Acciuga

3.6
42 reviews
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Italian
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Acciuga is an Italian Restaurant where you can experience a fusion between art and food, mixing classic and modernity, which is evidenced by effortlessly and impeccably presented dishes. The main focus is on provenance and research of the finest ingredients to eventually guarantee great quality and a beautiful presentation of the dish you will be served. Our cuisine covers the culinary customs and traditions of three different regions: Liguria, the southern part of Piedmont and upper part of Tuscany, revisiting ancient recipes with modern techniques. You will be welcomed with a nice cocktail or martini before switching to a nice wine, ranging from classics to some of the finest Italian wines. Acciuga features a nice private room and it can take up to 16 people for private parties. Last but not least, at Acciuga quality is a must and we guarantee customers’ satisfaction by making everything from scratch daily, using some of the best ingredients available on the market.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Satruday lunch 12,00 - 14.30
Tuesday to Saturday dinner 19.00 - 22,00
Sunday All Day CLOSED
Monday All Day CLOSED
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Phone number
020 7603 3888
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Guglielmo Arnulfo
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Public Transit
High Street Kensington Tube station
Olympia Tube Station
Earl's Court Tube Station

Buses: 49, 9, 10, 29
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Special Events & Promotions
Tasting Menu
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Private Dining

Acciuga is a fusion between art and food, started from the Ligurian and Piedimontese regional cuisine now covers Italy throughout. It features a nice and cozy private room, perfect for business dinner and/or private parties, in its Wine Cellar and takes up to 16 people.

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food with an interesting twist - veal cooked sous vide, which made it very tender.
Interesting menu - not too overwhelming.
Lovely people - we had a good natter in Italian with them.
Difficult to judge value as we had a Groupon, but the menu seemed reasonable.
We hope to go back.

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JI
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

There seems to be an unspoken rule that the fewer the customers in a restaurant, the less attention the waiters pay to them, when they did, they were well-mannered. Odd Melanzane parmigiano had separate ingredients but quite good. Two other starters ok but again slightly odd ingredients. Main course of Osso bucco nothing special and my fish was dripping in butter but also ok. The millefeuille was not. A tub of pistachio goo with a few pastry leaves on top. Uneatable. We will not be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a terrific chef-style restaurant near Olympia, Kensington. It is family run, but feels absolutely professional. The Osso Buco was sublime. Generally speaking, when the appetizers and main courses are excellent, the desserts are wanting. This was not the case here.

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H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2015
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food can be excellent but it is variable: some dishes are put together strangely or have one piece that is a bit odd/off---the sauce, for example. The interior decorating is not quite right; the lights are super-white/cold, the dining room smells strongly of bleach, and the art work on the walls is weird. The staff try very hard and are very nice. The wine list is very good. Overall it is a strange place that tries hard but is overpriced as a result.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got in touch with Accigua to help me organise a client dinner, unfortunately it fell through but I was still very much keen to try it out myself.
I was not disappointed as the manager made myself and my friend feel incredibly welcome and kept giving us little snacks in between meals.
The portions of the meals were perfect because they were filling without making me feel full and heavy.
At the end of our meal, my friend and I were invited to an art lunch that was being hosted there.
I am very keen to go back as the service was outstanding and incredibly caring.
Almost like attending a dinner hosted by a relativr

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to taste the real Italian traditional kitchen (granny's recipes, but with a touch of uniqueness and modern taste), this is the place for you. Focaccia, pesto, delicious pasta, all cooked with fresh ingredients coming from the best food markets in town.
The place was elegant but at the same time comfy and familiar.

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is Ligurian and Piedmont based. Excellent starter and pasta true to how it should be and taste. This comment comes from a Ligurian. The chef trained in a restaurant in Genoa which has a Michelin star and one can see it in the presentation and the balanced taste.
The ambiance can be improved:too much lights, candles on the table not lit, very bright art which clashes with the architectural decor of the walls. The linen was very elegant.Just dim the light and remove the art and the restaurant is great!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2014
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Wanted to try this restaurant when it opened. We tried to get a table just by calling in but never could. Decided to book through Opentable - there weren't any options at the regular 7.30 - 8.30 time so went for a 9pm table. Very surprised to turn up at 9pm to a virtually empty restaurant to be asked if we were the ones that booked (no name required!). The lights were on full so was quite tiring to sit in such strong light. It felt like there were problems and the few tables that had people the kitchen was struggling to cope. Food not even close to the standard we were expecting. Service was very good and friendly (best part of the meal). No way we were going to risk dessert..... Got the bill and got out of there!

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G
London
13 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very good restaurant. I've been going to Liguria for almost 20 years and the food is spot on. Don't let anyone tell you different. Go to this restaurant!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2014
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The concept is interesting, but unfortunately the choice of dishes is too narrow at this restaurant, the portions are small and although well prepared, do not impress. Also, the lighting is harsh and the artwork does not seem to fit the more traditional table settings. A shame, since a more up market Italian restaurant in the neighbourhood would be welcome.

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a
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Surprisingly good, a little dear for everyday but good for special occasions.

Very quiet when we were there (a Saturday evening). I hope they do enough business to survive.

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LG
London
29 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Accuiga deserves every success. The £30 tasting menu has clearly been given much thought with ingredients sourced from Italy. The only improvement I would make is to swap one of the courses for something a bit lighter as all are quite filling, with a risotto and two pasta dishes. For someone with a bigger appetite than me though, it would be perfect. The service is excellent and very attentive, even where we were, on their one outside table. It's a shame it's a bit away from other restaurants, so not many browsers discover it as they walk past, but it's very near lovely Holland Park, so well worth coming for a combined trip. Would definitely recommend.

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i
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, outstanding presentation! I really enjoyed the mastermind idea and all the menu!

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FF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2014
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4


It was obvious that much effort went into creating the menu here and the more unusual dishes, but the choices were difficult to understand and the staff seemed to recommend everything. In the more interesting sounding dishes, many of the ingredients failed to work together; some being dominated by over richness, and others, the natural flavour being spoilt not enhanced, by another ingredient. Some of the visual presentation was grossly unappetising. (Grey sludge )
However it has to be said that the simpler more traditional dishes were good, but pricey. The wine too was pricey.
We eat out fairly frequently and enjoy all sorts of different and creative types of cooking, but sadly this evening was an expensive disappointment.

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

whilst now a buzzy place the food is the star at acciuga. great ingredients served in interesting ways. very attentive service. had 4 courses wanted to have more. will go again for sure.

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P
London
25 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very good restaurant. The prices reflect the standard of food and service.

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Acciuga was an excellent discovery. Had the tasting menu which was exceptionally good value at £30 per head. Lots of interesting little courses, all packed with flavour and beautifully presented. The service was very attentive. Deserves to be a success!

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Acciuga a Saturday evening. We had the tasting menu option for 60£ in two.
The food was awesome!! We get 5 courses each, all cooked to perfection.
.... And we are Italian so we can taste a perfect italian meal...
Overall service was great! All young guys with impeccable manners.
The home made bread was great!
The trofie al pesto were amazing and the dessert (millefoglie with pistachio) was outstanding.
We went for the wine suggestion option (30£ each) that means you get a different glass of wine for each course.
The wine was great, maybe to much for us... Overall a great experience, really suggested this hidden gem in Kensington.

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PT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were presented with the menu degustation which we did not want so asked for the menu. With an option of meat, fish or vegetable. we both started with a ravioli that was absolutely delicious. However I selected the ratatouille which was served in a warm small jar filled with tasteless wet vegetables. Quite horrendous. My co-diner ordered fish which was fine. The restaurant did remove the cost of the ratatouille. But the front part of the restaurant is a bar where coffee is made very noisily but worse than that the staff used this area to chat almost constantly. No ambience at all and poor food. Not a place I would return to.

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S
London
64 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

been here before, we keep coming back really! this time we tried the tasting menu, which we paired with the wines and found was really good, albeit maybe there was some confusion around wines order

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P
London
124 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2014
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The unique concept of a mini gallery and a restaurant is lovely! The ambience, service and particularly the wine was excellent. I'll give mixed reviews for the food. Great starter but the anchovies main course, while very well-presented was too salty.

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E
London
27 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I want to love this restaurant This is our 4th time dining, and their bread is great, especially the grissini. Pasta dishes are the best choices on the menu. The chef is talented, but at times tries to hard, especially with dessert. We had a pistachio millefieulle and an apple tarte tatin (both involved overly heavy, floury pastry) both had potential to be so much more
The veal ravioli was a highlight, the acciuga linguine was great, but served with a potato mash and brown bread (which was excellent) but I'd love my pasta carbs to stand free of any other carbs
Starters of breaded anchovies were tasty, but dry. The starter portions when part of a menu are all way too big, which is a shame.

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S
London
64 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

beenhere before, the menu changes very frequently and is always good, albeit sometimes the dihes are more "british" than you would expect

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L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a great experience, really nice food and staff. Varied menu different areas of Italy. The team was quite attentive and friendly during the meal.

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d
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2013
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good indeed. The service was good , but a bit amateur.

The restaurant had only three tables filled, but it was aTuesday night.

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B
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was the second time at this restaurant that open few month ago only and we enjoyed it. The food is excellent at a very good value. good service and very nice staff. We will certainly come back.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love this restaurant . The chef is excellent and the manager is lovely as well as the male waiters. Will definitely go back.

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AD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2013
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

the food was quite good: monkfish tagliolini and veal dishes (odd veal accompaniment: slices of raw apples) from early dinner options, reasonable value; breaded anchovies and pork dish from a la carte well prepared and tasty (pretty expensive). Side dishes pricey at £5 for small dish of veg. Service laughable, the waiter took order 3 times. Asked for wine recommendation waiter said OK went away. Next thing girl appears with a bottle and without any explanation/discussion on wine being proposed pours into our glasses to taste. So potential Yes, dishes were well prepared, tasty, but erratic service, rather over-priced.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2013
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The most delicious things we ate were the two amuse-bouches. The tiramisu one was so good that the zabaglione with chocolate that I'd ordered seemed too much and too sickly. We ordered wine by the glass - and watched the waitress pour the two smallest glasses we'd ever seen. When we exclaimed at the smallness, the waitress shrugged and said 'I am not the boss.' The boss needs to rethink that unedifyingly mean little policy.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2013
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Great Pasta, but main courses need to be worked on.
Our Seafood dish was not cooked, After it was returned, the taste of the grit was too much! It was not eatable.
We were not charged for it but that is not the point.

It a shame because the bread and the pasta were fantastic!!! The best we have had outside Italy!
Great place to come and eat pasta.

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S
London
64 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I have been looking for a good non-traditional Italian restaurant in the neighborhood and Acciuga has finally opened. The menu is seasonal (there was a lot of pumpkin in ours), I loved the pumpkin cappuccino! the ambience is elegant, albeit it could do with some more cosiness and the waiters are very nice - I need nothing more!

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2013
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a nice evening, but the food was disappointing. Deep fried anchovies sounded exciting, but were just that - anchovies which had been breaded and deep fried. OK but no more. The real disappointment was the 'Basil Pie'. Two rectangles of something vegetarian with a vague taste of basil, all alone on the plate. We agreed they were a bit like fish cakes without the fish, and pretty boring.

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2013
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

thought we would give this a go as it is our local and encouraged by Gill's review. the whole experience really surreal.. first obstacle was managing to get an order in with the friendly but quite disorganised waiter with a very short attention span and little English.. who repeatedly left the table as we were trying to give him our order...not helped by the sad fact that even though we were the first in the restaurant he returned from one of his forays to say our choice not available. two of us had the transparent ravioli [difficult to tell from the menu what it might actually be] which looked like someone had put the kitekat under a saucer for a night and flattened it into a jellied cold concoction. quite awful and inedible and expensive.

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MU
London
32 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Italian place in HSK.
Food choices are very peculiar and accurate. Do not expect the usual.
Stuffed zucchini's flowers are delicious and that is just a starter...

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AI
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there with my wife and a friend for dinner. The place is not big but very cosy. The table are well spaced out. The menu is very interesting, changing every week according to seasonal produce.

The chef is very original as he creates very nice dishes based on traditional italian regional recipes with a good twist.

Pastas are all hand made and very tasty, yet light.

One of the best dishes we tried is the Fried Acciughe (anchovies) which come with a fresh tomato sauce. Really interesting.

Very good and original wine list with some reasonably priced regional wines from Piedmont, Liguria and Tuscany.

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CS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Ligurian food and went for lunch. The food was delicious with wonderful flavours, in very pleasant surroundings and waited on by delightful staff. We chose from he set menu which offered good choices and was very good value.

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GK
London
31 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The taxi missed this gem of a restaurant - in the same parade of shops as the Persian speciality food shop - but the owner/manager was outside to meet us and gave us a warm welcome despite our being late - the food was amazing - very light Fiori di zucchini which arrived like croquettes but incredibly tasty and not at all heavy. Trofie with pesto was also very good and perfectly made. The vegetable pies were again incredibly light and almost soufflé-like. We would certainly return.

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m
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for a quiet relaxed lunch, prix fixe, two courses and a bottle of lovely
Ligourian vermentino. Good food, All the fish dishes were superb, Desserts did
not sound tempting enough, very accomplished cooking and service

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G
London
24 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2013
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

2 of us went for lunch on a Friday and were half the clientele! A real shame.
Delicious food - very authentic Italian, beautifully presented and really tasty. Excellent service. Wonderful bread basket which was topped up a few times. Very interesting wine list.Delicious chocolates with coffee.
Will definitely go again, and hope that they are busier.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2013
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food at Acciuga is excellent, in particular the lasagne and the pesto pasta! A lot of thought has gone into the menu, there is a monthly change on a lot of the dishes which is a great idea. On the downside, the service is slow, not so much in the time it takes to wait between courses but we were clearly finished for a good 10 minutes before anyone came to take our plates away, it was early so the restaurant was quiet. It then took another 5 minutes to get the bill then another 5 to get the credit card machine. The decor in the restaurant is lovely although the lighting is a little dark/cold. Overall, I'd recommend Acciuga, they have just opened so hopefully they will iron out any minor issues.

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