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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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in ottolenghi restaurant
The food was very tasty and meet our expectations

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family lunch, everyone agreed that it was a great venue, the food was super tasty and the sharing plates worked well. Everything was delicious, the wine was very good and the service was just at the right level of attentive. WILL go again, for sure

d
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I think Rovi is overrated… Food was "ok", prices are NOT OK… we had lunch for more than 70 pounds and the food was not amazing at all… didn't drink any wine… this is not the Ottolenghi I was used to…

EB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was nice but I wouldn’t say it was good enough for the price they ask for it! It also feels rather unfriendly that they want you to pay such high prices and then to be in and out within 1h30!!!

FH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Went for brunch and the food, ambience and staff were all incredible. I couldn’t recommend more!!

F
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Creative menu and outstanding dishes. Our food was fabulous. A special experience with a knowledgeable, attentive and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

AD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably in the top 10 dinners I've ever had, could not recommend the miso fudge enough

JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing gastronomic experience in a very cool and thoughtfully designed space.

NM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

This was my second time at Rovi, I had a much more pleasant experience first time around for brunch. I was not informed at the point of booking that we would have to order from the lunch menu (our booking was 12.15) and it does not detail on the website the time that the breakfast menu ends on a Saturday. Despite having booked a table a week in advance we were seated right in front of the main door at the bar. This was incredibly draughty and quite uncomfortable. I requested to move and was told that this wouldn’t be possible unless another table/space became available. I spotted free spaces approx 10 mins in and we were not offered to move. Menus were not offered until I asked and we waited 15 minutes after this until our drinks orders were taken. Considering the price and the included service charge, the service was very poor indeed. It is a lovely space and the food was good but I will unfortunately not be returning.

J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We had high hopes for ROVI as Ottolenghi in Islington is one of our favourite restaurants and we also enjoy Nopi. Sadly, the food was not very pleasant and we couldn’t work out what went wrong. We loved the menu and the food looked gorgeous but did not taste good. Not sure if it’s due to the fermentation but most of the meal tasted of vinegar - even the cake for dessert. Also, we sat at the bar which seemed like a fun idea but the poor bar staff were so busy making cocktails for the entire restaurant we really felt like they didn’t have time for us. Plus the champagne wasn’t cold. Such a shame as we really wanted it to be good.

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. Our waiter was very informative, efficient and welcoming

SF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience here! I have been wanting to go to an Ottolenghi restaurant for quite some time and Rovi exceeded all my expectations. It is a beautiful space and the service was attentive and friendly. We tried 4 small plates and a dessert - each one was absolutely delicious. I was comfortable full by the end. This is a splurge dinner for sure but so worth it!

w
London
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The menu has changed a bit since last times - which is a good thing. Didn’t get on with the prawn muffin - found it quite bland and the dip felt different.

Leeks were superb as was the vegetarian Jerusalem mixed grill.

Overall still a great place to eat.

Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food did not have enough texture and differentiation, the flavors lacked a certain brightness that is always present in Middle Eastern cuisine. Go to a Lebanese restaurant and you will find similarly innovative and fresh combinations, for a quarter of the price.

CA
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Ridiculously priced, 2 G&T’s £25! We had 1 nibbles, 4 small plates and a small carafe and it was £127. Highly pressurised sales pitch from waiter, he said NO sharing and 3 plates each minimum. I’ve never been told there’s a minimum spend anywhere before.

s
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant had a great ambience and the service was very good. Our waiter was very good when I queried my cloudy Gewurztraminer and seemed knowledgeable. The food was very good too, unfortunately I found the chilli in my first course a ;little too spicy , but this is not to take away the great mixtures of different tastes that was very exciting. I will definitely return.

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this restaurant. Lots of choice for a veggie like me!

j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful food experience from the first bite to the final sip of an after dinner cocktail.

CR
London
13 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

LE
London
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
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 on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

heerlijk eten !
enkel akoestiek niet optimaal en muziek te luid

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
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.

SJ
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, perfect for sharing. Great for vegetarians and non-vegetarian. It is always a treat to eat here when we are in London.

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.