Bocca Di Lupo

4.5
1920 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 1920 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. The only negative thing was that we were seated at the bar at first. We hadn’t noticed the small print in the confirmation email about that two persons only can sit at the bar. We also had a phone call from the restaurant confirming us booking a table for two and nothing was mentioned about the bar seated in that call either. So arriving at the restaurant we had a very negative attitude from one man. After a not so nice discussion we did receive a table. But the food and service was superb after that.

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

Great food and ambience. Seating at the chef’s table is very tight. They should remove one or two seats to make it more comfortable for everyone.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food and very friendly service
Also enjoyed being in a smaller stylish space with less tables than most restaurants nowadays

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AF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurante is amazing!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Unfortunately we had some loud drunks beside us and the tables are very close together anyway. But that fairly major issue aside it has maintained its other restaurant standards well.

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SL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible restaurant. Very Italian and food is very delicious. All pastas are fresh and very inventive. Good list of Italian wines by the glass. We loved it so much that we went 2 nights in a row. Book early. It is hard to get into but you can reserve seats at the bar. We sat right in front of the chef’s and that was fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables were very small, staff constantly pushing chairs past us and having to push in our seats. Menu was limited - no traditional pasta dishes. Over priced for quality. Hugely disappointed

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VB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is Good but hostes service is not. There are also better options with better price.

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RI
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Regular customer , but the menu changes are less appealing than before

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d
London
27 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lively restaurant. Really interesting (and delicious ) menu all delivered with great service

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PF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for dinner with my daughter previous to the theatre. The table was ready, the waiter was very attentive. They offer to take your jackets to a cloakroom which was very useful because we had several layers due to cold weather. The food took a bit long because they cook everything fresh so bear this in mind. But they warned us about it in case we wanted to change the meals and they came to the table several times to check on us until the food was brought. It’s a trendy place with a nice ambience, good food and good service.

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WF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Great atmosphere and a menu that reads very well. Will go back!

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L
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was too pushy and disorganised. We were never left to just enjoy our own company. There was an implication that we must hurry. Restaurant very noisy.

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SG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bocca Di Lupo serves very good food in a great central location. It’s been my go to place for meeting up with friends for lunch or pre theatre dinner since it opened. Unfortunately it’s got busier and busier and you’ve got to book in advance. The best seats are at the bar if you can stand the noise. A friend and I enjoyed a very light early dinner with a glass of good wine for a bargain price. Nothing not to like.

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

Excellent food and excellent service. The restaurant never fails to offer interesting food and a very friendly atmosphere. I would definitely eat at Bocca Di Lupo again

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

Very elegant place. Great italian food. Better find a table then sitting at the bar which is too hot

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I’d been a few years ago and loved it and this on occasion thought we’d go for a delicious meal. Was very disappointed with the food and the service. Won’t be returning and will advise friends likewise

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PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They were very accomodating when only 2 if us turned up rather than the expected 4 as our friends were ill. But we did let them know earlier that morning. We sat at the bar rather than at our table for 4 which, embarrassingly, remained empty. Loved sitting at the bar as can watch the prep, the cooking & the pass, all of which seemed chaotic but worked brilliantly. Favourite dishes were calves' brains & fried artichokes, borlotti beans & pork fat, puntarelle with anchovy dressing. Mussel & red mullet spaghetti I thought too overwhelmingly tomatoey, much as I love tomatoes & the artichoke & lemon zest risotto was underwhelming with very little lemon flavour. But will certainly go again & work our way through more of the menu.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Have you ever purchased a golden Chinese chocolate coin? In fact, it's just an expired chocolate collapsed in an golden packaging ... Boca del Lupo is something similar. Excellent starters, but the main dish proved to be a gourmet ruin. The menu is written in Esperanto ... Italian words groove between prepositions in English. Forget about the carbonara and /or frozen sausages in three assortments. The final efforts of the Staff confirm that they know what they sell, but they do not want a negative media aded. We deeply regret our opt for this location.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

What a lovely surprise. Original dishes, perfect taste and quick service. Would definitely recommend it!

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

A week after coming back from Bologna, I can say that the tortelloni took me straight back to Piazza San Stefano.

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K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Simplicity Creativity Flavour. Italian at its best.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love BDL, the only drawback is that at peak times you can't hear yourself think. But everything else is great. Get some drapes on those back walls Bocca!
Chris

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC!

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k
London
34 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had the mozzarella and tomato starter, which was a ball of mozzarella and a small, unripe tomato cut in to quarters. Disappointing both in terms of taste and presentation. But the main course (risotto) was pleasant. The staff were lovely, and it’s central to lots of theatres so very handy.

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j
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before we head back to NY, we had to have one more meal at the kitchen bar. Fun and love the food.

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k
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and nice atmosphere. We enjoyed seating at the bar. The food was great and nicely presented.

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

Amazing Italian food in London, great service - would recommend sitting at the counter!

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IA
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere sitting at the bar watching the chefs work. Tasty food especially the pasta dishes which were excellent.

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K
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

One of the worst dinners we have had in London. I am amazed that there were people eating there. I travel the world eat in rated restaurants and this was bland, we had heartburn from the food , cork was swimming in the wine. We will not be back.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most fantastic meal to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The staff were lovely and brought her a cake with a candle on. Sensational food and a lovely atmosphere.

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E
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was my third time at the restaurant and was very much looking forward to their exquisite food! But the menu they advertised on line had very little of the menu they offered on the night.
Also, those few dishes from Lombardy, where I am from, have disappeared from the list but one. Polenta,
where have you gone my friend? I was so disappointed!
Overall, the wine was beautiful, the waiter nice and helpful, the food lovely. Just a shame the flavours and the choice did not blow me away like in the past.
I will try again!
PS please take the on line menu off the website, it is misleading!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I used to love the place but perhaps due to its success, the quality of the service and food has dropped considerably! What a pity!

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T
London
54 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remains one of the best Italian restaurant in London

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KH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been wanting to try this place for a long time . It certainly lived upto the hype and the only downside was not having enough time to try the sharing plates due to having to go to the theatre !
Return visit is definite.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing!

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S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been there a few time when a older chef was in the kitchen and the food was v good.
This time I went and the chef was a younger guy.
The food was over spiced, bad present and chewy! I’m not coming back

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CG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Took way too long to be seated, hostess was cold and on the verge of rude, server took too long to take our order, they were out of the cocktail ordered, server forgot to bring bread. Overall, not worth the money or the trip. Disappointing.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and great ambience, enjoyed the experience of eating at the counter area.

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VN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Expected much more from an authetic Italian. Artichoke salad was shaved uncooked artichoke - not great... pasta dish was poor - orecchiete had spinach or some other green sauce and too much chilli. Fish was decent but unremarkable. Deserts were the best - canolli and torta caprese. Too expensive and overhiped.

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