La Goccia

4.5
983 Reviews
£41 and over
Italian
Petersham Nurseries interpretation of Italian ‘cichetti’ is showcased within La Goccia, a vibrant and accessible restaurant offering an extensive menu of small sharing plates. The emphasis on seasonality is key to the lunch and dinner menu that changes regularly. An open grill and a wood burning oven adds an element of drama and theatre to the ambiance, as food is prepared in front of diners. During spring and summer months, tables flow out on to Floral Court, giving diners the opportunity to eat and drink al fresco. La Goccia Bar has a lively and botanical atmosphere, serving nature inspired cocktails. A perfect meeting point which overlooks Floral Court, the interior reflects the ever-changing seasons and inspirational floral displays in the courtyard beyond.

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 983 people are saying
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful summer spot! Loved our coolers and food!

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Rach
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was absolutely beautiful, the cocktails were really good, quite pricey but good.
The food was good but not blown away the burrata was out of this world though, I thought the veggie options were so much stronger than the meat dishes.
Service was good however there seemed to be tension in the air they looked stressed, one of our waitresses was really lovely very chatty and made us feel welcome. (Lady in blue tye dye shirt)
I would return and just order veggie options, the ingredients you could tell were top quality.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service impeccable, food delicious and beautifully presented.

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AlexC
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice small sharing dishes, maybe a little pricey. Felt like waitress forgot us until they needed the table back and were very attentive. Garden area is stunning.

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HughH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lovely setting though outside better than in on a nice evening. Great service. Food was fine, though not all of it was all that memorable.

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AartiS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Wine was completely watered down. Ordered a dark chocolate mousse which firstly was milk chocolate and secondly very hard and lumpy - was not at all a mousse!
Service generally lousy with no waiters around, waoted a significant time just for the drinks to arrive.
Would not go back

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Claret
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sharing plates, friendly service, great ambience in an intimate green
garden/jungle space in Covent Garden

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poohbear
Bath
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming oasis tucked away in Covent Garden with friendly and efficient staff and delicious food

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FoodForThoughts123456789
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Extremely expensive for what you get, with the food being average. The place and service are great even though at the end of the evening we found a mouse running under the outside’s tables, not nice.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service and ambience were great, really beautiful restaurant in the middle of Covent Garden. Food was good but the ragú pasta was one of the worst I’ve tried for £14 and a small plate.

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YasminC
Brazil
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best restaurants I've ever been to in London. Everything was wonderful. The place is extremely cozy and charming. I felt a peace in being in this place. Thank you to the staff, very friendly. You must try the chocolate mousse dessert!!!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a beautiful day relaxing in a shaded part of the garden terrace !
The food was delicious and the cocktails were perfect!

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vipSimonneeds
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful ambience and attentive polite smiley service. Food small plates to be shared was very tasty indeed. Quite pricey but you are paying for its position in heart of Covent Garden

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Ssah
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience... Will defo return here. My only regret is that we couldn't get a table outside.

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vipAK25
London
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a glorious afternoon, my colleagues and I had a fabulous time in this idyllic hidden spot.

The wild garlic risotto, scallops and steak tartare were fabulous. Everything we ate was. The staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive.

CT
CharleneT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very pleasant ambience. Amazing service staff but very average food.

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ShriaP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really good food and a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a birthday meal

RR
RebeccaR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little tricky to find, but beautiful ambience and delicious food. 'Tapas' (although italian food) style menu which is fab, although if you are uncertain what the sections mean do ask as I think there is a right way to do it.

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LeanneE
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th bday amazing food amazing place loved it

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting is absolutely gorgeous with greenery and flowers everywhere. The service was generally good but I would suggest that the wait staff look around more to see if tables need anything before disappearing into the kitchen. The food was uneven. The fried zucchini sticks were delicious but the “special” chicken was seasoned but not flavourful. Also, presentation could be better. The risotto was served on a plate with no garnish to offset the green blob (not particularly appealing). You will spend more than you want to and walk away wanting more. I may come back again but I know what to expect going in next time.

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KimM
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch on a perfect summer day - a real post lockdown pick me up . The service was good - waiting staff all super friendly , enthusiastic and helpful . Love everything about this place and hope to return soon

TB
TootingBecgirlabouttown
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful outdoor terrace dining in the heart of Covent Garden.

My mother and daughter thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and raved about the setting and food.

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Tigger
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sitting outdoors at La Goccia was a very pleasant experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, it was as if we were transported to a continental garden. Staff were very polite and attentive, they made such an effort to explain the menu and the philosophy of the restaurant. The food was carefully prepared and tasted intriguing and so pleasant; so pleasingly free of all additives and powerful combinations.
La Goccia was a delightful discovery and definitely a visit to be repeated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing freshly made food and service was outstanding too. Definitely recommended.

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michelles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in London to go for food , atmosphere , quality

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

It would be better if they offered more food options in the menu

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BeeBar
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Good. Obviously seemed to be struggling a bit in these times. Ambience somewhat lacking so without the smoke & mirrors you do wonder what you are doing going out to eat expensive fried vegetables at a corner table, but really cannot complain at all about nice food and lovely service and it is so central.

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Winerdiner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, service, location, ambience, all were amazing. A must try!

LG
LauraG
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a place just off the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. Fantastic Italian food served as small dishes, great wine list and fabulous service. An absolute must.

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joannar
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful ambience and friendly waiting staff. Nice touch with the happy birthday ice cream :)

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Amanda
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The most delicious food I've had for a very long while! Beautifully presented and delightful staff. There was a strong whiff of sewers at one point, which was unpleasant, but otherwise it was a really lovely afternoon. Will definitely be back!

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RickyB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming great vibe, great food, awesome staff, will be coming back and wood highly revvommend

TB
TomB
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our post wedding celebrations. Beautiful setting, food was perfect and we were treated amazingly well by all the staff.
Couldn’t recommend it more and will definitely be a regular there in the future.

BR
BinaR
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We found the restaurant pretentious and the service appalling. We ordered the Hummus and whilst that was very good, the vegetables that came with it were wilted and very dry. The place is beautiful but it would help if the people at the entrance and the waiters were trained in customer service. Adding a discretionary service charge of 12.5% when we were not happy with the service is not acceptable.

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Anna
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was super!

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Unimpressed
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Outside is the best. Inside was cool and not much atmosphere. Two of our orders didn’t appear and in the time we were there - probably an hour and a half - we were offered only 1 drink by the waiter.
Apparently under staffed. And insulting to add 12% service charge. And although I’m happy to support the elephant charity I’m not happy about a donation bring added to my bill.
The food we did get was fine. I won’t be going back.

CG
CharlotteG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely and staff were also really nice and helpful :)

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vipSarah
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and outdoor seating but a little pricy and loud

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ElaineM
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was nice. Would be nice if there was a kids menu. I thought there was a cocktail hour as advertised online but there wasn’t. I’m not sure if I would go back. In 2 minds.

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Delboy
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food good,poor surroundings.
Plants and flower arrangements dead and wilting.
This is Petersham Nursery,they sell plants.!!!!!
So much nicer to eat at the nursery.
A little underwhelming to be honest.
Expected so much more.

FAQs

La Goccia does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

La Goccia is rated 4.5 stars by 983 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.