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Bocca Di Lupo

4.6
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2305 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2305 People Are Saying
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83observercook
London
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit since reopening but first since Tier 2. Cracking meal I particularly liked Baccalo and the Cernia. Rose -500ml- on offer hit the spot. It was unusual for us to be only two but the couple (two m away) also regulars keen to share views which was fun. They liked fossil fish. We all had puntarella. Great service. We were relieved it was almost full as it can be with distancing Can’t have our favourite going to the wall!

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AntoanetaD
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with splendid food excellent service

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selenap
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top menu amazing and high quality ingredients. Recommended for who is looking for a real experience

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vipAnon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Problem with small flies - needs to be sorted as did affect enjoyment of meal.

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Will17
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delightful experience...which is why we keep coming back. The food is always simple, seasonal and sensational.

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TrudyR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute treasure of a restaurant! Loved it , thank you Jay Radnor for your podcast , never have found it otherwise.

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Luigi
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Great variety from all over Italy.

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vipMarglobal
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bocca di Lupo doing a great job in difficult circs and good to see them open and full. Covid rules well implemented and explained so feels comfortable to be dining there, even in the basement room. Food well-paced even with the shrunken dining hours. Plenty of choice. Not their fault that an 8 pm reservation feels rushed and we made it through 3 courses and 2 bottles between 4 so not too bad. Chuck-out time in Soho feels crushed and chaotic, however and highlights the challenges/nonsense of the 10 pm curfew in a busy city centre.

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LOISL
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!! The staff were outstanding! Really funny actually. Loved everything we ordered. Just wish we could have stayed longer (past 10pm).
Thank you x

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Went for a lunch with my wife. I had the cod which was excellent but the rest of the food was aversge/good. I should also comment that myself and my wife are pescatarian/vegetarians and we did not appreciate the two paintings in the dining room facing us which were of a bygone age and would be more fitting in a butchers shop ( a pig hanging upside down before and after it was skinned!). I would urge the owners to remove them, my wife won’t return as it upset her.

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Mary
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere all amazing. Will definitely be back.

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ClaraL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience as always.
Excellent food, excellent service, beautiful setting and very reasonably priced.

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johnh
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back in Bocca, to see some old faces and some new. Service was excellent and fun as always. Food was outstanding, the hardest part is always deciding what not to have.... I wish I could try it ALL. Advice on wine selection was great, ended up trying some Sicilian wines that I would have never thought of. The covid precautions are excellent but discreet, and in no way spoil the classic Bocca experience. Can't wait to go again, and again !

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vipFulhamregular
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing delicious food and consistently good across range of dishes. And adapted to Covid very well including temperature check on in way in, masks, dividing screens so dining experience felt safe.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are always friendly. I cannot remember her name but we have the same waitress every time and she is delightful and very helpful. Food was top notch as always. Bocca Di Lupo is a great restaurant.

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vipAndrewC
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as ever. Only gave it four stars fir ambience because of all the Covid regulations, which they have been imaginative and thorough in dealing with but it still lacks the buzz of old.

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sunflower
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience from the very first welcome to the end. Friendly and attentive staff, excellent food (especially the fritti!!) and the wine list is interesting and good value.

I love this place.

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RachelC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, well-priced for the high quality - one of the best Italian restaurants in London. Service is friendly, informal, expert.

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ROGER1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved it!
My son was over from Germany with his partner and we wanted (and found) somewhere special to celebrate.
Will we come back?
Of course. But then this wasn't our first trip either.

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LizzieH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taking the COVID measures seriously but maintaining a great atmosphere and service. Delicious food and a great wine recommendation from our very lovely waitress. First time there but will definitely return!

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FrancescaG
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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ZoeD
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bocca Di Lupo is one of my favourite restaurants in London. Consistently excellent food, great vibe and good value for the quality.

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Malski21
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second visit to the restaurant, once again the food was superb. The waiters are very helpful on advising on the menu and which dishes complement each other. I will definitely be making a third visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always my favourite little Italian

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 1 October 2020

Thank you anonymous friend. You are our favourite too :) Best, The Bocca team

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JonnyL
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a long 6 months so good too be back at our favourite restaurant, whose take away service has sustained our appetites and morale during lockdown. Thus is not swanky italian but it is top notch cuisine served with a very relaxed vibe. Just loved being at the counter watching Head Chef Jake orchestrate the kitchen.... best theatre in the West End right now and a flawless performance by all; great wine selection from Phil;
food, service and ambience all impeccable and not an arm and a leg job.Clearly a well motivated, confident and highly competent crew throughout. I cannot recommend BdL highly enough.

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HazelR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem - was great to be able to return after lockdown - service food value are as good as ever and the COVID and PPE all very well done too

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 1 October 2020

Thank you Hazel - we are so glad we are able to have you all with us again. We hope to have you with us again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service were outstanding.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to have you back with us soon. Best, The Bocca team

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vipLindy
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm welcome, attentive staff and the most beautiful regional Italian food. Love their stuffed olives. Tried the meatball, and it was particularly tasty. Good texture and flavour. The langoustines are always light and fresh, least favourite was the veggie caponata.
Had a glass of franciacorte each to start and a bottle of a lovely Montepulciano, and the bill was a very reasonable less than £60 a head, for a top London restaurant.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 1 October 2020

Thank you for your lovely review Lindy. It sounds like you had a lovely meal - excellent choices! Come back and visit us again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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CarlaR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a fabulous restaurant with impeccable and friendly service. Not cheap but worth it

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you Carla, we really appreciate your custom. Best, The Bocca team

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Sadie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well designed and smart restaurant. Good set up for social distancing. All the dishes on the menu included interesting combinations. Veal with tuna sauce was excellent. Also delicious meatballs. Prepared beautifully. Highly recommended for a special evening.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for the kind review Sadie, we are relieved that you felt comfortable with the distancing measures and enjoyed the meal. We hope to have you back again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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Susiecambs
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal - the sea bream carpaccio was sublime - and were pleased to be allocated a table, as it was a special occasion. Service was excellent - the whole experience was very special.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you Susie - we love being people's 'go-to' spot for special occasions - and also the spot to just drop in to grab a quick bite. We very much look forward to having you with us again. Best, The Bocca team

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vipSteveJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary Sunday lunch here. The food was expertly cooked and very tasty with generous portions. We liked the fact that you could opt for small or large plates across the menu. The selection seemed to have a leaning to Sicily and we ended up with a fair proportion of fried food but that was fine. The prices were very reasonable especially the wine. Service was perfect and the Covid precautions were ok. We finished with an espresso and cannoli in Montalbano style and staggered home.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 1 October 2020

Thank you for the 5* review Steve, we really appreciate it. Nothing gets past you - we were focused on Sicily for September, we have now popped over to Lazio for October! We hope you come back and visit us again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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Neil
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great ambience. Loved the choice of small or larger plates and really good selection of reasonably priced wines. We will be back!

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thank you Neil - we are very pleased that you had a great time. We look forward to having you back with us. Best, The Bocca team

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to visit this favorite for our first restaurant visit post lockdown.
It was clear that that much planning had taken place to ensure the safety of dinners and staff,we felt very safe.On this occasion we dinned in what was the private dinning room in the lower ground floor.The big table dispenced with and replaced by 6 smaller tables a different ambience to the main space but it felt more intimate which we liked.The menu has some old favorites with a twist,lots of Southern flavours.The new pork grill dish is a wow, fantastic quality and flavours,tagliatelle with girolle mushrooms superb.
If they ever take the Cannolli off the menu I'm starting a riot. A final note on thgr wine I always ask them to select for me as they have some really interesting regional wines.On this occasion we had Serpara 2012 some really interesting taste notes with a long finnish.
A warm welcome,great attentive knowlegable staff and superb food and wine.
I may be biased as La Boca is my favorite Italian in London.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 21 September 2020

Dear Tony, Thank your informative, generous and funny review. We are very pleased that you felt safe with the COVID prevention changes that we have made to the restaurant, and that the food, wine and of course, staff, were up to standard as well. We look forward to having you back with us again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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Gbbbbb
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Given the Covid circumstances, the menu choice was very good. Overall the meal was superb.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for the review. We are very glad you made the effort to come and support us in these confusing times. Best, The Bocca team

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83observercook
London
32 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great to have Bocca back. Long one of our favourites where we had enjoyed many small and quite a few big parties in the room downstairs. Anyway our friends thought Jacob Kenedy’s team
Had surpassed themselves and we loved the Sicilian theme

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thank you the lovely review, we are so thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed the experience. We look forward to having you with us again soon. Best, The Bocca team

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PercySelfridge
London
31 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you Percy! We really appreciate that. Best, The Bocca team

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vipRajivR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and service was excellent.

The wine was excellent

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you Rajiv, we are so glad that you enjoy your experience. Best, The Bocca team

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vipCanuckville
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I appreciate that it is a learning curve when it comes to social distancing and this restaurant has only just reopened. The waitress was wearing a mask and constantly reaching over me to fill up my water or continuously clearing my plates when I have literally just finished swallowing the last morsel of food on that said plate. It is not cool and it is frankly NOT social distancing. Even pre covid it is no respect for personal space.

The food was luke warm.

We sat at the bar and had a two hour turnaround. We were constantly rushed to order and when we ordered a final glass of wine before departing we were told we can't have it because our slot is over and other people are waiting. It felt like a very fast food restaurant experience. You were clearly just a number- get in, get out.

Having said that, The sommelier was lovely, perfect amount of chat, advice and good personal space provided.

I was really looking forward to going back to this restaurant. My previous memory there was amazing and such a special time but this time around was thoroughly disappointing.

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 24 September 2020

This message has been responded to privately as we would very much like to make amends with the guest. Best, The Bocca team

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PaulineK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Soho classic is back on song, we missed it enormously during spring and summer 2020.
The food is as good as ever, great atmosphere, service really feels caring and personal despite appropriate attention to distancing
Thanks Jacob and team- keep up the great work!

Bocca Di Lupo
Responded on 21 September 2020

Thank you Pauline - we are thrilled that we could welcome you back at last! Come back again soon! Best, The Bocca team

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Bocca Di Lupo is rated 4.6 stars by 2305 OpenTable diners.

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