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L'ulivo Villiers Street, London,

L'ulivo Villiers Street

4.3
4.3
1091 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Welcome to L'ulivo Villiers Street!
Here at lulivo (pronounced looleevoh) we are passionate about our food and our customers, full stop, that simple.
There is no better feeling then delivering a great service and knowing you guys are tucking into a great dish.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3441 3012

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    L'ulivo Villiers Street Private Dining

  • Private party contact

    L'ulivo Villiers Street: 020 3700 2376

  • Neighborhood

    Charing Cross

  • Cross street

    charing cross/embankment

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,091 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. PS

    PaulineS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent choice of food. Service was iffy but waitress did apologise , maybe understaffed that evening. Did not spoil the evening as food was delicious.
  2. NE

    NicolaE

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food and cocktails, service was a little disjointed, but it was a busy time
  3. RS

    RosieS

    London

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We always go here for lamb cutlets as they are so good but they have been taken off the menu! So we had calves liver which is another favourite of ours. There was a lot of gristle in the liver, I did query if it was calves liver but no-one came back to me. Had to ask 4 times for our drinks.
  4. CP

    CharlotteP

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Having booked for 5.30pm arrived to find restaurant full of customers waiting to be sat. Congested and unpleasant start as had clearly over booked the restaurant and not enough staff to meet and greet. 4 of us but only 3 meals arrived and when asked where the pizza was told it would arrive shortly. Pizza never arrived, took money off the bill but would not consider re-visiting or recommending to others unfortunately.
  5. KA

    KAmor

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I am sad to say we had a horrible experience, and would strongly not recommend. From the moment we walked in we were not treated welcomingly. The atmosphere is loud and chaotic. We had to ask to be waited on multiple times while other tables around us were promptly seen to. The bread that was brought to us (after we had to ask) was stale. We waited over 45 minutes for the first course and still had to ask it to be brought to us, and when it came it was cold and inedible. The bathrooms were also messy with both the sink and hand dryer not working. What was meant to be a nice pre theatre meal ended up being a pricey and bad experience.
  6. EF

    EalingFoodie

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service (fast if it matters, time to dwell if you want) and everything you want a good Italian restaurant to be. Will definitely be coming back!
  7. AB

    AlisonB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, courteous staff, a good place to catch up with a friend.
  8. LB

    LorraineB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Couldn’t fault the food or service. The staff seemed particularly on the ball and attentive and the food was delicious. A little bit noisy even in late afternoon but well worth it and I would definitely go again.
  9. C

    Customer

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good location, food was ok, expensive though. Service charge of 12.5% compulsory and given that it doesn't say in the menu it comes as a surprise extra charge
  10. LL

    LindaL

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very nice surprise. All the food we ordered was delicious.
  11. P

    Phil

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Last minute choice, plenty of room as it was past the peak period for lunch. Excellently prepared pizza and pasta dish cooked to perfection. Very friendly service and a pleasant restaurant to sit in. We’d go there again if in the neighbourhood.
  12. LB

    LisaB

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Unfortunately could not eat my meal-burger as it tasted awful/ bitter burger and undercooked bacon.
  13. SU

    SUSIE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really accommodating restaurant with good staff and very nice food
  14. C

    Claire

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service as always. Food always amazing & lovely atmosphere. My only comment would be pasta dishes should be slightly bigger portions but perhaps I am greedy.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    We were there to meet friends and so were not at all pleased when the music was suddenly turned up very loud. We asked for it to be turned down and it was so that’s good - but why turn it up in the first place?? We thought that Service was a bit slow. But we love the food and the restaurant is very convenient for us.
  16. AK

    AndyK

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Handy location to meet so wanted to give this a go. Very busy so good atmosphere but no real sense of service. Slow but not unexpectedly so given a Saturday evening. Food and wine were both ok.
  17. TB

    TamrynB

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food, we had a great time!!!
  18. h

    happyeater

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very quick service. Friendly staff. Delicious food.
  19. CT

    CarolineT

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I had assumed a restaurant on Villiers Street would be a tourist trap, but not a bit of it. est here were tourist, but this is an excellent family restaurant, and the food and wine were very good.
  20. J

    Jolie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice pre-theatre meal at L'ulivo. Travelling to London from Edinburgh we wanted to book something in advance to ensure we were fed before the show. The process with open table was smooth and we received an email just before to confirm we would still turn up. The food was good and reasonably priced for central London. Highly recommended we would go there again.
  21. PS

    PSAF

    London

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The experience was surprisingly good as we had low expectations because of where it was. Apologies, but it just goes to show you shouldn't judge a book by where it's shelved. The food was enjoyable, and the service very good and there was a nice buzz in the restaurant on the Sunday lunchtime we were there.
  22. LB

    LesleyB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food but because it was so busy service was a little slow at times. No problem as we had plenty of time before the theatre.
  23. B

    Berighton

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely fish meals - sea bass and monkfish. Pizzas on shaped plates and not cut with a wheel making it very difficult for older people to cut and manage. One member of the group had a pasta meal which she enjoyed. Mashed potato expensive and hard. Broccoli good. Nice house wine. Good coffee
  24. DC

    DebbieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious- tasted really fresh and generous portions
  25. JD

    JamesD

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the great pre theatre service , great food at a great price
  26. L

    Lids

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nicely located, food was good,
  27. HD

    HelenD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Booked a table in the early evening for pre theatre dinner, we had a warm welcome and our table was ready. There was a nice ambiance in the restaurant even though it was fairly quiet when we arrived. We ordered cocktails which were very good and a bottle of dry rose wine which could have been better quality and more chilled. The three of us shared garlic bread to start which was really good. I ordered cannelloni which was a bit dry and needed a tomato sauce base, my daughter had gnocchi which had plenty of sauce. She gave me some of her sauce to have with my cannelloni which made it perfect. My Mum had a Caesar salad, the chicken was hard and overdone and the croutons were like rocks and inedible. Personally, I would come here again because I enjoyed what I had but the food is probably a bit hit and miss.
  28. DM

    DaveM

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable, professional, friendly, tasty, a great place to relax before a show (or after)
  29. RE

    RichardE

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Convivial restaurant setting and good food with generous portions.
  30. DL

    DavidL

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Caesar salad was terrible. I had previously had quite a good one. Chicken was dry and was largely just croutons. Colleagues pasta was apparently quite good. As it was a business lunch we were time poor. I had to ask three times for the card machine to make payment so ended up late for next meeting. Very average restaurant and it’s only saving grace is it’s location.
  31. SS

    SarahS

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance, lovely food. I would definitely go back
  32. B

    Belfast

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Reservations a must on most days.
  33. JS

    JoolsS

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This is a busy restaurant. The food was OK but nothing special. Stale bread and soggy broccoli ( which was changed) The pan a cotta was synthetic to taste. One female waitress was surly and not smiling at all whereas a young man was charming. It was an ideal location to meet friends but I wouldn’t go back.
  34. CW

    CarrieW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely menu, fantastic food. Service was outstanding
  35. NY

    NanetteY

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Italian food and excellent service, despite being a very busy evening.
  36. B

    Bobbyk

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    When we arrived they claimed not to have our booking despite receiving confirmation of this. Pizza was good. Seafood risotto was average, calamari very chewy and prawns mainly shell. Lamb cutlets undercooked and red wine sauce awful. Drinks, pudding and coffee all fine. Friendly service at table. Restaurant clean.
  37. JR

    JudyR

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great lasagne and speedy service which was helpful for our pre-dinner theatre. A good atmosphere and jolly staff. Will return.
  38. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The staff were very rude and snatched my credit card when I went to pay. My daughter, who’s birthday it was, asked the girl why she was so abrupt and the response was that ‘she was busy’. She was soooo obnoxious. The food was very disappointing and very expensive with a service charge added. Surely this is up to the diner to decide if the service is good or bad. We were very disappointed and it spoilt a lovely day out for us. We had travelled to London from Bournemouth. The staff need training on customer service. Very very upset and dissatisfied. Carol Bethell
  39. SF

    SuzyF

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We LOVE the food here. It’s busy and loud and a bit pricey for us but worth it for occasional special neals.
  40. GH

    GerryH

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always eat at l’ulivo for our reunions. Straightforward good food and great service. Brilliant location for all methods of public transport.

FAQs

L'ulivo Villiers Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 3441 3012.

L'ulivo Villiers Street is rated 4.3 stars by 1091 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for L'ulivo Villiers Street

23 Villiers Street, London, WC2H 6ND

Additional information

  • Cross street

    charing cross/embankment

  • Neighborhood

    Charing Cross

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 3441 3012

  • Private party facilities

    L'ulivo Villiers Street Private Dining

  • Private party contact

    L'ulivo Villiers Street: 020 3700 2376

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