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About Orso

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.

27 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7DB
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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (148)
Special Occasions (80)
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Group Bookings (34)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Casual (28)
Family Style (23)
Outstanding Value (23)
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Fun (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
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 (London)·Dined on 18 May 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Sadly, this old standby is no longer any good. Terrible service, waiter unshowered, food blah.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 11 May 2017

An excellent meal in great surroundings - highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Romance, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on 11 May 2017

Wonderful friendly efficient staff and very nice food and drink. Thank you

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Lunch, Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 9 May 2017

Very disappointing.
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.
Dessert: fine.
All in all a disappointing experience which I will not repeat.

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 (London)·Dined on 8 May 2017

Overall a good restaurant. Food is tasty and good value. Service is a bit on the slow side, good we were not in a hurry

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 (London)·Dined on 6 May 2017

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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 (London)·Dined on 6 May 2017

Again fabulous food and service. Alain the perfect host. If you like good quality traditional Italian food this is a must. We have been going here on and off for about 5 years and the quality is always top class.

Tags: Lunch, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (London)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Me and my husband go here for evening dinner every time we visit London about three times a year,the food is amazing,the atmosphere is cosy and romantic,great friendly staff,we always feel welcome,I love the flourless chocolate cake too😀

Tags: Special Occasions, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romance, Modern Decor, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cosy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (London)·Dined on 3 May 2017

I have been coming to Osro for many years and always delighted in its food atmosphere and service.

What a difference this time was, I didny feel greeted, welcomed, attended to with any kind of warmth. Most disappointing.

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 (Surrey)·Dined on 1 May 2017

My husband and I booked for 5.30pm for a pre theatre meal We very much liked the ambience. There were only a few other diners so it was not too noisy. For our main course we both had the sea bass, which was cooked to perfection and the tirimasu was to die for! The service was very good. The only thing which it lacked was windows to the outside as the restaurant is downstairs in a basement. We will definitely go again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasions, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cosy
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 (London)·Dined on 29 April 2017

Fantastic all round a wonderful restaurant excellent foodand good service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 23 April 2017

Lovely location and great food. The main waiter was great and really helpful. However trying to get service from the other staff was difficult. However lovely food made up for it and a special thanks for the chef in making a lovely cake for my mother's 70th birthday.

Tags: Group Bookings, Special Occasions
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 22 April 2017

Relaxing atmosphere, very helpful service and good value, tasty, well-presented food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 18 April 2017

Nice atmosphere and food

Tags: Neighbourhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 15 April 2017

Our second visit to Orso and again a lovely meal in excellent surroundings with friendly helpful staff.

Tags: Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 14 April 2017

Very poor quality food. An absolute waste of money

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·Dined on 6 April 2017

Lovely place & food fantastic. Great place to eat before going to the theatre

Tags: Special Occasions, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 3 April 2017

Service was nice. The food was not tasty. Not good value to money.

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 (London)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Lovely food, helpful staff and fantastic espresso martinis

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasions, Group Bookings
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 (London)·Dined on 31 March 2017

Great for pre or post theatre. Authentic, delicious Italian food presented in relaxed and warm ambience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 28 March 2017

Orso has been a long-established restaurant and provides authentic Italian cuisine in an intimate basement setting. Vitello tonnato was excellent, as was tuna carpaccio. Lovely Italian cheeses.

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 (Kent)·Dined on 21 March 2017

Always great food, service and ambiance. A real oasis in hectic Covent Garden.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 20 March 2017

Have been coming to Orso in London and New York for years. Consistently great food and excellent service.

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vip
·Dined on 11 March 2017

Orzo is an incredible Italian restaurant with authentic Italian food, excellent service and an exciting atmosphere in the heart of Covent Gardens. The very first thing one will notice is the atmosphere which is lively and young. The service is fantastic as we were greeted immediately by the host and soon after the server. The food was amazing, fresh and tasty. The plates are not overly seasoned so the natural flavor of the foods are allowed to permeate and cooked to a perfect temperature where the dishes do not become too dry. On this occasion we ordered the Sea Ream which was perfectly cooked, tender, moist and flaky. The location makes this restaurant perfect for attending any stage show as it is walking distance to all the theaters.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Healthy, Romance, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Super vor dem Theaterbesuch. Sehr lecker, und Preis, Leistung sehr gut! Kommen sicher zurück, auch ohne Theaterbesuch.

Tags: Family Style
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 (London)·Dined on 3 March 2017

A nice place to eat pre-show- quick service and friendly staff.

Tags: Casual
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 (London)·Dined on 25 February 2017

Really nice restaurant with a nice atmosphere, but menu has been cut down quite a lot since last visit, and the variety of choices was quite restricted.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romance
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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Although the meal and service was good, I was a little disappointed with ambience of the restaurant and some of the portion sizes. Ok for a meal prior to the theatre.

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 (London)·Dined on 24 February 2017

Orso is charming. The setting is a refined basement restaurant that is beautifully lit and laid out. Excellent service, lovely food (especially pulpo carpaccio and the lemon ricotta ravioli) and a good wine list. My friends and I met at 7 and we were still there around 11. It's a great spot tucked away from chain dominated Covent Garden, and definitely worth seeking out if you are looking for a charming lunch or dinner. Highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Romance, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 23 February 2017

Good food and service. Lovely wine selection and a variety of vegetarian choices.

Tags: Family Style, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Bristol)·Dined on 20 February 2017

Authentic Italian cooking and good Italian wine list. Great value. Lovely to not have background muzak!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 20 February 2017

I have been to Orso a few times and took American friends of mine early on s Monday before I took them up the shard for cocktails . I must say I was uber disappointed . One of my guests barely touched what he ordered and his plate was whisked away - at end and nothing said . We were only ones there and the waitress must have seen he did not like his choice . Surely she could have asked if he wanted something else .

I don't think I'll be back for that reason that's bad customer service isn't it ?

Tags: Romance, Lunch, Cosy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Unfortunately I think this place is trading on its reputation. We had such high hopes but they were let down by :

- the hostess that dropped the bottle of water on the table and walked away without pouring it.
- the braised beef that was over cooked
- the packaged pasta that was undercooked so it stuck together
- the negroni that was warm. I guess stirring in ice is not an Italian thing when mixing cocktails

Such a shame. But I guess when you are able to book on a Friday afternoon for prime dinner spot it usually means something.

I usually don't write bad reviews as I feel bad for the business. The wait staff were really nice, but …

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

ORSO had been recommended by a work colleague and I was not disappointed.
Good food, good service and a great location.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

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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 (London)·Dined on 14 February 2017

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: Child Friendly, Cosy, People Watching, Family Style, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighbourhood Gem, Romance, Fun
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 (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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 (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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 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

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

Tags: Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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