Café Murano - St James

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1550 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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BJ
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and wine in relaxed but stunning surroundings. Service unobtrusive but attentive. A must if in the area.

T
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in London, definitely my favourite Italian. Have been a regular for years and the food and service has remained excellent and consistent. They almost always achieve the delicate balance of creating a special elegant atmosphere that is also friendly and welcoming.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and delicious food in a beautiful restaurant

BA
Vancouver
57 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff are amazing - from the receptionist (who does much more than that) to Ariana, our server on both nights, to the food, everything was great. We will be back every time we are in London.

D
London
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Murano is a stylish restaurant with a bust bar area and a couple of different seated areas (you can also eat at the bar). The service is friendly and relaxed, which is unusual in St. James. There is usually a set menu of the day which is good value (I think they offer it between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, but do check). When I went it was from the area around Bologna so a ragu was an obvious choice for main course, and I started with a gorgeous autumnal soup. Dessert for me was a local cheese with hazelnut bread and mustard jelly. All beautifully cooked and presented. It does get busy quite quickly so book ahead.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Sunday lunch, great menu and service. Will return soon.

EN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place as it delivers top quality yet simple food... Cool place for evenings but also Sunday PM

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcoming ambiance, attentive service, delicious food

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. A quick supper before the cinema. Service was excellent. Our waiter was very efficient, friendly, fun and just spot on. Food was fab - particularly salt cod croquettes and the amazing chocolate and hazelnut tart. Chic but cosy feel. First time there and will def go back. Highly recommend!

g
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good location. nice food. attentive and knowledgeable waiter.

r
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food, good service and ambiance. sat at counter and enjoyed the experience

C
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, cozy and romantic place, highly recommended!

m
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Liked the ambiance of the restaurant. It was nice and relaxing. The service was very good and friendly.
The wine was perfect! We had the octupus and the ricotta as a starter. Both very nice starters. For the main course we had the risotto and the malfatti. If you have the primi as a main course, it was recommended to order to the big portions, however, these were too big, if you already have a starter.
Overall would recommend this restaurant because we had a good relaxing evening.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pretty average. Terrible table at the front, despite better tables further back. Felt dirty and unkempt with a lot less atmosphere than in previous visits. Servers kept forgetting water for the table and very slow to take drinks orders in general. Food was ok. Perfectly well cooked, but menu limited and dull.

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty fine Italian food, gnocchi portions was a bit small for the price, but I enjoyed desert poached apricot with ricotta and lovely fresh bread with olive oil. Good service.

d
London
31 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Inauspicious start with no consideration for table booking request but got a better position and later understood why. This place is Popular. Food was good as was the service. Jumping but not memorable.

w
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

My friend and I went to Caffe Murano for our once a year dinner and liked the relaxed atmosphere. Staff were very pleasant. My friend had the hake with nduja, which she said was delicious, and I had the plaice with girolles. I couldn't eat any more but friend had the chocolate tart which was rich but not heavy and that was a success. We both enjoyed the Angela Hartnett Toscano Rosso and found the carafe just enough. Coffee was excellent.

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always wanted to try. Lived up to expectations. Service fast on food and slow on paying. But overall definitely will return

LI
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice spot in a handy location with attentive staff. Food was a let down, what a pity...

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wine and service together with a good atmosphere even though we eat early at 5.30. Will definitely return as there were so many items on the menu which were appealing.
Very minor criticism would be that the wick on our table oil lamp needs to be trimmed on a regular basis to avoid smoking. We are sure that this ‘quality restaurant’ in pursuit of excellence will note this point. Thanks to all at the restaurant for a very enjoyable evening.

MD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food. Friendly staff, good atmosphere. When anyone asks where I want to go for lunch I say Cafe Murano.

MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hats off to the staff here, smiley, helpful, attentive and just really wonderful. I met an old school friend for a catch up. I asked to be moved along the counter once there was room as I didn't want to sit so near to the door and they couldn't have been nicer about it (and really seemed not to mind) they then helped us order with good sound advice and delicious wine and I came away feeling full and happy and it also seemed brilliant value for the quality of everything we had eaten and drunk.

JR
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and delicious food. Would definitely recommend.

DB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at Cafe Murano St James....

NC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe murano was wonderful. Angela manages to make a dish as seemingly simple as spaghetti Pomadoro very special. Nice wine list. Friendly and very competent wait staff. I’ll definitely return. Learn more about the chef by watching The Heat on Netflix.

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ridiculously expensive for variety and portions size. Stuck in a corner table by entrance door

DT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Impromptu lunch on Saturday afternoon. Excellent food. Very pleasant staff. All in all a very enjoyable visit.

JL
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very popular and buzzing restaurant in nice part of town .... St James . They do a fairly good value three course lunch and interesting wine list.
Recommend

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fantastic lunch while we were up in London for the day recently. My husband and I really enjoyed the food and wines which were recommended. We would certainly go back

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We ate the set menu which was good value for money. My only criticism was that both the starter (raw sea bass) and the main course (chicken legs) had a bit too much chilli in them. The high ceiling and hard walls made it a bit noisy.

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding - the food, the staff, the surroundings

GA
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as ever - wonderfully refined yet relaxed oasis away from the bustle of London - superb food & delicious wines - never lets us down

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fine. Don’t bully me.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Staff was very unhelpful and unwilling to accommodate simple requests. We had an extra guest who wanted to join our table but was dismissively turned down, so he was not able to eat, we were also told the table is only available for 1.5h, which is quite short for full meal.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good food. It was very quiet on a Saturday which we appreciated..Good value for money.

CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was very good and compared favourably with a set lunch we had in a 1 starred Michelin restaurant in Paris last week.

TG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the waiters had great knowledge of the wine. They made great recommendations. Great date night dinner place.

FR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Thank you for the most exceptional, knowledgeable, attentive & intuitive service & delicious food.

OB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good choice of food and even better Italian wine selection. Great venue for business lunches.

g
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable.
Lovely Sea Bass Crudo to start and then a Ligurian Fish Stew.
Great bread too.
Delicious!

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