Da Paolo Restaurant

4.6
986 Reviews
£26 to £40
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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had really great experience, as an Italian I can say they respect all the Italian standard of the traditional food in an excellent way with good price.
The service was wonderful both waitress were super sweet and professional, the service was fast.
Definitely looking forward to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely loved our visit and the food was delicious. The owners were very accommodating and we had a lovely long dining experience.

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Valerie
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service super nice . We highly recommend. Thanks for this good “back to the restaurant “ experience

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SamantaL
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Staff very welcoming and service was top class. Food was yummy and delicious, proper authentic Italian food. Would definitely recommend to come

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and the food it's great

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DanP
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a fun dinner out on first night post lockdown!! Great pasta and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the whole team, and exceptional food, would highly recommend!!

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RalucaC
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little cozy italian restaurant. Pasta was absolutely amazing and service made you feel for a little while like you are in Italy. Really delicious food!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What was supposed to be a booking for a birthday dinner turned into an absolute shambles.
The restaurant didn’t reserve our booking. We were not the only group that had this problem.
This was an hour and a half left in the evening before ALL restaurants had to close, and there was a complete lack of ownership of the problem by the restaurant, none of the staff wanted to take any responsibility and in actual fact they accused us of not having a booking until I showed it to them. At this point they seemingly washed their hands of us and left us waiting outside in the cold, ignored for over half an hour with no information as to when we could expect a table, or made any effort to address the problem. We were given promises from different staff that they would let us know what was happening before disappearing never to return. There were other confused customers who had made reservations left standing around waiting for their tables.
With an hour left before the end of the evening there was a mad scramble as I had to run door to door in Charlotte street for any restaurants that were still open, before a lovely host at The Ninth made an exception for us and accommodated us with less than an hour before they were due to close. Evening rescued. The group of four gentlemen that also had their booking ignored were not so fortunate.
If it was left to Da Paolo our evening would have been ruined.

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vipWrighty
London
179 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Da Paolo is simply awesome - the service is warm and friendly but professional and the food and wine are just always top notch - Carlos continues to astound

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great portions

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HelenN
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a lovely resturant for a pre theatre meal. We were seated near the door which was a bit crafty when anyone came in,but the waiter and waitress were very attentive in pulling the large curtain across the door way to try and stop the draft and keep us warm. The food and wine was excellent, large portions! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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RandyG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mixter
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.

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vipBaha
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PM
vipPerryM
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.

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TerryM
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KeithA
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.

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MikeM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great session

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vipRyanO
London
10 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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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ElaineY
London
2 reviews
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!

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vipWrighty
London
179 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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Ginge58
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.

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JoyDB
London
15 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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vipWrighty
London
179 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

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HannahT
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Big portions, old school Italian!

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HeatherT
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm welcome, thriving busy restaurant serving large portions.

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SharonK
Phoenix
2 reviews
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.

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vipHila
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, always great to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a meeting with friends.

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vipShal
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.

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PRASADB
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 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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JCZuerich
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiter decides which dish to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese?

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Da Paolo Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 986 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.