Stef's Italian
Stef's Italian

Stef's Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.stefsitalian.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02030731041
  • 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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Stef's Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since 3 June 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.9
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (69)group bookings (46)outstanding value (46)special occasions (35)business meals (26)fit for foodies (23)romance (20)good vegetarian options (19)sunday lunch (9)child friendly (8)brunch (6)disabled access (2)afternoon tea (2)outdoor eating (1)Show More
  • Slightly disappointing
    Charlie3003
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    I has eaten twice before at Stef's so I was really looking forward to a Friday evening catch up with three friends over some good food. One waited recognised me and greeted me so it was a good start. Sadly that didn't last. It took ages for anyone to take our drinks order and when we ordered apple juice the waited brought orange juice. Again it took ages to take our starter and mains orders. A friend ordered fettuccine and I ordered Linguine. We both got spaghetti. We spoke to Stef himself expecting an apology but all he could say was 'they are all the same. It's just pasta'. We were pretty gobsmacked at his response. I can't imagine anything worse to come out of an Italian restaurant owner's mouth. It showed he just didn't care.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Great for a pre-theatre dinner
    EmmaMVIP
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Can't really go wrong with Italian food and this restaurant was basic but lovely. Great option for a pre-theatre dinner as we were doing due to its proximity to the theatres of London.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Dinner at Stefs
    AandS
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The service was friendly. We arrived half an hour before two coach loads of hen parties so it started quiet then was very noisy but a nice atmosphere. My friend and I had the 16.95 two course menu. The food was good but not outstanding but good value for money.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • a great meal
    Dave
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Three of us dined on saturday evening. when we arrived the restaurant was quiet, but this was the lull before the storm! The Maitre'D advised us to get our order in as a couple of parties were due. he was not joking. soon two hen parties came in and the noise was incredible. despite the restaurant soon being full, following the arrival of 20 or so students, the staff were attentive ans the food can only be described as excellent. With the number of diners, we could have been overlooked but the Maitre'D kept tight control of his staff and we had a very good meal. The only thing that would have improved the evening would have been complimentary ear defenders. we will be back. no question.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    LondonRed
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We had a lovely evening and our waiter was particularly friendly. The food was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok for a quick lunch
    zagazig33
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    went to Stef's Italian for a late lunch on Saturday. Restaurant was not busy which was lucky as one of our party was quite late and we sat over drinks for a while. Food was substantial - not fine dining but an adequate meal - everyone enjoyed their food and said it was tasty. Service was a bit hit and miss - again we were not in a hurry so it was fine for us. Atmosphere was more of a cafe style than restaurant - I guess a local eatery for people working nearby who want to come in and grab a quick lunch. When we were leaving the staff were sitting down to their own lunch - from Nandos next door! Doesnt inspire their confidence in the kitchen!!
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  • Lovely atmosphere and good value
    Lucy
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    We had great service here. The waiters were very attentive and the food was lovely. We had the two course set menu deal which was great value. Would definately go again.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 16th August 2014 Pre-theatre meal
    JCMillHillNW7
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still stunning!
    VSN276
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Faulty Towers opens a restaurant.
    LondonGirl
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    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.
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  • birthday dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Good food and atmosphere, friendly staff. All of us enjoyed ourselves.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Great Service
    Dazediva
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Back Again
    woodyVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    HB77
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast and cheap
    SS1980
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Pleasant staff, reasonable food, great value and location. Really considerate with getting food out quickly as we had a theatre booking.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Nice place for a lunch meeting
    LondonFoodie12
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    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!
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    business meals
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  • Post theatre & birthday
    Cazzie
    Dined on 17/5/2014
    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 .
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Poor quality set meal
    Tots
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent food and lovely ambience
    Angel
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barband
    barband
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good value with excellent food and service would recommend
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal
    Jojo
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    artzblond
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    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.
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    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Amazing italian!
    AdrianaBT
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, aweful free drink
    Usuallyluv2dine
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    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.
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  • Good value
    Lizzy56
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had the set meal with Bellini. Good portions ,tasty food. Friendly service. Would recommend
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad service
    Bexwix
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food. Good Value
    Gilly
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    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.
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    outstanding value
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  • Good everyday food
    Ecat
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Pleasant service, but a very busy restaurant. Food was fine, nothing special but enjoyable and good value with the offers from the set menu.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable experience and good value
    snakehips
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed!
    rojobo
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    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.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly
    BigNightOut
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    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.
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value for money
    Janla
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Singin' Birthday Party
    shybirthdayboy
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    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!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food, poor atmosphere
    mdining
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    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!
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  • Genuine Italian gem...
    Marina183VIP
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    Great food. buzzy atmosphere, and fantastic friendly service - the place was heaving on a Friday night and service was still fantastic. Would recommend strongly...
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly atmosphere & great food
    lubru
    Dined on 22/3/2014
    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!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit and just as good
    Bwanab
    Dined on 17/3/2014
    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.
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  • Perfect pre-theatre meal!
    Shorty
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent venue, location & service
    ilovemaguireVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Went here for a party with friends- great fun/friendly service and amazing value at 3 courses + half bottle of wine for £22.50!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant
    Monty3
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.