Al Duca

4.5
1253 reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1253 People Are Saying
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RichardR
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good quality Italian restaurant with excellent wine list mainly good quality Italian wines great location and mid price for quality

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PeterL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good value- good service good food in an area of London where such restaurants are overpriced

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DavidA
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food presented with warmth.

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CharlesN
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great lunch

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EileenR
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Duca is my new place to lunch. It ticks every single box; the food is excellent, the restaurant is quiet and classy, with mercifully barely audible music, very good service, delicious wines and an extensive choice whether you are vegetarian or not. The pricesare extremely reasonable.

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vipBournemouth
London
22 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Courteous service and excellent flavours. Good choice of wine.

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MoiraG
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spinach and ricotta ravioli was the best pasta I have tasted outside of Italy. Fresh, soft and the filling was perfect. All washed down with a glass of Trebbiano - wish I could have had more, but I had to drive. The Tiramisu was perfect, not too sweet and very creamy. Bill was very reasonable. What a find! Will be back next time I visit the RA.

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KazH
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food & fantastic service in an authentic atmosphere

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Cmhf
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening and really good food. Al Duca is really back to it’s old self

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MarilynJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, very good food
Not many vegetarian options

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vipFinediners
London
72 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice small quiet restaurant with good attentive staff. Pasta is excellent. The beetroot was pickled and is not as we expected. Better. ot to have it. There could be a different starter. The burrat tomotoes qere really hard ie not ripe. There did not seem to be better options for starters.
The mains liver was excellent. Bread was good. Would have been nicer to have warm focaccia. Will go again. Lovely restaurant

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GrantMac
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant in the heart of St James, London. Nice atmosphere, excellent service and great food. The pasta and seafood were really good.

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Beacon26
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Al Duca - one of our favourite restaurants in London - for my wife’s belated birthday celebration in town. After seeing Six the Musical - also fantastic - four of us had dinner at Al Duca and from the moment we walked in to receive a warm welcome the night was fabulous. The service was prompt but not pushy the wine was excellent and the food was divine! All of the starters were magnificent - my prawns in Campari sauce were stunning - and after I braved the pasta course - another winner! - the mains were equally wonderful. My tuna was perfectly cooked and our daughter’s fiancé’s Chicken Milanese was enormous! The girls had brilliant crab pasta dishes. Really a faultless evening - thanks so much to everyone at Al Duca!

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GemSoc
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely business lunch. Food was exquisite, ambience was just right for a lunchtime. Staff were incredible and attentive at all times. I have been to Al Duca many times and would highly recommend it for lunchtime and evenings.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service, in a well-run and stylish restaurant. Set menu was very good value and the other prices were very reasonable for this part of central London. Plentiful variety of bread, biscotti with the coffee: nice to see these as included rather than extras. Wine list extensive and went beyond the usual suspects. Will return soon.

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LucyK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and staff, would definitely recommend

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JohnH
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal, with professional and friendly service in a relaxed and comfortable setting; thank you!

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Coogs
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place for lunch. Friendly staff delicious food and wine and brilliant service. Couldn’t fault it and far cheaper option than a lot of other places in the area.

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topteachSuzanne
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely lunch with wonderful food and good service. We ate at 2.30 so wasn’t full but it really didn’t matter.

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NickyD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch before the RA exhibition . Great wine

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GeorgeM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal, good service. will be back when next in London

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AprilP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a good menu.

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PatrickJ
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, attentive staff, brisk service, a reliable menu of Italian standards enthusiastically presented, sensibly priced wine, with some interesting choices - what is not to like about this Italian with a neighbourhood restaurant feel? And whilst £100 for two for a two course lunch + coffee and a glass of (good) wine each isn't the bargain of the century, it represents value when location is taken into account - just off St James's Square is pretty much prime real estate. Have been going to Al Duca since it opened, and will continue to do so

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Tasty food, really nice customer service.

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mariab
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing service, all personnel was kind, attentive and helpful in deciding what to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant ticked all my boxes of outside space not on a main road, very good food and not too pricey (in this prime location). Very happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Waiter was coughing and sneezing. Should not have been at work.

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vipcandywish
London
34 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Italian restaurant. Nice location, good food & wine and a lovely Italian touch that always makes me feel at home.

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ToniD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A good place, suitable located for a work lunch in the Piccadilly area.

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George22
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We visited Al Duca 4 and half years ago and it was fantastic and always said we would love to return one day as it was previously that good.

However this time round we couldn’t have been more disappointed. The food overall was very overpriced , which you expect in London but for the food we received was quite frankly a joke.

We both had the ribeye steak which is an insult to actual ribeye steaks. The steak was highly fatty and very flat with no taste. This was served with undercook potato wedges.

Although the restaurant was mainly empty the staff didn’t seem to care , had to asked to be served our drinks and they kept coming over to take plates away before we finished.

Overall very disappointed paying over £100 for a meal for 2 for the food and service to be very poor.

We will not be returning again.

Al Duca
Responded on 30 June 2021

Dear George, thanks for your visit at Al Duca restaurant. We are very sorry you didn't enjoy your dinner. Regarding your review we would like remind you that you had: a selection of starter (1 cured 24 months aged ham:1 carasau bread and pecorino cheese ; a dish of deep fried breaded king Prawns with mayonnaise and lime; a selection of artisan bread and two offered welcoming canape' from the Chef) £28.5 Two Rib eye steaks £50 3 glass wines £20.5 plus 12.5% serv

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SheilaP
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant away from the chaos of Piccadilly Circus. Staff
Very polite . Food well cooked and prepared fresh. Shame they’re so quiet at the moment but it was great for us.

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vipBigG
London
292 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good to sit outside on a warm, sunny day, in a reasonably quiet street. Good food and service. We would definitely visit again.

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vipHolly
London
28 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eaten here many a time but this time we went for a friend’s birthday. Food is always great. Everyone loved it, especially with the little tasty birthday treat - thank you :)

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SallyA
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit
It certainly won’t be the last
Everything from service to food was excellent!

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NatashaM
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place - a true hidden gem of Mayfair. The service, the food, the atmosphere is excellent. They leave you alone and yet are always there to help should you need their help. I had business meetings there and took my family for lunches and every time it was a sucess. Highly recmmend.

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cawfoodie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and friendly courteous staff, but I felt it was a slightly limited menu. This, however, takes nothing away away from the quality of the food, which was delicious.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently excellent food with very attentive service.

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toit66
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, well cooked, pleasantly served and conveniently near my favourite theatre, The Jermyn Street Theatre

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff!

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BeckyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went for our anniversary dinner and the restaurant was nice and well decorated, and the staff were very attentive. The starters were lacking in flavour but The mains (crab and duck pasta and meat special) were great. The tiramisu was too cold meaning the sponge was tough and the pannetone was fine. Everything was beautifully presented but overpriced, and would recommend only for the pastas and meat special.

FAQs

Al Duca offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7839 3090.

Al Duca is rated 4.5 stars by 1253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.