Bocca Di Lupo

4.5
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2140 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened Bocca di Lupo in November 2008. The restaurant has since received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. Despite the buzzy feel and glamourous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart.

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is carefully sourced from Italy. A selection of Italian wines and home-made and imported foods is available for delivery, along with our famous gelato, from Gelupo.
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4.5
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4.4
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our lunch was one of the highlights of our recent trip to London! We enjoyed sitting at the counter and watched the chefs create amazing dishes in a fairly small space. Our server gave wonderful recommendations and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Extensive wine list and lots off options for dessert. Prices were reasonable and most menu items were offered in both half and full portion sizes.

b
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Not as good as it used to be - the food was done well but nothing spectacular, just good comfort food. Portions are smaller and less value for money. Ambience and service were the great - attentive and enthusiastic staff.

JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

My waiter was lovely. Sat at the bar, but your team behind the bar were always chatting amongst themselves and totally uninterested in serving me. The worst bar seating ever. Counters were too high to relax and read to dine. It was just me. The Food was just ok...nothing outstanding as reviewed. as I mentioned, my waiter Sergio was so kind in deboning my fish.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Good food. Service satisfactory.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice food, good service, good value

EH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

All too complicated! The restaurant was overcrowded and noisy. We booked well in advance but got the worst table, I was bashed into by fellow diners on several occasions. The lighting was so low I had trouble reading the overly complicated menu. The menu left me confused and I chose a simple risotto because it was recognizable as something I knew. It was really dull. So disappointed as I was really looking forward to it.

BF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The noise level spoils the appreciation of the excellent prepared and tasting food .
Salmon Tartar/Beef Tar, Mussels, Vitello Tonata. Fish Carpaccio, pork belly etc all very good.

FW
London
36 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is excellent and the pre/post theatre deal is a steal. The squid pasta on the deal was great and really good value. Starters were also excellent and were the puddings. Wine was very good value. It is worth sitting at the counter so you can watch the kitchen at work.

DG
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The food used to be fantastic, alas, the current menu did not do well - The wine list has also changed and overall disappointed with the quality of the food an indeed the authenticity.

s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was our fourth time dining at Boca Di Lupo over an 18 month period. It is outstanding in quality, creativity, service at a most reasonable cost. The absolute consistency of the quality is impressive, not just from dish to dish, but from visit to visit. And, as one of us has food allergies, the careful individual preparation of so many dishes makes it a joy of a dining experience. So many cooks of limited range pretend to be chefs. At this restaurant, the chefs are simply brilliant. And the waitstaff really know the food. Not a place to go for a quiet meal, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the food to much care.

MF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places in London
It never disappoints! Great food fantastic wine and awesome service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

At last I managed to get a booking and It was worth the wait! We sat at the bar and watched all the staff working seamlessly together. The food was fabulous every dish amazing we will definitely be back again. Thank you 😊

HR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

a friend introduced me to BDL for my birthday a couple of years ago...and since then i have enjoyed continuing that tradition and have introduced several friends myself. They are always a little intrigued by the menu and the wines and always delighted and impressed by the food and service.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wow! Great buckwheat pappadelle with goose raging and delicious John Dory.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Used to be very good, not anymore. A bit disappointed

AG
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

good prices, allows you to try many things from menu, small pasta dishes to share.
very good flavours and very welcoming, attentive staff
would definitely return

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my favourite restaurant, never disappoints, the food is fantastic, I love all the exciting flavours!

CA
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food. Delicious, inventive, beautiful. One of the memorable meals of my life.

SE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food, service and ambience were excellent, it was just a bit uncomfortable sitting at the bar, where the seating isn't really set-up at the right height for eating. I'm sure as a drinking bar, it would be fine, but as an eating bar, the tools and bar are at the wrong height for normal sized people.

EW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food - wonderful service. Only downfall is that sitting at the counter you are quite low to the table & it’s quite tight so there’s a bit of elbow bashing!

E
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great value and great service. The food was delicious and we had a really lovely and memorable time. The only thing was the restaurant at the back is quite loud (but this also makes for a great atmosphere). Will be coming back for sure!

AI
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food never disappoints. It’s authentic, always very fresh tasting and also inventive. The service is always top class and the waiters are always extremely knowledgeable. Unfortunately the restaurant is quite small and they do pack people in. There’s hardly any room to move and the noise level from people chatting makes it a challenge to hold a conversation.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food, incredible bread and great service. We’ll be back!

BB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I have been here a few times before and the food did not disappoint. The service was also great except for the fact that we had to wait a bit for our table. Love this place.

BL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A very good all round experience. A wide choice of dishes and the option of small or large portions is an excellent idea. Very good local wine at a reasonable price. Service was excellent, attentive but not overpowering.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The food was very hit and miss, bland with nothing too memorable or exciting about it. Worst of all of was seeing a customer personally thank the chef on his way, and then all the staff were taking the mick out of the customer. On top of that, the constant swearing at the passe is not so nice to hear when you are sitting right next to it!

AW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for per theatre drinks and a meal. Excellent and friendly service and the meal was outstanding.

JS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seats at the chefs counter/ kitchen amplified the experience in appreciating the food and the cooking skills to present excellent food, hot, timely, great quality and value paired with wines from the Sommeliers knowledgeable recommendations .

MV
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff and food. As always such an amazing time!

MS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb. Couldn't fault it in anyway. The food was excellent the drinks menu was great and the best Negroni Blanco ever.

TY
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

It was very nice experience. The steak was perfect- recommended.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Value for money for such outstanding food in London

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our fourth visit - this time with two friends so we sat at the back of the restaurant, rather than at the bar.
Service was excellent as usual with the waitress providing her recommendations and input.
The ragu is a firm favourite as is the sea bream carpaccio.
Our favourite Italian restaurant in London.

PD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for dinner before the theatre and the staff was outstanding- attentive without being overbearing and it was clear they work as a brilliant team, with much humour! The food was delicious too- we will be back!

CH
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food - wonderful grilled mussels with chilli oil, caponata, prawns with squid and delicious wine all complemented with great service. Will be back...

T
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

A wide ranging menu and wine list. Also do wine by the glass or carafe. A great "buzz" in the restaurant it was busy but that had no negative effect on the service. Loved it.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every respect

SK
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Took my parents here for their 40th wedding anniversary. Most of the food was excellent, pasta was a little cold and small portion could be better described as bite size. Restaurant was extremely packed with tables very close together. I couldn't get my chair in properly as the man behind me was so close, kept getting bumped by customers and staff. Very small table for 4 people, very little room for food and drinks, had to keep rearranging. Insanely loud, couldn't hear each other talk. Specials were sold out before 7pm which was disappointing. 12.5% service charge added automatically. Overall was disappointed, general ambience did not make this a good spot for a special occasion.

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service and beautiful food.

JH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fab little Italian and loved the tapas style menu. Gorgeous food and atmosphere pre-theatre.