Bocca Di Lupo

4.6
1821 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Authentic
Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened Bocca di Lupo in November 2008. The restaurant has since received various awards and accolades for its stripped-down, honest regional Italian cuisine. Despite the buzzy feel and glamourous surroundings, we are a family business, a small and humble trattoria at heart.

We specialise in the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions. If we can make something ourselves, we do - gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda, and pasta of course - the rest is carefully sourced from Italy. A selection of Italian wines and home-made and imported foods is available for delivery, along with our famous gelato, from Gelupo.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch:


Monday-Sunday 12:00-15:00


Dinner:


Monday - Saturday: 17:15-23:00
Sunday 17:15-21:30
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Phone number
020 7734 2223
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jacob Kenedy
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Catering
Bespoke off-site catering is available on request - email events@boccadilupo.com.
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Public Transit
We are one minute's walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station, and a myriad of bus stops. You'll find us on Archer Street, just behind the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

Our Remus Room is a warm and sumptuous setting for any party. It can accommodate twelve to thirty two persons seated, fifty standing, and is always served by its own chef in a dedicated, adjacent kitchen.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

If you want to know where to find the best Italian food in Soho is, it’s at Bocca di Lupo.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1821 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mega. Really

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good place for the ambience and the food. The service was also excellent. True Italian with a difference!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too noisy. Impossible to talk with my family at the table. We left very quickly

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

Brilliant meal again on the chefs counter and so nice to see familiar faces in the kitchen after a year. We will return when we can.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a totally fanatstic lunch at Bocca di Luo. As usual service was impeccable - friendly, warm, knowledgeable, professional, attentive. We kicked off with perfect, punchy Negronis. The food was exceptional, in particular the agnolotti de plin which was a stuffed pasta in a sublime butter and cheese sauce. Always satisfying I would say this restaurant ranks with Barrafina as being among the top two in Soho.

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Dorset
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointed to be told that our reservation wpuld mean our having to sut at the chef's table, i.e. bar, but it turned out to be very entertaining despite the jostling from passing waiting staff and diners. Interesting menu, well cooked food and good wines. I can recommend the milk-free espresso gelato if you don't fancy or haven't got time for a full dessert. A little pricey for what you get but probably worth it at least once in a while.

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Surrey
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent here.

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M
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and well prepared, interesting choices and a separate list to accommodate any food allergies which was extremely helpful.

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t
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food at good prices. Arrival experience is a little odd - there's no one to greet you at the door so you kind of have to make your own way into the restaurant which is a strange experience. Aside from that I would definitely recommend it.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Not accommodating. Horrible menu. Didn’t get what I ordered.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bocca Di Lupo! Food is so delicious, amazing experience wherever you sit!

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M
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tapas, great atmosphere. Look forward to our next visit

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SP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding. The staff are very friendly and nothing to fault. I would go back again and again.

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y
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I live in San Francisco and we have quite a few great Italian Restaurants BUT this place is my favorite Italian place in the world, whenever I come to London, I make a point to do dinner at this place, every dish on the menu is perfect. Great job!!!

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Berkshire
79 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been to Bocca di Lupo and had forgotten how great this place is. Went on Sunday and had a table for 2. Atmosphere is great - a busy, bustling restaurant with the kitchen on display especially if you are sitting at the bar. Service was spot on and the food was really good. You can have small plates or large ones, so it's completely up to you. We had the squash risotto and the tuna salad to start off with - both very good. We then had the Fossil fish, definitely the star of the show and the partridge, which was also great. 500ml carafe of wine for £16. Thoroughly enjoyed it and wont leave it so long before returning.

Recommended

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service.
I went with my kids and the staff was great!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy place and table was too close to the next one, some of dishes on the menu not available, food was average

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal for a birthday celebration, sat at the bar and the food and atmosphere were amazing!

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! We just wanted a good meal and weren't prepared at all having such an exciting and delicious experience! Food was simply amazing, service as well. We sat at the bar counter, it was a little bit cramped but I think it added to the experience. The best dish was the "Roast pumpkin with sage, parmesan & balsamic", simply outstanding and goes well with any meat, or just by itself. I recommend having at least 3 small dishes per person but the more the merrier. Overall one of the best meals I've had as far as I can remember.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb, as usual.
Brought own white truffle which they wine paired very well.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner. The only thing we were disappointed with is that some things were not available to order and also after ordering 2 main pasta dishes, we were told just before the mains were served that the have run out and they could only serve us two small portions. Otherwise all was good.

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant loud
Service very nice
Food average. Risotto completely overcooked. Not al dente at all.
Was not my tast but seems to have a lot of succes in London

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FG
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for dinner with friends or date .

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

Greeted with a drink.

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

Loved everything about it and the next time I'm in London, I'll go again!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Authentic, creative, superb preparation and presentation. Thoughtful, informative service. Helpfully dealt with food allergies. Eagerly look forward to returning.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family lunch on Saturday. Food was really good and staff were very friendly and kind. Definetely want to go back again!

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AD
London
15 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at the bar (the only option pre-theatre for two), but that gave us a front-row view of the theatre of the kitchen. Food arrives when it is ready, but tapas bars have taught us how to order. Everything is fresh and sometimes surprising. Italian with a twist.

Definitely waiting for an excuse to return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food, relaxed atmosphere

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SK
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything is good except that it would be even better if the food was not so salty in general.

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s
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but thought polpo for atmosphere was better. Oct 18

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DH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional!!

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ZL
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to leave one feeling loved. Every mouthful is divine.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable Saturday lunch - delicious food and great service.

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PN
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar in front of the open kitchen watching the more amazing chefs prepare tasty plates of food. Once you see the chefs at work you appropriate their skill even more. The stuffed sage leaves with anchovy were a delicious little treat. The waitress was very knowledgeable and instructed us to order just the right amount of food. A great place for a date.

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LO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, been several times before and will be back soon

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I have been dining at Bocca di Lupo for years and I have witnessed the quality of the restaurant food and serivce decline over time. My last meal at Bocca di Lupo was yesterday for lunch, I ordered the usual fried squid as a main and the food was unbearably salty, they offered to send a new portion but we were already towards the end of the meal and did not feel like having fried squid at that point.
they did not offer to refund for the dish left as too salty

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MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother and family here for a fantastic dinner prior to the theater. It was bustling and yet not harried. The staff was attentive and friendly. The food was INCREDIBLE.. I am still dreaming about the roasted pumpkin. I wouldn't get the "theater meal" again.. the fettuccine was too salty; however, everything else was delicious... calamari, beef tartar, duck, farfalle, and even the wonderful chocolate dessert. The staff even sang 'happy birthday' to my mom. It's a fantastic find.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a nice experience here
The service is a little slow but friendly

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok, maybe my expectations were too high. It was quite salty. It was very loud, tables are very close together. Waited 20mins to sit down, we had a booking.

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