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L'Anima Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lanima.co.uk
  • Email: info@lanima.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 422 7000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11pm
    Dinner: Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
    Monday - Friday: 9am - 1am
    Saturday: 5:30pm - 1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Mazzei
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Anima
Welcome to L’Anima, London’s award winning Italian restaurant in the heart of the City. L’Anima offers the finest of contemporary Italian cooking in surroundings nothing short of sheer elegance.

Translated, L’Anima is Italian for ‘soul’. This essence has been incorporated in every detail of this charming and sophisticated restaurant and bar; from Francesco Mazzei’s innovative Italian menus and selected wine list, to the inviting interiors providing for a comfortable, intimate and memorable experience.

Francesco Mazzei uses exceptional ingredients from around Britain and Italy, interpreting dishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We had the £45 tasting menu offer and it was delicious. As a bonus, when we arrived Francesco Mazzei (the chef) was there, in the bar! Food was delicious, service really good and a great night for the 2 of us"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Staff at L'Anima were so friendly and attentive. I am vegan and everybody made a real effort to find something to eat for me and in the end I could even choose between a few dishes which never happens! The food was delicious and I would definitely go back there."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "having been on a few previous occasions I was really looking forward to dinner with friends. The food was really disappointing, with the exception of the fried courgettes which always excellent. My mixed seafood starter was okay but nothing better, my friends both had what was listed as a spicy crab starter, the crab was bland and there was certainly a lack of any spice. My veal main course was again very bland and unexciting. Bearing in mind that the bill was over £100 a head I wouldn't hurry back."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "We Loved it! Food, service, atmosphere! Everything is perfect!"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Very good atmosphere. Food was presented very well, however slightly felt rushed as courses came out quicker than expected. Service was excellent."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "We felt like having dinner out and had heard so many of my friends talking about L'Anima so decided to give it a try. The ambience is neutral with glass and white dominating the large room. We sat on a raised level, where the chairs were transparent plastic and the ladies had to put their bags on the floor as no stool or extra chair was offered. The food was standard but seemed to feature the same ingredients everywhere!!! We had the Frittura Mista to share and it had chilli jam sauce, I then had the Baccalà as a starter that once again was fried with chilli jam. Thhe pasta with courgettes and prawns was salty and lacked taste. I would recommend if you're in the area, but not to go especially as we did with such high expectations!"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "We visited L'Anima for the second time this week, for my birthday. I remembered the bright and classic restaurant with excellent service and delicious food. We were not disappointed. From the moment you walk in the staff take care of you, they even offered me a cushion for my back which at 6 months pregnant, was very much appreciated! I was sad not to enjoy their delicious cocktails and wine but settled for a mock-tail which was lovely. The Octopus was a rich plentiful dish and the pastachina a unique and delicious starter. Our waiter was helpful and knowledgeable and advised us on the menu - necessary as most is in Italian! It is not a cheap night out but in my view, totally worth it. We will go back!!"
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "Meal was tasty. Portions for appetiser and entrée were perfect. The main very disappointing in size. This was the taster menu. I guess for £45 it wasn't too bad however walked out feeling hungry. Service was very good. The ambience was good until a big group came in and then it was too noisy. Felt like I was in a student cafeteria. Décor is good. The live music added a touch."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "I has wanted to go to L'Anima for some time but living in Cheshire never found the opportunity. We dined from a set tasting menu of four dishes. Each dish was superb , cleverly constucted an in terms of tastes and textures and executed to a very high standard. Personal favourites were the Tortelli (ricotta) and Brown Butter and hazelnuts with Aged Balsamic and the Wild Seas Bass but the Caramelised Pineapple for desert was a triumph! As ever with Italian food the key was simple , excellent ingredients allowing their taste to be the star of the plate. Attentive but unfussy service helped with the enjoyment of the evening. A very pleasant and reasonably priced bottle of Falanghina to accompany the meal worked with the menu very well. Bravo!"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "This is not a restaurant that coasts along on the warm feelings that most of us have for good Italian food. Of course the food is excellent, but every other aspect of the Anima experience has been carefully thought through too: the design of the space, the balance of the menu, and the thoughtful pace of the service. The effect of the whole reminds us of why at its best this is known as a service industry: the whole of the experience leaves you feeling that for two hours the world has been revolving around you. We look forward to returning."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Had dinner at L'Anima on Saturday evening. Cool place, excellent food, attentive staff. Tiny portions though, you may need to stop for a sandwich on the way home!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "A nice restaurant for a city business lunch. The food was pleasant and well prepared but not outstanding. It is a restaurant that serves a purpose - a classy business lunch."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on a Saturday night. Whilst not overly busy the atmosphere was lovely. It was a very nice touch to have a live singer and piano in the bar area also to add to the ambience, and the decoration is perfect. An extensive range of drinks on offer and the food was divine. Nice to go to an italian restaurant which is not just your average run of the mill type. Would highly recommend."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Wonderful, high quality restaurant suitable for both business and personal occasions"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "4th or 5th time I have been there and never disappointed. Both I and my guest had excellent meals, that were very well presented, excellent taste combinations and good sized portions. Not cheap, but you really get what you pay for. Service very good. £130 for two excluding wine."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "L'Anima was a very pleasant surprise - great food, great ambience and very friendly and helpful staff. The bergamot soufflé was a hit!"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "I booked L'Anima restaurant for a business dinner with clients. I am very impressed with the restaurant, the food and the service. I highly recommend the FRITTO MISTO on the starter menu. The live music (pianist) playing in the bar was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant"
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Lacks a certain something. Felt rushed at times early on in the meal (on a quiet Saturday) & service at times strayed into intrusive. Decent enough but won't be rushing back."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "High quality Italian food combined with attentive staff; due to location mainly visited by bankers and city workers"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Everything great in this Italian restaurant: it's pricey but you get what you pay for. Try "tagliata in black scotch", one of the most spectacular meat dishes I have ever tried"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Thought the food was good bordering on very good. Had the octopus followed by fillet steak thinly sliced and perfectly cooked. My colleague had peppers then a beautiful pork belly. Minor issues, firstly very expensive at £272 for 2 and only had 2 courses Beware of the wine prices, around 1000 % mark up in wholesale price. Secondly the roasts are simply fat chips and should be advertised as so. Overall though an enjoyable experience but not one for the hard of hearing."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "L'anima offre una equilibrata reinterpretazione della cucina tipica del territorio (calabro): la qualita' della materia utilizzata e la sobrieta' negli abbinamenti si combinano e danno vita ad ottime pietanze. L'ambiente e' elegante ma non pretenzioso, il servizio buono ma migliorabile. Buona la lista dei vini, nella quale pero' sorprende la scarsa offerta di vini calabresi: tra i rossi mancano marchi storici del territorio, come Librandi e Odoardi. In sintesi: ottimo ristorante, ci tornero' volentieri."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "I've been here for lunch, when the restaurant was buzzing and packed. Food was excellent, as it was the previous time, but unfortunately there were only 4 tables booked. Music in the empty bar was loud, and slightly disturbing during dinner. I would recommend L'Anima, for lunch though, because the food is excellent and the ambiance is great during the day time."
    dined on 10/03/2014
  • "excellent food and interior - high class minimalism."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Second time going there for their cocktails. Totally love the ambience and their selection of food and drinks. Staffs are very attentive and polite too. Thumbs up!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Great food which rekindles all the memories of the great meals one has when in Italy. This place is not cheap but the pasta flavours and texture are hard to find in London. Wine list is great and offers some value choices as well as real rare classics! The only things you can fault is the ambience lacks character but is partly its location in the city I think. Overall great bar for pre drinks which gets buzzy and the restaurant has top notch food with the pasta and josper grill as the standouts."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "The reason to visit is for the fantastic handmade pasta and unusual italian wines. Excellent lunch, made better by seeing the chef in action in the windows to the kitchen. It needs to fill to get atmosphere though."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant for the special occasion of San Valantine's day. The food experience is amazing and worth the price. Go there if you want to surprise someone. Definitely recommended."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "what a great overall time. The staff, the venue, all great"
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "It was my first time to L'Anima. It was empty so there was no ambience but I didn't mind that much as the food was very tasty. The portions were very small and the prices high so I may not return for a while."
    dined on 03/02/2014
  • "I was part of a party of 4 - we all ordered our starters and mains and some sparkling water. The starters came out - beautifully presented and very tasty. I ordered the deep fried seafood (fritto miso) - this was a massive starter but thoroughly enjoyed. The main course were well presented - 3 of us had the sea bass and the 4th the steak. The fish portions were smaller than i would have liked but the taste was quite lovely. The ambience of the restaurant was loud abnd busy, not brilliant if you want to have quiet conversations or a romantic meal. Our clients were impressed with the meal and i have to say the food and service was great - i have seen feedback saying otherwise but all in all this was a very pleasant lunch and i will go again."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "We have eaten at Anima before but had not been for a while. This is undoubtedly the best Italian in the City. My Burrata starter was outstanding and the crab pasta was as good as ever. The wine list stands out for its regional Italian wines. All in all a very good meal. Anima has a lively bar which is fun to go to after dinner, but diners are not disturbed due to the glass partition."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant - decor, ambience, space, impeccable service...WOW! A long, late lunch at L'Anima for my best friend's birthday and what an experience! Excellent wine choice by the sommelier, exquisite spicy crab linguine starter, my sea bass melted in the mouth and finished off with a coffee martini! Cant wait to come back"
    dined on 09/01/2014
  • "Exellent food and service as I have come to expect, pasta was perfectly served 'al dente'. Always a winner for an excellent business luncg,"
    dined on 23/01/2014
  • "Been to l'anima a quite a few times and it's always a great experience, food is excellent, the wines are fantastic, service is brilliant. It's an experience in its self, to arrive at l'anima, you have a few drinks at the bar and when ready you seat at the table for an evening of of indulgiance."
    dined on 23/01/2014
  • "delicios food tonno cotto wonderful.Even my french client was impressed .This is a serious restaurant for serious foodies."
    dined on 17/07/2013
  • "Good ambiance but overpriced. Food was good but nothing special. My medium tuna was served well done."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "This place is simply stunning to look at, as is the food. But what overwhelms all of that is the presentation and taste of the dishes. The mushroom pasta with black truffle was amazing, as was the signature beef dish which, although a little pricey, was outstanding. I'm very much looking forward to trying some other options on the menu in the coming months."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "I had the most exquisite starter of crab and apple, worth the visit for this alone. Lovely tuna too."
    dined on 14/01/2014
  • "Staff attentive and knowledgable, food delectable, cocktails exquisite."
    dined on 16/07/2013