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Stef's Italian
Stef's Italian

Stef's Italian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stefsitalian.co.uk
  • Phone: 0203 073 1041
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 10am - 4pm
    Tuesday: 10am - 10:30pm
    Wednesday: 10am - 10:30pm
    Thursday: 10am - 10:30pm
    Friday: 10am - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 12am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francesco Berlucci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Equal distance from Oxford Circus Tube and Tottenham Court Road Tube 5 mins walk from either!
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Stef's Italian
Named after its friendly owner, Stef’s is a family-run Italian eatery in the heart of the London’s West End. The atmosphere is laid-back and unpretentious, allowing the first class food and wine to speak for itself. The menu is traditional and extensive, full of Italian classics like Gamberoni Diavola and Bistecca di Manzo with a brandy, cream and three peppercorn sauce. There’s a pasta to please everyone and the kids will love the authentic thin-crust pizzas. Situated just off Oxford Street, Stef’s is the perfect place to linger over lunch or enjoy dinner before a night out in nearby Soho.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant and one of the best value for money places in London. this was the third time we have been there and the fiends we were with said how much the enjoyed it. It's large enough for a group but also comfortable for just a couple.We will definitely be going back"
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "We are regular visitors to Stef's over the years, and its very high standards are being maintained. Owner Stef was off looking for Chuck Berry in the Pyramids, but left this busy, fun Italian restaurant in the hands of his charismatic, friendly and enthusiastic staff. Great food and wine as ever!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Stef's after reading the reviews on OpenTable but I was very dissapointed. Our guest arrived before we did and was not greeted as she walked in. She had to chase down a waiter to help her find our table. After we had all arrived we had to ask for menus...ask to order drinks...ask to order food...after 45 minutes we asked where our drinks were....then after an hour our food arrived before our drinks. Terrible servcie and I will never be going back there."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Good food and atmosphere, friendly staff. All of us enjoyed ourselves."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Went there on a Saturday afternoon and luckily there was some outdoor seating available. Generous size portions of food that had the real taste of Italy ! Service staff were friendly and willing to make adjustments on our pre-set menu which was really left a good impression Will definitely go back !"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Three of us girls came here about a year ago with a theatre deal. We loved it so much that we vowed to go back again. The staff are really friendly and the food is great what more do you want?"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Seated at a table for 2 when there were 3 people booked. TV on the football which seemed to be distracting the waiting staff. Despite the average service received, we had a lovely meal, the food was delicious and reasonably priced."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Pleasant staff, reasonable food, great value and location. Really considerate with getting food out quickly as we had a theatre booking."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "Stef's is a great place in central London for a lunch meeting as it always seems to be quiet enough to hold a conversation (a rarity near Oxford Street!). Only disappointment was that they didn't bother to let OpenTable know that I had arrived for my booking leading to a lengthy back and forth with the OpenTable support team to get my 'missed booking' flag removed!"
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Initially chosen as close to theatre, had 'special deals' & looked as though it would accommodate 7 lovely ladies cuisine tastes, particularly with a Bellini/spritzer included. However, a wonderful welcome, asked whose birthday (mine) sat near window which was probably less noisey than further down. We went from the 2 courses offer to the 3 including wine as menu was tempting and good value, set menu was perfect for us, although a la carte looks good too. Good friendly service, delicious food. Comfortable seating. Downstairs to loos. Pretty good house wine. Ice cream & candle 'happy birthday' surprise ;) . Fairly modern rather than rustic Italian. Will definitely recommend it and go again. Thank you to the staff ."
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "We went for the 3 courses and half a bottle of wine for £23 which seemed too good to be true - it was! We had to ask for our first bottle of wine - twice - and when they brought over our third half bottle, it was a completely different type....and not pleasant. The restaurant was half empty so there were no excuses for poor or slow service. The mussels were gritty and the pork chewy. They tried very hard to persuade us to eat from the main menu and said 'you get what you pay for'. Too true. That said, the staff were friendly but I'm sorry, I wouldn't return. "
    dined on 16/05/2014
  • "We took up their special 2 course offer + prosecco for a ladies night. Food was excellent - really good vegetarian options plus seafood was delicious too. Very nice service. Won't be our last time for sure and most happy to recommend. Still dream of their goats cheese pasta dish! "
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "Very good value with excellent food and service would recommend"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "We had the three course set menu deal with half a bottle of wine which was excellent value. The set menu options were good and the food was even better. The staff were attentive but not intrusive and we would definitely visit again."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "Mussels to start were in a tasty sauce, baked cod was served on a generous bed of mash with green beans (no sneaky charges for sides!), dessert of amaretto panocotta was very rich but also delicious. At £22.95 with a half bottle of wine, you couldn't quibble. Surprisingly central and not jam packed - even on a rainy Friday. "
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "We went for a meal with family and friends and it was amazing. The service was superb and the food was really really nice and good portions! We all left full and happy! "
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "The food here was very good and all but one of the meals we ordered we were impressed with. The free peach Bellini, however, was absolutely disgusting and all four of us tasted something strange about it, it tasted completely off. We did not drink these but otherwise we had a lovely evening."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "We had the set meal with Bellini. Good portions ,tasty food. Friendly service. Would recommend"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "I met 4 friends here for dinner and we loved the round table which made chatting easy. Nice ambience, and the food was good. We had the three courses for 22.50 deal. The salmon pasta was excellent, really smoky. The calamari was rubbery - the bruschetta starter looked ok. We waited literally 40 minutes for the waiter to come over. We asked four times for water before we got any. At one point I signalled to the waiter and he literally threw his hands in the air with some wine glasses as if to say 'I'm too busy for this!' They were nice when they had time for us but we waited a very long time between courses which was ok for us as we were after a place to hang out and chat but I wouldn't come here for a quick bite or pre theatre!"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Booked a top table deal which was excellent. My companion visited the week before with the same deal so she knew what to expect. The staff were friendly and the service was efficient and fun. Would definitely return."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Pleasant service, but a very busy restaurant. Food was fine, nothing special but enjoyable and good value with the offers from the set menu."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Booked for the 2 course + belini cocktail £15.95. The staff were very friendly and the food was lovely. Had to remind the waiter about the coctails after we had got out main courses and a bottle of wine. Would have been nicer to have had the coctail first or even with the starter. Would eat there again and recommend to friends"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "First time visiting Stef's on Sat 29/03 for a friend's birthday. Booked for a group of 6. Checked the reviews on Top Table and am pleased that they were spot on. The food was great and the restaurant had a relaxed and modern feel with nice lighting. Plenty of space between the tables, comfortable and very clean. Waiters took time time to chat and were attentive and pleasant. We were not rushed. The set menu for £22.95 (incl. half bottle of wine) was extremely good value for money. We each ended up paying a total of £30 which included extra drinks and service; everyone at our table agreed that this was great value for a meal out in London on a Saturday night. Will definitely go back."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Great night at Stef's - treated very well (including by Stef himself) in spite of the restaurant being so busy. Pizza absolutely delicious. Very good value for central London - go for a relaxed night with friends."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "There were 4 of us in our party and had booked for 7.30 however went to the restaurant at 6.00pm and they kindly accomodated an earlier table request with no problem at all. We had the fixed 3 course menu with wine. The food was excellent and didn't feel like it was an offer as the food was off the main menu. The wine was very nice, not just plonk! Only one criticism was that we ordered some bread and oil which they forgot but as soon as they realised they were very apologetic and we had it straight away, The staff were very friendly and really added to the whole experience. Try the Mango Panna Cota, gorgeous ! Would definitley go again."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday with a group of friends at Stef's and it turned out to be a memorable experience. The staff were friendly and attentative, the restaurant has a nice ambience (although it was very warm inside) and the food was delicious. About a 10 minute walk from Oxford Circus the location is good too. When they brought out the cake that a friend had arranged, the happy birthday song was played over the speakers and the whole restaurant joined in, making it slightly embarrassing lol. Thank you for making my celebration that extra special!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "The food was really nice, especially the squid starter & tirimasu dessert, which was a great portion size. The wine that accompanied the meal was good. However, the restaurant was packed & incredibly loud- I had to shout to get myself heard. The tables were too close together. It's a shame as when I had dined there a few years ago it was a nice, quiet place to visit- I guess that's what happen when there are food deals!"
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Great food. buzzy atmosphere, and fantastic friendly service - the place was heaving on a Friday night and service was still fantastic. Would recommend strongly..."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "once again stef's haven't disappointed, with some great dishes, reasonable prices and very warm reception from staff...great evening out, to be repeated!"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "I booked this at short notice for a business lunch. The range of food choice, standard of cooking and presentation and portion sizes were as well judged as on my first visit, but this time the service was much more attentive. All round a good experience."
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "As we didnt want the hassle of finding somewhere to eat last minute before a show, we looked into places to eat nearby whilst on train to London. Stefs looked a perfect option with a pre-theatre offer of 3 courses and a bottle of wine for £22.95. As it turned out, we were offered some fantastic choices on the menu. We chose a bottle of red wine that tasted sublime and every course we chose was delicious (the lobster sauce on my cod loin was simply gorgeous). The staff were very friendly and welcoming and although a first sitting, we never felt we were being rushed. All in all a perfect pre-theatre dinner that we will definitely recommend and do again!"
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Went here for a party with friends- great fun/friendly service and amazing value at 3 courses + half bottle of wine for £22.50!"
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "We had a pre-theatre meal. We arrived earlier than booked this was not a problem with them. We had booked the 3 course set meal but was given the a la carte menu as well as set menu. We choose the a la carte menu which they were perfectly fine about. Ordered our meals, food was fantastic, service fantastic and we would highly recommend this restaurant to friends. We will be going back ourselves as we had such a great evening."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Went for the 3 course top table menu. 4 choices for each dish. I enjoyed my meal as did my partner but I didn't think it was anything special. For my main course, I had chicken parmigana which was fine but I do worry when a meal I order is not as good as when I make the dish myself and unfortunately this was the case, my partner had pork loin and said it was tender and delicious. Starter of calamari (we both had) was delicious and the desserts were also good especially the tiramisiu. Service was friendly and mostly attentive.Would go again but wouldn't be in any particular rush to revisit."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed a really nice dinner date at Stef's. We used the fixed price menu and were pleased with its choices. The food that we selected was well prepared and nicely presented. The staff were attentive and friendly and, although the restaurant was busy, our food was served in an appropriately timely manner. Accordingly, we thank Rosario, Fabrizio, the chef (whom we thanked personally before we left) and the kitchen team for helping to make it a great evening for us."
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "Had a lovely meal following a theatre visit, the staff were very friendly and welcoming, even though it was late in the evening!! The food was delicious. Would recommend a visit."
    dined on 04/03/2014
  • "We booked lunch at Steff's for it's TT recommendation and convenient location just off Oxford Street. The decor and fittings are simple but effective and on the day the restaurant was busy enough to provide a pleasant atmosphere. The staff were very friendly but on several occasions it was difficult to attract their attention. The food was really good and portions extremely generous - particularly the starters. We would definitely go again and recommend it."
    dined on 04/03/2014
  • "Very good food, excellent service and value for money. Highly recommend to try Stef's. We had a brilliant time. We would go back. My friends and I had a brilliant time. Was the first time we went to Stef's. We founded by Top table. Very good choice. We recommend to book before you go. The restaurant was full all the time. Understandably we experience a friendly atmosphere, good choice of dishes, good service and value."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Good food, great service and delightful owner, plus excellent value. What more could you ask?"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "Food was fine, service was spotty. One dish was not as described on the menu and they made the ultimate mistake of arguing about it and making everyone uncomfortable. We also requested the 3 course TopTable fixed menu at booking, but then had to ask for those menus only to be told by the manager who brought them that the ala carte was much better and he didn't know why anyone wanted to do the fixed menu. We ended up spending more than £40/person, which is not exactly a good value for basic Italian food you can get anywhere."
    dined on 22/02/2014