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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 12pm - 11pm - Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 21.00pm

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 5269

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Orso Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.1

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4.0

value

3.9

noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Overall Orso provided a good dining expe ...

 
 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall Orso provided a good dining experience, however I would advise that you watch the cost of your drinks, with a small beer setting you back £4.50.

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We have visited Orso on 4 special occasi ...

 
 (London)·Dined 6 days ago

We have visited Orso on 4 special occasions over 4 years and have been pleased each time.

The menu has changed,the choices reduced and there seems to be more covers but the food service and ambience remains good.

We will certainly visit again

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, People Watching, Family Style, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun
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Haven't been in a while but was so glad ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 12 February 2017

Haven't been in a while but was so glad we did. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was superb. The only problem was it was a touch chilly (unsurprising for Feb). Will definitely go back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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The staff were really pleasant but the p ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

The staff were really pleasant but the place was half empty - 9pm Saturday night. I was expecting it to be buzzing and much more "special". Apparently it had been the place to go in the 90's which may have been the last time the person who recommended it to me went there!

Really dull, living on its past and really a bit past it - so many more places to in the WE.

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Always good food, good service and good ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Always good food, good service and good ambience. Never fails. One of my favourite restaurants.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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A really fantastic surprise... Orso does ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

A really fantastic surprise...

Orso doesn't look much from the street and I would not be surprised if lots of people just walked by almost without realising it was there, but as you descend into this basement restaurant, you quickly realise that you are in for a treat.

Friendly and attentive staff (even despite us being very late for our booking), fabulous menu and superb wine.

Loved it. Will hopefully return soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Family Style, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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Business dinner. Excellent staff, and m ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 February 2017

Business dinner. Excellent staff, and menu choice. Good wine (lovely Soave)

Calves liver was excellent.

Recommend

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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The waiter asked if the chef could give ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 February 2017

The waiter asked if the chef could give my doggie something to eat, he asked if beef meatballs would be ok? My dog's thoughts were "are you kidding me - it's my favourite!"

This place is a proper restaurant also, with white table linen, cocktails and apperitifs. There are some great doggie friendly places in London but usually they are pubs and cafes, so it's great to go somewhere that felt a little more formal. The staff were extremely friendly and polite and it felt like a family run restaurant. You should read the story about why the restaurant is called "Orso" too.

I booked online and mentioned I had a Beagle that would be part of our party. I went on a Monday evening at 7pm and the restaurant was half full and a relaxed atmosphere. I hear it gets busy on Fridays and Saturdays so you may want to consider that depending on how restless your dog gets.

The menu is a nice selection of Italian mainly pasta, meat and fish, a couple of pizza options and salad. I was very happy with my Dorset Crab Linguine and the Lemon Cake & Mascarpone tasted deliciously moist and zesty.

Definitely going again. I can't wait to tell all of my doggie owner friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Family Style, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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It was sunday evening and there was no o ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 5 February 2017

It was sunday evening and there was no one there except for us. The service wasn't very friendly, we hadn't asked for the bill yet, but got it "slammed" on the table. We were still having a nice conversation and staff was already cleaning up around us and putting off the lights. At 10 o'clock we were asked to leave.

Tags: Wood Oven, Family Style, Comfort Food
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Five of us met for Sunday lunch, and, af ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 5 February 2017

Five of us met for Sunday lunch, and, after receiving our menus, we sat for 20 minutes without anyone taking any notice of us until we managed to flag down the manager. When she came to take our order her first words were "What do you want?", and this set the tone for the rest of the meal. When they were not chatting by the entrance to the kitchen, the waitresses cruised slowly without looking at their customers, we were not offered bread, no one took the trouble to check if our food was OK, and the service, when offered, was glum and lacking a single smile. Quite the worst service any of us remember.

While the first courses were fine, the five main courses were all open to criticism. Three of us had Ossobuco, which was uninteresting and fairly tasteless, and two had braised beef, which was dry and a little hard, with roast potatoes which were far too salty.

We went elsewhere for coffee.

All of us had been to Orso before over approaching 30 years, and never previously had any complaint, but we won't be going back. Perhaps Orso is under new ownership, but whoever is in charge should take a firm grip. The restaurant was only about 25% full!

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Great pre-theatre menu, but not great se ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Great pre-theatre menu, but not great service. Was quite slow and the waiter wasn't very attentive. I had to ask what the soup of day was, otherwise I would never have known and had to request he come out over so that I could order a drink. I would expect to be asked.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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Great ambience and high quality Italian ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Great ambience and high quality Italian food. Pre theatre menu offered good choice and very reasonable price. Friendly service.

Tags: Healthy, Historic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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Lovely evening but woeful service, most ...

 
 (Surrey)·Dined on 2 February 2017

Lovely evening but woeful service, most staff struggled with English. I request more bread and they brought an empty plate!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Cozy
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I really enjoyed having dinner here with ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 1 February 2017

I really enjoyed having dinner here with my team. Very cozy atmosphere and the food was delicious! Oh and they have a great wine selection...

Tags: Family Style, Authentic, Cozy, Outstanding Value
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Nice ambience, always great food. Perfe ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 31 January 2017

Nice ambience, always great food. Perfect for a pre-theatre meal. Friendly, efficient staff. Nice wines at a reasonable price.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Late-night Find
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tasty and great value pre-theatre menu.. ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 31 January 2017

tasty and great value pre-theatre menu..will be back.. & friendly staff.

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The food was lovely. We did order bread ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 January 2017

The food was lovely. We did order bread to share with various dipping oils but no side plates so the table looks pled a mess full of crumbs. We also ordered a brandy and lemonade in a tall glass with ice. We were asked twice what that was and we asked for it in a tall glass.....it arrived in a Coca Cola pint glass! Other than that the food was lovely x

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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A lovely evening amongst 6 friends was h ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 January 2017

A lovely evening amongst 6 friends was had at Orso. A round table was provided to us when the restaurant was busy with pre-theatre menus. Service was excellent and efficient. The pre-theatre menu is excellent value and whilst we were not heading to a show we could still order from it, which was great. Delicious food, great service and a lovely restaurant - we would all recommend. The restaurant picked up from our discussions that we were celebrating a birthday and took it upon themselves to write happy birthday in chocolate and provide a lit candle when desert arrived-a really lovely touch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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Initial impressions were very good, the ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 January 2017

Initial impressions were very good, the restaurant had a good ambience and although it was very busy the staff were uniformly welcoming, and were very attentive during our meal. The starters were excellent, we shared a bowl of tagliatelle fresca between us plus a single portion of the fried zucchini, both really good and more than enough to go round. The main courses (calves' liver for me and cod for my partner) were slightly disappointing in comparison, generous portions but lacking the wow factor in both taste and presentation. Overall however, a good place to know, I'd certainly pop back in for a pasta.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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The service was awful. Two meals were ok ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 28 January 2017

The service was awful. Two meals were ok and the third was completely burnt. Will definitely not be going back. The sanitary bin in the ladies loo was over flowing. Absolutely disgusting. Dreadful place. And they still added on 12.5% service charge! Ruined an otherwise lovely day out in London.

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We found this on Open Table and was plea ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 27 January 2017

We found this on Open Table and was pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious and tasted homemade. It was a great location and value for the money. I would definitely recommend it and go back when in the area. It was nice to have a good place to eat in such a touristy area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Authentic
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Delightful meal, beautifully presented. ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 26 January 2017

Delightful meal, beautifully presented. Charmingly efficient staff. Good value!

Tags: Business Meals
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Good spot. quiet and central. bit diff ...

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 (Kent)·Dined on 24 January 2017

Good spot. quiet and central. bit difficult to find. But well worth the simple menu, friendly staff and easy and well prepared Italian food. And once the theatre crowd clears out..its quiet!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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Cosy, classic Italian fare in heart of C ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 January 2017

Cosy, classic Italian fare in heart of Covent Garden. Our food was excellent, the portions generous. Price was very good for the quality and this part of town. The service was very slow, but they were certainly polite and nice. Would return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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Excellent service but for £40 a head the ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 January 2017

Excellent service but for £40 a head the food was not sufficient nor were there sufficient choices

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We had another very good meal at Orso on ...

vip
 (London)·Dined on 20 January 2017

We had another very good meal at Orso on Friday and especially appreciated the voucher for free champagne. The Venetian style liver was delicious. Although the restaurant was fairly full, the noise levels never rise too high, which is much appreciated . Excellent food and excellent value.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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We dined at Orso before going to the the ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 20 January 2017

We dined at Orso before going to the theatre. We had pre-booked on line. We ran a bit late and even though we gave them a short notice about that on a busy night, our table was ready and everything was very smooth when we arrived. The food was very good, the service friendly and the price fair. The whole experience was very pleasant. We would definitely visit Orso again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan
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Very nice atmosphere in a light and airy ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 18 January 2017

Very nice atmosphere in a light and airy basement.

Food excellent particularly the Calves Liver though I did sample the Ossobucco which was also very good. 2 people dining, we shared starters of Polpo Carpaccio and Proscuitto with shaved pears. Very good.

Accompanied throughout by a complimentary bottle of house champagne.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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I recently went to Orso after not dining ...

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 January 2017

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

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 January 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Family Style, Cozy
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I'm sorry to say it was appalling - I've ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on 13 January 2017

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.

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

 
 (London)·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.

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

vip
 (London)·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
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Food was ok. Service a little slow. Afte ...

vip
 (London)·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
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Great Italian flavours, well put togethe ...

 
 (London)·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
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Orso a new venue to myself and my friend ...

 
 (London)·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
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Orso has gone down in quality unfortunat ...

 
 (London)·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...

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Service was abysmal. Food very nice

 
 (London)·Dined on 30 December 2016

Service was abysmal. Food very nice

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Charming, friendly restaurant with excel ...

 
 (London)·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
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Food was very good with friendly and kin ...

 
 (Hertfordshire)·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.

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