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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.
London, WC2E 7DB
Hours of operation:
Monday 12pm - 11pm - Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 21.00pm
£26 to £40
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
020 7240 5269
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 5269
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Orso Ratings and Reviews
Our final visit as the restaurant has closed. It was the goodbye party attended by lots of customers who've been visiting the restaurant for anything up to 30 years. The end of an era and the closure of an institution - though the sister restaurant Joe Allen will be opening in a new venue.
my husband was in the mood for Italian food and we came across this on OpenTable at the last minute and they had reservations. Very sweet little restaurant right in the heart of the theatre district and the food was really good. What a great place to stumble upon!
I went here after a play right next door, and was not expecting the restaurant to be so calm. It was very clean and the food was tasty. I would have preferred quicker service, however, it was busy so I understand the delays. Overall, I would definitely return.
We enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, lunch experience at Orso. I had been wanting to come for a long time and the news that it would soon be closed down and replaced with it's sister restaurant - Joe Allen - prompted me to finally book it as a work treat with a colleague.
We shared a starter of bruschetta, and she enjoyed her steak main, while my linguine was al dente and well-balanced. The wine was good and the service was quietly attentive (which, given the full on 'American-style' service in many places nowadays, could have also been interpreted as a little cold).
The venue itself was a little dated and it was not very busy on this lunchtime, which maybe demonstrates why it will be replaced with the far more buzzy Joe Allens.
I had a lovely lunch with a business contact/friend at Orso. We were the first people in the restaurant as we booked the first slot, and had only an hour to have lunch. The waiter overheard us mention that and was fantastic; prompt service very attentive.
We managed two courses and wine in that time yet never felt hurried!
The food was absolutely lovely and excellent quality.
Orso has changed over the years. But it remains a very useful and enjoyable venue with properly attentive service (not too frequent). The theatre is terrific value, if you want to dine early. The wine if you push the boat out is very good indeed and not too pricey. It has become less American and slightly more conventionally overseas-Italian in recent months. But no harm in that.
Well worth considering if in the area - surviving and fit in an age of much greater competition.
It is tragic that Orso is closing.
It is a special restaurant, the likes of which are few - good food, good service, relaxed.
Covent Garden continues to change. The shops and restaurants are becoming overrun by large corporations and the whole area is losing its individuality.
Orso was a restaurant that one could walk past every day and not realise what treats were inside. At our very successful birthday celebration for nine, about half had never been and ended up wondering why not? Praise indeed. We arrived, we chatted for about an hour without being hassled, we ordered and were served good food.
A huge loss to the area.
Farewell and thank you Orso.
On arrival we were greeted by a very welcoming host and we're taken to a perfectly acceptable table. From that point it all went wrong. It took quite a long time for anyone to come to our table to offer drinks and that was the speed of service for the evening. The food was very nice. Once it had arrived. One item that had been requested never turned up and another after reminding the staff eventually arrived. I was hoping for good things from this restaurant, but I was sorely disappointed.
I had not been to Orso for some time. It has massively changed. From a buzzy, vibrant fun restaurant with an eclectic menu, it is now little more than a second-rate pizza parlour.
The menu was short dreary and unimaginative.
The restaurant was only about half-full: no atmosphere.
Service: ok but lacking the old sparkle.
Food: very modest.
My companion had a steak which was so tough she had to send it back . Mine was little better.
The salad was limp and over-dressed.
All in all a disappointing experience which I will not repeat.
We had a lovely family meal at Orso. We were going on to the theatre and the service was very good and prompt. The meal was beautifully presented and I had the best steak I have a had in a long time at a very reasonable price. The zucchini fries were to die for! Reasonably priced bottle of red wine too! many thanks for a great meal for 3 generations of the Ford family! x
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