Café Murano - St James

4.4
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1655 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
A restaurant from Angela Hartnett and Group Executive Chef Samantha Williams, serving a regularly changing, seasonal menu of Northern Italian dishes in a relaxed yet lively environment.

Private Dining

Both our Cafe Murano’s have private dining rooms and event spaces for corporate hire or to enjoy with friends and family.

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RP
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely food, nice busy, friendly atmosphere, great House red, you could spend a lot but the set menus are v good value.

m
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good Italian food in reasonable size portions

r
Buckinghamshire
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

On the evening that we dined there it was extremely busy which is usually good however the noise level was quite high and we struggled to have a decent conversation with our 2 guests

Also the AC was quite fierce and as a result our “candle” wouldn’t stay alight

Our friends enjoyed their first experience at Murano so a success

IL
London
152 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

always attentive and friendly service, delicious food, fresh ingredients, cosy atmosphere

AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

High noise level a negative. The wine we ordered was mediocre; the 1st course was fine and commendably hot when it arrived at table. Finished 1st course. Waited 15 minutes for the main course (plaice to be shared by 2) at which point the waiter brought the whole fish to the table to show us, then took it away to fillet it. We waited 12 minutes - nothing, no fish - finally asked a waiter what the delay was. 4 minutes later he returned with the fish. It was lukewarm tending on not warm; it had disintegrated into small pieces of mush. A pity as we were looking forward to trying this restaurant. Something went badly wrong.

MD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant food and staff fantastic

BW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic food, a good wine list and excellent service.

LM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service and good food here.

SV
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue. Second visit. Love the ambience, delicious flavoursome food and attentive service.

L
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice location and good food. It is quite loud inside!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I have dined here twice before and was impressed however on this occasion was thoroughly disappointed. So right now I would not recommend to anyone else. I took an out of town foodie friend who thought the same.
The entree was ok - but had two minuscule portions of cheese so was not as described. The beef brisket was tough and drowned in a disproportionate amount of polenta.
I had booked yet we were sat at a round table in a constant draught from the front door so we were cold. I raised it with the waitress who checked the door was closed but it made no difference.The table was heavily scratched.
All in all a disappointing experience.

RH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fine, as always

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening at cafe Murano. Only marked it down on food as the main course for the gnocchi was quite small (especially compared to the chicken Milanese which was enormous!). But otherwise great food in a lovely atmosphere.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - great food, great service, friendly staff and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

MP
London
48 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was fab but the food was not as good as it used to be. Octopus carpaccio was just really DIRE! Such a shame.

VR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, can't fault it at all, loved it so much I booked twice in 2 months.

T
London
40 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Murano delivers yet again. Wonderful Winter Menu displaying the best of the restaurant. Great Italian dishes that we all enjoyed and a very large and reasonable wines list. Service was attentive without being over fussy which is always the mark of a well run establishment. Recommended to one all

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I recently enjoyed a casual dinner with a couple of friends at Cafe Murano. The food was well executed and well priced. The £2 single-scoop ice cream/gelato was a curiously pleasant surprise - often one wants a small dessert but most restaurants offer them only as another (full-priced) course. Aside from the table behind us having an extremely loud conversation, it was a very pleasant evening.

S
London
61 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Have been to Murano in Mayfair, which is also superb.

J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu and service; ideal for a pre theatre meal

O
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of our favourite places to lunch in London. We haven't had a bad experience - the food is good, and the staff friendly and helpful.

b
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disorganised service, some of mains cold and had to be reheated. Mains arrived without sides and wine arrived after we started eating. We have eaten there many times but this time we found the food not good and service poor. Food was salty and for an Italian restaurant to serve cold pasta is pretty shameful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Food was not up to the standard of our previous meals there.

P
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a family meal (adults). Excellent, friendly service. Lovely food (including cicchetti) . Great wine. A most enjoyable evening. Not cheap, but worth it.

LW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful pasta dishes, I look forward to returning and sampling more

g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service excellent. Table was in a very busy walkway with waitrons constantly passing by to and from kitchen and not great.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was lovely food and service. Gorgeous flavours and every dish on the menu
Exceptional service at the beginning but it appeared at the end of the meal everyone wanted to go home. I would understand if it was late but only 10pm on a Friday
Everyone hates to be rushed out

RL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed ambience. Food was stunning with attentive but descreet front of house staff. A very enjoyable experience indeed. Thank you.

g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and service very helpful. I certainly recommend it.

MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really lovely food with options of a set menu or a la carte. Also great choices for children - our 2 year old can be quite fussy and he loved his meal and tried ours too! The staff were friendly and very accommodating for our little one.

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The server refused to recommend! Last time i was there they did a mix of pastas and some off menu stuff, this time, server flatly refused or was not knowledgeable about what is available. Food was generally good, one main was not so good, pumpkin tortellini was too sweet!

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really love this place. Can’t wait until next time.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find, friendly staff, great food, perfect!

FT
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this really lovely restaurant. I have visited four times and it never lets me down.
The food is always interesting not fussy. The ambiance is welcoming and makes for a relaxing visit.
All in all my favourite restaurant.

f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great ambience and delicious food. What’s not to like. Great service too.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Murano consistently provides excellent food at a reasonable price served by the most wonderful charming people. We like the opportunity to have small portions of mains. Well done......

MB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite places for lunch anywhere. Great ambience, attentive service without being over the top, good selection of wine and an awesome menu - all at a reasonable (London) price.

W
London
57 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have been to Cafe Murano many many times and always enjoy it. Felt the food was a bit off pace this time. I had pumpkin risotto which was tepid. Service not quite as on point as usual.

TS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was good and service was okay, What was disappointing is after an hour and 15 minutes we were rushed to leave as they needed the table for someone else! There was no mention of a designated timeslot or that they needed it back in the pre booking nor when we arrived.