Taberna Etrusca

4.3
876 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Established in 1967, Taberna Etrusca is an Italian restaurant in the classic trattoria style, with textured walls, tiled floor, open-beamed ceiling and an overall timeless quality. A pretty courtyard catches the sun during the Summer with tables highly sought after. The entire restaurant can be hired evenings and weekends and being so perfectly situated next to Bow Bells Churchyard, wedding receptions are naturally popular here throughout the year.
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GrantX
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time at the restaurant. Their outdoor area is covered and they provide patio heaters to keep everyone warm. The food is great and the service attentive. Will definitely visit again.

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Didi
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely spot for good wine. There were so many selections to choose from. I wish just they hard heaters for the outdoor seating, but nevertheless I would give this restaurant 5/5

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EmmaF
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The starters were amazing and although my friend really enjoyed her main, I don’t think I made the best choice. We had no room for dessert! The service was fantastic, the team ran like clockwork and I think everyone did something for us at some stage of the meal. We were outside, thanks to Covid regulations, but the table was comfortable and there were overhead heaters. I saw the team provide blankets to some customers too. Overall, this was a ‘pot-luck’ choice that worked out very nicely and I would certainly go back if I was in the area. Definitely recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Currently with the Covid situation it is hard to find a table outdoors in London, I made a reservation for me and my daughter and did not have too high expectations, I was pleasantly surprised with our meals, we had garlic prawns as a starter, which were so nicely done, the sauce was absolutely spot on, our two pasta dishes were also spot on, the pasta was perfectly cooked, I had the Cornish crab spaghetti and my daughter had the macaroni veal ragu, we love both dishes. The service was great, even though they were very busy they kept checking on us and the food turnaround was quick. I will absolutely recommend it and come back again.

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MariaO
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Heaters outside. Friendly staff, great food!
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Jack
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a great (covid-safe) location. Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely attentive staff, great food, amazing outdoor seating (was raining and didn’t realise till we left!). All round good time

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Julie
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service and food was good. They only had one vegetarian main meal option on the menu which was disappointing. Usually you'd expect at least a pasta dish with tomato and garlic etc. Otherwise the food and experience was good.

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PaulaT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant setting, good service and nice food. Wine slightly pricey but was good.

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Luna
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with excellent service, food and well covered outdoor space. We will be back a great find!

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Portions were a bit small but the food was tasty. Service was good and they had plenty of heaters.

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Elisa
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Too expensive for the quality of the food and the place
Cutlery wasn't clean
The waiter almost made us pay the other table bill by accident (30£ difference), hopefully we saw it

Taberna Etrusca
Responded on April 28, 2021

Your reply Posted 4/28/2021 at 4:25 PM We are very sorry to hear your experience. Please be assured this is not the norm. After a year of Lock Down some teething problems unfortunately hit your table. We would like the opportunity next time you come to make your visit much more pleasurable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is a big warning to anyone thinking of coming to this restaurant.. PLEASE DON’T!

I booked this restaurant as I work around the corner for a news organization. What a mistake. I arrived and was greeted very warmly. It was 6.30 on a Tuesday evening and I explained that my husband and I might only stay for drinks, and would that be an issue, the waiter said no problem and asked if he should leave the menus. I said yes as we might be hungry later. We were never pressured into ordering food. We ordered 2 x rounds of drinks, olives and bread and spent £45 and were only there an hour. We left at 7.30. Bearing in mind it was an Tuesday evening the week after lockdown.. 60% of the tables were empty. Now I know why.


We decided not to eat there as it was getting cold and there were no heaters. My husband ( who is half italian ) overheard the man in charge shouting at his staff in italian about why we weren’t eating. I then go to the ladies and this revolting old man who I assume was owner was waiting for me at the top of the stairs who aggressively tells me “for your reference, when you book a restaurant- you eat”. He then proceeds to shout in my face in front of all the other diners. I have never been so humiliated and shaken up at a restaurant in my life. It was so embarrassing two other female diners asked me if I was ok.

He has since cancelled my booking through open table to save himself the £3.50 it cost him for the table, I hope
it was worth it.

This is no reflection upon his staff who were delightful, I would steer well clear of this place. I will be warning all my colleagues and friends of this place.

Taberna Etrusca
Responded on April 28, 2021

They arrived at 6.26pm and were shown to their table Menus were given and they ordered 2 drinks and bread On returning the waiter asked if they wished to order their food They replied not yet as they were still undecided After an hour and a half they asked for the bill not having ordered any food The Lady went to the bathroom on her return so I spoke to her in private I explained that when booking through OpenTable it is for dinner and not just drinks as it costs money for bookings

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OllyF
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely little unknown spot. V friendly staff and good food

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GraceM
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First night out after lockdown - lovely courtyard with heaters and great staff

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Andrew
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our meal at Taberna was outstanding. We enjoyed fluffy gnocchi in a tomato-based sauce, and two main dishes of fish and meat that were very tasty. A full-bodied wine complemented our meal. We will not hesitate to return to Taberna Etrusca when we are next in London.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spot on experience

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AsherD
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent - service excellent, glass of wine was never less than half full! Slightly on the expensive side but good authentic Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good services and kind hospitality.

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Alan64
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal at the restaurant on a weekday. Food and service were both very good and the ambience is typically Italian. My only slight gripe is that (1) we were charged £3.50 for a small bottle of fizzy water and (2) we were served double gins & tonic without requesting a double.

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TomM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Old school Italian. Always busy - fun place to come.

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MartinR
London
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant, one of my favourites in London

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went here for a business lunch on a Friday. The place was not completely busy but there were still a fair amount of people to occupy the staff. Nonetheless the service was great. We opted for the 2 course menu for 17£ - a starter and main.
The food was great, portion size was substantial but not so much to put you to sleep in the afternoon. I recommended this place to my teammates at work for a more business centric lunch.

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vipContentedDiner
London
33 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always - relaxed proper Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice service, relaxed atmosphere

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vipJules
London
44 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian cooking. Excellent homemade traditional food. Relaxed atmospher. Great prosecco! Will come again!

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Platdujour
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoyable. Friendly, swift and patient. Almost local, with a real mix of people despite its location so close to the City and the financial district. A genuine gem of a place.
And an interesting menus with well cooked italian treats and specialities.

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JanS
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An easy place to meet friends and eat together. Not good for a romantic evening as it is quite bright

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RodT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a nice restaurant with good atmosphere at lunchtime. Quite casual. Nice pasta dishes. Just be aware that the prices of the pasta dishes are as a starter so you need to add approx £4 if you ask as a main.

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vipContentedDiner
London
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect real Italian cuisine!

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vipBPMM
Surrey
82 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Taberna Etrusca is a great restaurant in the City of London just a few minutes walk from St Paul's Cathedral and Bank.
It has the feel of an authentic Italian family restaurant providing quality food at reasonable prices.
It has become a regular venue for business lunches and I would thoroughly recommend for both business or pleasure.

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vipWILLIAMR
London
20 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beetroot gnocchi was somewhat stodgy but the rest of the meal, risotto, and sea bass were excellent.

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vipBPMM
Surrey
82 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Taberna Etrusca is a gem of a restaurant just a few minutes from St Paul's Cathedral in the historic area around Bow Church. It is an authentic Italian restaurant providing quality food at reasonable prices for the City of London. Service is friendly and the menu is the perfect blend of traditional and interesting. I would thoroughly recommend for business or pleasure.

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vipYasmeen
London
26 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Taberna Etrusca is a traditional Italian restaurant in The City. It's a long standing venue which has been feeding City workers fine Italian food for many years.

Would certainly recommend.

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vipLaOenophile
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have been a few times over the years. Consistent traditional Italian food in a quiet setting. Only real gripe is the lack of vegetarian main meal options, unusual that most of the pasta dishes include meat or fish. The last couple of times I've suffered with an undercooked penne with a few slices of mushroom and rocket. Poor!

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MartaL
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing main courses. We ordered the tagliatelli with mushrooms and the grilled calamari, they were outstanding but the desserts were not at the same level. Still they were very good! The staff is very nice and the restaurant is quiet.

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merlink
London
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Well located in central london near tube station for evening catch up with friends. Not to busy or loud making it a good venue. Child friendly too.

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vipContentedDiner
London
33 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab spaghetti was divine!

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apislwyn
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant which has been the mainstay of EC4 for many years, and deservedly so. The food is first class and the prices, especially the prix-fixe lunch, are very reasonable indeed. The service is very friendly and you can see from how full the restaurant is on a Thursday how well it is regarded. Thoroughly recommended, and can't wait to go back.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly, traditional Italian restaurant in the City. The food was good, as was the service and the fixed-priced menu offered good value and ample choice. A solid choice for lunch with business colleagues or friends.

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Taberna Etrusca is rated 4.3 stars by 876 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.