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About Orso

27 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7DB
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Opened in October 1985, Orso is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of London’s West End. From the beginning the aim was to bring authentic Italian cuisine to Covent Garden and Orso delivers.
Orso prides itself in using only the freshest and finest ingredients many of them such as extra virgin olive oil, arugula, puntarelle, porcini mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella and white truffles when in season, sourced in Italy. But it is not just about the ingredients, our meals are prepared to perfection, served on hand painted Italian tableware designed by Designers Guild and accompanied with a selection of fine Italian wines.


Orso is the perfect destination for the London diner, offering a busy but attentive service, animated atmosphere and tempting menu.

Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of operation:
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 12am
Sunday: 12pm - 10.30pm

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
£26 to £40

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
020 7240 5269

Website:
http://www.orsorestaurant.co.uk/

Public Transport:
Covent Garden

Private Party Facilities:
We are able to cater for above 8 persons but require a telephone booking to be made.

Private Party Contact:
Linda Thorne: 020-7240-5269x

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Wine

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Orso Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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I recently went to Orso after not dining ...

 
·Dined 3 days ago

I recently went to Orso after not dining there for a number of years, to find that the food quality was not as good as I remembered it. The crab pasta had only a tiny amount of crab in it. Vitello tonnato was heavy on the mayonnaise, light on the tuna. The impression I was left with was that the restaurant is trying to save money by skimping on expensive ingredients. It remains a good spot for a quiet discussion, and avoids the cliche tourist trap ambience and poor quality that plague so many of the Covent Garden dining options, but we were a bit disappointed by the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Food was good and pre theatre menu was g ...

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good and pre theatre menu was good value and quality, although variety of food wasn't great.

Tags: Romantic, Family Style, Cozy
food2
ambience1
service1
value1

I'm sorry to say it was appalling - I've ...

 
·Dined 4 days ago

I'm sorry to say it was appalling - I've been coming to Orso's for 32 years - since 1984 and never have I experienced such shoddy, slapdash service and mediocre food. Our bread was forgotten, Parmesan wasn't offered with the pasta dish and when asked for again my husband had to go to the kitchen to ask for it - a glass of red wine didn't appear and although the waiters apologised each time but never made any effort to improve their hopeless service. There were only three other tables to serve so in no way were any of the staff busy - what has happened to Orso's. We will not be returning - a sad end to a previously successful, reliable quality restaurant.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Great pre-theatre dining. Very busy so t ...

 
·Dined on 7 January 2017

Great pre-theatre dining. Very busy so took a little time to get service at times but they were very attentive when with us.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great time as always. Orso is a favour ...

 
·Dined on 5 January 2017

A great time as always. Orso is a favourite of mine and often my default venue. Fabulous food and drink - with delightful staff and service. Always a winner.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Historic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Food was ok. Service a little slow. Afte ...

 
·Dined on 2 January 2017

Food was ok. Service a little slow. After we ate I got an email a few hours later saying Orso canceled our open table due to a no show which wasn't correct.

Close to theatres which is nice pre/post show if you are looking for Italian. Priced reasonably.

Tags: Casual
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Great Italian flavours, well put togethe ...

 
·Dined on 31 December 2016

Great Italian flavours, well put together, nicely presented. Great Service, nothing was too much, very friendly staff. A Bit pricey overall, but worth it to impress or for a special occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Orso a new venue to myself and my friend ...

 
·Dined on 31 December 2016

Orso a new venue to myself and my friends but we were delighted to have chosen it. Great atmosphere, service and food. Absolutely excellent and we shall return.

Tags: Outstanding Value
food2
ambience3
service4
value3

Orso has gone down in quality unfortunat ...

 
·Dined on 30 December 2016

Orso has gone down in quality unfortunately and I really liked this place. The Osso Bucco was really disappointing: lots of greasy parts, very little meat. The appetizers were really small and not vert tasty. Might have a bad night...

food5
ambience3
service1
value3

Service was abysmal. Food very nice

 
·Dined on 30 December 2016

Service was abysmal. Food very nice

food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Charming, friendly restaurant with excel ...

 
·Dined on 29 December 2016

Charming, friendly restaurant with excellent food and good service. We were there for pre-theatre dinner and would definitely return. What a good find.

Tags: Family Style, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was very good with friendly and kin ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

Food was very good with friendly and kind staff. The ambiance was perfect for a get together with old friends.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

There is so much to like about Orso's: a ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

There is so much to like about Orso's: an oasis of calm in the hubbub that is Covent Garden, authentic food all about quality ingredients, great wines, friendly and efficient service, unfussy and good value. There is a reason I have been eating here for twenty years and will continue to do so.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We have eaten at Orso for many years and ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

We have eaten at Orso for many years and never fail to get lovely service, good food and there is just something about this restaurant that keeps me coming back. We've had family occasions, I've recommended it for business lunches and its a great place to have dinner with a good friend or significant other. I was very sad to hear it may have to close due to redevlopment.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

great place for pre/post theater dinner. ...

 
·Dined on 28 December 2016

great place for pre/post theater dinner. we went after the 14:30 theater with a 17:45 booking. place was packed mostly with pre-theater dinner people. the location is literally just steps from the Lyceum theater. got there early, seated no problem, their pre/post theater menus are a excellent in terms of quality, quantity, and price. great kid friendly menu as well.

we would go there again, and would recommend to any of our friends going to a show in the Covent Gardens area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
food1
ambience3
service2
value1

Really disgusting. Service very slow, di ...

 
·Dined on 26 December 2016

Really disgusting. Service very slow, dishes really small and expensive. Medium quality and one of us got diarrea because of the cheese.

Don't recommend at all.

food1
ambience1
service1
value1

After booking Orso with you in October - ...

 
·Dined on 24 December 2016

After booking Orso with you in October - we were notified two weeks before we were due to go that they were closed! Not great at Christmas time, especially as we were a large group of eleven. The Wild Wood saved the day!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

My Mother ate here during it's heyday (a ...

 
·Dined on 23 December 2016

My Mother ate here during it's heyday (and new Orso the dog well from her stays at The Gritti in Venice). We stopped in for a swift course ahead of the ballet and, though the restaurant is new hands and didn't have the buzz of old (it was 17:45, though) it was well managed and the food was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
food4
ambience3
service2
value4

We went to Orso on successive Tuesdays a ...

 
·Dined on 20 December 2016

We went to Orso on successive Tuesdays after the Royal Opera. On the first occasion, the service was good. On the second it took nearly half an hour for anyone to take an order even for drinks, even though the restaurant was not particularly busy. The food is consistently good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
food5
ambience3
service1
value3

Visited Sunday pm. Restaurant was not bu ...

 
·Dined on 18 December 2016

Visited Sunday pm. Restaurant was not busy – there were seats for twice as many people. The food was excellent but the service was extremely slow. So slow that we left without desert.

The staff were doing their best but severely under resourced.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent food and good service in a war ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Excellent food and good service in a warm friendly restaurant.

food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Nothing to write home about. Tables too ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Nothing to write home about. Tables too close together, waitress efficient but not particularly friendly, food ok but not great, not even that hot. Bit of an underwhelming experience

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Trip with the kids to the Theatre. Gre ...

 
·Dined on 17 December 2016

Trip with the kids to the Theatre.

Great service and a varied menu to choose from.

Pricing sensible as well.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Nice ambience, good service and great fo ...

 
·Dined on 14 December 2016

Nice ambience, good service and great food. The Linguine was superb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

I've been visiting this restaurant for a ...

 
·Dined on 14 December 2016

I've been visiting this restaurant for a long time now. The food is really delicious. Everything tastes amazing. It's a lovely quiet room downstairs and very comfortable. This visit was unusual in that our waiter seemed very inexperienced and was not very attentive. But that definitely wouldn't put me off going there again, I'm only saying so because I hope the restaurant will see this review and give our waiter a little more training. I would've said something on the way out but but the Maitre d' at the front desk also seemed flustered and wasn't there on our way out – food was gorgeous though!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First time at Orso and went with a group ...

 
·Dined on 10 December 2016

First time at Orso and went with a group of friends. Lovely restaurant, nice environment and everything is efficient, professional and friendly. Four had the set menu which was excellent value and two chose from the main menu. Two of our party had food allergies and nothing was too much trouble.. great service and great food. Two hour seating is ideal for pre or post Theatre. Top spot, will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

We had a family meal with 3 children. Ev ...

 
·Dined on 10 December 2016

We had a family meal with 3 children. Everyone was friendly and efficient. Very welcoming. Food was good. Children enjoyed it. For the location right next to the theatres it was very convenient and reasonably priced for London.

Tags: Family Style
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Hadn't been for a few years but it didn' ...

 
·Dined on 5 December 2016

Hadn't been for a few years but it didn't disappoint. One of my favourites and the food was delicious and wine very reasonable.

Service could have been a bit better and a bit sharper. Nothing that a bit more training wouldn't cure.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic
food4
ambience4
service3
value1

Was disappointed to get home and on revi ...

 
·Dined on 4 December 2016

Was disappointed to get home and on reviewing our bill we became aware of an £18 service charge that was added to our bill. If I had realised that a 'tip' was added on the bill, then I wouldn't have left a further £10 tip. We prefer to actually decide for ourselves, if the tip is worthwhile.. as opposed to having it taxed upon us.

food2
ambience4
service4
value3

The food was reminiscent of school dinne ...

 
·Dined on 4 December 2016

The food was reminiscent of school dinners! Such a let down on this occasion as previous visits have been excellent. Also had run out of Tiramisu, which for an Italian restaurant is not good

Tags: Historic, Pre/post Theatre
food3
ambience2
service1
value2

Really disappointing service - and we co ...

 
·Dined on 4 December 2016

Really disappointing service - and we come here a lot. It was a very quiet time and other than what seemed to be the Manager, service from all staff was slow and inattentive - wine didn't arrive with the main course, glasses not topped up, just all felt a bit 'can't be bothered'. Food was nice but not outstanding - the pears in one of the first courses were distinctly unripe and the presentation of the burrito and fennel salad was poor and the dressing fought with the other flavours. Beef braised in Barolo was pleasant but over-cooked.

I've been coming here for years and I think you are beginning to lose your sparkle ....

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

The food was simple and delicious. The s ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

The food was simple and delicious. The staff were friendly and attentive.

It was great value for money.

The restaurant had a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Excellent meal and wine recommend to tr ...

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

Excellent meal and wine recommend to try like us in londòn for visit and local to Covent gardeñ plus theatre s many thanks to open toptable and Orso

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

An absolutely fantastic restaurant

 
·Dined on 3 December 2016

An absolutely fantastic restaurant

food4
ambience5
service4
value5

This restaurant has been in existence fo ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

This restaurant has been in existence for many years but I have only just discovered it and what a pleasure that was. I am sorry for all the years I have missed but I plan to go back very soon.

The food is typically Venetian Italian, simple but excellent and very good value. I had dinner but will next time try their lunch set menu. As I eat lunch out a lot I am hoping to add it to my regular list of restaurants. The ambiance, the glassware and tableware made me feel I was in Venice and as the restaurant is in a basement with no windows the lack of a view onto a canal didn't spoil the experience!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Casual
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Really friendly and helpful staff, willi ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

Really friendly and helpful staff, willing to try to find a 'quiet' table - unfortunately difficult - the restaurant was incredibly and unrestrainedly noisy - my only reason for a couple of 4-stars in the rating. Food excellent and ambience really pleasant.

Many thanks to staff and chefs.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Friendly service and very attentive wait ...

 
·Dined on 2 December 2016

Friendly service and very attentive waiter. Good wine choice.. and food was excellent. Had the steak which was cooked exactly to my taste. Dessert menu provided an interesting selection. Coffee was superb.... I like mine to be hot,so many restaurants serve it tepid,but this was spot on. O.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

The Christmas menu which is available th ...

 
·Dined on 1 December 2016

The Christmas menu which is available throughout December is very attractive and excellent value.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

A pleasant basement restaurant, visited ...

 
·Dined on 29 November 2016

A pleasant basement restaurant, visited for the first time. No criticisms - everything was as expected & would visit again with friends. Set menu was good value & the carafe wine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
food1
ambience2
service2
value1

We had the pre-theatre dinner. Wine by t ...

 
·Dined on 28 November 2016

We had the pre-theatre dinner.

Wine by the glass ok.

The cheese in the salad was all rind. The boeuf in the bourgignon was gristly, carrots practically raw. Small portion too.

Service indifferent.

Won't be back.

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