Bocca Di Lupo

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2008 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.

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 2008 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nothing interesting but kinda expensive

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DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Not our first time here but we hadn't been for about 3 years.
We had a lovely welcome and were shown to our table. One of my guests had a coat with her and nowhere to hang it but when she asked the waiter to help he was a bit dismissive and said he was seeing to someone else and would get to her in a minute, leaving her holding her coat.
When he then came to the table, having by now taken the coat, he took drink orders but kept leaning right over me to put menus down, take glasses away etc. I can see why (because the restaurant is quite cramped) but surely this can be done better. I was frequently having to lean out of the way!
I will now stop moaning and get on to the food. It was gorgeous. Everything I remember about Bocca, and so I will still no doubt go back.

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D
London
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect place for pre theatre dinner. I much prefer to sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare the very tasty food. Wine by the glass is expensive but there is a great selection.

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EF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seaonal menu but just as good with every visit . One of the best Italian restaurants in London.

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ZL
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing staff. So worth a visit! Every dish was cooked perfectly

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for a pre-theatre dinner. Service was friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was tasty and fresh - the sea bream carpaccio was particularly good.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was very happy with food and ambience. Was disappointed by the early closing of kitchen given we had made a booking for 10.30pm so felt rushed.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seating aligns with the theatre schedule so booking is essential. Efficient, polite service. It’s best to go with a medium sized group and share the dishes amongst the table.

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MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre theatre place to meet and eat

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OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, our waiter was really great, he recommended dishes from the menu, and considering the restaurant was really busy, the food came out quickly.

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

Food quality is very average. Service scattered and lacks attention to detail. It was my friend’s birthday and i requested for a candle to arrive on the dessert and was told it will be done but then wasn’t. Good potential, poor execution.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, delicious and typical Italian cuisine!

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food experience, would recommend it rather for a fun night out with great food than a romantic dinner. It's fairly loud, but the food is very fresh and we really enjoyed observing how the food was being prepared. Desserts are to die for.

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w
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming her every year for 5 years and it is consistently excellent. Sit at the counter and watch the kitchen ballet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Italian restaurant in London

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T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special place, amazing food and wonderful staff.

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HN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was great and wine amazing! We sat at the marble bar. The service was exceptional!

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TG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is fantastic but we had to wait a long time between starter and main, and they forgot 3 dishes.

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f
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Delicious food and friendly helpful service. If I lived in London I would be a regular.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed a pleasant lunch but my expectations of the food were very high and the food didn’t meet them.

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K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This must truly be one of the great restaurants of the world.

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EW
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it - could eat the whole menu! Can't wait to go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious pasta, nice wine and refreshing espresso ice cream

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JF
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful varied menu. Regional specialities are wonderful.

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C
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, the only slight criticism is that a couple of mains were a little cold.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, wonderful atmosphere and attentive service. Five stars

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D
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our fourth Wedding Anniversary in London on a family trip, so we decided to sneak off for a special dinner. We were met with champagne to celebrate our special day. Once seated, our waiter took the time to highlight the most effective (and delicious) manner to explore the menu. We started with tortellini and orzotto. They were both divine, and the rabbit was cooked perfectly. We then moved on to the "main" course, of lamb shoulder with a sides of spinach and white asparagus salad. The spinach was served cold, which although unexpected, was delightful. The white asparagus salad with cheese and walnuts was light and refreshing. The two sides paired well with the tender lamb shoulder. The sauce that the lamb shoulder was prepared with was comforting.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed for dessert, but our drinks were well made with no skimping on the Hendrick's Gin.

Overall, we had an Anniversary dinnerto remember, not only from spending it in a new city, but with fantastic food!!

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I
London
16 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My fish was a bit undercooked. Veg were over salty.

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MP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fist visit to Bocca Di Lupo but one of my two guests had been several times before. In fact, the only downside was that there were two items that he had eaten on previous occasions and had been looking forward to having again (including a radish salad) but these were not on the menu on this occasion. We shared starters and had a main each. All of the starters were good but the fish carpaccio was magnificent. I had suckling pig porchetta with a side of spinach; really delicious. We shared a bottle of Primitive Reserva, which was delightful. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Altogether it was a splendid lunch and I am looking forward to returning before too long.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant super food friendly professional fun service
Table was cramped but ok
Will come again

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always very good fresh, seasonal Italian food. Helpful waiters as well.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good god this place just gets better with time. Brilliant hospitality and food. Always going to come back to the Boc.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, we love everything about it, food is always fantastic, staff really helpful, and informative, a definite stop for either lunch or dinner, but don’t forget to book, or you will be disappointed.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the team were fantastic. Really attentive and helpful.
The food, as always was incredible.
One dish arrived late and we were given a drink on the house - very kind offer.
It was our anniversary and without asking our waiter arrived with a candle in our dessert.
Such a wonderful experience - thank you

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Not Impressed: too loud, too dark and the food is ok, would definitely not classify it as one of the best Italian restaurants in London.

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f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve been to Bocca di Lupo once before and absolutely loved my first experience. Unfortunately the second time around the food was much less impressive and we were moved from the chef’s table spot that we were originally promised. The tortellini were hard. Not sure how they accomplished that. The tomatoes were far from ripe. The only item that peaked my interest was the suckling pig. Almost seems like a completely different restaurant than a year ago. Perhaps this one is trying to be more Asian fusion now instead of Italian? I likely won’t be back.

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M
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Screaming chef made for disruptive lunch, only complaint.

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S
London
28 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Bocca Di Lupo so know where to ask for a seat and what to expect. We love sitting at the bar watching the team of chefs prepare our food and watching them getting food ready for others diners. Sometimes we say "we should have ordered that" but know that there will be a next time. This occasion was an anniversary celebration and we were given a complimentary glass of Champagne, we selected about 8 or 9 small dishes which are perfect for sharing. Fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked in a wonderful atmosphere; a real culinary treat.

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P
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place just had to season dishes which why it was 4/5 and not 5/5. Definitely will go back.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A favourite restaurant of ours. Food freshly cooked in front of you. Attentive waiting staff and great ambience. What more could you want

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