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Li Veli Winery & Bistro, London,

Li Veli Winery & Bistro

4.1
4.1
203 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Li Veli is an Italian informal “Bistro” and "Winery" bar with a stylish sharp service and a warm welcoming atmosphere. The menu is focused on traditional Apulian cuisine, delivered weekly from our Puglia regions, to suit a wide range of tastes.
There's also an extensive range of wines available - nurtured by our partners at the renowned Masseria Li Veli vineyard - and available to purchase. We are unique in also offering wine classes on request from our in-house winemaker.
The menu is both a la carte with specials and on request for pre' theatregoers.
There is a private dining room downstairs available for special occasions or large parties.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Kitchen Mon–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7240 8163
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Campanale
  • Neighborhood
    Covent Garden
  • Cross street
    Drury Lane
  • Parking details
    Prive car park Townsave Ltd Royal Opera House, Shelton Street London WC2E 9JN United Kingdom
  • Public transit
    Underground Stations:-Covent Garden Tube Station 2 mins-Holborn 4 mins -Leicester Square 6 mins Mainline Stations:Charing Cross Railway Station 9 mins
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

203 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant has closed!

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  2. LTbigcity

    London

    28 reviews

    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED! Open Table should remove this from the platform.

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  3. AlfredK

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It’s closed and should be taken off from Open Table

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  4. direwolf

    Edinburgh

    176 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic south Italian food, wonderfully complemented by wines direct from the producer.

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  5. Brad

    Sydney

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Competent but unimpressive food completely ruined by inattentive and incompetent service. At least the manager acknowledged the fact when brought to his attention- it seems the place is closing for renovations next week. Let’s hope the kitchen and service are renovated at the same time!

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  6. BenF

    London

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great wine and a great place to while away an afternoon with a couple of glasses of their wine and a paper. Tasty food and not too big a portions.

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  7. Pierre

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good experience at Li Veli. The wine was excellent and the food was very good (the portions could have been a bit larger). The service, however, really could improve. You are only alloted a 2-hour slot for your table, which is fair enough and we were warned in advance, but we found the service slow. When we asked for a second bottle of (the same) wine, the waitress did not give us a taste of the bottle before pouring the new wine into our glasses which had the previous bottle's wine in. We did have a lovely evening overall and would recommend Li Veli for anyone who enjoys great Italian wines.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The manager is super friendly, we had a great time there and even learned about some Kinder Bueno cake that we really want to try now. Anyways, food is great, tiramisu is excellent, wine is very good although a bit pricey. Overall we had a great night

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  9. TimM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food in Li Veli is excellent. You cannot fault the home made pasta, it is delicious

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chance find on open table as we were stopping nearby but a perfect choice of great food with great and different Puglia wines

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  11. Gemmak

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We are regular diners at Li Veli, we absolutely love the authentic environment and truly delicious food. On this occasion it happened to be the hottest day of the year and the air con had broken. Very unfortunate. This left the venue incredibly hot which did have an impact on our experience this time. Nothing that was the team’s fault or food, all of which was superb!

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  12. nigelb

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch sat out in the sun. Pasta was good my wife loved the chicken

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  13. WrightBrothersRegular

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The quality of the food was very good but let down by sloppy service: we had to ask the waitress for menus after 10 mins of waiting at the table and then one of the menus was for lunch; the same waitress spilled the water and didn't bother to mop it up, then ignored us for the rest of the evening. Finally the other two waitresses served us in a more efficient and friendly manner.

    2 people found this helpful

  14. Lovepizza

    Tampa

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with authentic Puglia food, servers and manager top class !

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  15. camj

    London

    126 reviews

    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    small and cosy restaurant,. wine is excellent and food is delicious.

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  16. SimonC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, lovely wine, lovely staff. Very reasonably priced for the area too. Will definitely eat here again when in the area. Cheers.

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  17. Nina

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The pasta special that day was not that good as other flavors. Especially we ordered red wine but the pasta is seafood based, which made the pasta taste even worse. It would be great if the staff can recommend which wine to order to match with the cuisine in the future. Regardless of the pasta, everything is great and would still recommend Li Veli to my friends.

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  18. Pteradactyl

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely nice and smiley staff. Food was very good. I loved the tomato soup especially. A delightful dinner.

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  19. AJ123

    London

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice little Italian place with good food - an authentic spot. The pasta and desserts were particularly good - and only £10 for a plate of pasta is very competitive in Covent Garden. However, everything else on the menu was much more expensive.

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  20. GeraldoPhillipo

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great place. They are rightly very proud of where they source their produce and wine from. Over the r years or so I've k.oen this place they have turned their menu over regularly. Staff are attentive and incredibly nice. Go!
    Li Veli Winery & BistroResponded on May 17, 2019
    Dear GeraldoPhillipo, thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Every single feedback, regardless of what the rating is, still a big present to us. Guests like you give us the opportunity to deliver the best guest experience and satisfaction every day more than the day before. Our target is that we have to make unforgettable dining with us. Thank you very much for your precious time and your really appreciated feedback will be spread with all the staff members.

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  21. Nick

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Adequate menu and good tasting food. Service excellent both friendly and efficient.

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  22. qcinderella84

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very limited menu but the food was really nice, would recommend the focaccia and the chicken breast!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant just a few steps from Covent Garden station. Very relaxed atmosphere with low background music and bright lighting, perfect for a date or to catch up with friends, but they also have a downstairs area that could serve large groups. Excellent food, fresh and simple, just how Italian food should be. The maritati pasta with ragu and the tiramisu are stand outs, but other dishes tried were also great. Good selection of Italian wines too, from their own winery, and others. Very friendly and attentive service. Highly recommended!

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  24. ManoB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, staff was amazing. Was very friendly, knew their menu inside out and was able to recommend good food.
    Li Veli Winery & BistroResponded on April 12, 2019
    Hi Manob, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our company values put guest satisfaction as the top priority and we are committed to our guests. It is guest like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again. Raffaele, Li Veli Winery and Bistro 020 7240 8163 info@liveli.co.uk

    1 person found this helpful

  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing pasta, great selection of wines, attentive team, fantastic value :)
    Li Veli Winery & BistroResponded on April 12, 2019
    Hi , Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a beautiful review. Most people don't bother to leave reviews about positive experiences unincentivized, and that's what makes this so special! It's only when we receive such positive feedback, do we rest knowing that we have done our jobs well. Thank you for giving us this proverbial pat on the back, you made our day! again. Raffaele, Li Veli Winery and Bistro 020 7240 8163 info@liveli.co.uk

    1 person found this helpful

  26. FfionD

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good, would return

    1 person found this helpful

  27. CrisB

    London

    105 reviews

    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really like this place, it’s like a little bit of Puglia in Central London. Simple food well cooked from quality ingredients washed down with some of the best Italian wine you will find outside (or even inside) Italy.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. DDay

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Li Veli has such potential given its connection to vineyard/wine production. We have been here many times over the years and it has declined significantly. Feels like a pre-theatre place now - getting one-time customers through. Menu: It used to have complex and interesting main courses including red meats and robust specials. It is now full of standard dishes - many served in a hot bowl on top of a cold plate, as if reheated. I chose a bean and chicory dish with wilted greens £10. It was a giant bowl of mush with overcooked greens dumped on top. Octopus stew £17 tasted “canned”. Aubergine parm £10 similar to a microwave meal. Service: We arrived 15 early for our table and indicated that we would be happy to wait. The hostess looked around, said there were no tables avail and indicated one might become available in 20 minutes but she didn’t know. Staff were in the back bar area polishing cutlery and glasses most of the time; very hard to get their attention. The manager is new and will need time to make changes, so there is much potential, but I will look closely at the menu before going again to see it changes have been made from overpriced mediocre to the delicious home-style Italian from years past that was excellent value with fantastic wine.

    2 people found this helpful

  29. RobertM

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit to Li Veli, both times the ambience is lovely, food is great and the Li Veli wine choice fantastic

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Awful bruschetta and pasta was bland!

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  31. Miggles

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Really bad service and cold food I would not recommend this restaurant.

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  32. Chris

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok, but not exceptional. Service could definitely be improved. Too pricey for what they offer.

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  33. Pavel

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    A rather disappointing experience. I pre-booked a table for 2 near a window, but was sat at a table right in the middle of the restaurant with no explanations or excuses given. Menu was rather limited, the waiter didn’t know what the specials were and chose to shout across the restaurant to his colleagues behind the bar to find out. Still they gave wrong information and when the “specials” arrived and wasn’t what they had said it was, they kindly took it away and came back in 2 minutes with a small bowl of uncooked pasta sprinkled with basilic, and for the same price!

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  34. KerrW

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't wait to go back. Delicious food, charming professional staff

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  35. Howie

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit - proved to be an excellent choice for our pre-Theatre meal. Will definitely aim to eat there again when next in Covent Garden.

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  36. DANB

    London

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very underwhelming - lunch with my 80 year old mother, who is frail and we turned up to find we were sitting in the overflow basement and had to negotiate steep stairs. Service was sporadic at best, felt forgotten most of the time. Food was average given the prices - my mother’s pasta ragu was £12 and not much to write home about. Definitely a disappointing surprise given the good reviews we’d read.

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  37. MartineA

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Extreamely poor service. Waited for over an hour just to pay our bill.

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  38. HappyAs

    London

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed it. Food was very good. First waitress made some good recommendations on food and wine. When we didn’t want dessert the other waitress quickly whipped out the bill and planted it on the table. Fair enough but unusual and slightly rude, given we still had half a bottle of the overpriced (delicious) wine still on the table and were enjoying a good conversation.

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  39. KCDD

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with interesting and unique wine and food pairings. Hard to find a good Italian restaurant that breaks away from the standard fare well, but this one has done it!

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  40. MichaelR

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu. Fantastic wine. The BEST service.

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69 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9JS

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Drury Lane
  • Neighborhood
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Kitchen Mon–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Prive car park Townsave Ltd Royal Opera House, Shelton Street London WC2E 9JN United Kingdom
  • Public transit
    Underground Stations:-Covent Garden Tube Station 2 mins-Holborn 4 mins -Leicester Square 6 mins Mainline Stations:Charing Cross Railway Station 9 mins
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Antonio Campanale
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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