Bolton's

4.3
244 Reviews
£41 and over
Italian
London’s Bolton’s Restaurant is a popular City haunt, offering a simple combination of fresh Italian flavours and laid back but stylish atmosphere. Tucked down a side road just off of Fenchurch Street, Bolton’s has long been a favourite of the high powered bankers and businessmen of the local area, earning a reputation as a place to network and entertain. With its subtle hints of luxury and affluence the Bolton’s dining room is unpretentious and timeless, very much like its cuisine. A tour of Italy’s famous culinary regions, the Bolton’s menu is hearty but elegant, every dish given the unique flavour of this high end restaurant through the use of good ingredients and stunning presentation.

Experiences

  • Bolton's Evening Set menu (2 courses)

    £39.36 per person

    May 17 - Jun 30, 2021

    Two courses menu with a glass of wine - £35 pp available Monday to Friday 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Bolton's evening set menu (3 courses)

    £44.98 per person

    May 17 - Jun 30, 2021

    Three courses menu with a glass of wine £39.99pp Available Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm STARTERS FRESH ASPARAGUS (v) Steamed asparagus served with Hollandaise sauce or butter. BURRATA E PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA Creamy burrata cheese with cured Parma ham, sliced tomatoes, basil leaves and olive oil INSALATA DI GRANCHIO Layers of crushed avocado, crabmeat shred, prawns dressed with lemon juice olive oil and crushed black pepper. MAIN COURSES RIGATONI ALLA VODKA (v) Rigatoni in aurora sauce with vodka and basil leaves JOHN DORY FILLETS Grilled John Dory fillet with lemongrass sauce PETTO DI POLLO AL LIMONE Chicken breast in a butter and lemon sauce DESSERT Black Forest Gateau Lemon Meringue Pie Deep Apple Pie
  • London Restaurant Festival 2 courses for £31.50

    £31.50 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2021

    London Restaurant Festival Set menu – 2 courses for £31.50 Min covers (per booking): 1 Max Covers (per booking): 6 T&C - Offer can not be redeemed In conjunction with any other. 12.5% service charge applies to the final bill.
  • London Restaurant Festival 3 courses for £35.50

    £35.50 per person

    Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2021

    London Restaurant Festival Set menu – 2 courses for £31.50 Min covers (per booking): 1 Max Covers (per booking): 6 T&C - Offer can not be redeemed In conjunction with any other. 12.5% service charge applies to the final bill.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 244 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaryN
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the whole experience was superb again. Faultless and very funny staff!

Bolton's
Responded on May 10, 2021

Dear Gary, thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to welcome you again soon, in the meantime we send our best regards.

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vipBrianC
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service food and hospitality

Bolton's
Responded on September 9, 2020

Dear Brian, thank you for your kind words. We hope you will visit us again soon.

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vipSven
Hertfordshire
91 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Awesome Italian in a relaxed business lunch environment.

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JamesB
London
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely family Italian. Four of us dined and all are different dishes, none of which could be faulted. A great find tucked away in the City

Bolton's
Responded on March 10, 2020

Dear JamesB, we would like to thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we hope you will visit us again.

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Lemon
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Bolton’s is like stepping back in time. The decor is very tired and the carpet in particular is very worn and sticky looking. It was pretty much empty when we went, which meant the service was very attentive and the waiter was lovely. I had mushrooms to start, which was a plate of fried mushrooms which were pretty tasteless and oily on a bed of discoloured lettuce. The main course was salmon which was fatty and some carrots and broccoli.
There was a “cover charge” of almost £5 on top of the bill and service. We had the two courses for £20 deal but with the charge, service and a small glass of Prosecco it was £37 each. Wouldn’t go again

Bolton's
Responded on March 10, 2020

Dear Lemon, thank you for your review. We proud ourselves with 33 years since we first open and many of our regular customers choose us for our unique style and traditional decor. We are sorry to hear that we didn’t meet your standards on this occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bolton’s team never fail to impress!

Bolton's
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi, thank you for leaving us a review. we hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good selection and friendly staff whom you can practise your Italian with! Thanks for a nice evening experience!

Bolton's
Responded on January 31, 2020

We’re so glad you had a good experience. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

Bolton's
Responded on January 31, 2020

thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are glad you enjoyed your experience

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GaryM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service at Bolton's. I'll be returning.

Bolton's
Responded on January 31, 2020

Dear GaryM, Thank you for sharing your review with us. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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vipDavidP
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Am also a bit baffled by the 5* reviews. We went on a Tuesday night and there were only 2 other people in the whole restaurant so clearly catering more to the lunch trade. Main negatives were the unfair cover charge (plus service charge) which isn't disclosed, OpenTable also at fault here. Minus another point for no bathroom towel and the waiter vaping at the bar. Food was ok but not for the price and zero atmosphere, don't think I'll be returning.

Bolton's
Responded on January 31, 2020

Dear DavidP, thank you for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations and we will be looking into the matter further. We have also contacted Opentable to see if we can get this information amended. Kind Regards

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DavidH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always great. My favorite Italian restaurant in the City. Coming from New York, the self proclaimed leader of Italian food outside Italy, Bolton’s doesn’t take a back seat to any of that.

Bolton's
Responded on January 9, 2020

Dear DavidH, Thank you for your review. Bolton’s staff appreciate your kind words. Kind regards

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Brilliant, personal service with waiting and reception. Lots of charisma. Food was good and central London situation made it good value at 32 for 3 courses.

Bolton's
Responded on January 9, 2020

Dear customer Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards

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jamesa
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A1 as always - fantastic food & welcoming staff. Very attentive.

Bolton's
Responded on January 9, 2020

Dear jamesa, Thank you for leaving us a comment, we hope you will visit us again soon. Kind regards

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JohnD
London
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good upmarket Italian food and beautiful fish in pleasant and friendly surroundings.

Bolton's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for your review. we hope you will visit us again soon.

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Thefoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Food is always gorgeous here without fail.

Bolton's
Responded on January 6, 2020

We are very pleased hearing you enjoyed your lunch with us. Please come and visit us again soon.

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MA79
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proper old skool Italian. Loved it. Perfect place for business lunch

Bolton's
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as ever

Bolton's
Responded on October 18, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food and great ambiance.

Bolton's
Responded on October 18, 2019

Bolton’ staff thank you for your lovely review. We hope you will visit us again soon.

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KenS
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Meeting an old friend required somewhere close to his office with good food, easy access, plus an environment where we could talk and hear each other. Bolton’s ticked every box and the service was attentive without becoming invasive. Will definitely be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not too busy when we visited in the evening but the staff and food were excellent would highly recommend if you enjoy authentic Italian food a large menu choice

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JohnE
London
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time visit to this restaurant meeting with friends the staff were very welcoming and friendly and the food we ordered was excellent no complaints i will go back it would be rude not to.

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vipRodO
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as usual. A tad pricey but not out of step with the area

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when visiting London. Love the ambiance and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Querétaro
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Definitivamente el Servicio de lo mejor!!!

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WBKid
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience

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DavidC
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Had an early sitting so was quiet.

BP
vipBPMM
Surrey
85 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bolton’s has been a staple for Cuty lunches for many years. The reason is that you can always rely on the quality food, service and ambience.
It is a little expensive for every day dining, but the food and service are excellent. I would certainly recommend a lunch at Bolton’s.

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Sadduck
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bolton’s. old style subterranean Italian restaurant. Time locked in the 80s. Curlywurly carpets and dated decor. All the more charming for it. Nice atmosphere and very friendly old style Italian service. A feel good place. Food is OK. Actually ingredients good, cooking iffy. My liver was ordered medium and arrived raw. The fillet was rare, but ordered medium rare. Vegetables arrived en mass and were splashed onto the plate. Rib on the trolley did not look appealing. Road kill came to mind....
Verdict...nice old style establishment. No surprises; they have been sticking to their knitting for 30? Years. Lambswool rather than cashmere...

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Nice People but the place was very old and tired. The food wasn’t very good either! Still baffled at the high ratings!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An authentic and well run Italian restaurant - with good size portions and tasty dishes. The 3 course set menu with a glass of house wine was good value at £27.50.

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vipDell
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Boltons, make sure you say hello to Sabino for me

DD
vipDamaskDuke
London
72 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice menu, good atmosphere and ideal for a business lunch

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FoodieFan
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host is Italian. The food and wine were superb. And my boss, who is Italian, loved it. Enough said.

JC
vipJamesC
London
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Traditional is not always a bonus...

It had been many years since I last stepped inside Boltons. Rather than feeling happy to greet an old friend, I was left feeling that my old friend had not moved on from the nineties. The prices had gone up in step, but the menu, cooking and decor had not. The whole thing needs a jolly good re-boot.

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vipAand
London
127 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Boltons is a classic and never fails to live up to its reputation

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vipLane
London
89 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed this meal. The food was very good, service was attentive but not intrusive and, although this was not a cheap meal, if was very good value for money.
This was a business lunch and will definitely be back.

JB
vipJoeB
London
49 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Traditional & dependable. Always great service & classic Italian city food

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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mjyoon
London
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are the best in the City for the lobster linguine

FAQs

Bolton's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Bolton's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7929 1981.

Bolton's is rated 4.3 stars by 244 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.