Da Paolo Restaurant

4.5
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974 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
This traditional Italian restaurant, reputed as 'a village restaurant in the heart of London', prides itself on its 'family run' feel yet maintains an air of professionalism when it comes to the service and the authenticity of the food. The décor creates an intimate ambience with antique furniture and pictures making it an ideal business venue at lunch and perfect for a romantic dinner a deux by night. Patrons who can be found here are a host of regulars, celebrities, tourists on the trail to and from the nearby British Museum and theatre luvvies. Menu highlights include châteaubriand, pappardelle with duck breast sauce, and linguine with seafood. But don't worry, if your favourite dish is not there, the chef is more than happy to accommodate your request! This is the place where you can enjoy a relaxing evening out. In fact, you will relax so much you don't want to leave!
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RG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was not anything extraordinary for the price. I’ve had better food at restaurants charging half of the price that Da Paolo charged. I will not return.

OT
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambience
Will defo recommend to anyone and will definitely be going again

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was my first visit to Da Paolo and I wasn't disappointed. The reviews are very accurate.
Portions are large, the food is delicious and the service excellent.
If you get a chance to eat here please do, you will not be disappointed either.

BH
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in London. Great food and great service.

PM
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in London, the lobster liguine and vongole were superb.
Also for garlic lovers this is an absolute treat.
Great Italian service, warm, welcoming, and attentive.
My new favourite.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Will definitely go back again!

KA
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although the food, ambiance and service was fine, the portions were very large. Some would consider that a strange observation but quality over quantity always prevails.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it so much that we ate there 3 times during our 6 day visit to London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great session

RO
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a bit of a track to get to but it was so worth it I love this old school Italian restaurant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Da Paolo is amazing. I am Italian, so quite picky when it comes to Italian restaurants, but the ravioli with mushrooms and truffle that I got were just perfect. Everyone at dinner was satisfied and very full after the meal. Quality and quantity, like a good Italian restaurant. I’ll definitely go back.

EY
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and service. The layout is a bit too pack in the main room for my liking. I think we’d have enjoyed it more in the smaller dinning room. We would still return though as food was proper lush!

W
London
177 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Da Paolo is authentic quality-produce, high flavour, big portions, exquisite wine all in one place - simply brilliant

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very authentic old style family Italian restaurant. Extensive menu. We all had different meals and all were delicious. Great service.

G
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our first time eating at Da Paolo. We had a lovely meal. A very good selection of dishes and wines. Portions were very generous, so much so that, had we known we could have shared starters. The restaurant was quite crammed and busy - a testament to the restaurant. We will be back.

JD
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Have been coming here for many years but evening was a disaster as one of our party was told that we weren’t at the restaurant although she showed my name on her phone& I made the booking. She waited upstairs for half an hour then left her business card in case we arrived. We were downstairs & she was told it was a private party which was rubbish as there were several different tables of diners We were not given her card & didn’t know she had been till I spoke to her next day. Absolutely awful. Food ok but clearly will never go back Would like an explanation

Da Paolo Restaurant
Responded on October 12, 2019

Dear JoyDB, we actually don't understand your case. If anyone arrives at the front door indicating that there is group waiting somewhere inside, that person is always allowed to walk the whole restaurant until they find their party group. We never say "No, Your Party is not here, wrong restaurant or stay outside and wait". Please come back to us with more details as your case requires special attention and we will promise you to fully investigate your case. Regards Mr Carlos DC. Owner

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W
London
177 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Da Paolo is my favourite restaurant for a reason - everything is unbelievably good there, the food, the ambiance, service, wine selection - just an insanely great place

HT
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It’s my second time to Da Paolo, food was amazing and with good portion. I especially love their pasta - simple, authentic and delicious! Will definitely come back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Big portions, old school Italian!

HT
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was back in Italy. The food was delicious, the servers charming and the ambience cozy and authentic.

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm welcome, thriving busy restaurant serving large portions.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was very very good but restaurant was over crowded and hot. We moved outside which was better, but felt left out by the staff.

H
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, always great to go back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a meeting with friends.

S
London
60 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit to Da Paolo but will not be our last. Food, service and ambience were all very good. Great location.

PR
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Sólo voy a italianos que prepararán pasta fuera de este mundo (ya que a mi me sale espectacular, modestia a parte). @dapaolorestaurant cumplió a cabalidad. Con una burrata al pesto, pan al ajo con receta secreta de como lo ahumaron, unos fideos de tinta de calamar con choritos, q no tienen madre ni padre. Para cerrar, el supremo tiramisú. 4.7/5

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JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiter decides which dish to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese?

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow. Food was luke warm and unremarkable. The space is small and crammed. Overall, not bad but nothing to “write home about.”

AR
London
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Amazing food. I am vegan and they made a special pasta dish for me which was Amazing!!! My partner and I were treated exceptionally well. It was a fantastic experience we will definitely be back. Highly recommend. Thank you so much

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

JE
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful small Italian restaurant. Great food and wine and professional, friendly service.

MR
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant with lovely service
Excellent portion sizes & great value for money

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening - great food - fast becoming a favourite restaurant

AS
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It was alright, but only if you like your lobster crunchy. For the price, I'd say you can find better. The service was amazing though, so huge thanks to the waiting staff, you guys were great!

SM
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent Italian food with a varied number of options, however, fairly expensive

PR
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girlfriend’s birthday. We had previously been there a couple of months earlier and loved it. We had just as wonderful an experience this time. The food, service, wine, everything was sublime.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Escapade italienne à Londres, cela change du tumulte des pubs.
Produits de qualité, cuisine inventive, et service aux petits soins.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant accomodated our group of nine in the basement comfortably and without any difficulties at all. The service was also efficient and attentive, just right for a big group like ours. There was something for everyone on the menu and the mains were very tasty and voluminous! Would definitely go again when I’m craving a plate of fine pasta.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service