Mele E Pere

4.3
1508 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
An Italian restaurant with a difference, Mele e Pere is brought to London’s Soho by Peter Hughes and Andrea Mantovani, previously of the acclaimed Wild Honey. From the moment you arrive in Mele e Pere you know you’re in for… something a little different – the basement interior is utterly unlike any Italian restaurant you’ve pulled up a seat in before, lit with anglepoise lamps and decorated with bold abstract artworks. The menu is made up of just a well-chosen handful of bold, confident dishes from throughout Italy; Venetian fish, Sicilian prawns, heartier offerings of red meats and tripe from Rome and the north. Desserts, equally typically Italian, are worth leaving a little room for, everything down to the handmade ice cream earning rave reviews from even the fussiest critics. Mele e Pere’s wine list includes around thirty bins at a range of prices.

Special Offers

3 courses & a glass of bubbles: £20

Offer applies to Set Menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 21 July 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00 16:30-21:30
Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00 16:30-18:00 21:30-22:30
Fri-Sat 12:00-16:00 16:00-18:00 21:30-22:30

What 1508 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Liked this place a lot. Food and service were top quality

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L
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Very loud, basic food, slow service. I do not recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Appalling service, felt like my server was ordering for me rather than listening to my order. The food was lovely, but I wouldn’t return due to the frustrating service provided.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Nice waitress but lacked choice and atmosphere. Would not visit again.

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e
33 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My third visit here for lunch, with three different friends. The food is very authentically Italian with some surprises for the 'uninitiated'. We have all enjoyed it immensely; the 2 course lunch with a glass of bubbly is excellent value.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

A COMPLETE RIP OFF!

The worst food I have ever had! £18 for what looked like someones leftovers! It wasnt though as my companion had exactly the same. Only 2 prawns, 3 empty prawn shells and 3 clams, one of those empty in the pasta dish. No other seafood and only 2 small 2 inch squares of pasta.

I complained and they replaced it with beef ragu which was very smelly and very strong flavoured. It was a stronger flavour than venison. Awful.

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O
120 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of our favourite places for a few years now. Consistently good food, well served, in a pleasant atmosphere, and completed by an interesting wine list. What's not to like?

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RR
44 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I have been to Mele e Pere several times and love it! It's a great atmosphere, with delicious food and excellent service. Brilliant for catching up with friends or for a quick bite before the theatre.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service - loved it!

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AR
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food is good, not amazing though. A bit expensive for what you get in my view
Great for big groups because it’s rather big and often have space which is great

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ordered the truffle pasta + beef ragu - both were excellent. Also highly recommend the amalfi lemon gelato! Atmosphere was casual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Staff were pretty inattentive to the point they were ignoring us.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

J’avais espéré de trouver un restaurant vraiment italien mais les plats n’ont pas répondu à mes attentes. Ambiente était bien mais personnel peu sympa et finalement j’étais déçu par le prix élevé pour des plats simples et ne pas authentiques.

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BP
16 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Decent food but overpriced for what it is

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JT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

This was a lovely night out however my only quip was that the service was a bit slow - had to ask 2 times for our drinks order but the food was delish and would def go again

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c
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great venue for lunch in central London. We were a group of 9 and the leisurely pace of the meal suited us given our number as we spent a good three hours catching up with each other. The food was excellent and staff were friendly and attentive. Prices were very reasonable for London and would definitely recommend this place.

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T
38 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A further visit to this Soho restaurant. Again not disappointed. Food was very good as always and service as well despite being very busy with Xmas trade. Highly recommended for very good Italian food and wines and the odd vermouth!!

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MU
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I used to love love love this restaurant but my seafood pasta was completely inedible. It tasted like someone had thrown a jar of olive brine into the sauce. There were 2 varieties of mussels in it too. Raw ones and dead ones. To be fair they took the dish off the bill but everything was well below average. Such a shame I hope they get back on track

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L
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch, the service was great and the £20 lunch special is a bargain in Soho.
I’ll ne going again soon

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e
33 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was my second visit to Mele E Pere for lunch with two different friends. On both occasions we have been delighted with the food. This time I asked that we could be seated downstairs and we certainly enjoyed the atmosphere there. Our Spanish waitress was 'a delight' and cheerfully explained what some of the dishes were and was very attentive. I will definitely return, perhaps with yet another friend!

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TM
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I went with friends I had not seen for many months and we had a good time. We stayed for very long. Ok place and food is ok too.

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f
38 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Great ambiance. Authentic modern Italian food. A tad on the expensive side but its not an everyday occasion.

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p
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very busy, but still good service, and it wasn't so loud that with noise from the diners which can detract from experience in other restaurants. As a table of 8 orders were delivered together, and we were well looked after.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had the 3 courses and a glass of fizz for £20. It was excellent value for money and great food and they even gave us a full glass of fizz each! We will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Booked for a party of 10. Good food, service and ambiance. Everyone enjoyed & commented on the restaurant being a good choice.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great food! Really enjoyed the braised venison and the merlot! That being said, service was a bit slow/absentminded and the restaurant gets loud. But the food was great, the neighborhood is my favorite in London, and I would definitely come back to this restaurant!

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WE
43 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Cheap menu and the food on the open table menu was mainly good especially the venison. The glass of Prosecco, which came with the set menu, was very disappointing - I’m not sure whether it had been watered down or was just old and flat and, on reflection, we really should have complained. The staff seemed to let the place down. There was no welcoming smile when we arrived and the waiters just appeared very disinterested. Perhaps they were just too busy but to be honest that’s not really an excuse. Having said all this, we had a good evening and will give the restaurant another try at some time to see if we get a better experience.

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EC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved our evening in this atmospheric basement restaurant. Lovely decor, delightful serving staff and delicious food. Had the best sea bream I've ever tasted. Tad expensive à la carte, but worth it. My friend has the more reasonable set menu.

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DI
30 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was delicious. The welcome was so hospitable and the service friendly.

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J
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for lunch with my wife and in-laws. Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Staff were friendly. Would recommend to friends and family.

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ST
38 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice good value lunch, prefect for meeting friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent value with good food and ambiance.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent find, really great food. Staff were all great and not too interfering. Will definitely be back!

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H
150 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another excellent pre-theatre meal at Mele e Pere. Lovely food from the set menu (burrata, venison haunch and probably the best tiramisu ever!), friendly, efficient service and the three courses + prosecco menu is an incredible bargain. This is definitely one of our two favourite restaurants at the moment.

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H
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We opted for the £20 special (3 courses & glass of fizz) and I have to say, having also eaten here a la carte, that probably its a false economy. The fizz is very gassy prosecco, could live without it. I would say that the only part of the meal of note was the main, which was good, the rest I could easily have done without. Starter of "tartare" of beetroot and goats cheese was underwhelming and involved zero culinary skills and would have cost pennies to make at home. The main of bream was good and showed cooking skills. Pud of apple tart my partner liked, I was again underwhelmed. Cheese plate of a small sliver of taleggio was good, if small. On balance I would say do come to this restaurant, but not for the special.

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e
33 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A friend and I lunched here and had the set menu for £20 including a glass of fizz. The choice of dishes was excellent and the food well cooked and nicely presented. All very good and well worth the money.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good quality food at a great price!

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JB
21 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great value for money set lunch menu - ideal for a good catch up with friends. Buzzy atmosphere but not too noisy, good service and accommodating for my friend who struggles with IBS

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JH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great ambience - friendly staff - happy to oblige and cater for our dietary requirements - a number of tables were groups of women having reunions (as were we) - great place to do this. Not rushed, relaxed atmosphere and good food reasonably priced

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j
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I booked for the £20 three course menu and the food was tasty and great value. Portion size was decent too. It’s a pretty cosy feeling place but not small. downstairs is lovely so try and get seated there. Service was friendly but slow, they were busy so it took a while to get their attention. Great value, I definitely recommend

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