ROVI

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Good Vegetarian Options
Our newest restaurant in Fitzrovia is different to anything we've done in the past. The 85 seat restaurant serves a menu with vegetables at its heart but with a fresh focus on fermentation and cooking over fire. ROVI also features a large central bar with cocktails based on seasonal spices and house shrubs, and a dynamic low-intervention wine list from small producers.

We've teamed up with farmers who are passionate about growing great produce while respecting the environment. Fruit and vegetables will be come directly from biodynamic Brambletye in Sussex, and from Organiclea, a cooperative in East London.

In the center of the room is our bar which is reservable for guests dining with us over the age or 18, or 16 if accompanied by an adult. The rest of our seating is a mixture of standalone and communal tables which can be be converted into a semi private area for up to 10 to 12 guests. To host your event in this area please contact us directly.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Too salty and average service (too much insistant and pressing)

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Exciting flavours. Wonderful food. Great service. Super cocktails. Buzzing atmosphere.

CR
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Felt at times like they were trying too hard to pack too much flavour into dishes, some of which became overpowering. That said, the food was lovely, service excellent and ambience lovely. Also at times expensive for what it was, but that’s probably no surprise.

YU
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food and great service- slightly pricey but a nice treat

LE
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable lunch in lovely atmosphere. Excellent staff who took time to explain dishes. Absolutely wonderful food- a feast for the eyes and palate.

B
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can tell by the smiles, laughter and empty plates that this is a special place. Charred leaks, pumpkin with puffed black rice, a beet and rye pancake take on Peking duck, roasted pear. All was surprising and balanced. Add to that the unhurried and charming service - well done. One piece of advice- Monday night had none of the frenzy of a Friday or Saturday. Choose a quiet day to get the most from your experience.

RB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, unusual and imaginative food, and great service. A fantastic evening. This was my second visit and we will certainly return.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

not traditional Ottolenghi. modern and unexpected dishes. celeriac was delightful, as was poached pear dessert

AU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Rovi is absolutely wonderful. The sharing concept is such a welcoming experience. From the presentation to the last bite, I was just blown away! The flavors were married so well together, with the undertones and layering of spices and seasonings, that it was truly a food experience.
The only thing that I am sad about is that I don’t live in London.
This is true food the way food should always taste, heavenly!
Bravo
Londoners, I am so jealous!

GV
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

heerlijk eten !
enkel akoestiek niet optimaal en muziek te luid

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CJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a good evening but I didn’t feel ROVI was as good as Ottolenghi’s other restaurants. The quality of food was not as high - in particular the squash was bland and undercooked. It was a shame as we were really looking forward to going. All in all, ok but I wouldn’t recommend or go back.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautifully lit and nicely spaced out restaurant. Really interesting bar and open kitchen area. Menu looks formal (starters/mains/deserts), but it turns out they're all sharing plates which come out one after another. We love this sort of dining but it could confuse more traditional divers. Still/sparkling water was complimentary which was very much appreciated. The leeks with walnuts starter, the pork chop main and the roasted pear desert were stand-out dishes for us. The bill came to £90/person including drinks & service charge. We're already making plans to go again.

h
London
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food wasn't quite a good this time around. It felt a bit like we got the leftovers for the full house as the rosti were so crisp at the edge as to be burnt. However we pointed this out and they kindly gave us some pastries as an apology, which were delicious.

PC
London
80 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

There’s a lot of hype about this place but the truth is, the food is OK but nothing special. The vegetable dishes are textbook. The mussels a bit one dimensional, and the pickles hit and miss. Only the Jerusalem Grill really shone brighter than the hype.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent (we had to order a second prawn crumpet, they were that good), service was attentive without being overbearing, wonderful atmosphere.

LD
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an absolutely superb lunch at Rovi. The entire experience was unforgettable. Service was friendly, attentive and professional, whilst remaining understated, which we definitely prefer. We sat at the bar briefly whilst waiting for our table to become available and enjoyed a glass of delicate, 'bottle fermented' prosecco; which was the perfect introduction. Once seated, we chose a selection from the 'small plate' section of the menu in order to try to get as many taste experiences as possible; what a great move that was. Each plate was thoroughly delicious and a real 'taste explosion' (apologies for this worn cliche), but it really was stunning. We decided against puddings, even though the ones we saw arriving at other tables looked amazing. The whole afternoon was a real joy; the atmosphere was relaxed and the food totally memorable. Will undoubtedly be returning to this fabulous restaurant.

PJ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beatiful tasting and presented food. All staff were so lovely, informative and attentive. Our waiter Fred was great!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really like NOPI and Islington. This was my first time at ROVI. I burrata and celerac shoarma were delicious, the duck and pork were disappointing. The wine list was not balanced. I would have chosen a 'light' (pinot noir for example)by the duck, this was not possible by the glass.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rovi was disappointing. We have cooked from Yotam Ottolenghi's cookbooks, and admire him and his work. The dishes here were interesting, but it would be considerate to indicate when dishes are more than mildly spicy, and overall, for vegetarians, as we two are, not that broad a selection. The service was efficient but somewhat pressured. I would probably try another of Mr. Ottolenghi's restaurants.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We really enjoyed the fish curry. And the fudge a lovely treat at the end of the meal.

AL
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfekt Food, Exzellent service, Good Location, amazing experience, nothing to complain,

s
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is very good and inventive - menu not quite as good this time as before
Halibut which is best dish is too expensive

TL
London
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had brunch this good or filling. It may be a touch more expensive that other places, but you do get what you pay for. Thoroughly recommended!

JD
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We booked at 9:30 pm and our table was ready around 10pm only.
We waited standing in the entrance.
We would have appreciated to receive a free glass at the bar for example.
Otherwise, service and food were really good.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Sushi and sashimi overpriced.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great inventive and tasty food and good service. What’s not to like!

n
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, lovely ambiance, thoroughly enjoyed our experience

JE
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed with Rovi, I was expecting the vegetarian food to be so much better than it was.
The food was basic, small portions and overly expensive.
I’ve eaten in Nopi and really enjoyed the food and ambiance, but Rovi was a very poor second . I will not be returning.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the Ottolenghi food, and restaurant was accommodating for us when bringing a baby (who was a better diner than me, as I managed to accidentally break a glass over the table - which was promptly cleared up.

S
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place remains a firm favourite - such a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the food never disappoints!

DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch on my birthday! We all enjoyed our dishes very much! Very much recommend anything on the menu as we tried it all! Would go again in a heartbeat!

DW
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and juices. Great service. Great fit-out. Good ambience. Will certainly be returning.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Petit déjeuner original et savoureux. Les pancakes ont une texture incomparable, le porridge au coing poché est délicieux, et nous avons adoré le japaleno cornbread et ses accompagnements, surprenant.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, with Ottolenghi - Faultless food and service. we loved it - perhaps a little noisy for an intimate meal - but with friends great fun. On the upper scale price wise but a little goes a long way with the small plates.

j
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to Rovi - I specifically chose to come back because of the amazing food and the quiet comfortable ambiance

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really stellar food. Highly recommend the Jerusalem mixed grill as well as the octopus.

JD
London
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was superb; really attentive without being to present. Diner was lovely, would definitely recommend, unique experience!

AV
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was an absolute delight. The service was impeccable as well.

SL
London
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Rovi and as a former interior architectural designer, I would say the interior is a delight. The Cats Paw Oak (Pippy Oak) is fabulous, as is the overall design and use of materials in the restaurant and the lovely loos that all set the tone for a great experience.

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable although he suggested 4 starters for the two of us but we ordered 3 and that proved to be more than enough together with 2 main courses and a side.

The dishes were excellent; the standout ones for us were the smoked mussels with squid and kohlrabi kimchi loaded with chilli in the broth which worked because of the kimchi. Also the grilled octopus with caraway and tomato sauce, chilli, malawach bread was mouthwatering and very tender. The tranch of turbot with tabbouleh also standout as was the saddleback pork chop with hispi.

One thing that was a little irksome was the fact that the serrated knives that were supplied didn't actually cope cutting through al-dente broccoli with furikake or the pork! Really a detail that needs to be sorted out.

Sadly, we were too full to have one of the desserts but will return to sample.