, but you can get way better in London! Found a piece of metal in my food too so that didnt help.... not worth it ngl

F
London
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was the second visit to Franco’s and probably the last. The food was mediocre if anything. Two of us soup that was nothing special and then both had the halibut as a main course which again was nothing special yet very expensive for what it was.
Service was haphazard with too many people waiting on us and led to confusion about what had already been ordered. I’d expect more from Franco’s.

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food is mediocre at best.

PT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, wines and service and staff. Highly recommend this superb establishment.

RW
London
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Franco’s is always delivers on quality of food/wine, level of old style efficient service and ambience. A wee bit noisy but always busy. A ‘banker’ for a good business lunch if seated upstairs.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and good wine. Seating is a bit tight

GJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We felt rushed and pushed through quickly. My spouse' swordfish was so/so

LG
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is well established and well-heeled mature clientele reflects that. The service is courteous and professional, food is good albeit unadventurous (this is not necessarily a bad thing). Price is on a steep side but expected for this type of St James eatery experience.

DL
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always a lovely meal in one of my favourite restaurants.

SM
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The staff are very helpful and friendly. You get positive feeling when you’re in the restaurant.

SK
London
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Positive and friendly service as always!
The truffles pasta was superb as well as Veal Milanese was
great !

GH
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon meal , incredible 3 courses ...I was quite astounded at the presentation of the food as well as more than reasonable portion sizes which I think is becoming a issue at some places . Terrific value with utterly great service .. marvellous

K
London
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No comments . One of the best old time values in London

JK
London
76 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place for dinner. Portion sizes a little on the small side but overall, delicious

OT
London
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dining with friends. Overall the food was good although I found my crab and avocado starter somewhat tasteless. Feel some of the dishes are overpriced especially as you need to order sides separately. I most probably will return but eat from the good value lunch menu.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Always a pleasure to visit Francos!

l
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mushroom/Truffle Pappardelle was just out of this world.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuinely friendly service and the food was simply amazing. The duck breast was so good I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes duck.

If you want somewhere special, this is the place. I chose the restaurant based on reviews from OpenTable. 10/10!!!

OT
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

d
London
45 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered from the set dinner menu which is good value. The food was very nice and unlike some restaurants, Franco's changes the set menu so each time we visit we can try new dishes. The service is always very good.

d
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant for a breakfast meeting.

GO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sobresaliente cocina italiana. Probamos los tortellini y un risotto increibles. Muy buenos postres.

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ML
London
54 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

it is always a joy to visit.
great in the mornings

t
London
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We took a friend who had never been before and we all enjoyed it. The service and the food are always good. I think however that the wines are a bit overpriced especially the rose.

c
London
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pipe in the OJ but otherwise very good.

OT
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

r
London
30 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Made us sat in a very busy and noisy walk path. Didn’t expect that to be honest even thou there was empty tables on the other side.

Can even hear managers talking about rosters for staff! Ordered the steak for extra £18 supplementary and yet no sauce was provided. Upon requesting I get a random sauce and haven’t been told about the billing for this until I got my bill with Optional Service Charge already included! Not professional. Francos used to be good back pre 2015 time.

Would I go back again not sure. There is hundreds of other Italian places to visit in London.

LJ
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fabulous. It’s a small intimate space. The food was amazing. The truffle pasta was out of the world. I would recommend to anyone.

CR
London
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service, but Mayfair prices so best for a special occasion

BF
Detroit
66 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from the USA, someone had recommended Franco’s, and we were not disappointed. Everything was wonderful. I am gluten free and I was still able to enjoy the lobster pasta. The chef was even willing to custom prepare risotto for me but the pasta dish sounded too good! We would definitely go back on our next trip.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Brilliant! Service and ambience!

FC
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was superb. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our visit very much.

LB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

First time in Franco’s resulting from recommendations.
Starters were fine and my wife and I went for fish, monk fish and halibut. The halibut was fine although a bit over cooked. The monk fish was absolutely awful. A great fish totally ruined by the chef. Inedible. We complained and in compensation were not charged for that main course or the subsequent desert.
Unlikely to return to this restaurant.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant in heart of St James’ . Had a basement table which not nearly as nice as the ground floor. However service was first class and the food delightful. We were talked into having too many additional vegetables, all at an extra cost but that was probably our fault but added to overall bill. Would definitely go again.

OT
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Reliably good food and service. Love Franco’s.

FV
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a must if you 'love great Italian food'. Very Upscale. Great wine list and service. A must!!!

AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend this restaurant to all.

AC
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service/venue and food was good. The only problem ... the portions were tiny!
I had to have two bread rolls to fill up on and still left the restaurant hungry...

MB
London
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice old style Italian in Mayfair. Glass of primitive was delicious and macaroni with truffle also good. Service was quick and friendly. I would have preferred the ground floor, but downstairs quite good for a business lunch.