Al Duca

4.3
1194 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Lunch
  • Authentic
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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Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 4 April 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-19:30 21:30-22:30
Sat 17:00-18:00

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you want a reasonable, predictable italian meal, served quickly and (by comparison to nearby rivals) cheaply this will fit the bill. A good choice for a business meal, pre-theatre etc. Service coulf improve as could more or les everything ( its a bit tired) but I have no specific negative comments. What you see is what you get.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a delightful family run, genuine Italian restaurant in the heart of Mayfair. The food is first class and moderately priced for the area and the wine list is extensive classic Italian wine. The serving staff are warm and friendly and its almost like dining at a friends house

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This used to be a favourite of mine and I stopped going because of a not-great experience, but I thought I would try it again last night to entertain business colleagues over from China.

Mistake! The food is nice enough; not outstanding but fair for the price. Unfortunately the service was embarrassing. Everyone was very polite; just REALLY slow. There was an an excruciatingly long wait between the starters and the main course, compounded by five of the six dishes coming together and then a pause whilst the guest of honour sat with an empty space in front of him snd the rest of our food cooled down.

Whilst a verbal nudge elicited some apology there was little communication from the waiting staff, and as our table was on their route to the kitchen, a remarkable lack of willingness to have any eye contact.

Perhaps if you go when the restaurant is only half full and the waiting staff and kitchen are better able to cope then you might have a better experience. Unfortunately having been let down twice I will not be returning.

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t
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Pasta is too salty, veal Milanese is basically 70% breadcrumbs, disappointing experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Reasonably priced. Would recommend and visit again

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R
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very welcoming, knowledgable and helpful, in helping select the wine and in explaining the precise nature of some of the dishes. The chef was accommodating in modifying certain dishes to individual requests.

As unassuming establishment where the quality of the food presented was high and the range of Italian wines on offer was unusually well curated in terms of price, grape varietals and geography.

Well worth a visit

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very good and staff very friendly. Everything that we ordered to eat was melt in the mouth amazing. Would defiantly recommend and will be back very soon

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very dependable and genuine Italian, friendly service, one of the best in Town!

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SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, served by friendly and enthusiastic people - a long term favourite !

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FT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at this restaurant 7 times in the last 2 years and have never been disappointed with the food or service. I visit London 3 or 4 times a year and almost always have a meal with friends or family at Al Duca. I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner. The staff are polite and friendly and the food is good. The service is excellent but not intrusive.

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TB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took an Italian to Al Duca and he was very happy. What more could you say! It's authentic Italian with very good good, good value, and charming staff.

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food at this restaurant was great, however the ambiance was extremely loud. I ate with family members and we basically stopped talking to each other because it was such a strain to hear or speak.

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TB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a charming Italian restaurant in the heart of St. James's. The service is excellent and the staff absolutely charming. Excellent pastas, very good starters, and some delicious meat dishes as well, and all so reasonably priced. And a nice touch...my friend with whom I was dining left an item by the table and one of the waiters came running down the street with it afterwards - how often would that happen?

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JG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al Duca is consistently good and makes a perfect venue for a casual meal or a romantic evening. The staff are always super friendly and efficient and the food is great. It’s our go to restaurant and we are always happy to introduce it to other people!

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S
London
21 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The welcome was wonderful, the espresso martini great. Unfortunately the main course was disappointing, my truffle pasta had no aroma of truffle, and was over salted, as were a side of sauteed potatoes that my dining companion ordered. It was such a shame, the staff were wonderful

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ML
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great quality food but the portion size on the large past dishes could be a little larger. Also side plates for the bread basket would be preferred.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the food but something is missing, it felt liked serving us was too much effort for some of the staff.

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e
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and delicious. Would definitely recommend and go again.

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DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent menu, tasty and well presented courses

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful pre-theatre dinner here! Tagliatelle special with white ragout, risotto with asparagus, carpaccio appetizer, and panna cotta were all outstanding!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent service

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been going to Al Duca for at least the last 16 years (they have their 20th birthday this year). In all that time I have only had one disappointing meal.

This one was right up to their usual high standard.

One worry, this was a Saturday night but it was not very busy. I hope this was just a blip!

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RA
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Decent food in central location that doesn't disappoint.

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CH
Buckinghamshire
9 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly welcome and very good service.Beautifully cooked calves liver with very reasonably priced glasses of red wine.
This restaurant is unpretentious and serves good Italian food in a very convenient WestEnd location.

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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and no regret to have choosen it.
Very kind and smilling people

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TB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really delightful Italian restaurant in the heart of St. James's. Great atmosphere, charming staff, especially the maitre d' Salvatore. Very good value and classic Italian food.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food and attentive service with a quiet atmosphere.

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H
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good evening with family from different parts of Uk and France.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful authentic Italian meal. Great for pre-theatre. The gluten free options are extensive and Matteo was a charming host!

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NM
London
26 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al Duca never disappoints - a wonderfully authentic Sicilian family style restaurant in the heart of StJames.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I have entertained at Al Duca on numerous occasions over the years. Unfortunately, and sadly, on this occasion they let themselves down badly by having insufficient staff on duty resulting in poor service and a very wired and rubbery chicken main dish. I was particularly saddened as I was with a friend who has recently returned to the UK from abroad and whom I hadn’t seen for some time.

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OB
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We arrived about 50 minutes ahead of our booking time. The restaurant was almost empty, but we did not get a feeling that the staff was pleased to see us.
However, the food was good, the service quick and friendly, the price affordable.
We were the only guests, so the noise level was low, but in a busy time it can be different.
On the whole, it was a good experience, and I would recommend this place.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant in an excellent London location

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DD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and impeccable service. We loved Al Duca. The ingredients were so fresh - we really enjoyed dinner - from the crab tagliatelle to the tiramisu. And every one of our service people was attentive and charming. We will be back!

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although I told them about our companions nut allergy they didn’t know about it and were not clued up on what had or did not contain nuts so no soft cheese or puddings .Having said that she was safe so happy days

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - disappointed I had to point out we booked online and had 20 % off - restaurant should have known as they mentioned the booking on entrance .

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as usual
Ambiance great
Perceptive and attentive staff
Great location
Excellent food

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n
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were looking for.Excellent food perfectly prepared and presented by congenial staff.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Regular annual haunt for past 4 years following an AGM nearby. This year was one if the best so far. Notable was capaccio, liver, all fish mains, crab linguini. Good Italian service too .....

Unhestatingly recommend.

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