Santini

4.4
677 Reviews
£41 and over
Italian
Established in 1984, Santini is one of the oldest, family run restaurants in London, with style-a-plenty. Its al fresco terrace, chic and atmospherically lit restaurant and sophisticated private dining room make it a stylish and comfortable venue. Santini is known as a favourite haunt of the great and the good, celebrity clients, tourists and locals, and all are made most welcome. Santini’s menu celebrates the simplicity of the most authentic Italian cuisine, using fresh, light flavours of the best ingredients Dining at Santini is a must: a relaxed lunch inside or with or without “well-behaved” dogs on the unique terrace, which is dotted with olive trees during warmer months, to an intimate dinner either in the restaurant or a larger party of private and business diners in the private dining room. Look no further for a business presentations venue as Santini’s boardroom caters for them too. Smoking of cigarettes and cigars is available on the terrace throughout the year.
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vipDine
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Overpriced, Overcooked, £27 for a glass of champagne, £60 for an incredibly small piece of dover sole, I expressed my dissatisfaction when the fish was presented and the only feedback I received was “sorry” ... food was bland and wasn’t of great quality. £250 for the two of us ... 2 courses, no desert and 4 glasses of G&T between us!!.. only plus was the outside seating .....will not return and can’t wait for Assaggi to re open.

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vipDrStrange
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Attention to detail. MAGNIFICENT setting. great food. Highly recommend. Total date night location.

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henryl
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Service was excellent it’s a shame the food wasn’t at the same level.
Courgette flower was bland and chewy
Tuna tartar , the tuna was lovely the avocado wasn’t ripe so as hard as it gets. And the dish just lacked seasoning
The main dishes where over salty and the pasta was doughy
All in all I wouldn’t return there very expensive and not very good .
Lovely terrace and over friendly staff

CL
CeciliaL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent and fun!

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PaulP
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good atmosphere, blankets to sit outside and decent outdoor heating too.

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Jemima
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor experience, great food and lovely service.

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AlanO
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santini is one of the best Italians in London’. It’s been open for 35 years and the restaurant has impressive display of photos of famous diners. The terrace is magical with flowers and wonderful lights. It’s one of those restaurants you don’t want to leave , the service is 5 star. The food is sublime, with the finest produce , expensive but worth it. Enjoy!

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vipMattK
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was very very poor - nothing like it used to be.

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RoscoeB
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The focaccia was finely balanced. The Santini green soup perfect for al fresco dining. We were recommended the chicken and it didn't disappoint. Great service all round. Excellent experience, just a touch pricey for Italian food. Would go again though for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Let’s be clear - this is not any more or less than a solid Italian restaurant with a menu that you’d see anywhere . The food is good . The way it operates with drinks and food orders Via different dedicated staff is confusing, unnecessary and time consuming . Above all this is a restaurant which charges in a crazy way !! by 30% too much - and I know london prices and good restaurants . I d DD Annie recommend it on any rational basis

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DR004
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food is amazing sadly the staff not so amazing. The head waiter was not the most friendliest to us. He was almost rude.
The other waiting staff were OK.
Service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

my dish arrived floating in oil and they said that the dish is like that. I asked to remove the oil but they should have offered me the option to change dish. I am Italian and have’s seen a dish with so much oil presented to a customer (worth £40 so not cheap!!)
Service quite poor, they changed it since last time and has lots that familiar touch. Terrace is great, one of the best in London

Not sure I will go back

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KirstyL
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with outside heaters so no need to get cold when enjoying your meal. Food was amazing and the staff were so helpful. Definitely recommend and will be going back.

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HowardJenkins84
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational as always

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

There are blankets and heaters. The starters were lovely, I would def come back for the starters. The mains were just ok, huge portions, but not as dreamy as starters. Service was a bit distracted, it was difficult to get someone to take our order. They didn’t have a lot of wines from the menu, we asked for 3 different ones before we got one they had in stock. Beautiful lights and decorations. I would like to come back and see if it can be a better experience, but overall I enjoyed myself!

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Josh
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good, nice staff good food nice surroundings

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vipCharleyL
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good service. Warm tables outside which is a bonus. Good food. Just one shocking insult was the ‘COVID-19’ cover charge!! I told them to remove it as they were already charging a whopping 13.5% service charge. Madness and greedy!!

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Roberto
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice setting and food.

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vipSalmanLHR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santini continues to up their game. The food is fantastic, great staff and service and the courtyard is looking so beautiful with white flowers and lights. One of the bets in town these days. Bravo Momo and team! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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BeccaC
London
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at Santini restaurant on Friday. The service was impeccable and the staff were really friendly and attentive.
The food was delicious and it had a really lovely atmosphere for a Friday night catch up. We will definitely be returning in the future.
Thank you for a lovely evening

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LornaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Santini's for over 10 years and it never disappoints. The food quality is consistently good unlike many other restaurants in London and the service impeccable. In addition their pretty terrace is warm and ambience is great. I would definitely recommend the Spaghetti Lobster.

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vipCarrieS
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very nice environment and service. I ordered Crab Linguine and it was very salty.... the first time

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have been here many times in the past, and always had great things to say. Unfortunately last night was a disaster. I appreciate they have been closed for several months, but if anything I’d have expected them to be uber prepared- they weren’t. It was disorganised from the moment we arrived, firstly confusion over the table, then we waited 20 minutes to have our order taken, another 15 minutes for the wine to arrive. It was 40 mins between the starter and main so we didn’t get our main course until 10.20pm (after arriving at 9), and both of our meals were cold. It was busy but not as busy as it’s been when the inside and outside are full, and given the bill was over £300 for 2 people, you’d just expect something much much better.

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paula
Brighton
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Overall, nice experience, service was a bit late so they gave us 2 lattes , but food was very nice , would recommend this place to others

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vipMichael
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

With excellent outside space on a leafy terrace with heaters, this is perfect year round!

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GrahamBM
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

It's hard and perhaps a little unfair to review Santini during the pandemic.

I can't fault the food which at £180 for two diners, 2 courses with a single 125ml glass of wine, you would expect to be on point.

The problem was that having taken the 9:15pm offered to us we were duly rushed through giving our order and then eating our meal in 45mins to meet the 10:00pm covid curfew. Perhaps we should have realised when booking or perhaps they could have told us when they took the booking.

The staff were friendly albeit under pressure to move us by 10pm when all the house lights went on.

You pay premium money not only for the food but the ambience and the opportunity to enjoy your meal. Alas, this wasn't possible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Just can’t put in to words how disappointed I was. I had to send my dish back as the crab was off. The starters was cold. The condiments where cheap like a common fish and chip shop. The service was questionable. It was a get you in and get out kind of service. Never will go again

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vipMarkA
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening again at Santini. I love coming to eat at your wonderful restaurant.

Good luck in the lockdown!!

Looking forward to coming back soon.

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vipSalmanLHR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the social distancing, al-fresco, lockdown era, there is no better place than Santini.

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vipSalmanLHR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santini has had a rebirth what with the beautiful floral courtyard and amazing food and service. The staff are really wonderful led by the brilliant Momo. It is truly a neighbourhood gem and I am so happy seeing it doing so well. Bravissimi!!

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Sara
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance as always. The outside seating is warm and dry which means that you can comply with all the Covid rules in comfort. Thoroughly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good vibes. Covid secure service. Bit overprice but the ravioli were wow!

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KC1986
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I think it’s expensive but the food is good. Would have preferred to have been spaced further away from the tables near us. Also didn’t feel like there was a rude pressure to leave just a nudge when their lights went on near 10pm. Overall very food. Apple martini is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration and gave us a great table with fabulous seats !! The staff were great! Service a little relaxed but it works well with drinks a plenty!! Food was fabulous ! Tricolore salad was immense ! The best tomatoes prep’d perfectly 👌👌👌😀

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vipcieloazul
London
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An old favourite now young again!!
God Bless Laura’s Dad’s wonderful soul.....and wishing it a happy journey to the best place.

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a fantastic experience! Great food and service!

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CarolineG
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A romantic venue with delicious food. We sat outside and enjoyed the crab salad and bresaola for starters and lobster spaghetti which was out of this world. It was my husband’s birthday and a special treat which we both enjoyed. Expensive but worth it.

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PeterJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very disappointing meal. Calamari clearly frozen and dry at extortionate price. Crab linguine thin, watery and tasteless. Service awful. Grissini ordered for before meal arrived with main course! Very inflated prices for dull, poor food and indifferent service. After being a customer for many years, I'll never go there again. Avoid!

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PierPaolo
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Santini, all very stylish and well arranged, and of course perfect food, under the careful guidance of the owner Laura Santin. Very impressed with the new safety measures, making you feel very comfortable and relaxed. We wiill be back soon

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pounehb
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, stunning terrace, great service, will definitely go back

FAQs

Santini does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Santini is rated 4.4 stars by 677 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.