Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden

4.4
57 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Amici is a true family-run, independent restaurant in the heart of Kennington, When we started out, way back in 2002, our self-set mission was to serve great food, have a fanatical focus on service, give back to our neighbourhood and most important: to have fans - not customers. Over eighteen years later, our priorities have not changed one single bit. While we are the proud holders of numerous accolades – our motivation is as it has always been, to continuously provide our fans with a memorable gastronomic experience.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 57 people are saying
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MikeMcG
London
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great spot for outdoor dining. As the name suggests there’s a real Mediterranean feel. Food was great and the service from the manager was amazing. Really welcoming, you felt like you were in his home.
I would return!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked Amici for a birthday meal with a few friends

This restaurant was absolutely gorgeous and the staff were incredibly lovely and friendly! They really did make the evening a great one by making us feel welcome, warm and comfortable! They surprised me with a birthday cheer, cocktail and treat which was so heartwarming and lovey! We all left with full bellies and big smiles!
The food is absolutely delicious!!! Fresh quality ingredients seasoned and cooked to perfection!
The courtyard/ secret garden is stunning, spacious and private! I cant wait to see what it will be like in the summer!

We will definitely be visiting again and I will be recommending this place to more friends as it was a 10/10 experience!

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Lunch
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Seated in shade. They were resistant to move us. Food pre ordered via text but they forgot one of the orders. Guests who arrived after us were served before which was very frustrating. Eventually agreed to move us to the sun. Food arrived but no cutlery. We had to remind them. Food very tasty but service pretty chaotic. Good food, brush up on the service and I might return. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend at this stage

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TwoHungryLondoners
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We went here for our anniversary meal, mainly because of the 'secret garden' location the venue promised.

Although the location was very nice, two other establishments occupied the same courtyard. This would not have been such a major factor except for the fact that at least one of the establishments (a cafe) was much, much cheaper and on first introduction their staff were a lot more welcoming: we had battled through traffic to get to Amicis and when we got there 15 minutes late, despite calling half an hour ahead of our booking to let them know we would be late, we received an extremely frosty reception. The reason given for this was that they were extremely busy and our lateness would inconvenience them. However, the place was practically empty for the whole time we were there.

That being said, the Octopus starter and the burger which comprised our main meal was very nice. The other main meal and the waldorf salad really was nothing at all special and not particularly substantial. The wine was also very overpriced. I don't think the food really justifies the price tag and fine dining might be a bit of a stretch. The atmosphere was pleasant but not exactly vibing. The restaurant had asked us to write a review and the manager was very nice in the end, but I can't help feeling they may have been a little overconfident. The establishment seemed very clean and covid-secure though.

In short, if it is the location you were going for and you are a keen home chef- try the cafe next door instead.

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Cylia
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The secret garden is beautiful and cosy. We ate well, even though many dishes from the menu were running out. Great service. I'll definitely go back.

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JonC
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant! The Mediterranean food is excellent and the service is always very warm and friendly. In reasonable weather, the garden courtyard is a lovely, colourful and peaceful setting for an outdoor lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational meal - so good we had dessert x2 !!!

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sdldn
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, felt very safe for covid-purposes. Lovely local restaurant as always.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was overall pretty decent. The staff were friendly and attentive, though I felt the atmosphere needed some work. Good, but lacking something. Would still go back though.

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Amici! The food was delicious, all the staff were really friendly and their covid measures were reassuring without being intrusive. We can't wait to come back!

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KatherineA
County Durham
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza and cocktails! Would recommend but go hungry

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vipCathS
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere in the sunny back courtyard. Friendly efficient service as always. Both the mushroom and the avocado brunch bruschettas were delicious with really fresh ingredients. Chardonnay was also very tasty and well priced.

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Lindy10
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very unusual outside seating area. We went on an extremely warm evening and felt as if we were actually in Italy. Very good food and service

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GrahamBM
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for lunch with a friend on a Saturday, my first trip out following the lockdown. Perfectly lovely al fresco dining in their secret garden, from a tasty menu of pizza and pasta and a variety of delicious bruschetta plus attention to safety without ever feeling oppressive and charming, good spirited staff where nothing was too much trouble - perfect for these times. We stayed in the garden chatting for more than 4 hours after our lunch without any pressure to leave from the owners. I will certainly return.

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King
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place. Good food. Good service. Will do you a company discount if you sometimes go for team lunches.

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SamS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and the best creme brûlée in London!

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on February 24, 2020

Dear Sam, May I thank you on behalf of everyone at Amici. It is very heart-warming to hear our guest had a great experience dining with us. This is really what we all about. You are right – the creme brûlée is great (I tend to have too many myself). We hope to see you again at Amici soon. Please do call me on 07775843522 so I can make your next reservation personally. Kindest Regards, Houman Meshkati

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Cynthia
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

STAFF - Funny and attentive, my friend got a bit lost and they were helpful with giving me directions. They were also very helpful with letting me know the specials of the day, and asking any questions I had which were a lot as I have new dietary requirements that I'm still adjusting to.

FOOD - The food was DE-LI-CIOUS! Proper traditionally made food you could taste the love. My one complaint was that the Ravoli portion was very small for a main, if we had known we may have considered the option to order a side salad or fries. I also wished there were a few more toppings on my pizza.

LOCATION AND LAYOUT - I loved the little reception bit before you enter the main restaurant, having somewhere to hang your coat or sit and read magazines while you wait made it feel really homely. The toilets were nice, the chairs were comfortable.

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on January 15, 2020

Dear Cynthia, May I thank you on behalf of everyone at Amici. It is very heart-warming to hear our guest had a great experience dining with us. This is really what we all about. We hope to see you again at Amici soon. Please do call me on 07775843522 so I can make your next reservation personally. Kindest Regards, Houman Meshkati

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vipCrooch
London
32 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect Afternoon location for a Cricket Lunch.
Set Menu gave a decent selection while being affordable
Bonus of being outside
Service was spot on couldn’t do enough for us.
Will definitely be coming back to try the full menu.

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vipLorenzoS
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good food, friendly and great service in a lovely courtyard setting

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PrincessV
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing staff.

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DavidG
Surrey
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and staff 5 of us went after watching cricket at the Oval short walk from the ground fantastic end to the evening

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for your 5Stars :-)

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LornaS
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pizzas were exceptional , my special pasta was a bit disappointing in flavour but well cooked

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for your 4Stars :-)

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aliangel
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh food with interesting and different flavours and friendly service. We will be back

Amici Mediterranean Bar & Grill - Kennington's Secret Garden
Responded on January 15, 2020

Great to see you have enjoyed your visit to Amici and thank you for your wonderful five-star review.

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PrincessV
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very personal service. Amazing food and great value.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere, will definitely be back!

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SueR
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was meeting two friends and it was lovely to be greeted at the door and shown to our seats. The service was excellent, the food was really tasty and the whole atmosphere was great. We were able to talk without either the worry of being overheard or the noise from other customers. We weren't hassled by the staff at all and only when they knew we had finished our meal did they come over to clear the plates and to find out if we wanted anything else - that was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and exquisitely presented. The staff were lovely, polite and friendly. Great value!

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SDunny
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great service. Highly recommend this eatery for a cosy meal with a delightful variety of options fit the connoisseur.

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TimO
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Amici, it's a great local restaurant. Fantastic pizza and pasta with a splendid brunch at weekends. The absolute gem of this place is the internal courtyard, it makes you feel like your on holiday with the bonus of no noise for the busy street outside.
Friendly, efficient and helpful staff. I can't praise this place highly enough.

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Rayray
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Amici for a wedding anniversary lunch. Having read the postive reviews and being new to the area, we were keen to discover a nice local restaurant. We were not disappointed. Amici is indeed a little gem with a beautiful courtyard at the back that transports you from Kennington to the Mediterranean as soon as you sit down. Our family group varied in age from 20 to 90 and the well thought out yet varied menu had something for everyone. It was also good to see that a great, good value brunch menu was also available which from what I could see served will certainly warrant a return visit in the near future. The staff were courteous and knowledgeable without being intrusive and the owner who stopped by the table to speak with us was also charming and great fun. All in all, a winning combination - great food and wine, great staff and a lovely atmosphere. Well done Amici. Already looking forward to next time.

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RaphyM
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend brought me here recently and I loved it that much that I had to bring my boyfriend just 2 weeks later. The staff are incredibly friendly, the food is really tasty and I will definitely keep recommending it to other people. We sat in the outdoor courtyard, which is a sun trap surrounded by pretty pastel buildings. It's nice to find somewhere in London that seems so calm. I had the lime, feta and avocado on sourdough and my boyfriend had the full English. Both were lovely. So happy to have found a nice brunch place close to home.

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JonC
London
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The menu has all the Italian favourites plus more besides. Pizzas are perfect with a proper Italian dough and their risottos are excellent too. Very friendly service with lots of interesting seasonal specials on the menu that they are happy to talk you through. We have been coming back to Amici again and again. Can’t go wrong here.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dishes well presented and very tasty, but 'nouvelle cuisine' means helpings which, while OK for us oldies, are a bit meagre for healthy younger appetites.
Noise levels from other tables a bit troublesome for us to hear.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening and the service was excellent! The food was brilliant!

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DrMetropia
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was our first visit to Amici since it reopened. I found the restaurant a little bleak and devoid of atmosphere while the midweek menu was uninspiring and over priced for what it was. We weren’t totally disheartened, the staff were excellent so we will probably try it again one weekend to see if it then proves a better dinning experience.

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AndrewD
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good place for lunch - although the food was good it did come at a price, partly due to the fact
that the Test Match was on at the Oval.

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vipjnhx
London
63 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Chilled. Food very tasty. Atmosphere a little limited.

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SarahJ
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I had a really good time. Nice atmosphere, very nice waiters and waitress. Really good food as well!

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vipERCB
Norfolk
79 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We asked for a table outside as the weather was nice, and they gave us a table outside.
The were a little bit disappointing in terms of service, not very attentive when giving out the menus, topping up water etc but on the whole it was good and it's a great setting.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amici has a lovely courtyard that's perfect now the weather is warming up, so we went specifically to be able to eat outside. However, while we were there I remembered just how good the food is, and how reasonable. At c. £10 for a main course, it's not a big outlay for a very nice meal. It was very busy when we ate, and the staff seemed a little under pressure - probably everybody in the area had had the same idea as us - so there was quite a wait towards the end of the meal for drinks, dessert and then the bill, but to be honest we were quite happy to sit there. I'd definitely recommend it.

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