Al Duca
Al Duca

Al Duca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alduca-restaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02078393090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, Saturday 12:30PM - 3:00PM Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gianni Andolfi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)
  • Private Party Facilities: Large party facility for up to 60 patrons available only on Sundays, otherwise up to 20 patrons pre-arranged.
  • Private Party Contact: Giovanni Monni 02078393090
  • Special Events: Join us in our Blu Lounge for Prime Hour, Monday - Friday, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy selected specially priced appetizers, handcrafted cocktails and world class wines.
    On Sunday evening, enjoy half-priced bottles of wine in our dining room as we offer over 200 selected* bottles from our collection. Cheers

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jermyn Street
  • Public Transit: Piccadilly Circus; Bus 19, 38, 22
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is free after 6:30PM on single yellow lines or at St. James Square.
A word from Al Duca
Al Duca was opened by leading restaurateur Claudio Pulze in 1999. As part of Pulze’s 'Cuisine Collection' restaurant group, Al Duca remains one of the most popular restaurants in the St. James area of the capital with a loyal clientele of diners. Serving modern Italian cuisine, Al Duca focuses heavily on bringing out the very best elements of what is one of the most acclaimed gastronomic regions of the world. The menu at Al Duca emphasises the use of simple fresh ingredients, skilfully combined to bring out the best of a wide range of traditional dishes offered both in classic style and with a new twist, all following Pulze’s ethos to offer reasonably priced good Italian food.
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Al Duca reviews from OpenTable diners
275 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambience3.9
    Value4
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (139)pre/post theatre (125)special occasions (110)fit for foodies (90)romance (83)outstanding value (57)group bookings (26)brunch (23)good vegetarian options (23)sunday lunch (17)child friendly (12)outdoor eating (12)disabled access (5)afternoon tea (2)Show More
  • Quick but Intrusive service
    Windhoek
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Quite Good food but overall not very enjoyable and far too expensive. Should ask customers whether they want their wine refilled every two minutes.
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  • Unhappy First time Customer
    Unhappy
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Unfortunately when we booked this resturant we were drawn to the the 20% offer off the food bill and glass of prosecco. The reviews were good too. When we arrived we were not offered any prosecco so we presumed we were going to get the discount off the food bill. the billl arrived there was no discount. I querried this with the waitdressr, she said she could see this was a opentable booking, there was nothing to say about the offer. She suggested we had not clicked on the offer we required. I advised it did not give that option. This is our first opentable booking i was very dissapointed. I do not think I will be using your on-line system or recommending it either as you advertised this offer but did not deliver it!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal, let down at the end.
    WelshBoy88
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    The meal had a great starter and main; let down by the poor standard of the desserts.
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  • Bill
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We always eat here when we visit London from the US, which is 2-3 times per year. The food is excellent and service is outstanding. We also appreciate the ability to bring a special bottle of wine with us to dinner, which is something we do most of the time. Our dinner this past Friday evening was another memorable dining experience.
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    Fabi
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I'm italian and I'm always quite suspicious about italian restaurant abroad. Al Duca changed my idea. Everything was delicious and the service was very dedicated. I definitively recommend it!
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    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Simply delicious!
    ilovepasta
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service was great, the food was brilliant. The concept of a fairly limited choice meant that they could concentrate on the quality. But not just quality, they also offer superb value for money.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    Pkb7
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fantastic service and beautiful food. We went for the three courses and not one disappointed. Will definitely be returning on future visits to London
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RubesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Probably my favourite Italian in London! The food is unfussy, fresh and excellent and their wine prices are reasonable. Highly recommended!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Efficient service and good food
    Jane
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was good and the price was kept reasonable by the 20% off the food offer. The tables are not too close together which meant we were able to chat very easily. It is not a noisy place. It also helped as we had a round table for 5 people. Service was very efficient.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business lunch
    Pure
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    First time I have visited this restaurant and I was pretty impressed. I was there for a business lunch and the place was very busy as it was a weekday at 1pm. I heard a lot of Italian being spoken by other diners which is surely a good sign! The food was all good and service generally fast and very attentive, apart from forgetting to bring a bottle of water which had been ordered. Prices are OK for this part of town and I will definitely be coming back here.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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  • lovely place
    urbandiner
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It is a lovely place and the food was super. I did find it a bit expensive (maybe because a lot of the reviews said it wasn't). t was a fixed price menu but the drinks, coffees and side dishes bumped it up. However the service was faultless. The waiter was happy to recommend dishes and wine (taking budget into account without being snooty - and there were some eye-wateringly expensive wines!).They were not awash with vegetarian options but were happy to customise. I will definitely go back for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excelent service, ambience and food
    Franklin
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    A second experience of early dinner at Al Duca. The reception is very welcoming and the restaurant has a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. It became busy later and slightly noisier but this did not detract. The service is very good - friendly but professional and with good knowledge of the range of wines. The fixed price menu offers excellent choice and value, and the wines are well priced for a London restaurant. Thoroughly recommended.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Giovanni
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The service was excellent, not having to wait for a waiter to come to our table and they were constantly refilling our glasses. The food was wonderfully presented , yet filling. The restaurant is for me for special occasions as I felt it was more expensive than the £20-£40 per head
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plenty of choice, executed well
    RGF1
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Dinner on Saturday night was not too busy, but staff were attentive and gave excellent service. The food choices were all lovely and all 4 of us were happy with our meals - the truffle and mushroom pasta was especially good. The good value fixed prices meant that there were no surprises.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor
    Seagulls2dine
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    I took my family for dinner at Al Duca after the theatre and found it to be a very good place to eat just off the busiest part of the West End. The food was very good, the staff were very friendly and helpful and I will certainly going back there again to dine.
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  • Great Place
    BigKev
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Slightly hidden away, glad I found it. Difficult to find fault the only thing was originally we could only have 4 desserts as there was 4 of us and it is a set price for the number of courses you have, but we had selected 5 to share between us, but this was resolved quickly and we got our 5 desserts which, as all the food was, delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could be better
    Schignano
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Very good food, thoroughly authentic. Attentive service but I was first told that my choice of wine was unavailable. When I insisted the waitress managed to find the "last bottle". I wasn't convinced and felt that they were trying to upsell. I overlooked the optional service charge, which the waiter didn't tell me about, and he almost got away with an additional cash tip.
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  • Great food, lovely ambience
    Nessa
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Love this restaurant, just off the beaten track from Picadilly so not overwhelmed with tourists. Comfortable, relaxed ambience infused with authentic Italian / Sicilian vibe. Food is very good using nice local, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Great wine list especially if you like Italian varietals including from the mainland, Sicily, Sardinia etc. Staff are friendly, professional and efficient. Will return!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Good food & attentive to allergies
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff attentive. We were particularly impressed by the readiness to cope also with gluten-free and nut-free requirements.
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  • Very good but not yet exceptional
    tqriviera
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    This was an early evening business dinner for three and there were no complaints. The service was very good, the food is indeed excellent (the scallops deserve a special mention - cooked to perfection) and there is a good wine list. As it was early, there was not too much hustle and bustle. They knew that I had booked through OpenTable, but no hint or offer of a free drink or rebate (the table was reserved for 18.00 so did qualify) - as I had important business guests, I was not prepared to make an issue of it but, if it is offered, it should be given! The price is at the upper end of being acceptable, but I would return.
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  • Perfect lunch
    Thorngrafton
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    This was the first time I'd eaten in Al Duca - but it certainly won't be the last. The service was good - a (minor) slip corrected instantly and politely. The food was first class and the bill a pleasant surprise. Sadly we were going on to an important meeting and didn't drink wine with the meal - but the list looks interesting and I look forward to a more relaxed visit in the near future.
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  • Still our favourite
    CountryCousins
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    When in London and staying in St James Sq , we always enjoy a meal at Al Duca. It remains consistently excellent and the staff are delightful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal at Al Duca
    Rachel
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Five of us went for dinner at Al Duca before going on to the theatre in Haymarket, the food was very good and we had no complaints about the service. Would recommend any of the fish mains (secondi), the mushroom pasta and the pistachio pesto pasta.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry we made a mistake
    Irene
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    I believe that we should have expected certain benefits by booking through opentable. We did not receive a glass of prosecco when we arrived and the first bill we received gave no discount until we reminded the staff that we had booked through opentable when they gave us a different bill and said they had made a mistake. Food was very. Average. Would not recommend this restaurant .
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  • very enjoyable meal good service
    ewwiot
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    lots of nice meals to choose from. good service and very nice experience.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REFRESHING
    Chilli
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Al Duca provides a wonderful venue to have an enjoyable evening. No blaring music, just warm friendly, subtle service. They dont constantly interrupt your conversationt o ask if you are enjoying your experience, they dont have to - because their service is outstanding. The food is innovative, but simple with fresh ingredients. It is refreshhing to go a restaurant where you are not confronted with a list of ingredients . The pasta is freshly made, I nearly always go for one of their specials whether it is a pudding or main - it always surprises me !
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  • Excellent food and service
    Bruuunooo
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I took my girlfriend for an evening meal after reading the reviews about Al Duca. We were not disappointed in any way, the food and service were excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    tashkVIP
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Came here for a leaving lunch and the service was fantastic, the choice of courses was also excellent and the food itself was splendid! Will certainly come back. A big thank you to Pietro, our waiter.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dorbs
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    still one of the best buys in all of London. have been coming to this restaurant for about 20 years. never disappoints
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foody
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Service ,food,ambience was excellent, vale for money
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  • Slicknick
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Al Duca is an excellent restaurant, the service, quality of food & choice of wine are all first class.
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winno
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Always reliable, good service and good food. A favourite of mine. Had dinner there last Saturday at 22h00 and nobody rushed us.
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  • Excellent Italian in Mayfair
    Anopheles5050VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had a business lunch on a Saturday, so the restaurant was quite quiet for an Italian. They open up the picture windows on to Duke of York Street when it is hot and this gives a nice al fresco feel. Service is attentive and friendly. Dishes are well presented. We had salad as a starter, very nice fresh ingredients. Salmon steak was nicely done and generous portions with well cooked beans. Wine list has a nice range by-the-glass and the staff are good at helping with the most appropriate ones for the dishes selected. Overall a good and reasonable stand-by in what can be a very expensive part of London.
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  • Polophil
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great pasta and very friendly and attentive staff on top of relaxed atmosphere
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  • Silverlegend
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I had not been here for over five years and was delighted that my memory was not deceiving me and that it was still as good as ever. Charming, attentive staff, delightful ambience, great to sit outside on a hot Summer's night and enjoy superb food and wine at realistic prices for a Restaurant of this standard and in central London. Great!!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Great Italian food
    Michelle
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our table was for 5:30 as we were going to the theatre - the restaurant was quiet when we arrived (it soon got busy) The staff were friendly. The food was excellent (the calves liver very very good) and reasonably priced. We'll definite visit again
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  • Overrated!
    OnMyLeavingDo
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    I thought I'd try this restaurant out after seeing quite a good few reviews, but either those people were on drugs when writing it or I was very unlucky! The restaurant looks nice, with a friendly service but the food was pretty average. They seemed to use more oil in their pasta than a Indian curry house - which meant I ended up leaving quite a bit at the end, which is never the case for me usually. We asked for butter 3 times for the bread, but it never arrived. Value for money - paying way too much for something that wasn't tasty.
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  • Special Occasions
    emt23
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    It was my boyfriends birthday and we came to London for the weekend and I'd booked al duca after seeing all the good reviews and my god am I glad I did! We both loved it! Service is attentive without being intrusive and the food is great, scallops cooked to perfection as were our steaks. I put in a special request asking them to do a little something as it was my boyfriends birthday to make it special and at the end of our meal they came out singing happy birthday and presented him with ice cream and both of us with a lemon sherbert drink, it was so nice of them as they didn't really have to do anything. Definitely recommended by both of us!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    Sergio
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    Al Ducca offers avery good Italian food at a reasonable price. Excellent wine list and perfect service.
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    business meals, disabled access, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Very pleased
    Jimjam
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Very pleased with our visit to Al Duca. We wanted an early table (5 .00pm) as we were going on to an evening event. Food delicious and service excellent though restaurant was empty due to the timing. Aircon was very effective on the hottest day of the year. We both had 2 courses and a couple of drinks. Had visited before and would definitely use again. Restaurant located just off Jermyn Street in West End.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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