Bocca Di Lupo

4.6
1853 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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  • 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 1853 People Are Saying
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CV
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food ever!!!! My favourite restaurant in London. Thank you.

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Hertfordshire
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat on the stools by the kitchen, so watched the whole process. We chose small starters - sage leaves with anchovy, boccacini; small risotto and palma ham with pickled aubergine and then the roast teal. We shared all dishes. And had a nice chianti in a carafe.
Busy atmosphere, good staff and service.
My only issue was the eagerness to move us on, when finished !

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TF
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food (though one of us had a problem with the escarole!) and very attentive waiter. Thank you!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant and great service. Food is really interesting and varied.

Overall a great experience.

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KB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, attentive and friendly staff, great all round. A must for those who enjoy good food.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, attentive service and delicious food. Not a whole lot of vegetarian/vegan options, but the ones they did have were amazing.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bocca di Lupo is my favourite restaurant in London - I love the food, the staff , the atmosphere - a very special place.

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AK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed that we were seated at the bar instead of a table. There wasn’t any mention of that when I made the reservation or when they called to confirm. You should be told that when booking or confirming. The bar at the restaurant is at an awkward height for dining and doesn’t make for a great experience.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, well presented in relaxing but buzzy environment.

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s
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting pre theater. Very limited menu.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A totally nice surprise. Our family of five showed up a bit casually dressed, and when we walked in we thought, “oh, no! Too fancy” and we expected high tourist prices and bad food. We could not have been more wrong. Everything was tasty (recommend the broccoli and buratta appetizer) and my son loved his whole mackerel. I loved the price! Dinner for five, cocktails, five glasses of wine, and dessert. All for under 130 quid. I cannot even begin to imagine what this would have cost in the theater district of Boston.

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C
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had lunch with my daughter, it was our first visit. We were seated at the counter, this gave us a good idea of all the activities in the open kitchen: hectic but well organised. Our waiter was very friendly and advised us really well on what dishes to pick and how many. The sharing dishes were served in high tempo, we loved all of them and were well ratisfied at the end of the meal with just enough space left fot the cassata, cake with ricotta and marzipan. Overall, we enjoyed it much, we highly recommend this restaurant!

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food as always and great service!!!!!!!!!!!

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BW
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with a wait staff offering good service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were there for Boxing Day dinner. It was fussy. There wasn’t anything we had that we would order again. My 21 year old daughter said it best when we asked if she wanted dessert: Mo thanks. I don’t want to be disappointed again.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , good service, good vibe
We loved every minute

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu always surprises with new and interesting dishes along side their classics. Inventive or re-purposed simple versions of wonderful echt Italian ingredients that are always truly sumptuous and delicious. Lovely people that really care about creating a feastlike atmosphere for guests.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Absolutely loved the food here and had a wonderful time. However we ended up with a seat at the counter for my girlfriends birthday despite requesting a normal table.

Sitting at the counter was uncomfortable, strangely organised in terms of place settings and cramped. Our waiter (David) was incredible and quickly made us forget about this.
The seating sadly cast a slightly negative turn on our otherwise great meal.

Would go again as long as we didn't have a counter seat.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit.From the welcome,with lovely low level lighting throughout,We went on to enjoy authentic regional Italian cuisine.God willing there will be many more visits to what is now my favourite London restaurant.
C.F

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Atrocious service really slow and not bothered and both game birds overcooked and rubbery. Used to be amazing here!

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent - and authentic. Sitting at the bar and watching the cooks work is a delight and rather hypnotic. The choice of small or large plates means you can opt to taste more dishes by sticking to the smaller portions. The "Trippa e Guanciale" is delicious, as are the Puntarelle, both tricky to find at all - and certainly net executed so beautifully - outside of Rome.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Great atmosphere.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed. I had mistakenly booked at the bar but they managed to find us a table.
Our food was delicious and we had a lovely meal including two glasses of champagne as it was my daughter’s birthday.
Service was attentive and prompt even though they were very busy with pre theatre bookings.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was pretty loud, maybe too many tables? But the food was excellent

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VT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Well executed dishes, will definitely return again! That would be my 4th time!

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always, great food, great service, excellent wine menu and fab vibe what mire could you want?

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CA
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been recommended Bocca di Lupo many times from Foodie friends and it did not disappoint! The quality and taste of the food and wine was superb only surpassed by the excellent and professional wait staff. Thank you very much and am already looking forward to my next visit.

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LE
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Little confined space by very friendly and enjoyable!

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B
London
27 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate late on Saturday night. Everything was outstanding: the food, the service, the ambience. What a fantastic place.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best meal I've had for ages- why has it taken me so long to discover?

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

Mega. Really

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at this lovely restaurant. Sat at the bar before theatre trip , every dish a delight. great friendly Italian service . thankyou

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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
4 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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G
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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OT
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
12 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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