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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.0

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.0

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (98)
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Casual (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Late-night Find (19)
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 15 July 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 July 2017

A great little Italian that will be sorely missed in Covent Garden. We visited to say "goodbye" on it's penultimate night of trading. After 32 years - such a shame it is now gone 😢

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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Food4
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Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 July 2017

Our last visit for dinner as the restaurant is closing after 35 years. We've been visiting since it opened and it's always been a favourite. We'll enjoy the closing party tonight, but will be sad to see it go.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 July 2017

What a shame you're closing today. The authentic food and great service will be truly missed.
Please consider reopening....
Best wishes

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 July 2017

Sadly not easy to understand menu choices, as no English translation provided on menu. Service very good, but choice of menu too limited, in my view

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
 (Oxford)·Dined on 7 July 2017

After many years of good and reasonably priced meals at Orso, we are sad to see it close. There are few restaurants in the area that are not chains, but we hope to see Orso surfacing sometime in the future.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 July 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
Ambience2
Service3
Value3

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on 1 July 2017

War OK , Essen hat gut geschmeckt, der Service war gut ... das Ambiente war nicht so unsers, nicht mehr als OK.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Essex)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Genuine non chain Italian. Fantastic food, service and great value. Good foor pre/post theatre.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 1 July 2017

I love this restaurant. A great find in Covent Garden. Gutted to be Informed that it is closing down in 4weeks

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value5

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on 30 June 2017

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.

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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 30 June 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 29 June 2017

Pre-theatre meal for our daughter's birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (London)·Dined on 28 June 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 26 June 2017

This is an absolutely lovely restaurant which we have visited it many times over the years. The food is always good, the service excellent and whether pre theatre or for an evening there is always a warm welcome

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 23 June 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 21 June 2017

We have loved Orso for decades and are desperately sorry to see it go.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 20 June 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 19 June 2017

Excellent as always. Shame it is closing after 35 years

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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 June 2017

Always reliable, pity they're closing down. I've used the place for some time and I like it

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 12 June 2017

A quiet Monday with friends for dinner. Food was good and a pleasant evening was had.

Tags: Casual
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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (London)·Dined on 11 June 2017

It was ok, but there wasn't alot on the menu.Which was abit disappointing other than that it was ok.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 9 June 2017

Excellent good value Italian, a firm favourite for many years

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience2
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Value2

 
 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2017

We went pre theatre and it was perfect. Good service. Lovely pasta. Good value. Only downside was that we were downstairs and it's rather dark and atmosphere was not very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 7 June 2017

As always, our meal and the service were excellent. We introduced a friend to Orso who loved it and will return.

Grazie.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 6 June 2017

So sad Orso is closing!

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Food4
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Value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 1 June 2017

I went here for my 40th birthday and we saw a theatre show. me and my husband had a 3 course set menu and it was divine. Good size portions also. Friendly staff would definitely go back again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 29 May 2017

Had not been here for a while but everything was up to their usual standard and the service excellent. Must go more often!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 24 May 2017

The dessert menu with its wine N is very interesting and should be viewed with the main menu.

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 (London)·Dined on 22 May 2017

Very reliable Italian food and wine sourced with some knowledge. Does basement pre- and post-theatre dinners very well indeed, but it's also a good spot for larger groups there for the evening.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Good food , excellent service - relaxing ambiance a real find.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Excellent Food. Excellent Service. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
 (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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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 11 May 2017

An excellent meal in great surroundings - highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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Food4
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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, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, 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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Food5
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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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Food5
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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: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Late-night Find
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